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Wacom Intuos4 Small Pen Tablet
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Product Description

Professional photographers, designers and artists agree: Intuos4 Pen Tablet speeds up production time for photo editing, design and art creation. When working with digital assets, there isn't a more natural tool than a pen for increased comfort and control.

The small Intuos4 pen tablet is perfect for limited desktop areas or for those who want a highly portable, professional level tablet that fits comfortably in a laptop bag (not included). A show settings" ExpressKey function provides an on-screen, pop-up display showing the ExpressKey configuration (activate your own unique, time-saving shortcuts and modifiers). The Intuos4 features Wacom's new tip sensor technology to deliver an even finer level of control. You can initiate pen pressure control with near-zero starting pressure and a feather-light touch. With 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and realistic pen tilt recognition, the Intuos4 pen simulates like never before the natural feel and accuracy of working with traditional brushes, pens, and markers. Small pen tablet Grip Pen Mouse Pen stand 10 replacement nibs (5 standard, 1 flex nib, 1 stroke nib, and 3 hard felt nibs) Nib extractor 2.5m (8.20 ft.) USB cable Quick Start Guide Installation CD (includes tablet driver software & electronic user manual) System Requirements - Windows XP SP2.Vista, or Mac OS X 10.4.8+ Color display Powered USB port Unit Dimensions - 12.2 x 8.2 x 0.5 in.; Weight - 1.54 lb

  • Quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork with natural pen control
  • New pen tip sensor technology lowers activation force and captures every nuance of pen pressure
  • 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity for precise pressure control
  • User-defined ExpressKeys & multi function Touch Ring put time saving shortcuts, modifiers, scrolling, zooming, and more at your fingertips.
  • Illuminated ExpressKey displays provide a constant reference each Keys setting (Bullet only for use with the Medium, Large or Extra-Large sizes of Intuos4

Customer Reviews:

  • An impressive upgrade from the Intuos3
    I love my Intuos3 tablet and was hoping there was enough to justify the expense of upgrading, especially since after a couple of years the old one is still in great shape with no problems at all. I needn't have worried, I love this new tablet! The first thing I noticed is that it's nicer looking with it's shiny black side panel and just a more high tech look overall. The older model had a more clunky look to it than this one. (Hopefully this will be just as dependable).

    The radial touch wheel that looks kind of like the one on an iPod is a great new feature. It's programmable so you can adjust the sensitivity and canvas and also add 4 custom settings. In fact, every button can be mapped to the way you want it. You can even map the tilt sensitivity, the tip feel, and tip double-click distance. It's pretty impressive.

    To me, this feels more like actually drawing on paper than the previous model. It has a great surface and it's very responsive. The weight of the pen is just right and the rubber grip makes it very comfortable to hold. It supports 2048 levels of sensitivity so you have a great deal of control over what you're drawing. The express keys are fantastic. The possibilities for programming them seems almost endless and using submenus there are even more possibilities. The different nibs offer different levels of friction, simulating many different mediums. (It comes with 10 replacement nibs). There are more capabilities than I will probably ever need, but it's nice to know they're available.

    I never used the mouse for my old tablet and probably won't use it with this one. I tried it for a short time and it seems about the same.

    You purchase gives you access to the following software available for download: Nik Color Efex Pro 3 WE6 and Wacom Brushes 3 along with two of the following: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 for the PC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 for the Mac, Autodesk SketchBook Express 2010, and Corel Painter Sketch Pad. I'm still making up my mind which ones to download.

    This was great upgrade and I'm glad I didn't wait.

    ...more info
  • Settings are appropriately deep, but are NOT portable
    If you plan to use this product on only one computer, then the 5-star reviews are right on the money. However, be aware that to get the most out of a tablet, you must spend time configuring it. For example, I use the "eraser" end of the stylus to close browser windows and throw files in the trash. But in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, this end acts as an Eraser tool. Wonderfully adaptable!

    Configuring the device so it is useful in your main applications takes time, and that's ok, as you get the tool you want when you want it. So once configured, life is great--until you want to share those settings with students, a colleague, or another computer that you own.

    You must start from the beginning on each computer! So if you want to migrate settings, be ready to take careful notes of them, and give yourself plenty of time to reconfigure them on each machine that you use. No, I haven't missed something. I thought I had, so I wrote Wacom's tech support. They confirmed this shortcoming. With luck it will be addressed in a future driver update....more info
  • A stroke of genius.
    This is my first Wacom product and first tablet for that matter but from what I have experienced it's very responsive, build quality is great and the OLED is cool to look at. The writing surface feels just like writing on paper with a pencil. Other than that I'm still learning the tablet... will post more when I have some more to write....more info
  • Unbelievable Upgrade! Must have for those in art / graphics!!!
    Ok my background with tablets is that well Wacom makes the best! I've been using a Bamboo for over a year now. I got it mainly because it is such a deal at only 50 bucks! It's a hell of a tool for doing the simplest of tasks in graphics to even the more difficult aspects.

    Now step into the Wacom Intuos4 and WOW. This thing is a night and day difference between the Bamboo and the this. The sad part is that no other manufactures come close to Wacom products, I've tried a couple of them that friends have.

    Some key differences from older Wacom Tablets:
    - key placement: I find the new setup easier to work with, all keys to one side instead of the top and the placement/organization is nice as well.
    - aspect ratio of active area: it's now setup for wide screens so those still using 4:3 screens will have to limit the active area to match that of a 4:3 screen or your strokes will be way off.
    - So thin: The new design is much thinner compared to older models
    - new sensitive area design: they have released a new way for pressure to be sensed and though I don't understand the technical parts I do notice the difference even from the intuos3, it just seems to work better.
    - the new surface is better as well, it feels more natural than the older tablets, before it was too smooth, now it feels more natural.

    TOUCH RING: The newest thing that I find probably the best part of the new design is the new touch ring. No more single function of the touch ring. They first introduced the touch ring when the bamboo came out. you could use it for only one thing, zoom or brush size or a few other options. but there was no AND ability of it. The new design has a button in the middle that allows you to select from 4 different function that you preprogram into it. The default setting work great: auto scroll/zoom, cycle layers, brush size, canvas rotation.

    BUTTONS: Although I really do like the new screens that tell you what each button is programed for I would like for them to be different in the tactile aspect of things. The older version would have them different direction and with bumps and such on them, it would be nice to have the new setup with different bumps and such on them as well.

    MOUSE: This setup also comes with a mouse to use with the tablet: it's quite nice as it's extremely accurate and glides nicely on top of the tablet. Though I don't use this mouse much it is quite nice to have around at times.

    NEW PEN:
    - the new pen is a world of difference from the old. you can change the tips out for different styles/feels. you have tips for pencil, brush, pen, felt tip and more. it comes with 10 extra "nibs", as they are called, located inside the pen holder. There is also a "nib" extractor in there as well.
    - color rings, you can personalize your pen with 4 different color rings. white, grey, red, black. If you have a couple of pens you can set them up with a ring to ID the style that pen is for. I put the other rings I didn't use inside the pen holder.

