Wacom used the 2009 Photoshop World Boston Keynote to officially introduce the new Intuos 4 line of tablets. There had been sightings of the new tablet and even a early review but no official word from Wacom until yesterday.
This new tablet feature 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 60 degrees of tilt recognition, six Express Keys on the small and eight ExpressKeys and the medium, large and extra large sizes with an illuminated ExpressKey displays that provide easy reference to your assigned functions. The prices for the new tablets range from $229 for the small to $789 for the extra large. There is a great chart showing the differences between the various sizes. You can see it HERE.
While those prices might seem high, the extras bundled with the tablet make it a really good deal.
When you buy Intuos 4 you can choose to download several creative applications, two different plug-ins that give you additional brush tools and photo effects in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (Nik Color Efex Pro WE6 and Wacom Brushes 3.0) You can also chose two applications from a selection of three applications. These are Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows or 6 for Mac, Autodesk Sketchbook Express 2010 and Corel Painter Sketch Pad.
Thats a hell of a deal. Along with software you also get the following:
- Intuos 4 pen tablet
- Intuos 4 Grip Pen
- Intuos 4 mouse
- Pen stand
- Ten replacement nibs (five standard nibs, one flex nib, one stroke nib, and three hard felt nibs)
- Nib extractor
- 5′ USB cable (6′ for the large & Extra Large sizes)
- Quick Start Guide
- Installation CD (includes tablet driver software and electronic user manual)
And the new pen holder / nib storage looks great and it means i won’t have to hunt in a drawer for nibs any more.
I hope to be able to give a hands on review of the new tablet soon.
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