Wacom Intuos 5 Tablet

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ibaimage
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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:01PM

Anybody out there working on a Wacom Intuos 5? I'm finally replacing my really old but trustworthy Intuos Graphics Tablet (8x5). I'm wondering if I should go small (6x4) or medium (9x5.5). I'll be using it with a 21.5" iMac.


How does the new texture of the tablet feel?


I've been reading photographer's critques, but would like to know from an illustrator's point of view.
bortonia
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:10AM
Congrats on the impending upgrade! I'm sorry, I haven't tried the 5 out myself, but I do have both a 3 and a 4 (3 at work, 4 at home). I prefer the 4 to the 3, actually. I find the pen a lot more comfortable and drawing with it feels a little sharper and more precise. Both are the medium size. I used to have a small and it worked just fine, but I got a big scratch right in the middle that made drawing hard so when I upgraded I went to the medium. I probably wouldn't go any bigger because my hand would be moving around too much! I'd move to a 5, but my older tablets are still working really well so I don't foresee any upgrades in the near future. I'd be curious to hear if there's a difference between the 4 and the 5 that would make a new tablet worthwhile...
ibaimage
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:32AM

I've waited so long to upgrade that it'll be a big jump for me! I'm hoping that it'll encourage me draw more and better!! (LOL!) I'm leaning towards the 5 because it has some cool touch screen controls that look like fun. As long as the drawing surface is good...


I'm wondering about the tablet size mainly for ergonomic reasons. I don't want to be too hunched over and cramped on a small tablet, but then I don't want too much arm movement or reaching on a larger tablet. Wish I could try out both.
bortonia
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:11PM
The surface on the 5 looks the same as on the Intuos 4, which I'm a big fan of. It's got more 'bite' than the older gray 3 model. I also love the pen from the 4 series, it's a bit lighter than the previous Intuos and more comfortable to hold. The one thing I hate about the 4 mouse though is that it doesn't have the 'back' button on the left hand side. I got so used to using it when browsing that it really drives me nuts that it's not there anymore! I'm tempted to reprogram my buttons so I have the 'back' click again.

I think the small or medium 5's will be pretty similar, and won't tire out your wrist too much. I spent years on a 3 'small' (4x5") and it was still very sharp and precise. Moving up to the medium doesn't seem to offer me much more precision although it looks a bit fancier on my desk, and still doesn't mean I have to move my hand all over the place in order to draw a line. A lot of the computer stores here in Canada allow you to return products within 30 days, maybe you could buy both tablet sizes and then return the one that isn't working for you?
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