Wacom outs the Intuos5 graphics tablet
After receiving a lot of praise for the release of its Intuos4 graphics tablet about three years ago, Wacom now brings the next generation of their tablet. The Intuos4 has a lot of reasons to boost for along with the pinpoint accuracy with a large 2,048 levels of sensitivity and pen tilt detection; it also provided a surface that felt more like a paper than plastic.
Although there wasn’t much for Wacom to improve in the new model called as the Intuos5 graphics tablet but they seem to have focused on the usability and value added functionality.
This new tablet sports a softer coating around the border of the device, which is an improvement upon the hand-gliding experience, with a more ergonomic solution. Some other changes they have introduced can be pointed as the ability to insert a Wi-Fi module to bring cable free operation to any tablet in the line-up.
However the OLED display of the Intuos4 has been dropped and now they have introduced button feedback entirely on-screen, through transparent pop-ups. They seem to have restored the ability of the past tablet devices to control the behavior of various pen sensitive levels. The tablet still has the 2048 level pin point sensitivity and pens and devices from the Intuos4 line-up all functions on the Intuos5.
They will initially have three model sizes of Small (4 x 6 inches), Medium (6 x 8 inches) and Large (13 x 8 inches) which are priced at £200 ($319), £330 ($526) and £430 ($686) respectively. However currently they are retailing another model which doesn’t feature the multi-touch track-pad and is medium sized. It is made available for £270 ($430).
Wacom has also recently introduced a high-end Cintiq HD24 model, with a 24inch touch screen based around Intuos4 technology. It boasts a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200pixels.