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Wacom manufactures two rival lines of drawing tablets: the Wacom Cintiq series and the Wacom Intuos (Pro) series.
This quick comparison article will cover the key differences and similarities of the Intuos vs Cintiq in real-world use – you won’t find the manufacturer’s specs here, just the points that actually matter in practice to let you know, “is Cintiq worth it?”
So, let’s start with a quick summary of the use cases for each of the Wacom tablets, followed by more detailed reviews further down the article.
Wacom Cintiq 16
The Wacom Cintiq is designed for those drawing or making line art, as it most closely replicates physical drawing techniques.
The Cintiq line is expensive, but the screen is particularly useful if you struggle to draw on a regular tablet while looking at a separate monitor, as it makes hand-eye coordination much easier. The Cintiq is less useful for painting and photo editing, so you may want to consider the cheaper Intuos range.
Pen sensitivity and drawing feel are very close to the Intuos Pro. If the 16″ model is too small, there is also a Cintiq 22″.
Wacom Intuos M
The Wacom Intuos is for those on a budget who still want a premium drawing tablet that you will use every day.
The pen and drawing feel are on a par with the Cintiq, but the lack of a screen dramatically reduces the cost of this tablet. The Intuos is very easy to use and has a very high build quality.
If you can live without a screen and are a hobbyist user, this is probably your best choice of tablet – you are unlikely to notice the extra features of the Intuos Pro below.
Wacom Intuos Pro M
The Wacom Intuos Pro is best suited to professional photo editors / artists and those who rely on keyboard shortcuts.
With the most customizable buttons of any Wacom tablet, and the ability to add texture sheets to change the surface feel of the drawing pad, the Intuos Pro series offers the best pen pressure sensitivity and accuracy that Wacom provides.
If you want a top-end, premium product and don’t care about a screen, then you can’t get better than this – I use an Intuos Pro for my photo editing.