Wacom has recently offered up a new line of affordable tablets, which includes: Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Photo, and Intuos Comic. The main difference among these tablets is the bundled software/offers that come with them, and that the Intuos Draw is the only one without touch capability. I recently had the opportunity to check out one of these tablets, the medium-sized Intuos Art, specifically.
The Intuos Art tablet is just beautifully designed. It's thin, comfortable to use, and doesn't take up a lot of room on the desktop. Also, the medium-sized tablet on review here, offers an 8.5 x 5.5 inch active area within which to work.
The tablet connects via a USB cord that comes with it, and it is a decent enough length to be able to orient the tablet for left or right-hand usage, or even holding it in your lap. Also, there are 4 thin rubber stoppers on the underside, so it still sits low, but won't slide on the desktop. And, if you feel the need to go wireless, you do have that option. There are two spots in back of the unit that will accept a wireless adapter and battery. Keep in mind the wireless kit is sold separately.