Review : Wacom Intuos pen and touch tablet
Leaving Bamboo behind, Wacom have decided to rethink their tablets and have released the Intuos range! We’re taking a look at the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Medium Tablet to see if it’s really worth the hype.
So on first inspection you can see that the design and overall layout has been well thought out. The design it a lot more sleek than the previous Bamboo versions as well as being lighter and more compact.
Firstly they’ve reduced the size of their tablets, the medium being only 275 x 222 x 10 mm. But bigger is better I hear you cry! More surface for your money the better! Calm down, Wacom haven’t decided to be stingy to it’s customers. The smaller overall tablet size still offers the same active area as the old Bamboo version. It simply allows the Wacom to take up less desk space. So you get the same active area as before but more space on your desk, magic!
The surface itself feels a lot more natural and less glossy than other tablets out there, and although it’s still not exactly like drawing on paper, it’s a definite step in the right direction and away from the feeling of writing on a shiny screen.
There are four customisable buttons at the top of the Wacom tablet that you can set to be whatever you like. This is where you can really personalise the tablet to how you work and what software you use most frequently.
You can take it a step further and even set a button to be a key stroke or combination of multiple buttons to perform the same action as pressing several keys on your keyboard for a shortcut. Told you they’d thought about it.
It terms of customising just for fun you can also remove the tag at the top of the tablet through a removable sliding section on the back. This can be removed completely or changed for a black version that is included with your purchase. The tag also works as a pen holder so you don’t have to search for ages wondering where you left your tablet pen.
The pen also offers a little bit of customisation as the blue band can be removed and swapped for other colours (a black option is included). Not an amazing difference granted but it’s a nice little option.
So we’ve already mentioned that the blue band is customisable. Most other features to the pen are standard apart from the slightly thinner design which does make it feel a lot nicer to hold overall. It also offers the standard two buttons as offered with other Wacom tablet pens, and an eraser on the back. Overall it feels comfortable in your hand and the grip holds nicely in your fingers.
Combining a standard tablet with a trackpad feature it was really makes this tablet so user friendly. The touch surface allows you to rotate, scroll and even zoom. Allowing you to zoom in on photos and scroll through albums with ease. If your obsessed with your Smart Phone you’ll love the similarity of interaction.
The tablet works great for basic photo editing and drawing. In terms of pressure levels however, be aware you only really get around half the pressure levels you would with more advanced tablets. So if you’re looking for a tablet to do advanced drawing with we would recommend going for a more advanced tablet but for general drawing it works well and the customisable buttons at the top really come in handy.
The Final Review
So overall we’re quite impressed with the new Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Tablets and would definitely recommend to any tablet newbees out there or anyone that wants to use a tablet for basic photo editing or drawing. If you’re after something more advanced with tilt sensitivity and a wide array of features we would recommend paying a little extra for the Intuos Pro range. But for standard design and photo work the Intuos Pen and Touch Tablets work really well and are a solid investment to help aid your creative talents.