updated 07:45 am EST, Mon February 1, 2010
Wacom Intuos4 Wireless uses Bluetooth and battery
Wacom today unveiled its first completely wireless tablet controller. The Intuos4 Wireless makes its link to a Mac or Windows PC through Bluetooth and provides the full feature set of a tethered pad without occupying the valuable expansion space on a notebook. A lithium-ion battery keeps it running for up to 18 hours of semi-active use; USB both recharges it and provides a wired option for frequent use.
As a tablet, the Wireless provides a 9.4-inch diagonal surface area and a stylus with 2,048 levels of pressure. Wacom specifically caters to Mac users with labeled Command and Option key shortcuts, but all users have shortcuts to all eight keys as well as a touch ring that handles up to four different programmable commands per app.
The new Intuos4 is available to order now for $399; Wacom hasn't narrowed down the exact cost of replacement batteries but is expected to charge between $39 and $49. [via Crave]