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With a new design and features inspired by members of the professional creative community, Intuos4 redefines the pen tablet experience. Featuring Wacom?s new pen tip sensor technology and 2,048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, the Intuos4 pen captures the most subtle nuances of pressure, allowing you to dynamically adjust exposure, brush size, opacity and more. User-defined ExpressKeys activate frequently used shortcuts and modifiers, while the accompanying, illuminated ExpressKey displays on the medium, large and extra large models, provide a constant reminder of each key?s function. The finger-sensitive Touch Ring quickly controls up to 4 different functions such as canvas rotation, zoom, scroll, brush size and more

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lovin' my Wacom Intuos4
    This product is very versatile and allows me to do things I'd never be able to do otherwise. I've owned one other wacom, but it was the smaller version (3x5). The size of the screen is very ample giving me plenty of creating room. Also, the nibs in the bottom of the pen holder is very clever. I do wish the nibs were easier to change, but this baby is amazing!...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Awesome product!
    The Intuos4 is a great product. I use it frequently at home on photoshop and flash. Its wheel feature is a cool add on to the pad; along with the smart buttons. Of course any digital drawing pad takes a little getting use to, but you can adjust it to your prefrences which is very nice. This product is a must have for those who sketch....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