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The pen stand has a surprise that many people who buy this tablet usually miss. Inside the stand holds 10 nibs and a nib extractor. You can use the metal ring to remove the nib from your pen and replace it with another nib to simulate different media. It comes with plenty of standard black replacement nibs as well as three gray felt nibs, one flex nib, and one gray spring nib.
The tablet surface has a slightly different texture than the other Wacom tablets. It’s slightly smoother than the Intuos4 so that your nibs don’t wear out as fast while keeping the paper-like feel. It has four LED backlit corners to show your active area leaves some space around it so that you can end your strokes without hitting the surface edge. While the surface is still prune to scratches (as expected with any tablet), it doesn't have a plastic protective cover that you'd find on many other tablets. Mine has a few scratches but they're only slightly noticeable and it doesn't affect my drawings. The surface is replaceable should it be damaged. However, because the surface has integrated touch electronics, you have to send it in to Wacom to replace it for you for a "nominal fee". If you're concerned about scratching your tablet, you can place a screen protector or paper over it and it will still work.
On a multi-monitor setup, the surface covers all of your monitors by default. You can set up a button to have it toggle between different displays but there were many times when pressing the button did nothing. I'm also experiencing a bug where if I lock it to one screen (i.e. the middle screen of a triple-monitor setup), my pen can move just 1 pixel too far to the right which makes the cursor go to the next screen. If you're using a triple-monitor setup and want your tablet to cover all three screens, I highly recommend you go for the large version.
Photoshop supports gestures and you can use the Wacom Intuos5 gestures to do common things such as pinch to zoom, rotate to rotate view, and three-finger swipe to move. Place your finger over the tablet buttons and a HUD will appear. This lets you keep your eyes on your screen and away from the tablet. The touch is very responsive - just as responsive as you'd get from a trackpad or tablet like the iPad. But because of its size, it's more tedious to use than a laptop's trackpad. Increasing the pointer speed setting helped a lot. It's also smart. If you have the pen nearby, the touch will turn off automatically and back on when the pen is away from the tablet.