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Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet (PTH650)
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- Quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork using natural pen control
- Use the new multi-touch surface to pan, zoom, navigate and more
- 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity for precise pressure control
- User-defined ExpressKeys put time saving shortcuts, at your fingertips
- Express View display provides an on-screen reference for each key's function, keeping you focused on your work
- The finger-sensitive Touch Ring provides intuitive control of scrolling, brush size, and more
- Custom radial menus for rapid navigation
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Designed to meet the high performance demands of creative professionals and photo, art, and design enthusiasts, Intuos5 combines Wacom's finest pen tablet experience with multi-touch input in a single device. Immerse yourself in a natural, intuitive workflow alternating between using multi-finger touch to position and navigate your artwork, and the pressure sensitive pen to precisely sketch, paint, retouch, and edit your ideas. The time-saving ExpressKeys can be customized for your favorite application-specific shortcuts and modifiers, while the innovative Express View display provides an on screen-reminder of the keys settings. With a simple USB connection, Intuos5 brings natural pen and touch control to your PC or Mac computer.
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This tablet is simply amazing. The new button set up and feel is a great change. While drawing you really get a paper texture feel. If you have used an Intuos4, you might not notice much of a pressure and response difference but the new buttons and rubber is a big change. I think its a lot more practical and more efficient while in use. I constantly found myself feeling like I needed to clean my Intuos4 from smudging it.
Now, if you are considering Medium vs Large....
I use to have an Intuos4 Lrg and loved it. I owned the tabled for 2 years and used for graphic design, illustrations, and some digital painting. The strokes always felt very natural and good ration of tabled to screen. I hardly ever used the precision mode button because my table to screen ratio was very good.
Now, I switched to the new Intuos5 medium and loved the new look and feel, but did not like the screen to tabled ratio. Just navigating through photoshop from one end of the screen to the other was very awkward. I messed around with the mapping settings and I still couldn't get something that I liked. Now, I have been using a Large tablet for the past 2 years and it might take some time to adjust. But, since I rely so much on my tablet for what I do as a career, to me it is worth spending a little more and getting what I am already confortable with.
Professionally speaking, the tablet to monitor ratio is a big deal to me. If you are using the tablet with just a 15 or 17 monitor/ laptop, the Medium tablet ratio is probably okay. If you are primarily using the tablet for photo touch up and some moderate design, the Medium size will suit your needs. But, if you have some drawing background (fine arts), you will probably find the Large tablet to suit your needs. The biggest reason is the way you probably do your strokes, you use your arm & shoulder instead of your wrist. Wrist movement would be appropriate (common) for photo touchups, and some illustrations, but for bigger custom made designs you would want the Large tablet. The medium size tablet is like drawing on half a sheet of paper at a time and the Large tablet is like drawing on a whole piece of paper (8.5x11).
One big thing I noticed was the active area difference between the two tablets. The active area is only within the white cross hairs (or "L" figures) on the tablet. You have an extra .5" of blank space around the active area and it doesn't really seem to do anything (at least from what I could tell). This makes your active area a lot smaller than what it looks. This was a big deal breaker for me and the reason for why I am going back to using the Large size tablet.
When it comes down to performance, both tablets have equal sensitivity and touch performance, there is no question in that. The biggest thing is consider the monitor real estate you will be using and the tablet to monitor ratio. Remember that a tablet is a tablet for computer graphic work that requires a pen/ pencil style, not Navigation and or web browsing. The touch is a nice plus and I believe its just Wacoms way of gearing to the new Navigation style that computers are headed to.
I will be returning the Medium and getting a Large. I will post an update once I get it
Good news everyone!
There is a really good cheap solution to this problem. Get a nice sheet watercolor paper or drawing paper. what every you prefer for IRL media. Cut a square to the same demotions as the active area. then use some masking tape that won't damage the Intuos5 and tape it so the paper sits ontop of the active area. if you tape it so half the tape sticks to the tablet then you fold it back on its self and stick the other half of the tape to the paper you won't have an ugly line of tape. This will give you a surface that is slightly softer than the nib thus the paper which you can replace for nearly nothing gets worn out and not your stylus or tablet. bonus effect it give you a real paper feel while you are working.
- Very responsive
- Versatile programming for buttons and such
- Comfortable pen
- Sleek design
- Optional wireless kit is nifty and low-profile
- Drivers (Windows 7x64) are garbage. The drivers crash very frequently, and I've been getting at least one Blue Screen a week, all of which are triggered by tablet input (plugging it in, using the pen, etc.). It should be worth noting that I have never gotten a BSoD since buying this tablet. Updating drivers does not help; Wacom apparently has little interest in accommodating one of their largest markets.
- The nibs are very weak. I draw reasonably gently, and my main nib is already half worn out after 5 months of moderate use. My previous tablet was a Bamboo Fun, and its nib showed no signs of wear or damage after 6 years of use.
- Resistive touch functionality is pretty bad in general. Anything that touches the tablet (while touch is turned on) will screw with your mouse. Things as insignificant as a pencil or a piece of paper resting on your tablet will cause involuntary clicking/movement. At least it turns off when the pen is within drawing range.
The nibs and touch problems are obviously money-saving measures, which are somewhat forgivable. The driver problems are unacceptable.
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I think the wireless things would be nice.Read more