I'm finally thinking of going with a pen- or stylus-based solution for pixel art & animation. This would be the first time I've seriously used a pen for drawing digitally since my 1984 Atari CX77 Touch Tablet.
I'll be using one of the popular Windows pixelling / animation apps like Cosmigo Pro-Motion or ASEprite on my Windows 7/8 workstation. Maybe some Photoshop too. Because the spriting apps probably don't hook up in any special way to specialised devices, a simple, mouse-emulating type of stylus would probably be best (no drivers, no fuss).
Traction, Accuracy & Responsiveness
The Atari CX77 drawing software I used as a kid didn't use a pointer. You pressed down on the tablet while holding one of two buttons (IIRC) - one to draw, one to erase. So traction on the drawing tablet was a very important part of control. Aside from this I've drawn with pen / pencil / paper for much of my life. So surface traction & immediate response are very important for me to feel more comfortable than using a mouse.
I don't really mind switching to the mouse where necessary, though it would be nice to use the stylus to do everything -- work in Windows and draw where necessary. In this case maybe a stylus button is necessary, since selection is not based on press, instead movement is. It's crucial that if I move the pen on the surface (whatever that may be), that this moves the mouse pointer. I cannot handle this hovering thing: I tried a Wacom Bamboo some years ago but when I realised I could not move the mouse cursor without lifting the pen off the pad, I was disgusted. It wasn't the UX I expected or desired. I don't need pressure sensitivity, although I guess it wouldn't hurt; I'd be working with limited, opaque palettes anyway, so opacity and gradients won't matter, only solid colour placement.
I'd prefer a device that doesn't require fancy driver installation and that basically operates just as the mouse does, only provides better accuracy (but if I cannot get that without going fancy, not the end of the world). This will allow compatibility with the things I want to do.
I've seen this on some Wacom tablets. It would be a nice to have, though the apps I'd be using would anyway have their own onscreen palettes and probably wouldn't tie into the hardware.
Alternative Option: Touch
I'm aware that touch devices offer another option, but for now I'm just trying to tell whether there is anything I can use that allows what I've described above, cheaply.
Question: Any idea where I can get such a device as outlined above?