Wacom has one of the best drawing tablets in the market and when you talk about digital drawing, you’re bound to get one some day. For the record, this isn’t a sponsored video, so A.) I’m here to review the Wacom Intuos that I just bought recently, and B.) I’m gonna find out if it’s worth the money spent
First of all the Wacom Intuos comes in 2 sizes – Small and Medium. What’s the difference you may ask? Well.. the small one is smaller than the medium one. Besides being half the price cheaper than the medium one, the small one is really small, so some people prefer the medium one because of their drawing habits on bigger space.
And what I have here is the model that comes with Bluetooth. It feels kinda small, and it’s really light. When I took it out of the box it almost slipped right outta my fingers. Geez.
Installing the software and drivers was a piece of cake. I installed them both on my macbook here and my pc. The Intuos comes with 3 additional software but I only installed one of them, the Clip Studio paint. Coreldraw.. Nahhh I kinda prefer my Adobe suite. Wacom doesn’t mention this but the Clip Studio paint license that comes bundled with the Intuos only lasts you up to 2 years, and what happens after that? Don’t know, won’t know, dont care, won’t wear. 2 years is probably a good return of investment anyway.
So right off the bat, the Intuos has 4 buttons or shortcut keys on the top that you can map to any keyboard shortcuts you desire. But seriously Wacom, why would you place them at the top? Do you know it’s such a tedious chore to extend the arm over just to press them while we’re drawing? Who even approved this design?
The small tablet fits on my desk pretty well. Since this is the Bluetooth version, I can use it both for my mac and for my desktop. The tablet has a work area of 15.2 x 9.5cm or 6.0 x 3.7 inch. On the back side of it, there’s like four tiny rubbery feet, so the tablet does not slide on a table, plus points for that! The battery on the Bluetooth model charges when you plug it in using the USB cable.
Ok so then comes the Drawing Experience. I had many questions since this is the first time I’m using it, for example what does the pen feel like when you’re drawing on the tablet, does it give you the paper-ish feel? How does it compare to the iPad drawing or traditional sketchbooks?
Well, drawing with the tablet is indeed fun. At the very beginning and if you’re totally new to it, you…. Might want to practice for a couple of days or weeks. I myself found it totally uncomfortable at the start, and it made my drawings look like a 4 year old. I kid you not! The surface of the tablet has a matte finish on it, which is pleasant when you rest your palm on it.
The pressure of the pen seems just right. It’s got 4096 pressure levels of sensitivity, and even though lots of tablets in the market are probably offering 8k pressure levels, this 4k one doesn’t feel anything less than that.
The pen is really light,I’m kinda worried every time I place it down because it can roll off so easily. There’s no ‘stand’ or holder so you gotta be careful with that. Fun tip, some people may love the 2 buttons on the pen but I personally find it distracting, and sometimes when I draw it gets in the way. Personal preference I know, don’t take my word for it. You can, however, program those 2 buttons which you can use to scroll. Another nice feature which I previously covered, the extra tips, or nips, or… anyway if you need to replace one, you just need to unscrew the end of the pen and VIOLA, there you have them.
Another thing I noticed is that you gotta give yourself a bit of time to get used to looking at the screen while your hand is moving on the tablet. Some people place it in front of them to get a better feel (or closer to eyes on paper). I place it on the right side like where my mouse is because I got to train that hand coordination. I also practice using the pen as a mouse while I’m drawing.
Also, make sure you’ve installed the drivers properly. There are many people who didn’t do so, and for some reason Windows always gives me the error that the tablet driver isn’t responding bla bla bla and I need to restart”. Who knows what other errors there might be, so get your drivers and updates properly done guys.
As I mentioned at the start this isn’t a sponsored video, so I bought a tablet within my budget range that I felt suits me the best. Lots of people recommend the medium size one because you probably have more real estate to move with, but I’m pretty comfortable with the small one. Also the Bluetooth model costs about $20 more but i’d say it’s a worthy price. I move around alot and having a Bluetooth tablet saves me the hassle from using cables aside from being able to connect to my macbook quick-n-easy.
So to round things up, I find this tablet pretty good and fun to use for my illustrations and animations. I use it on Adobe softwares like Animate, Illustrator, Photoshop, and yeah the occasional Clip Studio Paint. I’m sure you’d be able to use it with pretty much any software that you have for drawing or animation.
So there you have it. If you’re looking to dabble in digital drawing, I’d say this is really good for an entry level drawing tablet. Small or medium, bluetooth or not, it’s totally up to you whichever fits your needs and budgets.
My Final Verdict: its Great!