Wacom recently announced the Wacom Intuos 4, and I gotta say, it seems really, really nice!
"2048 pressure levels that accurately detect fingertip nuances
The newly developed pen IC has increased the processing speed of pen pressure
information. Thanks to this development, the previous 1024 pressure levels available on
the Intuos3 have been doubled to 2048 in the new Intuos4. The accurate detection of
fingertip nuances provides you with even more realistic paintbrush touch expression.
New tip sensor provides full expressiveness even with light brushstrokes
The sensor in the pen tip that detects stroke pressure is now equipped with the newly
developed second-generation Tip Sensor. The minimum ON weight (minimum weight
sensed by the pen tip) of 10 grams for the Intuos3 has been reduced to 1 gram in the
Intuos4, giving you the best possible power of expression when drawing with even lighter
Assisting Increased efficiency in creative work
Shortcuts and other operations that you use frequently can be set to the
Function Keys, reducing hand movement to the absolute minimum so
you can concentrate more on your creative works. Also, the functions set
to these buttons are displayed in the Function Display for quick and easy
Touchwheel – improving the operability of software
Operations such as zooming, changing brush size, layer switching,
and rotating the canvas can now be performed at the touch of a finger. (Only functions
with supported software.)
Customizable to personal tastes
In addition to the Function Keys and Touchwheel functions mentioned above that can be
set as desired, the following functions are also customizable to personal tastes.
• 3 different kinds of pen nibs with varying friction,
and one spare vertically moving spare lead, all
stored conveniently in the pen stand.
• Thick rubber grip for the standard grip pen means
you can change the thickness of the grip as
• You can also further customize your product by using one of the optional pens
including the newly developed art pen, or by using one of the other options
including spare leads, rubber grips, and overlay sheets.
Industrial design to improve working efficiency for any working style
• With all operation keys arranged on one side and a vertically symmetrical design,
the product is perfect for left or right handed use simply by rotating 180 degrees
• Demountable USB connecting cable (excluding Extra Large)
• Upper surface of function keys are slanted for easy fingertip recognition, so you don’t
have to look down to see where the keys are
Effect on the financial forecast of new model
The Intuos4 will be available through most national electrical stores, computer stores, and
our own online shop, “Wacom Store”. We aim to sell 500,000 units worldwide within the 1st
year after the product is launched. There will be no revision of consolidated FY08 financial
forecast by the shipment beginning from March for the new model available."
(Text taken from Wacom.com and can be found here[PDF])