No matter what the price range, I would only recommend something from WACOM. I do a lot of digital art (when I'm not busy with work or university) and I used to use a brand besides WACOM, and I was never happy with it.
But four or five years ago I bought an Intuos3 as a graduation present to myself and it's amazing. I adore it, so I say to go with the Bamboo if you're not wanting to spend a lot.
(Also, if you've never used a digitizing tablet before, be prepared for some major changes. It's strange to be using a pen while looking at the screen instead of the tablet!)
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