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Pen tablets are an awesome invention. I don’t mean those tiny pads you use to sign electronic documents at the bank (although those are nice too). I mean the serious, professional models that artists use to create mind-blowing paintings and conjure Photoshop magic. They are pressure-sensitive, sense the angle at which you’re holding the pen, and are generally a huge step up from the mouse or trackpad when trying to create artwork using a computer.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to receive a Wacom Intuos5 touch Small pen tablet. This is my second Wacom tablet, after an ancient model originally bought around 4-5 years ago. The advances in tablet technology are very noticeable, and the included software feels refined and intuitive. Simply speaking, this is a new generation of tablets, and you can read all about it below.

We will be giving away a brand-new Wacom Intuos5 touch Small tablet to a lucky winner, so if you’d like to have a chance at winning it, just join the giveaway after the review.

Introduction

wacom intuos5 review

The Wacom Intuos5 touch Small retails for $229 and has an active area of 157mm x 98mm (6.2” x 3.9”). It is one of three models in the Intuos5 series, the other two being the Medium ($349, 224mm x 140mm) and the Large ($469, 325mm x 203mm). All three Intuos5 models support an optional wireless accessory kit that allows them to be used without cables, but today I will be reviewing the base configuration without the wireless kit.

In terms of products from other companies, I must say there are not many viable alternatives to Wacom. Genius offers a number of pen tablets, such as the MousePen i608x retailing for $70 and aimed at occasional users, and the G-Pen M712X for $170, aimed at professional artists and designers (the same market the Intuos5 is targeting). The pro model G-Pen has a resolution of 4,000 LPI (lines per inch), significantly less than the 5,080 LPI offered by the Intuos5. It also offers only 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, while the Intuos5 supports 2048 levels of sensitivity. While specs often don’t tell the whole story, they do count for something – and the top-of-the-line model from Genius does not match the Intuos5 by the numbers. Then again, it also retails for $59 less than the Wacom and has a larger working area than the small Intuos5 model (304mm x 184mm).

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What’s In The Box?

wacom intuos5 review

The Intuos5 ships with a touch-sensitive pen and a pen stand which opens to reveal ten replacement nibs:

wacom intuos5 review

Oh, and there’s also a USB cable: Mentioning it seems silly at first, but it’s actually very good: It is two meters long (meaning, super-long), and features a custom-made Mini USB connector on the tablet side. The cable exits the connector from the side, and the connector contains a little holder into which you can slot the cable, to reverse its direction. This image should make things clearer:

wacom intuos5 review

The included pen stand feels sturdy, and should look lovely on most desks. The pen fits into it vertically, and can also lie across it in a molded groove as shown above.

Design

wacom intuos5 tablet review

In a word, the Intuos5 is gorgeous. The first thing I noticed is that the Intuos5 is completely blank: There isn’t a single label on the tablet’s face. Not a single button is visually marked, and even the Wacom logo is embossed. The tiny dots of color are actually indication LEDs. I find that brilliant: Since you will be touching the tablet all the time, any ink markings might wear off. Not using any labels ensures the tablet always looks at its best.

There are markings though, as you can see above: These are tactile bumps on key buttons. Like the primary work surface, the buttons are pressure-sensitive: Rest your finger lightly on a button, and a semi-transparent on-screen legend pops up. Apply a bit more pressure, and the button will activate. The on-screen legend is brilliant, because you don’t have to take your eyes off the screen to find the button you are looking for.

wacom intuos5 tablet review

Operation and Customization

The very first thing you should know about working with the Intuos5 is that it supports both pen and touch input, and that it is actually multi-touch. So if you think Apple’s Magic Trackpad is cool, you should really look at what the Intuos5 can do. It’s like a huge Magic Trackpad on steroids, with state-of-the-art pen support. It’s all customizable, too:

wacom intuos5 tablet review

Pressing the Settings button on the tablet pops up a full-screen overlay showing all current settings at a glance, and allowing you to change anything you need. For example, to re-bind one of the action buttons, just move the mouse cursor over to it and tap (or click):

wacom intuos5 tablet review

This will pop open the Wacom Tablet Properties dialog, which has a more sedate interface. This is where all the action happens:

wacom intuos5 small tablet review

This powerful dialog lets you change every aspect of the tablet’s behavior. You can freely remap buttons, assigning them with tablet-related actions or arbitrary keystrokes as you see fit. Not only that, but you can tweak and change the tablet’s settings for each individual app you use. For example, one app may use Tab to hide all toolbars, while another may use Escape. With the Wacom Tablet Properties dialog, you can have the same physical tablet button send two different keystrokes, depending on the application you are currently using.

