According to Wacom's site, Special Edition means:
What is alternate transparent overlay?The Intuos3 Special Edition:
* Comes in a sophisticated, handsome black and gun metal gray color (versus metallic or satin gray)
* Includes an Intuos3 Classic Pen, in addition to the Intuos3 Grip Pen
* Includes an alternate transparent overlay
* Includes a Professional Accessory Kit that includes: 5 Standard nibs, 5 Felt nibs, 5 Stroke nibs, 5 Flex nibs, an alternate Pen Grip (without side switch holes), a nib removal tool and a replacement side switch.
With a cool new look and valuable accessories, the Intuos3 SE promises to bring the work of digital content creation to a new level of enjoyment for the serious designer, photographer, and artist. Turn on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and over 100 other leading software applications.
Intuos pen tablets use Wacom's professional pen technology to give you the natural feel and superior performance of our patented, cordless and battery-free technology. Intuos3 tablets run on both PCs and Macs.
From what I've found on Google Images, SE has a very, very and very shining black colour. This shining thing bothers me pretty much. Ordinary edition has a mat (or half-mat) colour. Is what I'm saying correct? Would anyone give a self-made photo, especially 6x11/A5 wide (I don't want those marketing photos, they're looking pretty different than in reality)?
Besides the colour difference, there's are accessories differences.
Ordinary edition has only Grip Pen, 1 stroke nib, 1 felt nib, and 3 standard nibs.
Special edition has additionaly Classic Pen, 5 Standard nibs, 5 Felt nibs, 5 Stroke nibs, 5 Flex nibs, an alternate Pen Grip (without side switch holes), a nib removal tool and a replacement side switch.
What are differences between Classic Pen and Grip Pen?
Is it a good idea to have so many nibs? Do they get used so fastly?
And the final and general questions - do you think it's a good idea to buy a Special Edition, or it's just a.. marketing move?