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I had mine for about 4 months when the button on it broke... So all i could do was use the pad with my pen. It's a super light pad as you would expect and it's great if you want a tablet and don't want to pay over the £100 mark. However it may be totally useless if you do buy cheap and I would suggest investing in something with a higher price if you will use this alot.
It's also not the biggest either, which I have found an issue when using this in photoshop, and on large monitors. You can adjust how sensitive the pad is so each corner of the screen will be covered, however if you want to use it for closer details then this sin't the best option to do.
Theres a pros and cons with this and after the button broke I found that I just didn't use it after that!
I hadn't used a tablet before and I doubt I will again. It just isn't for me and I think ill just stick to the mouse in the future! Dont get me wrong, I did have great control in photoshop, but the cons were too high.
PROS: The tablet looks great, it's sleek and the material is quite soft to touch, for example it's not like the texture of cold metal but nor is it quite plastic to touch.
The pen is also great and it's super comfortable to use. The pen has two buttons which you can use as a left and right click funciton. Although this takes a little time to get use to, it's great and you do get into the hang of things!
CONS: Like i said: It broke. It was fairly cheap compared to whats on offer in the market and I do feel like you get what you pay for. It's great introduction to the tablet industry and if you like me you just wanted one to play around with images in photoshop then great! Buy it as it's cheap, light and easy to store!
The Wacom Bamboo Pen is a very easy to use tablet which allows you to draw like you would on paper, but converting it to your screen (laptop/pc). I personally used the tablet for school, I work a lot with the Adobe programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, ... all the good drawing and creating programs actually.
The use of the tablet in this programs is very handy, it easily is applied to your laptop or pc through USB and doens't need any other source of power. The great advantage of this tablet is its capability to make you feel like you're not drawing or creating on your laptop. It's a very smooth surface which allows you to be free in your designs.
A disadvantage in my opinion is that you need more space (when using a laptop). Since you're using a lot of shortcuts on your keyboard when using Photoshop or any other program, you can't just place the tablet over your keyboard. This makes the tablet a bit less attractive for me.
Overall, I liked the tablet very much and would recommend it to anyone who needs a great surface to draw or create wonderfull designs easily on your computer. It will boost your skills on creating as well as it will open up your world of drawing on your computer.
You'll feel very free when using this tablet, if you've got enough space for it on your desk or workplace.
This tablet is one of the best beginner tablets to start with. Whether you're a serious artist or a casual artist that's just starting out this tablet is practically made for you. The price this tablet sells for is also really appealing to me.
I am one of the casual beginner artist and these are just a few things that might help you. Tablets take a while to get used to so don't fret if you mess up frequently. At times the sensitivity of a tablet might catch you off guard when you're drawing. For me I just couldn't get used to changing how much pressure I put into drawing. But, eventually you'll get the hang of using this tablet. Don't be afraid of messing up the pen or having to replace it. Having this thought can actually affect how you draw as a measure to not mess it up too soon.
Now lets get down to how this tablet is in build quality
Build quality- The build quality is actually nice and feels sturdy to me. I have had quite a few accidents with my tablet that I wouldn't like to admit, but this tablet has survived through all the drops and rage hits. The tablet is also quite stylish to me and just looks great on my desk. Although the pen does feel flimsy to me especially the button on it. It just doesn't feel like it was worth what I payed to me. Though this is just my opinion.
P.S. I ended up buying another one for my sister and would recommend this tablet to anyone.
I like to illustrate with the use of Adobe suite, and if you're serious about getting the best results when drawing from scratch or editing your scanned in work, you'll need a product such as the "Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet".
I went for this basic model as I had never owned one before and from other reviews I had read about the more expensive tablets, they didn't offer any features I would really need at this point, so I opted for the cheaper one. At the time of purchase, a couple of years ago, it cost me around £40. It's since gone up in price on Amazon to around £60, though there are now cheaper options from Wacom.
The Wacom tablet is well packaged. A sleeve envelopes the box and the box itself is well-made ensuring that the product is satisfactorily secure inside. In the box you get the tablet and the pen. There are three spare nibs for the pen and a little metal tool you use to replace them, plus an installation CD and booklet. There's also a 'software bundle' available for download, including a full-feature version of ArtRage and interactive tutorial, which admittedly I haven't bothered with.
Working on any operating system, installation is straight forward and from then on you just plug the tablet in via USB and off you go. The USB cable is approximately 100cm long which is great and doesn't restrict you moving the tablet to wherever you want it positioned. When the tablet is connected, a white light turns on, then when the pen is sensed in the active area the light becomes a little stronger in response.
