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A guide to Wacom: Choosing the best graphics tablet

Here we present our updated guide to all things Wacom, including the Cintiq Pro range, MobileStudio Pro, the Intuos with Bluetooth, and Intuos Pro. So which Wacom is for you? All will be revealed in our rundown below...

 

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Our bestselling graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pro

Go for this if… you frequently work in creative applications such as InDesign or Photoshop. It’s the ideal tool for precision work on layouts and imagery, offering better resolution and sensitivity than the Intuos, as well as tilt recognition and ExpressKeys.

Intuos Pro Large

 

First things first: users of the Intuos Pro Small tablet, we're sorry but this version hasn't been updated recently. This selection of updates is only available for the Medium and Large tablets, however you can still buy the old version in small.

Medium and large tablet users, there's a lot to be happy about. The Intuos Pro comes with the new Pro Pen 2, a stylus that's four times more accurate than the previous generation of Pro Pen and boasts 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity - more than any other stylus/tablet combo on the market.

This results in a more natural and responsive drawing experience with virtually no lag and natural tilt support. Handily, it doesn't need batteries or charging, running instead on Wacom's own peculiar brand of sand magic (resonant inductive coupling, apparently).

The tablets themselves are now just 8mm thick, managing to be slimmer and more compact than their predecessors while maintaining the same size active area. As usual, both models come with a Touch Ring, eight customisable ExpressKeys and on-pen slider switches so that you can have your favourite shortcuts right at your fingertips. The active area still features support multitouch gestures (don't worry, the palm rejection is still excellent).

Options:

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Small here.

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (2017) here.

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Large (2017) here.

 

The hipsters' design tablet: Intuos Pro Paper Edition

Go for this if... If you prefer to start work on good old fashioned paper.

Intuos Paper Edition

 

The Intuos Pro Paper Edition combines an Intuos Pro tablet with a Paper Clip, which affixes to the top of your tablet and tracks pen strokes made with your Wacom Finetip Pen (don't worry, this is included).

As you draw with your Finetip Pen, the Clip saves each stroke as an editable file which you can subsequently open in your creative software of choice. If you want the digital version of your drawing to be made up of Photoshop-friendly layers, all you need to do is tap a button on your tablet to start a new layer as you're drawing.

The Intuos Paper Edition can hold up to 200 multi-layered drawings before you need to transfer them to your computer, which can be a Mac or PC. Once you've transferred the sketches to your computer, just remove the Clip, pick up a Wacom Pro Pen 2 and edit them as you would any other digital drawing.

Buy the medium Wacom Intuos Paper Edition here.

Buy the large Wacom Intuos Paper Edition here.

 

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 customisation features of Intuos Pro.

Intuos with Bluetooth

 

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.

Wacom's Intuos range comes in two different sizes, medium and small, which are available in two colours, black or pistachio. The newest versions both feature Bluetooth, so you can draw untethered to your computer. However, a cheaper wired version is available in small. 

Gone are the five different packages, Wacom have bundled together the free software and now offer: all three free pieces of software to use with your tablet if you buy the Medium Bluetooth, a choice of two with the Small Bluetooth, or one from either Corel Painter Essentials 6 or Corel AfterShot 3 with the Small Wired.

Software included:

  • Corel Painter Essentials 6.
  • Corel AfterShot 3.
  • Clip Studio Paint Pro.

Options:

Check out the entire range here.

 

The quality 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 22HD

 

The Wacom Cintiq range brought together pen and touch input with a high res display to create a previously unbeatable solution for digital artists. The portable Cintiq 13HD has now departed the lineup in favour of the newer Cintiq Pro 13, as has the top-end Cintiq 27QHD Pen and Touch. The mid-range Cintiq 22HD will soon be joining them (you can still get your hands on one while stocks last in our store at the link below), so if you're looking for a tablet that will give you powerful performance and a natural on-screen drawing experience, you should look to the Wacom Cintiq Pro range... 

Options:

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen-only display here.

 

The high-end pen display: Wacom Cintiq Pro

Go for this if… You want the latest, most sensitive creative pen display around.

Cintiq Pro 13 & 16

 

Wacom’s Cintiq Pro lineup is getting bigger. Joining the 13 and 16 is the 24, now available, and the 32, which will be available later this year.

Last year’s models came in two versions, the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13, which has a 13.3" display, and the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16, which very logically has a 15.6" one. The 13 model has an HD screen while the 16 has a 4K resolution one, and they're colour accurate for 87% and 94% of Adobe RGB respectively.

The new Cintiq Pro 24 further improves Wacom’s magic formula for creative pen display tablets. With a 23.6” display, 4K UHD resolution and a colour accuracy for 99% of Adobe RGB, the new tablet’s screen is visually stunning and ready for colour accurate design work. The display is a sleek edge-to-edge etched glass surface, which leads to a slimmer, swisher design and a more realistic 'pen on paper' feel.

Like the Intuos Pro and Intuos Paper Edition, the Cintiq Pro range ships with the ridiculously sensitive Wacom Pro Pen 2, which boasts 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support and virtually no lag. For you finger fans, multitouch functionality is included on the 13 and 16 models. The 24 is available as a pen only display tablet or you can grab the Pen and Touch version, with multitouch features enabled.

Cintiq Pro 24

 

The Cintiq Pro also has a built-in kick stand, and the 13/16 models have an optional Wacom Stand with three levels of elevation which is available for anyone who wants more flexibility. The 24 has its own special Ergo Stand available, to raise, tilt and rotate your pen display to easily adjust the viewing angle.

There are no on-tablet ExpressKeys, but anyone who prefers physical buttons to the Cintiq's touchscreen controls can use the Wacom ExpressKey Remote which comes free with the 24 and 32 models, but is sold separately to the 13 and 16. All are compatible with Mac and PC computers, and can connect via USB-C, or via Mini DisplayPort and USB using an adaptor (which Wacom kindly include with the tablet so you don't have to fork out twice).

Options:

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 here.

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 here.

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 here.

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Pen and Touch here.

Wacom Cintiq Pro 32 coming later this year...

 

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.

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 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.

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 2560x1440 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” 3840x2160 resolution display with 94% Adobe RGB colour performance. It also boasts a more substantial eight ExpressKeys and comes in four different configurations. Both models run on full versions of Windows 10.

Options:

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here.

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here.

Buy Mobile Studio 16, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB, NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB GDDr5 VRAM here.

Buy Mobile Studio 16, Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB GDDr5 VRAM here.

 

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