On this video Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE looks at the newest Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Tablet which can work wirelessly using Bluetooth.
The new Wacom Intuos Pro adds some interesting features to the already very capable Wacom Intuos family. It has 8192 levels of pressure – significantly more than what earlier Wacoms had which gives you more control. It also supports Bluetooth so unless you are charging the tablet you can be completely free from physically connecting your tablet to your computer.
The tablet comes with 8 express keys and the main touch ring and has a touch panel which allows you to do all sorts of gestures on top of the pen usage (which you can turn off).
There is also a new base for the pen which has the nibs inside (these almost always get lost) and there is a hole in the middle for pulling the nibs out – very nice and useful.
Wacom also added a sample of 3 different possible surfaces that you can add on top of your tablet with different textures if you like. There are also lots and lots of touch options (this is a touch tablet) and add many different shortcuts in a more extensive way than in the past which can helps productivity.
At the end of the day this looks like a nice improvement however from our experience – we would still consider the versions with the actual display as it is so much easier to see what you are doing. Of course if you are used to looking on your computer screen and moving your hand without looking at it (unlike the way you draw with a regular pen for example) than this is a very good option.
At a price of $350 for the Medium size version existing users might not find enough reasons to upgrade but new users (or people with very old Wacoms) might find this new version enticing enough to purchase.