Wacom - Intuos Pro Small Pen and Touch Tablet - Black

Ideal for photography, art and design applications, this Wacom Intuos Professional PTH451 pen and tablet assist you in your creative process. The tablet's multitouch interface with gesture support allows simple navigation of on-screen content.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Color identification rings
  • Installation CD-ROM with driver, software download instructions
  • Owner's manual
  • Pen stand, assorted replacement pen tips
  • Wacom Intuos Pro Small Pen and Touch Tablet
  • Wireless kit, 6.6' USB cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (380 out of 391)

Features


Multitouch tablet

Ideal for individuals with a creative passion in photography, art or design features gesture support for simple, intuitive operation. The streamlined size helps conserve desktop space.

±60 levels of tilt recognition

Provide a responsive interface.

Pen

With 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity in both the pen's tip and eraser offers the accuracy and feel of traditional brushes and pens, so you can easily draw or edit on the tablet. Ambidextrous design enables right- or left-handed use.

6 customizable, application-specific ExpressKeys

Along with a finger-sensitive Touch Ring with 4 customizable functions provide quick and easy access to your favorite shortcuts.

On-screen custom radial menus and an Express View heads-up display

Simplify operation and help you stay focused.

Included wireless kit

Allows cord-free use for flexible placement options. USB interface enables easy wired connection to your PC or Mac via an included 6.6' USB cable.

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Customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Superb Tablet Experience, Possible Driver Issues

    Posted
    Raenbo
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is really my first graphic pen & tablet as my prior digital artwork has been with a mouse (my niche artwork was very tiny and pixelated). I decided to start expanding my horizon and venture out to different types of digital art and I knew you NEED a graphic tablet to really do that. I bought the Intuos Pro Small after a lot of research. I went with the small to be economical, but I'm glad that's the size I went with because the work space is perfect for me. The driver software is easy to install, and playing with the settings is particularly intuitive. I love that you can set nearly everything to do a certain task/keystroke/action. For instance, there are settings for 1 finger touch, 2 finger, 3, 4 and 5! I don't really find there to be a big problem with the USB plug into the tablet, especially since the battery holds such a long charge that I very rarely have to plug it in to charge it. If you are going to keep it plugged in most of the time, I would recommend doing what an Amazon reviewer suggested (using cut off pieces of the spongy parts that come in the packaging to snugly wedge the cord there), just to be safe. Another thing I read a lot about is how fast the nibs wear down. I've been using this tablet daily for about a month and I don't notice any wear on the nib at all. If it's there, it's minimal. Granted, I have a light hand, and set the pressure sensitivity to a softer touch. I can't grasp how hard some must have to press to wear down the nibs as fast as they claim. Yes, the tablet surface has a paper feel to it that I love, which I find much more pleasing than the super smooth glass-like surface I've tested before. So, this would be a 5 star review, but I had deduct a star for a huge problem I had. NOTE: I AM USING WINDOWS 8.1 When the tablet first started up, and right after a PC restart, the tablet performed wonderfully, but after attempting to resume use after a tablet power down, the tablet would not function. No touch and the pen only worked like a mouse (no pressure sensitivity/angle). I went through three phone calls with Wacom technical support through which I was guided to reinstall the driver, reinstall it with my antivirus turned off, and reinstall it in Safe Mode. All of these resulted in the same problem. On the fourth call I was told it had to be a software incompatibility issue on my side, or that my recently upgraded Windows (8 to 8.1) was faulty, and the only thing they could tell me to do was to reinstall Windows 8.1, and then one by one reinstall programs to see which it was that interfered with the tablet. What a fun time. Long story short, my beloved Stardock Object Desktop software suite, which includes Start8 (it forces Windows 8 to behave like 7), was the problem. How I wish Wacom support would have known of that conflict because it would have saved me two days of painfully reinstalling everything. Even the Stardock software that has nothing to do with affecting Windows 8 conflicts with the tablet, and I mean just by having it installed, not running. SO, I removed all of that software, downloaded the free Classic Shell software (it also gives you back the Start button/menu like earlier versions of Windows) and so far it seems the tablet is still working and there's no conflict there. I'm still bummed about losing that extensive software suite, but it's worth it to have the Wacom tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic tool!

    Posted
    Allan
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I agonized for weeks over whether to splurge on the large screen Intuos Pro or to go with the medium. When I got to the store, the large and medium were sold out so I ended up with the small. And I am so glad I did. I am not an artist and wanted this tool primarily for fine detail editing of macro insect photographs. It has made my work much easier and a lot faster. The work area is HUGE and, if I had bought the larger screen, I would have had to use the built-in resizing feature to shrink the work area to something practical. In fact I have even trimmed the size of the small screen in order to limit the amount of hand movement. You should be aware that this is not an intuitive device and it takes a while to really get a feel for many programmable shortcuts and how the stylus and screen interact with your movements and hand pressure - but once it all starts to click, this pad becomes as indispensable as a keyboard. Like a high-end DSLR, there is always more to discover about this machine's capabilities. For the gadget-inclined, it is nirvana! One suggestion... buy a purpose-built hard case to store the stylus and screen (there are several very reasonably priced cases available) - it doesn't fit well in a tablet or laptop case and the screen is worth protecting. It is not a cheap toy, by any means, but it is worth every penny. I recommend this device, without reservation, for anyone who needs a fast, versatile, and powerful alternative to a finger and a trackpad. Awesome gear!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Tablet

