Review | Wacom Intous 2018

Pen Tablet
For
Digital Artist and Digital Artworks

Talk About Wacom

If anybody want to buy stylus pen for drawing on computer or any smart device, I believe many people will think or mentioned Wacom Brand or may be Bamboo which is one of stylus model of this brand as first idea.

Wacom is a company that produce the tools for writing, drawing, and designing for digital artists use it on their smart phone tablet and computer devices to create their creative work and improve their using experiences. Wacom has several products you can choose from entry level to professional.

Talk about Digital Art

In several years, technologies grow really fast and more easier to reach it, this word ” Digital Art ” become well-know.

So, the meaning of Digital Art can be described in short sentence as ” an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process “.

Let’s meet Wacom Intous 2018

Back to our main topic, this pen tablet Wacom Intous 2018 that I’m gonna review is the latest model which released in 2018 this year.

It come with 3 model S size, S size with wireless and M size with wireless with three colors that you can choose to match your style > Pistachio, Black and Cherry ( available in certain regions ) which I chose the Small size model with Black color to review today.

If you noticed, this time Wacom Intous didn’t separate the product line by software anymore. They will let you choose a software you need for your work for free which is good idea and I think it’s better than the previous that you might need to pay more to get software that you need.

Specifications for S size Tablet

Product Type Tablet with pressure-sensitive, cordless, battery-free pen
Tablet Size 200 x 160 x 8.8 mm / 7.87 x 6.3 x 0.35 in
Active Area 152.0 x 95.0 mm (6.0 x 3.7 in)
Color Black
Expresskeys™ Yes – 4 customizable application-specific settings
Pressure Levels 4096
Reading Speed (pen) 133 pps
Multi-touch No
Weight 230g (8.1 oz)
System Requirements Windows® 7 or later (excluding Windows 10 S; latest service pack/build), OS X 10.11 or later (latest update), standard USB Type-A port, Bluetooth Classic for wireless connection (Bluetooth models only), internet access to download driver for tablet to work and to select downloadable software*

*Wacom ID and product registration required.

What’s in the box

  • Wacom Intuos creative pen tablet small x1
  • Extra standard nibs (located inside pen) x3
  • PVC-free USB cable with cable tidy and L-shaped connector x1
  • Quick start guide x1
  • Regulation sheet x1
  • Online User Guide and Important product information found in Wacom Desktop Center x1
  • Serial Number for download creative software included x1

How to download software

There are 2 ways you can get the creative software included.

First Method

Access to Wacom Market Place ( Click here ) and then you log in to your wacom account ( If you don’t have an account you need to register first ). After logged in the system will ask you to register your product so you follow the steps and after finish this process, the system will let you to select the creative software that you want.

Next you download the software and install then done !!

Second Method

You install both pen tablet driver and Wacom Destop Center into your PC and then the software will ask you to login or register, this process is similar like the first method after you finish this step.

Nex the software will take you to Wacom Marhet place website to register your product same as first method after you finish this step you can choose your software to download and install.

So easy!! but you should becareful, this software that you download can use with only one device you cannot install to other PC or laptop so choose it wisely.

Here are the list of Creative Software available for you to choose
Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 6

Release your inner artist with a wide variety of painting styles, award-winning Natural-Media® brushes and photo effects to create an authentic, hand-painted look.

CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO

With natural pen strokes, quick coloring, unlimited tones and 3D figure templates, it has everything a budding comic-book artist or Manga lover needs to bring action to life.

Corel® Aftershot™ 3

Turn your passion for photography into unforgettable memories with powerful processing tools and presets to enhance any image from good to great.

What’s new in Intous 2018

  • 4,096 pen pressure sensitivity
  • +/- 0.25 mm digital tolerance in accuracy
  • Battery-free pen
  • 7mm reading height
  • 7 inch active area (Small sizes), 10 inch (Medium sizes)
  • More than 75% of tablet width is active area
  • 100 lines per mm recognition of pen on tablet (tablet density)

Using Wacom Intous Experience

Using Wacom Intous 2018 is not that hard or complicate after you install driver and software after you connect the pen tablet to your PC you can use it immedietly.

After I use it for a little while, I can say this pen tablet is improve much better than previous model.

About the pen tablet and the pen 4K, the accuracy and the response of the pen can do it really well, when I write or draw something it respond faster and less delay than before and the pen table is lighter than before, it’s easy to carry everywhere.

Actually I should say the pen and the tablet are smarter!! And the pen itself does not need battery and has smaller size which is great.

But, I feel the surface of pen tablet is kinda not smooth like the previous model. I’m not sure they design the surface to help the pen has more accuracy or not and the other thing that I feel not ok is the pressure sensitivity.

I don’t have problem with the sensitivity of pen when I write in normal way but If I want to make the line darker or really dark I have to put pressure a lot on pen compare with you use normal pencil or pen to make a darker line.

Anyways, overall this pen tablet and pen itself is improve in a better way and some problems that I found are acceptable in my view.

The software Wacom Desktop Center interface is improve also it’s more user friendly to adjust the pen and help to improve user experience. The new version of creative software that let you download for free is good idea to support the new artist also.

Verdict

At last, I would like to say this Wacom Intous 2018 is going in the right way and I would recommend this pen tablet to be one of your choices for consider to anybody who interest in digital art but cannot decide which pen tablet you want.

Because, This thing has an affordable price with an upgraded hardware which you can use it as entry level until you become professional. The last part is free creative software that you can download for free!! So you don’t have to spend money to buy the expensive software to create your artwork which I think it good idea and it show Wacom really support the artist.

Done for today.

Thank you so much and hope you guys enjoy reading this article.

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