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Review: Wacom Intuos Art Tablet

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Wacom has recently offered up a new line of affordable tablets, which includes: Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Photo, and Intuos Comic. I recently had the opportunity to check out one of these tablets, the medium-sized Intuos Art, specifically.

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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.

There are also three extra pen nibs stored in a compartment underneath the tablet, along with a handy nib removal tool, for when your pen nib eventually wears down. There is even a nice fabric loop at the top end of the tablet to stow the pen when not working.

Setting up the tablet was a breeze, and though it comes with a disc holding the drivers, I opted to just download the drivers from Wacom's website to ensure I was getting the very latest update. At the top of the tablet are four function buttons, ExpressKeys, which can be customized as you'd like, with alt, shift, control, etc., by bringing up the Wacom Tablet Properties dialog (pictured below) once the drivers are installed and the tablet is connected. The Wacom Tablet Properties dialog is accessed through the Windows Control Panel.

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The pen itself feels a bit light, but comfortable to use. It has two buttons on the side, which, like the buttons on the tablet, can be customized. The pen supports 1024 pressure levels, and works very well. It lacks an eraser end and tilt recognition, unlike the pen that comes with the Intuos Pro and other higher end models, but doesn't seem like a deal breaker to me.

This tablet is fully touch enabled and works through standard gestures, as you can see in the properties screen shot below.

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Once I started working with the tablet, it quickly became completely natural. And just being able to work with both the pen and touch gestures together is a real timesaver, and very comfortable, making it easy to get lost in your work. When drawing/painting, it has a real pen on paper feel, which really makes it great to work with, because it just feels right.

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The difference between the Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Photo, and Intuos Comic tablets is the bundled software/offers that come with them, and that the Intuos Draw is the only one without touch capability. The Intuos Art bundle includes:

  • Corel Painter Essentials 5
  • Free Full color 20 page 8 x 8 Photobook from Shutterfly
  • Free 8 x 10 brilliant color metal print from Horizon Worldwide
  • $25 Gift Code from Threadless - the leader in Art products
  • Free 30-day membership from lynda.com, an online training library offering thousands of expert-taught English training videos in software, creative and business skills

Beautifully designed, comfortable, responsive, real creative pen on paper feel, affordable - this is just simply a fantastic entry tablet. I highly recommend taking a look at the Intuos Art.

Also, be sure to check out the Wacom website for more info on the full Intuos line of tablets. The Intuos Art, Photo, Comic, or Draw may be just what you are looking for. But, if you are looking for something a bit more professional, then an Intuos Pro might be your next choice. Though a jump in price, it should be noted that the Intuos Pro also features the Pro Pen, tilt recognition and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Pricing

  • Intuos Art (small) - 99.95(USD)
  • IntuosArt(medium)199.95 (USD)

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