Wacom Intuos5 Pen and Touch Medium Graphics Tablet
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- The multi-touch function supports user-defined shortcuts and conveys a natural feel - simply through multi-touch gestures
- Highest pen precision : 2,048 levels of presure sensitivity and pen tilt for a real pen-on-paper feel
- Focus on your work with the revolutionary Express View display on-screen
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Intuos5. The intuitive way to create. Redefined.
The new Intuos5 may impress with sleek design but it diverts all attention to where creativity comes to life: on screen. Once again this pen tablet will redefine the way creatives work, allowing them to focus entirely on the job at hand.
The Intuos5 is equipped with up to eight ExpressKeys which can be configured individually. Fitted with new haptics they enable you to 'feel' the interaction with the computer application and allow you to work even more intuitively. But wait until you have tried the multifunctional Touch Ring – it's incredibly easy and intuitive to use. It features four programmable functions for every application: for instance scrolling, zooming, brush size, canvas rotation or layer selection. As these can be tailored to your requirements work gets faster and more efficient. You only need to hover your finger over an ExpressKey to review the settings on screen via the Express View display. As a result distraction is minimised – and concentration on your creation maximised.
Another feature enhancing workflow is the new multi-touch function. Configure it for different applications and enjoy user-defined shortcuts accessed by multi-touch gestures. So now you'll be able to work naturally using three, four or five fingers in addition to the pen.
But it doesn’t stop there, as the Intuos5 Grip Pen with 2,048 pressure levels opens new possibilities for accurate and artistic work. The four different nibs add to the pen-on-paper feel. Additional comfort is provided by the soft-touch surface of the pen tablet. An ergonomic wrist rest makes even longer sessions enjoyable – no matter if you're left- or right-handed.
Also, the radial menu cuts production time for retouching and design through structured and fast access to shortcuts.
Aside from many new technical innovations the Intuos5 offers even more freedom through the optional Wireless Accessory Kit. So, if you are looking for more efficiency, productivity and precision the new Intuos5 is just the right tool for you.
Intuos5 – for the best creatives in the world.
- The multi-touch function supports user-defined shortcuts and conveys a natural feel – simply through multi-touch gestures
- Focus on your work with the revolutionary Express View display on-screen
- Gain new freedom via the optional wireless accessory kit
- Deliberate ergonomics: the new soft-touch surface designed for maximum comfort
- Highest pen precision: 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and pen tilt for a real pen-on-paper feel
- Intuitive: up to 8 individually configurable ExpressKeys with new surface feel
- Efficient: multifunctional Touch Ring with 4 freely programmable functions per application
- Proven Intuos technology for maximum productivity
Pressure-sensitive grip pen
Reproduce the experience and artistic control of traditional brushes and markers at 2,048 pressure levels.
Rotate, pan, scroll, zoom, flick, navigate at the touch of your fingers.
Speed up your workflow using application-specific shortcuts and functions.
Stay focused on your creation. Easily access and view all settings on your monitor.
Multi function touch ring
Control up to four user-defined functions such as scrolling, zooming, brush size, canvas rotation or layer selection.
The ambidextrous design of Intuos5 features gently sloping sides, generous palm support, and an ergonomic pen.
Wireless accessory kit available
Just plug in your optional kit for wireless connectivity and enjoy total freedom. Not included in this item.
The size of the Intuos5 touch M pen tablet marks the most versatile choice among many serious creatives, since it is sufficiently large to be suitable for large monitor or dual-monitor environments, yet still compact enough, so it doesn't take up too much space on the desktop.
Facts & Features
Dimensions (W × D × H): 380 mm × 251 mm × 12 mm (15.0" × 9.9" × 0.5")
Active area Pen (W × D): 224 mm × 140 mm (8.8" × 5.5")
Active area Touch (W × D): 224 mm × 140 mm (8.8" × 5.5")
Weight: 990 g
Multi-touch Support: yes
Wireless Accessory Support: yes
Resolution (per point): 0.005 mm (5,080 lines per inch)
Tilt sensitivity: ± 60°
Maximum reading height with pen: 10 mm
No. of ExpressKeys: 8 capacitve keys
Touch Ring controller: 1
Intuos5 touch M pen tablet
Wacom Grip Pen
Ten replacement nibs (five standard nibs, one flex nib, one stroke nib, and three hard felt nibs)
Colour identification rings
2 m (6.6 ft) USB cable
Quick start guide
Installation CD (includes tablet driver software and access to user user manual download)
PC: Microsoft Windows® XP (SP3), Windows® Vista (SP2), Windows® 7 (SP1), or higher
Mac: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, Intel® processor
Powered USB port
broadband internet connection
2 Year Warranty
Intuos5 Medium Pen & Touch Tablet Grip Pen, pen stand with ten replacement nibs (five standard nibs, one flex nib, one stroke nib, and three felt nibs), nib removal tool, colour identification rings, USB cable (2.5 m), quick start guide, software download instruction, installation CD (includes tablet driver software, online user’s manual and 'Important Product Information' document).
