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Before owning the Intuos Pro, my primary graphics tablet was the old Intuos.
I loved it; it was reliable for almost a decade & it still works just as smooth as it did my first day using it.
It was literally the most durable piece of tech I’ve ever owned.
& When I say durable I mean durable! I traveled with this thing, dropped it multiple times, and I even let small children use it.
So it’s safe to say my old Wacom Intuos could take a beating!
So naturally, I purchased the Pro!!!
Technically I only own one of the 3 sizes, but I was still able to reach out to a few illustrator friends & get my hands on the Large & Small models so I can review each one.
Quick tip to save you some time, if you’re going to purchase the Intuos Pro, get the Medium! If the medium is too expensive & you’re thinking about purchasing the small, DON’T!
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s begin the in-depth review, starting with the runt of the 3 tablets!
- Comes with Multitouch settings.
- Travel Sized
- Comes with Tilt
- Comes with 4 different kinds of Free Nibs
- Pen Stand is nice, weighted, & helps keep your desk organized
- Doesn’t come with Pro Pen 2, but instead comes with Grip Pen
- Pen pressure could be better
- Bluetooth could be better
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So let’s dive into this a bit. So is the Small Worth the money?
Well, short answer… kind of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Most people don’t include the Small in their reviews of the Intuos Pro because it doesn’t share the same features the M & L models do.
I’m going to include the Small in my review because not everyone is tech savvy & I would hate for someone reading this to make the mistake of buying the Small thinking it was a less expensive version of the M & L models.
Sure the Small is aesthetically similar to the other sizes, but after looking closely at its stats you’ll realize it doesn’t offer as much as the other two sizes do.
(I realize the names are really similar so I photoshopped & labeled the two tablets in an attempt to make this less confusing.)
Intuos medium (standard) has better pen pressure (4096 levels), a bigger active area, built-in Bluetooth, comes with 3 free programs(Free Programs: Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 6, Corel® AfterShot™ 3, & CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO) & it’s the same price as the Intuos Pro (Small).
Now that doesn’t mean the Intuos Pro (Small) isn’t superior in some aspects.
The Pro (Small) has better resolution (about twice as much as the Intuos Medium), tilt, free replaceable nibs, multitouch, & 2 more express keys than the standard Intuos, not to mention the presence of the touch ring. But…
My first tablet didn’t come with tilt or multi-touch so purchasing a tablet without those features didn’t feel like a huge loss to me.
To me, high pen pressure, built in blue tooth & a larger active area are a bigger priority.
I’m also not a fan of the wireless kit. It’s not the biggest problem the Intuos Pro Small has, but it is a nuisance.
Another issue I have with the Intuos Pro Small is the Grip Pen. It’s a far second to the Pro Pen 2 that comes with the larger models.
I think the Small Pro would be so much better if it came with The Pro Pen & not The Grip Pen.
The Pro Pen 2 is more sensitive (8k), slightly lighter weight, virtually lag-free tracking, feels slightly more precise, & is more aesthetically pleasing.
Pro Pen 2
Words To Know
- Tilt: Senses the amount of tilt between the stylus(Pen) and tablet. This is used to create a natural-looking pen, brush, and eraser strokes in applications that support tilt-sensitivity.
- Multitouch: Is technology which enables a trackpad or touchscreen to recognize more than one or two points of contact with the surface.
- Pen Pressure: When you use a Wacom stylus and tablet to create paint strokes with the Paint Stroke tool, the Apply Pen Pressure behavior controls width, opacity, spacing, angle, or jitter of the stroke based on the pressure of your stylus on the tablet.
- Great Active Area
- Phenomenal Pen Pressure (8,192 Levels)
- Comes with Multitouch settings
- Comes with Tilt
- Built in Bluetooth
- Gesture Button
- Comes with 4 different kinds of Free Nibs (10 total)
- Pen Stand is nice, weighted, helps keep your desk organized
- Doesn’t come with the 3D pen, but does come with the pro pen 2
- I prefer the Cintiq Pro
2.Pro Pen 2 Stylus
4.Texture Sheet Sample Card
5. 2 m (6.6 ft) PVC-free USB cable
6. Pro Pen 2 Color Rings
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The Pro model is by far my favorite Graphics Tablet right now! It’s the most accurate & intuitive graphics tablet on the market. It’s also the best graphics tablet I’ve ever used as far as convenience & drawing flow.
Because it’s so well rounded I consider it the Jon Jones of Graphics tablets. For those of you who don’t know who Jon Jones is, he’s considered the greatest UFC fighter ever.
He’s proficient at punching, throwing elbows/knees, has a wide array of kicks, great takedowns, & utilizes some tricky submission moves. In summary, he’s elite at every aspect of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).
Their awesome features!
They have phenomenally sensitive pen pressure, multitouch, gestures, customizable program-specific express keys (or shortcut keys), a touch ring, a generous active area, Bluetooth capabilities, & a few nice free accessories. Everything mounts to a smooth drawing experience.
Now let’s talk about one of my favorite features– the Pro Pen 2!
It’s widely considered the best stylus out right now because of its control, precision, pressure levels, & tilt. There are a lot of Wacom alternatives that offer these same features on paper, BUT there’s nothing close to the experience of drawing with this pen.
