Wacom Intuos Pro / Non-Pro

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JT26 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,078
Wacom Intuos Pro / Non-Pro

Hi all,

I have an older Pro model in large, and a very small desk... So naturally I want to replace it as currently I am using a trackpad and mouse for all things photoshop, and I miss my pen.

Couple of questions for anyone with Small / Medium wacoms.

I bought a Small Intuos this week and I don't really like it. I read online in quite a few places that buying a larger than small tablet is a waste... However this thing feels cheap compared to the old Pro model.

The normal Intuos also doesnt have anywhere to rest your hand which felt strange! Not sure if the Medium or pro would be any better?

I just use photoshop, and dont need shortcuts, but I would 'like' them. Should I buy a Small Pro or Medium Pro or a normal medium?

Sorry, just need a sounding board. Any experiences welcome.

Cheers

Toermalijn
Toermalijn Forum Pro • Posts: 16,728
Re: Wacom Intuos Pro / Non-Pro

JT26 wrote:

Hi all,

I have an older Pro model in large, and a very small desk... So naturally I want to replace it as currently I am using a trackpad and mouse for all things photoshop, and I miss my pen.

Couple of questions for anyone with Small / Medium wacoms.

I bought a Small Intuos this week and I don't really like it. I read online in quite a few places that buying a larger than small tablet is a waste... However this thing feels cheap compared to the old Pro model.

The normal Intuos also doesnt have anywhere to rest your hand which felt strange! Not sure if the Medium or pro would be any better?

I just use photoshop, and dont need shortcuts, but I would 'like' them. Should I buy a Small Pro or Medium Pro or a normal medium?

Sorry, just need a sounding board. Any experiences welcome.

Cheers

2 monitors, get the medium tablet, 1 monitor get the small tablet. Do you draw or design get the large tablet.

The pro's have wheels and buttons for shortcuts. If you don't need them them the cheaper version.

OP JT26 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,078
5k iMac?

OK. To the point... I appreciate the direct answer.

To clarify one other point. I have only one monitor and likely wont every have another....  Maybe. I have 27inch iMac Pro 5k screen. Is that still a small tablet you think?

SmartObject
SmartObject Junior Member • Posts: 48
Re: Wacom Intuos Pro / Non-Pro

I've used both of the newest Intuos Pro and the older model. I understand how you feel about the slimmer profile feeling odd. My advice is to do whatever helps your workflow. I prefer the older model much more. The shortcut keys feel more pronounced to me. The stylus with an ergonomic grip seals the deal. If you're spending a lot of time retouching, make it as comfortable as you can. I went with the medium size even on one monitor. I have an area mapped to a smaller portion of my tablet on the left side so that I can use my mouse on the right half of the tablet. I frequently go back and forth from stylus to mouse so this just makes the most sense.

DariusII New Member • Posts: 20
Re: Wacom Intuos Pro / Non-Pro
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Wacom Intuous normal has to be connected via usb cable and no nibs.

Intuous Pro has bluetooth capability and the pens come with extra nibs. They also allow you to change the writing surface (extra cost).

I have the medium Pro to match 27inch monitor due to the better flexibility as above and size. Small version is just more portable and hands don't have to move that much to draw .

Toermalijn
Toermalijn Forum Pro • Posts: 16,728
Re: 5k iMac?

JT26 wrote:

OK. To the point... I appreciate the direct answer.

To clarify one other point. I have only one monitor and likely wont every have another.... Maybe. I have 27inch iMac Pro 5k screen. Is that still a small tablet you think?

5k 27 inch is about the same area as 2 x 24 inch 1080P, so i would go for the intuos pro medium. small could be too small.

graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 6,928
Re: Wacom Intuos Pro / Non-Pro

I use a Pro small with two monitors. Technically there is enough tablet resolution to do that because the tablet is over 5000 line per inch, more than enough to cover every pixel on both monitors. The limiting factor is how tiny of a hand move you might have to do for a very precise edit, so that can be a reason to step up to a Medium. But I don’t have room on my desk for a Medium, and it would also push my arm out too far to the right of the keyboard which would eventually be a literal pain, ergonomically speaking.

To compensate there are two features of the Pro that I take advantage of on the Small size. One is the Display Toggle feature. By mapping Display Toggle to any tablet or pen shortcut key, you can set the tablet area to cover the left monitor, the right monitor, or both monitors. Since the Photoshop image is always on my left monitor, if I need more control I Display Toggle to left monitor only.

When even higher precision is required the Pro also offers Precision Mode. Again you can map this feature to any tablet or pen shortcut key. Precision Mode dims all of the screen except an adjustable rectangle area. The entire tablet active area is now concentrated on that small rectangle so that it is easy to have very fine control within that area.

I think these features are only on the Pro. The Pro has many more interesting shortcuts that are useful, like custom button menus. I have one menu that launches applications and another with buttons that can open frequently used folders. Each menu is mapped to a tablet or pen shortcut button.

That is one thing about the Pro. It is not just about the hardware. It turns out that the extreme configurability can have a lot of value, for those who can take full advantage of it.

OP JT26 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,078
Decision Made

Morning all and thanks for your help.

I bought the Small and the Medium pro to compare with the standard Intuos Small that I already had. I kept the Small Pro... The small area and smaller hand movement felt far more usable than the large I already had and the medium.

Thanks again

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