Wacom Intuos Review – Beginner friendly budget drawing tablet by Wacom

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Wacom is a very well-known brand in the drawing tablet space and Wacom Intuos is their most popular drawing tablet.

wacom intuos review

Wacom Intuos has been in the market for quite a while during which time Wacom has updated the design and features of this tablet a number of times.

The current iteration of Wacom Intuos is one of the best looking and most powerful we have ever seen.

It comes with a greatly improved stylus with higher pressure sensitivity and adapter-free wireless connectivity via Bluetooth.

All things considered, it seems like a perfect graphics tablet for beginners looking for an affordable and reliable drawing tablet.

With that said, the competition is catching up with. At present, there are a number of good drawing tablets available for beginners in the market.

In this Wacom Intuos review, you will find out whether the upgraded features and facelift is sufficient to outshine all those wannabe Wacom alternatives that are pushing out more and more tablets with some really good features.

By the end of this review, you will for sure know whether the Wacom Intuos is the right tablet for you or not.

Wacom Intuos Review – Specs and Features

Wacom Intuos tablets come in two sizes – small and medium. The Bluetooth wireless connectivity in the smaller variant is optional.

Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (small) with Software Included - Black with Pistachio accent (CTL4100WLE0)
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (medium) with Software Included - Black (CTL6100WLK0)
Name
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (small) with Software Included - Black with Pistachio accent (CTL4100WLE0)
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (medium) with Software Included - Black (CTL6100WLK0)
Active Drawing Area
7.9 x 6.3 inches
10.4 x 7.8 inches
Pressure Levels
4096
4096
Reading Height
7 mm
7 mm
Expresskeys
4 Shortcut buttons
4 Shortcut buttons
Wireless Support
Supported
Supported
Battery/ Standby
15 hours
15 hours
Price
$79.95
$150.87
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (small) with Software Included - Black with Pistachio accent (CTL4100WLE0)
Name
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (small) with Software Included - Black with Pistachio accent (CTL4100WLE0)
Active Drawing Area
7.9 x 6.3 inches
Pressure Levels
4096
Reading Height
7 mm
Expresskeys
4 Shortcut buttons
Wireless Support
Supported
Battery/ Standby
15 hours
Price
$79.95
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (medium) with Software Included - Black (CTL6100WLK0)
Name
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphics Drawing Tablet for Mac, PC, Chromebook & Android (medium) with Software Included - Black (CTL6100WLK0)
Active Drawing Area
10.4 x 7.8 inches
Pressure Levels
4096
Reading Height
7 mm
Expresskeys
4 Shortcut buttons
Wireless Support
Supported
Battery/ Standby
15 hours
Price
$150.87

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Design – Changes and improvements

Intuos buttons and pen holder

Wacom Intuos has a modern and minimalistic design that looks and feels premium-ish, in spite of being a mid-range graphics tablet.

At the front, you have the whole front face of the tablet has a matte, scratch-resistant material. On the back, there are four circular rubber pads that help provide a firm grip on smooth surfaces.

Towards the top, there are five buttons, out of which the middle one is the power button and the rest others are programmable shortcut buttons.

In the tablet settings, you can set the buttons to any shortcut of your choice. They work with all drawing as well as non-drawing applications.

The buttons have a neat trick up their sleeves. If you look closely, you will notice that the buttons have an inward curve.

This is where you keep your stylus while it is not in use.

It stops the stylus from rolling down the table. Alternatively, for long-term storage – you can use the fabric loop located on top of the tablet to securely hold the stylus.

Sturdiness and Build quality

Although the tablet is made of plastic, it feels incredibly strong and sturdy. It does not flex or bend when pressed hard or make any hollow tap sound while drawing.

All the corners of the tablets are rounded and beveled. All these factors combined along with the very thin profile of the tablet give it a premium feel.

Taking a bit about the shortcut buttons, they are very responsive and have a satisfying click to them. The texture on the buttons is rubbery and different from other parts of the tablet.

Wacom Intuos Stylus – new design and better features

Updated wacom intuos stylus

The quality and performance of the stylus are one of the main selling points of the Wacom Intuos.

Wacom Intuos comes with one of the best styluses that you can find in the market in this price range.

It has an incredibly good pressure curve and low activation force that makes drawing with this stylus a charm.

The stylus comes with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as two programmable buttons for quick shortcut operations.

There is also a hidden storage compartment inside the stylus that is used to store extra pen nibs.

The Wacom Intuos Stylus is a passive pen that works on EMR (Electro-Magnetic Resonance) technology and does not require batteries to function.

It is a great feature because it eliminates the need for charging the pen. In addition to that, battery-free styluses are more resistant to minor falls and damages.

Surface Texture – Paper-like drawing surface

The surface texture is one of the most under-rated features of a drawing tablet. It has a massive effect on how you interact with the tablet and your overall drawing experience.

Wacom tablets are always known for their highly fine-tuned surface texture. The same goes for the Wacom Intuos.

The surface texture on the Wacom Intuos is near perfect. In fact, this is the most satisfying tablet to draw on.

It has the right level of hold and smoothness that gives you better control over your stylus movement without feeling sticky.

The scratch-resistance of the tablet is also very good and the tablet can maintain a good drawing surface – free from bumps and scratches for a long long time.

Support for Android devices

The Wacom Intuos is compatible with Android devices. For using the tablet with Android smartphones and tablets you need to get an adapter.

There are a number of really good drawing apps for Android that you can use, you can check out some of those apps by clicking here.

There is no need to download any additional software or driver for using the tablet with Android devices.

Included Softwares

free drawing software package

After registration, you have the access to three drawing applications which are –

  • Corel Painter Essentials
  • Corel Aftershot
  • Clip studio paint

These included software packages are only available in certain countries. Get more details on Amazon.

Driver and tablet settings

A computer does not necessarily understand the pen and pressure data from the stylus. A driver is an application that helps the computer communicate with the tablet and understand the pen, pressure and location data.

The driver also allows you to make advance pen and tablet settings. You can change the default short of the tablet to any other keystroke of your choice. It also allows you to change the settings for the button on the stylus.

Other tasks include switching from the left to right-hand mode and calibrating the tablet to your monitor. Driver for Wacom Intuos is available for free and the box comes with the download link.

Final thoughts and summary

Wacom as a brand believes in quality over quantity. You may get a little extra set of features in other tablets but the quality and drawing experience would not be the same as what you get with Wacom.

The Wacom Intuos is available in two sizes – small and medium. Which tablet you should pick out of the two depends on the size of your monitor.

If your monitor is smaller than 15 inches go with the smaller Wacom Intuos. But if your monitor has a screen size of 16 inches or more get the medium-sized model of the Wacom Intuos.

You can check the latest price of the Wacom Intuos on Amazon.

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Aaron Levie

Aaron Levie loves painting. he started as a traditional watercolor artist and later switched to digital. He really likes freedom and control that digital art provides.

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  3. xinyang

    Hi! I’m starting with digital drawing and I have to choose between a Wacom Intuos CTL6100 and a xp-pen Deco 03 WIreless Tablet , can you help me?? Thanks

    1. Essential Picks

      Get the Wacom CTL6100 as it has a Bluetooth enabled wireless connectivity, which is more convenient than the wireless connectivity via USB dongle connector – that you get with Xp Pen Deco 03.

      Other than that, the drawing surface on the Wacom Intuos has better scratch resistance properties compared to Deco 03.

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