Wacom announced an upgraded version of its Intuos pen tablet today, which comes bundled with software options like Clip Studio Paint and a new pen with 4,096 levels of pressure.
The new Wacom Intuos comes in small and medium sizes and three different colors: charcoal black, pistachio green, or berry pink (only available in some regions). The Intuos Small with Bluetooth is available now for $ 99, the Medium is $ 199, and you can choose two out of three software downloads: Corel Painter Essentials 6, Corel AfterShot 3, or Clip Studio Paint Pro. There’s also an even cheaper model of the Intuos Small that comes without Bluetooth for $ 79, but it only comes in black and software options don’t include Clip Studio Paint.
The new Intuos tablets cost around the same but are an upgrade over the old Intuos Art models, which required a USB cable connection or a wireless accessory kit and had 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. Though, in all honesty, my current setup with my two-year-old (now discontinued) Wacom Bamboo One works fine with the USB cable, and I personally can’t see a difference in pressure sensitivity above 1,024 levels. I can’t speak for the pricier Cintiq display tablets, but my experience with cheap beginner Wacom tablets is that they last forever. If you’re just getting into drawing or want to get a beginner tablet for kids, the new Intuos tablet is a great introduction to digital art. The bundled addition of Clip Studio Paint Pro, which normally costs around $ 50, makes this worth it alone.