|Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet
|List Price: $369.00
Our Price: Too low to display
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.
With 48.5 square inches of working area, this tablet provides ample workspace. Built with eight ExpressKeys and illuminated ExpressKey displays that provide easy reference to your assigned functions. Featuring 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 60 degrees of tilt recognition, the Intuos4 pen simulates like never before the natural feel and accuracy of working with traditional brushes, pens, and markers. In the box - Intuos4 medium pen tablet Intuos4 Grip Pen Intuos4 mouse Pen stand Ten replacement nibs (five standard nibs, one flex nib, one stroke nib, and three hard felt nibs) Nib extractor 2.5m (8.20 ft.) USB cable Quick Start Guide Installation CD (includes tablet driver software and electronic user manual) System Requirements - Windows XP SP2/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4.8+ Color display Powered USB port CD/DVD drive Unit Dimensions - 14.6 x 10.0 x 0.5 in; Weight - 2.2 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
- A Must For Digital Artists
After spending 3 weeks with my Wacom Intuos4 tablet, I feel ready to write about my experiences using it.
The Intuos4 is the 4th tablet I've owned from Wacom: My first being the ArtZ model, followed by an Intuos, then Intuos3. I upgraded to the Intuos3 shortly after it was announced, and made a similar move with the Intuos4.
The Intuos4 comes in small, medium, large and x-large sizes. Being that I don't work on overly large canvases or draw with broad strokes, I ruled out the larger two models. For me, the medium size is the right fit.
Included in the box are a stylus, a USB cable, the tablet itself, a stylus holder (with 10 pen tips), a mouse, and a CD. I didn't take any unboxing photos, but there are enough of those found on the web already. But I will say this, the unboxing experience was very Apple-esque. If you've ever opened a box for a Mac, you'll know what I mean.
Installation was straight-forward: First, simply plug one end of the USB cable to the tablet and attach the other end to the computer. Then, install the driver software.
I had problems installing the driver software from the supplied disc, so I wound up downloading them from Wacom's site. This was about the only "niggle" I had with the out-of-box experience.
The best thing about the Intuos4 is the feel of the surface and its pressure-sensitivity. The Intuos3 boasted 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, while the Intuos4 has double that amount. Also new with the Intuos4 are the LED buttons on the tablet and a scroll wheel, reminiscent of the iPod. The LED buttons display the appropriate keyboard button (Shift, Cmd, Option, etc.), which can also be reassigned as the user sees fit.
When using the Intuos3 tablet, I found myself disabling the buttons on the right-hand side because they got in the way. Thankfully, with Intuos4 can be used with the buttons on the left or right hand side, depending upon whether you are right or left-handed. For me, a righty, the buttons are oriented on the left, out of harm's way.
The tablet itself works very, very well. Gone is the plastic shield overlay from the previous Intuos models. The plastic overlay was mildly annoying because if your hand perspires, the surface can quickly become sticky. The Intuos4 model's surface has more `tooth' to it, while similarly allowing for fluid movement. The tablet is VERY sensitive (in a good way). I did not need to bear down on the stylus as much as I would have had to with the previous tablet. Not that I press the stylus down very hard to begin with, but the sensitivity of the Intuos4 makes it to where I don't need to press down on it as much as I did before.
The stylus itself is slightly smaller, but fits very well in my hands. On the top of the stylus is an eraser, and on the side of the barrel is a click-button, which you can assign to a specific function.
Drawing with the Intuos4 is a true pleasure. I'm very happy with my purchase.
The obvious question I've been asked is: why not get a Wacom Cintiq instead? The Cintiq still holds a place in my artistic heart, but I'm not ready for the added expense. (Cintiq's start at $999, and the Intuos4 model I purchase clocks in at roughly $340.) At some point I will own a Cintiq as well, when the form factor is improved. What I like about the Intuos vs the Cintiq (even the 12 model) is the portability factor. I can take this tablet with me anywhere, with minimal fuss.
