I’ve been fortunate enough to have been selected by Wacom to do some preliminary testing on one of their soon to be released products: the Intuos Pro Companion. This is my first true product review, so bare with me…
After all the hype surrounding the Cintiq Companion line, Wacom decided that the Intuos line needed a bit of boost as well, and designed the Intuos Pro Companion (IC). Now you all know my stance on the Cintiq line, so I wasn’t exactly surprised when Wacom had chosen me as one of their testers for the IC. And let me tell you, after two weeks of constant use of this thing, and I mean 24 hour a day, I have to say I love it!
At first it was a little loud, and kinda leaky, so I kept trying to see if there were any missing parts. I don’t really know how to take it apart, especially since I’m not that confident in my skills in being able to put it back together, so I’ve decided to just live with the noise. And actually the noise appears only after about 3 or 4 hours of use, so I just take a bit of break, and it quiets down…strange, but it works. It must have some sort of built-in sensor that lets me know if it’s being overworked. I haven’t really figured out why it leaks so much yet…
But perhaps the biggest advance with the IC is the wireless capability. I’ve only ever used the corded versions of Intuoses (what’s the plural: Intui?) and I’ve heard the battery life sucks on the larger tablets when you use the cordless attachment, so I was blown away by this thing. It’s truly wireless. I can actually leave the house once in a while with it and it still works! Crazy.
I head back to regular work tomorrow (where I only have my large Intuos5), and I definitely am going to miss the IC, with which I somehow managed to meet deadlines and do some freelance. I don’t think I’ll be able to ever give it back- sorry, Wacom.
So all in all, I love the hell out of my new companion.
Oh, by the way: it’s the thing beside my old Intuos. :)