Wacom, best known for its range of award-winning graphics tablets and interactive displays for designers and photographers has announced a new Bluetooth wireless version of its flagship Intuos4 pen tablet.

According to Wacom, the new Bluetooth Intuos4 will communicate reliably over distances of up to 10 metres and will allow users to move about the room and work "unattached" from a computer.

Available in one size - medium, the Intuos4 Wireless has an asymmetrical design that puts the Wacom Touch Ring and the customisable ExpressKeys on one side of the tablet, making them all available to the user’s non-dominant hand.

The ExpressKeys promise to help improve workflow and boost productivity by placing commonly-used commands right at the user’s fingertips. Illuminated OLED displays provide helpful reminders as to the function of each ExpressKey Wacom insists.

Settings are application-specific, and the displays will immediately update as the user changes between applications. To switch the tablet from right-handed to left-handed use, the user simply rotates the tablet 180 degrees and changes the orientation of the illuminated icons within the Wacom tablet driver software.

The Touch Ring on the Intuos4 Wireless is capable of controlling up to four different functions in any application. A button located in the centre of the ring toggles the ring between application-specific functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment or canvas rotation. The position of the illuminated LED located along the perimeter of the Touch Ring indicates the current function.

Compatible with a wide range of creative applications including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Corel Painter, the Intuos4 Wireless is priced at £359.99 including VAT and will be available from end of March 2010.

Purchasers of the Intuos4 Wireless pen tablet are entitled to a choice of one application from a selection of three creative applications offered by manufacturers Adobe, Autodesk and Corel. Users will be able to select applications via download.

More details can be found at www.wacom.eu.