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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [07.13.05]
Manufactured by: Wacom



An early pioneer in the industry, the Wacom name has become THE product to have when it comes to digital art tablets. Traditionally used in the art world, their tablets have also made a substantial impact on the digital world. As digital imaging has gotten popular, Wacom products have been there every step of the way.

The products themselves can be broken into three distinct lines. Firstly, there is the Graphire series which are aimed squarely at the mass consumer market. At the other end of the price spectrum is the Cintiq line of products which is a pressure sensitive LCD display. Finally, we have the Intuos line which is what we'll be looking at today. The line comes in various sizes, but a fairly common one is the 6 x 8" model which is what we'll be looking at.

The Intuos3 line is the third generation iteration of the Intuos line and offers substantial improvements over the Intuos2 line most notable of which is a two-fold increase in the resolution of the tablet (from 100 lines per mm in the Intuos 2 to 200 lines per mm).

We'll get into other new features as we go along. As an added bonus, we happen to have the original Intuos as well so a little comparison will be in order to see just how far the Intuos line has progressed over the years.

Finally, we also recieved Wacom's new 6d pen along with the tablet so we'll be taking a closer look at that to see how well it works in the real world. It's certainly an interesting product so we'll see how big an impact it can make on one's workflow.

The price of the 4x5 Intuos 3 ranges from about $180-226. Comparatively, the consumer-level Grapphire3 4x5 can be found as low as $80.

When you look at the differences between the two though, you may be convinced to go with the more expensive Intuos... Just read the rest of our review for more info.

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