Intuos4 is far superior when it comes to pen drawing. Multi-touch, naa, I got a 24HDT, and most programs doesn't support multi-touch good enough for it to be even remotely useful (only Corel Painter 12.2 seems to do this well enough), most programs with multi touch have too slow zooming (and lakes adjustment functions) etc.
I almost never used the touch feature on my bamboo. In fact, I turned it off everytime I used it, because it only gets in the way when drawing. Mouse is better when using the computer, and pen is better when drawing.
If that is the only issue, go with Intuos. Much better.
Be aware that with the Intuos4 (and5?) there are a few issues. Nib wear has been a huge issue many complained about due to the textured surface Wacom bagan using to simulate paper. Also many had issues with the USB cord breaking off. I myself was looking for an Intuos 3 for these reasons. It has a more smooth surface, though the pressure levels are less (i think) than the 4 and 5. Most cant tell the difference anyway it seems.
As for touch controls I personally found them to be fairly impractical for my workflow. The idea sounds neat but it just feels awkward on my old Bamboo.
These days I would suggest looking into 'Monoprice' tablets. Theyre dirt cheap and arguably outperform Wacom tablets. Check out Frendens reviews of them, there others on Youtube etc.: [link]
I use a Bamboo Create at the office and an Intuos5 (large) at home. They're both fantastic and I love both of them.
There are a lot of benefits to the Intuos - particularly in the size options and the greater flexibility for programming the express keys - but if I had to use the bamboo all the time, I would probably be almost as happy as I am now.
If you're interested in touch, the Intuos5 has touch... not sure why you're looking at the Intuos4 at this point. I haven't totally warmed up to touch for either of my tablets yet, but I'm trying to work it into my workflow, and I can see it being quite useful.
Intuos5 touch tablets do not have exchangeable surface overlays, so surface/nib wear may be a problem. Intuos4 has exchangeable surfaces, so it's less of an issue. Also, the touch feature is pretty useless. You can get Intuos4:s for cheap right now. I just ordered a medium one for €200.
Good points. My coworker used his intuos4 without the overlay extensively and wore out the surface texture... However once that texture was gone, the nib wear went away (like the older models that didn't have that surface texture.). Depends on what you want.
And yeah, like I say, I haven't really gotten them into my workflow. I work with guys, though, that have totally ditched their mouse and go off the the touch on their tablet. I guess I'm still too old school for that.
I've tried navigating with tablet touch, before. It's better than a laptop touchpad, but it's not as good as a mouse. I guess people who are used to using laptops - or tablets, non-drawing-kind - all the time would have an easier time with them, but I've never found them as easy to use.
I don't think it's old school to prefer to use a mouse instead of a touchpad. It's just better ergonomics.
I have an Intuos4, a replacement for a stolen Bamboo Fun. The Intuos4 (and presumably Intuos5) is a much better tablet with more precise control. I don't know how sensitive non-Wacom tablets are.
That being said, do you have Photoshop? I love my Intuos to pieces but they're designed to be most useful with Photoshop. You get what you pay for with the tablets (even with Wacom), but the Bamboo is far from bad! I'd decide based on how much you're comfortable spending.
PS - Replacement pens for Intuos tablets cost significantly more, so keep that in mind when you make your decision! They're durable, so you may never need a replacement, but I have animals that sometimes get a hold of my pens so it's a factor for me. XD
There are some features of the scrollpad part on the Intuos4 specifically designed for Photoshop though, and won't work in GIMP, at least not on Windows. The pressure part works great in most art applications, though, definitely agreed there.
thank you for your reply! the thing is - I rarely use Photoshop. I'm mostly Sai-GIMP user... And it stops me from getting Wacom, because I've heard that they are better designed for Photoshop. and Wacom will work with Sai and GIMP as well (or as bad) as Aiptek.
I'd go for the Bamboo fun, then! It's cheaper. I'm mainly a Sai user myself. I loved GIMP until the last update (seriously, I have to Export I can't Save As the file type I want anymore? Booo.) but I managed to get the CS2 Creative Suite during Adobe's little oopsies (as well as save the installation files) so I'm quite pleased. XD
I have Fun Pen and Touch but I actually rarely use the touch function I always use the touchpad on my laptop, so I am used to touchpad. The reason I didn't get intuos is simply cuz I don't use my tablet enough for that price.
My friend has one of the huge ass intuos tablets and it's just better I suppose. But fun pen and touch is definitely a very good one, so whatever you chose: you'll never make a bad decision!!
I have the Fun Pen and Touch and I have to say the buttons that you can customize are beyond fabulous for working in Photoshop (I set mine to Ctrl+ Ctrl- Alt+Ctrl+z) and really speeds up workflow (Not sure if Intuos has that too) To be truthful, I don't care much about or for the Multi Touch function personally, I find it awkward and unnatural and I just disable the touch function for this reason.
I think most of it comes down to personal preference of working area, pressure sensitivity, and price. Bamboos are great tablets- I've had one over four years and it's never failed me! I think for the quality and price, it's unbeatable. Recently I've been looking into upgrading to an Intuos because I would like the larger working area and greater sensitivity (especially the pen tilt)- but these are extras I've only been thinking about after several years of digital painting. As far as professionalism goes, I've seen several professionals who use the Bamboo, so either tablet can get the job done. Something I'll say though that I've heard from fellow artists is that if you're going to get an Intuos, don't get a small- it makes more sense to go with the Bamboo in that case.