2009 Wacom Expo featuring Intuos 4
April 15, 2009
Over 4 years in production, finally Wacom has released their next Graphics Tablet, and already I want to have its babies. It’s just that awesome.
So I attended the Wacom Expo in Melbourne last night out at the Belgian Beer Café which was quite a casual atmosphere. Showcased was Wacom’s new Intuos 4, the result of what happens when hardware manufacturers actually listen to feedback and what people want from their products. Now with new tablet technology, a total revamp of the tablet and pen as well as the pen nib.
The Intuos 4 can feel pen pressure of just 1 gram, with 2,048 levels of tablet pressure. Meaning it actually responds like a real pen/pencil/brush whatever you’re using it as.
It features 8 Customisable ExpresKeys that have illuminated OLED displays to actually show you what hey are assigned to. The whole tablet can be rotated 180 degrees for people like me who are Ambidextrous.
And then there’s the Touch Ring, with built in toggle button. This thing is the greatest. You can be zooming with it, then click and suddenly you’re rotating. Or for all the video editors, you can be zooming into your timeline then click and now you’re shuttling through frames.
It’s widescreen, has a precision mode to enable true 1:1 response and has new Radial Menus so you can access multiple options with the press of a button.
There are 4 different sizes in the series:
Small 4″ x 6″ @ A$378
Medium 6″ x 9″ @ A$598
Large 8″ x 13″ @ A$798
Extra Large 12″ x 19″ @ $1,328
I’m already planning on buying mine and there’s so much more i could go into about it but you can go check it out yourself at Wacom Intuos4 – Product Overview