2002: Wacom Graphire 3
After years of coloring with a mouse, I decide to buy a A5(medium) tablet. I drew many artworks with this tablet. A rock solid model with a (ultra) smooth transparent plexiglass coating (you could customise it with a drawing under the plexiglass). The stylus was thin and lightweight. I map it to a 1280x1080px 4/3 CRT monitor. The precision is good. My first online portfolio and first book covers were done using this tablet.
2006: Intuos 3 A4
A5(Medium) size feels to small to draw because the new generation of LCD screen are everywhere and I have more pixels to manage and wider 1680x1024 16/10 to manage. I switch to the Intuos 3 A4 (Large). Perfect digital-painting coating overlay sheet even if a bit fragile and takes scratches, good stylus even if also fragile too with the rubber body. The pad of the tablet itself is Nokia-3310-solid. I painted many classic of my portfolio with this tablet, and half of recent Pepper&Carrot was done with this tablet.
2007: Cintiq 12WX
First Cintiq. Too dark, very pricey, big padding on the border, big cable, too hot... The tablet takes a scratch 1 year after getting it because of a solid dust in the air getting stuck between the stylus nib and screen during drawing. Scratch in the middle, I start to focus on it too much and decide to sell it. I switch back to the trusty Intuos 3 A4. I painted the card game "Les faiseur d'univers" with it.
2008: Bamboo fun A5 white
A little A5 tablet for walking daily to a local company, in the same bag as my first laptop. This tablet had a rounded touch ring glowing in blue on the top and 4 shortcut. I liked the design a log. I also liked the minimal padding of plastic around the active area. I started Chaos&Evolution DVD with it on a travel.
2010: Intuos 4 M
I'm doing travel to work (eg. in Amsterdam on Sintel). I decide to buy a better tablet for roaming. The Intuos4(Medium) is easier to transport than the Intuos3 A4(large) while having better precision than the small Bamboofun. The tablet comes with a coating I dislike ; very grainy. Many artist online sign a petition against Wacom about it; getting upset Wacom does it on purpose to sell more overlay-sheet and nibs. On my side, I put on it a Intuos3 overlay cut in two and purchase a thin 'classic' stylus. It's also the first model to introduce the "peach skin" coating plastic on the stylus. This one after 4 years transform into a sticky/gluing disgusting coating. I have to scratch it with ethanol and the blade of a cutter. The padding around the active area is also very thick : almost the double of the tablet. But I like the mini screen to label the buttons. They are funny to hack on GNU/Linux, and the tablet has a 16/10 ratio, easier to map on the LCD of this era, and laptop. A good tablet for travelling. Those who saw me in conference, workshop or working in external team saw me with this tablet. Still my main "travel tool".
2011: Cintiq 21UX
I decide to give another try for the Cintiq. The 21UX is a monster, heavy, big cable, hot, I never really enjoyed this model. I felt guilty to get this one and not know how to enjoy to use it. The best rigg I made with it was flat on a drawing table , linked to a laptop. A big screen dedicated to only Mypaint, to sketch or to spend long hours detailing an artwork. Using the Cintiq constrained me to wear a glove to not sweat on the screen; and to dim the light of the room to not get reflection on the screen. I kept it long time as a second monitor, always a bit too dark and reddish with the 1600x1200px for 21inch. A tablet with big pixels visible; not really suited to get the eyes at low distance. The webcomic "l'heritage en couleur" was painted on it. I switch back to the trusty Intuos 3 A4.
2016: Cintiq 22HD
During the production of Pepper&Carrot, I decide to invest to reduce the long production time. The 22HD with the 1920x1080pixels for 22'' has big pixels, big padding around the border and same metalic footer than the 21UX. The plastic around the button is the "Peach skin" coating. The problem with the heat is almost solved on this model, and the screen colors and lumonisity is good ; but the tablet takes all the desktop and it's hard to switch between scripting/mailing/vector/painting task. My productivity decreases. I sell the tablet after three weeks of production on episode 16, almost new. I switch back to the trusty Intuos 3 A4.
2017: Cintiq 13HD
My trusty Intuos3 A4 has a problem: 11 years, four overlay sheet changed, two stylus used, and parts of the tablets are not possible to find anymore. No more overlay-sheet and mine has too much scratch. I invest a lot to find a surface similar to Intuos3 without success. I'm looking for a flat table tablet, and see not a big difference of price between the Intuos Pro and Cintiq 13HD for same active area. I decide to use the Cintiq 13HD has hybrid: like a traditional tablet mapped at a external 1920x1080p screen and sometime looking at the embedded and mirrored screen (1080p too). It works. The tablet has good luminosity, delicious pixel density ( 1080p for 13'', very thin details ). the stylus is the best of what Wacom ever made: solid and ergonomic the pear-shape was soften to keep only the best. The tablet still has problems: Very large connector and cable; looking like a drank designer made it. This part of the tablet is so much a shame you can't see it on the marketing photos. The buttons of the tablets are too hard to press, and are decorated with relief that hurt the finger. Four buttons and a ring; the same as an old Bamboo. Around the glass, a bevel where the hair of the arm always get stuck. The parallax (distance of glass and pixel on screen) is much better than on 22HD or 21UX. Unfortunately, this tablet was stolen in the burglary of my house. I bought a new one after that, same model, more psychological to recover what I had before the burglary than because I'm fonding off this model.
2017: Huion WH1409
After watching reviews and low price, I get tempted by playing with the large Huion WH1409. No support on GNU/Linux, no driver, but I found a way to get it to work. Surprisingly, this tablet hit a sensitive point in my nostalgic quest to find an equivalent to my old Intuos3: similar coating of the active area and large. The buttons of the tablet are probably the best I tested: almost like a flat keyboard. But the experience on GNU/Linux is not fully optimal, and I have no idea how many time this model will last.