I’ve been using the medium sized Intuos5 Touch for well over a month now at work and still can’t get over how much I love it. The new touch gestures have pretty much won me over. I’ve even tucked my mouse away, freeing up precious real estate on my desk.
I’ve owned the previous versions of the Intuos tablets and even sat dangerously close to a Cintiq for a few years. I don’t like web browsing or working in documents with the pen, and definitely didn’t like the mouse that Wacom bundled with the last-gen tablets. Most of my work is in Photoshop/Illustrator and After Effects with a heavy dose of Word or Pages for scripts. Though I don’t do nearly the amount of illustration most designers use them for, I never found the balance between the pen and the mouse. The new touch gestures work just like a giant touchpad. It’s a pretty seamless transition now switching between Photoshop, to scrolling down a long document, jumping into After Effects, and googling something on the web.
It’s a little disappointing to see that Wacom is charging 39.95 for a wireless kit when they’ve obviously have built space for it. Maybe they’ll make it standard in the next version, really it’s probaly the only thing keeping me from calling it the perfect tablet. I’ve only used the Intuos5 on Snow Leopard and Lion, it’s really handy for swiping between different screens. I haven’t tried it on a Windows 7 machine yet, but I am excited to see how it performs on the “designed for touch” Windows 8.
All in all, I’ve made a complete transition to the Wacom Intuos5 tablet. I do also work on different machines from time to time, and you’ll see me walking it from computer to computer to avoid using the mouse.