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Review: Intuos3 Tablet from Wacom
July 8, 2005
Author: EscapeYourMind Manufacturer: Wacom
Department: Hardware Model: Intuos3 6x8 PTZ-630
Article Type: Review Time Spent: 1 month
 
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Introduction




The human compulsion to create a visual record of our experiences and emotions can be traced back to earliest man and his crude cave paintings. Evolution has led us from the Dark Age to the Digital Age, yet our need to create is unabated. Our tools for creation have also evolved, and today we will be looking at the digital equivalent of pencil and paper—paint and canvas—the Intuos3 tablet from Wacom.

The Intuos3 is the latest in a long line of high quality tablets from Wacom. It sports a new modern industrial design that includes a gray back-painted transparent surface, matte-finish active area, and built-in palm rest with tapered sides to make it not only elegant, but comfortable as well. The Intuos series has many advantages over the Graphire series such as larger sizes, two times the levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt features, and much more. The Intuos3 also makes some improvements to the former leader, Intuos2, with an increase in coordinate resolution, the addition of touch strips and express keys, and an updated software bundle.

The Intuos3 that we are reviewing today is the middle of the road 6x8 version which is flanked by the 4x5 and 9x12 versions. Each has the same features with the exceptions that the tablet and active area are larger, and on the 4x5 version there is only one set of express keys and a touch strip.


Specifications
 
Coordinate resolution
200 lpmm (5080 lpi)
Pen accuracy
+/- 0.25mm (0.010 in)
Mouse accuracy
+/- 0.5mm (0.020 in)
Tilt range
+/- 60 degrees
Maximum reading height
6mm (0.25 in)
Maximum report rate
200 points per second
Pressure sensitivity
1024 levels
Touch strip
Yes
Express keys
Yes
Sizes
4x5 (A6),6x8 (A5),9x12 (A4)
Communication interface
USB
Cable length
2.5m (8.2ft)
Software bundle
Photoshop Elements 3, Painter Essentials 2, nik Color Efex Pro 2 IE, Wacom Brushes 2
Active area (W x D)
203.2 x 152.4 mm (8.0 x 6.0 in)
Physical size (W x D x H)
345.0 x 261.5 x 12.0mm (13.6 x 10.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight
approx. 1 kg (2.2lb)
Price
$329.95
 
Features


Looking at the specifications, it is clear that the developers at Wacom do not joke around when it comes to packing in the features. The tablet, along with its new design, includes express keys and an innovative touch strip which Wacom is calling their new non-dominant-hand capabilities—fancy words—with a lot of function. This allows you to draw freely with one hand while using the ExpressKeys and Touch Strip to control the application with the other hand.

Continuing with Wacom tradition, neither the pen or mouse need batteries or cords—allowing for a hassle-free work environment. Every inch of the tablet has been designed with comfort and usability in mind. The tablet, pen, and mouse are all ambidextrous—allowing both right and left handed users to take full advantage of their features. The Intuos3 grip pen has a larger grip area for comfort and comes with a conical two-way pen stand to keep the pen from sustaining any undue damage. The mouse that comes with the Intuos3 is a 5-button mouse that doesn’t rely on a ball or optics.

Additionally, the tablet comes with a very nice bundle of software which contains Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, nik Color Efex Pro 2 IE by nik multimedia, Painter Essentials 2 by Corel, and Wacom Brushes 2.


 
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