23" + small intuos = nononono
unless you're going to use it in mouse mode, which, I believe, is gonna kill some of cool features such as tilt recognition
small one is fine if you're painting on a 13" laptop and need portability for example
I've been painting with large intuos 3 for a couple of years, and was especially happy upon getting a full-HD screen
getting smooth strokes on a big screen is a breeze. it would be a big deal with a small tablet.
on the fourth day of glitchmas my painter™ gave to me
four random crashes, three broken brushes, two system hangups & one corrupted workspace