Top customer reviews
The tablet itself is very well built and sturdy, and very comfortable for resting wrists on. Dragging the well made, nicely grippable pen across has a slight sense of matte about it, since the tablet is not glossy or slippery; an ever-so-slight texture, that means it gives a nice, natural feedback, perhaps like drawing on thick, quality paper or card i.e. this doesn't feel tacky or lightweight.
The pen comes with spare and alternative nibs, my favourite being one with a tiny spring that gives the nib a bit of give when you press it, sort of like a felt tip. All extra nibs are neatly hidden away within the pen holder.
The Intuos5 (S) is perfect for graphics designers and digital artists, offering supreme accuracy, pressure sensitivity and all the inherent benefits of using an intuitive and natural device. The touch controls (effectively making the tablet double as a large tracking pad) are a valuable extra, and I was soon using my fingers to scroll and flick through web pages and documents. There's plenty of scope for configuration and I dare say I haven't scraped the surface yet (no pun intended).
Now, that price... You certainly get a premium quality product for those who want to do more than browse Youtube and, as I said, this is a few steps up from a hobbyist sub £50 Bamboo, but it seems particularly tight that Wacom didn't include wireless functionality out of the box and instead require customers to find another £30. I'm plugged in via the included and lengthy USB lead, which is fine as I have a desktop, but users who are on the road a lot will certainly fancy that wireless adapter. If the tablet had been but a few pennies more I'd probably have stuck to my mouse, much as I'd have hated to. But you get what you pay for, and I certainly don't feel ripped off. It just about hits the, "They're a bit pricey, but I love this thing" sweet spot.
Summary: Small is plenty big enough for a large single-screen setup - top build quality in tablet and pen - satisfying and accurate feel - touch input is a valuable extra and another reason to leave the mouse alone - Wacom are tight, so if you're the sort of user who travels a lot you'll want to keep that extra £30 in mind for the wireless kit - not recommended for the curious dabbler (try the cheaper, and very good, Wacom Bamboo first), but wholeheartedly recommended to photographers, designers and illustrators who already know they're married to Photoshop for the long haul
Having the Intuos5 (S) sitting on my desk will make me feel very guilty if I don't make the most of it to kick start some creative projects I've had on the back-burner for far too long. That's worth a few quid on its own.
Having used a cheap old £30 tablet in the past, I thought it would take some time to get used to this - but I was wrong! It took me a few hours to get used to the pen and using the touch features of the tablet. Its very responsive and just seems natural. It hasn't yet replaced my Logitech MX mouse, but I think there is a good possibility that it might.
I thought it might be difficult as I have to stare at the screen whilst drawing or sketching, but that isn't the case at all. Right from the start, it just seemed natural and I was doing it without even putting any thought into it.
The installation was a breeze, took about 2-3 minutes to get drivers and software all installed. I've had the tablet for a couple of weeks now and each day I spend more and more time on it. Its brilliant to use with Photoshop CS6 and Corel Painter 12; I haven't tried it with Illustrator yet though. If you buy this for use with those applications then do a Google search for "wacom photoshop setup tutorial". There are some good guides on getting some setups for brushes. Not absolutely necessary, but it will help you learn a few tricks.
SMALL or MEDIUM
I was really debating which to get, but I'm definitely glad I've gone for the medium. I recently used the small one at work and found it harder to sketch on. Its just a tiny bit too small for me. I wouldn't say its bad, I'm sure you can get used to it - but since I started with the medium tablet, I much prefer this one. The actual "drawing" area is about 75% of A4.
Yes, I'd definitely recommend this if you're in the market for a tablet. I suppose its for the more serious artists, but if you can afford then go straight for this rather than "trialling" a cheaper one first. You'll only end up with this eventually anyway ;)
*The usb lead is much longer than with the bamboo fun, and so I ended up buying the wireless kit which I highly recommend. It saves getting tangled up and makes the whole drawing experience much easier and clutter-free.
* I had heard that previous Intuos tablets had a surface that was too slippery. Having never tried it before, I can't comment on the difference, but can confidently state that this one doesn't have the same problem. It's lovely and smooth to draw on, but with some normal wanted resistance and definitely not slippy.
* The touch element is great, and takes a little getting used to (simply to remember to use it!) if you're familiar with using a non-touch tablet. It's worth noting that the rotate function doesn't work in Photoshop Elements, but I've tried and tested it with full Photoshop and it works fine with that.
*The stylus is very comfortable to use, and has a lovely set of nibs to choose from, all kept in their own safe slots in the base of the stylus holder, which keeps them from getting lost or damaged.
All in all, this exceeded my expectations and I feel it's well worth the money.
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