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.