Today I received my new Intuos Pro Paper Edition! I have to say I was really excited to give it a workout! I wanted to start with what I felt the strongest points are regarding this tablet.
- Size! If you work in a cramped space or real estate is at a premium you will enjoy the new smaller size of this tablet. It is sleek, thin and beautiful to look at. I ordered the medium tablet and at first glance I thought I had made a mistake and should have ordered the large. But after using it I found no difference in my stroke gestures and it felt comfortable and big enough to work on.
- Setup! Setup was a breeze and there were no drivers to download, this is all done onscreen when you first plug it in! There were several firmware updates which took about 5 minutes or so to complete. The familiar Wacom Desktop center is still available and you can customize your settings. Your old tablet preferences are synced with your new tablet and you are off and running! Overall very easy to set up. Additionally, Bluetooth synced without a hitch.
Enjoy the feel of drawing with the Fine tip Pen on paper while Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition captures every stroke, ready for further work in your favorite software. Or connect Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition to your computer and work directly into any application you choose with the Wacom Pro Pen 2.
It is a nice feeling to pick up the tablet with paper attached and walk away into another room and sketch a bit with the ink pen, then come back into the office and import my sketch into Painter. No more scanning for me!
If you have owned an Intuos 4 you will remember that the drawing surface could be removed and replaced. One of the nice features of the Intuos Pro is just that! You can order three different surface textures for you tablet, smooth, standard and rough. The tablet includes the standard surface which in my opinion is just right. The smooth will feel much like your current Intuos 5 almost too smooth and the rough may be a bit too rough for most. The standard surface has plenty of tooth and feels very natural when sketching or painting. I will however order the rough texture for a comparison.
At the time of this review, the accessories are not available to order so you will need to check for this periodically.
Surface Pro Size-Medium: 338 x 219 x 8 mm / 13.2 x 8.5 x 0.3 in
I mentioned that I ordered the Medium tablet. In general you can subtract about 2 inches in length from you current medium tablet which is huge! Basically if you take the space used for the controls on the current Intuos 5 and remove that you have the new Pro! The new tablet is sleek with a fluid design that seamlessly integrates the controls onto the main surface of the tablet. Same amount of drawing space but less space for the controls panel. Pro adjust to either right handed or left handed orientation.
Now for the best part! How well does it perform! I am thrilled to report that this is one of the best tablet drawing experiences I have had! In Corel Painter the experience is fluid, with no indication of lag at all even with large files and using Real Watercolor brushes. The new Pro Pen boost 8,192 levels of pen pressure as well as 3 levels of tilt recognition or ± 60 levels. It does not however support barrel rotation, for that I will continue to use my Art Pen which performs brilliantly with the tablet!
Calibrating Brushes in Painter
It is Essential to open your Command Bar in Painter so you can calibrate often. I found that many of my brushes needed to be tweaked and re-calibrated for optimal performance. Once completed only minor calibrations were needed.
Surface Pro boost both USB, Bluetooth 4.2 connections.
Wacom Intuos Pro Pen Tablet (Medium or
Large) Wacom Pro Pen 2 (battery-free)
Pen stand (includes 6 standard nibs, 4 Felt
Finetip Pen (Battery-free)
10 single Paper sheets – A5 or A4 (depending
on tablet size)
Accessory soft case
4 extra pen color rings
3 finetip ink refills
Texture sheet sample card,
2m (6.6ft) PVC-free USB cable
Quick start guide
Wacom Ballpoint Pen,
Wacom standard nibs (5 pack),
Wacom felt nibs (5 pack),
Wacom Finetip refills (5 pack),
Wacom Ballpoint refills (3 pack),
Wacom Soft Case – Medium or Large,
Wacom Texture Sheets – smooth, standard, and rough,
Prior generation pens (Pro, Classic, Art, Airbrush, Grip)
Wacom Paper Clip (replaceable),
Wacom Finetip Pen (replaceable)
Wacom Pro Pen 2 with case (replaceable
In closing I would highly recommend the Wacom Intuos Pro. It is like entering a new and exciting painting and drawing experience unlike anything I have experienced. Corel Painter provides the natural media emulation enhanced by the 8,192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity of the new Pro Tablet and Pro Pen 2.