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Wacom Intuos3 4 x 6-Inch Wide Format Pen Tablet (PTZ431W)

by Wacom
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  • Quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork with this pen tablet
  • Cordless and battery-free
  • 1,024 levels of tip and eraser pressure sensitivity for control
  • Tablet active areas are optimal for use with widescreen displays
  • Strategically placed programmable ExpressKeys and Touch Strip for convenience
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000I62PEU
  • Item model number: PTZ431W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 13, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and over 100 other leading software applications. Intuos3 tablets now put ExpressKeys and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more. And if you're using a widescreen display or multiple monitors, the new Intuos3 4x6, 6x11 and 12x19 are designed just for you.

Wacom's Penabled technology gives you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology. You'll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity. Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It's an easy and natural way to work.

Every point on the tablet has a matching point on the screen. When you move your pen over the tablet the cursor moves in precisely the same way on the screen.

Using a pen tablet is easy
It's easy to use a pen tablet because every point on the tablet has a matching point on the screen. When you move your pen over the tablet the cursor moves in precisely the same way on the screen. Where you touch your pen tip to the tablet is where you click.

Pressure sensitivity
The Intuos3 Grip Pen gives you the power of pressure-sensitive control. Pressure sensitivity lets you control your software tools by changing how hard you press the pen tip to the tablet surface. Using pressure sensitivity you can dynamically control things like brush size, opacity, and more.

Widescreens and Multiple Monitors
The Intuos3 4x6, 6x11, and 12x19 have active areas that are optimal for use with widescreen displays. The 16:10 aspect ratio of these pen tablets allows you to accurately reach every point on your widescreen display while taking up the least amount of desk space. The wide aspect ratio and the ample size of the 6x11 and 12x19 make these pen tablets great choices for use with multiple monitors to ensure that you have precise control when working on each monitor.

New Intuos3 tablet
  • Ergonomic design with sloping, contoured palm rest for comfort
  • Multiple cord positions for greater workspace flexibility
  • 8 ft. cable allows you to kick back while you work
  • Enhanced electronics for twice the resolution (5,080 lpi)
  • Available in multiple sizes for a perfect fit

New Intuos3 Grip Pen
  • 1,024 levels of tip and eraser pressure sensitivity for control
  • Cushioned, contoured grip with programmable DuoSwitch for comfort and productivity
  • Patented cordless, battery-free technology for a natural feel and superior performance
  • Multi-position pen stand to keep your pen handy
  • Three nib styles included for a variety of "feels"
  • Tilt sensitivity for even more control

New ExpressKeys and Touch Strips

  • Strategically placed programmable ExpressKeys and Touch Strip for convenience
  • ExpressKeys are "chordable" and can be used for modifier keys, keyboard shortcuts, mouse clicks, open/run applications, and pop-up menus
  • Finger-sensitive Touch Strip for quick scrolling, zooming, controlling brush size, and more

New Intuos3 Five-button Mouse

  • Ball-free and optics-free for smooth, accurate tracking
  • Ambidextrous low-profile design with just the right feel
  • Patented cordless, battery-free technology for superior performance and reliability
  • Five programmable buttons with fingerwheel for flexibility and control

The Intuos3 grip pen offers 1,024 levels of tip and eraser pressure sensitivity for control.

Product Description

Wacom Intuos3 4 x 6-Inch Wide Format Pen Tablet (PTZ431W)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
Randall V. Balch
It helps so much when working in Photoshop, I used to end up very tired using the mouse, but the pen makes all the difference in comfort and I can work a lot faster.
Ivonne
I highly recommend this product to anyone wanting to have a tablet for drawing!
Sassypoch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Artem Lipatov on December 12, 2006
I bought a Graphire4 4x5 tablet first thinking it would be enough for me... It was ok, but then I got a chance to play with an Intuos3 tablet and decided to return it.

Intuos3 gives you a much nicer feeling when you're drawing, just as if you were on paper, not plastic. Resolution is much higher, I'm getting very accurate results. Of course, using a tablet takes getting used to and might not be for everybody.

The pen is very comfortable to hold and comes with a bunch of replacement tips, including a softer-than-normal and a harder-than-normal tips (1 each).

The mouse is actually quite usable on this tablet as opposed to graphire4.

