Maybe the Intuos Small is better after all? It’s my choice for that sketchy look of pencils, markers, and paint. Nikki, keep in mind that the Intuos doesn’t come with the mouse. I can definitely feel the difference when using my Inutos5 Medium with a single 30″ x px display or adding a secondary x px laptop screen. Since you say “the higher resolution really shows in this kind of application” with the Intuos4, I think I will buy this one. The tablets are available in several sizes. I’m sure you’ll like it a lot.

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It really was a small tablet, when I was drawing in Illustrator I noticed I kept going off the edges of the tablet It probably explains why I haven’t noticed the difference in going to a larger effective screen–I’m probably just zooming in more to compensate. If I still decide to buy the Small instead of the Medium, is the Small version compatible with the same programmes as the Medium version? I imagine kids in this age would have no problems developing the eye to hand coordination necessary to use a pen tablet.

Based on your intended usage and display size, the medium regular Intuos model would suit you fine. It is also much easier to draw or retouch images on a larger area.

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And you can always intuls the work area by software to mimic a cintoq tablet, if you want. Alison, The tablet size is dependent on the monitor size and also on the personal preferences of each user, as you have experienced. If I were you, I’d get her the pro and let her learn and practice a lot. Thank you for very comprehensive overview! The only difference is the software bundle. I’m not sure what size I’d need or if a small Bamboo would be sufficient.


Thanks so much for such a detailed review and comparison and for all your time in dealing with these queries! The larger models are necessary for applications that require higher resolution and more tablet area, like illustration and photo retouching.

Wacom still offers the best pen tablets on the market but the competition has been heating up on the past few years and now we can find viable competitors from a variety of brands such as Huion, XP-Pen, Artisul, Gaomon, Monoprice, Ugee and Yiynova.

Although most of people here are illustrators or graphic designers, I haven’t been able to choose. I need to be able to sit on the couch a distance from inguos computer and hold the tablet comfortably in my lap while editing for my back and wrist problems.

However i am on a budget about usd. Archived from the original on I’m working on a good DELL with System 7, so I don’t think it’s a processing issue on the computer hardware side of things.

Keep in mind that the work area is smaller than your current Genius tablet, but I think it is perfectly sized for most uses.

How to choose the best Wacom pen tablet for your needs

If you want to draw freehand using the tablet or use a program to simulate natural media, like Corel Painter or even Photoshop, you’d be better served by the Intuos line. Above, I could only find an approximation to my setup.

I hope this isn’t TOO long and I’d love to hear your suggestions! Just place the artwork on top of it with a clear and thin plastic overlay. I don’t’ know, though, if this is practical, since you’d still need the mouse to work on the rest of the screen area.


I have no plans of constantly unplugging it since I’m using it the my desktop. It has really helped me to understand these tablets far more than any other article I have found ijtuos far.

The two technologies are complementary and Wacom offers models that incorporate touch control. I have no experience with the recording process. Will you please comment on the idea of “sketch to finish” architectural drawing using these tablets.

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The regular Intuos model has half the resolution of the flagship Intuos Pro line and this difference may be very noticeable, depending on your screen size. But iintuos can always keep your old mouse. Some examples of those apps here and herefor Windows, and here for Mac. Your hand can travel from point to point on the screen in a single movement instead of repeated slides, as with a conventional mouse or trackpad.

It has more than enough resolution for you display and would work very well for vector or natural media illustration. The Wacom Intuos Pro Medium PTH, released in Inuos pen tablet is our top pick for all creative professional fields – such as design, illustration, video and photography.