Being left handed, one of the most important settings for me is the left-handed mode: This makes a big difference, because it lets you turn the tablet around so that the buttons are on the right side (for pressing with you right hand), and the work area is on the left, making drawing natural and avoiding accidental button presses. Another important feature of per-app settings is that you can limit the active area:

wacom intuos5 small tablet review

If you have a large desktop work area, being able to constrain the pen to just one window or even one part of the window can help you draw more accurately. Then again, if the tablet itself is too large for you (unlikely on the Small model), you can limit its active surface area.

Wacom didn’t skimp on the multi-touch gestures, and they are numerous:

wacom intuos5 small tablet review

The Standard Gestures tab shows the default gestures, with an animated display that rotates between the different gestures, demonstrating them with simple animations. It’s all here: Rotating, zooming, scrolling, and swiping with multiple fingers. The four-finger swipe is interesting: It triggers Windows’ built-in Alt-Tab dialog, letting you swipe between all active windows. It is easy to use because you don’t have to keep your fingers down: You can let go of the tablet, then swipe again to switch to the next app, and so on.

Living With the Wacom Intuos5

wacom intuos5 small tablet review

The Intuos5 is a precision instrument. While theoretically portable, I wouldn’t just chuck it in a laptop bag with no protection. It doesn’t come with a case, but Wacom does offer a case for it at $25. Also, being a pen tablet, it makes some assumptions about the way you work: For example, you are really supposed to use it with a desk. If you work with a laptop on a bed, or have a custom workstation How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation I work in a tiny apartment, and use two 24” monitors. I needed a workstation that fits into a tiny niche, but can still accommodate me for many hours every day and let me work... Read More that doesn’t have a desk, you are not the user Wacom had in mind when they designed the tablet. I built a shelf just for the Intuos5, which you can see above. That makes it easy to store, but doesn’t help me when using it: I can use it by propping it on my lap, but when I need to work with my keyboard in parallel, things start getting awkward. Even the Small model has a sizable footprint, so expect to dedicate some desk space to the Intuos5.

Another thing to consider is the pen and holder combo: Both pen and holder are finely made, but are not military-grade robust. In other words, if you have cats (I have three), don’t expect to just leave the pen in its holder on your desk or shelf. A curious cat can easily overturn the holder, causing the pen to tumble out, perhaps to the floor. At $70 just for the pen, this is not an accessory you want to absent-mindedly run over with your chair.

At the end of the day, a pen tablet is just an accessory: It’s like a mouse, but much, much fancier. So, just like some applications work great with mice (Web browsers) and others don’t make such great use of them (word processors), the same is true for pen tablets: If you’re mainly creating vector graphics using CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator, you may not get so much mileage out of the Intuos5. But if you use something like Photoshop or Corel Painter to retouch photos, paint with natural media or do other raster work, a high-quality pen tablet makes a big difference even if you’re not a pro (and certainly when you are).

Should You Buy It?

If you have the money, my answer would be an unequivocal yes. I was very impressed with the Intuos5 as a device, in terms of hardware design, human engineering, and bundled customization software. That said, it will not make you an artist overnight, and you do need to set up your workspace so you can easily use it and make sure no harm comes to it. If you are serious about creating digital art, the Intuos5 can take you far.

How do I win the Wacom Intuos5 touch Small Pen Tablet?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

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The giveaway is over. Congratulations, Andy Monroe!

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  1. Tom Bogan
    October 18, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I have a Bamboo and I like it because of the size. It is basically a mouse replacement, but for the money, and expense, I find it OK, but next time out I will go for the 5.

  2. Jana
    August 18, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I'm looking to try and convince my boss to get me one of these for work. I think I'm more likely to be successful if it's the cheaper (ie small) model. From one of your screenshots it looks like you have a dual screen set up. How do you find using the small with your dual screens?

    • Erez Zukerman
      August 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Oh, it's not a problem at all. The tablet itself is sensitive enough, but if I really want to work on a single app, I can just open the tablet's Options dialog and restrict its range of motion. This way, I basically "lock" it into a single window, or even a specific area within that window (say, just the drawing canvas).

      • Jana
        August 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        Thanks, that's really helpful. :)

  3. kaushmc
    July 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

    wow....congratz....

  4. Quebec Twosix
    July 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    yes please .... this should make a wonderful tool to replace a mouse, whilst offering so much more ... thank you

  5. Mila Kun
    July 17, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Has there been any problem in selecting the winner? I was so excited about this...

    • Saikat Basu
      July 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

      The winner should have been selected. Just two days have gone by. Expect to see the announcement at the top of the page soon. Don't worry :)

      • Cristina Torrão
        July 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Sorry, but the winner shouldn't have been selected on June 15th? A month has already passed... not knowing is killing me!

