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Ive owned one of these for some time now. It was a big purchase at the time and i'm happy to see the price ease its way down from the price i payed back near its initial release. That aside the first thing what stuck me was how easy to install it was. Pop in the CD, plug in the tablet and in no time your presented with a short tutorial to get you used to the various neat features bundled with the device.
The tablet had two main modes, pen and touch ( clue is in the title). You can tell if your in either mode by a little light between the side buttons. white if its in touch mode and orange when the pen is close to signal pen mode. Touch mode allows gesture based features such as zoom in, scroll up/down, and rotate. Pen mode lets you draw with the pen and disables multi touch. This way you draw and can rest your hand on the tablet in a natural manner.
The side buttons are completely configurable they have pre set settings ( i can never remember which) i personally had mine set to Undo, Redo, Save and Pick colour. I should also mention that all the pen buttons and the touch gestures are fully customization in the driver settings, allowing you to tailor the tablet to your specific needs.
Sadly the drivers can cause occasional confusion between you and your computer but this issue seems to have been fixed in the driver updates.
Overall this is a brilliant tablet and a brilliant price for what it is. I would recommend this to any budding digital artist.
This is a review for the Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch CTH-661.
If you've never used one before, here's what you need to know. The table is about the size of a magazine and can be used to replace the function of your mouse/trackpad with a laptop or desktop computer. It plugs into a USB port and set up is quite straightforward. The tablet has a large trackpad in the middle, and a series of buttons down one side which operate in the same way as the buttons on your mouse. You can set up the tablet to operate either way up - ie to suit right- and left-handed people.
On the trackpad, in touch mode (ie using your fingers to operate it) you can easily move around the screen, just as on a normal trackpad. The larger area makes it easier to perform this function without having to move your finger back and forth like on a small trackpad. You can also use the trackpad to flick back and forth between internet pages, which once you've mastered the technique can make surfing the web even less effortful!
That said, the trackpad is on the sensitive side, and it is easy to make mistakes and perform functions you didn't intend. But it is quite intuitive to use - particularly if you are used to using a trackpad or magic mouse.
The second method of using the tablet is with the pen (provided, and there is a handy tube of fabric on the side of the tablet to keep the pen safe when not in use. The pen comes with spare nibs as they do wear out (though after a year mine is still fine). The pen really comes into its own when photo editing. These tablets are much used by graphic artists and photographers. They give a very fine level of control over painting tools, and in a more intuitive way for those who are more used to holding a paintbrush than manipulating a mouse.
So, do I recommend it? Well yes, but a qualified yes. My review is based on my need for this type of product as someone who does a lot of photo editing. I have found it invaluable for that and I know it has much speeded up the process of making fine adjustments, and improved the quality of my work. When I am not working on photos, I often switch back to a mouse, though I do use an Apple magic mouse which has much of the same functionality as a trackpad anyway. Bear in mind that it will take up a lot of space on your desk too (though you can turn off the 'touch' function to stop it operating if you brush over it by accident).
If you are not 'painting' or doing very fine alterations on photos then I'm not sure this is the product for you. For the functionality of the larger trackpad, the smaller tablet options offer much better value for money. But for the artist inside you bursting to get out... this is the one for you!
The wacom tablet presents a totally new way of working with your PC or Laptop (Or mac if youre that way inclined). It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you have, you'll never go back. It took me 3-4 days before I could use it properly, but once you've got it into your head. It's a dream.
*Touch AND Pen: the ability to use either fingers or the bamboo pen is pretty ingenious. Its like having a huge laptop track pad, which you can write on... allowing greater accuracy
*The sensitivity: the pen really is incredibly sensitive... it responds to pressure and movement. If youre using it to draw with for instance, then the line becomes thicker as you press harder, as you would find with a pencil or soft felt-tipped pen .
*The price: although this tablet is cheap compared to professional models. It is still fairly pricey for the home-consumer
*The buttons: if you're left handed it could pose a problem for you. Whilst i've had no problems using the pen with my right hand, if you were left handed I imagine the you would accidentally press the buttons accidentaly quite frequently
Id suggest this tablet to anyone.... If youre looking into it then you're probaly the kind of person who'll find it useful... You might want to look at the smaller model before making any decisions though.