The Wacom Bamboo One is not a professional grade, ultra well-featured all-singing all-dancing graphics tablet, but don't let that fool you into thinking that makes it a poor choice. If all you want is a way to draw on your PC and/or navigate around your desktop and the web, then this is a fantastic bargain, as you can get it for around £35 online. The two-button pen (which doesn't need batteries or recharging) allows for pressure sensitivity, re-mappable buttons and full support for Windows and any good art software, such as GIMP, Inkscape or even MS Paint! The package comes in a nice box and contains the tablet, pen and driver software, which is unfortunately required, but easy to install. As a bonus freebie, you also get a copy of Wacom's "ArtRage" software, which is interesting to play around with for a few minutes to test out your new toy, but isn't really worth using regularly (in my opinion). Overall, if you are on the fence about whether or not to get a graphics tablet, I certainly recommend this, as it gives a good cheap way to test the waters, but should you decide you like it, it will serve you well into the future, with little need to upgrade unless you want to become a professional artist.
I decided to get a tablet as I was fed up of using the mouse. At times it is easier to just use the mouse, but most of the time the tablet is just as good - if not better.
The tablets main purpose is for graphics and it won't let you down here either. It works great in Photoshop (and no doubt similar programs) and it's just like using a normal pen.
On top of being used as a mouse and for graphics it also has handwriting recogntion, which works well. I have really bad handwriting, but it still understood it. The writing feature isn't limited to certain programs like Microsoft Word either, it can be used on any program.
I thought it may take a while to get used to. I've never used one before. However, I was able to pick it up and just use it! My family also tried it and it took them a few minutes to get used to, but overall it's quite easy to get used to. It seems slightly strange to start with using a pen rather than a mouse, but you soon start to wonder why you ever bothered with a mouse.
This tablet works on PC (including Vista) and MAC. It's also very well made. Not only does it feel comfy to use, but it should last along time too. I've accidently dropped the tablet or caught the wire a number of times and yet it still works perfectly fine and has no damage.
I can't think of one bad point about this tablet. It's lightweight, has a long wire, responds well, was easy to install, easy to use and does everything you could possibly want a tablet to do. If you want a tablet this is certainly one to consider.
I bought the Wacom Bamboo One purely because I wanted a graphics tablet for use with photoshop, and being a typical student I wanted the cheapest one I could get, so to be honest I wasn't expecting it to be as amzing as it is! At £23.90 from Pixmania this graphics tablet is a little gem at a bargain price!
The active area of the tablet seems small, at 128 x 93mm but for me this is a perfect size, you really dont need it much larger as it corresponds with the screen and you can zoom in etc on the programme in order to draw extra detail. Also, it means its nice and small and light so is easily portable - i just carry it in my laptop case with my laptop. The tablet is also easy to connect and install - it connects with a usb cable and installation software is included on a cd.
The stylus pen is accurate and ergonomic, it feels just like a real pen, and doesn't require batteries which is a definite plus. It has 2 customisable buttons on the side of the pen but to be honest I haven't ever used them. It also works well with pressure sensitive brush tools in programmes such as Photoshop.
The bamboo tablet comes with necessary software to install the tablet and also includes a great programme called 'ArtRange 2' which is a painting programme far superior to paint. However, I rarely use this programme as I tend to do all my work in photoshop.
Once connected the pen works just like a mouse, but the mouse also works as well so you can swap and change as suits you. Personally I find the pen far easier and quicker to use than a mouse, and it is especially good for laptops as it means u can sit further away from the laptop and still control what's happening on the screen by simply having the graphics tablet on your lap.
*** So what's the verdict?***
Well at first a graphics tablet takes some getting used to, as unlike a mouse the four corners of the tablet correspond with the four corners of the screen, so if u want to draw at the bottom right of the screen you must draw in the bottom right hand corner of the tablet. Once you get used to this though, which doesn't take long, there's no going back to a mouse. The Wacom Bamboo One is a PERFECT first graphics tablet, and to be honest you can produce really professional looking pieces using this product. Personally I would rather buy this cheap graphics tablet and an expensive programme such as photoshop, rather than fork out hundreds on an expensive tablet which I can't imagine has all that much more to offer. This is a great buy!
Before purchasing this product, I did alot of research into graphics tablets/ pens and found that wacom was THE make to go with for reliability/ functionality.
I chose this product because it was the cheapest available, and since I was starting out, I felt I didn't need the most expensive one available.
I bought mine in pc world for £34.99 (so I'd go there if I were you, it's quite cheap).
The software that came with this product is amazing... I don't think I'll ever go back to 'paint' now that I have art rage.
Art rage is a program that enables you to create literally, anything you want. You can choose from a paint brush, to a oil pastel and it gives the same effect as if you were actually painting. It also comes with something called Bamboo link that searches the internet for you.. basically, if you look into manga... it will display all the relevant websites relating to manga.
I received one of these tablets for my Christmas present and I was thrilled.
Once it is all uploaded it is very easy to use, and you can use it instead of a mouse on your computer/laptop.
It was also very cheap, around £30 on Amazon.
Some people might think that because of how small it is it would be more difficult to use, but it doesn't really make any difference in my opinion.
However I did try one of my friend's tablets, which was a bit bigger than A4 and I found it harder to use than my own.
Also because it's small it's easily portable, and doesn't take up much space. Also it comes with some programs that you can use whilst on your tablet, the one I use the most is 'Art Rage' which is pretty impressive, and it is very good quality with a variety of different drawing tools to use.
Also the stylus you are given with it, doesn't need batteries, so there's no need to change it constantly.
The set up in the first place was a little difficult but it was sorted out in no time.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants a cheap easy tablet.