    LEFT and RIGHT handed people:
    - you can set this up to work with your needs. All you have to do is flip for how you like it and then make sure the setting in the control panel for the Wacom is the way you have it directed. How simple is that!? There is also 2 USB plugs on the device that you can plug into depending on which direction you decide to use. There is also a little loop near each one. I used one of the twisty ties to put around the end of the USB cable to make sure it doesn't get pulled out by accident, yes I'm odd...

    Vista compatible: from what I've been reading they have fixed all issues with the older version in the new intuos4 for use in Vista, I can't say much about this seeing as I'm not giving up my XP anytime soon! Not until I absolutely have to!

    Seeing as this is the medium that active area is 8.8 x 5.5 in or 223.5 x 139.7 mm for those that like the metric system. all in all you get a total of 48.5 inches squared of active area, which is a heck of a lot!

    alright now for a little Pro and Con list:

    + Matte frame around active area, seems to be comfortable.
    + More express keys
    + Touch ring w/ 4 presets
    + 2048 Levels of sensitivity and new wacom tip sensor
    + 16:9 Aspect ratio, great for people with newer screens
    + Thinner than previous models.
    + Ambidextrous design
    + Great drawing surface, feels like pen/brush on paper/canvas
    + Improved customization software: far more felixble
    + Great tablet driver: Vista Supported
    + Improved grip pen feels more natural in hand
    + Innovative pen holder: stores your nibs/nib tool and colored rings
    + Color coding rings: personalize your pen
    + 10 replacement nibs: some are duplicates so no worries about using them a lot
    + Tons of extra software: downloaded right from wacom website and you can order a hard copy as well.

    - Gloss finish around Express keys: finger prints show a lot here
    - Express keys all styled the same = easy to hit the wrong one
    - Only 16:9 is offered, can be limiting for those still having 4:3 screens
    - Lots of excess area around active area (but may be for comfort reasons)
    - Rubber on the pen easily attracts dust

    In conclusion:
    This is one heck of a tablet. It by far blows away the competition yet again and it is even priced right. I see they just dropped the price another 20 bucks from what it was on the release as well. I've been a fan of tablets for a long time and you just can't go wrong with Wacom. They are the industry leader and will be the industry leader for many many more years. Even the cons of this product are nothing more than nit picky little details.

    My projects have developed even further and faster lately since I've started to use this tablet. It's a world of difference and worth the money spent. So if you have been considering getting one,,, just do it already!!! Even if you are just a hobbyist in the graphics world you wont regret the purchase of the intuos4 at any level.

    Just keep in mind that the small doesn't have the screens next tot he buttons.

    wow, I didn't think my review would end up so long............more info
  • Huge Step up from Intuos 3
    Moving all of the buttons to one side and adding the radial button/wheel is a huge step up from the functionality of the 3, which I've had for years. Moving the buttons to one side means you never have to put down your pen to press a button, and in my case, you no longer need to lock out buttons that you hit by mistake when you were reaching for the phone, or looking for a piece of paper.
    The radial 'switch' has four settings. For example, setting one, just sweep your finger left or right to change brush sizes, setting two, same thing for zooming in or out, you get the idea.
    Photographers, this is a much better investment than buying a new lens!
    This is a worthwhile upgrade for any current Intuos Three user!...more info
  • Terrific silky smooth pen action. Great Mac drivers!
    This is indeed the best tablet Wacom has ever released. I've been using tablets ever since the old Wacom ADB ArtZ tablets in the 90s. And if you are a lefty (like me), this is the one you've been waiting for! Wacom FINALLY made the darn thing ambidextrous! There are two USB ports and the OLED display flips orientation either way you turn it. The iPod-like touch wheel is far more useful than the funky scroll strip of Intuos3 line. The drivers are top notch too! You can adjust settings per app! Each app can have four different functions for the touch wheel. (It's a great jog wheel for Final Cut, After Effects and Cinema 4D!) For me, the medium size is the perfect balance. The large model takes up your entire desk. And the small version is missing the OLED screens.
    With so many programmable buttons and the Quad-Function touch wheel, Wacom really doesn't want you to ever touch the keyboard!...more info
  • Great could be better
    Excellent Tablet. I have had each version of the intuos tablet and they have all been good. I use this tablet daily. Mostly in photoshop and a 3d modeling application called modo. I have not noticed a big improvement as far as sensitivity goes despite the increased levels. Im also not impressed by the rocker switch on the pen. It does not feel as sturdy as previous models. Almost as if they used a cheaper switch. What makes this tablet an upgrade in my opinion is the buttons on the tablet. I always knocked the buttons on the right side on my intuos 3 and would end up turning them off. Having all buttons on one side is a big advantage. The touch strip on the previous model was nice but have it as a circular control makes so much more sense. In modo there are alot of keyboard shortcuts. To many for me to remember. customizing the circular control means that i can access four pie chart menus within the application giving me instant access to so many tools without me having to memorize the short cut. ...more info
  • Great Device
    I've used Wacom tablets for the past 10 years. I had an ancient PenPartner, an original Intuos 1 with a serial connection (that no longer is useable on any of my computers!), a Graphire, and now this Intuos 4.

    This tablet is a substantial leap forward over any of the previous ones that I have had. The pen feel on it is great, the layout is logical, I love the finger scroll input area, and the sensitivity is much better than on previous tablets. Also, the USB connection is now via replaceable cable, so there is less to worry about if you happen to have a cord issue down the road. Lastly, it has the right dimensions for use with the newer widescreen monitors.

    The only cons I can see are the pen coating (I have pets, and this thing seems to grab hair from the air and stick it to it), and I wish they had made the penholder a little wider on the bottom so it doesn't knock over as easily.

    Other than that, I would highly recommend this product. Great job Wacom!...more info
  • Close, but not Perfect
    This is the first time I've ever used a tablet. I've been wanting one for the past year or so, but was put off by the 'staleness' of the Intuos3 line. I could have opted for a Bamboo tablet, but I wanted prosumer quality.

    I had modest expectations when I got this; I just wanted to sketch a little bit and maybe use it in other applications like the CS4 suite or the MS Office suite. When I first got the tablet, I immediately put it to my 'handwriting test', i.e., wrote my name. I used the mouse to do it initially, and while I suceeeded, it was still awkward. Using the tablet was 100x easier!

    There was an initial learning curve as I tried to 'retrain' my hand/eye coordination in using the tablet. It did take some getting used to; I can see why the Cintiq line is so appealing. I found myself fighting against myself at times in using the tablet; I would move my pen like a mouse as I was used to short, quick motions, and need to remind myself that I needed to move my pen way over to where I wanted it to go. Also, I need to get a better feel on how far above the surface the pen is; it's quite sensitive.

    The pen itself was fairly comfortable and nicely weighted near the bottom. I didn't use the rocker switch all that too much. Also, drawing on the surface felt natural. I can't say that it felt like 'paper' as opposed to 'plastic', as I've never used a tablet before. The best thing I can say is that drawing on the tablet didn't 'irritate' me or dissuade me from using it further.

    That said, I was able to produce a quick sketch under Photoshop CS4 and was able to use the tablet in a fairly quick fashion. I was able to use the pen's pressure sensitivity in varying my brush strokes, etc. Overall, I was very pleased with the tablet's performance.