The accuracy & control I feel is the closest I’ve gotten to an actual pen/pencil. A lot of fans of Huion will tell you that Huion offers the same features as of late. But I can tell you from experience NO OTHER GRAPHICS TABLET HAS ANYTHING LIKE THIS!
The one complaint I hear often with this pen is that the nibs wear out VERY quickly compared to previous models. Well, they are thinner nibs that were purposely created to be softer than the surface of the tablet.
If they were any harder, they would destroy the surface of your tablet over time. And I wouldn’t say they wear out VERY quickly…
I draw a lot more than the average person & I didn’t notice my nibs wearing out unnaturally fast.
I would say they’re about 80-90% as strong as the previous model’s nibs. But they still feel more durable than Huion or other Wacom alternatives I’ve used.
So if you’re wearing them down unnaturally quick, you might want to ask yourself if you’re a heavy-handed artist.
If you are heavy handed, you can always adjust your pen pressure settings so that your pen is more sensitive, forcing you to use less pressure.
Other than that, nibs are awesome.
Because the Pro Pen 2 nibs are slightly thinner than the Pro Pen 1 nibs, drawing with the Pro Pen 2 feels more precise. I’m fairly certain my linework has benefited from the thinner nibs.
Plus the pen stand comes equipped with storage of 10 free nibs for when your nib inevitably wears out.
That Pen Stand offers two different positions for resting your pen, vertical & horizontal.
The bottom of the pen stand is made with a durable steal that contains a hole to make removing/replacing nibs easy.
Most graphics tablets come with a small tweezer-like device to remove nibs.
It’s really easy to lose these small tweezer-like nib removers, so the presence of a stand that also removes nibs is a much-needed improvement to avoid losing necessary equipment.
Wacom also offers 4 free colored rings to accessorize your pen.
While I enjoy the personalization that comes with the color rings, I do wish the pen was more customizable.
If you purchase the other pen models compatible with this tablet, the color rings are a fun way to label & distinguish them from one another.
Let’s dive into the Pro Pen 2’s eraser & shortcut buttons.
The eraser is pretty self-explanatory. I actually rarely use it because hitting my keyboard or express key feels quicker than flipping my pen upside down.
However, I know a bunch of artists that enjoy this feature.
The pen comes with two shortcut buttons. I like to program button #1 to perform the Hand tool & #2 to perform the Undo function.
These two buttons make my life so easy by centralizing two functions I use frequently.
What I Made With It
1.Program Specific Custom Express Key & Touch Ring shortcuts
I love how Wacom allows custom application specific shortcuts.
This means customization doesn’t have to be universal. You can have different shortcuts depending on the program. Most Wacom alternatives don’t allow that level of customization.
For example, when working in photoshop, I have an express key that saves files (command + s). If I click that express key while Google Chrome is open, it will no longer save files. Instead, it will close a tab (command + w).
The touch ring operates the same way–it creates shortcuts for your go-to functions.
Below I provided some screenshots of the settings that allow you to customize the express keys & touch ring.
I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that I value my time. On average, I’m working on about 5 projects a week, in addition to working on posting on my blog every day. So I can’t afford to waste time.
Having program specific shortcut keys is a luxury that allows me to optimize my tablet by saving time.
2.Orientation & Active Area Customization
All models include the ability to customize the Orientation & Active Area of your device.
1. Basically, if you’re a lefty who wants the express keys to be closer to your non-dominant hand, you can program this orientation.
2. Area customization deals with the amount of area on your computer & tablet you can access via the Intuos Pro. For example, if you don’t like using too much space you can consolidate the active area of your tablet into one small section.
I usually just stick to using the full surface, but I know some retouch artists who don’t like moving their arm around too much, & prefer to let their wrist do all the moving around.
3.Touch Gestures & On/Off Button
Gestures allow you to perform functions using your fingertips. I mainly use it to move stuff around.
The palm rejection is pretty strong so if you do plan on using this feature, you’re going to want to keep your palm off the tablet. Otherwise, it won’t work as much as you’d like it to.
The tablet comes with a button that allows you to turn on or off this touch gesture feature.
I honestly don’t really need this but I DO LOVE this feature because it makes me feel like Tony Stark.
He’s literally my hero even though he’s a fictional character.
Lastly, the box is really cool!
Common Complaints I See On The Internet
Some people claim to have driver issues with the Intuos Pro
From my experience, it’s super easy to go to the Wacom website & download the driver you need. But if you do have issues, contacting Wacom is easy & they’re really good about solving problems.
In my 9 years of using my old Intuos, I have never had issues updating the driver or getting in touch with Wacom for help.
There are a few negative reviewers that claim they never received a functional driver & that Wacom is stalling.
I did get my Intuos Pro fairly recently, so I’m sure any problem that did exist were solved by now. That said, I doubt people weren’t able to use their tablets for months.
Maybe there were some miscommunications, but this driver issue I think has been a little exaggerated.
The Intuos Pro rocks!
Sure, the Small model leaves much to be desired compared to the M & L, but it still provides the user with a ton of features to create great art, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran.
That said, the tool doesn’t make the artist, the artist makes the tool. You don’t need the Intuos Pro to produce great work; it just makes the process of creating great work easier & quicker.
But in the meantime, let me know what you think about drivers or any other art/drawing tablet related topic in the comments below.
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Most importantly, don’t be afraid to be noisy & check out my other articles. For example, I have a dope post about The Best Drawing Tablets Under $100, you should definitely check out!