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Wacom Intuos3 6x8
Conclusion
October 14, 2005
Introduction The Intuos3 ExpressKeys & Touch Strips Pen & Mouse Software Bundle
Tutorials Intuos3 Exercises (Part 1) Intuos3 Exercises (Part 2) Intuos3 Exercises (Part 3)
How Do They Do That? Specifications Conclusion


Pros
  • Pen-to-tablet-to-monitor positionining is extremely accurate
  • Pen-to-tablet-to-monitor re-positionining is very quick
  • Software installation routine proceeded very smoothly
  • A wealth of information on the CD--take advantage of it
  • Application-specific settings for Pen and Mouse
  • Numerous and virtually endless combinations of settings for Pen and Mouse
  • Tutorials for maximizing the Intuos3 pen tablet efficiency
  • A rugged tablet design, made to last
  • Ability to "hover" above the tablet with the pen and still be in control
  • Very lightweight and comfortable pen
  • Mouse is comfortable to use
  • Generous USB cord length (8ft+)
  • Pressure sensitivity is the best I've experienced
  • Image editing applications will benefit instantaneously
  • Very comfortable design
  • Low-profile tablet is quite thin compared to other tablets and is great for smaller working spaces
  • Tablet "ON" Indicator light (lets you know if you're getting power to the tablet)
Cons
  • Mouse could be more accurate
Photographers should be using the Intuos3. I can't say it in any other way. Your editing time will be cut to fractions of what you are normally expending. Your image processing itself will resemble your style and creative touch, rather than a program's interpretation of what it thinks you intended for it to look like. Just for this ability to improve my workflow of processing images alone, I give the Intuos3, a

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Even if you have two left thumbs, you can draw much more easily and accurately than with your mouse that's currently sitting next to your keyboard. I wanted to put myself to the test (and Wacom), and see if this was the case. Within only a few days, I started to draw more "freely" than ever before. It took a few trials of getting used to the pen, but it was certainly much more efficient in accurately tracking my hand movements than the mouse I currently own (MS IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0 USB). A mouse has its place--but for graphics editing, a digital pen tablet is better. I probably could have made the illustrations shown in this review within a few hours, come to think of it. For somebody who's never really taken up drawing before, just imagine what an Intuos3 can do for someone (maybe even yourself) who has experience and talent.

As you can see from the above Pros and Cons, I only had one issue with the mouse. Considering it's probably a courtesy inclusion with the Intuos3, and is not a required item for the tablet, it's a non-issue.

Finally, if you're just a computer user who's looking for an alternative to clicking a mouse, the Intuos3 is also for you. Come to think of it, I can't see a reason why anyone who owns a computer wouldn't need an Intuos3. It should be next to your keyboard and mouse.


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