The Intuos pen supports 1,024 levels of pressure, pressure erasing and tilt. It also sports two programmable buttons for right clicking, click locking, etc. Other pens, including an airbrush, are available for purchase separately.
The pen also supports tilting for directional spraying in certain applications, such as Synthetik Studio Artist. I don't know exactly how many degrees of tilt the pen supports, but I was unable to discover any limitations. I could rotate the pen from end to end, and it seemed to follow my movements perfectly. It also supports a full 1,024 levels of pressure even while tilted.
The Intuos also ships with a cordless, battery-free mouse that can do significantly more than the mouse that ships with the low-end Graphire tablets. It has five programmable top buttons and a side-mounted thumbwheel, which can be used to scroll, apply pressure or operate in 15-button mode. (The thumbwheel, incidentally, can be configured for left- or right-handed use.) The mouse is designed for use with 3D applications, providing x, y and z input. And, since the Intuos line can accept input from multiple devices, you can, for example, use the mouse to rotate an object while you use the pen to paint on it.
It also ships with a software suite that includes Photoshop LE, Painter and some productivity tools.
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