Wacom has just introduced their new line of Intuos tablets. The Intuos5 tablets are now touch tablets as well. Other new things that are different are the now rubberized coating on the tablet and the removal of the led for the buttons. In place of it we are just greeted by nothing but buttons and the wheel. All the buttons are now shown in HUD on the screen.
For the touch aspect of the device, the tablet is capable of multitouch (probably around 10 fingers). It’s only activated when the stylus is not in the range of the tablet.
Wondering about the drawing surface of the tablet? Well it has the same coating as the intuos4. Meaning that it feels like paper, but that coating will disappear over time. It will also make the nib on your pen degrade faster as well.
Another cool feature is the wireless add-on. The downside is that you’ll need a usb port still and the battery life isn’t very good. Depending on the size it can range from 16 hours to 6 hours. Not very good, but oh well.
As for those people thinking about upgrading, I’d say it’d be a wait see approach. With Windows 8 just around the corner though, touch input will be even more popular now than it was before. Oh yeah, did I mention the pricing seems to have been reduced? It seems like it’s $100 less compared to the same size of the intuos4. If I was given one or had the money, I’d sure as hell grab one (now only if the touch implementation worked seamlessly).
A couple of months ago Wacom introduced the Intous4. It’s a step up from the Intuos3. One very big improvement is the USB cord. The cord is now detachable and can be placed on either side of the tablet. The other great improvements are the new buttons with little LED reminders of the what the buttons do. They can be all remapped to different software. Another good thing is that it has the rotary wheel which is great for Photoshop CS4’s canvas rotation as well as Painter. CS3 folks will have it too, but it’s only every 90 degree rotation. Doing video editing is great too as it provides accurate video scrolling.
As far as sizes go, they changed the naming scheme this time around. They have moved to a more simple approach. They go by names:
Small (6×4″ active) $229
Medium (9×5.5″) $349
Large (13×8″) $469
X-Large (18×12″) $798
As far as construction goes, the build quality is good. Just like the Intuos3, the weight is pretty much identically. Depending on the size of your tablet. The high-gloss finish on the buttons/wheel area is elegant, but is a finger print magnet. The pen is better than the previous with 2048 pressure sensitive meaning you don’t have to press as hard to get a reading on the tablet. Also the design of the pen is shorter and lighter as well. Please take note that the rubber area does like to get lint/dust alot. Another nice thing that Wacom did was with the pen holder. They have now made it as a storage to hold your extra nibs. This I’m sure ensures people to either not loose their nibs or to not forget where they put it. If your especially an artist or just have some carpel in your hands this is a great tool.