The XIAOMI YOUPIN PTH-660/K Intuos Pro Digital Painting Board is a flat panel suitable for illustration design, with three types of choice. Improved pressure-sensitive stylus with responsive 8192 pressure sensitivity to provide accurate accuracy in use. The pen also has a built-in tilt support and no battery, so you don’t have to worry about charging. The enclosed pen holder is stylishly designed to ensure that your pen is always closed when you need it.
This tablet comes with a USB port and supports Windows 7 and later or Mac OS 10.10 or later operating systems. In paper mode, it also supports Bluetooth connectivity to mobile devices, and it has a more compact shape and a thinner design. It also has a larger area of activity. You can get multi-touch gestures, radial menus, customizable shortcuts, and simple pen-side switches.
The Intuos Pro is more stylish and compact than the old Wacom board. The medium sizes I used for this review were 13.2 inches wide, 8.5 inches high and 0.3 inches thick. Of course, the active area is much smaller because you need a baffle and eight customizable Express Keys and touch ring spaces. The effective area is 8.82 x 5.83 inches. If you’re curious, the larger size is 16.8 x 11.2 x 0.3 and the effective area is 12.24 x 8.5 inches.
In practice, PTH-660/K Intuos Pro runs well. The surface of the sketchpad provides a lot of resistance and it feels natural to move the pen around the active area. Notably, if you don’t like the default surface, Wacom sells a different overlay, a smoother or rougher surface, and you can apply it to the sketchpad. Wrap sampler slices with surface options.
The pen feels very good, too. It’s more comfortable, thinner and smaller than the pen on my old Wacom board. The grip will be comfortable for a long time and there will be no problem with slipping. The pen also senses tilt and has little delay when using the device over USB. That said, the Bluetooth connection is working fine, but the lag may be a bit obvious. This is great for photo editors, but I can see people doing a lot of painting or painting that wants to stick to a USB connection.
On one side of the device are eight Express keys and four haptic feedback. More precisely, the top and bottom buttons in each group of four are smooth, then one button has raised points and the other button has raised lines. This allows you to distinguish between buttons without looking down. This is a small detail of the macro plan, but it is still useful.
When editing images in Photoshop, the shortcut keys and radial touch areas on the drawing board work very well, as do the buttons on the pen itself. Once you get used to the workflow, drawing images quickly, zooming in and out, repairing brushes, repairing, and so on are all very fast. When using layer masks, this is a very standard part of my editing process, and the Wacom Sketchpad is incomparable to a touch pad or mouse.
In short, XIAOMI YOUPIN PTH-660/K Intuos Pro allows you to return to your roots by putting a pen on paper to create images, a tactile experience that many young digital artists may be disconnected from. If you’ve been editing with the mouse or touch pad for years, you’ll no doubt have a bit of a learning curve with the pen, but with some practice, you might find that the device speeds up editing and makes tools like dodge, burn, and clone tags more accurate.