Wacom has announced an updated version of Intuos Pro Small, a compact wireless drawing tablet designed for portability. The Intuos Pro Small is the latest in the Intuos Pro line to get a design update; the medium and large sizes were re-launched a few years ago with thinner bevels and an updated stylus, the Pro Pen 2, which has 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity.
At $ 249, the Intuos Pro Small is more affordable than the medium-sized tablets at $ 379 and the larger ones at $ 499. The design is almost identical, too. The only difference with the Intuos Pro Small is that it has two ExpressKeys less than the Medium and Large sizes. It also does not offer the possibility of exchanging texture sheets, allowing artists to customize the feel of the tablet's surface, depending on whether they like a softer or rougher texture. The texture of the surface with which it comes feels very good, with the slightest resistance to make the canvas feel natural with the pencil.
The tablet is smaller than the previous model, but offers a larger active area, with a size of 10.6 x 6.7 inches, with an active area of 6.3 x 3.9 inches. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to Mac and PC, but can connect via USB-C when you need to charge the tablet. It comes with the Pro Pen 2 (which does not need to be charged, like all Wacom pens), and is compatible with the Pro Pen 3D and the Pro Pen Slim, which was launched earlier this year.
The Intuos Pro Small also has touch controls, so you can pinch to enlarge or use two fingers to rotate the canvas. It has the same responsiveness as touch controls on an iPad, and touch settings can be turned on and off with a physical switch on the side of the tablet. The ExpressKeys on the side of the tablet can be customized with shortcuts, and the touch ring can be used to do things like zoom and adjust brush sizes.
Compared to Wacom's Intuos introductory tablets for beginners, which cost $ 99 for the small tablet with Bluetooth, the Intuos Pro Small is aimed at professional and self-employed artists who want to take their tools wherever they go. It gives artists all the features that the larger Intuos Pro tablets have, but now, it's in a portable form, about the size of a laptop.