Wacom Intuos creative pen tablet has undergone a refresh. The newest Intuos series are more compact, supports Bluetooth connectivity, and comes in nice pastel colours for the budding users. I received an elaborated media kit from Wacom Singapore containing the Intuos S Bluetooth and a acrylic picture frame.
The following new models are available:
- Intuos S (CTL-4100), RRP S$110, with 1 free software. 250g
- Intuos S Bluetooth (CTL-4100WL), RRP S$155, with 2 free software. 250g
- Intuos M Bluetooth (CTL-6100WL), RRP S$290, with 3 free software. 410g
Available colours: Black, Berry, Pistachio
Other than the size, both sizes are identical in functions. I currently own the Wacom Bamboo which I used for photo editing. The Intuos S takes up less space and has a drawing area of 152.0 x 95.0 mm (6.0 x 3.7 in). The Intuos M has an even larger area of 216.0 x 135.0 mm (8.5 x 5.3 in). The battery-free pen uses electro-magnetic resonance (EMR) technology, and supports 4096 pressure levels. The 2 buttons on the pen and 4 keys on the tablet are all customisable. The replacement nibs are conveniently stored inside the pen so you will never have to look for them when you need them.
Each product comes with up to 3 creative software for you to choose during the registration and account setup process, making it a pretty good deal. The 3 software to choose from are:
- Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 6
- Corel® Aftershot™ 3
- UDM Paint Pro
Each pen tablet can only redeem the software once. If you re-install the tablet on another computer and try to register with another new user, it will not offer the free software again.
What I really like is the Bluetooth 4.2 option, which cuts the clutter of the cables. The battery lasts for at least 15 hours (only during continuous use) and charges in 3.5 hours. My computer does not come with Bluetooth so I am so glad that it works easily with direct USB cable, and even more delighted when the L-shaped USB cable head helps to keep a clean profile.
The pen can be neatly stored either by sliding through the “Wacom” label sleeve or placing on the curved keys to prevent roll-off.
The pen can be used to navigate the screen cursor when hovering within 7mm from the tablet surface. Dragging the pen against the surface will scroll the content on the window similar to the mouse scroll wheel. Double tap is left click, Tap-hold is right click.
Clearly the new Intuos S and Intuos M is designed for less demanding users but with sufficiently-advanced pen sensitivity controls, plus clutter-free solution of wireless Bluetooth function. They do not offer advanced features like multi-touch or eraser, as well as other add-ons like nibs and texture sheets. If that is not good enough, then you might want to look at the Intuos Pro series.