    Posted
    stylez619
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've had the Wacom Pro for a little over two weeks now and it's absolutely perfect for digital editing. I use it heavily in Lightroom and Photoshop and it's made processing photos significantly easier and faster compared to a mouse or touchpad. The programmable buttons and gesture control make common tasks even easier. The only issue I've ran into, is frequent wireless disconnection. It seems to be a fairly common problem according to other online reviews. The signal runs on 2.4 gHz and seems prone to a lot of interference from other wireless devices, which gets worse the further apart you are from your machine. The good news, is that the supplied USB cable is plenty long for most uses, making wireless connection more of a luxury than an every day necessity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! (but complicated)

    Posted
    BestD
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This really is a fantastic product and I have been able to step up my photoshop and digital arts game so much since Ive gotten this. In general, digital arts is almost impossible without a tool like this (well, assuming you want to achieve some decent level of proficiency in the subject). But the only issue I have with this product is that it is SUPER complicated to use. There are SOOOOO many settings that I still have yet to learn. But the biggest gripe I have is that when I initially started using it, it did this weird thing where if I didn't draw fast enough (less than 1 second), some weird menu would pop up automatically, preventing me from drawing. I would have to close the menu and then try to draw really fast before the menu popped up. I spent hours on the phone with customer service and researching the issue online. A LOT of people have the same issue. In the end I was able to shut it off finally (I don't even remember how anymore) but I cant believe it took that long to figure out something so ridiculous. Based on that kind of experience I probably would've returned it but: 1) I was already outside of the return window 2) This is supposedly the best tablet on the market and I didn't want to have to go through the whole frustrating learning curve with another product again

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Portable Art Tablet - Photoshop +

    Posted
    NasaEagle

    The small pro tablet has virtually the same capabilities as the medium and large including zoom features. I bought the small because it is about the same size as my 13" MacBook Pro and works wirelessly to do my artwork anywhere I go. I have owned Wacom tablets for more than 12 years and they just keep on working; I have never had any problems with any of them. Just keep updating the drivers when needed. Tablet works well with all versions of Photoshop and other applications. I suggest getting an extra battery for working with the tablet portably if you don't have an AC power plug because wireless tablet power will run out before MacBook Pro power. The tablet however will work if the battery runs out by plugging it into the USB computer port. The stylus that comes with tablet is adequate but there are other pens available with extra capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great multi use tablet!

    Posted
    TechGuru
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    I had been looking for a touch/pen tablet for awhile now, for my 3D design and photography work. Originally I had tried out a smaller non-touch version of a Wacom tablet and found that it wasn't as useful as I'd thought it would be. Months later I decided to give Wacom another go and picked up a touch version. The usability of it, for me changed dramatically. This version with touch enabled, as well as the hybrid wireless design has proved to be extremely useful. Being able to use the surface as a trackpad and manipulate 3D models with the pen and or my fingers is extremely useful when trying to make certain adjustments. The pen's level of sensitivity and accuracy for photo editing in Photoshop is great! I mostly use it for retouching photos and it has sped up my workflow quite a bit. My favorite feature would probably have to be its hybrid wireless design, I love being able to let it charge while connected to my PC, or just disconnect it and use it wherever I please, such as on any area on my desk or even on my lap. Overall a great tablet for the price. For 3D work in Maya and 3Ds Max and photo editing Photoshop, this tablet is a life saver and makes work even more fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A must have tool

    Posted
    Glen
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    The Wacom Intuos pro small is exactly what I needed. I have used lightroom for years, but recently got photoshop. Using photoshop is very difficult with a mouse so the moment I found out a product such as this existed I bought one. The keys have nearly unlimited potential for customization, and you can make the tablet behave differently in different applications. There are extra tips in the pen holder for when yours wears out or you want to try a different type. A couple minor flaws with the product though. If you are left handed and want to leave your mouse behind you will have to get used to clicking the login backward since a left handed user would want the quick keys on the right, the tablet is upside down from a right handed user, which you are assumed to be until the software takes over after login. I have been having dll problems when using this wireless. It works fine when I first boot up, but if I am away and the tablet reaches auto shutoff it will not come back online properly and loses settings. Overall I am happy with it, but I really wish I could reliably use it wirelessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expensive but efficient

    Posted
    Loralei
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    The wacom intuos pro is much larger than many of wacom’s previous drawing tablets. I had the bamboo tablet and it was the perfect size for a laptop and easy to hold. This one, even as a small is much larger than that and makes it easier to use for desktop users and is a bit harder to hold. It has taken an adjustment period to get used to but the accuracy and grip is excellent. It works well with most of the applications i use and is very efficient when it comes to lining and editing. For a drawing tablet it is double the price of most others and the bamboo. I may be partial to my bamboo but i did like it’s simplicity over the more complex intuos. For its price it is nice but a bit overpriced. The product is still a very good buy if you draw a lot and are pursing art or photography as more than just a hobby. The eraser and grip make it more like drawing traditionally which is my favorite feature.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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