Wacom has launched the Intuos4 Wireless pen tablet, which allows designers, illustrators and other creatives to work untethered from their computers.
The Intuos4 Wireless is approximately the same size as the Intuos4 M tablet and offers a drawing area approximately A5 in size. Wacom says it fits easily into most laptop bags. It uses Bluetooth to connect to desktop and laptop Mac and PCs, so can be used up to 10m from the computer. It can also connect via USB, which also allows the device to be charged. The tablet has the same 2,048 levels of sensitivity as the rest of the Intuos 4 range, and supports the full range of pens and brushes.
The tablet has an asymmetrical design that puts the Touch Ring and the customisable ExpressKeys on one side of the tablet, making them all available to the user’s non-dominant hand. Wacom says that the ExpressKeys are instrumental in helping improve workflow and boosting productivity by placing commonly-used commands right at the user’s fingertips.
Illuminated (OLED) displays provide reminders as to the function of each ExpressKey. These settings are application-specific, and the displays will immediately update as the user changes between applications. To switch the tablet from right-handed to left-handed use, the user rotates the tablet 180 degrees and changes the orientation of the illuminated icons within the Wacom tablet driver software.
The Touch Ring on the Intuos4 Wireless is capable of controlling up to four different functions in any application. A button located in the centre of the ring “toggles” the ring between application-specific functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment or canvas rotation. The position of the illuminated LED located along the perimeter of the Touch Ring indicates the current function.
The Intuos4 Wireless costs around £305 plus VAT and will be available from end of March 2010. It ships with Autodesk SketchBook Express 2010, Corel SketchPad, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac)/7 (Win).