[UPDATE 07/01/15 – This is 2014’s Guide to Wacom. If you’re looking for our rundown of all the latest models, including the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, head to our Guide to Wacom 2015!]
In August 2013, Wacom revamped its range of graphics tablets and displays. Out was Bamboo, which had typically been seen as the entry-level model, and in was a whole new selection of Intuos and Intuos Pro tablets, along with a new range of products – the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and Bamboo Stylus.
But what do these products mean for you? Should you opt for the Intuos or Intuos Pro? Is a new Stylus a good choice for working on the move? Have there been any changes to the Cintiq line-up?
Wacom Intuos Pro tablet
Go for this if… you frequently work in creative applications such as InDesign, Photoshop and QuarkXPress. It’s the ideal tool for precision work on layouts and imagery.
As far as graphics tablets go, the Intuos5 was always the godfather of the range. Available with up to a 102.4” square working area, it offered a large creative workspace, the very best in pressure sensitivity and multitouch functionality. The good news is that all of that is present and correct in the new Intous Pro range.
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.
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 screens you’re using), the bigger the model you should go for.
Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Small Pen & Touch here – £155 (£186 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Pen & Touch here – £199 (£238.80 inc VAT) saving you £50 for a limited time!
Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Large Pen & Touch here – £329 (£394.80 inc VAT)
Buy the special edition Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (with matte aluminium finish) here – £245 (£294 inc VAT)
Wacom Intuos tablet
Go for this if… you want to use a graphics tablet but aren’t after the precision or size of an Intuos Pro. It’s the perfect entry-level model.
The Wacom Intuos tablet is new entry-level offering in the Wacom range. For anyone who knew the Wacom range before this new model, this has essentially replaced the Wacom Bamboo.
Wacom Intuos tablet
There’s a bit of a myth that graphics tablets are only for, well, graphic designers, but actually the pen and tablet approach is useful for everything from basic image editing to navigation. What this 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. The 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.
With a new streamlined design, the Intuos models come in either small or medium sizes, with multitouch options available for those who want additional navigation.
Buy Wacom Intuos Pen-only Small Tablet here – £49 (£58.80 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Small Tablet here – £65 (£78 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Medium Tablet here – £129 (£154.80 inc VAT)
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 24HD
There are a number of sizes available – the Cintiq 24HD, for example, is a 28.6kg beast with a working area of 518.4mm x 324mm, while the newly-released Cintiq 13HD is a far more portable option.
Buy Wacom Cintiq 13HD here – £489 (£586.80 inc VAT) saving £135 for a limited time.
Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen-only display here – £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen & Touch display here – £1499 (£1798.80 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen-only display here – £1299 (£1558.80 inc VAT) saving £365 for a limited time!
Buy Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen & Touch display here – £1599 (£1918.80 inc VAT) saving £480 for a limited time!
Wacom Cintiq Companion and Companion Hybrid
Go for this if you… are a business that wants to combine your graphics tablet and laptop into a single piece of kit.
The Wacom Cintiq Companion is another new addition to Wacom’s range of tablets that includes the full functionality of a Wacom Cintiq but adds all the processing power and storage you need for everything from creative tools to your standard word processing. There are two options available: the Companion which has a Windows 8 OS, so you can access applications just as you would on your laptop or standard tablet, while benefitting from the pressure sensitivity and inputs that you expect from a Wacom tool; and the Hybrid that runs on Android for pressure sensitivity on a mobile OS.
Wacom Cintiq Companion
The big thing about the Cintiq Companion is convenience! Where the standard 13HD Cintiq has always been the mobile option, for businesses that want real creativity on the move, this takes it to the next level. So, for example, you could have Adobe Creative Cloud running on your office computing, then use the second download rights on the Cintiq Companion for a unified workflow. This is literally the only tool of this kind out there!
Wacom Cintiq Companion 256GB – £1374.99 (£1649.99 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq Companion 512GB – £1666.66 (£1999.99 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid 16GB – £999.99 (£1199.99 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid 32GB – £1083.36 (£1299.99 inc VAT)
Buy the Intuos Cintiq Companion now. Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and Bamboo Stylus
Go for these if you… want to be able to play around with ideas while on the move. It’s a nice solution for iPad users who want to benefit from Wacom precision without carrying around a graphics tablet.
The Intuos Creative Stylus, Bamboo Stylus Fineline and Bamboo Stylus Solo and Duo models are new additions to the Wacom range that allow you to get creative on the move. Paired with an iPad, they allow you to sketch and paint ideas using a rubber nub tip, while benefitting from the same kind of artistic control that Wacom are known for.
The big thing to bear in mind here is that there are three main products available. The Intuos Creative Stylus is a professional-grade option and the more fully-featured, effectively turning an iPad into a mini Cintiq option. It includes 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for more fine-tuned artwork, and includes Palm Rejection technology that means only the input of the new 2.9mm nib pen is picked up by the iPad. What’s great for designers is that you can create work on the move, then transfer designs into professional applications like Photoshop. The newly updated 2nd generation model is also USB rechargeable.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (2nd generation)
For those who require a stylus more for note taking and sketching than technical drawing, Wacom have introduced the brand new Bamboo Stylus Fineline. With a 1.9mm nib, 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and the ever-popular Palm Rejection technology, the Fineline is designed for use with iPad for precise note-taking, natural handwriting, doodling and navigation.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline
The Bamboo Stylus, however, is the more basic option. New updates to the 3rd generation stylus sees a new longer-lasting 6mm nib for smooth writing and improved sensitivity, making it still an incredibly accurate device for quick sketches, note taking and navigating on touch screens. There are two versions available – the Solo, which just includes the carbon-fibre, 6mm nib; and the Duo, which also includes a ballpoint pen.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo
Buy Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (2nd generation) here – £54.16 ex VAT
Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline here – £40.00 ex VAT
Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Solo here – £12 ex VAT
Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo here – £20 ex 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.
By Ade Leader