Wacom Intuous Pro Drawing Tablet

Last updated date: February 4, 2019

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We looked at the top 1 Drawing Tablets and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including CNET, New York Times Wirecutter, Graphics Tablet Guru, Tablet Guide and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Drawing Tablet you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 43 expert reviews, the Wacom Wacom Intuous Pro Drawing Tablet placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Drawing Tablet for a detailed review of all the top drawing tablets.

Expert Summarized Score
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
1,069 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The 2017 version of the Wacom Intuos Pro delivers a fluid and responsive feel, decreased footprint and more robust wireless connectivity, plus the Paper edition adds the ability to sketch while disconnected.
April 1, 2017 | Full review
The Intuos Pro has superior build quality and the most precision and accuracy of all the tablets we tested, and it’s available in medium and large sizes.
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 23, 2018 | Full review
Professional level sensitivity at 2048 levels with pressure, and tilt enabled.
- Graphics Tablet Guru
It has 8 Shortcut keys and a touch ring which is fitted on to the left side of the tablet. You can use these express keys to assign a shortcut to navigate to a specific function in just a single step.
- Tablet Guide
What experts didn't like
There still aren't any applications supporting its expanded pressure-sensitivity range and the Paper edition's Finetip Pen ink supply doesn't last very long.
April 1, 2017 | Full review
It’s much more expensive—often around $350 and up
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 23, 2018 | Full review
Another thing that poses a huge problem is the sensitivity to multiple touches.
- Tablet Guide

From The Manufacturer

The professional standard in creative pen tablets Wacom Intuos Pro sets a new standard for professional pen tablets. The new Wacom Pro Pen 2 features impressive pressure-sensitivity, tilt-response and virtually lag-free tracking. Get natural creative control while you illustrate, edit or design digitally with Intuos Pro. Individualize your digital workplace Customizable ExpressKeys™, Touch Ring, Radial Menus and pen side switches provide easy shortcuts. Multi-touch surface lets you zoom, pan and navigate. Three different Texture Sheets* (from smooth to rough) personalize your tablet surface feel. *sold separately Slim and sleek design Intuos Pro is super-slim and compact. The included Wacom Pro Pen 2 has interchangeable pen tips. A beautiful new Pen Stand and a protective Accessory Soft Case* for your Paper Clip, pens and nibs are included. Connect to your PC or Mac with built-in wireless Bluetooth or a USB cable. *offered with Paper Edition models Even More Creative Options The standard Intuos Pro and the Paper Edition are available in medium and large sizes. Accessories (sold separately): Ballpoint Pen, Finetip Pen, Pencil, Texture Sheets, Soft Cases, Pen Nibs, Refills.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
2. HUION 1060 Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Wacom Intuous Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Huion KAMVAS Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Wacom Intuous Pro Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
6. HUION H610 PRO Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
7. GAOMON PD1560 Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
8. UGEE M708 Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
9. XP-Pen Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Turcom Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 5.7
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Drawing Tablets

If you’re a fan of TV cartoons, anime shorts or feature-length animated films, you’re almost certainly watching art that was created on a digital tablet. Drawing tablets are quickly becoming a favorite tool for animators and graphic designers. FOX’s hit show, “Bob’s Burgers,” is animated entirely on drawing tablets, and more and more graphic design departments are turning to drawing tablets to save trees and share visual concepts with remote workers.

Drawing tablets digitize the process of drawing with a pencil and paper. You can sketch anything from architectural designs to new marketing logos to 30-minute cartoons on a drawing tablet. The tablet takes the place of a pad of paper, while a digital stylus captures your movements and places them on your computer screen.

So how do digital drawing tablets turn your stylus etchings into beautiful onscreen designs? It’s all thanks to electromagnetic induction technology. Horizontal and vertical wires beneath the tablet’s surface generate an electromagnetic signal, which transfers to the tablet’s stylus as you draw. The wires then flip into a receiving mode, reading the movements of your stylus and translating them to your computer’s graphic design program as you draw.

High-end models, like the Wacom Cintiq and the Huion KAMVAS, let you draw directly on their screens for a precise view of your own creation. Budget-friendly options, like the Huion 1060 Plus, transmit the movements of your stylus to your computer’s screen through compatible design software.

The electromagnetic induction technology also allows some tablets, like the Wacom Inuous, to power your stylus as you draw. Other models, such as the Huion 1060 Plus, rely on a USB cable to recharge your pen.

Your tablet can also sense changes in pressure from the stylus and adjust line widths and darkness accordingly. Wacom’s Cintiq Drawing Tablet and Huion’s KAMVAS have advanced sensitivity and detail options, which detect subtle nuances in pressure and stylus position for a drawing experience that closely mimics pen-to-paper techniques.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist who needs a tablet for work or a dedicated hobbyist who wants to bring a tech edge to your designs, you’re going to have to do some comparison shopping to find the best tablet for you. Check out our tips, advice and recommendations for the best tablets on the web.  

DYWM Fun Fact

Koalas are more than just adorable wildlife — they were also the spokesanimal for the world’s first home computer graphic tablet. The KoalaPad was created in 1983. It was originally designed as an affordable computer drawing tool for schools, and it came bundled with the KoalaPainter program. However, the device quickly became popular with home users, and it worked with Apple II, Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit computers.

KoalaPainter could hold two pictures in its memory (an impressive feat for an early ’80s program), allowing the user to compare images or copy and paste photos. It also featured an early version of today’s ubiquitous “Undo” command, called “Oops.”

The Drawing Tablet Buying Guide

  • The first question you’ll want to ask yourself before buying a tablet is: What are you going to use it for? Professional cartoonists and anyone who creates their own art from scratch will benefit from feature-rich models like the Wacom Cintiq. If you’re going to break out your tablet for hobby drawing or minor photo touch-ups, a choice like the HUION 1060 Plus is more appropriate. It’ll save you several hundred dollars on features you wouldn’t use anyway, and the tablet surface and stylus are just as reliable as pricier models.
  • As for the size tablet you’ll need for your work, most artists prefer larger tablets, like the Wacom Cintiq’s 13.3” screen. However, if you’re working on smaller projects or need a tablet that you can easily pack up and travel with, an option like Wacom’s Intuous has a compact 7.9 x 3.6-inch surface.
  • Virtually all drawing tablets on the market work on both Mac and PCs, but some of them function a little smoother on certain software programs. The Wacom Intuous comes with three creative software programs (Corel Painter Essentials 6, Corel Aftershot 3 and Clip Studio Paint Pro), but you’ll have to buy graphics software for most other options. The Wacom Cintiq is compatible with an array of programs, but reviewers noticed that it worked best when paired with the most recent versions available.
  • Every tablet comes with a stylus, but additional items can help you create your best work yet. The HUION 1060 Plus comes with a pen stand, a carrying bag and even a specially designed drawing glove to prevent sweat from damaging your tablet or marring your creations. The Huion KAMVAS comes with two digital pens and a pen stand, complete with eight spare nibs for mastering any type of digital art you set your mind to.