I thought I should share my recent solution to an incipient wrist problem...

I had not ever had problems with repetitive strain or carpal tunnel 
injuries until December of last year, when I did quite a bit of work on 
other people's computers in poor ergonomic positions. I ended up with an 
aching forearm, aggravated every time I reached for the mouse.

Co-incidentally, I'd been doing more illustration in my work, and knew 
that I really needed a graphics tablet to be effective in that. I did 
some research, and purchased a 6x8 Wacom Intuos3 tablet. I've used it 
for a couple of months now, and it is FABULOUS -- not just for 
illustrating, but for all the things I used to use a mouse for. I highly 
recommend it to anyone who is having RSI problems with a mouse. You hold 
the pen tool just like you would hold a ballpoint pen, and your wrist 
and hand stay perfectly relaxed and comfortable.

In fact, I liked it so much, I bought a 4x5 Wacom Graphire tablet for 
home. (Graphire is the less featured, less expensive model.) That turned 
out to be a mistake: it's not nearly as easy to use, the pen is not as 
comfortable, and the pad is much less sensitive. If you are considering 
a tablet, go for the Intuos; it's well worth the extra money.

(No commercial interest in Wacom, just love my tablet!)

best regards,

Stuart Rogers
Technical Communicator
Phoenix Geophysics Limited
Toronto, ON, Canada
+1 (416) 491-7340 x 325

srogers phoenix-geophysics com

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