If I tell you that I think about switching to a Wacom Intuos 4 Medium tablet, you probably think that I’m contradicting myself if you have read my short article on a small graphic tablet. In the accompanying video I make a little demonstration with my Wacom Volito.
So what reason would I have to switch anyway? The answer is quite simple: even though the point hasn’t been reached yet, the day will come that the tip of the pen that comes with the Volito will wear off.
My first thought ever when I heard about the pen tips wearing off was: Are you effing kidding me? It’s plastic? You don’t use it as a drill, it’s used like a pen!
But OK, they wear off and I have to say that the pen of the Volito is wearing of very slowly. But since I work on my graphic novel I use it more excessively, so the day that I have to switch will be there very soon.
Normally it would be easy just to buy a new pen but as the Volito isn’t in production anymore the pens for this tablet are nowhere to find. I always wondered why Wacom designed the tablets in a way that the pens are not interchangeable with each other. At least in most cases. It could be a strategic marketing decision to design them that way or technologically. Somewhere I read that it was the latter.
The reason for considering an Intuos rather than a Bamboo (as I’m the guy advocating small tablets) is the fact that it comes closer to the Cintiq in terms of technology. It’s not a secret that I fell in love with the Cintiq after watching how David Gibbons demonstrated it whilst drawing Martha.
A Cintiq however isn’t something for a impulsive buying decision. At least not for me. Looking at the pricing I think it’s a pity that there isn’t any competition on the market. At least as far as I know there is no company that produces top notch drawing tablets like Wacom does.
It’s very rare that I love commercials because of the product (in most cases I forget about the product if I see a commercial that entertains me), but I love this video on the Cintiq:
OK, now you know what keeps me awake but I’ve drifted off. Let’s go back to the Intuos 4.
There are many praises for this tablet out there but there is also a major issue: the pen nibs wearing off excessively and this is nothing to ignore if you have a look the prices of a set of new nibs. Even the cool video produced by Wacom doesn’t take away the pain.
On some forums and in some reactions on Amazon people were complaining about this. In the first place Wacom seemed to ignore this flaw in product design and came up with solutions like laying a piece of paper on the working area to prevent the nibs from wearing off that fast (a couple of hours in some cases). But hello guys, we are talking about professional stuff here that comes for a professional price. It’s fully understandable that customers want a professional solution for this as well.
This is the point where I finally come to my initial question if you own an Intuos 4 or if you are considering buying one:
How do you deal with this flaw in design of the Intuos 4?
Are the pros taking away the cons of this?
Please let me know in the comment section so you can help me and others in decision making.