Are they really better than the v4.0 models?
I mean: they seems to be a small improvements for the standard use, and the previous line could drop in price quickly. Don't you agree?
Pen technology is exactly the same. I can tell you after some days of intense use that the extended surface area and the new buttons are real improvements for me, I can do more in the same time. I am a fan of keyboard shortcuts, I use too many of them when I work to be happy with the gestures, but I am sure that Wacom (and software companies) are working to implement more gestures (the hardware supports tons, it is just a matter of software for what I understood). I would go for the 5 with touch support, and I think that is worth the extra money from a 4. Buying the latest product is always more expensive, but when the product allows you to work better, it is definitely worth it.