Thought I'd start a thread on this. I'm looking to get an art tablet for the holidays (at least decide what I want before Black Friday to capitalize on good deals) and virtually everyone I've talked to mentioned wacom so obviously I'll get one of those but I checked the site and I have no idea where to start. I'm an amateur and have virtually never have done digital art so I have no clue which model/series to go for. I don't even know what questions to ask myself. What I do know is I do want something decent sized, neither huge nor tiny. That is vague but I don't know what size would be most comfortable for me. I think I can rule out the extremities though. I also want something that is friendly towards beginners, but is something that can produce professional level or close to it quality of work with the right amount of talent. In other words, I want something that won't hit a ceiling too quickly as I become a better artist. It also should be long lasting so that I can use it for years. Obviously I also want a decent price that doesn't totally break the bank but I'm willing to pay a little extra to get the quality, size, and longevity that I want. Something else I'm concerned about: the software. Do wacoms come with any decent software or will I have to get my own to put on there? If they do come with them, can I add others on there or just use the ones I'm given? If I can add other programs, which would you recommend and/or which ones included with the wacom are the most versatile and beginner friendly? Also, how easy is it to get started using the device, especially for specific programs? I really don't know anything here so making a decision is next to impossible. My desires may be unreasonable, but that's also why I'm posting this. I'd like to hear from you all and help me figure out which one I should set my sights on. If you have any further questions you feel are necessary to help me out, feel free to ask them.