A guide to Wacom: Choosing the best graphics tablet

In late 2016, Wacom launched the MobileStudio Pro, their high-end tablet computer. So here we present our all-new, updated guide to all things Wacom, including MobileStudio Pro, the Cintiq range, the Intuos range and Intuos Pro.

So which Wacom is for you? All will be revealed in our rundown below…

Our bestselling graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pro tablet

Go for this if… you frequently work in creative applications such as InDesignPhotoshop and QuarkXPress. It’s the ideal tool for precision work on layouts and imagery.

Wacom Intuos Pro special edition

Wacom Intuos Pro special edition

This is very much the graphics tablet that most people will want to use (though bear in mind that when it comes to the larger models, it’s not necessarily the tablet that everyone will actually need!) and is perfect for designers, 3D artists, videographers and more – essentially anyone who spends a decent portion of their day in Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress or editing tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.

Intuos Pro provides greater resolution and sensitivity than Intuos, can recognise pen tilt angle and features eight express key buttons which can be mapped to application-specific profiles. As with the Intuos5, there’s still a small, medium and large option, and with multitouch functionality, you can set up shortcuts such as ‘swipe’ to undo, ‘pinch’ to close a window and more. While the small is a good choice if you need a more portable option, for most creative work we’d recommend the medium. Essentially, the more detail you need to go into (or the more screen estate you’re using), the bigger the model you should go for.

Options:

Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Small Pen & Touch here – £38.79 (£166.55 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Pen & Touch here – £209 (£250.80 inc VAT) saving you £50 for a limited time!

Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Large Pen & Touch here – £298.79 (£358.55 inc VAT)

Buy the special edition Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (with matte aluminium finish) here – £223.49 (£268.19 inc VAT)

Save up to £50 on Wacom Intuos Pro. Buy now from Jigsaw24

The entry level graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos range

Go for these if… you want to use a graphics tablet but aren’t after the precision or size of an Intuos Pro.

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Wacom Intuos range

There’s a bit of a myth that graphics tablets are only for, well, graphic designers, but the pen and tablet approach is useful for everything from basic image editing to navigation. What Intuos does is allow you to be far more precise in your on-screen movements than you can be with a mouse.

I’ve now moved on to an Intuos model, for example, and although I do use Photoshop and InDesign, this is infrequent. Intuos allows me to be far more precise in the way I navigate on-screen, moving windows and selecting text more naturally than I could with a mouse.

Featuring five different models, Wacom’s Intuos range is built to accommodate design of all types. Each come bundled with different software, are available in a variety of colours and come in either small or medium sizes.

Intuos Photo – Bundled with Corel AfterShot Pro 2 and either Macphun Pro Package or Corel PainShop Pro X8 depending on whether you work on Mac or Windows.

Intuos Draw – Bundled with free ArtRage Lite creative software.

Intous Comic – Bundled with Clip Studio Paint Pro and Anime Studio.

Intuos Art – Bundled with Corel Painter Essentials 5.

Intuos 3D – Bundled with Pixologic’s ZBrushCore 3D design software.

Options:

Buy Wacom Intuos Art Creative Pen & Touch Tablet (small black) here – £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Photo Creative Pen & Touch Tablet (small black) here – £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Comic Creative Pen & Touch Tablet (small black) here – £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Art Creative Pen & Touch tablet (medium black) here – £110.49 (£132.59 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Draw Creative Pen & Touch tablet (small white) here – £49 (£58.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos now - from 48 ex VAT

The complete mobile solution: Wacom MobileStudio Pro

Go for this if… you want to combine your graphics tablet and laptop into a single piece of kit.

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13

This Intel Powered, tablet computer provides a complete mobile solution for creatives on the go, running full versions of your favourite creative software. With up to 4K resolution and 96% RGB colour performance, as well as the brand-new Wacom Pro Pen 2 (which is 4x more pressure-sensitive and 4x more accurate than the previous version), this is a game changing bit of design kit.

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16

MobileStudio Pro comes in two versions – 13 and 16. MobileStudio Pro 13 packs a 13.3” screen, designed for maximum mobility, and features 2560×1440 resolution, 96% Adobe RGB colour performance, six ExpressKeys, and four different configurations to choose from. The MobileStudio Pro 16 provides a larger workspace, offering up a 15.6” 3480×2160 resolution display with 94% Adobe RGB colour performance. It also boasts a more substantial eight ExpressKeys and comes in two different configurations. Both models run on full versions of Windows 10.

