Wacom Intuos Pro Review – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

Wacom Intuos Pro review

Wacom’s Intuos Pro comes with advanced editing features to make your works of art truly shine. The tablet comes in both a standard and paper version.

This model also topped our beginner drawing tablets guide.

Three size options are available, too:

  1. Small
  2. Medium
  3. Large

Whether creating digital sketches, 3D sculpting or professional graphics, the Intuos Pro can help. The model also comes with the Wacom Pro Pen 2 which offers 8192 pen pressure levels and 60 levels of tilt recognition.

Wacom Intuos Pro Specs and Features (Medium Version)

  • Bluetooth or USB connectivity
  • 8192 pen pressure levels
  • 8 customizable ExpressKeys
  • 60 tilt recognition levels
  • 5080 LPI resolution
  • 4 customizable touch ring functions
  • Standard and felt nibs
  • 1.45 lbs
  • 13.2” x 8.5” x 0.3” size
  • 8.7” x 5.8” active area


Wacom includes 10 replacement nibs, and it’s compatible with both Windows and Mac. If you’re coming from the previous Wacom tablet, you’ll notice that the Pro is lighter and thinner. You’ll be taking up less space on your desk without losing any active area in the process.

Surface Plates

You’ll also be able to swap out the surface plate.

The surface plate will make the tablet’s surface a different texture, and for some users, this can greatly streamline their drawing process. Some users prefer a rougher surface, while others prefer the smoother surface that a texture plate offers.

Pro Pen 2

There’s also the Pro Pen 2 which is a complete game-changer for any digital artist. When using the Pro Pen 2, you’ll be enjoying 8192 pressure point levels rather than 2048 – it makes a major difference in your work.

Wacom Intuos Pro review pen

Speaking of work, there are also programmable buttons on the pen and four customizable touch ring functions. In total, there are eight customizable ExpressKeys, so you’ll be able to rapidly create digital drawings using the shortcuts you know best.

Shortcuts allow you to speed up the creation time drastically.

You can also work with Bluetooth connectivity so that you’re not limited by USB cords.

Design Made Simple

When it comes to designs, the Wacom tries to mimic a piece of paper. This allows you to sketch your next work with familiarity and precision. The tablet’s orientation is well-thought-out, too. When making your next sketch, you’ll find that the tablet stays perfectly in place thanks to the rubber back.

The pen stand stores all of your additional nibs so that you can swap out nibs faster.

Flip the pen to use the eraser, or flip it back to draw with the pen. Tilt recognition is superb at +/- 60 levels, and resolution is at 5080 LPI. There’s an express view display HUD along with a display toggle and radial menu.

Lag is virtually non-existent, and EMR technology makes the pen battery-free.

Finger-sensing technology further allows you to control the tablet with the touch of a finger. You can zoom, scroll and navigate easily with the touch of a finger.

Wacom Intuos Pro review size

USB & Bluetooth Connections

While lag is very minimal, some users will suffer with more lag than others when connecting the tablet via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth connectivity is great, but you can reduce all lag completely by using the USB connection option. While USB will reduce some of your freedom when working with the tablet, you’re going to benefit from a direct connection that provides the least amount of lag possible.

When working on projects for long periods of time, it makes sense to connect to your computer via USB.

You’ll find that the tablet works perfectly in Adobe Photoshop, and you can also use it in a variety of other editing programs.

You also don’t need to touch your computer when working on the tablet. The pen will replace your mouse or touch pad, so you can control all of the program’s settings with just your pen.


  • Highly accurate with a high level of sensitivity
  • Loads of customization options
  • Pen is comfortable, intuitive and very sensitive


  • Nibs wear down too quickly

Wacom provides ten additional nibs, but for some hardcore users, these nibs will be gone in weeks. The biggest complaint that I have with this model is that the nibs wear down in a matter of hours.

If you plan on drawing for a solid eight hours, there’s a very good chance that you’ll need to replace your nibs.


But aside from the nibs issue, the Wacom Intuos Pro holds up to the Wacom name. This gadget provides a high level of accuracy, you can customize the shortcut keys to increase your workflow, and there are multiple connectivity options.

The Intuos is a robust unit that avid digital artists can use as well as high-end professionals.

With the upgraded pen, this model provides the industry’s highest sensitivity levels and customization. You’ll be able to complete your work faster and more efficiently than ever before.

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