        • Mila Kun
          July 19, 2012 at 1:32 am

          EXACTLY. I'd like to know, even if I wasn't the lucky one :)

        • Ronald Smith
          July 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

          One day we might see the result. Personally, after a whole extra month went by, I gave up looking every day and just decided I'll keep the tab open and look once in awhile. Not really expecting to see anything any time soon either, to be honest. I also have all but completely given up even bothering to enter any of their other giveaways because this is at least #3 this year where nobody's been announced as the winner, even months later.

        • Tina
          July 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

          Well, apologies for the massive delay! The winner has now been selected, it is Andy Monroe.

    • Jackson Chung
      July 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Sorry all, Andy was selected as the winner and we're just finalising the details and he'll be enjoying his brand new Wacom tablet very soon!

      • Ronald Smith
        July 20, 2012 at 3:50 am

        You mean the Reverend? Congrats to him, but I hope he realizes that it's a graphics tablet, for drawing, and not a tablet computer. Seems a lot of people entered and didn't even bother to pay attention to the article or even look up the product online somewhere (like newegg/wacom.com), and thought it was a tablet computer instead. Hopefully it will prove to be a useful tool for his ministry (so long as it's God-based, lol) :)

        • Ronald Smith
          July 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

          Wait, I'm confused now (not about the giveaway, lol). For some reason it appears I'd been entering using my Twitter account (I think?) but now it's finally letting me do so using my Facebook account. This is so confusing and weird and I don't like it... o.O

        • Tina
          July 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

          Ronald,

          Did you log into MakeUseOf using your Facebook account instead of your Twitter account maybe?

        • Ronald Smith
          July 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

          Well, now I'm not sure exactly. What's causing the confusion, is that previously when I'd comment, it would show my user pic that's on my Twitter account. The last comments ( the 2 directly above this one I'm currently typing) had shown up with my Facebook page's user pic, but this is where it really gets weird. Today, they're changed to the other user pic. Also, I think that my Twitter and Facebook accounts are both tied together on my account on here, because my profile info shows all of my posts, all the way back to my very first on this site, ever. I think I've figured it out, but boy howdy can that Disqus thing get confusing! lol

  6. Donna B
    July 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Was a winner announced? Thanks

    • Tina
      July 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Donna,

      The winner has not been announced, yet. It should be soon and you will find the name in the top of this article.

      • DonnaB
        July 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

        Thanks! I thought the contest was over already! I will look

      • emme
        July 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        But has it been selected, at least? :/

  7. Emme
    July 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Has the winner been selected yet? thankss!

    • Tina
      July 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Should have! Will see whether we can post the name, yet.

  8. Kim Paula Guess
    June 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I love to have this pen tablet. I never had one. Great that you have a lot of giveaways! There's still a chance for me to join other giveaways! :)

  9. Alex Shen
    June 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    has the winner been announced yet?

    • Tina
      June 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Alex,

      The winner will be announced shortly. The article will be updated accordingly. You will see an announcement box in the top area of the article.

  10. zug
    June 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Hopefully not to late.

  11. Gerwell Taroma
    June 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    man, i just read a while back that i won the auslogic disk defrag pro last may...now i'm even more excited to winning this touchpad...actually my desktop is prepared for the arrival of this intous5..well my regards to everyone...

  12. Yudono Ra
    June 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    hope to win this one

  13. ReneeDeLaGee ReneeDeLaGee
    June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Ah cool giveaway
    I'm totally in love with my bamboo
    But I always wanted an intuos

  14. Buddhadeb Si
    June 13, 2012 at 4:34 am

    hi.... its gonna be a new experience ...for me .......and of course.... will be needing a little cooperation..........thank you..all

  15. Ronald Smith
    June 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Man oh man oh man oh man oh man, do I ever need to win this thing! I've been desperately needing 1 of these for a long time now and simply just cannot afford to buy even a Wacom Bamboo at the moment. The Intuos 5's are much nicer, and if I were to win 1 of them, I'd be so beyond ecstatic, I'd probably squeal like a girl, lol. I desperately am hoping to win this thing, cuz it would literally change my whole life for the better!

  16. Puneeth
    June 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

    The gadget looks super cool, BTW, Mr. Zukerman a well written review, this is the first post of yours which am reading here.,gotta check your site and also other posts.

  17. Evan Fenner
    June 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Entered the contest! I have a bamboo now, but I'm still hoping.

  18. Anatoli
    June 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I have just one quick question Erez/Tina; how many people usually participate in giveaways? I'm sorry if this has been answered somewhere.

    I'm a fan of statistics, and even if you can't give exact numbers, I'd still like to know if if's like a hundred of 10,000.

  19. laurel burke
    June 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Ahhhh sounds great,, can scribble away [no paper mess} be a nice challenge to learn, help create ,, and be awsome if can use photo;s on it momma mia !!