    There are a couple of concerns, and admittedly minor ones at that;
    * The Medium Intuos4 seems to be too big? I'm using a 23" (widescreen) monitor, and I find myself using long strokes of the pen, quite the opposite of what I was accustomed in doing with my mouse. I guess it's more about retraining my mind in using it effectively and naturally.
    * The OLED buttons are what sold me on this tablet; otherwise I would have gone for the Small version of Intuos4. However, they did not pop up at some times when the computer awakes from sleep mode. Must be an issue specific to my computer setup, I guess.
    * The mouse was usable. However, the felt surface underneath the mouse introduced a little bit of resistance in which I was unaccustomed to. The Intuos4 mouse felt a little bit 'heavy' for my liking. It'll probably go into storage. I would have rather that Wacom dropped the mouse and lowered the price instead.
    * I use the mouse left-handed and reversed the mouse button clicks in my computer setup. However, I configured the tablet for right-handed use. (I'm actually right-handed, but due to the limitations on my desk, I configured my mouse for left-handed use.) Photoshop CS4 did not behave as expected, as the pen clicks would register as 'right-clicks'! Un-reversing the mouse buttons did the trick, and I had to 'retrain' myself in using the left-handed mouse with a right-handed button clicking system. My mind may just yet explode.
    * Lastly, in Photoshop CS4, the tablet's TouchRing could not rotate the canvas. As it turns out, Photoshop CS4 requires hardware support for its OpenGL implementation (needed for canvas rotation), and my computer graphics system (Dell Studio Hybrid w/ Core 2 Duo) isn't supported.
    * I haven't used the bundled software (or even downloaded it!), but I hope to do so soon. I wanted to use this tablet in leveraging my CS4/Office software investment and didn't want to tinker around with other software.

    Overall, I am quite pleased with the Intuos4, despite unexpected 'glitches' in using the tablet, and was specific to my computer setup....more info
  • Great deal for the price.
    First of all, I must say that the only tablet I have used before is the Wacom Intuos3, so I will be drawing my comparisons mainly between the Intuos3 and Intuos4. I understand that there are a multitude of tablets/digitizers in the market, such as Genie and *forgot the company's name*, but my review will mainly focus on Wacom's line of tablets. To start off, I must say that if you are considering a tablet, then you might want to first try the Wacom Bamboo/Bamboo Fun before shelling out hundreds for a Intuos.

    Everything aside, I love my Intuos4, and I think it is definitely a worthy upgrade from Intuos3 (or any other tablets in general), especially if you spend hours everyday with a pen.

    Intuos4, instead of the gray metallic look of the Intuos3, hosts a cool black matte finish with a high-gloss black side panel. It is a lot thinner than the intuos3, a much lower profile, and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

    Since most of us have widescreen monitors, I think it is very thoughtful of Wacom to update the aspect ratio of the Intuos4, but be warned though; if you use a 4:3 monitor, you might experience problems with drawing ratios since the 16:9 active area will be 'squeezed' to fit into a 4:3 layout; what this means is that if you draw a tilted line on the tablet, the line will appear to be squeezed horizontally and stretched vertically on the 4:3 monitor. Of course, you can manually limit the active area in the Wacom configuration software, but that would force you to sacrifice a portion of working area, so take this into consideration when purchasing this tablet.

    The biggest design change from the Intuos3 is the layout of the expresskeys. Because of the ambidextrous design, Wacom placed all the keys on one side of the tablet, so there are more keys available to the users. What I think is extremely thoughtful of Wacom is that for the Small tablet, it came with 2 USB tables, one tilted upwards and the other downwards, as to cater to both the left-handed and the right-handed configuration. Note, however, that the Small version of the Intuos4 does not have the OLED display to the right of the expresskeys, and instead of 8, you will only get 6 keys (but it is more than sufficient for me).

    The problem I have with the expresskeys is that in the Intuos3, the keys are shaped differently, so that it is very easy to locate a specific key without having to constantly look down; however, for intuos4, since all the keys are shaped exactly the same, it is extremely easy activate the wrong key...this is especially the case with Intuos4 Small, since there is no visual indication as to what function each key is assigned to, making navigation difficult. I think Wacom should have made each of the keys more distinct tactilely[sic?], especially for the Small version. However, I think this should not be much of a problem after some time of getting use to (I only had it for a day).

    The Touch Ring is what I think the biggest innovation in the Intuos4. The touchstrip was great, but you can only assign one function to the strip, but with the new touch ring, you can assign 4 different functions, switchable with the press of the central bottom. What this means is that you can assign Zoom/Rotate/Brush Size/Opacity/Flow/etc. all to a single touchring, which greatly boosts productivity, and makes the tablet more intuitive to use. This is especially true with the new 'Rotate' feature in Photoshop CS4, but I have noticed that there is a significant latency delay (lag) when invoking the rotate function with the touchring, but it may just be me.

    The new rubberized grip pen also features the cool black finish akin to that of the tablet; the weight of the pen is almost perfect, and the rubber grip makes using the grip pen more comfortable than ever before, but the rubber grip also attracts dust and lint, so it may be subjected to constant cleaning. The pen supports 2048 levels of sensitivity, and since I have a light stroke, the penstrokes register a lot better with Intuos4. The rocker on the pen, however, has a very poor travel, and a bit awkward to use. But all in all, I prefer the Intuos4 grip pen over the Intuos3 version for its comfort and usability.

    The new improved tablet surface is perhaps as close as you can get with real Pen-on-Paper experience with a digital tablet. Intuos3's surface is extremely 'slippery', and drawing on it feels like plastic-on-plastic; however, the Intuos4's surface makes me really feel like drawing on paper with almost perfect travel and traction. The different nibs offer different levels of friction, simulating different mediums. This concept was attempted in Intuos3, but I think Intuos4 has really perfected the formula, making drawing on the tablet feel almost the same as drawing on paper.

    I don't usually talk about the pen-stand, but the pen stand for Intuos4 is definitely worthy mentioning. A high gloss black finish, the pen stand can be twisted open, revealing a nib storage compartment with slots to store 10 extra nibs (and a nib extractor). I used to lose track of my pen nibs all the time, but not anymore, so kudos to Wacom for their attention to details.

    The tablet comes with a wide array of softwares (Photoshop Elements, Sketchpad, etc.) all available online to Intuos4 customers via Wacom's website (but you'll have to register your Intuos4 to receive the softwares); the driver installation is extremely easy (but I do recommend resetting your wacom profile in the Wacom Preference Utility and uninstall any old wacom driver(s) before installing the new one to prevent conflicts); it took me literally 15 minutes to set everything up and running under Vista, and no problems thus far.

    The expresskey configuration, however, is a bit tedious, especially if you plan on using different presets for you applications. There are many great additions, such as the Radial Menu, which is, in short, a nice multi-command invoker; this, along with the additional expresskeys and the touch ring, would probably take some time to configure to your liking.

    There has been complaints about Intuos3's poor Vista support (although I have had no problems with my Intuos3 under vista); according to other reviews, Wacom seems to have fixed most of the incompatibility problems with Intuos4.

