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Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet (Academic Version)

by Wacom

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  • 48.5 Square inches of working area, this tablet provides ample workspace
  • Eight ExpressKeys and illuminated displays

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 14.6 x 0.5 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0023RT0QI
  • Item model number: PTK640AC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 19, 2005

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Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Graphics Tablet PTK640AC Graphic Tablets

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I highly recommend any of the Wacom Tablets.
Dennis A. Herrman
There is great set-up software that allows you to control every aspect of your pen from click speed to pressure sensitivity, pen angle, button controls, etc.
K. Groh
So I have no idea how this tablet is for other uses, I have done some scan in drawings and cleaned lines and colored with it and that works very well.
Iggy Alchemie

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By K. Groh TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2009
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I have been a self-employed graphic designer since 1996. I bought my first Wacom tablet in 1997. I used it until I replaced it with a larger Intuos2 in 2001 (although the first one still worked well).
My Intuos2 still works great but it has a serial port plug (that I had to adapt to USB) and is no longer compatible to one of my computers. I hated to stop using it since it has been tried and true for so many years but I made the leap and bought the Intuos4.

I am not disappointed. This is a sleek tablet with plenty of room for moving around. Wacom has changed the aspect ratio to accommodate a 16:9 screen - although my older Intuos didn't do this, it was not really an issue.
It installed on Windows very easily, no glitches anywhere.

The tablet is thinner than previous models, very sleek and easy to rest your hand on. The pen has a nice weight and feel and I use the pen buttons for double click and right click. It is just second nature to me.
There is great set-up software that allows you to control every aspect of your pen from click speed to pressure sensitivity, pen angle, button controls, etc. You can adapt how it responds to many programs.

It is adaptable to left or right handedness. My old tablet needed a power supply and this is USB powered.
The USB cord is long enough that if you like to sit back to use your tablet, there is plenty of give.
The express keys on the side are not a big thrill to me but so far I do like the touch ring, especially for scrolling or zooming in or out.
I'm sure, given a little more time, I'll find good shortcuts for the express keys, which can be customized, but for now, my keyboard shortcuts are the quickest.

I use my tablet and pen exclusively.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Shanky Jones on August 14, 2009
Okay Everyone,

I could ohhh and awww over this thing just like everybody else, but we all know it's an outstanding product. However, I was a little disappointed with Wacom's progress since the early versions of Intuos.

* It is still jumpy in Adobe Illustrator CS4 if you use quick motions. When you slow it down, it works well, but sometimes you want to be more expressive. I'm on a MacPro with 2x 3Ghz dual cores running 16 GB of memory, so it's probably not my machine that's lagging.

* Corel Painter 11 does some really funky stuff when you get a larger brush with a lot of effects on it. It doesn't jump, but it tries to catch up to your movements seconds after you're done painting. That's probably Corel. I've never been fully confident in their technology.

* Photoshop works like a charm. No complaints there.

* The size was a little misleading. They give you the dimensions of the whole thing or "48.5 square inches of working area." For the record, the medium is only 9.25" x 5.75" so if you have another hundred smackers, go for the large.

* I love the styling and removable USB cord. It works with a standard mini USB cable, so you can leave one at work and take it home and use the cord that came with that digital camera or old motorola phone or your child's outdated MP3 player that sits in the toybin collecting dust.

* Of course the scoll wheel is awesome. I've seen some complaints about it, but I don't think people are going in and programming it according to what they want to use it for. You can also adjust the speed/sensitivity if you have a heavy hand.

* The price is awesome. I don't know if I just wasn't paying attention before, but it seems as if they were more expensive in the past. The last time I bought one was in '99 and I could swear they were more pricey. I know I couldn't have bought the equivalent of a large tablet for $418 dollars, so GOOD JOB WACOM.
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Doc V. on May 7, 2009
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This is the subjective review and opinion of one person however, it's likely I'm not alone and therefore I hope others with similar needs will find it useful.

Before I chose the Intuos4 Medium I read just about every review there was at the time. From what I gathered the most significant differentiating features were the 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, and the programmable OLED buttons.

For me, these became the two leading factors driving my decision. After that it was the size, the multiple pen tips, and the fact that being a brand new model means it should be some time before it becomes outdated.

However, now that I've had my tablet for about a month, I must admit, if I were to do it all over again, I'd likely chose differently.

Don't get me wrong. It's not that the tablet doesn't live up to the hype; I still feel the reviews I read singing it's praise were accurate. It's because this is my first tablet and as such the sensitivity doesn't seem to be as important as I initially expected. [At least not yet.]

Then there's the programmable OLED- Yes, the "OLED" is a nice feature however, it's a bit dim for my liking but more so, the actual buttons are rather disappointing. So much so that I don't even bother to use them; instead I find myself using the keyboard for shortcuts.

The problem is the keys are so small and so close together that I can only fit 3 fingers in the space of 4 buttons. Even with one finger, it's difficult to select the correct button without looking. They're also a bit too recessed and lack the tactile feel you'd expect from a component of this level. This makes using the tablet keys feel unnatural, or more importantly, no more convenient or faster than using the keyboard commands.
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