Review- Wacom- Bamboo Pen & Touch
Hello, and welcome to a review of the Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch. I recently purchased the item as I am an artist myself, using programs such as Photoshop and Flash. Now, let’s get onto it.
This is a fairly simple tablet as you should be able to tell, and the price is fair considering the other products that are being offered from Wacom. Retail prices start at about $100, but you can easily find discounts on websites such as Amazon.com or Ebay. I purchased mine at Best Buy, and couldn’t wait to get home to open it and try it out. It is well boxed and neat. The tablet itself has a usable touch pad with a 5.8 x 3.6 inch resolution. The pen requires no batteries, and is fairly simple to get used to after a day or so. The programs that come with it (Photoshop Elements and an Add-on) are very useful, although I would use something else such as Photoshop or the free program GIMP. It doesn’t use an LCD screen like the Cintiq line, thus it can be powered from the USB port, making it very portable. It is thing, stylish, and it has four mappable keys that you can use for shortcuts.
Overall, the Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch is a simple and useful tool for a beginner and is easy to adapt to. At the price of $100, it beats many other tablets with quality and size, although there are others larger than this one. Although you could put in a few more hundred for a larger or more professional tablet, this seems to be more portable than others and is more for beginners than intermediate artists. There are many pros and cons to this, although it is a very high quality product. The pen tips usually need replacements every few months, but there are a few in the package, so make sure to keep those somewhere safe.
Pros- Easy to adapt to, mappable keys, free programs, beginner, average size, no external power source needed, portable
Cons- May scratch after extended periods of use (6 months-1 year), the tablet may respond incorrectly to certain touches, size, had more space for other buttons although it was more cosmetic than useful
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