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.
Oh yeah, don’t forget yourself a smudgeguard glove. If you have sweaty hands and your hand sticks to the surface of the tablet, this will be a good investment.