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Wacom consolidates Bamboo, Intuos5 into unified Intuos line

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Wed September 4, 2013

New drawing tablet line aimed at consumer, professional markets

At the IFA trade show earlier today, Wacom has refreshed its Intuos line, adding elements from the Bamboo lineage, and has revealed the new Intuos and the Intuos Pro. The Intous is aimed at the entry-level user, and supplants the Bamboo line of devices, with the Intuos Pro shooting for the professional designer market, and replacing the Intuos5 line of touch-sensitive tablets from the manufacturer.

The Intuos Pro with the Pro Grip Pen delivers 2,048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition, allowing artists to create with a more "natural" workflow, similar to traditional brushes and pens. In addition, improved multi-touch gestures enable users to position and navigate their work.

Improved customizable ExpressKeys and the Touch Ring on the Intuos Pro help to streamline workflow and increase productivity. Users can cut down dependency on the computer keyboard by customizing shortcuts and modifiers directly from the tablet itself. Express View, the Heads-Up-Display (HUD) feature, displays current settings on-screen and fades within a few seconds so as not to disrupt the creative process. Additionally, a personalized Radial Menu enables users to quickly access preferred functions through a hierarchical menu display.

The ambidextrous, ergonomic design of the Intuos Pro allows creative professionals to work for longer stretches, and the included wireless accessory kit allows connectivity up to 30 feet away. The Intuos Pro comes in four Pen & Touch models -- small for $249, medium for $349, and large coming in at $499. The Intuos Pro Special Edition is the medium-size and is priced at $379.

Also announced today, the Intuos pen tablet (previously the "Bamboo" line) provides a natural, way for hobbyists and enthusiasts to work. The Intuos enables users to get creative on the computer at a more entry-level price, whether simply sketching and doodling, painting a picture, editing photographs or designing greeting cards.

Multi-touch complements the new sleek pen, giving users an alternative input method that allows both hands to get involved in the creative process. Similar to other Wacom pen tablets, the Intuos also features four ExpressKeys, now with application specific settings for popular creative software. An optional wireless kit is also available to make the tablet portable and easy to use remotely.

There are three Intuos models available including the Intuos Pen in small for $79, Intuos Pen & Touch in small for $99, and Intuos Pen & Touch medium for $199. The wireless accessory kit is an additional $39.

by MacNN Staff



  1. The Vicar

    Junior Member

    Joined: 07-01-09

    For which you may certainly read "oh, crap, people can buy a cheap-but-decent tablet, even a refurb previous-gen iPad, and a stylus for ~$300 now, and get something where they can draw on the screen instead of having to cope with the funky hand-eye coordination issues of a non-display tablet. These product lines are truly dead ends. We'd better start cutting our losses now."

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    How do you read that into the article?

    All that has happened is that they've rebranded their lines from Bamboo and Intuos into Intuos and Intuos Pro and introduced new models that pretty much exactly replace what was there before. The Bamboo came in Pen, Pen & Touch, and Medium variants too.

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