Review: Wacom Intuos Wireless (CTL-4100WL)

Entry-level Expert

 The refreshed Wacom Intuos is sleek and clean with four Expresskey buttons along the top-most edge of the tablet. The active surface of the tablet is the same as previous versions but the tablet itself has a smaller footprint and lighter weight. Wireless battery life has also seen a 60% improvement compared to previous models. The tablet also comes bundled with free software such as Corel Painter Essentials 6, Corel Aftershot 3 and Clip Studio Paint Pro depending on which model was purchased. All this makes for a compelling entry-level bundle for any budding creative person.

Performance

 The tablet setup is as simple as plugging in the USB cable or connecting it via Bluetooth. Driver installation was a breeze and it didn’t take me long before I was taking the tablet for a test drive. First impressions were great as the tablet surface felt smooth and the Expresskeys produced a satisfactory click when pressed. In terms of how the pen felt during use, it felt very responsive and comfortable in my hand. I can’t draw to save my life, but I’ve been using tablets for creative applications such as DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Lightroom where I’ve had to trace things; despite the Wacom Intuos being smaller than most of the tablets I used in recent years, it still felt solid and accurate in my hand. The smaller profile of the tablet also means that the transition between work surface and tablet isn’t as noticeable either.

The Wacom Experience

 The Wacom Intuos pen tablet comes with what I call the Wacom experience, it has all ergonomics and mindfulness you would expect from a Japanese company with customizable settings aplenty but ready-to-use straight from the box. You have a broad selection of applications to choose from and there is a wonderful sense of polish you get from Wacom that you don’t get with other pen tablet manufacturers.

(Text by: Amir Othman)

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