Wacom has launched it's first widescreen graphics tablet, which is designed to complement widescreen LCD monitors such as Apple's Cinema Display line and Dell's popular UltraSharp 2005FPW. The Intuos3 A5 Wide has an active area of 6-x-11 inches, giving it a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Many of the high-quality LCD displays favoured by designers have a widescreen aspect ratio, as do the high-resolution screens of many high-end laptops. The widescreen layout of Wacom's tablet is designed to match the relative dimensions of these displays. Users of Wacom's traditional range of tablets lose a significant part of the drawing surface when used with a widescreen display.

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The Intuos3 A5 Wide offers the same features as the rest of the Intuous 3 range of tablets, including configurable ExpressKey four-button keypads and Touch Strip scroll bars. It costs £249.90 plus VAT and is bundled with Corel Painter Essentials2.
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This is the first Wacom tablet to be shipped without as mouse, as Wacom says that creatives were not using them. The company is evaluating whether to create other widescreen tablets - the traditional Intuos3 range also includes A4 and A6 models - but this will be depend on the success of the A5 model.
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