• Price: 129.99 . 199.99 . 305.99

  • Company: Wacom

  • Pros: Good design, much improved pen and interchangeable nibs.

  • Cons: The mouse needs to be better balanced, some Dock issues on OS X.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

The first thing you notice about the Intuos3 is the industrial design. Gone is the matte plastic case of older versions, and in its place is a high-gloss, clear plastic similar to that used in some of Apple's hardware over the years. The clear plastic is backed by a graphite metallic colour, giving the tablet a cool and clean appearance. Previous versions of the tablet were not exactly style icons, but the new Intuos3 is a much more visually appealing product.

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The Intuos3 range includes A4, A5, and A6 models. Wacom hasn’t created oversize A4 and A3 models of the Intuos3 – the company says they don’t sell that well – but you can still buy the Intuos2 versions of these tablets if you wish – high-end compositing systems such as Discreet’s Flame rely on those larger tablets. This review is based on an A4 version.
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The drawing surface has been subtly changed to offer a more paper-like feel, but the flap of material is opaque so you can

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