Wacom Intuos Review And Essential Information

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We're all used to drawing directly on a tablet or computer screen, but this drawing tablet provides an alternative surface to write on. Moving the pen over the tablet is like moving your finger on a track pad. Drawing directly on the screen may sound easier to do, but with practice this feels natural. Separating the monitor and drawing surface definitely has its advantages, the biggest being that your hand doesn't block your view of the screen. Unlike a mouse, the stylus offers pressure sensitivity. The Wacom Intuos is one of the cheapest drawing tablets that Wacom offers.

What is Wacom Intuos?

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Wacom Intuos is a drawing tablet from a company that is known for their professional tools. The Intuos drawing tablet is designed as an affordable, compact drawing tablet with pressure sensitivity control, which recognizes over 4,000 levels of sensitivity.

The Wacom Intuos is available in two sizes: small and medium. The small tablet has a 7-inch work space and is available with or without Bluetooth capability.  It offers a 10-inch work space.

Product Specs

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The Wacom Intuos has four express (shortcut) keys on the tablet and two on the stylus pen. Most of the tablet is taken up by the drawing area. The smaller tablet has 6 by 3.7 inches of work area, while the larger model has 8.5 by 5.3 inches. The Wacom Intuos offer the user 15 hours of work time and a battery-less stylus. There are four rubber pads on the bottom to prevent the tablet from sliding around on a tabletop.

Pressure Sensitivity

This feature enables the user to use the maximum brush size, or just a fraction of that selected brush, depending on the amount of pressue applied. The pressure sensitivity can also be adjusted to be within special ranges or of a certain thickness or gradient. The Wacom Intuos recognizes over 4,000 levels of pressure. For artists who do heavily detailed work, this is a major time saver.

Express Buttons

Above the drawing area there is a row of five buttons. These are slightly concave to allow the pen to rest nicely on them. The express button can be assigned keyboard shortcuts, except for the middle button. The middle button works to power the tablet and set up Bluetooth. However, the other four can not only be assigned different shortcuts, but they can also be customized to work differently for different applications.

Set Up

The Wacom Intous is compatible with Mac, Windows 7 and up, except for Windows 10S.

To a computer, a drawing tablet is nothing but a mouse with many buttons. You can use the tablet in any program by hovering the pen over the surface and tapping to click on an item.

Installing the proper drivers and software allows you to customize the buttons, view battery life, control other settings, and provides an on-screen instruction guide. The Express keys can be set to be a type of mouse click, navigation, or on-screen control. Include the buttons on the pen, the click and navigation settings allow you to use the pen just like a mouse, including the right click and scroll function.

The installation process is easy, but if it is your first time using a drawing tablet, it can take some time and experimentation to use it into your workflow.

How it Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. 

  • Huion 1060Plus
  • Parblo Island A609 Digital Drawing Tablet
  • XP-Pen Star06 Wireless 2.4G Graphics Drawing Tablet
Wacom CTL4100 Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet with 3 Bonus Software...
  • Graphics tablet to use in any software for digital art, photo editing and animation 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity...
  • Connect this digital drawing tablet to your computer via USB cable to your Mac or PC
  • Slim design and compact sized art tablet with a large drawing area (6.0 inches x 3.7 inches) Perfect for limited desktop...

Pros

  • One of the cheapest Wacom tablets available
  • Small: 10 hour battery life
  • Medium: 15 hour battery life

Cons

  • Only 4 express keys
  • No tilt sensitivity
  • ease of use
  • design quality
  • warranty

The Wacom Intuos is simple, straight to the point, and easy to use. Those customizable buttons can work to your advantage to create an efficient workflow.

HUION New 1060 Plus Graphic Drawing Tablet with 8192 Pen Pressure 12...
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  • 12 Express Keys and 16 Soft Keys - The 12 physical express-keys on the left and 16 soft keys on the top of the drawing...
  • Difference with the original 1060PLUS digital tablet in Appearance - Full-Area Surface Cover, Pen Carrier, and Thinner...

This tablet is probably the best large tablet you can find for a very affordable price, but the software does not hold up to Wacom. It isn't as customizable as the Wacom Intous, but it does have a larger drawing surface: 10 by 6.25 inches. Also, it has 12 customizable tablet Express keys and 16 soft shortcut keys on the work surface. However, users have criticized these Express keys for not being as customizable as the Wacom, due to what the driver allows. Even though it has 12 buttons, users only use five or six buttons due to their limited settings.