  20. Oscar Rainford
    June 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Sweet, hope I win, this would be GREAT for school :D

  21. LAHarry
    June 8, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Wacom Intuos5 tablet is new to me. Hope to win 1.
    Tks.

  22. Hassan shah
    June 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Pakistan won the first cricket match beat by srilankan team

  23. Jon Macklin
    June 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    It keeps telling me "The giveaway code you entered was incorrect. Please refresh the page to try again."

    • Tina
      June 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Jon,

      Did you try again? There might have been a temporary issue.

  24. R_Boiii
    June 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    i would love to win this awesome prize it will give me something more to do with Photoshop

  25. Sri Vamsy Gurram
    June 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I am buying a HP Touch Pad. Buy i want this one too :D

  26. Frans
    June 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Looks great

  27. BETTY WILLIAMS
    June 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Looking hopeful.

  28. GamE
    June 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    perfect............

  29. loveimprfection
    June 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I have been collecting Money to Buy this Thing!!! i'll be like the happiest man alive If I win this!!
    I sketch by hand here's my work http://vishaldfreak.deviantart.com m dying to go Digital using this Tablet!!

  30. maxyne baker
    June 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Love to have this to help with illustrations. fingers and toes crossed!

  31. suhel qureshi
    June 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    my hands are trembling to touch this revolution.. this won't stop till i grab it..

  32. John K
    June 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    That's a lovely tablet you you have there. Would you mind if i took it off of your hands? :D

  33. ruang
    June 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    awesome site
    amazing giveaway

  34. Larry Rydel
    June 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

    This would make a great Father's Day gift. A really sharp looking tablet.

  35. gerwell
    June 6, 2012 at 4:05 am

    i hope it'll be mine now..

  36. Rudy Yapp
    June 6, 2012 at 2:06 am

    great if able to own one!

  37. Rhonda
    June 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    It looks fantastic. My artistic daughter would just love it.

  38. velomac
    June 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    What are the minimum system requirements for the Intuos5? With what Mac & Linux systems will it work? (The screen shots appear to be from a Windows OS.)

    • Erez Zukerman
      June 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

      Hi there,

      The screenshots were indeed taken on Windows. Wacom lists the following system requirements on the product page:

      Windows 7 SP1+, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, Mac OSX 10.5.8+ (with Intel Processor), USB port, color display, CD/DVD drive, and internet access.

      Linux is not listed, so it is not officially supported.

  39. saad
    June 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    so is sharing i.e. step 2 a must?

    • Shahriar
      June 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      it would be nice if i could get one. :) :D :D

    • Tina
      June 6, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Yes, step 2 is required.

  40. Shehan Nirmal
    June 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is AWESOME...!!!

  41. Susan
    June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I have a Wacom tablet that is about 5 years old. It is great with Photoshop and Illustrator--it has changed the way I make art.

  42. Nahla
    June 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    hope i win! =)

  43. Nahla
    June 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Hope I win!

  44. Steve
    June 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Send it!

  45. CISNEROS RAYMOND
    June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I like you're treat to everyone and I'm hoping to win this I just want this so badly!

  46. CISNEROS RAYMOND
    June 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I love you're treats to everybody I'm hoping to win this I like this so badly!

  47. Mike
    June 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Very nice, indeed. Wacom tablets are the best. This particular model seems to have a ton of great features. I'd love to have one and I hope to win, as I'm getting started in web graphics design. Would be nice to have the right tool to hit the ground running with.

  48. Anatoly
    June 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I very much want to win!

  49. Don
    June 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Best of luck to everyone. ~D

  50. Taheri Hamza
    June 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I really need a tablet for my projects but I'm broke as hell.
    I hope I will win this!!!

  51. Jeffrey John Imutan
    June 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Yey! I'm in

  52. Kenneth Holmes
    June 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

    brill can i have get it in uk

  53. craines
    June 5, 2012 at 7:46 am

    A wonderful giveaway and opportunity from a great site. This would be so much easier than using my mouse to work with graphics and photos! Being a "lefty" myself it isn't always so easy to find things compatible and many times left handed persons need to make adjustments...or just get used to using right handed items. It's great to see this is easily used by both.

    Good luck to everyone that enters this great giveaway!

  54. rahrid
    June 5, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Makeuseof has always been great and would continue to be great. Thanks Makeuseof crew.

  55. Sonia Wi
    June 5, 2012 at 5:29 am

    This has my name written all over it!

  56. Nicole K
    June 5, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Awesome giveaway! This would really help with editing!

  57. Adam van der Walt
    June 5, 2012 at 5:10 am

    have not one anything as yet

  58. Adam van der Walt
    June 5, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I use the genius 508 , it is not so precise would love this one thanks

  59. Adam van der Walt
    June 5, 2012 at 5:06 am

    The Tablet looks awesome I am currently using a genius 508 ,I would love to give it a try.

