Wacom Intuos Art Pen and Touch digital graphics, drawing & painting tablet Medium: (CTH690AK)

Wacom Intuos Art Pen and Touch digital graphics, drawing & painting tablet Medium: (CTH690AK)
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List Price: $199.95
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Average customer review:
(4.0 stars, based on 1227 reviews)

Product Details

  • Size: Medium
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Wacom
  • Model: CTH690AK
  • Fabric type: N/A
  • Aspect ratio: Unknown
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.50" h x .25" w x 10.75" l, 1.25 pounds
  • Display size: 8.75

Features

  • Paint, design, and create directly on your computer
  • Battery-free, pressure sensitive pen helps you to draw thicker and thinner lines depending on how hard you push on the pen
  • Comes with a free Art Pack including: Corel Painter Essentials drawing and painting software, online tutorials and a free 8x10 metal photo print
  • Four customizable ExpressKeys that put your favorite shortcuts like undo or copy/paste at your fingertips
  • Small Compact size, 8.25-by-6.7 inches, is perfect for limited desktop areas and can be setup for both left and right handed use

Sketch, paint, design, and edit with a pressure-sensitive pen on the Wacom Intuos Art Pen & Touch Medium Tablet. Create with a natural line in paint, pastels, ink, charcoal, and more.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

254 of 260 people found the following review helpful.
4Easy to pick up and start drawing
By Kay
I've wanted a tablet for several years now while struggling to draw digitally with only a mouse. I heard good things about Wacom and decided to get the medium size of this tablet.

Notes:
-The active area size is smaller than the overall tablet size (8.5x5.3in for medium), so be sure to research the size you want.
-The loop at the top does hold the pen, but you have to insert the side of the pen opposite the nib; the nib end will not fit.
-The tablet maps the screen exactly, so you won't end up drawing off of the tablet's surface.
-It doesn't pick up on my hand when I rest it on the surface, so that's nice.
-3 pen nibs are included inside the back panel (in addition to the one already in the pen), and there's a nib removal tool on the back as well.

Pros:
-Very easy to install the driver for Mac. An installation CD is included but the driver can be downloaded online if you don't have a CD/DVD drive on your computer.
-Works great with Clip Studio Paint! It's difficult drawing on art programs without having a tablet, but now I can draw natural lines without the shakiness of a mouse. It's wonderful being able to finally use pen pressure.
-Smooth drawing surface and very thin and light compared to my friend's Intuos5 medium.
-I thought it might be difficult to draw with the disconnect between drawing on a tablet and looking at the screen, but it's surprisingly easy to get used to it.
-The back panel has descriptions for everything (spare pen nibs, USB cable plug) engraved in the surface, which is convenient and looks really friendly :D

Cons:
-The back cover was very difficult to open and took a lot more force to pry open than I was comfortable with. But once that was off, I couldn't get the cover back on! There are 5 notches in the back that line up with little nubs on the cover, probably to secure the cover, but one nub on the side will not go into its notch no matter how hard I press and another nub partially broke as well (see pictures). I'll probably have to break off the first nub and just tape the cover on. This problem with the cover design are why I'm rating 4 stars.

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful.
5The standard for many reasons.
By S. Daniel
This is what their "bamboo" line was. I have Windows 7, 64bit. Works wonderfully, plugged it right in, let my computer pull drivers from the internet and poof. I HAVE WORKING PAD, even without the programs it comes with.

The pad is super light, but I wish I could use that little fabric tab at the top of the pad to store the pen. The pen doesn't attach to the pad in any way, so you will need to be sure you have another way to keep track of your pen. It comes with it's own custom USB cord, which is for the best. You can get the Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit for Bamboo and Intuos Tablets (ACK40401) to make it wireless, but I am glad it was not automatically included, since honestly not everyone needs that option, and it would automatically increase the price needlessly. SMART MOVE, WACOM!

Installing the software gave many more options to customizing the touch and use of the touchpad/art pad. There are four customizable buttons on two corners of the pad, and two more buttons on the pen, itself. You can configure the buttons to have any number of keystrokes, customizable per program. That's right, THE BUTTONS CAN BE CONFIGURED PER PROGRAM!

Incredible sensitivity, a convenient physical switch to turn off the touchpad option. This is important, because it makes it extremely difficult to accidentally turn it on or off. Comes with your choice of software, that being the only thing that affects the price. Works great with GIMP, Blender, and of course Photoshop.

58 of 61 people found the following review helpful.
5Best Investment This Year
By G'ma
I resisted the urge to throw it AGAINST THE WALL for the first few days, and I'm glad I did. I recommend using Internet Explorer to download the driver, register the product etc. Much frustration with Chrome and Firefox browser. Getting used to the pen (it is NOT a mouse) and figuring out what shortcuts are worth programming was a whole 'nuther trip. Disabling the Windows Pen and Touch long hold feature that turns into a right click was another adventure. THEN figuring out how to manipulate the brushes to get the effects for drawing... oye.

That said, after a little googling, watching some YouTube, and reaching out to some folks online who are familiar with the devices, I'm now having the time of my life. I'm an artist, and I use Photoshop, illustrator, indesign, and sketchbook pro. Moving from a basic stylus, and mouse to the pen has been a revelation. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! But man o man, that's some frustrating learning curve. Deadman's curve!

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