Another feature this tablet seems to lack is the ability for the computer to "flip" it so it can be used by left-handed users.

Tracing Papers

Out of the box, only one cover is included, but it does offer several tracing pages. These tracing pages only have adhesive on one side, so you can slip a piece of artwork underneath and trace it into digital form. This is one feature that sets this tablet above the rest in this review. Even if you use the protective papers included with the tablet, the nibs on the end of your stylus will wear down with use.

Although, there are a few advantages to this tablet. It includes a 8GB SD Card, which is used to store artwork. This allows the artist to work from any computer, given that it has the same programs. Then pen also comes with a cap to prevent damage while traveling in a backpack. There is also a artist glove included for those who don't like their hand rubbing against the tablet surface.

Pros

  • Includes 8GB SD Card
  • Recognizes over 8,000 levels of sensitivity
  • Purchase includes carry case

Cons

  • No wireless capability; USB only
  • Complaints of Photoshop not responding to sensitivity
  • Doesn't flip orientation
  • ease of use
  • design quality
  • warranty

Products are covered for 12 months of purchased from an authorized retailer regarding the quality.  Returns for refund must be completed within 30 days of purchase. Consider registering your tablet for better customer service.

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The Parblo Island drawing tablet is good option for amateur artists. It's cheaper than Wacom, but it doesn't include the free bundled software like Wacom does.

The work area is 8 by 5 inches, recognizes over 2,000 levels of pressure, and also has tilt sensitivity. The tilt sensitivity recognizes 60 levels and the driver software allows the user to adjust those levels their preferences.  

The work space area has a good amount of texture so your pen doesn't slide around while you're working. This tablet only has four express keys and two side buttons on the stylus. However, the bottom button is locked to double click, it can't be customized.

One disadvantage about this tablet is the fact that it has a built-in cable that connects to the computer. If the cable were to get damaged, the tablet would be useless.

The pen stylus is battery-free and the buttons are flush with the surface, so it can be hard to find without looking. This also allows the pen to roll around. This tablet doesn't come with a pen holder, so it is more easily lost. Unfortunately, the cursor follows the pen on screen with no lag to allow for stabilization, and this can be an issue for some artists.

Pros

  • One of the cheapest tablets with a battery-free stylus
  • Smoother drawing surface compared to other tablets
  • Tilt sensitivity

Cons

  • Built-in cord
  • Only five replacement nibs
  • No option to delay for stabilization
  • ease of use
  • design quality
  • warranty

Parblo Island has a 12-month warranty for defects in material and workmanship, but a 5-year warranty for all LED components. For a refund, you must file a return within 30 days of purchase.

XP-Pen Star06 Wireless 2.4G Graphics Drawing Tablet Digital Tablet...
  • The Star 06 features both wired and wireless USB capability: Simply plug the included ISM 2.4G USB receiver into your...
  • The Star 06's 1050mAh lithium battery charges quickly and conveniently during wired use. 2 hours provides a full charge...
  • Our battery-free stylus features 8192 pressure levels and does not require charging. Work and draw without unexpected...

The XP-Pen Star 06 offers a USB or bBluetooth connection to a computer. Out of the box, it includes a manual, artist glove, stylus pen, pen stand with 8 extra nibs, and a 4GB USB drive with the driver software for Mac and PC.

This tablet features 6 express keys, recognizes over 8,000 levels of sensitivity, and has a 10 by 6 inch work space. Left-handed users can rejoice, this tablet recognizes being flipped so you don't have to remember upside-down express keys. Both the orientation and the levels of sensitivity can be adjusted in the driver settings. By using the scroll wheel, the artist can switch brush sizes quicker than other methods. This can also be used to zoom in and out of images.

Pros

  • Tablet can store the wireless receiver
  • Scroll Wheel
  • Over 8,000 levels of pressure sensitivity

Cons

  • Only 8 extra nibs
  • Points show on curves in high resolution
  • ease of use
  • design quality
  • warranty

Like the other tablets, the XP-Pen Star is covered for 12 months. The accessories (stylus, charger, ect.) are only covered for 3 months. There is an option for one extra month of coverage if you follow XP Pen on social media sites.

Conclusion

Drawing tablets like the smaller Wacom Intuos are great for artists who might find themselves taking their work with them, but tablets like the XP-Pen and the Parblo Island are a great deal if you have a larger amount of workspace available. Also, if you are considering a tablet from this list and you're left handed, the best choice will be the XP-Pen tablet. As matter of fact, the XP-Pen is our favorite on the list, with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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