  60. Abhishek Kumar Singh
    June 5, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Keepin' my fingers crossed

  61. Abhishek Kumar Singh
    June 5, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Keeping my fingers crossed...

  62. David Czernik
    June 5, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Star Trek is alive and well and writes on magic tablets

  63. MT C
    June 5, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Was checking Amazon on this and they list all three models, small, medium and large. I am seriously interested in obtaining one and my question is: what are the advantages of the larger sizes? Is it just more distance on the pad to move to increase precision or what?

  64. David Czernik
    June 5, 2012 at 4:22 am

    star trek is alive and well in the tablet genre

  65. Carl T. Cout
    June 5, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Just hurry up and send it to me, before I order one!

    MT C

  66. Hondro
    June 5, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Hopefully can win this time.
    Thanks.

  67. peter
    June 5, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Seems to be a very useful item!

  68. Joe Tully
    June 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I don't understand your contest. Where is the explanation? Did I enter?

    • Tina
      June 6, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      The instructions are at the bottom of the article. There are two steps. See above for details. Good luck!

  69. EungShik Kim
    June 5, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Coooooool!

  70. Sarawjeet
    June 5, 2012 at 12:52 am

    June 15th? That's my birthday! What a wonderful birthday present that would be!

  71. Mike
    June 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Hope I win!

  72. Kenny Hakins
    June 5, 2012 at 12:46 am

    This woul be pretty neat to have.

  73. Rhealyn de Leon
    June 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

    hope to win this! : ) This is my dream gadget.

  74. Sandi C
    June 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    This tablet would also be great to use for digital embroidery design & editing!

  75. WayAce King
    June 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Boy I hope I win this as it loos like a real great prize thanks MakeUseOf for the chance of winning this..

  76. Ali Lou
    June 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Wow is great giveaway, would love one of these. :)

  77. F.Klaassen
    June 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Heel mooi hanteerbaar gadget

  78. N Beck
    June 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    This tablet looks great. I like to draw, write etc, This is a geat tablet for drawing cartoons, This is funny, my 12 years grandson draws cartoons for several years now, this can make his drawings perfect with practice. Grrrrreat! thank you.

  79. kenia
    June 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks, gl everybody =]

  80. Ron
    June 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    If I get one of these I would have to win it because I certainly don't have the money to buy one but I don't think my luck is that good:)

  81. Tom Steenhuysen
    June 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    MUO is truly a site that gives back a lot.
    Well done guys!

  82. Juanita
    June 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    We got our 11 year old daughter a Wacom Bamboo tablet, and she loves it. She uses it all the time (scared it might be a passing fad). Excellent for Photoshop or any graphics program.

  83. Dave
    June 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    As Good as it gets!

  84. Frank
    June 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Need for new business starting up.

  85. Frank
    June 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    NEED THIS FOR MY NEW BUSINESS.

  86. IGlen
    June 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I'd like to do some photo editing, and this thing looks like it would help allot.

  87. kathleen
    June 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I've used Wacom tablets for years to keep carpal tunnel under control. It's a great mouse alternative

  88. celeron504
    June 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Great Giveaway!

  89. John Roswell Yujuico
    June 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    yes yes yes

  90. John Roswell Yujuico
    June 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    thanks for picking my entry, just send it to me NOW

  91. Kenneth Edwards
    June 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Wacom's rock! I've had the "ArtzPad II", the "Graphire 3" and am currently using an "Intuos 4" (all small, I'm not made of money). I've even made a custom mount for my "Intuos 4" next to my keyboard that folds up and down over my mouse pad area to give me a proper working angle, cause they will take up some desk space (11"x7.75" for the Intuos 4 small) and for myself it's a little awkward using it laying flat.

    I can't and won't work without one. Cannot be beat for graphic design work and photo retouching.

    • Alieu Bangura
      June 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      It nice and fantastic

  92. Mike Cooke
    June 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Fingers Crossed.

  93. Debbie
    June 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    This would be such an awesome win. I enter every contest, giveaway i can but havent won anything yet.

  94. Doreen
    June 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! Perfect addition to my Mac.

  95. Deborah Krall
    June 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This great tablet would be useful for me in so many ways!

  96. Echo
    June 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I too would love to be the winning recipient of this Tablet. I feel It would aid me considerably in achieving my personal and business Art goals better. Best wishes to everyone! ~ :) Echo

  97. Joel Wikhammer
    June 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Why Not Win it

  98. Joel Wikhammer
    June 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    win a tablet

  99. David Brailsford
    June 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    The code I was emailed won't work ><

    • Tina
      June 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      David,

      Did you try again? Maybe there was a temporary issue with the site.

