Wacom Intuos5

The Good The redesigned Wacom Intuos5 fixes some drawbacks from the already-excellent previous version, plus adds multitouch operation to an already impressive bag of input tricks.

The Bad There's still no interface for sharing/migrating saved settings or allowing third parties to provide preconfigured application-specific settings. Also, the heads-up display trigger is a little too sensitive.

The Bottom Line Though it doesn't add any new graphics-specific capabilities over its predecessor, the Wacom Intuos5 input tablet remains a must-have for digital brushworkers.

Editors' Rating
8.4 Overall


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Wacom Intuos5

It's been two years since Wacom introduced the substantially redesigned Intuos4. In the interim, the company has chosen to concentrate on refining the design and adding more market-friendly features rather than upping the operational sensitivity or retooling the accessories. That's not really a negative: the tablet retains the same excellent pressure/tilt-sensitivity performance as its predecessor and uses the same generation of pens and mouse. What's new is the support for multitouch and gestures and a design with better integration of wireless operation.

The Intuos5 comes in three sizes: small ($229), medium ($349), and large ($469). Wacom won't be releasing an Extra Large model in this series, instead keeping the Intuos4 model available for those with big-tablet needs.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $229
  • Brand Wacom Technology Corp.
  • Color Category black
  • Compatibility Mac, PC
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.5.8 or later, Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, Microsoft Windows XP SP3
  • Weight 1.46 lbs
  • Movement Resolution 5080 lpi
  • Type digitizer, stylus
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Color black
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