Today, Wacom launches its next generation of graphics tablet for professional artists and designers in India. This newest addition dubbed Intuos5 brings in enhanced features compared to its predecessor, the Intuos4. Taking digital content creation to the next level, it has a pretty decent multi-touch gesture, a soft-touch finish, an Express View display and wireless capabilities, while maintaining the same pen technology found in previous model. Ensuring comfort and convenience, it blends in the renowned pen pressure and tilt sensitive pen, Express keys and the touch ring, preferred by artists. The company will put forth five models Intuos5 Touch small priced at Rs.17,200, medium priced at Rs.25,100, large at Rs.32,350, and also pen-only Small for Rs.15,200 and medium for Rs.21,500.
Shigeki Komiyama, Director and Executive Director, Japan-Asia Pacific Region, Wacom
Mr. Shigeki Komiyama, Director and Executive Director, Japan-Asia Pacific Region at Wacom Co. Ltd strongly believes that touch and pen could replace mouse and keyboard in future. He clearly points out the success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note. With touch functionality being adopted in all fields, the multi-touch capabilities of the Intuos5 support gestures, like zooming, scrolling, panning and rotating the image. It offers compatibility with Windows and Macs. He maintains that the tablet is for professional artists and look forward to further tie-ups with art institutions in India.
The customizable ExpressKeys has six buttons on small size and eight on both medium and large sizes and one Touch Ring, with four-function toggle. It shows the Express View, a new Heads-Up Display (HUD) feature. We quite liked the heads-up display, which ensures that you can stay focused and don’t have to turn back to the device. A single button press and you can view the heads-up display, ensuring easy navigation with the pen that also serves as the mouse.
The pen registers 2048 levels of pen pressure with up to 60 degrees of pen tilt, just flip it and it turns into an eraser. Wacom’s proprietary Tip sensor technology allows pressure-sensitive effects allowing effect to start with slight touch, and the intensity can be increased, just like using mechanicals tools like brushes and so on. The two buttons on the pen are customizable, too.
The Intuos5 also adheres to wireless connectivity; this optional function can enable one to convert Intuos5 into a wireless tablet by installing the Wireless Accessory kit that is sold separately. This kit is inclusive of rechargeable battery that charges through USB, a RF module that plugs into the tablet and a receiver that plugs into a USB port on the computer.
Mr. Komiyama points out that while considering the overall sales figures of Asia, India doesn’t deliver great numbers, but it has been growing over the years and shown growth by 50 percent in recent times. The company also has its touch technology tie-up in the medical field with the Apollo hospital in Chennai.