Can't comment on the intuos, but I got the (larger) bamboo pen and touch to use with my laptop for product design sketching. I haven't used a smaller one, but I'm pretty happy with the size of it. Works well. I soon found I wanted something where I could draw directly onto the screen though... so started looking at Cintiqs.
Instead of getting a Cintiq I got a samsung SLATE 7 tablet pc (it uses a wacom digitizer in the screen) used on ebay for about £300. So if you really want a cintiq but don't want to spend 1k, have a look at these. And now it means I have a full Windows 8 tablet PC that I can carry around too.
It doesn't support as much pressure sensitivity as a full cintiq, but there is still plenty- Photoshop doesn't even support what the cintiqs are capable of.
You might not be interested in any of that, but thought I'd suggest it in case!