The Wacom Intuos Tablet for Digital Drawing and Painting

It’s actually been a couple of years since we’ve had the chance to review any Wacom products. We got the opportunity to review the Wacom Intuos recently, and with a budding artist in our house, we jumped at that chance.

This Intuos tablet from Wacom comes in two different sizes- small and medium, and has an option to buy with Bluetooth or without. We happened to receive the medium tablet with Bluetooth, but here are the specs for both sizes:

Wacom Intuos Specs

Small size is 7.87 x 6.3 x 0.35 inches with an active area of 6.0 x 3.7 inches and weighs 8.8 oz(with Bluetooth)

Medium size is 10.4 x 7.8 x 0.35 inches with an active area of 8.5 x 5.3 in. This one weighs in at 14.5 oz.

Buttons across the top of the tablet will allow for the creation of different shortcuts as well.

The pen that comes with the tablet is a 4k battery free pen. It’s wireless and pressure sensitive. Inside the pen, you will find an extra 3 standard nibs. It weighs a mere 0.4 oz. Two buttons on the side of the pen are programmable to add shortcuts at the tip of your finger. There are 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and you can use different styles of nibs to fill your own personalized needs.

You’ll also get a 4.9 ft PVC-free USB to micro USB cable with L-shape plug. This connects the tablet to your device when you do not have it in Bluetooth mode.

 

 

 

Use of the Wacom Intuos tablet

When you register your Wacom Intuos tablet, and create a Wacom ID, you’ll have the ability to download three different software programs for free. We downloaded Corel Painter Essentials 6 on our Windows computer, and after playing around with it for a bit, our daughter created this drawing:


She’s really excited to use it more and make some magnificent creations! The program wasn’t necessarily user intuitive for her, but fortunately, Youtube has some great tutorials that will explain how to use the different programs, and I would suggest checking out videos to help out if you are new to using these types of programs and equipment.

Buying the Wacom Intuos

Do we recommend the Wacom Intuos tablet? Yes, yes we do! We received the size Medium in exchange for our fair and unbiased review, but you can purchase it for $199.95. The small size with Bluetooth is $99.95 and the small size without Bluetooth is $79.95.

 

Bamboo Spark from Wacom

Wacom bamboo-spark-tabletsleeve-1-gWe live in an era that really demands that everything be technological, but for those of us that want to write down ideas really quick, pen and paper really is the best thing, really. However, the issue with pen and paper is you have to type it up after that just to get it to jive with the technological world.

One of the things that I admire about Wacom is that they are able to take hand drawing and note taking and make it technological. Wacom is most famous for making these drawing pads with a Stylus and a pad for interfacing with your computer, like the Intuos Pro that I reviewed a while ago. The Bamboo Spark is made to write on a notepad with a pen, and then have what you drew end up in digital form.

I have reviewed ePens before, and hooking them up so they will work is usually kind of a pain, but the Bamboo Spark is made to make this simple, and it is. The instructions say to just download the free Bamboo Spark app to your smartphone or tablet, and then turn the Spark on, and start writing.

There was no Bluetooth that I had to sync or anything, but it just worked from the moment that I started writing. Then, when I had filled a page on what I was writing on, I pushed a button and the information on the page was magically made digital.

The notes are then saved on a Wacom Cloud, and you get 5 GB of storage for free. It is possible to access these notes on different device, and even edit them. They can be used on third party cloud services, such as Evernote and Dropbox.

Best of all, any analog notes can be converted to plain text using the Bamboo Spark, so they can be shared. it seems like this is made to be shared, and there is even a “Making Ideas” news hub for product updates and insights. There is even a free ebook about “How to Draw your Idea”.

In short, the Bamboo Spark is a way to really go back to the drawing board. It is available on the Wacom site for $159.95 in three forms: one smart folio with a gadget pocket, one smart folio with tablet sleeve, and smart folio with snap-fit for iPad Air 2.

Intuos Pro from Wacom

IntuosProMediumGalleryImage3Now, if you never heard of Wacom tablets, try not to think of a tablet for the iPad. Wacom has been making these platforms on the desk that allow you manipulate your screen as if it is a tablet. They were very popular with the Bamboo series, and I recently had the opportunity to try out the Intuos Pro.

I had a chance to try out the Medium sized model, and I enjoyed using the touch and pen versions. That’s right, this has a pen feature, and you can use the pen with 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity. If you like drawing on your computer on Paint or other advanced program, this will work very, very well.

Remember how I said that this isn’t like a tablet like the iPad. Well, it does have a pinch-to-zoom feature that is really very cool. It also has this control ring that really allows for computer artwork without the keyboard. With a touch of a button, you have auto scroll/zoom, cycle layers, brush size, and rotate. Even the side buttons are some Shift, Ctrl, and Alt buttons, as well as some other interesting buttons that I will have to explore more.

I found that the software for the Intuos Pro was able to download very quickly, and I was using it minutes after I connected it. By the way, there is the option for a USB or wireless connection.

I highly recommend this if you have any desire to do art or anything else on your computer. The Medium one can be purchased for $349, and the Small is $249 and the Large for $499. Check it out on the Wacom site, along with other parts.

Wacom unveils new Bamboo stylii and Pads

Bamboo WacomWe have reviewed Wacom products more than once on this site, and I am always pleased to review their notepad products. When I mean notepad, I mean a place where you can write and draw with a stylus.

Wacom has just announced the Bamboo Pad, and it is not a notepad kind of thing. This one is pretty small, only a little bigger than the size of one’s hand. The Pad offers the user the capacity for multi-touch gestures, which comes in handy when using Windows 8.

bamboo 2In addition to the Pad, there is also the Stylii like the Bamboo Stylus solo and duo. The solo is your typical rubber-tipped stylus good for any touchscreen device, and the duo has a ball-point tip in case you actually need to sign something like a sheet of paper or such.

You should be able to get the Bamboo Pad in wireless ($79) or wired ($49) form in a few weeks. As for the stylii, they should be avilable at the same time. The solo is good for $19 and the duo for $29.

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Wacom Bamboo Stylus

800x600_CS100K_01What you are looking at here is the Wacom Bamboo Stylus, and it is meant to be a stylus for a Wacom tablet. If you don’t know what a Wacom tablet is, then you should probably read some old entries of my blog, like this.

Oh, you can also use a Bamboo Stylus on anything with a touchscreen, which really helps on tablets and smartphones. I have used Styluses before, and the Bamboo is 25 percent narrower in diameter.

You can use the Bamboo Stylus on Wacom’s Bamboo Paper, the Penultimate, as well as Autodesk, Sketchbook Mobile, and I’m sure much more. If you want to get in on this stylus action, feel free to lay down $29.95 at the Wacom site.