It's been just a little over a year when Wacom announced their 3rd Generation of professional pen tablets, the Intuous3. Touch Strips and ExpressKeys received much praise from Wacom users and today, are still considered one of the most valued additions to the Intuos3 line. Since 1983, Wacom has accumulated a worldwide base of over 2,000,000 users. In the human-computer interface sector, this is not easily achieved. You have to make a product where people will be using the product hour after hour, day after day, year after year, and be sure the product is intuitive and comfortable to use.
If the above wasn't enough of a challenge, improvements in the performance of the product need to be continuously updated to match current computer devices, and having several offerings for various levels and styles of users, whether they be photographers, graphic artists, or an entry-level user who is exploring alternatives. As you can probably understand, there is a reason why Wacom is the uttered word whenever someone mentions a graphic pen tablet.
To really appreciate what a Wacom pen tablet can do for you, and how it can change the way you view and interact with your digital world, whether it be photography, graphic design, or just someone who is looking for an alternative to keyboarding, a personal inventory of sorts needs to be recognized. Do you want to work faster? Do you want to work "smarter" in your graphics applications and day-to-day routine tasks? Would you like to be more comfortable while you work?
The Wacom Intuous3 6x8
Wacom's Intuous3 line consists of three professional pen tablets: 4x5, 6x8, and 9x12 sizes are offered. Wacom still supports and produces the Intuos2 12x12 and the 12x18 tablets in case you are considering specific CAD applications or specicialized artistic essentials.
To get an idea of what Intuos3 version would be more suited for you, Wacom has an online questionnaire. Simply go to Wacom's TabletWizard page, answer a few questions relating to your particular needs.
Another alternative is to visit the Tablet Differences page. You can easily view up to three Wacom pen tablets, giving you an overview comparison between them and the major differences. This is very helpful, and I recommend taking advantage of it after you take the questionnaire.
In this DigitalDingus review, the 6x8 version will be discussed. The Intuos3 6x8 is the most commonly used size, recommened for a wide variety of photographic interests and graphics editing. I took the questionnaire on Wacom's website and they recommended the 9x12 version due to my 21" monitor size, but I must comment that I have been using the 6x8 over the past week with no apparent difficulties. So, if you think you may need the 9x12 version because of your large monitor size, but cannot swallow the $400 price tag, I recommend the $300 6x8 version without hindrance.