Options:

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i5, 64GB, 4GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here – £1,166 (£1399.20 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here – £1,374 (£1,648.80 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i7, 256GB, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here – £1,499 (£1798.80 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here – £1916 (£2299.20 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 16, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB, NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB GDDr5 VRAM here – £2,199.99 (£2,639.99 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 16, Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB GDDr5 VRAM here – £2291 (£2,749.20 inc VAT)

The high-end pen display: Wacom Cintiq display

Go for this if… you work with illustrations, 3D design or any field where you’re more likely to deal with texturing, fine art or brush work.

Wacom Cintiq brings together the Intuos’s pen and touch input with a high res display to create a piece of technology that is, quite simply, unbeatable for digital artists. Rather than having to interpret your on-screen movements on a tablet, you get to paint directly onto the screen, allowing you to achieve incredible accuracy. It’s also completely customisable to your way of working – each stand allows you to position the screen in a way that is comfortable for you, and the ExpressKeys and TouchRings can be tailored to your needs.

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD display tablet

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD

There are a number of sizes available – the Cintiq 22HD is a desktop version with a 21.5″ full HD display, while the Cintiq 13HD is a far more portable option. The latest version, the Cintiq 27QHD, is right at the top end, with improved hi-def resolution in its 2560×1440 pixel active workable area, a distinctly slimmer and lighter form factor, and a new customisable ExpressKey Remote Control which can be placed on your tablet or on your desk for more flexible working.

Options:

Buy Wacom Cintiq 13HD here – £485 (£582 inc VAT) saving 10% for a limited time.

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen-only display here – £1102.29 (£1322.75 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen & Touch display here – £1169 (£1402.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Pen-only display here – £1348.49 (£1618.19 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Pen & Touch display here – £1565 (£1878 inc VAT)

Got a question? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about the different models from Wacom available or the best graphics tablet for your creative workflow. For everything else, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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28 thoughts on “A guide to Wacom: Choosing the best graphics tablet

  1. hi there,

    my query is how can i use the graphics tablet in making contribution to animation word?
    like if i am on a task of making a game, what can be the use of graphics tablet in making the game on a high and professional level? how can graphics tablet ease my load?

    regards

  2. Phew!That review gave me a lot of help!
    I wasn’t sure what type of tablet I wanted ,and this really helped!
    Thanks again :)

  3. Hi ,
    My daughter is interested in Art (doing A Level at school) and has an iMac …which products would you recommend? …are they updatable/upgrade able etc .
    Thanks,
    Hugh

  4. Hi Hugh,

    We’d suggest looking at the Intuos Art. It’s ideal for sketching, designing and painting and comes with Corel Painter Essential software included. The pen has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity for improved accuracy and feels natural to work with. It’s available in medium or small sizes and works with both Mac and Windows.

    Hope this helps,

    http://search.jigsaw24.com/search?w=intuos+art&asug=

  5. Hi,
    i currently looking for a graphic tablet but one thing is confusing me. and i cant find a straight answer anywhere. Im planning on picking up a wacom cintiq in the very near future. but which one is annoying. the 13hd benefits as the price is perfect right now. (just under £600).
    i currently get the urge to move with my intuos pro medium, id like to sit in my garden and work. (but it obviously needs a computer to function). I have seen the companion 2 and it seems to have this feature. does the 22hd also have this feature? or its the 22hd and companion 2 the same thing? like i said im confused lol sorry for being a little stupid. any input would be great.
    Regards,
    Jack

  6. Hi Jack,
    Thanks for getting in touch.
    The Cintiq 22HD is not a standalone tablet, so like your Intuos Pro Medium it would require a connection to your Mac or PC computer.
    For mobile working Wacom have the Cintiq Companion 2 range. As a combination of a Cintiq pen display and powerful tablet computer, they are ideal for working on the move and can run full versions of professional software.
    A comparison of the Cintiq Companion 2 flavours can be found here – http://jigsaw24.btxmedia.com/pws/client/downloads/pdfs/jigsaw24_wacom_cintiq_companion_apr_15.pdf. Alternatively please get in touch with our sales support team for more information.
    If you’re in the London area we have a Wacom drop-in day on the 5th April for you to get hands-on with the Wacom tablets. http://www.jigsaw24.com/fcp/content/events/content#wacomDropIn.
    Hope this helps?
    Thanks

