Wacom Intuos4 Review

The Wacom Intuos4 is a graphics tablet by Wacom that aims to give experienced artists a tablet that meets their needs and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Let's see if that's the case or if Wacom doesn't offer everything a artist truly needs.

Wacom Intuos4 Specifications

Minimum System RequirementsWindows XP or OS X
Model NumberPTK640
Size8.2 x 12.2 in(Small), 14.9 x 9.9 in(Medium), 12.6 x 18.7 in(Large), 24.5 x 18.2 in(Extra Large)
Active Area6.2 x 3.9 in(Small), 8.8 x 5.5 in(Medium), 12.8 x 8.0(Large), 19.2 x 12.0 in(Extra Large)
Express KeysYes, 8
Spare Nibs10
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportYes
Resolution5080 lpi
Pen Reading Speed200 rps
Warranty2 years

Initial Impressions

The Wacom Intuos4 came with the tablet itself, battery-free pen, mouse, pen stand, USB cable and tablet documentation.

The setup was fairly easy andWacom Intuos4 with Wacom's clear and direct documentation you shouldn't have any problem sorting out any issues that may arise during installation.

Since there were no problems during setup, we can get on to the review.

The Tablet

The Wacom Intuos4 came in several sizes; I'll be reviewing the medium-sized version of this graphics Wacom Intuos4tablet.

The medium-sized version of the Wacom Intuos4 came with an active area of 14.9 x 9.9 inches, making for a large active area when compared to many other tablets. The large and extra large versions almost seem like overkill after working with this tablet. There's more than enough room to work with on the medium version of the tablet. But if you want the max amount of drawing space you may be drawn towards the larger models anyway.

The Wacom Intuos4 came with eight programmable express keys that can be programmed using the included drivers. These express keys were a little bit of an annoyance as they were packedWacom Intuos4 very close together and took a bit of effort to press when you wanted to use them. It's very easy to accidentally press the wrong key when drawing, which makes you waste time undoing the mistake when the whole point of express keys is making things more efficient.

The included scroll wheel was fairly good, however. It could also be assigned functions and was actually quicker to use than the express keys themselves.

The Stylus

The stylus that came with the Wacom Intuos4 had 2048 levels of pressure for a good variety of line weights.

It was very comfortable as well with a fantastic pen grip, but unfortunately I found that this grip alsoWacom Intuos4 attracted dust and lint. The pen also had the distinctive "heavy" feel to it that I've gotten with many Wacom pens I've used in the past. I personally like it because it makes the stylus feel more like a pencil but some artists may be put off by it.

One other thing worth mentioning about the stylus is that the nibs wear out at an alarmingly fast rate. I found that sometimes just days after using one nib I'd have to change it out for another one. What's worse is that the pen nibs eventually wears down the tablet surface in places and leaves an uneven surface to work on.

The included pen holder was great too as it also serves as a convenient place to store any spare nibs you may have, which is good since you'll be changing them out very often.

Art's Assessment

The Wacom Intuos4 is a much better tablet than most on the market, but still has it's own flaws.

The medium version of this tablet had an active area of 14.9 x 9.9 inches, which is more than enough to work with. The express keys were placed closely together and this made it easy to Wacom Intuos4accidentally press the wrong key by mistake. The scroll wheel was more effective than the express keys and I ended up using it much more than the express keys.

The stylus had 2048 levels of pressure meaning you'll have a good variety of line weights. The pen had a very comfortable pen grip, but it unfortunately attracted dust and lint. The nibs on the stylus wore out VERY quickly and I found that after just a few days I was already having to change the nib. The pen holder works great as a holder for the nibs, especially since you'll have to be changing them out frequently.

The Wacom Intuos4 is a good tablet for experienced artists in terms of pressure sensitivity but lacks a bit in the express key department.

4.5 out of 5.0 – Fantastic

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