Wacom debuts upgraded next generation Intuos drawing tablets aimed at beginners

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Wacom continues to standout as an industry leader in creating hardware for artists and engineers. And after their previous release focusing on professional creators, today the company has announced updated versions of its Intuos Drawing tablets aimed at both creative beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Following last week’s announcement of a high-end PC module for its Cintiq tablets, Wacom has now introduced a significantly upgraded version of its popular Intuos pen tablet.

Based around the same active drawing area as the previous generation model, Wacom’s newest Intuos tablets sport a smaller footprint and lightweight design. Battery life is said to be getting some love with the latest iteration, which Wacom claims it has improved by 60%.

Each of the new Wacom tablets also come bundled with creative software to help new creators hone their skills. Among the software packages, Corel Painter Essentials 6 and Corel AfterShot 3 are two of the standouts. Wacom also includes tutorials with the software to offer extra assistance.

A new version of the Wacom pen is included alongside the tablets as well. Headlined by 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, the pen also boasts battery-free Wacom EMR technology and an improved ergonomic design for increased comfort during long sessions. An in-pen nib compartment and nib extractor round out the features.

Wacom’s latest drawing peripherals enter the market in two sizes with two small models and a single medium model. Starting at $79, the entry-level Intuos tablet includes all the aforementioned functionality and comes in 3 color choices. Bumping up to $99 nets you Bluetooth functionality as well. At the most expensive price point, the medium model also sports Bluetooth at $199.


TOKYO, and PORTLAND, Ore., March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — 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


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