I got my hands on the new 2019 Wacom Intuos Pro, which comes with the new sensitive Wacom Pro Pen 2 and in this video, I will share what I thought about it with you.
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This review is aimed at anyone planning to invest in a professional and high-quality pen tablet for photo and video editing, retouching, illustration, digital art or graphic design.
I have been using Wacom tablets and screens for a very long time and my previous Intuos lasted for exactly 10 years, during which time I haven’t had any issues whatsoever. It still works perfectly but obviously, the technology improved a lot since then and this latest version beats it in many aspects.
For this test I got the smallest version out of the 3 sizes its available in. The S size is 10.6 x 6.7 inches out of which the active drawing area is 6.3 x 3.9 inches. It doesn’t sound like a lot but it actually works well even with large 27 or 32 inch screens.
The easiest way to imagine how big each of these tablets are it is best to compare them to international paper sizes. The small tablet is similar in size to an A6 paper, the medium is like an A5 and the large has a slightly bigger active area than an A4 paper.
The only other difference between the available sizes is that the small one has 6 customisable application-specific ExpressKeys, while the larger sizes all have 8 of them. The connection is USB-C or Bluetooth. The tablet charges itself when connected by cable and works for several days after a full charge connected wirelessly.
Although the connection on the tablet itself is USB-C the other end of the cable is standard USB, which works well for many, but you will need a converter if you are using newer laptops or MacBooks. Optionally you can just rely on the wireless connection and charge the tablet from a USB adapter.
The Wacom Pro Pen 2 is battery-free, charged electromagnetically. It has an impressive 8192 pressure levels on both the pen tip and the eraser, which is exactly 4 times as much as I have on my older Wacom Intuos. It has the usual two customisable buttons on it.
The pen stand design is really neat and elegant and the coolest feature of it is the nib remover hole at the bottom. I love the extra nibs hidden inside the pen stand too, which allows for further customisation depending on the type of friction and drawing feel you prefer.
The design of the new Intuos Pro is beautiful and really comfortable to work with. It has no hard edges and it is made of premium materials like anodized aluminium and glass fibre composite resin. It really feels sturdy even though it is only 8mm thick.
The multi-touch gestures work very well, you can zoom, pan and rotate in most application and if they are not required you can easily disable them with the switch on the side of the tablet.
Drawing with the Intuos Pro is really smooth and you can easily use it for any type of professional creative work, however, it is worth mentioning that the hand-eye coordination takes some time to get used to if you have never used a pen tablet before.
To sum it up the 2019 Intuos Wacom Pro lives up to my expectations of it being the highest quality pen tablet I ever tried. I can highly recommend it to anyone who can invest a bit more into their accessories.