    Note that I have intentionally left out the Wacom mouse because I never was a fan of Wacom's mouses, so it is still sitting in my box...maybe I'll take it out and test it someday...

    + Cool black finish, matte frame extremely comfortable to rest hand on.
    + Ambidextrous design
    + More expresskeys
    + Touchring with 4 presets
    + 2048 Levels of sensitivity
    + 16:9 Aspect ratio (may not be a pro if you have a 4:3 design, see above)
    + Great drawing surface, feels like pen-on-paper.
    + Thinner, lighter than Intuos3
    + Great driver, vista support.
    + Improved customization software, many useful functions
    + Improved grip pen, comfortable to use
    + 10 replacement nibs (should last 2-5 years)
    + Innovating pen holder, serves as a storage for replacement nibs
    + Color rings to give the grip pen a different feel
    + Tons of extra softwares, great value.

    - Expresskeys shaped the same, easy to press the wrong key
    - Intuos4 Small does not have the OLED display
    - Price
    - Only 16:9 is offered
    - The rocker on the grip pen has poor travel
    - May not be the best choice if you prefer the smooth drawing surface of Intuos3
    - A bit too big for a small tablet (compared to Intuos3 Small)
    - High gloss side panel is a fingerprint magnet
    - The rubber grip on the pen attracts dust and lint.
    - Does not come with a travel sleeve (is this really too much to ask?)

    All in all, Intuos4 boasts many notable upgrades from the previous Intuos3 line. If you have been holding off for a Intuos3, then this is perhaps the time for you to finally jump on the Intuos boat. Due to the size limitations, the Small Intuos4 lacks a few features available in the other models of the Intuos4 line (notably the OLED display, dual USB ports, etc.), but the price difference between the Small and the Medium ($199 vs $349) tablets does not seem to justify for the price jump (especially since I don't have the space to accommodate for a medium tablet).

    Again, if this is your first time shopping for a tablet, then I would recommend trying out the Bamboo line of products before considering the Intuos.

    I enjoy the Intuos4 tablet, and I would recommend it to any serious graphics designers/photographers/animators/etc. This is a worthy investment and you won't regret it.

    Final Verdict: Wacom, you have done it again. ^^...more info
  • 3 steps forward, 2 steps backward
    As my review title suggests, Wacom has improved once again with it's new tablet, yet has taken a couple steps backward also which keeps me from giving it 5 stars.
    1. If you're a 3d Artist, you might use the Ctrl/Alt/Shift buttons much more than regular graphic artists.. Intuos4 lined up these buttons making it harder to select more than one at a time, and the buttons themselves are harder to press and now feel "cheap". Intuos3 buttons were perfect, the changes are purely for looks and the functionality suffered because of it.
    2. Zoom is circular now? whatever. Again, looks cool, less functional.

    1. Beautiful looking! A bit thinner & wider which is great for us dual-monitor users. I could even see a market for a "9x18" size.
    2. Wacom FINALLY got the surface improved. No more "painting on glass" surface.. it now has a bit of 'roughness' to it, like you're drawing on paper. HUGE improvement!!!
    3. Small improvement to the grip on the pen. Same pen, but the rubber grip slips less (so far).

    note: Wacom mouse now works like a regular wireless mouse, it's axis/input is determined by the mouse location/direction... not by the tablets. It's the first Wacom mouse I've considered using!!...more info
  • Fell in love all over again...
    I have been using an Intuos3 6x8 every day on my PC for the past three years and have loved it without a single problem and hardly any signs of wear, I knew a newer version would come out one day, but always wondered if it would be advanced enough to replace my current tablet. And newer does not always mean better of course... I must say enough changes have been made to get me excited about using the Intuos4 medium over my Intuos3.

    The Intuos4 is thinner and lighter than previous version, but the overall size is the same except for being only about and inch or so wider. Usable pen surface of this "medium" size is the same as my Intuos3 6x8. A good size to work with, and I've never had a desire for larger size.

    The button controls are just wonderful, they can all be set to do anything you want them to do just like on the previous version, but now with added features like the radial control that does the job of many single buttons and very smoothly too.

    The fact that whatever description you type into the "settings" will show in the led panel next to the button is a really nice feature now that there are so many more controls for you to use. There is even a brightness control for them in the control panel.

    After some use, I do wish the buttons were a bit larger and/or with a bit of space between them, would help when keeping your eyes on the monitor.

    The description labels do not apply to the radial control however, while you can program it as you wish, you need to hit the "?" button for on-screen assignment display if you forget your settings. But, even that works quickly and smoothly and I'm sure after you get your new settings memorized, you can reset that button as a different function you might like.

    I find that the "touch" radial control works much smoother than the Intuos3 vertical touch slot, which always gave me a bit of a problem as my finger tip did not fit it well. The new one works more like an iPod touch control except that you can select any one of four areas you want it to control.

    Pen and tablet are the same comfortable feel except the Intuos4 can be much more pressure sensitive if you want it to be. You can really get the exact action you desire after some practice and settings adjustments.

    I never did use the supplied mouse with the Intuos3 and doubt if I'll use the one that comes with the Intuos4, but it does work just fine and you can program the settings for it also.

    Since I always use my tablet in my lap, and not flat on a desk, a nice change, (that I requested in a Wacom owners survey some time ago), is a removable cord that you can swap sockets for left and right hand use. Note, you could also swap it to upper and lower position even while keeping a right or left hand orientation if you desire.

    While I'm glad to see Wacom use the new cord, I do wish they had used a softer for flexable USB cord like the old version had, this one is a bit too stiff and wants to stick out the side and inch or so and that seems to hit my leg or something else as I use the tablet.
    Since the tablet end is a mini USB plug, I'm afaid that bumping it over a period of time will mess up the USB socket in the tablet.

    Even if it had a 90 degree plug on the tablet end like some of the other Intuos4 sizes it would be better in my opinion.
    ... perhaps I might just buy my own cord if there is one available with right angle on the tablet end.

    Only other thing I can think to add here is that the package is very well done and really presents the product to it's best, up scale materials and design that I've only felt with Apple products in the past. And the black on black tablet is beautiful, a first class job.

    I just can't believe how I ever worked without a pen & tablet, I've come to enjoy them so much that I don't even think about the fact that there is an input device between my thoughts and actions, and that is wonderful.

    It feels strange to see my Intuos3 to one side as I work with the new Intuos4, like an old friend that should be respected.
    ...Although, I believe the old tablet will end up getting used as a control device for other programs that do not have anything to do with photo or art work, change the button setings and it could be used with most any software. Perhaps the mouse might get used from here on out.

    Yes, I love this product and I'm very glad I went with Wacom as I've had no problems over the years, even with hours of use per day.

    ...more info
  • Excellent Tablet Upgrade
    I am not going to go into all the new features of this tablet because the other reviewers have already covered it. I upgraded from an original Intuos 1 tablet and this represents a huge improvement, particularly in accuracy and pressure sensitivity. I have tested the Tablet on both Mac OS 10.5.6 and Windows Vista SP1 and the drivers appear to work great....more info
  • Nice Size And Features, But For Serious Amateurs Or Professionals
    Background: The Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet from Wacom is the latest version of their midrange line. It is the second tablet that I have used with the other being the Wacom Bamboo Small Pen Tablet; however, there is really no comparison between the two. Whereas the Bamboo is targeted at more of the casual user, the Intuos is more powerful but also more expensive. If you are looking at something for occasional or casual use, I would recommend something from Wacom's Bamboo or Bamboo Fun lines instead.

