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The bamboo Wacom, is a digital replacement for a pencil and paper and can also be used as a mouse. The wacom provides a range of features that aid a digital artist in drawing on the computer.
I bought this product because i'm a freelance CG artist and can't afford the higher end wacom tablets. I bought it about a year ago for around £80; however you can pick them up quite bit cheaper these days. It was a bit of a nightmare to install, but once i got it working it was quite simple to use. For the price, it definitely does the job. I use it every now and again and i'm still using the first nib that came with the pen. If it's something you're going to use everyday then it's worthwhile spending more money and getting a bigger more advanced wacom. It's a good alternative to a mouse and may help if you have RSI problems. I just wish it came with a pen holder rather than the tiny bit of fabric at the end of the wacom. The nib feel is simply like drawing with a felt tip pen; the sound it makes while you're using it might drive you crazy. I have never really used the button feature on it; so to me their a bit pointless. The size is around A5, it's just about big enough. It's lightweight and easy to carry around at no inconvenience. It's quite a difficult product to use in 3d programs but works effectively in any other image/video editing software.
To sum it up: if your looking for a cheaper wacom that will work effectively then I would recommend this product, but if it's something you need everyday and it's crucial for your job then dig deeper into your pockets and splash out for the better/high-end version.
The Wacom Bamboo Fun S Pen & Touch is one of the smaller tablets within the Wacom range, arguably some of the best graphics tablets money can buy. Don't let its size fool you however; this is a very capable bit of kit.
If you wanted a basic Wacom tablet with no extras then I'd advise a bog standard one without the 'fun' tag. This model however for its size is one of the most feature packed tablets on the market, with both pen and finger touch capability, and a big wad of bundled software. It comes with Photoshop Elements, which is a stripped down Photoshop but with a surprising amount of functionality, able to do the majority of basic-intermediate photo editing tasks. There is also a full version of Artrage, a decent graphics illustration program that is good to test the tablet out on.
There are also some little games and apps, although these are mostly rubbish and not worth bothering with. On the left side of your screen, you will find a little arrow that when pressed will pop up the handwriting recognition box. This surprised me with its accuracy, however it is still a painfully slow method of input.
Onto the tablet itself. It is in generic grey, which isn't particularly appealling, and arguably doesn't look as nice as the basic bamboo in black. But this isn't the end of the world. It functions very well; it's responsive and easy to use. I don't however recommend the "touch" feature that much though; it doesn't work brilliantly, particularly the finger gestures which are very hit and miss.
Overall the useability of this tablet is great, and it works very nicely for graphics illustration and editing in Photoshop. It's also surprisingly good at controlling your computer in general. I would recommend this tablet, but take its size into consideration and make sure you don't need a larger one.
I received this pen tablet for my birthday, as I was getting a bit annoyed at my old Trust one which I found to simply not be good enough for the sort of art I wanted to do. I receieved this one (admittiedly, I was looking forward to an Intuos, but we can dream) and tried it out, and instantly I found it to be a much more enjoyable drawing experience.
The Bamboo feels a lot smoother to the touch. With other tablets I felt I had to force movement a bit too much and ended up with strain on my hands after using it for too long, but the Bamboo range really feels a lot lighter and a lot less stress on your hands. It's smooth and it shows up on screen with much more flowing lines without the annoying jagged edges I used to get on some previous tablets.
It also features a funky "touch" ability, which means you can use it with your fingers, a bit like a touch-screen computer (you know, only without the screen) which can be quite useful if like me you like drawing far away from your computer, and tend to forget to bring a mouse. After all, while a pen is really good for painting and all that, I found that as an actual mouse it doesn't really work for me. Of course, if you have a habit of brushing the tablet with your hands on purpose, you can always turn it off in the options. The pen it sensitive to pressure and comes with an "eraser" at the top which is pretty cool - again all of this can be changed in the options.
It's pretty customisable, and you can map it to any monitor you have (or all, if you choose), and can customise the buttons on the tablet itself to do various things. It also looks sleek, has a little place where you can store the pen stylus (useful for me, as I kept losing my old one), and comes with all sorts of tutorials to get you started.
All in all, I found this to be a great improvement from the other, cheaper tablets I bought.