  100. Henree Arriola de Garcia
    June 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Coolest news, site reviews, apps and giveaways.

  101. Dave Rimmer
    June 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Working now must have been to busy, Liked, Tweeted and +1 great giveaway count me in for this and thanks. Great review this sounds brill.

  102. Fritz
    June 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Would love to play with this tablet.

  103. Julie Nichelson
    June 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hope I win!

  104. Julie Nichelson
    June 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Hope I win :0)

  105. Jean landry
    June 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    i'd like to try one of them.It looks interesting.

  106. Harold Craig
    June 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    ok i missed the spam check, if i did'nt speak english how counld i read it..
    but i like to win, to check it out

  107. Harold Craig
    June 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    i like to test this out

  108. Daniel Pettinger
    June 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Would love to win this! Currently use a wacom bamboo pen (A6 or A5) which is a little small for me. I like a larger drawing area (large strokes for large lines, not small strokes for large lines)

  109. Lexy Page
    June 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    This is a GREAT tablet! An awesome giveaway - really nice piece of technology to have! Thanks MakeUseOf for giving us a chance to win this tablet!

  110. Dave
    June 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Keep getting The connection was reset, will try later.

  111. Xanaduzer
    June 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    It IS an awesome tablet!

  112. German Rodriguez
    June 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I really could use this tablet upgrade!

  113. Mike
    June 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Veeerrry cool!

  114. Rev. Andrew Ramjohn
    June 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  115. Ravinder Putta
    June 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Hope i win this :-)

  116. Rev. Andrew Ramjohn
    June 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Well, as a Reverend, I have never 'entered' any kind of giveaway but I love this app. Would be a great tool for the ministry.

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

  117. Advait Murudkar
    June 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I want to be a animator and I have a depp interest in photography ..I edit my photos alot.. and it would be a lovely gift for my animation and photography career.

    Thank you.

  118. Sarathy
    June 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    It is really innovative having dual options and looks really solid...

  119. Sarathy
    June 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    really innovative having dual options and looks really solid...

  120. terieron
    June 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Great giveaway.Thanks

  121. Ignacio Curiel
    June 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I own both an Intuos 4 tablet and a Bamboo pen and touch. I love the Intuos 4, and I think the interface for Intous 5 is brilliant. You don't have to move your eyes away from your computer screen to check the function assigned to a certain button, which is something you have to do with the Intuos 4.
    About the Bamboo, sometimes the tablet cannot make a difference between a touch input and a pen input, and that causes problems while working. I hope this is not the case for the Intuos 5.
    Thanks for a very thorough review, I wish to be the winner of the Intuos 5!!!

  122. Tony Bennett
    June 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I have to admit, this would be a great bonus to my photography. Living on 200mg of morphine a day I don't have the money to buy these things. We just live on essentials, things that make you happy are far down below on the list of life. My only hope is to win one. Fingers crossed

  123. Sameer Manas
    June 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway ! All the best to all participants.

  124. Richard Niddrie
    June 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Wow.....Pick me...Pick me... I will be VERY Grateful

    Ricky :)

  125. MaryAnn Powell
    June 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I just got the following error message: :-(

    No data received
    Unable to load the webpage because the server sent no data.
    Here are some suggestions:
    Reload this webpage later.
    Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): The server closed the connection without sending any data.

    • Tina
      June 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      MaryAnn,

      Were you able to enter after another try meanwhile?

      • MaryAnn Powell
        June 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        Yes, I just tried again after receiving your reply and YAY!!! Hope I win!

  126. Shahid Raza
    June 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    i am too late but please include me. this is nice givewayyyyyyyyyy

  127. Debbie
    June 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome tablet!!!

  128. nisse
    June 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    ooh, looks smexy =)

  129. James Katkus
    June 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Count me in! What a GREAT tablet!

  130. James Katkus
    June 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Count me in! What a GREAT tablet!

  131. Paul Townsend
    June 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    My daughter uses a less expensive Bamboo, and even that one she loves. this looks awesome!

  132. Mary
    June 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I'm sure a lot of people are really hoping to win. Thanks for the chance.

  133. Jean Claude Arial
    June 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    A well thought out design for designers. I shall win, I will win, I must win.

  134. Marouane
    June 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I'm In ^^

  135. Carrie
    June 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I bought my first Intuos tablet in 1998. Sadly it stopped working about a year ago. I bought a bamboo tablet as an quick fix and MISS my other tablet. I should have just bit the bullet and gotten another Intuos instead of a Bamboo. Definitely going to get this one somehow.

  136. Joe Anderson
    June 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    This would make drawing sooo much easier!

