Which Wacom Tablet To Buy?


Here’s my top five Wacom tablets list. Click on the menus at the top for the full reviews!

My Top 5 Wacom Graphics Tablets:

Wacom Cintiq 24HD Tablet DisplayWacom Cintiq 24HD Multi-Touch Tablet / Display (Links to Amazon)- Best of the Wacom tablets. The Cintiq 24HD multi-touch is the largest graphics tablet display and is considered the holy grail of drawing tablets. For serious and/or professional artists, designers and animators.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD Tablet / Display (Links to Amazon)- Expect the same high quality as the Cintiq 24HD, but for about $500 less and about $1000 less than the 24HD multi-touch.

Wacom Intuos5 Pen Tablet – Excellent for a professional designer/artist. Available in different sizes and a wireless option.

Wacom Bamboo Splash Tablet – Great for an artist who has never used a tablet before and seriously wants to make the leap from standard drawing to digital.

Even a dull tool, with patience, can bring out beauty and truth.

Wacom Bamboo Create Pen and Touch Tablet – Great for someone who is interested in the same things that the Bamboo Splash offers, but wants more drawing space. Also, this Bamboo tablet  is bundled with more software than the Bamboo Splash.

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intuos5 wacom tablet computerBuying a Wacom Tablet:
I’m a self taught graphic designer who has used several different graphics tablets throughout the years and I’m offering my personal Wacom tablet reviews here. Having been disappointed by other brands, I was happy when I found Wacom. I had some confusion researching which Wacom tablet was right for me so I thought writing this Wacom tablet site might help other people make a decision.

For me, Wacom is the frontrunner in graphic design tablets. I believe they are a great company and more importantly, they design and produce high-quality products. I’ve used the other brands in the past and have been disappointed.

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The New Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets for the Family

wacom intuosThe Intuos line has been expanded.

A refresh suited for the hobbyist, student and the professional – see Draw, Art and Comic, Wacom’s newly modernized and styled graphics tablets.

In the way of features, it’s more like a refinement of looks, rather than features. This set of tablets has been noted to have a little bit of cheap plastic feel to it.  They appear to have almost the same features*, except the software differs.

FAIR WARNING

  • When registering online there have been issues with the system at Wacom not reporting back whether it was completed online or not.
  • If you’re going to consider this tablet, take some time to read the second, third and fourth pages of reviews on Amazon, as the first page seems like marketing by Wacom Technology.
  • If you have any issues with lines not drawing correctly, note that Wacom Technology should replace the tablet for you. Windows should automatically pick up the tablet when you hook up via USB, but you should always install the drivers – they’re intended to make the tablet work best.

Notable Differences

  • *Multi-touch is available in the Intuos Art, but not the Intuos Draw.
  • Art also comes with Corel Painter Essentials so you can start creating right away.
  • The others follow suit: Comic comes with Anime Studio Debut and Clip Studio Paint Pro.

Specifications:

  • TypePressure-sensitive, cordless, battery-free
  • Model NumberSmall: CTL490DW (White) CTL490DB (Blue)
  • Active AreaSmall: 152 x 95 mm (6.0 x 3.7 in)
  • ExpressKeys™Yes, 4 with application specific settings
  • Multi-TouchNo
  • The USB cable is about 4ft


Wacom Intuos Draw digital drawing and graphics tablet (CTL490DB) – $94.99

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Wacom’s Fineline Between the Graphics Tablet and Tablet World

Most new pc tablets now have some touch sensitivity and stylus pens work on their screens. What’s more, you can do work on a tablet pc – but a graphics tablet isn’t capable of much more, unless you own a Cintiq.

So why get a Wacom graphics tablet?

For Wacom, this may be a challenge to figure out, now that devices like the Ipad are able to accommodate artists as well as general computing tasks like browsing.

Their price tag? Another challenge for Wacom which continues to sell its large screen tablets at a price more apt to yesteryear than 2016.

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It’s all too clear why Wacom has jumped on the bandwagon working its latest pen stylus for the Ipad crowd.

The tablet industry is changing, and Wacom along with it.

Now enough about business.

What does the Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 stylus have to offer Ipad owners?

