A few years ago I bought a Wacom tablet... and it was one of my best purchases ever. I try to avoid using a mouse whenever I can. I don't know how any photographers or designers only use a mouse. Wacom also manufactures displays (the Cintiq line) that allow you to work directly on the surface, akin to working on paper. The cost of these tools has always been astronomical and I could never justify the purchase as I don't really do that much editing. I just read about a new addition to the Cintiq line though that is making me change my mind a little.

If there is anyone wanting to contribute to my Christmas/Birthday/General Gift fund... please consider giving the gift of Cintiq12WX.