    Setup: Setup for the Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet is pretty quick and easy. The included instruction book walks you through the simple process - insert the CDROM, start the software install, and connect the tablet to your computer using the included USB cable. One nice feature is that the Intuos4 can be configured for either right or left handed use. The design is built in to both the drivers and the hardware. There are two ports for connecting the USB cable based on the orientation that you choose. The overall process is something that Wacom has down to a science.

    Extras: One of the draws to the Intuos4 for me was the software that you gain access to with your purchase. Users gain access to Nik Color Efex Pro 3 WE6 and Wacom Brushes 3 along with two of the following: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 for the PC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 for the Mac, Autodesk SketchBook Express 2010, and Corel Painter Sketch Pad. I chose the SketchBook and Sketch Pad programs because I already have Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X2 for photo editing. My disappointment came in the installation of the Corel Painter Sketch Pad software. It requires a software license key that is e-mailed to you through the download site at Wacom. The site was not functioning properly when I was downloading the software, and I never got the e-mail with my key. It allows you two chances and then locks you out. I e-mailed their technical support, and it took them almost an entire week to resolve a simple problem of resetting the flag in my account in order to try to obtain the key again. I received one notification that the problem was resolved only to find that my account was still showing that I was maxed out on the key requests. I would hate to have had to contact them with a more serious problem.

    Usage: The medium sized tablet seems like an ideal size. With my Bamboo Small Tablet controlling normal applications and navigating the desktop felt very cramped and awkward. However, I was pleased that I didn't experience these issues with the medium Intuous4. The iPod like scroll-wheel works as you would expect to navigate up and down on web pages or documents. The 6x8 active tablet area also seemed more natural for controlling moving the cursor, whereas the small Bamboo Tablet was hard to control because of the disproportionate distance moved with your hand versus on the screen. However, normal navigation is not the primary reason to own one of these tablets.

    It is more a matter of how the tablet functions in working with pictures and drawing that counts. I found that the Intuos4 worked well with Paint Shop Photo Pro on the brush settings. It gives much more precise control over the functions that you would otherwise have. Again, the medium size seems ideal for this purpose as the proportion of tablet area to workspace seems appropriate. The pen is very smooth, and it feels natural on the tablet surface. Drawing in the Autodesk and Corel products also demonstrated the precision and control that the tablet provides. The tablet and pen work in concert to discern the amount of pressure that you apply and respond accordingly with either thicker or darker strokes or marks based on what is appropriate for the context of the application. That was one of the things that I really liked about the tablet was that without a lot of detailed instructions or tutorials, the device just worked as expected when doing things in a natural way while drawing.

    Conclusion: The Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet is definitely a step up from the Bamboo line of tablets that Wacom offers. For the uses in my evaluation it is probably overkill, and people who would use it in a similar manner would probably be better served by a selection from the Bamboo line. However, if your usage is more as a professional or as a series amateur, then you will find the additional controls and capabilities of this tablet more suited to your needs....more info
  • Very Happy New Wacom User
    This is my first Wacom tablet. I read 2 reviews in industry mags and wanted this right away! And then I saw the price - it just cost too much for a amateur hack like myself.I thought a product like this is strictly for the pros and went back to my embarrassing little Manhattan tablet I picked up for $39. But every time I tried to use that old thing, I remembered why I so desperately wanted an upgrade; my old tablet surface is designed to read any touch, which meant I could not rest my hand on the surface. It was actually easier to use my mouse for detail work than my tablet!

    A local office supply store had the Wacom Intuos4 on sale and offers a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee. If I had as much trouble with it as I did my previous tablet, I could get a full refund! That was the guarantee I needed to coax my credit card out of my wallet and this wonderful tablet onto my desk.

    I love the ambidextrous design; in my search for an upgrade from my previous tablet, I discovered that tablets are made for right-handed users. As a lefty, I cringed at the thought of trying to work around all the controls on the left side of the tablet. The tablets I saw that had the controls at the top of the tablet still had the cord configured to use the tablet on the right side of the user's desk, which meant I would have to rearrange all the peripherals and assorted desk flotsam that are permanent fixtures in my workspace. This tablet negates those obstacles.

    Wacom has four sizes of the Intuos4 and I purchased the "Small." I am impressed with it's size and how well it translates to my 17" wide screen monitor. The surface is specifically designed for wide screen use, so my initial strokes are precise.

    I've used the tablet daily since purchasing it a week ago and my productivity time has increased over 50%! I had practically perfected the art of graphics design using only a mouse, but now I can accomplish tasks in a fraction of the time. And detail work is meticulous on the first pass, eliminating the multiple refinement steps I needed when using the mouse.

    I agree with a previous reviewer that the buttons are "mushy" and a bit off-putting, but because I have never worked with tablet buttons before, it hasn't been an issue for me. "At least they look cool!" sums up my attitude on the buttons.

    The whole tablet looks cool - that may sound shallow, but I have a very precise idea of what peripherals should look like and have long dedicated my hard-earned money to purchasing sleek, black, shiny components and avoiding anything that wouldn't match, regardless of cost/quality differences between matching and non-matching items.

    Overall, I am impressed with the quality and looks of this tablet. I plan to wear it out and when the time comes, I am certain I will replace it with whatever Wacom's newest is....more info
  • A stroke of genius.
    This is my first Wacom product and first tablet for that matter but from what I have experienced it's very responsive, build quality is great and the OLED is cool to look at. The writing surface feels just like writing on paper with a pencil. Other than that I'm still learning the tablet... will post more when I have some more to write....more info
  • Go with the flow!
    I've had my Intuos4 for a few weeks now and waited to review s I could work a few projects with it. It has become quite a helpful tool and a fun creative incentive.

    I was introduced to Wacom products almost a year ago with theBamboo Fun (Medium) with Pen, Mouse & Graphics Software and raved about it, and still do. In fact, I am so happy to have worked with the Bamboo first since the Intuos4 is loaded with much more to learn.

    The biggest difference I felt was a better fluidity. The sensitivity of the pad is just amazing. You can make the most specific lightest stroke, or as detailed as a pen and ink drawing.

    The aesthetics and difference of the Bamboo and Intuos4 is obviously the size of the work area. My Bamboo Fun has 21 square inches and 512 levels of pressure sensitivity. My new Intuos4 cranks that up with over 48 square inches and an impressive claim of over 2000 pressure levels. This does not deter use of the Bamboo as the in my case, it has become my portable tablet with my PC notebook, and the Intuos is now married to my year old 24" screen iMac.

    Along with the combination of my Mac and Intuos comes a welcome addition of Autodesk SketchBook Pro 2010. This is not any type of requirement as Wacom gives you a selection of bonus software to choose. But with Autodesk, the software takes advantage of your desktop space along widecreen features with the tablet.

