Wacom Intuos4 Review
Great build quality.
The tablet itself is excellent as you would expect from a manufacturer like Wacom. Thought has gone into nearly every part of the tablet and there have been many improvements over the previous Intuos3 tablet. The cordless pen is easy to hold, has great pressure sensitivity and allows you to flip it over to use it as a virtual eraser too, which is a cool point that you will love to use.
Integrated Scroll Ring
There are no longer any touch strips or menus on the pad to access zooming and scrolling functions. These have been replaced by a “scroll ring” that operates exactly the same as an iPod control wheel. You just move your finger, or the pen around the ring to make the selections to the settings you need. There are several selector buttons near the ring that allow you to choose what mode you want to be using, scroll, zoom etc. The “scroll ring” is also easy to use with your other hand whilst drawing and the position on the USB graphics tablet makes it easy to use.
The Wacom Intuos4 graphics tablet now features a precision mode which is selected by using one of the 8 express keys which have been moved to be under the Scroll Ring. When in precision mode, the pen has a greater level of sensitivity. When you move the pen on the active area, you have to move it further to draw and small line on the screen. This gives you greater control over smaller movements on screen and will add to the overall quality of your digital images. This can also be assigned to a button on the pen for quick access.
The Intuos4 range also has 8 express keys that are actually OLED displays, so they will show the correct name for the shortcut. Using the Wacom software, you are also able to define these yourself, so you can have some fun if you want to. This feature is a great addition to the graphics tablet and will be very useful to you. The OLED display changes when you change to other applications and shows you relevant quick access options for that program.
For Professional Users
As you would expect from a Wacom, the Intuos4 range is top quality and they have gone all out to produce an amazing USB Graphics tablet. If you are a semi-professional graphics artist or someone who edits lots of digital images or photographs all the time the Wacom Intuos4 is the one for you. It is quick, responsive, accurate (especially with the precision mode enabled) and is also light, portable and stylish too.
If you can afford it, the Wacom Intuos4 USB graphics tablet to buy.