  • Natural and easy to use. A smooth writing experience and a papery feel.
  • “Ergonomics with fine textures in an elegant premium design”
  • “Works with leading apps”

Price: $59.99

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Why Cintiq Companion 2 is a Must For Graphic Design Pros

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The Cintiq Companion 2 is the second generation in the Cintiq Companion tablet series released by Wacom. With serious graphic designers in mind, this heavy-duty Windows tablet comes with an amazing pen display as well as a good deal of flash memory and RAM to help designers achieve computer-quality results.

 

Product Features

The Cintiq Companion 2 comes with a fresh install of Windows 8.1, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of flash memory, a 3.2 GHz processor and weighs in at under 4 pounds. The touch screen has over 2000 levels of of pressure sensitivity to give designers more control over their artwork and has some of the most sensitive angle detection on the market.

 

Pros

In terms of looking at this product strictly as a graphic design tool, the previously mentioned insane levels of pressure sensitivity are more than enough for any graphic designer, no matter the project. The awesome angle detection and included pen also make projects as comfortable as possible. But even casual tablet/computer users can find value in this tablet.

Relative to it’s size and weight, the Cintiq Companion 2 has some of the best specs on the market. Users are carrying the power of a PC in their backpacks. This is one of the most powerful on-the-go tablets currently available. Not only is it an attractive product for graphic design pros, I’d go so far as to say this tablet could replace the average family’s household computer. Simply put, the Cintiq Companion 2 can handle any situation thrown at it.

 

Cons

While these features certainly sound promising in theory, there are issues that potential buyers should keep in mind. Scouring the net, you’ll find – with little effort, I might add – an abundance of customer complaints revolving around issues that might suggest a lack of quality control and testing over at Wacom. Issues with back lights, touch sensitivity and batteries are far from unheard of.

While Wacom seems to be doing a good job at handling customer complaints, it’s still something to consider; nobody likes waiting a week for a tablet, just to send it back and wait another week for a replacement.

 

Comparison

One of the Cintiq Companion 2’s best competitors at the moment is the Trust Flex. Comparing the two can be rather difficult as they each keep different features and users in mind, but the Trust Flex is arguably the most innovative graphic design tablet next to the Cintiq Companion 2. That, and anyone considering buying a product in this category has no doubt considered both of these tablets.

The obvious difference is the price. One could buy 10 Trust Flex Tablets for a fraction of the cost of a Cintiq Companion 2.

While the former may have better overall value, I think it’s safe to say that if you have some money to burn, the latter would be the obvious choice. The Trust Flex (as well as many other tablets of its kind) also sacrifices the heavy specs we’re seeing in the Cintiq in favor of more comfortability and maneuverability.

But that’s not what the Cintiq is all about. The Cintiq is meant for those looking for something heavy duty that will remain relevant in the market for the next five years. Something which can run anything the user wants to run. Relative to other tablets in its category, the Cintiq is far from one-dimensional.

 

Price

As good as this tablet is, there’s one big turnoff; the price. At the moment, it can be had on Amazon for $2499.99 new. As previously stated, this tablet is for those professional graphic designers who are serious about their artwork and who have a serious amount of money to put down on a design tool.

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Benefits

While some can argue over whether or not you’re getting the most bang for your buck with the Cintiq Companion 2, it’s undeniable that, by purchasing this tablet, you’re getting one of the most advanced and proficient tablets on the market. This isn’t the type of tablet that requires you to upgrade every 2 or 3 years; users who purchase this tablet should be satiated for years to come due to it’s near-futuristic features.

 

Examples of Work By Artists

Why The Cintiq Companion 2

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Wacom did a great job of capturing just what their tablet is capable of when in the right hands. A great example is this finished picture where the clouds overhead give an awesome representation of the power of the absurd amount of pressure sensitivity.

 

Cintiq Companion 2 image

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While not as in-depth as the previous example, this picture focuses more on the tablet’s Photoshop and Camera integration while still giving users a feel for the pressure sensitivity and deep color through the background work.

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Conclusion

If you really want to get serious about graphic design, the Cintiq Companion 2 will give any artist the proper tools they need excel in their work and remain one step ahead of the competition. While sometimes a bit of a hassle and an expense, it just simply can’t be beat by any other product currently on the market and is – to a degree – quite ahead of it’s time.

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