User Experience 
Of course, the new Intuos 4 doesn’t just feature changes in product design, the usual host of technological upgrades are all present; it utilizes 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, twice what is available on Intuos 3 as well as the new tip sensor which allows a much lighter feel with a starting pressure of 1g. While the technical figures are all mighty impressive on paper, you do actually feel the difference. You are able to draw smoother curves and and also have a greater variance in your line that you draw. The product design all start to add up and suddenly you find using the Express Keys and Touch Ring to be all second in nature. 
 
Setting up tablet can be a bit clunky, depending on how far you want to customize the radial menus and the application specific Express Keys and so on. Its certainly possible to map a large chunk of hot keys and functions onto the tablet but since most of the hotkeys are already available on the keyboard and its not likely that I will be removing my keyboard anytime soon; I just leave the settings largely as default.  

Conclusion 
Wacom has always been at the top of their game and their latest offering certainly proved that they haven’t been resting on their laurels. It was certainly gratifying to see that they have paid attention to their users’ feedback and fixed all the irritating nitty gritty details that plagued the previous model while at the same time making room for technological improvements.  
 
For professional use, there is no other better alternative except (maybe) for the Cintiq. As a new purchase, its a no-brainer. New users might want to consider other ranges such as Bamboo in order to gauge the extent of how much utility a graphics tablet is going to provide. But as for upgrading? The Intuos 4 doesn’t exactly come for pocket change and while it performs hands down better than the Intuos 3, its price tag of SGD 599 for a medium-sized tablet will give anyone pause. To be fair, it will really have to boil down to your personal budget and how much you value the additional features.

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Score

 

Ergonomics/Aesthetics

 

A sleek professional equipment with a classy all-black outfit. Pity there isn’t any other colours to choose from, but at least black goes with anything.

 

8.2

 

Performance

 

Technically its boasts the most superior specifications seen in its class and its performance reflects this.

 

9.5

 

Features

 

Highly comprehensive, Wacom has really done its work in its product design. The Touch Ring and Express Keys are well thought out and executed and basically that is what you are going to need. Overall the list of things that you wish the Wacom have incorporated into Intuos 4 is not going to be too long.

 

8.5

 

Usability

 

For new users, it could take a while to get used to using one but it wouldn’t take too long. Veteran users would have almost no problems adapting to the new table. The interface of its customize screen is not the most user friendly software but neither is it the entrance exam to MENSA.

 

8.3

 

Price/Package

 

If you are a professional, there are unfortunately not a lot of alternatives that you can compare with. On the other hand, thanks to its snazzy features it will improve your work flow by quite a bit and the sticker price is pretty decent for what you are getting.

 

8

 

 Overall  

 8.5