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).