- Battery-free pen
- Screen-free design
- Comes with key software
- Great tablet for beginners
- Latency on older computers
The Wacom Intuos is a budget-friendly graphics tablet that offers key features the beginner needs to get started without the bloat that holds the user back. You’ll enjoy a slim, compact design with a 6” x 3.7” drawing area and screen-free design that takes up less space in desktop areas.
Users will be able to enjoy 4,096 levels of pressure, customizable express keys, three free software packages and 2540 lip.
For a beginner, this is a tablet that offers key features, superb sensitivity and a price that you can afford.
How does the Intuos hold up to the competition?
Find out in our Wacom Intuos review.
Getting Started with the Wacom Intuos
Think of the Intuos as a large mousepad because it’s really a fancy mouse. You can use the tablet for any program, and you can tap the tablet’s surface to “click.” When getting started, you’ll want to do a few things:
- Install Wacom’s software
- Setup your buttons
- Setup your Express Keys
- Register to download the free software
Intuos comes with three free software options for customers in the Americas:
- Corel Painter Essentials 6
- Corel After Shot 4
- Clip Studio Paint Pro
Register your tablet and begin downloading the software packages you want to install. Keep in mind that Wacom requires you to have the following operating system(s) to use the Intuos:
- Windows 7
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 10
- macOS X 10.11 or later
Setting up Bluetooth is effortless, but some models do not have Bluetooth – latency is higher with Bluetooth. You’ll notice that the tablet’s surface has a nice space to hold your pen, and you can open the pen to find additional nibs.
The non-Bluetooth model will rely on USB to connect to the computer, but for most users, the USB works best because it helps eliminate any latency between the tablet’s surface and the computer screen.
When setting up your Express Keys, it’s essential to think about your workflow.
The keys can be set to three key types:
- On-screen controls
One neat trick is to set the Express Keys to your keyboard shortcuts so that one you can use a single keystroke for your more complicated shortcuts. The pen itself has two customization options, and the click and navigation options make the pen feel like a highly advanced mouse.
Sensitivity levels can also be adjusted to make touches lighter or heavier based on your own personal preference. You can also use the Intuos with a dual monitor setup, and there are options to map your tablet accordingly.
Wacom’s Intuos is a budget-friendly option for anyone who is considering a tablet-based photo editing solution. The smaller size won’t make much of a difference when compared to other tablets, and it allows for a small, compact tablet that doesn’t take up much space.
Screen-Free Design Concept
A screen-free concept is good and bad for users. The tablet’s surface mimics that of a trackpad where you use the pen to draw on the surface and your computer screen to view your creation on your screen.
The tablet’s surface feels natural to a beginner, but if you’ve used a tablet with a screen, it will take some time to fully feel comfortable with this tablet.
Drawing directly on the screen will feel natural after some experimenting, but there’s one minor issue: latency. Older computers that struggle to keep programs operating smoothly will often cause the tablet to suffer from delay.
The latency, or polling rate, is not as smooth when using older computers.
When viewing the screen, this means that your strokes will not be on the screen instantaneously. Newer computers or faster models will be able to negate much of these issues.
The screen is compact at 6” x 3.7,” and there are quick express keys at the top of the tablet to enhance your workflow.
Budget-Friendly Tablet for Beginners
When we started our Wacom Intuos review, we went into the review knowing that this is a high-end, budget-friendly tablet. It lacks the higher pressure sensitivity levels and refinement of higher priced tablets.
But don’t let the term “budget-friendly” fool you – this is a high-quality tablet.
Photographers and graphic editors will be able to use this tablet alongside Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. The pen controls will you to navigate zoomed photos with ease, the right control can function similar to a right mouse click, and you can program the Express Keys to:
- Adjust brush size
- Access different tools
- Undo last command
Express Keys, when properly programmed, allow you to make the most out of your tablet. The setup you choose will enhance your workflow and allow you to make quick adjustments from the Express Keys on your tablet.
The true power of the Intuos comes from the 4096 pressure levels that creates smaller strokes with more pressure and larger strokes with light pressure.
If you’re used to working with a mouse to do all of your editing, you’ll find that you don’t need to switch back and forth between brushes and settings. The pen’s pressure takes care of all of your adjustment needs, making it easier to create lighter, darker, smaller or larger brush strokes.
Wacom Intuos FAQs
How Long Will the Intuos Last?
Wacom supports their products via updates for new versions of editing programs. We expect this lineup to be updated for years to come. The pen and drawing surface both feel durable, but you will notice that the tablet’s surface does become scratched over time.
The minor scratching does not impact usability.
What’s the Battery Life?
The pen is battery-free, so there’s no need to charge it. The pen will charge through the nib of the stylus, so you’ll never have to wait for the pen to charge again.
Is This the Right Graphics Tablet for You?
Wacom’s Intuos lineup is ideal for the beginner, and it offers 4096 pressure levels. Most of the budget tablets in the same price range offer 2048 pressure levels. If you need higher pressure levels, you will need to increase your budget.
Otherwise, for the beginner or professional that wants to do light editing work or start creating digital photos, the Intuos is a great option.
It’s an affordable, durable tablet that offers an array of customization options and higher pressure levels for easier editing.
You’ll find this tablet is great for anyone who does a lot of brush work with the following tools:
It’s hard to find a more advanced drawing tablet for beginners. When considering price, functionality and customization options, the Intuos is able to offer one of the industry’s best tablets under $100.
You can find better features and higher sensitivity in higher-priced tablets, but you would be hard-pressed to find better features in the same price range.
Aside from the small scratches that occur on the tablet’s surface and the latency between the tablet and computer, the Intuos is a great option for beginner and intermediate users. You’ll receive several free software packages, additional nibs, you don’t need to charge the pen and you’ll also be able to enhance your workflow with the addition of Express Keys and pen buttons.