Wacom’s drawing tablets are the industry-leading accessories for digital artists and creative professionals everywhere. Newly released this year is the Wacom One, an entry-level pen display for those who aren’t yet ready (or don’t have the budget) for the Cintiq line. Because it’s priced very close to the popular Wacom Intuos Pro Medium, choosing between the two is interesting and more difficult. Here’s our breakdown of the pros and cons of these Wacom pen tablets.
Wacom One vs Intuos Pro Tablet Comparison Chart
|Model||Wacom One||Intuos Pro Medium (PTH660)|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
|Type||Pen Display||Pen Tablet|
|Active Area||13.3″||8.7″ x 5.8″|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels||n/a|
|Dimensions||8.9″ x 14.1″ x 0.6″||8.5″ x 13.2″ x 0.3″|
|Weight||2.2 lb||1.54 lb|
|Pen Pressure Levels||4096||8192|
|Pen Tilt Angle||60 degrees||60 degrees|
|Pen Resolution||2540 lpi||5080 lpi|
|Replacement Nibs||3||6 standard, 4 felt|
|Stand||Built-in 19-degree legs||Desktop pen stand|
Clip Studio Paint (6 months free)
Adobe Creative Cloud or Adobe Premiere Rush CC (2 months free)
Adobe Fresco (6 months free)
|Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (2 months free)|
|Compatibility||Windows, Mac, Android||Windows, Mac|
|Released||January 2020||January 2017|
The Wacom One has a display while the Wacom Intuos Pro has customizable buttons.
As you can see, there’s a fundamental difference between the Wacom One and Intuos Pro. Wacom makes the distinction easy by categorizing them as a pen display and a pen tablet, respectively.
The AHVA display on the Wacom One means you’ll be looking down at the tablet itself while using it. Meanwhile, the Wacom Intuos Pro simply plots its surface to your monitor, so you’d still be looking up to your computer’s display. This is perhaps the most important consideration when choosing between these drawing tablets, since the overall experience is substantially different.
The Wacom One’s 13.3-inch display is larger than the screen size of the iPad Pro, so you have plenty of drawing space to use. Its resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels makes it as sharp as most displays, but the screen might seem dim if you’re working in a well-lit room or office space. Its color accuracy isn’t the best either, managing only 72% of the NTSC color gamut.
You can easily spot the 8.7 x 5.8 inch active area on the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium thanks to the corner ticks on its surface. Of course, the most noticeable features there are the Touch Ring and ExpressKeys, which can enhance your productivity a lot.
The Wacom Intuos Pro has better precision and control than the Wacom One.
Because the Wacom One is intended as an entry-level device for the more expensive and professional-grade Cintiq tablets, it has a few compromises to make. It has half the pen pressure levels and pen resolution of the Wacom Intuos Pro. That means you’ll find the Intuos Pro to be more precise and responsive to your brush strokes. They’re both virtually lag-free, however, so you get nearly the same natural tracking. Drawing on either one will feel like drawing on paper or canvas with an actual pen.
That rings truer for the Wacom One, since you’re drawing on the display itself and can see your lines appear on the surface you’re working on. If you’re used to sketching on paper, there’s very little adjustment to make. It does mean you’ll be looking down onto your canvas though, which can strain your neck and back. There are pop-out legs which you can use to tilt the Wacom One to a 19-degree angle for better ergonomics but it only lessens the need for breaks and some stretching.
In comparison, since you’ll still be sitting up normally and looking at your monitor while using the Wacom Intuos Pro, there’s less stress on your neck even after long hours of use. More importantly, the Touch Ring and customizable ExpressKeys do wonders in speeding up your workflow. You can set each one to your favorite shortcuts, letting you switch brushes quickly, undo previous changes, and more. With the Wacom One, you’ll still have to depend on your keyboard and mouse or use the in-display menus.
The Wacom One includes more bonus software than the Wacom Intuos Pro.
Wacom One is loaded with bonus software, though they’re time-limited access for the most part. You get 2 months complimentary access to either Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan or Adobe Premiere Rush CC (your choice), as well as 6 months access to Clip Studio Paint. These make the Wacom One an excellent choice for your very first drawing tablet indeed.
In addition, Wacom includes its own Bamboo Paper app in the device. This lets the Wacom One work as a standalone drawing tool, which is a clear advantage over the Intuos Pro. It includes all of the features in the Pro Pack, too, so you get all of the tools for free.
Meanwhile, the Wacom Intuos Pro only offers 2 months free access to Adobe CC Photography Plan. It’s not surprising since it’s intended for professionals who likely already have their preferred graphic design applications.
Finally, Wacom added Android compatibility for the Wacom One. You’ll be able to use it with select Android smartphones, and even use their stylus pens too, in addition to Windows and Mac.
The Wacom One requires cables while the Wacom Intuos Pro can be connected wirelessly.
Unlike most peripherals, the Wacom One needs to be plugged in multiple ways in order to work. The included Wacom One X-Shape Cable has four different plugs: an HDMI port to feed video into the Wacom One, a USB-A to transmit input from the tablet to the computer, a USB-C to connect both to the device itself, and finally an AC adapter for power. Without proper cabling management, this can result in messy setups, especially for desktop PCs.
In contrast, the Wacom Intuos Pro only needs a single USB cable to connect it to a PC or laptop. You also have the option of connecting it via Bluetooth for max convenience and least clutter.
Both Wacom Pro Pen 2 (for the Intuos Pro) and Wacom One Pen don’t require batteries to function, so they take away the hassle of recharging stylus devices such as with the
The Wacom One is better suited for beginners; the Wacom Intuos Pro for serious illustrators.
Wacom makes it clear that the Wacom One is a drawing tablet for those new to this style of creating digital art. Having a display you can draw on makes it easier to transfer your skills if you’re used to working on paper and other physical canvas. Moreover, it includes bonus software that can get you started right away in exploring your digital creativity.
Creative professionals who value shortcuts and quick tool switching will appreciate the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium more. It’s a lot more point and pressure-sensitive, allowing greater control and accuracy. Drawing on a tablet while looking at a separate display may take beginners some getting used to, but it becomes second nature once you familiarize yourself to it.
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