Using a tablet takes some getting used to, especially if you've never drawn on one before. If you're new to drawing on a tablet, or are especially budget conscious, my recommendation would be to purchase a Wacom Graphire Bamboo tablet instead.
If you have an Intuos3, do you NEED an Intuos4? If you use one on a regular basis, and appreciate the nuances of the Intuos line, then I would say YES. There is a substantial difference between the two model lines. You will notice it when you draw on the tablet's surface. If you have a Graphire Bamboo and are considering an upgrade, the Intuos4 is an excellent step-up.
Just like the Intuos3, I know I will be using this for a very long time. Highly Recommended....more info
- Excellent tablet - worth the money!
I've been using an Intuos 2 tablet for quite a while. Just couldn't bring myself to upgrade to the Intuos 3. But then when I bought a new computer I decided to buy an Intuos 3. Unfortunately, I had Vista on my new computer and the Intuos 3 didn't work correctly with the OS. The mouse kept drifting all over the screen. I returned it. Then Wacom came out with the Intuos 4. I read it was compatible with Vista. I also saw that the sensitivity had been significantly increased. So when my old tablet began to act up, I took the plunge and bought the Intuos 4. Best decision ever. It's like true drawing. I can paint hair soooo much better and I can really tell the difference in relation to using pressure. I highly recommend this version of the Wacom tablet. And the size is perfect for me. I had the larger size before but I found it was difficult to find a place for it on my desk. This size is much easier and I get great results. ...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
- wacaom tablet
The tablet is a great tool for any serious photogragrapher who does art work to their photos....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
- Nuance makes the difference - MOUSE INCLUDED
I have an older, smaller Wacom pad that I have always loved. . . but once I changed to this new one, it was like removing the "training wheels". :-) The biggest difference I have found so far is simply the fact that it really can tell the difference in pressure used with the pen. I also like the medium size. It's much nicer than the smaller one I had before.
One thing I would like to point-out, is the fact that this pad also comes with a mouse. It's not shown in any of the pictures and so one might think that the pad is something you use when you need it. . . and then put it away, and that's not the case at all. That's one of the reasons I really like this is the fact that it has cordless mouse to use on the pad as well. So when you're "surfing the web" or using any other application that does not require the pen, then you simply use the mouse. . . but then you want to use the pen, then it's right there. The pad can stay on your desk at all times. Certainly if you want to put it away and use it only when you need the pen, you can do that too, but I like having it out all the time, and I have room on my desk to use it that way.
In the end, if you want to save a little money, and a little room on your desk. . . the one of the smaller pads might do the trick for you, but if your work requires more "bells and whistles" then certainly this one is a great option. Note that some of the smaller pads come with a pen only, and I really like having both the pen and mouse.
Wacom Intuos3 4 x 6-Inch Wide Format Pen Tablet (PTZ431W)
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
- Totally awesome
This review is for the Wacom Intuos 4 Medium tablet.
I have been using a tablet since fall 2008 when I got an Intuos 3. I primarily use a tablet with Photoshop. In case you are wondering, I'm not a professional.
The most obvious changes on the Intuos 4 are the buttons and touch ring. This one has 8 buttons, and there is a small illuminated display that tells you what the buttons are. I love it. If you change the function of a button you can enter your own text to be displayed next to the button. I never really used the buttons on my Intuos 3 cause I could never remember what they were. The display is especially nice when you want the buttons set up differently for different programs. You can always look and see what their current function is. On the default settings one of the buttons is for "precision mode" which makes the cursor move very slowly in relation to the pen movement. I like that one.
The center button in the middle of the touch ring lets you select what function you control with the ring. One of the default settings lets you cycle through layers in Photoshop, which is nice. Other default settings are zoom, brush size, and rotate canvas, which only works with Photoshop CS4. I am trying to decide what to replace the rotate canvas option with since I don't have CS4. The touch ring is a little ...touchy. But it doesn't matter cause you can turn the speed down on it. You can even adjust the speed differently for the different functions if that's what you're into. The only complaint I have about the touch ring is that there is a single dot of light for each of the four functions, when you press the center button the light changes positions. Maybe I just haven't used it enough to tell with a quick glance which function is active by the position of the light, but I think it would have been better to use numbers instead so you can more easily tell which function is active.
