Wacom Intuos Medium Drawing Tablet Review
Wacom’s been making some noise in the graphic design and art industry, releasing some very innovative drawing tablets which double up as screens. And although the new Wacom Intuos tablet doesn’t have a screen, it works very similarly.
Imagine running your finger over a trackpad on a laptop. The Intuos works like that but instead of using a finger, you use a pencil, which is essentially a fancy stylus with a few buttons on it for different macro functions. There are 4,096 levels of pressure-sensitive areas making it very accurate.
In practice, it feels very naturally to use. You would normally look at screen while using a laptop anyway, and the action is the same here. There are four rubber feet on the bottom of the pad to stop it from sliding underneath your pen strokes.
The entire drawing tablet is made from plastic, but still gives off a decent level of luxury. Not quite as much as their screens, but you’d be happy with this sitting next to your mouse for sure, especially for the $80 starting price for the smaller version. The plastic is also smooth, making it a lot easier for your pen to slide across the surface.
Setup is fairly simple. I’m using a Windows based computer, so I needed to plug it in using the included microUSB cable. For a Mac though, you have Bluetooth to hook the two together. You need to install the Wacom Intuos driver to edit things like sensitivity and the buttons at the top of the pad. It’ll take some time to set it up correctly for your work flow so be patient. The pen is just as easy to use as a mouse, with left and right click as well as a scroll. The custom keys up top can be assigned to keyboard shortcuts too which is very nice indeed, especially in something like Illustrator or Photoshop if you’re a photographer looking at editing your images.
The biggest benefit that you get with the Wacom Intuos over using a traditional mouse is its pressure sensitivity. It means that if you’re using a brush on Photoshop for example, the harder you press down on the pad, the thicker your line will be. The same for the dodge and burn tool on Lightroom. The only issue you’ll find with this though is that over time you will start to notice scratches on the surface.
But apart from that, the Wacom Intuos drawing tablet is an absolutely amazing product for those wanting to explore their more artistic side, or people who’s work flows revolve around the brush tools within Adobe CC programs. It’s cheap enough to be classed as some kind of entry level item, but its performance is absolutely astounding, and worthy of anyone wanting to start out in their graphic design or art careers. It comes in several sizes, of which the one used for this review will set you back around £120. For more information, head over to the Wacom website.