Wacom Intuos 2018 Review

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The Wacom Intuos 2018 (CTL4100 collection) is the latest refresh of Wacom’s low-end Intuos pills. It has the very same worth issues as the former model Intuos (CTL-490 collection), however is other in a couple of facets.

You may know that I don’t endorse the CTL-490 collection Intuos pills for the reason that pen high quality is subpar and will simply be beat in high quality via Wacom choices of the similar worth, however the latest CTL4100 collection seems to be somewhat extra respectable so I purchased it for evaluate to peer how profitable it in reality is.

There are a couple of variations for the brand new Intuos 2018. They’re:
-CTL4100 – Small, with out Bluetooth, 80 USD. Color choices: Black.
-CTL4100WL – Small, with Bluetooth, 100 USD. Color choices: Black or pistachio.
-CTL6100WL – Medium, with Bluetooth, 200 USD. Color choices: Black or pistachio.
I were given the CTL4100 model, so this isn’t a evaluate of the Bluetooth characteristic.

I can be making a couple of comparisons to the former CTL-490 Intuos all through this evaluate, so you could need to learn my Wacom Intuos Draw Evaluate to grasp the comparisons I make. Those comparisons are necessary to turn whether or not this new Intuos is an improve or downgrade from the former model.

So in any case, onto the evaluate.

Please word, I’m really not a Mac or Linux person!! I most effective examined this pill on Home windows eight and Home windows 10.
Additionally word, costs will have modified since I wrote this evaluate.

Desk of Contents

How excellent is that this pill?

Design and construct high quality: Moderately forged.
Pill drivers: Excellent!
Drawing enjoy: Slightly excellent! However nib put on is quicker than prior to.

Total: An excellent pill for 80 USD.

My verdict:
-If you’re taking into account this as your first pill, it may be price it in case you are having a look to get the bundled methods (extra on that within the Bundled Methods segment) or the Wacom emblem title. On the other hand, if you do not want the bundled methods, the nib put on velocity is simply too ridiculous to omit so I might now not recommend this pill.
On the other hand, it’s relatively conceivable that the pill texture will rub off like the former Intuos and Intuos Professional. If it does, then it’ll not flatten the pen nib as briefly after getting drawn sufficient at the pill to wear down the feel.
-If you’re skilled with pills, you most likely most effective need to purchase the Wacom Intuos 2018 if it’s the dimensions you’re used to and you’ll’t discover a higher selection.

Vital specs

Value: 79.95 USD (when this evaluate was once written) Amazon.com
Energetic House: 6.zero x three.7 inches

Pen Kind: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 aspect buttons, no eraser
Pen Drive: 4096
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Expresskeys: four buttons
Multi-touch: No

Bundled Methods

As you could already know, the Intuos this time comes with 3 ingenious instrument downloads that you’ll choose between. What you most likely don’t know is that the decisions are restricted or other in accordance with the model of Intuos you get!

So this time, Wacom determined to incorporate Corel Painter Necessities 6, Corel Aftershot three, and *Clip Studio Paint Professional 2-year license because the choices. On the other hand, listed below are what you’ll in reality get with the other variations:

Wacom Intuos 2018 small with out Bluetooth (CTL4100) 80 USD
You’ll select 1 of two incorporated softwares, both Corel Painter Necessities 6 or Corel Aftershot three.

Wacom Intuos 2018 small with Bluetooth (CTL4100WL) 100 USD
You’ll select 2 of three incorporated softwares, both Corel Painter Necessities 6, Corel Aftershot three, or *Clip Studio Paint Professional 2-year license.

Wacom Intuos 2018 medium with Bluetooth (CTL6100WL) 200 USD
You’ll obtain all three incorporated softwares of Corel Painter Necessities 6, Corel Aftershot three, and *Clip Studio Paint Professional 2-year license.

*Clip Studio Paint Professional 2-year license downgrades to Clip Studio Paint Debut after the 2-year license expires. Clip Studio Paint Debut is the fundamental model of Clip Studio Paint. You’ll purchase the lifetime license of Clip Studio Paint Professional for a cut price worth of ~33 USD the use of the Serial Quantity incorporated along with your Intuos.

