Wacom's Intuos Manga Tablet Released

Is manga and anime creation such a large market that it requires a dedicated tablet? Wacom apparently thinks so, judging from the release of its Intuos Manga tablet (as a reminder, Wacom's Bamboo line of tablets was recently rebranded as Intuos).

From a hardware perspective, the Manga 8.3 x 7.0 x 0.4 inch tablet provides a resolution of 2540 lpi, and offers a multi-touch surface that lets users zoom, scroll and position their work using intuitive gestures, while four customizable ExpressKeys make shortcuts easily accessible. As one would expect, the Wacom pressure-sensitive pen technology is in evidence, with a kit for wireless connection available as an option.

What sets this apart is the inclusion of Smith Micro Systems' Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8. Anime Studio Debut 9 is currently priced at $49.99, while Manga Stdio Debut 4 is priced at $49.99. Given that the cost of the tablet is $99, it in effect cancels out the cost of these applications, although it's puzzling why an older version of Anime Studio Debut was included.

This is basically an entry-level version of Wacom's tablets, made a bit more seductive with the inclusion of entry-level manga and anime creation apps. As such, it's a pretty good deal.