    There's hardly any button learning curves to speak of on the Bamboo, but the Intuos has plenty. But, don't let that scare you as you personalize everything and setup shortcuts for your most frequent actions.

    It's a great investment and adjusts to your style, not the other way around. You are in full control and release your full creativity. You can further enhance the unit with optional brushes, such as an airbrush, inking pen, art pen etc. all with a retail cost between $70-$100 each. have not tried the additional pens, but look forward to getting a few if not all.

    Well worth the investment from Graphic Designers, Animators, Photographers, business offices, educational institutions and don't forget the kids!...more info
  • intuos 4 tablet
    This is one of the best things I have ever purchased and I have not even scratched the surface of customizing it yet. I am using it for Photoshop and am doing even better with this new tool. I gave my old intous 3 tablet to my 12 year old fdaugheter who is learned how to use it and is doing some amazing things drawing....more info
  • This Tablet is a Work of Art - an Excellent Tool by Itself
    If you are just using a regular mouse for now, a tablet will open up a new exciting world of using your PC to express your artistic side. If you are using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or more importantly; software like Painter, then a tablet is a must.

    WHY A TABLET instead of a mouse? Simply, a mouse is a mere pointing device. A tablet handles the more serious side of your creative expression.

    UNBOXING is sheer joy. Apple products are famous for their good looking products as well as for their packaging. It is a similar experience with the Intuos4. The tablet is plain gorgeous.

    Intuos4 has 4 SIZES. Small, medium, large & x-large. The one I have is medium. Only the small one does not have LCD screens.

    INSTALLATION went smoothly. Add to that, a selection of software that you can download for free to use with your tablet. To name a few; ADOBE ELEMENTS, Autodesk Sketch book, Wacom Brushes, and a number of others.

    The whole 16:10 WIDESCREEN tablet sensor represent your entire monitor screen. The Intuos 4 has a much IMPROVED PRESSURE SENSITIVITY (up to 2048 levels) to better adapt with your own personal and natural touch. It also is a much thinner pad. If you are LEFT-HANDED, no problem, you can configure the Intuos 4 to behave the way you prefer. The pen has a rubberized surface for a more comfortable grip.

    Intuos4 can be configured to work with AUTOCAD, a program that I use everyday. Although it is not likely that I will use the device for drafting, it is good to know that it does work.

    The tablet comes with a 5-button MOUSE, a real beauty by itself. NO BATTERY required. No red laser, but a felt base to glide across the tablet surface without scratching it. It will not operate outside the tablet area as a normal mouse does, but it behaves almost exactly like a normal mouse when it is on the tablet.

    The tablet connected to the PC by a single USB cable. It has 2 sets of 4-button EXPRESS KEYS for a variety of functions. Each key is indicated by an OLED light. The BUTTONS ARE CUSTOMIZABLE if you go to Wacom Tablet Properties to better suit your personal preference. You don't have to memorize which button is which as you can customize the OLED with actual words and text to correspond to changes you did. Between the 2 sets of buttons is a TOUCH RING that works similar to an Ipod click wheel. Just like the express keys, the touch ring can be customized and can be assigned 4 different functions. Pressing the middle of the circle will rotate you to select any of the 4 functions. You can assign zooming, brush sizes, etc - neat.

    New to the Intuos4 is a weighted PENBASE to rest the pen when not in use. The base also houses extra 10 replacement nibs and an ingenious little device - the NIB EXTRACTOR (it is like a ring-shaped tweezer for easy nib removal).

    MANUAL is included as a 101-page pdf. It discusses the basics, customization, troubleshooting, and appendix.

    The USB plug is on the right side of the tablet which sometimes interferes with my regular hand gestures. It would be a better place to place it on top; just at the back of the tablet.

    - this review is still in progress...

    ...more info
  • Write on: A Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet Review
    Wacom pen tablets are used by pro-photographers and work well with software like Adobe Photoshop. As a serious photo-hobbyist I have an interest in the tools of the trade, which make sense for my level of experience. A couple years ago I chose to purchase the Wacom Intuos3 6x11 Inch Pen Tablet, since I had a wide screen monitor. Even though the Intuos3 never really worked well for me, I was excited to try out the improved Intuos4.

    Pen tablets, used by graphic artists, web designers, photographers, and others, provide more precision than typical mice can provide. When it comes to drawing, or altering photos, a pen tablet is a must for detailed work. While there are other brands out there, the best pen tablets come from Wacom. The Intuos4 with its impressive new styling has raised the bar, showing us why Wacom deserves their loyal following.

    Installing the pen tablet is simple. Wanting to ensure a clean install, I disconnected my old pen tablet and uninstalled the hardware. This step, while easy enough to do, is not required. Then I opened the attractive package, and pulled out the pieces one by one. There is nothing to assemble, just find a spot to set all the pieces. Install the software as indicated in the quick start guide and follow the cues to finish setting everything up. A few minutes later the setup is complete. If interested, the buttons can be customized for your needs using the Wacom Tablet Properties link.

    The working surface area of the medium pen tablet is 5.75 by 9.25 inches with an aspect ratio (width / height) of 1.61 compared to my old 6x11 Intuos3 with a 1.83 aspect ratio. Considering my monitor's 1.63 aspect ratio, I'm not surprised the Intuos4 feels more natural to use. The sharper looking Intuos4 has backlit key descriptions next to the ExpressKeys. The Intuos3 also has ExpressKeys, however nothing on the pen tablet indicated what they did. The position of the keys on the Intuos4 facilitates use by the non-dominate hand and are customizable for increased workflow speed. The keys are all located on one side, but are properly positioned for left or right handed users in the setup process.

    The mouse is comfortable to hold, and reacts much like most mice on the market. Once the mouse is positioned on the active area, it will not reposition the cursor since it uses relative positioning. Wherever the cursor is located on the screen, the mouse reacts as though it is resting on the same spot and is limited to the active area of the pen tablet. Because of the relative positioning, I'm constantly running to the edge and repositioning. After using a Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse, I'm partial to using a mouse wheel with speed scrolling. The Wacom mouse's wheel doesn't have the same technology, but includes a reasonable alternative. Press the wheel and move the mouse up or down to speed scroll. Click the wheel again and the speed scroll function is turned off. A forward button is located in front of the wheel with a back button behind which can be used when browsing the internet or sifting through files.

    Using the pen's absolute positioning and pressure sensitivity with software, one can draw naturally and comfortably. When the pen is hovering just over the active area, the cursor moves along with the pen's tip so one can easily see where they are. Lift the pen higher and move to another location, and the cursor jumps to the pen tip's location related to the pen tablet. Plus an assortment of nibs is stored in the pen stand if needed or wanting a different feel.

    The major improvement touted by Wacom is the 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Unfortunately I was unable to test if this improvement would make a big difference for me. In the case of Adobe Photoshop, CS4 is required. Since I am still using CS3, only 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity are available. Before this tablet I just didn't see a need to upgrade Photoshop. The Intuos4 now provides a reason, but I may just wait a year or so for the next Photoshop release.

    The big difference I notice, outside of the slick new look, has to be performance. I would only plug in my Intuos3 when working with photos. I found for whatever reason, just having the Intuos3 plugged into my better than average computer running XP caused somewhat sluggish reaction times. For that reason, I kept its use to photo editing only. The Intuos4 shows no signs of this problem. The Intuos4 has been plugged and used since its installation.