All of the buttons and touch ring functions can be customized. The customizable buttons and touch ring really lets you get away from reaching for the keyboard as often. Now I just need to get in to the habit of using them since I am used to working with one hand on the keyboard.
The Intuos 4 has twice the pressure sensitivity as the Intuos 3. I can tell it works with much less pressure, but in the work I have done with it I have yet to really see the benefit. I'm sure the extra sensitivity would be of more use to someone doing something like illustration.
For anyone thinking they might like to keep their old Intuos 3 pen around with a different nib on it, it doesn't work with the Intuos 4. But it does use the same size nibs.
The mouse seems about the same as the mouse for the Intuos 3. Same number of buttons, just arranged differently. The mouse still only works on the tablet. My Intuos 3 is the 4x6 model, it always felt too small to use the mouse. The size of this medium tablet is big enough to use the mouse, but I still probably won't use it. For me it's easier to just keep my old mouse right next to the tablet.
I think it looks awesome. I love the black on black design with just the little button displays lit up.
Overall I think it's great. Its clear to me that a lot of thought went into the design of this tablet to make it a worthwhile upgrade from the Intuos 3. I try to add negative aspects of a product when I do a review, but so far with this one I have yet to find anything I really dislike about it. If I come across anything I'll come back and update this review....more info
- Beginners view
I had tried a tablet once before but ended up returning it because I didn't like it and it was too small for me to do much with. The box this comes in is very impressive and very large, it protects the tablet well. There are new drivers online so I downloaded them instead of using the cd from the box. The driver seems to work well with XP but there is sometimes a lag when trying to select a menu function on screen. This tablet is fairly large and gives a good surface for creativity and the extra nibs are included in the little stand that holds the pen, to make the creativity happen and give a different feel to the pen. the pen is very sensitive and feels almost like a regular pen. I too don't care for the way the mouse moves, the mouse can only be used on the tablet and the tablet is not completely smooth so the mouse moves slower than what I am used to. I installed it on my laptop so I can play with it in the family room and it does not disable my logitech mouse so I can switch to my regular mouse when I want to. (the other tablet 'bamboo fun' I had tried would disable my regular mouse completely) Since I have not used one of these tablets regularly it does take some getting used to but once I get the hang of how everything moves and the feel of it I will be able to create a variety of art.
I haven't figured out the touch ring as of yet, there is definitely a learning curve here for those of us that have never used these much. I do like that the buttons and the touch ring can be customized.
This is a fun and useful tool and should get the creative juices running, the larger size makes it much nicer to use and handle.
I checked on the free software online but the top plugins don't state what version they are for, they should be more specific on what versions this can be used for and the links aren't clickable right now either, so maybe they have not finalized the website? I can't use the ones listed at the bottom of the page since my software is older than specified for those applications.
If you have the extra money, this is a great little tablet that will give you and/or your kids enjoyment and creativity. I will have to update this at another time when I have had more time to play with it and get the feel of the functions better....more info
First of all, the packaging mimics that of Apple's line of laptop products. It comes in a fancy shmancy black box with things that flap open which reveals your tablet in a black foam wrap.
This version is considerably lighter than the intuous 3 version. I like the fact that the overall design is darker colored, and is able to accommodate right and left handed artists. The difference in terms of improvement in my perspective is the click factor of the express keys. They do not emit loud clicking sounds when clicking on them as you would with intuous 3. I doesn't make any difference on me whether the clicking is loud or not because I plug my ears with noise canceling headphones, but it's the annoyance factor from the person beside you in the library. "Oh well" is what i always say.
