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DO NOT BUY THIS. 3-year old Li-Ion battery + latest Wacom firmware = UNUSABLE in Wireless mode
October 21, 2016
Seriously terrible and hugely overpriced - a complete waste of time & money. Had a problem with the first unit. Returned it and got a replacement - only to have exactly the same problem with the replacement unit.
Clearly the problem is with the design and the age of this version of Intuos Pro.
If you need a tablet, get a cheaper WIRED model from Wacom and save yourself ~$200. Nobody should be buying the Intuos Pro at this point in its product cycle. It's 3 years old, the Li-ion battery it comes with is garbage and the firmware for Macs is a dumpster fire.
This version of the Intuos Pro is 3 years old at this point - it was released in 2013. I probably should have known there would be issues just based on the design of the USB cable it came with - it uses the miniUSB design. There are no consumer electronics products that have miniUSB anymore - it's either microUSB or USB-C. The USB is not a problem per se - it's simply indicative of how old these >$300 tablets are. The battery life and firmware is bad. Plain bad. Awful. And that's likely because the moment you take it out of its brand new sealed box, you're dealing with a piece of hardware that is as old as the iPhone 5S.
The battery that comes in the box has clearly been sitting in the box for a few years. The way it holds charge is truly strange - while in wireless mode, the battery shuts off after 3-4 minutes of use. Turning it back on works just fine - it still has >97% of juice left. But then after another 3-4 minutes of use, it shuts off again. However, if you DO NOT USE the tablet, then it stays on >10 mins before the power saving mode shuts it off.
And you know what - Power Saving mode is fine when the device is not receiving any input from the user. But that's not what happens - what happens is that it shuts itself off in the middle of user input!
Which brings me to - firmware. I'm writing this in October of 2016 and Wacom just released a new version of the firmware for this tablet. And even with the latest version, the tablet shuts itself off after 3-4 minutes of wireless use. This is on a BRAND NEW tablet, fresh out of the box and charged to 100% (I even let it charge overnight just to make sure it's fully charged). To add insult to injury, the response time of the pen is downright embarrassing - the lag in wireless mode is so bad it makes the table completely unusable. First generation iPad with a $10 stylus had better response time than this Intuos Pro in wireless mode.
(I used it in Photoshop CC, latest version of Photoshop with latest version of Wacom firmware; Mac OS X 10.11.6).
Now, in wired mode this things works like magic. But... if I'm confined to using it in wired mode, then why am I paying a premium for the advertised wireless connectivity? Get yourself a <$100 Wacom and wait for them to release a new version of the Intuos Pro.
Model purchased: Intuos Pro SMALL