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A look into Wacom’s New Intuos5

A look into Wacom’s New Intuos5

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Yesterday on March 1st Wacom announced the new Intuos5, the next generation of tablets for professional photographers, designers and artists. The Intuos5 sports a new design and a couple of new features such as a multi-touch interface. Interested? Let’s see the details…

What’s new?

For this 5th generation of Intuos, Wacom proposes the multi-touch, something that existed for Bamboos already but that has been lacking on its high-end model before. It’s a nice improvement for those who like to work with their fingers (Apple users who like the trackpad or the magic mouse will definitely enjoy this). This new multi-touch interface lets you zoom, pan and rotate.

Just like the old model, the Intuos5 keeps its customizable ExpressKeys and Touch Ring on the side but gives them a new embossed look. The tablet itself seems to display a slimmer and flatter design. Also worth mentioning is the Wireless Accessory Kit (optional $39US) for users who would prefer to go wireless.

Otherwise this tablet has the same 2048 pressure level sensitivity and grip pen as its predecessor.

Should you upgrade?

If you like multi-touch gestures and strongly believe this new feature will make you more productive, by all means go for it. I personally see no use for it. When the Intuos4 was released I immediately sold my Intuos3 in order to get the newer model which had twice as many pressure levels (more precision and sensitivity), but in this case Wacom’s new jewel brings me nothing worth paying for.

It’s the second time Wacom disappoints me in the last few months; the first time was for the release of their newer Bamboo models which provided the consumers with nothing new but a redesign. What’s up with that, Wacom? Why not make your tablets better instead of prettier?

About the author

Tina Mailhot-Roberge is a graphic designer, web designer and illustrator located in Montreal, Canada. She holds a BFA in Design from Concordia University and practices her craft professionally since 2007 .

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