85

Worth the upgrade from an older Wacom pen display

85

Overall, we're quite pleased with the improvements that Wacom has made between the Intuos4 and the new Intuos5. Its dashing good looks are just the tip of the iceberg, er, pen. For starters, the look and feel here are more inviting than the plastic finish of yore. This outer shell makes you want to touch the slim device, which is something you'll be doing plenty of, thanks to those multi-touch gestures. Moving the ExpressKey labels to the on-screen HUD was also a solid move. It'll take some getting used to, but it ultimately cured our habit of constantly looking down to find our bearings.

Sure, we have some gripes concerning the need to purchase a wireless kit separately and its imperfect response to touch input. For us, though, those two demerits are hardly dealbreakers. The multi-touch features aren't flawless, but they add great functionality to the workflow for Photoshop and other design software, and can be used to access tools without digging through menus. If you're still clinging to an older Wacom model or feel the Intuos4 hasn't run its course, we don't think you'll regret splurging on a new model, especially if you already have the wireless kit lying around. Well, at least you won't mind the expense after you get your hands on one, that's for sure.

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9.0
Engadget Mar 19, 2012

If you're still clinging to an older Wacom model or feel the Intuos4 hasn't run its course, we don't think you'll regret splurging on a new model ... Well, at least you won't mind the expense after you get your hands on one, that's for sure.

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9.0
Macworld Mar 5, 2012

Wacom’s newest Intuos has done what its predecessors could not, and I can’t wait to pick up one for myself. There are three things that compel me to put this tablet at the top of my gadget shopping list: design, software, and touch.

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8.0
CNET Feb 29, 2012

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.

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7.0
Wired Mar 19, 2012

It’s a significant improvement over the previous Intuos4 tablets, as well as a suitable upgrade for those who feel limited by the less-expensive, less-capable Bamboo tablets Wacom makes for consumers.

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9.0
MacLife Sep 6, 2012

The Intuos5 is another great product from the kings of the tablet market. Except for a few weird gestures that don’t match up with Lion, the touch gesture features are a great addition.

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10
TrustedReviews Jul 30, 2012

The newest Intuos 5 is simply the best graphics tablet on the market, improving on its already impressive predecessor in practically every way.

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8.0
Everything USB Jul 19, 2012

It is a tablet that is easy to recommend especially if you have a tight workspace. Wacom has sold me on their touch supported professional tablet. I can't go back. Though, I can't recommend someone switching from the previous generation - Intuos4 - to this if they don't need the touch support.

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10
About Mar 2, 2012

The Intuos5 is an investment that will pay off many times over. Non-professionals may prefer the less-expensive Bamboo pen tablets, but if you want the best, the Intuos5 is as good as it gets, aside from a Wacom Cintiq pen display.

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4.0
Flook Flook

Edit Feb 2014: I've wanted to snap thing thing in half every single day for the last six months. All I have to say is WACOM DRIVERS! What a nightmare. So many bugs in Windows 7 that made it almost unusable. The thing wouldn't work most of the time. Now on Windows 8 it is working much...

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