INTUOS 3 9x12 use ful or less?

Hey guys I was just thinking to get an intuos3 pad. Is it useful. I’d be using it for PS and IL maybe alias. Is it a must have? THanks in advance.

I used one for a few years before I got a cintiq monitor. They take some time to get used to, but they are good. I never got the hang of sketching with it, but I have plenty of freinds who do. Much nicer for rendering versus a mouse. Don’t use it on Illy to much. Just PS and Alias Sketch.