Many of us had been excited that it’s essential to get three loose methods with the brand new Intuos as a result of Wacom made it appear to be you can get all 3 unconditionally within the promotion video, however the truth is that you simply don’t get all of them except you get the medium version. Numerous other people had been enthusiastic about Clip Studio Paint being incorporated, nevertheless it’s extraordinarily necessary to notice that Clip Studio Paint does now not include the most affordable non-Bluetooth model of the Intuos!

Wacom additionally does now not point out that the Clip Studio Paint license is most effective 2-year at the professional Intuos product pages. There’s completely no point out of it being a 2-year license any place on Wacom’s website.
I most effective discovered the data relating to it being a 2-year license on Amazon.com (right here: Amazon.com Hyperlink) and immediately on Clip Studio Paint’s website (right here: Bundled Clip Studio Paint Marketing campaign).

What’s within the field?

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The pill is available in a white field with the caricature characters of the brand new Intuos and pen at the entrance.

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The issues that come within the field:

  • Pill
  • Pen
  • Pill cable (USB type-A to Micro-USB)
  • Pen nib replacements x3
  • Consumer guide

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The pill has a slightly great and easy black design. The dots at the floor display the drawing space.

The pill feels relatively sturdy when grabbing each side and doing a twist check. It in all probability feels a lot more robust than the former Intuos Draw as it doesn’t have a hole again for the wi-fi battery and pen nibs.

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The skin of the pill has a in point of fact tough texture which grips the pen so much. As it’s so tough, your pen nib will put on in point of fact briefly. My first pen nib already has a flat aspect simply from doing my evaluate drawing. It’s truthfully beautiful ridiculous.

The skin texture of the brand new Intuos 2018 is in reality rougher than the former Intuos Draw. I pulled out my Intuos Draw and when put next the skin textures side-by-side and the Intuos 2018 is in point of fact tough when put next.
Once I reviewed the Intuos Draw, my pen nib didn’t put on noticeably, however with the Intuos 2018 my pen nib already has a fully noticeable flat aspect.

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The again of the pill has four rubber ft and the standard pill data inked onto it. The rubber ft do a tight process preserving the pill in position, however most likely because of how clean my desk is, I discovered that the pill was once rotating bit by bit whilst I used to be drawing.

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The perimeters of the pill are rounded so technically they shouldn’t bring to a halt your circulate or the rest unhealthy like that.

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The pill has 4 expresskeys alongside the highest for shortcuts. The buttons are beautiful great to press and provides excellent comments, however they click on so obnoxiously loud that I might by no means need to use them.

To be utterly truthful, the location of the buttons is worse than the former technology Intuos’ as a result of now your non-drawing hand has to relaxation at the pill drawing space to make use of the expresskeys, while with the former technology Intuos, it’s essential to get entry to two of the expresskeys with no need your hand take a seat at the drawing space. On the other hand, it may be assumed that the general public will use the keyboard for necessary shortcuts as an alternative of the expresskeys in any case, so it’s now not an issue in any respect.

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On a extra certain word, the expresskeys are made in order that they are able to be used as a pen tray!

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The cable port is on the most sensible left of the pill. In contrast to with the Intuos Draw, the Intuos 2018 has no tunnel in entrance of the port, so this implies you’ll use any Micro-USB cable you have got in case your incorporated one breaks. Not more looking ahead to the all the time out-of-stock Wacom cable to restock!

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That is the brand new Intuos pen for the Intuos 2018. It has a troublesome rubber grip which was once usual for Wacom’s low-end pills till the remaining technology Intuos Draw (CTL-490 collection) the place they determined to make use of an affordable plastic pen as an alternative. On the other hand, now they’ve long past again to a troublesome rubber grip pen with the brand new Intuos 2018.

Wacom advertises that it has 4096 pen force, nevertheless it feels no other from the 2048 pen force they promote it for the former technology Intuos Draw.
It will have to even be famous that Wacom modified the pen force at the Intuos Draw spec sheet from 1024 to 2048 with out creating a unmarried announcement, so it’s relatively conceivable that the 4096 pen force is simply an promoting ploy as neatly. Smartly, now not that anybody can really feel the variation between pen pressures above 2048 in any case.

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The above photograph compares the Intuos Draw pen vs the Intuos 2018 pen. Are you able to inform which is which?
Proper solution: The highest one is the Intuos 2018 pen and the ground one is the Intuos Draw pen.