  137. yuri
    June 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    What an awesome prize, OUTSTANDING! 'Can't wait to use it.

  138. John
    June 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Tablets are increasing in popularity. This model looks like a good competitor to the mix of tablets in the marketplace.

  139. Peter Rogala
    June 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Very nice review with plenty of solid content to actually see an learn more of the Wacom tablet. This is just perfect for working with images and a lot of other graphic creativity.Such an awesome giveaway and always wanted to work with a full featured easy to use pen tablet such as the Wacom Intuos5.

  140. Samrudh Shetty
    June 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Hi I want to win and I have a good reason to I want to make videos like khan academy and put it on youtube so that other people can learn

  141. Geek Girl
    June 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This sounds like an ideal product to showcase on one of my broadcasts.

  142. Bob
    June 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I hope I win the tablet!

  143. Geek Girl
    June 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This sounds like a great product to showcase on one of my broadcasts.

  144. Edward Shackleford
    June 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    It would be nice to win this tablet.

  145. Pam
    June 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    This table looks very nice...hope I win. Oh, I do hope it can be used with a Mac.

  146. Mac
    June 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Im not a Facebook member, so I cant get the code there. And I cannot find it on your G+ page. So... how do I get a code

    • Tina
      June 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Mac,

      Find the respective Giveaway post on Google+. The code is mentioned in the text introducing the link. Good luck!

  147. Jeff Sweet
    June 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Maybe I will start working on my art skills.

  148. Matt
    June 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I've been using a Wacom Bamboo with Pen & touch. It works great as a pen and only fair as a touch pad. Apple's Magic Track Pad supports more gestures and has much better control than the Bamboo. However I've never used this Intuos.

    My question is can anyone who has used both the Bamboo and the Intuos comment on the differences? Is the sensitivity perceptible? Are the touch features better? Is it worth the extra $$?

    Thanks,
    Matt

    • Tina
      June 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Matt,

      If you are still looking for an answer to that question, I recommend posting it on MakeUseOf Answers.

  149. ngkh
    June 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Is this giveaway valid worldwide or only for US residents?

    • Tina
      June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Worldwide. We will try to send anywhere.

  150. Raj
    June 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    excellent review

  151. Roy
    June 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Owning this may convince me that I really do need a tablet.

  152. Roy Heath
    June 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Owning this may convince me that I need a tablet.

  153. George Geraghty
    June 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    The tablet would help me greatly.

  154. George Geraghty
    June 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    As a disabled Vietnam Vet, this tablet would help me greatly.

  155. DAN BLAKENEY
    June 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Tried to enter for the give away. I was told I had the code wrong code (though I can't believe it - maybe I forget to capitalize the "T" in Tablet) and when I tried to correct the mistake was advised the email address needed to be a unique entry and mine had already been used... I am confused.

  156. Dipesh Ranjit
    June 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

    what you can do with it, if you own it!!!!!!!!!!!!............. endless possibilities...

    • Rob Crombie
      June 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Is this world wide (EG can it be posted to Timbuktu or 'back of Burke') ?
      Or is it only for US residents ?

      • Tina
        June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        Rob,

        The Giveaway is available to readers world wide and we will try to send it to whoever wins.

  157. Gino Paolo Cruz
    June 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for the chance!!! Great item

  158. DonnaBetty
    June 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Ack my Facebook share won't connect! Can I do it from the Facebook site to count? Thanks

    • Tina
      June 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Donna,

      Please try again and let us know whether the issue persists. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  159. DonnaBetty
    June 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I saw this on the web site and thought it was over, I could not find the page to enter. This would be a dream come true!!!! Housebound on oxygen my activities are limited and this is a true love of mine and something I've always wanted. GREAT giveaway!

  160. Sachin Kanchan
    June 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

    may i get the giveaway code please

    • Tina
      June 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      You can find it on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Good luck!

  161. Daleks
    June 3, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet and its pretty nice. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Intuous, but it's pressure sensitive and costs half as much. Works well with Illustrator and Photoshop.

  162. Christopher Chen
    June 3, 2012 at 4:16 am

    If I had a Wacom tablet, and if it had handwriting recognition I would use it to input text into everything.

  163. Julie
    June 3, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Strangely, I can't seem to like it on Facebook, but I did share on Twitter and G+. Awesome giveaway!

  164. Todd
    June 3, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Love this! What a great Photoshop accessory!

  165. Sckuffy
    June 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Though the intuos5 is essentially the same design as the intuos4 it has become more like the bamboo. For those who don't know the bamboo is a touch/pen sensitive tablet with several buttons on the side. It is the lower end, for home, type tablet so it isn't as sensitive to tilt or pressure and is lacking in a touch ring. The intuos4 did not have touch capabilities but it came with a mouse which, when the intuos was primarily for professional use, was what was wanted, a pen and mouse tablet. Now as the intuos is become more for personal use they have added touch and made the mouse, for only $69 more, an extra accessory. Fortunately, the intuos4 pen and mouse and other accessories work with the intuos5 so those upgrading from the intuos4 will have the best of both worlds without the cost of brand new accessories.

