The Wacom Intuos pen tablet is one of the first major photo editing upgrades a beginner typically invests in, and today, Wacom launched what its calling a significant "get creative" upgrade to this popular lineup.

On the hardware side, the new and improved Small (152.0 x 95.0 mm | 6.0 x 3.7 in) and Medium (216.0 x 135.0 mm | 8.5 x 5.3 in) Wacom Intuos pen tablets boast Bluetooth connectivity (not all models), improved accuracy, and a smaller footprint despite having the same active tablet area as previous models. They also have a built-in pen tray, four express keys, an LED indicator and, if you buy one of the Bluetooth models, a 60% improvement in battery life.

The included pen, meanwhile, uses Wacom's battery-free EMR technology to deliver 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity from an "improved ergonomic design with increased weight and soft touch grip area, in-pen nib compartment and nib extractor."

The hardware upgrades are not insignificant, but the Wacom announcement actually seems more keen on software than hardware—more specifically: on the software that comes bundled with the new tablets.

Wacom has partnered with several creative software manufacturers to give users access to up to "$160 worth of creative software" alongside the tablet. These include Corel Painter Essentials 6 for design and illustration, CELSYS CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO for comic and Magna creation, and Corel AfterShot 3 for photo editing.

The Wacom Intuos comes in three flavors: The Intuos S for $80, the Intuos S with Bluetooth for $100, and the Intuos M for $200. Depending on which one you pick, you'll get access to 1, 2, or 3 of the software options mentioned above so you can start getting creative right away.

To learn more about these new tablets or order one for yourself today, head over to the Wacom website.

Press Release

Wacom introduces new Intuos pen tablet to "Get Creative"

Technologically and ergonomically improved pen tablet bundled with creative software provides an immediate start into digital art

TOKYO, andPORTLAND, OR | March 6, 2018 – Today, Wacom announced a new, significantly upgraded version of its Intuos pen tablet for creative beginners and enthusiasts. Bundled with software for drawing, painting and image editing, the new Intuos tablet offers an immediate start into digital art. Anyone interested in getting creative on a digital level will be able to enjoy a natural pen experience, improved accuracy and enhanced online navigation capability. Ambitious comic and Manga fans, hobby painters and photographers just need to download a software of choice to "get creative."

"Wacom has a legacy of providing state-of-the-art technology and full solutions to our customers," said Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President at Wacom's Creative Business Unit. "We know that only the combination of hardware and software allows for an immediate start. That is why we asked leading software partners to join us in the new pen tablet offer. We believe that our customers will love the new Intuos for its advanced technology and software options."

Upon purchase of the new Wacom Intuos, users can download up to $160 worth of creative software, including Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 6 for design and illustration, CELSYS CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO for comic and Magna creation and Corel® AfterShot™ 3 for photo editing. Numerous video tutorials by Wacom, Corel and Celsys will help users get started.

New Intuos features include built-in wireless Bluetooth integration on some models, and three color choices. Available in small and medium sizes, all models have the same active tablet area as previous versions but with a smaller footprint and lighter weight. A built-in pen tray, four express keys, an LED indicator and in the Bluetooth models a 60 percent improvement on battery life rounds out the upgrade.

The included pen boasts 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, battery-free Wacom EMR technology, and an improved ergonomic design with increased weight and soft touch grip area, in-pen nib compartment and nib extractor.

Configuration, Pricing and Availability

The new Intuos line comes in small and medium sizes and offers the following features:

Wacom Intuos Small

With Bluetooth

  • Software options offer a choice of two out of three software downloads: Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 6, Corel® AfterShot™ 3, or CELSYS CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO (in China: UDM PAINT PRO)
  • Color: charcoal black, pistachio green or berry pink (in selected regions)
  • Price: $99 USD

Without Bluetooth

  • Software options offer a choice of one out of two software downloads: Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 6, or Corel® AfterShot™ 3
  • Color: charcoal black
  • Price: $79 USD

Wacom Intuos Medium

With Bluetooth

  • Software: Purchasers may download all three software options: Corel® Painter® Essentials™ 6, Corel® AfterShot™ 3, or CELSYS CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO (in China: UDM PAINT PRO)
  • Color: charcoal black, pistachio green or berry pink (in selected regions)
  • Price: $199 USD