Wacom Intuos Draw Review

Wacom has introduced a new line of Intuos graphics tablets in late 2015 with the Wacom Intuos Draw, Art, Photo and Comic.

Each model is named for the software bundled with the actual tablet itself, as well as small feature differences such as the ability to use multi-touch and different size options.

Let's see if this new line of tablets is good for who Wacom is advertising it to: Beginner digital artists looking for a low-cost option for their first graphics tablet.

Wacom Intuos Draw Specifications

TypePressure-sensitive, battery-free
Minimum System RequirementsWindows 7 or OS X 10.8.5
Model NumberCTL490DW
SoftwareArtRage Lite
Size8.25 x 6.7 in (Small)
Active Area152 x 95 mm (6.0 x 3.7 in)
ConnectionUSB
Express KeysYes, 4
Multi-TouchNo
TiltNo
Spare Nibs3
Pressure Levels1024
Wireless SupportYes, sold separately
Resolution2540 lpi
Pen Reading Speed133 pps
Warranty2 years in Europe, 1 year everywhere else

Initial Impressions

 The Wacom Intuos Draw features a slim body with a plastic feel that feels sturdy while also being light.

Two buttons on each side of the tablet along with this thin body give the tablet a different, more modern look than previous taWacom Intuos Drawblets by Wacom. For me, this is a welcome change as I found the old designs of the Bamboo series tablets to be a bit dated.

The color options also allow for greater cosmetic customization options than older models offered, which is great even if it's just an aesthetic option.

The stylus looks fairly similar to the stylus of my old Bamboo tablet, a notable difference being that this stylus doesn't have the plastic bit at the end that mimics the look of an eraser.

All things considered, this is a very chic-looking tablet! Alright, let's get into the nitty-gritty.

The Tablet

This new lineup of Inuos tablets has several new design changes including new button placements and a sleeker design.

Lightweight and portable, the Wacom Intuos Draw is great for an artist who is always on the go. The tablet also has no battery, instead being powered by it's USB connection to the computer.

However, this ties the tablet to the computer with a wired connection, which can sometimes be annoying, having to push the cord out of the way when you're trying to draw. Buyers who don't have the patience to puWacom Intuos Drawt up with this may be interested in the Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit, which removes the need for a cable.

The four shortcut buttons(two on each side of the tablet) serve as a great way to quickly edit or change something without having to waste the extra time of clicking your mouse; in concept. I personally found that while the buttons look good stylistically on the tablet, they're in a bit of an awkward spot for easy pressing. I couldn't easily go from drawing to pressing a button without fumbling with the stylus for a few seconds. I'll be sticking with my trusty mouse for the time being.

One thing I really liked about the Wacom Inuos Draw was the physical stability of the tablet. I tend to draw kind of quickly so I need a tablet that won't keep moving around on me while I'm trying to draw. Luckily the Wacom Inuos Draw has great grips on the back of it that keep everything nice and still, even through the most torturous abuse.

I could see these tablets being used in a more professional setting for this very reason.

The Stylus

The stylus bundled with the Wacom Intuos Draw has it's pros and cons.

Like the tablet, it requires no battery which is a big plus for me and I'm sure you as well. No one wants to be working on a commission and have their pen run out of juice! The fact that there's no battery also means that the pen is very light, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your personal preference.

The nib at the tip of the stylus combined with the texture of the tablet almost makes it feel like you're drawing with pencil on paper.

I always feel like the manufacturers of these tablets get so close with emulating the pencil bWacom Intuos Drawut never seem to get it 100 percent. I think the lightness of the stylus stopped it from really feeling like a pencil, but that's just me.

A new change with the stylus' is that the end of the stylus can no longer be used as an eraser. This was disappointing for me, as it was handy and made the stylus feel even more like a pencil.

Speaking of lightness, the small size and lightness of the pen made it a bit difficult to draw with after a while, but that may be because I have hands on the larger side. It may be a nonissue for people with smaller ones. Lastly, the stylus sometimes lags a bit, especially when drawing quickly.

Setting the tablet so it doesn't recognize the pen when it is far away helped a bit with the issue, but it was still a bit annoying at times.

All in all, the stylus that comes with the Wacom Intuos Draw is a bit mediocre but still usable. You can always upgrade to a better stylus if you choose to in the future.

Art's Assessment

The Wacom Inuos Draw is a fantastic tablWacom Intuos Drawet for both beginners looking for their first tablet and experienced artists looking to upgrade their old ones.

The tablet itself is sturdy enough to potentially last for years and things like the button placement issues are really only annoyances rather than full-fledged flaws.

The main drawback about this tablet is the stylus. Lightweight and flimsy, the stylus may cause headaches for people who prefer or are used to larger stylus' or drawing utensils.

Users who like to keep their immediate space clear may also find the connection cable annoying at times, but this can be fixed by purchasing a wireless adapter for the tablet.

4.6 out of 5.0 - Fantastic

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