Moderately frankly, the brand new pen isn’t a lot of an improve from the former Intuos Draw pen as it has the very same form, however a minimum of it provides a bit of extra self assurance in its sturdiness and is fairly nicer to carry because of being heavier as a result of the rubber grip.

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The pen feels beautiful excellent to carry with a bulge close to the end to catch your palms. The pen buttons give some comments, however they really feel fairly gentle to make use of and don’t give as enjoyable a click on as anticipated when used.

The exhausting rubber grip provides you with somewhat extra self assurance within the pens sturdiness, and the slight further weight is the one distinction from the former Intuos Draw pen relating to the relief of use as it’s the very same form.

The highest of the pen has a hollow for pulling out your pen nib when you wish to have to interchange it.

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A a laugh characteristic of this pill is that the highest of the pen can also be unscrewed to show the pen nib compartment which will dangle as much as three substitute nibs. It’s relatively a groovy concept and I adore it. The pen nib remover could also be constructed into the highest of the pen cap, so it’s very handy that the entirety is at the pen and all the time with you on-the-go.

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A characteristic of the Intuos pills is the pen preserving fabric connected to the highest of the pill. You simply stick your pen within the fabric and you have got the pen/pill bundle in a single set. The pen received’t fall out both for the reason that fabric is comfortable and the rubber grip in point of fact grips onto the material while you push the pen the entire approach in.

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Some other characteristic is the rubber cable holder that comes at the cable. It accomplishes the similar factor as the ones Velcro cable holders that you simply continuously to find, nevertheless it’s product of rubber as an alternative.

Pill drivers

The Wacom Intuos 2018 makes use of the latest Wacom pill drivers and they’re extraordinarily simple to put in! You don’t even want to have your pill plugged in to put in them! Simply cross obtain the most recent model immediately from Wacom’s website and take away all different pill drivers you have got in your laptop prior to putting in it.

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While you’ve put in the drivers and restarted your laptop, plug for your pill and the pill first-time setup display will have to routinely pop up. It’ll routinely open the Wacom Desktop Heart, and from there you’ll get entry to your pill settings.

On the other hand, when you go out that, there’s no fast and easy one-click method to open the Wacom drivers once more. To open them once more, you’re going to both have to one) cross to Keep an eye on Panel, make a choice View via: Small Icons, and click on Wacom houses, or 2) press the Home windows key and kind Wacom and make a choice the quest outcome.

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Within the Pill tab, you get to select the purposes assigned for your expresskeys. Wacom has essentially the most purposes to be had, so take your time to appear thru they all as there are relatively a couple of.

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Within the Pen tab, you get to select the purposes assigned for your pen buttons, in addition to regulate the pen force firmness and double click on velocity.

The pen buttons have the similar customization choices because the expresskeys. Lately, Wacom is the one corporate that still allows you to reassign the pen tip to different purposes.

The commonest recommendation you’re going to pay attention to scale back pen nib put on on a Wacom is to set the pen force to “comfortable”, however with this pill converting the Tip Really feel to “comfortable” makes you not able to attract the decrease pen pressures so I like to recommend preserving it within the heart for the most efficient vary of force.
Notice: If converting the Tip Really feel does now not exchange the rest, test each and every software within the Software bar alongside the highest and alter the Tip Really feel in each and every of the ones. If that also does now not exchange the rest, check out reinstalling the pill drivers. That is what I needed to do prior to my pen force labored correctly.

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Within the Mapping tab, you get to select the track your pill is mapped to, the energetic space ratio, and whether or not you wish to have Home windows Ink on or off.

Remember to use the “Power Proportions” checkbox to make your drawing space the similar proportions as your display. That approach, while you transfer your hand in a circle, the cursor will transfer in a circle as neatly moderately than an oval.

The Home windows Ink possibility is in most cases easiest became off, however in positive methods reminiscent of Adobe Photoshop, you’re going to want it became on for the pen force to paintings.

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Within the On-Display Controls tab, you’ll edit the radial menu and toolbars for shortcuts. To make use of them, you simply assign the On-Display Controls serve as to an expresskey or pen button.

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Alongside the highest of the drivers, you’ll create software explicit methods which can most effective be energetic when the appliance you selected is these days open. An invaluable characteristic for individuals who use other methods that have utterly other shortcuts.

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The Wacom Desktop Heart is your cross to for the entirety comparable for your Wacom pill. To open it, press the Home windows key and seek Wacom. It will have to be one of the crucial seek effects.