Long USB cord makes it possible to take the tablet off the table and onto your lap.

Overall, a fantastic tool for anybody who needs a better way to control their drawing/photo retouching.

For those, who say it is rather small - true, but the next one up is $100 more expensive. It gets the job done and works great for wide screen monitors without sacrificing horizontal resolution. I guess, for people who paint a much bigger tablet is in order, but this one should be quite enough for photo manipulations.

I only wish Wacom included some kind of handwriting recognition software for free with it, though they offer 20% discount on EverNote products (check out ritePen - it is amazing) as well as other product discounts
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sassypoch on December 31, 2007
I did a lot of researching before choosing which tablet to buy. Every review I read online said Wacom was the only way to go. I have to say that they are correct. I am a first time tablet user and this so far has been a wonderful experience. I only have one issue with it. I'm a lefty and so when I draw, I keep hitting the touchpad.

I, like the person that gave it a 1 star review, used it on my WinXP desktop with a 20 inch widescreen monitor and it works wonderful. It gets every edge of my monitor. I'm not sure what they're problem was, but all I had to do was install the drivers from the CD and everything works great! I also plugged it into my Windows Vista laptop and it works excellent with that too. I have also had no problems with the mouse working.

I wasn't sure that 4x6 would be big enough to draw with but I'm loving it and think now that anything bigger would be a little bit too much.

I highly recommend this product to anyone wanting to have a tablet for drawing!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Colburn on September 24, 2007
The tablet works just as well is its reputation suggests. Plug it into a windows or mac machine and pop the CD in, you'll have it working in minutes. It will even work in linux, albeit with a bit more work (But then what doesn't take just a bit more work in linux?).

The precision and sensitivity are great. If you're wondering about sizes: Don't bother with the bigger tablets unless you're completely sure you need one. If you're comfortable with making precise movements with the stylus, you really don't need a larger tablet. This one has all the same response and sensitivity as a big one, packed into a more convenient size.

Furthermore, Amazon has one of the best prices around on the tablet and it'll probably ship free. What's not to love?
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Jenkins on December 15, 2006
I would actually recommend if you're an artist to use the 6x8 which has express keys on both sides. While you can disable them, or reverse the tablet, this tablet which is the smallest one out of the intuos 3 series had right handed people in mind. Reversing the tablet makes it more awkward and uncomfortable for use.

If you're not going to use the Express keys you may as well go with the intuos 1 or 2, since i find this to be a major feature for the latest line of intuos. If you're going for geek bling and want a shiny new tablet I guess this is the way to go, but practicality wise, using an intuos 1 or 2 if you are left handed and use the smallest size is probably better and more affordable.

The wide format however will probably give you better accuracy for touch points from your tablet to match the screen.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By seerose on February 20, 2008
I already had the Wacom Intuos3 6x8 on my desktop mac and wanted another one for my macbook pro since moving them around back and forth every time from school to home and vice versa was cumbersome. The Intuos3 has very high precision rate and repeatability. Also, if you're like me who work all day on graphic applications and feel that the bones in your index finger is about to separate, this pad is a great alternative. I decided on the smaller 4x6 and it fits perfectly for my 17" laptop. However, if you're going to use it on any monitor that's bigger than 19", go for the 6x8 or the 6x11. Using anything bigger seems to take up too much desk space.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ivonne on December 27, 2007
This is an amazing product, I love my tablet! I purchased it thru Amazon and got it at the end of October and it's been wonderful ever since. It helps so much when working in Photoshop, I used to end up very tired using the mouse, but the pen makes all the difference in comfort and I can work a lot faster. I think I got used to it very fast, and I use it always, I don't use the mouse anymore.

By the way, I got the 4x6 inch tablet, which seems to be great, at first I didn't know if purchasing this size or a larger one, but since I don't have such a big working space plus the cost, I chose this one. And still, even if I had a bigger space I wouldn't purchase a larger one. If I were to upgrade someday it would be for the one that you do the work on the screen, not over a tablet...but its worth about 2000 USD.

I had made some research before among brands and thought that the best option was the Intuos from Wacom, and I still think it was the best choice. I gave it five stars because it is everything I expected it to be and more...now I just need a cover to protect it against dust.
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