Wacom Intuos3 4x5 Tablet
Manufacturer: Wacom Technology Corp. Part number: PTZ-430
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price range: $67.99
- Reviewed by: Felisa Yang
- Edited by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 11/08/2004
- Released on: 09/08/2004
The good: Digital pen has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity; easy and intuitive to use; customizable buttons.
The bad: Expensive; the small 4x5 model doesn't have a large enough work space for the mouse.
The bottom line: Its $200-plus price tag might surprise you, but Wacom's new Intuos3 Tablet makes it easy for anyone to draw or write accurately on a computer.
Graphics and Mouse Capabilities in one
Pros: The pen is great and so is the tablet. The pen can be overly sensitive if not adjusted. The sensivitiy can easily be adjusted to personal taste via the software included. Long USB cord allows for flexibility in comfortably locating the tablet.
Cons: There are much better wireless mice on the market. I would not buy this product for the mouse. Look at it as freebee... not worth much more than that.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
a mouse? who needs it.. :)
Pros: i have the 9 x 12 (A4) version; it's bulky, but it's really precise, and easy to use. i had a Wacom PenPartner 4x5 for 5 years, but this is a definite improvement!
Cons: a little pricey, but i can write it off, and even have an extra tax-deduction for investing in ergonomics (Netherlands)
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
A truly worthwhile investment even in 2008
by aperry218 on April 17, 2008
Pros: Long USB cable, great software package, comfy pen and programable buttons on the pad.
Cons: Useless mouse, no replacement accessories.
Summary: For the price this product is still top of the line. I prefer it for my digital painting and artwork over other stuff out there. My model is a 6x8 ...
Summary: For the price this product is still top of the line. I prefer it for my digital painting and artwork over other stuff out there. My model is a 6x8 07 created, and it still holds up as a top of the line product in 08.
The USB cable is very lengthy, i can recline my chair and sit back several feet from my monitor and use the product comfortably. The software included in the package is no CS3, but you'd be surprised with the great compositions you could still come up with. Typically one things, eww bundled software sucks, not the case here. If you'd like proof check out deviantart dot come and do a keyword search for painter essentials (you'll simply be impressed). I went purchased painterX before the pad, if I didn't need the software for class, I would have been completely satisfied with the software provided.
The pen on the surface doesn't have the gritty feel that I prefer, but it's still a great product. You're given a couple tips for different feel and honestly, until they make a paint brush stylus this will simply have to do.
Between the programmable buttons on the pen to the ones on the pad, you really can do anything you need to.
The mouse. If you really feel that you can't use the pen as a mouse (it does everything you need a mouse to do), then use the mouse provided. I prefer not to, to keep my drawing surface clean and debris free. If you HAVE to have a mouse, get a cheap 3-10 dollar usb mouse elsewhere. As I've said though, the pen is a completely functional mouse. Anyone that can move a pencil over a piece of paper without touching either, will not have a problem using it as a mouse. Unless I suddenly need to use the mouse for prolonged periods of time, I prefer the pen over my mouse: it's already in my hand, it's a completely functional mouse, and if you sit back in a reclined pose and draw like I do, it's just faster.
Some people that have to keep up with the Jones' feel that this product is a low end piece of poo. It's not. Could they slim the pad down? sure. Do they need to? No. Why fix something that's not broken? It's robust as it is, no loose rattling pieces what-so-ever. The tablet is a comfortable sturdy weight. I absolutely love my tablet, I've sampled many others and continue to love Wacom's line of products.
The only downside to the product I find is unavailability of replacement parts in local retail stores (office depot, staples, etc). You are given replacement nibs, but aren't given a replacement screen. I use my tablet a lot (20+hrs a week easily), over the almost year i've had it now, i have a couple knicks on the drawing surface. Nothing deep mind you, just a couple light marks from long strokes (was drawing some scenery outside and a grain of sand happened to come between the pen and the board). Seems the only place you'll get the replacement screens is from wacom or various places online. No biggy really, just a bit of an inconvenience. I've already suggested in user feedback to wacom that they put at least 1 replacement screen.
Other than that, I absolutely love my wacom, as do countless users around the world and in the Deviantart.com community. I hope this review has helped you!
Oh one more thing. The sizes of the tablets... the 6x8 is the middle product for me. 4x5 was a litle small for the type of work i do. Some people prefer the 9x12 er w/e the other models are. If you have to have that 1:1 feel of hand movement and screen movement go bigger, but it's really superfluous. I like how my smaller strokes translate to larger ones should I choose. Wacom makes a quality product and they've hooked me for life ^_^
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best purchase ever!!
by ElayneGreaves on November 22, 2011
Pros: Completed my first cartoon drawing for a newspaper within minutes of plugging the tablet in. Finished a complete cartoon strip without any training or experience,within the hour. I'm using the wide Model PTZ-631W, which is very user friendly.
Cons: Finding the right chair height and wrist angle (working from home) took a while to sort out. Have had no problems with the pen and tablet. Not easy to find replacement pen nibs and usually have to order and wait a few weeks, which is frustrating.
Summary: Would recommend anyone to use it. I bought the tablet when I was just starting out as a cartoonist in 2009 (at age 63) and wanted to go paper-free. The ...
Summary: Would recommend anyone to use it. I bought the tablet when I was just starting out as a cartoonist in 2009 (at age 63) and wanted to go paper-free. The Wacom tablet was suggested to me by my friendly computer guy in the local computer shop. Have so far saved $$$$$$$$ on art paper, pencils, pen and ink, and most important - time! - producing professional artwork in a fraction of the time. Very happy.
way too thick and outdated
Pros: None really.
Cons: For today's worls of ever thinner laptops and with even PDA's starting to slim down, this is one fat and bulky dinosaur. Some Tablet PC-s are thinner :-) This size and form factor are in particular void since applications which need 1024 levels of gray al
3 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Wacom Technology Corp.
- Part number: PTZ-430
- Description: Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and over 100 other leading software applications. Intuos pen tablets use Wacom's Penabled technology to give you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology. You'll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity. Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It's an easy and natural way to work. It's easy to use a pen tablet because every point on the tablet has a matching point on the screen. When you move your pen over the tablet the cursor moves in precisely the same way on the screen. Where you touch your pen tip to the tablet is where you click. The Intuos3 Grip Pen gives you the power of pressure-sensitive control. Pressure sensitivity lets you control your software tools by changing how hard you press the pen tip to the tablet surface. Using pressure sensitivity you can dynamically control things like brush size, opacity, and more.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Width 9.4 in
- Depth 8.5 in
- Height 0.5 in
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Interface USB
- Movement Detection Technology Electromagnetic
- Movement Resolution 5080 dpi
- Pressure Levels 1024
- Active Area 5 in x 4 in
- Features Programmable buttons ,
Scrolling wheel ,
Pressure sensitive pen ,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities,
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
- OS Required Apple MacOS 9.2.2 or later,
Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP,
Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later
- Peripheral / Interface Devices XGA monitor
- System Requirements Details MacOS 9.2.2 or later - PowerPC G3 - RAM 128 MB,
MacOS X 10.2 or later - PowerPC G3 - RAM 128 MB,
Windows 2000/XP - Pentium - 200 MHz - RAM 128 MB
- Type None
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