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Within the My Units segment, you have got the choices to edit your pill settings, to find tutorials and assist for the pill, and a hyperlink to redeem the artwork softwares that come bundled.

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Within the Backup Settings segment, you have got the method to save your entire Wacom settings both in your laptop, or at the Wacom cloud. Should you made numerous adjustments to the default settings, you’re going to in all probability need to backup your settings.

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Within the Updates segment, the Wacom Desktop Heart will routinely test for motive force updates, or firmware updates in your pill(s). Computerized replace checking is a characteristic that no pill corporate apart from Wacom has, and it is extremely great that you do not want to manually test the Wacom website for motive force updates.

Apart from the ones major sections, the Market button opens a web site for getting drawing packages, the Retailer button opens the Wacom retailer web site, and the Make stronger button opens the Wacom Buyer Make stronger web page.

Total, the Wacom drivers are essentially the most customizable and user-friendly drivers I’ve noticed. The whole thing is relatively top quality as anticipated from their upper worth level.

The drawing enjoy!

This pill gave me a slightly excellent drawing enjoy, which I assume is anticipated from a pill which prices 80 USD for most effective the small dimension. It felt relatively excellent to make use of regardless of having the roughest texture I’ve ever felt, and the drivers be offering superb regulate of your strains via lowering line wobble and not lagging.

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I most effective check my pills on Clip Studio Paint as a result of that’s all I exploit.
All primary drawing methods will have to paintings with the Wacom Intuos. In the event that they don’t, then you definately will have to be contacting Wacom enhance right away as a result of this is in all probability an issue with both your OS or your laptop, they usually’ll more than likely be in a position that will help you get it running.

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(That is the pen nib over in the future of use. The tough pill floor didn’t put on in any respect, however the pen nib positive did.)

The Wacom Intuos 2018 has a ample drawing enjoy general, however the floor texture is somewhat too tough and grippy and occasionally feels weirdly rubbery because of this.
I watched the few Intuos 2018 evaluations there have been on Youtube they usually all stated the feel felt nice, and I will be able to consider them to a undeniable level. The Intuos 2018 texture is slightly great for lighter strokes, nevertheless it begins feeling like drawing on in point of fact exhausting rubber while you press more difficult.
I drew on a work of paper with an HB pencil for comparability as neatly, and the paper doesn’t grip within the rubbery approach that the Intuos 2018 texture does.
And along with that, as soon as your pen nib begins to have a flat aspect from dressed in out, it has a larger floor space of touch towards the skin and begins gripping much more till you change the nib.

Sooner than I won the pill, I believed that the most important development will be the high quality of the pen, however now that I’ve in reality skilled it, it’s now not a lot of an development even with the rubber grip. It feels the similar to make use of as the former Intuos Draw pen, even if it’s fairly heavier because of the exhausting rubber grip which makes it really feel somewhat nicer to carry.
The rubber grip surely conjures up some extra self assurance within the pens sturdiness, nevertheless it’s mainly the similar factor because the remaining technology plastic pen apart from that and the pen nib holder being incorporated within the pen.

The most important development from the former Intuos CTL-490 collection is more than likely the loss of line wiggle when doing sluggish diagonal strains. It most effective has the slightest wiggle which is totally unnoticeable with no ruler. This can be a transparent development from the former technology Intuos.


Total, the Wacom Intuos 2018 is totally use-able and you shouldn’t have any issues making artwork with it, however the quantity of pen nib put on is slightly top so I hesitate to counsel it.

I used to be all the time in doubt about the standard court cases of pen nib put on being ridiculous with Wacom as a result of I had no issues of pen nib put on on my earlier Wacom pills, however this pill noticeably flattened my nib in one day so I in point of fact haven’t any selection however to confess that the Wacom Intuos 2018 surely has the pen nib put on drawback.

On the other hand, if the pill floor texture can get rubbed off like at the earlier Intuos and Intuos Professional, then it’s conceivable that the nib put on will forestall going on at this alarming velocity after sufficient use.

From my enjoy, I might truthfully counsel by contrast pill except you in point of fact need a type of bundled methods.

Puts to shop for the pill

Wacom Retailer | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Folks residing in different areas will have to test their areas Amazon or touch Wacom immediately to peer if they’re going to send to them.

You probably have any questions concerning the pill, be at liberty to invite me!

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