Wacom Intuos5 Review

The Wacom Intuos5 is a graphics tablet by Wacom that aims to give experienced artists a reliable tablet with the promise of longevity.

Let's see if this tablet is really as reliable as Wacom claims or if it'd be better to shop elsewhere.

Wacom Intuos5 Specifications

Minimum System RequirementsWindows XP or OS X 10.4.0
Model NumberPTH650
Size12.6 x 8.2 in(Small), 15.0 x 9.9 in(Medium), 19.2 x 12.5(Large)
Active Area6.2 x 3.9 in(Small), 8.8 x 5.5 in(Medium), 12.8 x 8.0(Large)
Express KeysYes, 6
Spare Nibs10
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportYes, with wireless kit
Resolution5080 lpi
Pen Reading Speed200 rps
Warranty2 years

Initial Impressions

The Wacom Intuos5 came packaged with the tablet itself, battery-free stylus, USB cable and tablet documentation.

Installing the drivers was fairly straightforward and the installation finished fairly quickly.

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

The Tablet

The Wacom Intuos5 came in several different sizes, but I'll be reviewing the medium version of this tablet.

The medium version of the Wacom Intuos5 had an active area of 8.8 x 5.5 inches, which was fairly average for a graphics tablet. The size is, however less than Wacom's previous model, the Wacom Intuos4 by Wacom Intuos5a few inches. The active area of the medium version of this tablet is workable, but if you want extra space you may want to go for the larger version.

Like with the Intuos4 model by Wacom, the express keys of the Wacom Intuos5 were hard to press. This is due to the fact that the express keys are placed so close together that you could easily mis-press a key. This made the express keys more of an annoyance rather than the helpful feature they were meant to be.

The scroll wheel also included on the Wacom Intuos5 could also be programmed with shortcuts and it worked better than the express keys in this regard.

The touch feature of the Wacom Intuos5 isn'tWacom Intuos5 fantastic, but it helps when you don't want to get the mouse to move things around. I don't really see this being used as an effective trackpad due to the inaccuracy of the tracking. The touch feature of this graphics tablet seems to be something tacked on rather than a fully-formed feature.

The Stylus

The stylus that came with the Wacom Intuos5 came with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for a good variety of line weights.

The pen also had a great sensitivity to it making for an overall good drawing experience.

The grip of the stylus was also very comfortable and formed well to my hands. The pen was fairly large in length which Wacom Intuos5is great for people with larger hands like me but I could see it being a little uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.

The pen holder included with the stylus was fairly average and didn't offer any new innovations. The spare nibs included with the tablet were housed inside the pen holder, which was convenient, but that's about it. I'm still glad Wacom decided to include the pen holder, however since it's always nice to stop your pen from just being placed loosely on your desk.

Art's Assessment

The Wacom Intuos5 is a fairly good tablet based on the vast majority of other tablets on the market, but still have their flaws.

The medium version of this tablet had an active area of 8.8 x 5.5 inches, which is a fairly average active area for graphics tablets. The six express keys included on the tablet were a bit hard to press due to them being placed so close together. The scroll wheel included Wacom Intuos5on the tablet was a much better option than the express keys and I ended up using the scroll wheel much more often. The touch feature of the Wacom Intuos5 was more of a tacked-on feature rather than something fleshed out.

The stylus that came with the Wacom Intuos5 came with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for a good variety of line weights. The pen had a great, comfortable grip that made drawing with this stylus a delight. The pen holder was fairly average and did not offer an new innovations. The fact that it can hold the spare nibs included with the tablet is a plus, though.

The Wacom Intuos5 is a good tablet for experienced artists looking for a reliable tablet, but if you like your express keys this may not be the tablet for you.

4.4 out of 5.0 – Fantastic

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