The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch is a professional tablet from Wacom that aims to give professionals the tools they need to get the job done.
Let’s see if the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch does a good job at filling those needs, or if you should look to a pricier model to meet the standards that you have as a professional.
- Type: Pressure-sensitive, battery-free
- Minimum System Requirements: Windows Vista or OS X 10.6.8
- Model Number: PTH-651
- Size: 12.5 x 8.1 in (Small), 14.9 x 9.9 (Medium), 19.1 x 12.5 (Large)
- Active Area: 6.2 x 3.9 in (Small), 8.8 x 5.5 in (Medium), 12.8 x 8.0 in (Large)
- Connection: USB
- ExpressKeys: Yes, 8
- Multi-Touch: Yes
- Tilt: Yes
- Spare Nibs: 10
- Pressure Levels: 2048
- Wireless Support: Yes, included in package
- Resolution: 5080 lpi
- Pen Reading Speed: 133 pps
- Warranty: 2 years
The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch comes with a stylus with a textured grip, 10 replacement nibs and a nib removal tool, color indentification rings, a fairly long 6.6 ft USB cable and an installation CD with documentation.
When taking the tablet out of it’s box, the first thing I noticed about the tablet was it’s nice finish.
I have a feeling using a stylus on this tablet is going to feel great. I’m looking forward to seeing if this hypothesis holds up in the review.
The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch tablet looks and feels like a professional-grade tablet from the very beginning.
The texture of the tablet is a very smooth matte finish with the surrounding areas feeling like smooth rubber. It looks great too, the sleek design and button placements all come together to give the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch a great appearance.
But I’m assuming most people out there aren’t looking to buy this tablet for it’s looks. Let’s see what this tablet has to offer technologically-wise.
The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch features, as the name suggests, multi-touch functionality that allows for easy clicking and for multi-touch shortcuts to be programmed to better save you time.
This combined with the 8 ExpressKeys found on the left side of the tablet opens the door for a potentially large amount of customization. All that’s required is that you know what commands you use often and program them into the tablet.
Along with the ExpressKeys the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch also comes with a touch ring and radial menu that allows for even more shortcuts to be programmed.
Along with great textures and multi-touch functionality the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch allows for both wired and wireless connections.
As a person who enjoys having the least amount of clutter in his work space as possible, the wireless kit that comes with the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch works great as I didn’t have to deal with accidentally brushing against the cord of the tablet.
This may not be an issue for everyone, but having the option is really nice for people who have large arms like me.
The stylus that comes with the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch is a fantastic addition to an already great tablet.
The pen feels great in my hand and after reviewing several lower-end tablets it was a welcome change from the cheap plastic-y pens common in those.
The 2048 levels of pressure also make sure that every detail in your drawing is captured exactly as you drew them.
Like a lot of the newer Wacom stylus’, the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch’s stylus has no battery which means no charging is necessary to enjoy using this pen.
I was initially thinking that this would make the stylus unnecessarily light, but surprisingly the pen had a comfortable amount of weight to it for a stylus without a battery.
The pen also has a large size which is another thing that you don’t find in lower-end tablets.
The one downside to the stylus is the fact that the nibs for the pen seem to wear out fairly fast.
While this isn’t an immediate problem since the tablet comes with 10 spare nibs inside the pen holder, it will become a problem when you realize you’re out of nibs and you have a commission due tomorrow.
My suggestion is to turn up the pressure sensitivity so you don’t have to press the pen to the tablet as hard when drawing, but buyers who naturally draw more roughly might want to take this into consideration when buying.
The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch is a real bargain for any professional looking for a tablet that offers professional-grade performance.
The texture of the tablet’s surface is great for drawing on and gives it a great look. The stylus feels fantastic and naturally fits in your hand due to it’s larger than average length.
This coupled with the fact that the pen also has no battery makes the pen that comes with the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch have all the features that make a good stylus great.
My only nitpick is the fact that the nibs that come with the stylus seem to get worn down easily, but turning the pressure sensitivity up may help get more life out of them.
When your only big critique about a tablet is that it’s pen’s nibs wear out too quickly, I think it’s fair to say that you have a great tablet on your hands.
The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch is a great choice for an artist looking for a professional-grade tablet at a reasonable price.
4.8 out of 5.0 – Fantastic