Wacom Intuos SM (CTL4100) Drawing Tablet Review

Do you inspire yourself to create? Or create to get inspired? Either which ways the Wacom Intuos SM (CTL4100) drawing tablet will be the perfect partner for you that lets you create instantly whenever your inner artist arises. It is beyond doubt that this can be my favorite piece of device because it jots out every possibility of errors or differences that will occur between pen and paper creation and this drawing tablet one. Your digital illustrations can be brought to life with this device that has fantastic features and specs to its name. This affordable drawing tablet does not fail to impress when it comes to its efficiency, but does my claim do it all? Let’s check it out.

Wacom Intuos SM (CTL4100)

Available on Amazon

There is no specific audience that this audience caters to. This drawing tablet is in for an artist there is who wants to create instantly with better software supports and features that are designed to satisfy the consumer who uses this device. It unlike any regular drawing tablets I have seen and has a beautiful appearance with its dotted workspace. This drawing tablet has the best of functioning capacities and pressure level tolerance with a fantastic body design that is built not just to impress but also to work without disturbances. Further details might give you an in-and-out look of this drawing tablet which I’m sure will impress you because hey, I say quality and affordability is rare!


The Wacom Intuos SM (CTL4100) is a very jolly looking device because of its different frame available for the tablet. The frames are available right from berry colors to black premium color. (That is only when you choose certain colors, but some models like this one are limited with the frame color). This drawing tablet is slim and sleek with its body design being 8.8mm thin with the body dimension ranging 7.9 x 6.3 inch. Being an entry-level device, this drawing tablet certainly has the best of ergonomic features, thanks to its left and right-hand side body compatibility and also because it weighs only 8.2 ounces. It is easy to carry it around and plug it easily into desktops and start creating. The portability also makes it great for an entry-level device.

Design of Wacom Intuos SM

The active workspace or the drawing area of the tablet is 6.0 x 3.7 inch which is tiny yet useful. It is designed perfectly to suit desktop needs, and the dotted screen space also makes the appearance lovely. The manufacturers certainly could have given the screen space much more consideration as you see the shortcut keys and the thick bezel around it are unnecessary. But hey, why complain when you 7 inch of active area with more than 75% of the tablet area is active. Also, the finishing of the tablet is superb with the curved edges. The drawing tablet comes in two different sizes; medium and small, according to your needs. Both the sizes are ideally suited to desktop needs and significantly consider the comfort of your hand with which you create.

Press keys

This drawing tablet features four large shortcut keys on top of the active area which can be used for minimizing the tasks at hand. They are easy and comfortable to use because of its positioning with the active area. Upon purchasing this tablet, you can customize those four shortcut keys and assign them certain task functions which make your workflow efficient and quick.

Press keys and working area of Wacom Intuos SM

These shortcut keys don’t have names too, but the tablet only has four of them hence it does not pose a huge problem to use them. Unlike other drawing tablets, the shortcut keys of this device are comparatively better and not unnecessarily infused onto the chest of the tablet (Meaning – You can do better with four keys instead of 12 keys). These keys are not necessary to use but will be better if you remember with the task assigned to each one of them. For an entry-level tablet, this is pretty impressive.

Compatibility and software specifications

Apart from being fantastic on the build and efficient key qualities, this drawing tablet also gives the edge of dual-platform compatibility. It supports both Windows 7 or later and Mac OS 10.11 and higher. It is very efficient with both the OS and works quickly without dumbing down on speed or response. Additionally, you also get three software free with this tablet. The three software is Corel Painter Essentials 6, Corel After Shot 3, and Clip Studio Paint Pro with two years of license. It did the very much part to hook me up with this tablet instantly, and on top of that, the driver software makes the whole experience of this tablet whole and complete. This drawing tablet has 4096 Levels of pressure tolerance, and it ranks high according to the entry-level category it is in. It also has a pen resolution of 2540 LPI which won’t promise you a premium-ultra-smooth experience, but it is decent and fair to the price you pay.

Battery-free Pen

4096 levels pen of Wacom Intuos SM

The battery-free pen of this tablet has 4k pressure sensitivity and has amazing accuracy delivering you a pen-on-paper experience. Additionally, it also has EMR control which provides precision and control to your drawing skills. This digital pen has the perfect grip and can be ergonomic for both right and left-handers. You will naturally get comfortable with the pen as it is designed for natural comfort and grip with the holding.


  • Battery-free pen
  • Decent pressure levels
  • Pen-on-paper accuracy
  • Dual platform compatibility
  • Three additional software for free
  • Affordable
  • Portable
  • Four shortcut keys

Final Verdict

The Wacom Intuos SM (CTL4100) is an entry level drawing tablet that comes in for around $80 (Amazon) that delivers you more than what the price says. It is the perfect device for anyone looking out for a drawing tablet without incurring heavy costs but wishes for nice and decent features.

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