  7. Hi,
    i was wondering what tablet should i buy? i love to draw on photoshop and i use the mouse but it’s not helpful as a tablet would be and in fact i never used a tablet before so i don’t really know how it works but it seems more helpful and i would love to ask you guys which one sould i choose knowing that i want a quick and light tablet. thank you in advance

  8. Hi,

    Here’s the word from our Wacom expert: “For less demanding creative work the Intuos range is ideal – each model comes with bundled software included dependent on
    whether you are using it for photography or art etc. The Intuos Pro is geared more toward professionals – it has higher resolution, more pressure levels, and more ExpressKeys than the Intuos, which makes it more accurate and customisable.

    In terms of tablet size it would depend on the display you’re using. I think medium size would work for 15-24″ display; for anything smaller or larger go for small and large tablets respectively.”

    Hope this helps!

  9. Hi,

    I am looking for a wacom intuos tablet for use in photography.
    I want to buy wacom intuos pro(better features) but there is wacom intuos for photo also.

    Can any one help me which one should I buy for photoshop purpose?

  10. am very interested in drawing cartoons and caricatures i would like a portable pad with stylus any suggestions, also local contact in mumbai that can show me some demos

  11. Hi Arvind,
    The Intuos range is a good entry point, and for less demanding work, it’s ideal – each model comes with bundled software included dependent on
    whether you are using it for photography or art etc. The Intuos Pro is geared more toward higher level work – it has higher
    resolution, more pressure levels, and more ExpressKeys than the Intuos, which makes it more accurate and customisable.
    Hope that helps – please call the sales team for more info!
    Thanks

  12. Hi there!
    I’ve never really used any photoshop or anything tech related as I’ve been drawing ans painting on papers with various mediums during my current 16 years of my life so i have a few friends from my art IGCSE classes using intuos and I’m willing to explore new materials! So currently, I was wondering how do I choose a tablet suitable for myself and the right software! I was thinking on using Clip Studio Paint for my art software as soon as I could decide on which tablet do I use!

    Thanks !!

  13. Hi Melissa,
    Thanks for getting in touch!
    I think the Intuos Comic would be a good model for you, as it comes with Clip Studio Paint Pro included. It comes in either small or medium size – if you are working with a display of 17” or less then I’d recommend the small, for anything above 17” the Medium would be a better fit. Alternatively the Intuos Art has the same specs but comes with Corel Painter Essentials included. http://www.jigsaw24.com/pws/ProductDetails.ice?ProductID=25301
    Hope that helps.

  14. Hello,
    I am a graphic designer but also design greeting cards and do lots of calligraphy for my cards and designs. Could you recommend a tablet which would be good for this? I’ve recently tried out the iPad Pro with the pen on apps that includes and which i’d like that.. its a little pricey! So, my budget isn’t massive but it would be good to hear your opinion on whats best!
    Thank you.

  15. Hi Jessie,
    Thanks for the message.
    We’d say it really depends on your design workflow. If you’re only using mobile apps and want a portable solution then the iPad Pro is a good option. The only other similar solution we’d say is the Cintiq Companion 2, however as this runs full desktop apps it is a bit more expensive. If you’re working with full versions of desktop apps on a computer and just looking at an input device then the Wacom Intuos or Intuos Pro are both great options.
    Hope this helps?
    Shariff

  16. I am looking forward to buy a cintiq 27″qhd touch as i will be dealing with texturing 3d modelling and concept art for games. is the cintiq 27qhd a good option with a good pc Or should i go with a high end pc with an intuos pro?

  17. Hi,
    I’ve never really done any artwork digitally but I’ve been wanting to give it a go for quite a while. I’m planning to take art as one if my A levels and then an animation course in university. I was wondering if you could suggest an affordable graphics tablet that would be good for an art student interested in an art related job later on.
    Thank you.