  166. Carol Harris
    June 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Would love to replace my really cheap tablet with one that can actually do something worthwhile in editing pictures etc. This looks really really good.

  167. Bailey
    June 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I had a tablet, but then it broke. >.< I'm so excited about this giveaway!

  168. Giancarlo
    June 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Had an old Wacom Graphite... suddenly it stop working 'cause both pen and tablet got crap 'cause of overusing it drawing, painting, digitalizing my old drawings... couldn't afford a new one.. so... entering this hoping to have chance to restart with my hobby and passion once again!!!

  169. Aleksey
    June 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Good Luck !

  170. vineed
    June 1, 2012 at 8:04 am

    i have my birthday on 15th,,wish i could get this as my present :)

  171. Rebecca
    June 1, 2012 at 6:39 am

    The tablet looks awesome! I hope I can get it. Fingers crossed!

  172. Jeffrey S
    June 1, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I'm in!!
    Good luck all!!

  173. randy
    June 1, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Done LOVE never put a price on the GIVEAWAY contest

  174. randy
    June 1, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Done. Love never put a price to enter the GIVEAWAY contest .

  175. BP
    June 1, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Interesting device, this could be useful.

  176. Brian Howard
    May 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Interesting little device. Not sure if I have a use for a $250 mouse on steroids but I entered anyway.

  177. Walfred Michele
    May 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. Love your site, it's advice, reviews, humor and resources!

  178. Samsudeen Hussain
    May 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    To be honest i don't know if i will have much use for this. But wouldn't mind if i get a chance to use this for free .

  179. Sam Kar
    May 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    would like to win.
    wish me luck

  180. Kyem Ghosh
    May 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I have been reading about this tablet since a long time (my 2nd interest after the new iPad)... The unique feature is the pen... Wow... Its worth owning it... Donno when its gonna reach the Indian market... well I would like to know about the touch input... How is it?? And also the OS....

    • Erez Zukerman
      May 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      This is a pen tablet; like a mouse, but with a pen instead. Doesn't have its own OS. :)

  181. Jon Smith
    May 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    THis would work well for writing Japanese and Chinese!

  182. Pritesh Rana
    May 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Great! I've always wanted one. Please God let it be me.

  183. David Commini
    May 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I had a Wacom tablet way back in the day. I loved to use it. The functionality was awesome!

  184. Peter
    May 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    These tablets are great!!!

  185. Ravi Meena
    May 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I haven't won anything from a long time but that doesn't stops me from trying :D

    Fingers crossed for this one, want it from a long time but can't afford it.

  186. Teri
    May 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Im excited! this will help me plenty for next year of art school *fingers crossed*

  187. Teri
    May 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Im pretty excited!!! This will help me plenty for next yr of art school (y)

  188. cheryl mclellan
    May 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    yes

  189. cheryl mclellan
    May 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    wow, would love to win this!! awesome!!

  190. igbo14
    May 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    great giveaway - participate

    • rocket
      June 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      why is your comment highlighted in yellow colour?

      • Tina
        June 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        He isn't posting as a guest, but is logged in.

  191. Evas
    May 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I'm still new to Makeuseof,but do you have a guide or cheat sheet for tablet?

    • Erez Zukerman
      May 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Hey Evas,

      Well, touch tables are essentially quite simple: You have a pen, and you scribble with it. Apart from that common basis, they all differ on features and quality, so it would be difficult to provide a single guide or cheat sheet for all.

      Do you have a particular graphic tablet you're having trouble with?

      Note that this is a pen tablet -- not a tablet computer like the iPad. It has no screen -- it is like a mouse, but with a pen instead.

      • Evas
        May 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        I never own any kind of tablet and don't know much about it.But since I'm participating in this giveaway,I might as well learn as much as I can about tablet.

        That is why I'm looking for guide or cheat sheet about it

        • Erez Zukerman
          May 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

          Oh, I understand! Well, this very review is the closest thing to a cheat sheet you can get for this pen tablet. :) If you win, just come back to the review and read it with the tablet in hand -- it would explain many things.

        • Puneeth
          June 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

          I agree with you completely.

  192. Guy
    May 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    For someone who loves his Photoshop this would be an excellent addition to my daily pass time. Great review on what looks like a must have.

  193. Louella
    May 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This is an AWESOME tablet - a great giveaway from an incredible site~

  194. Rene Gatdula
    May 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    First to join.....fingers crossed...

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