Wacom Intuos 9" x 12" at a Glance

Maker: Wacom
Price: $459 list; prices vary
URL: http://www.wacom.com

Overall Impression: This is an amazing tool for graphics professionals. I love using it for all of my graphics work, as well as simple navigation.

Key Benefits: With 1,024 levels of pressure, which can be adjusted graphically along a curve in the Wacom Control Panel, you can attain a lot of subtlety in your work. The stylus is great, and the mouse is unique on the Mac in its design and x, y, z functionality. The tablet is fast and accurate, and the supporting software provides a lot of customizability.

Disappointments: None

Recommendation: Strong Buy



Wacom Intuos 9" x 12"

Pressure-sensitive tablet and graphics software package

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

I previously reviewed the Wacom Graphire 4" x 5" graphics tablet, saying it was a great little tablet: fun to use and offering about all the functionality you'd want from a tablet. Today we're examining a tablet in Wacom's higher-end line—the USB Intuos 9" x 12".

I've had my hands on this review unit for a little more than a week, and I've already fallen in love with it. This is a serious professional tool for artists and designers, one that offers even more pressure sensitivity and features for any graphics situation, whether 2D or 3D. Let's take a look at what it does.

On the surface
The advantages of the Intuos 9" x 12" on the surface are, of course, quite obvious: You get a whole lot of tablet acreage to work with. Its active area is about the same size as the viewable area of a 17" monitor, so you don't need to worry about running out of tablet while you're in the middle of a brush stroke.

The Wacom Control Panel lets you set parameters
for each individual tablet and tool.

For those who like to kick back when they draw, the Intuos also includes a number of function key equivalents right on the tablet. There are 11 presets for editing functions (cut, copy, paste, undo, etc.); five blank buttons; and six tablet-specific buttons for adjusting pressure sensitivity and toggling between mouse mode, pen mode and "quick point" mode. All of the buttons are programmable via the Wacom Tablet Control Panel.

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