Tech: Graphire Wireless Tablet

Not Trek. Tech. For editors.

I’m posting this info here so I don’t forget about it. This is a gizmo that some freelance editors on a list I belong to swear by. They use this Graphire Wireless tablet instead of typical computer mousing, and claim that because of their injuries, without this gadget, they would not  be able to work. So, that’s pretty high praise from a bunch of picky, self-employed (irascible?) sourpusses like me.

Maybe I’ll need this thing someday. Anybody reading this ever used such a thing?

5 Responses to “Tech: Graphire Wireless Tablet”

  • jaleenafied
    May 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    andrew and i have both been using tablets for years, and swear that we can’t work without them. it takes about 3 days to get used to all the way and it will be annoying, but then you’re hooked and wonder why anyone uses a mouse. someday is now, my friend. i am serious.

    yay! i cannot encourage you enough to do this as soon as possible. specific questions on sizes or versions? i can talk about this for a while if it’s interesting.


  • kimkimkaree
    May 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I use a WACOM tablet at school for photo editing sometimes but I don’t own one. They are cool, like Jaleen said, once you get use to them.


  • nonosays
    May 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I use a tablet as well as a mouse. I find that having the option of switching back and forth for different tasks is good for my wrists. I use the tablet probably 30% of the time on graphic tasks but I still do most word play with the keyboard hotkey/mouse combo.


  • joygantic
    May 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve not used a tablet, but after being diagnosed with multiple flavors of RSI a couple of years ago I switched to a track ball and simply can’t use a mouse without being in pain . . . so I’d advise that if you have *any* ergonomic issues you ditch the mouse for something else!


  • foresto
    May 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t do much graphics work, but long ago, using a $40 touch pad with my left hand helped my right wrist heal from mouse injury.


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