    There is no doubt Wacom's pen tablets provide more accuracy than using a standard mouse. Wacom is the market leader, and the Intuos4 is a stunning example why. If the pressure sensitivity is a key feature for you, keep software compatibility in mind. However the remaining improvements in look and design are more than enough to convince me. My old Intuos3 can't touch the Intous4 for style or performance. For anyone needing a quality pen tablet, the Intuos4 is worth the expense.

    Stylish design
    Backlit customizable ExpressKeys
    Improved performance

    The mouse is limited to the active area on the tablet....more info
  • An Amazing Product
    I picked this product because I wanted a tool that can help me manipulate my images and assist me with my UI design work. I have to say it is one of the best products I've used in a long while.

    Other products like BAMBOO have a limitation on the real estate, which impacted my capability to us draw, drag and drop without having to do extra movements of my pen. Not so with the Wacom. The pad is large enough to accommodate any real estate needs. With it I can quickly move and edit my photos without having to use a strong impact on the pen (this product has a couple of thousand levels of pen pressure).
    In addition, the pad has several large buttons that are very useful with shortcuts, zooming, and scrolling I also found out that by adjusting the setting on one of the buttons, I can sweep my finger from right to left and the pad changes the brush sizes automatically. The same mechanism works for the zooming too., setting two, same thing for zooming in or out, you get the idea. There are other useful features, such as not one but 2 USB ports, 5 black standard pen nibs, mouse.

    I give it my highest rating and would recommend it to any web designer.
    ...more info
  • Pretty On the Inside.
    Honestly, the place I work doesn't look very impressive. It is full of cobbled together machines, with mirrors askew and wires everywhere. I am comforted by the knowledge that it is accomplishing high-end science, and perhaps professional tools simply shouldn't be pretty. The Intuos line seems to have followed that logic quite closely in the past, with very sterile and clunky looking tablets that delivered impressive results. With that in mind, there may be some trepidation about this flashy update, all covered in shiny black plastic and LCD screens. I assure you, though, that they have not forgotten where they will be used or who they will be used by.

    The Basics:

    A modern tablet is expected to do a few things. It should give touchscreen-like functionality (with a pen rather than a finger). That means that I should be able to draw as I would with a real pencil/paintbrush/etc. To this end, the tablet must have pressure sensitivity. For example, pressing harder with a simulated paintbrush should create a larger blob of paint. Really, these are all that are required, and the Wacom does them excellently, giving both an extremely precise (high resolution) X-Y position and pressure sensitivity. It is very enjoyable and intuitive for use in Photoshop, which is my primary use. Will the increase in sensitivity resolution over the Intuos3 demand that you upgrade? For all but the most demanding, I would say no. With that said, you will surely enjoy it when you do decide to upgrade. Specifically, I enjoy the ability to use very light strokes, which did not register as anything on older tablets. For people who enjoy using very faint lines in art, this is a very appreciated addition. Also appreciated is the nib holder in the pen base, which houses a good number of nibs, preventing the "missing sock" phenomena you may have experienced in the past, as the small guys tended to mysteriously disappear. Regardless of which nib is chosen, the surface of the new Intuos gives a very natural feel that Wacom has really perfected at this point.

    As you would expect, there is also the intuitive ability to use the other end of the pen as an eraser as with all Wacom tablets. This end can also be customized for other purposes. The customization in general is quite extensive. Every button can be mapped as desired, as well as tilt sensitivity, tip feel, and tip double-click distance. Additionally, the surface can be set to pen or mouse mode. I saw another reviewer critique that someone had not set the tablet to mouse mode, which is why the mouse felt sluggish. Actually, this is not what these modes represent (the tablet automatically detects if a mouse or pen is being used and responds appropriately). Pen mode, which most people will prefer, creates a 1-to-1 mapping between the tablet and the screen. So, if I touch the lower right corner of the tablet, I will click the lower right corner of the screen. Mouse mode is so named because, like a mouse, the pen movement will simply move the cursor in an unmapped fashion. I will need to move the pen down and right, then, to get to the lower right of the screen.

    The Mouse:

    Speaking of the mouse, it is a handy peripheral to have around. The tablet can take up a lot of space, leaving no good place to have a mouse on the work surface. The Wacom mouse, which works on the tablet, solves that issue. I can not say it is the most ergonomic design, but it looks slick and functions well as a standard 5-button mouse. The scroll wheel is inferior to those on Logitech mice I am used to, but it is functional. The bottom of the mouse seems to be covered in felt, which allows it to slide across the tablet without scratching it. As with the pen, the buttons can be fully customized, in addition to the speed and acceleration of cursor movement.

    A very nice feature of the mouse is that it detects the orientation that the tablet is set to (buttons on left, buttons on right, buttons on top, or buttons on bottom) and behaves accordingly. Unfortunately, this is the only notable feature of the mouse. If you are planning to purchase this tablet because of the mouse, I suggest you think again. It feels like it is a bit tacked on for the sake of workflow, but is not really the focus of this product.

    The Buttons:

    The flashiest aspect of the new Intuos by far is the slick set of 8 buttons with LCD labels. I am happy to report that this is not just a gimmick, however, as the button labels are immediately useful. Without them, the buttons are completely ambiguous and would take some effort to memorize. That is fine, but in the process, it would become too much effort to change them as needed over time or for different programs. Speaking of the latter, the buttons can also be customized to be program specific, which is great. Additionally, as with all functions of the tablet, the labels can be set to function properly for both right- and left-handed tablet positions, so do not be concerned about upside-down letters. One of the button options is to open up a star menu, in which you can press the button and motion in a particular direction with the pen or mouse to choose a function. This creates even more options to avoid having to use the keyboard. If you choose a larger tablet size, the keyboard may be pushed to the side or below and so this will be quite beneficial. In addition, it's just cool.

    Speaking of cool, there is a central wheel which can be toggled between four functions easily. The wheel is not new to Wacom, but the toggle feature allows more functionality at a quick pace. This tablet has clearly been thought out in real-world terms.

    But, I do have one qualm here. The buttons feel terrible. They are mushy and don't click at all. I feel unsure of whether or not I pushed the button when I push it. Perhaps this is a matter of taste, but I was immediately turned off by the buttons, and their strange and unnecessary angling does not help. I think this angling is the result of using two long LCD screens, rather than eight individual ones, presumably to cut costs. This means that the buttons can not be separate; rather, they are shoved right next to each other. The angling is a makeshift solution to allow us to differentiate the buttons from each other, avoiding the potential of hitting the wrong or multiple buttons. It is a functional solution, but one that could have been avoided altogether by separation of the buttons.


    Why the five-star rating? Because this tablet is not about the mouse, which is admittedly mediocre, and I can not drop an entire point for mushy buttons. The thoughtful design for modern workflow is amazing, and the real functionality we all care about - the pen - is near perfect. I can see room for improvement, but for all practical purposes, I think this is going to serve exactly the purpose you want. Please enjoy it and your work....more info
  • A tablet for lefties! Larger size is a plus!
    I'm pretty familiar with the Wacom lines of tablets and especially intuos. I've gone through all the versions now. They're made of rather durable quality where I end up having to sell them and haven't had one break down on me.