  18. I am seeking an accurate method of making selections in Photoshop. Particularly complicated shapes like people,using the pen tool and making many curved sections. I struggle using just a laptop (not using a mouse) so which tablet could help me cut out my curved selections in Photoshop?

  19. Hi John,
    Thanks for getting in touch. Our in-house design team at Jigsaw24 work in Photoshop day in, day out, and swear by their Wacom Intuos Pros for just about everything, including cutting out curved selections and much more. The Intuos Art is also a smaller, more affordable tablet which should be up to the job. You can check out the range here: http://www.jigsaw24.com/brands_wacom/store/fcp-category/departmenthome
    Hope this helps!
    Thanks

  20. I’ve been procrastinating over this for too long now!…the main issue is which one to go for. I’m an illustrator for children’s books so usually working roughly A4 size. The main thing I’ve wanted is to be able to sketch and draw directly into Photoshop (as the Cintiq does) without having to scan in line work as I do right now…to be able to play with brushes and textures that have far better resolution than working as I do now. I work quick and like to use varied coloured line and have nice thick/thin brush strokes. The only thing that worries me with the 13 is the screen size…the 22 would be ideal but I’m put off by the size and weight of the stand. Ideally it would be good if I had something I could take away with me with a laptop so am guessing the 13 is best. Would the Companion be better? I do need a fully functioning Photoshop and have only ever worked on a Mac. Final questions…do I still need to buy an adapter (mainly to use with my old iMac)? I’m left handed, does that create any issues? Will I need to research and find brushes to use with Photoshop? I’m looking to buy pretty quickly so any thoughts would be welcomed!

  21. Hi,
    I’ve been wanting to get a tablet for quite some time. I stated a animation course in university. I was wondering if you could suggest a graphics tablet that would be good for an animator. I have considered getting the Cintiq 13 but I haven’t used a tablet all that much (to be truthful I wanted a screen tablet to see what i draw) anyways I am not really knowledgeable with tablets so I would really be thankful for the help .
    Thank you.

  22. Hi Sanna,
    Thanks for getting in touch. It sounds like a professional level product such as the Intuos Pro (for pen tablet) or Cintiq (for pen display) would be good for the work you want to do. The 13HD is a slim and compact model, so good for basic animation, however if you want more real estate then the 22HD is ideal. If you have any questions, feel free to call the sales team on 03332 400 888 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com and they’ll be able to help you out.
    Hope that helps!
    Shariff

  23. Hi my daughter is intrested in animation and is looking for a citiq.
    She is a beginner so im looking for somthing easy to work with and portable but also somthing that as her knowledge and skills grow. She can still use this and not need an upgrade many thanks heather

  24. Hi Heather,
    Thanks for getting in touch!
    If your daughter’s looking at a Cintiq then the 13HD is the most compact and portable option. There shouldn’t be a reason to upgrade this as such – the only reason you might want to opt for the 22HD would be that it offers a larger work area and additional ExpressKeys, and the 27QHD an even larger work area, better resolution and colour accuracy. For this reason the 22HD and 27QHD in particular are ideal for highly detailed work, but it means they are desktop solutions and not really portable. The 13HD has been around for a little while and looks like it may be discontinued soon, which may suggest there could be a refresh of the lineup coming soon too.
    Hope this all helps!
    Shariff

  25. Hi Im a first year architecture student and is wondering what device is the most suitable for me to use cad and adobes software for my assignments?? I also likw to draw animation but just as a side hobby.

  26. Hi Adilah,
    Thanks for getting in touch.
    There’s no particular product that is better suited for CAD as such, it depends on how you want to use it and the type of work you do.
    The Intuos range is a good option for customers who have never used a graphic tablet before. The key difference between the Intuos and Intuos Pro is that the Pro models have better resolution and sensitivity, can recognise pen tilt angle, and are available in larger sizes. Depending on which applications you use, the sensitivity might be superfluous (some CAD programs don’t recognise pressure sensitivity, although most Adobe ones do), however the larger work area and resolution are great for more precise, detailed work. It’s a good idea to map the tablet to your display size so it is more comfortable to use – for above 21”, we’d generally suggest an Intuos Pro Medium or Large.
    Hope this helps!
    Shariff

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