Overall, it's an excellent product....more info
- First Impressions
I love my Intuos3, so I was excited to try out the Intuos4. When it arrived I felt like a kid on Christmas morning! I've been playing with it all day and want to offer up my first impressions.
The Vista drivers for this version are much more stable than the ones for the Intuos3. With my Intuos3 I am constantly getting error messages and having to restart the computer. Even though I love the device, I don't use it as much as I would like because the driver situation gets so frustrating. I've been using the Intuos4 all day and have not had one single problem with the driver. It was easy to install and has worked pretty much flawlessly. The only issue I had was with the eraser not working in Photoshop. After doing some searches on the internet I found out that this is related to a conflict when more than one tablet is installed. The solution was to unplug the tablet, use the "Wacom Tablet Preference File Utility" to delete all of my preference files, and then plug the tablet back and and restart Photoshop. Now it works like a charm.
One of my favorite new features of this version is the pen base. Whoever designed it was a genius. When you turn the base the bottom comes out and all the pen nibs are stored in there. It's really brilliant. Another neat thing about it is that there is a small metal ring with a notch in it with the nibs. You use the ring to grip the nib when you want to remove it from the pen. It works really well on most of the nibs and makes it much, much easier to change the nibs. The only nib it doesn't really work with is the black and white "flex" nib. Because the tip of that nib is hollow it is really difficult to grip it with the ring, or anything else for that matter.
In this model the shortcut buttons are all on one side and the drivers allow you to set the orientation for right or left handed use. There are a lot of buttons, eight to be exact. Next to the buttons is an LED display showing what the buttons do. I'm always forgetting what the buttons do on my old tablet, so I can definitely appreciate this. You can customize the display, too. When you set it to a keystroke you can name it and the name will then be displayed next to the button. It's pretty cool. When you switch between applications the buttons change instantly to show you the custom settings for the specific application.
There is also a "touch ring" that allows you to scroll or cycle through options. It can hold four settings. You click the button in the center of the ring to toggle through your settings. I haven't used this feature much, but I'm sure it will be useful.
The tablet is very sensitive. I'm not a professional graphics designer, so I can't give a lot of details on this aspect, but it is definitely more sensitive than my old tablet.
At the time I am writing this the Intuos4 website hasn't been setup. As a result I am unable to download the bundled software, so I can't review that yet.
I've never really used the mouse that came with my old tablet because I don't like the feel of it. The mouse with this one has the same feeling, so I won't be using it either. It is very nicely made, though.
Overall I am very happy with the Intuos4. It is definitely worth upgrading to the new tablet. You won't be disappointed....more info
- Amazing Tablet, Wow!
I've been a tablet user since the 1990's and get a new tablet every few years to keep up with the latest tech. My last tablet was the Bamboo Fun which I love. This new Intuos4 is the Mercedes Benz of tablets. Its sleek, thin and has all the bells and whistles you can want and then some.
First off the new Express Keys that can be configured to either right handed or left have custom LCDs. You can customize each of the 8 buttons to do just about anything from keystrokes to open apps. Then the best part is that it has a LCD next to it that you can type in and label what the button does. It even has symbols for various needs. It also has a sleep feature that after non use dims the LCD's and then turns them off which is another well thought of feature.
It also has a customizable click wheel that also can be used for customized buttons. Depending on what mode your in you can use it to zoom in or out as well as perform keystrokes or other tasks just like the main buttons. They separate it like a pizza pie so you get 8 more custom buttons.
When first setting this tablet up you can choose right or left handed and also one of the very innovative features is that there is a slide switch on the bottom that changes the usb port depending on your setting so the plug stays at the top of the tablet.
The pen is a little bulkier but feels comfortable and the holder for it also doubles as a nib holder. There were all different kinds hidden in there to choose from like felt tip, normal and flex and one other i forget for a total of 10.
Now for how it works, I do a lot of retouching and this tablet by far feels the most realistic of any I've owned. The pressure sensitivity is very precise similar to the bamboo fun but more extreme. I find that the I4 has much better control especially when you have to go slow while working with fine details. It also has more sensitivity and feel settings which let you really customize it not only per project but in general.