    Wacom really outdid themselves with functionality and design with this tablet, it's worth every penny. The tablet actually feels more or less the same weight as the intuos3 6x8's weighted better too.

    I was hesitant to purchase a larger sized drawing tablet because it might be too big. I certainly was surprised to see how large it was in person, box and all. However, upon taking it home, I realized a larger sized tablet really does make a difference. I have to move my whole arm and that ended a cramping issue I had with the smaller ones.

    The features it touts are certainly not a lie. The surface is just right, it does feel like drawing on paper. The responsiveness is awesome. I love the surface for the buttons but like most shiny surfaces, you get annoyed because of fingerprints.

    The pen's weight is rather nice and the new nibs do have something to do with the friction, as I can feel some of it when I put the pen on an intuos3 surface. The downside to the nibs is that they seem to wear down pretty fast. There are identifying rings in case you have more than one pen so you can tell which pen is for "painting" and another for "inking" as an example.

    The express keys are a gold mine, so many shortcuts and you can program even more by using submenus, the possibilities are endless. Think of using the Radial Menus for a set of functions like layer adjustments, creating another set of menus for document handling, and another set for selections.

    The OLED menus are very helpful, and somewhat amusing if you want to program funny shortcuts. It displays exactly what you named the Keystroke. It can make for some moments of immaturity. I'm sure artists wish they would really work like defined. "Coffee" "Sleep" shortcuts ;) Don't make the wording too long on your shortucts or you can watch your Tablet Preferences Crash. Hopefully Wacom can fix this by adding a character limit feature in the driver. It also has a sleep function for the OLED lights themselves, so you don't have to worry about burnout while the tablet is plugged in but not in use.

    I also like the touch ring, and they certainly made sure they allowed you to adjust the sensitivity. With some applications you can use canvas rotation with the keys, but scrolling and brush size are definite pluses. You can add 4 custom settings to the touch ring.

    There is a downside to having so many shortcuts...the time you have to take to program them.

    One other nice little feature is that it's very nicely weighted design makes it more comfortable for a left handed person like myself. You can also flip the tablet orientation and still not look like a moron since the Wacom logo is on both sides of the tablet.

    Because it's ambidextrous, whether it's an intentional feature or not- a new plus is the detachable usb cable. No more worrying about cord wear on your tablets (while I don't have this problem, I know others that did). You can buy a new cord that is a mini usb and not have to send your tablet in for repairs.

    The mouse...well I know there are people who use it, may be the only downside for the tablet. It's not that the mouse is terrible, but since these intuos have a tool id, it would be nice to see packaged Intuos with 2 pens instead of a mouse or what would suit an illustrator.

    Another downside is maybe older application support. Some applications will run fine using the tablet without the shortcuts, but some may respond in a more fussy manner.

    I can't for example, get Easy Paint Tool Sai to respond to a ctrl+alt hotkey programed into the tablet. It seems to be hit and miss. Sometimes it won't respond to the key, and I had to add a ctrl+alt+1 to it, and it will cause a delay in response...but it at least reads.

    Painter 11, I haven't seen much in improvements with this tablet (other than the ghost dabs and missing stroke) seems the bugs like copying and pasting are worse with this tablet. I think this may be attributed to the CPU bug though.

    Speaking of Software, the software bundles offered is nice. There's Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter Sketchpad, and Autodesk Sketchbook 2010 Express. (In the US you get your choice of 2 out of the 3). The only problem was a delay in getting the serial number for Sketchpad...that is until I found out that if you previously downloaded a trial version of Sketchpad you'll run into installation issues and won't install your free software. Apparently, the system is having issues. Wacom support was great in resolving this issue!

    I should also mention Autodesk's Sketchbook 2010 Express...does need certain kinds of graphic cards to take advantage of its rotation features. Expect the startup/gui to be incredibly ugly if you do not meet the graphics requirements. You need to turn canvas rotation off and it will work as before. A shame though, I wanted to try this feature (and other programs can do it without having to use certain graphics cards). They should mention the requirements more clearly before download too.

    Overall this tablet is very much worth the investment, they last! Don't be scared of the price tag, since I can assure you the tablets have high resale value and have usually outlasted my computers/parts. ...more info
  • Wacom Intuos 4 a big improvement
    Having used the original Intuos for the last however many years since it first came out, I'm happy to have waited for version 4 before upgrading. Everything about it works the way it should and my favorite feature is being able to change brush size with a simple spin of the new wheel that controls one of several user selectable functions. It's also nice that with the push of a button I can see an overlay explaining the purpose of each function button. I've always favored the smaller tablets, and even though I'm giving up one or two additional function buttons, this version is a real winner at an affordable price....more info
  • intruos 4 useful stuff to know before you buy
    When i bought this tablet i was testing to see how a smaller tablet would work, my last one was a 9x12 introus 3. I must say that the introus 4 seems to be a worth wiled upgrade. The mouse is smaller and more ergonomically designed. I haven't had a chance really to play with the option keys much more then to test that they work.

    Ok, now what you really need to know. The pressure sensitivity does seem to be much better. When you register the product on wacoms web site you can download custom brushes and some free full version software, i think it's like a total of 4. Yes your Introus 3 pen nibs will work with the pen it comes with. Your extra pen nibs are in the base of the pen holder, it twist open. NO your Intruos 3 pens WILL NOT WORK with the intruos 4. Clear out your intruos 3 preferences, drivers and control panels before installing the introus 4 stuff. Trust me, PC user, it'll save you a bunch of headache later on. Mac Users, just go into your System preferences and switch to the new stuff. Yes it's glossy black and flat/matte black plastic. Yes it's light weight, it fits in my laptop bag with my macbook for when i'm on the go, or traveling. If your going to be using it between home and work, i'd say get a second connection cable, which is the exact same thing as the playstation 3 control cable, it's usb and will run you like 10 bucks.

    If your looking for a deal, Corel has a deal on there website with Painter 11 and each of the different size tablets. I think it's like, between $80-$100 off the individual retail prices when you buy the bundle....more info
    Im very happy with this wacom. I have made beautifull illustrations with it. Its easy to use , a good size and I believe the greatest quality. ...more info
  • Great could be better
    Excellent Tablet. I have had each version of the intuos tablet and they have all been good. I use this tablet daily. Mostly in photoshop and a 3d modeling application called modo. I have not noticed a big improvement as far as sensitivity goes despite the increased levels. Im also not impressed by the rocker switch on the pen. It does not feel as sturdy as previous models. Almost as if they used a cheaper switch. What makes this tablet an upgrade in my opinion is the buttons on the tablet. I always knocked the buttons on the right side on my intuos 3 and would end up turning them off. Having all buttons on one side is a big advantage. The touch strip on the previous model was nice but have it as a circular control makes so much more sense. In modo there are alot of keyboard shortcuts. To many for me to remember. customizing the circular control means that i can access four pie chart menus within the application giving me instant access to so many tools without me having to memorize the short cut. ...more info