Starting off the year by introducing you to my new partner in crime! Come share in my (embarrassing) excitement as I unbox my new Wacom Intuos Pro medium tablet!
I’ve been looking to replace my 6-year-old tablet–a Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch– for some time now but I held off from buying a new one since my tablet still works.
However my tablet got increasingly frustrating to use because it kept disconnecting while I was drawing and I’d have to wiggle the USB cord, or unplug and replug it to get it to work again. Also sometimes it doesn’t pick up on what I’m drawing or it would skip some parts of my strokes.
The Bamboo Fun tablet has served me well for a decent number of years, but it really was about time to retire my old tablet and invest in a new one!
What’s in the box?
Inside the Wacom Intuos Pro box are:
- Pen stand with 10 replacement nibs inside
- Grip Pen
- Intuos Pro tablet
- Wireless kit
- Colored rings
- USB cable
- Quick Install Guide
- Installation CD
It also comes with freebies!
The Wacom Intuos Pro tablets come with free software and site memberships that you access after registering your product at the official Wacom site. That’s more bang for your buck!
As of this writing, the freebies include:
- Corel Painter 2015 30-day free trial
- Autodesk Sketchbook 1-year Pro membership
- On1 Perfect Effects 9 Premium
- 30-day Lynda.com Membership
- 30-day video2brain Membership
- Anime Studio Debut 10 (this animation program is what I am most excited about!)
An important tip: after you register your product you will be asked to choose which free software and site membership you’d like to avail of. Make sure you check all of them because you won’t be able to make changes once you click Confirm.
I made this mistake because I thought I could download the other software later. Fortunately Wacom has a very friendly customer support that was able to sort out the problem for me. If you run into any problems I do recommend you call their hotline number (you can call through Skype if you’re not in the US) instead of sending an email because I didn’t seem to get a response to my email.
Some additional comments that didn’t make the vlog
The Wacom Intuos Pro comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The medium size also comes in a special edition but from what I’ve read in forums the only difference between the regular medium tablet and the special edition tablet is just the color (don’t quote me on that though! I really just prefer the all-black look of the regular one so I didn’t do much research on the special edition one).
I’m really glad I got the medium sized tablet instead of the small one. The active area for the Wacom Intuos Pro medium is similar to my old Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch tablet so it didn’t feel cramped for me to draw in.
I also like how the tablet and pen seem to be made of a softer material than my previous tablet, and this makes it significantly more comfortable to use over a long period of time.
The only issue that I found with my Wacom Intuos Pro is that when I charge my tablet the battery only seems to charge until 97%. Because of this the light indicator never turns green to show that the tablet is fully charged as mentioned in Wacom’s demo video. I saw that a lot of people seem to have this same minor issue and they say that it might just be a glitch in the software and not the tablet itself.
Update: I also just wanted to add that there are times when I would experience a lag with the tablet when I use the wireless kit. This doesn’t happen too often though and all I do is unplug and replug the wireless receiver (the little thing that looks like a USB), or just use the USB cord instead.
Overall I’m very very happy with my new investment and I would highly recommend this tablet. For more information on Wacom products you may visit their website here.
If you’re an artist/designer interested in buying or upgrading to a new tablet like I did (DO IT!), you can purchase the Wacom Intuos Pro from Amazon!
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