My only complaint is that it is very expensive and not for the casual user or beginner. This is definitely pro stuff unless you have a wallet to burn. If your looking for a tablet to take your artwork to another level or if you are a heavy tablet user then this one is for you. If your looking for something more basic with similar qualities then the Bamboo Fun is for you and its a lot less expensive.
My final thoughts are that you are getting what you pay for not that their other tablets aren't great but this line is again the Mercedes Benz and unless your a hard core tablet user then it doesn't pay to get this because its expensive. If you have previous models and were thinking of upgrading, DO IT!...more info
- Great Tablet
This talet works great. Install was a snap, and has worked flawlessly. Even my children have rapidly learned to use this and have become quite proficient with it. I can recommend it without reservation....more info
- Awesome Tablet
My first tablet and the one I used before buying this one was a Graphire 3, which served me well but eventually became unusable due to the cable connection becoming loose/severed - entirely my fault because I would wrap the cable around the tablet and lug it around with me places, and I guess I just wrapped it a bit too tight.
So you can imagine the first and most obvious benefit of the Intuos4 for me, in light of that fact, would be that the cable is now a completely detachable USB cable that can be replaced separately (except on the largest sized tablet, but I bought the medium).
Some of the other things I have found:
- It's obviously MUCH more pressure sensitive than my old Graphire. I can't compare this to the previous Intuos model, but it is currently very good for my needs as an artist and feels close to natural. I cannot say the same of my old Graphire - I found myself wrestling at times to get the level of stroke I wanted.
- The touch ring makes painting a much quicker process, now that I can change my brush size in a very swift and intuitive manner. It's better than having to hit hot keys or even expresskeys a bunch of times.
- And speaking of expresskeys, those are certainly useful too. Some of the reviews complain that they feel too much alike because of their identical sizes and shapes - I haven't had this issue, however. The two inner keys on each set of expresskeys slant inward slightly, which can be felt as you brush your fingers across them. This makes it easy for me to know exactly which key my finger is over without ever having to look down. Since the small sized version of the Intuos4 has fewer keys, this may not be the case for that one - I have the medium. Maybe the older Intuos was better in this regard, but having never used it, I cannot judge.
- The labels on the expresskeys help in remembering which is which, especially if you use multiple programs that have different functions programmed to the keys for each. My only minor gripe in this area would be the touch ring - the only indicator of what you currently have selected for the touch ring is a light that shifts position as you cycle through, and sometimes I can't tell the difference between the positions. It might've been more effective to have a very small, differently shaped icon for each or something like that. Only very minor though - I rarely have to change it so it doesn't get in the way overall.
- It's also very stylish. :) The shiny black area with the keys DOES show fingerprints and smudges clear as day though. I got it for what it does though, not how it looks.
- The actual drawing surface has some friction to it, whereas with my Graphire I was drawing on slick plastic and it just didn't have a good feel to it at all.
- I honestly liked the side switch on my Graphire 3 pen better, the buttons resisted more making it less likely that you'd hit it by accident. The shape also felt a bit better to me, it made it easier to push the buttons and be certain you were pushing the right one or were pushing it at all. The raised bumps that it had on the buttons might've also helped somewhat, but they don't have any on the pen for this Intuos.
- It comes with several replacement nibs for the pen which are housed inside the pen holder/rest (you have to unscrew the bottom of it to get to them). Some of these nibs are also specialty ones made out of different materials and have different textures to simulate different traditional art tools, like pencils, brushes, or markers. The one with the spring on it I find especially interesting and useful for getting the pen to feel more like paint brushes, which I'm used to. The pen rest itself is nice because it is weighted - the clear, cheap plastic one I got with my Graphire was absolutely useless as a rest because the pen was just too heavy and would tip it over on a whim.
Overall for most people, this is probably the only tablet you'll ever need for a LONG while - it's a solid investment and I love it....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
- 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