Karen’s Review of the New Intuos Pro Medium Paper Edition

 

 

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.

 

Inking

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!

Surface Texture

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.

 

Performance

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.

Connection:

Surface Pro boost both USB, Bluetooth 4.2 connections.

What’s Included:

Wacom Intuos Pro Pen Tablet (Medium or
Large) Wacom Pro Pen 2 (battery-free)
Pen stand (includes 6 standard nibs, 4 Felt
nibs)
Finetip Pen (Battery-free)
Paper Clip
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

Accessories:

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.

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14 thoughts on “Karen’s Review of the New Intuos Pro Medium Paper Edition

  1. Koren, hi 🙂
    Is the paper a special type that must be purchased from Wacom, or will it work with any type of paper?
    Thanks!
    -James Grant

    1. Hi James,
      You can use any paper on the tablet. I have used watercolor, rice paper but in terms of thickness up to 10 pieces is what I have read. I simply use plain ole printer paper becuase the idea here is to then use the Inking App and save it. Then you can load the drawing into Painter or Photoshop to colorize. The pen is unique to the Wacom Intuos Pro, you must use the pen provided to draw with.

  2. Karen,
    I was also wondering, what is the feel of the fine tip ink pen? Is there something to compare…say Pigma Micron pens, or such? A smooth experience?
    Thanks!
    -James Grant

    1. I think the closest would be a Pigma Micro or Artline series. Very smooth, but I do like using a thick paper with some tooth for sketching, that is just me.

  3. Karen 🙂 sorry, another question about this, since I’m in the process of ordering one…when you draw on it and import your art, is it high resolution? One video I watched seemed to show some jagged results. What are your thoughts on this?
    -James Grant

  4. I wasn’t clear. I mean the ink pen drawing and then the translation of it to the computer, when I was asking about line resolution and jaggies once it’s loaded to the computer. I am sure the regular Intuos pen is smooth. Thanks!
    -James

    1. I am finding I do not use the Paper that much now. I was curious how it would work so I really gave it a work out. But the sketching experience is not that great for me.

  5. Hi! I’m sorry if i’m late but since you have been using the tablet for awhile can you please tell us how long does the nib last?? Because that’s literally the only thing I’m worried of 🙁 I’m thinking of buying the smooth textured sheet with the tablet but i’m still curious about the nibs even though they last differently from one user to another ~~ THANK YOU <3

    1. Hi Sara,
      I am using the Medium surface and I am finding that the felt nibs last about the same amount of time as my older model stylus. So in terms of longevity I see little improvement. The plastic nibs will go much longer. You are also correct that every user will will apply pressure differently.

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