Review – Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Paper Edition Tablet

Jess Caruana
27 April, 2017
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Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Paper Edition Tablet

Wacom, www.wacom.com

Pros 

The website was easy to work with, and the tablet was a great size for detailed work, especially when taking into consideration the ease of adjusting line thickness of the pen

Cons 

The delay between the tablet and my laptop was confusing at best, and annoying at worst. The sensitivity needed to be fiddled with to make it usable for me personally

$549

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My mission with the Wacom Intuos Pro tablet was to improve on my digital art and the device was definitely helpful for this. I’ll admit, even when I was going to open the box I was scared about what I’d have to do to get the tablet to work and whether I would be able to set it up without help. But it was really easy. The box included all the information I needed and I was able to install all the programs on my MacBook with no trouble. The website was relatively easy to navigate; my only real problem being when I was redirected to the German site with no explanation. The instructions on how to use the more complex aspects of the tablet once I had it connected to my computer were slightly less detailed and required more fiddling, but I was able to manage it on my own.

Although I set the tablet up with the USB connector it came with, the vast majority of the time I used it via Bluetooth. It charged efficiently while connected to my computer, and kept its battery life well. I got around six solid hours out of it starting at 100 percent before it got to 22 percent and I plugged it back in. The addition and simplicity of Bluetooth made it easier for me to draw as a left-hander without leaning on the controls, but did result in a slight delay of about half a second between the drawing and it showing up on my screen. There was also a delay while it was plugged in, but this was less noticeable.

The delay while using Bluetooth made it slightly confusing for me to work out exactly what I was doing until it was too late. That was even after fiddling with the preferences for sensitivity and movement speed. I will also say that the pen seemed like it skidded across the tablet due to the tablet’s texture. If you plan to do a lot on this, I would recommend buying a screen protector to prolong pen use.

In terms of space to draw and mobility to swivel the pen, the 13.2 by 8.5-inch screen gave me room to play around and use the pen in different thicknesses to create more depth in my art without having to constantly zoom in and out on the area of the screen I was focussed on. Most of the time this extra space was helpful, although having the tablet bigger than my screen made it hard to work out where exactly on my screen I would end up drawing – or whether I’d accidentally just be moving windows around.

Macworld’s Buying Advice: If you felt the need to buy a tablet specifically for digital art, I would recommend the Wacom Intuos Pro. The screen size, sensitivity to the pen and additional features such as being able to control the line width easily, combine to make a tablet that is easy enough for beginners like me, but versatile enough for professionals.

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