Wacom Intuos A5 Wide Review 1
by Aether in
Tablets Tech

Last Updated on January 22, 2019 by Aether

The Intuos range is intended primarily for graphic design professionals. If you’re unsure about that, then the relatively high price of the unit should convince you. It’s expensive, but is it worth it?

  • Dimensions – 418 x 262 x 14 mm
  • Active area – 271 x 159 mm
  • Resolution -5080 dpi
  • Sensitivity to inclination – yes
  • Pen pressure levels – 1024

Key features

Among the features of Intuos tablets are what Wacom calls ExpressKeys on both sides of the tablet: buttons that reproduce the Ctrl/Cmd, Shift, Alt/Opt, Space and zoom in/out controls. Except to enter text, a handwriting recognition module is integrated, the tablet can be used autonomously throughout work on a drawing, or photo, to draw a straight line, move the sheet, zoom on detail to touch up, all this without using the keyboard again.

The pen

Its default settings suited us very well: for our drawings, our variations on the pressure and inclination of the pen had a perfect impact on the screen. This proper handling, better than the others, is found in particular in handwriting. Here, the writing reproduced on the screen is ours, and its automatic recognition is perfect, without the slightest error. This is not the case on more affordable models, which are obviously less accurate than this expensive model. Nevertheless, despite the effectiveness of the system, we stick to short paragraphs.

The rubber also works perfectly and the pressure on it affects the width of the erased lines.


There’s not much to adjust, just the basic settings of the stylus and eraser were fine with us.

We are in dual screen: by default, the tablet matches both monitors at once. We preferred to confine it to a single screen; we gained in precision in the drawings even if the mouse became essential again.

Strong points

  • Quality pen that is pressure-sensitive, tilt-sensitive, with eraser
  • Good accuracy of strokes and writing
  • A5 wide format perfect for a 22 or 24 inc

Low points

  • The buttons on the sides can disturb graphic designers who accidentally graze them
  • Very heavy: not easy to carry around
  • We advise you to buy a protective cover if you move it: without it, it will quickly get damaged.


It is a more expensive tool than the many other models out there, but this one is definitely more suitable for professional use. The sensitivity to pressure, inclination, range, and fineness make it a really practical tool, which comes to be used as naturally as a mouse.

Note: the Special Edition version is a little more expensive, but with the airbrush.

Last update on 2020-10-14 at 19:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Aether has been playing World of Warcraft since 2006. In his youth he raided 7 days a week, but now just plays with friends doing Mythic dungeons and Arena. He swaps his main more often than he should.
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