Having never used a graphics tablet before, it did take a couple of weeks of practice until I was comfortable with the tool. The main issue I found was the tendency to go outside the area while I was drawing. The tablet's full dimensions are (W x D x H) 248 x 176 x 8.5 mm, and you have a working area of 147 x 92 mm, but once you get used to that working area it really is a joy to use. The tablet has a slim design and is yet very durable, so it's well designed, as you would expect from a company regarded as one of the best producers of these tablets.
The accuracy that is transferred from moving the pen to what actually appears on screen is excellent, though I'm sure that with more expensive tablets, this accuracy will increase even further to give you more control. Don't expect this product to be as accurate as when you use pen and paper in the real world. This requires a different technique to get the results you want, but all it takes is practice. There are much better illustrators than me who will be able to use this tool to draw things from scratch. My preferred technique is to draw the main components in outline form with pen and paper, then scan it onto my computer, and open it up in Photoshop for all the editing and perfecting.
The pen tool is ready to use straight away with the tablet, no batteries necessary. When you hover anywhere around 5 mm or so above the active area, you are able to move the cursor around the screen and then tap or double tap as you would click or double click with a mouse. For the right-click action you would use on a mouse, this ability is available on the pen too. There is a button on one side, so after a bit of practice you can hold the pen in a way that will allow you to simply click the button whenever you require it while you're working. In fact, if you fancy a change from using your mouse entirely, you can use this instead.
After owning this tablet and pen for a couple of years, I still have not found any need to replace the nib even once. I haven't used it every day, or even every week, unless I am doing a project which may last a number of months solidly, then I use it every now and then in quieter months. Because I don't use the tablet constantly, I put it back in it's box between times and tuck it away on a shelf. However, if you plan to leave it out on your desk, you can utilize the sleeve that comes as part of the packaging, or buy a sleeve/carry case accessory from around £12 upwards, and there is a handy little piece of looped material on the side of the tablet which neatly holds the pen, so there's never a chance of losing it like that ever elusive biro.
So in summary, the "Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet" is a very strong product, simple to use, and for me, it shows no signs of age or need for upgrade and is perfect for the task.
I bought the Wacom Bamboo slate direct from Amazon to use as a tool to help me draw on the screen (as I present How to videos and compile tutorials for a website).
Once set up (2 minute installation process) you are ready to go. No batteries required, everything is powered through USB. There are a couple of programs that help you get used to the new control system that is within the software, which i would advise you have a play about with.
What I will say, is at first it feels like the most unnatural thing in the world. You need to get used to hovering the stylus over the slate, and then tapping down to select etc. Drawing is also hard...at first. And then once you have mastered the new hand-eye coordination, everything will feel as natural as using a mouse.
This is a fantastic tool, because unbeknown to me at the time, the stylus pen and slate which represents your screen, can also double up as a mouse. Move the pen over the slate, and the mouse moves. Tap the pen on an icon, and the icon opens. I am now at a stage where I feel like I do not want to use my traditional mouse anymore, as the stylus and slate does a much better job.
I know there are other products out there that do the same job, but this seems to do the job that I wanted it to do very well, and all for a very reasonable price.
What is a graphic tablet?
Graphic tablets give the user creative control through means of a pressure sensitive drawing pad(tablet) and a pen. This unleashes a whole host of fun and interactive ways to make the most of your time on the pc. You can add hand drawn effects to your pictures, create designs, use the pen as a mouse and carry out your tasks a lot quicker. The bamboo tablet is aimed at general consumers, novices and designers, making it a versatile piece of technology for all the family.
I am a user of the more expensive wacom tablet at university(£300+). I wanted something for home use that performed reasonably well without the high price tag. I did a little research and found out Wacom did a more basic tablet for under £50. I read the reviews on amazon which all were positive and took the plunge.
The key features of the tablet are:
Tablet measures 9.8 x 6.9 inches
Quick and simple to connect with a usb wire
Wireless pen with no need to charge
Pen has 512 levels of pressure senisitivity for intuitive drawing
Tutorials to help you get to grips with your new tablet
Corel Painter Essentials 4.0
Active Area Touch (W x H) - 4.9" x 3.4"(124mm x 86mm)
This product is unbelievably easy to use. All you do is slot into the usb hole and you are away. It is also very handy as an alternative to a mouse. I mainly use the tablet for photoshop, illustrator and indesign . I have had this product for 14 months and it is still in full working order and the pen nib is not worn. I personally think that this works as well as the more expensive wacom tablets. The more expensive wacom tablets are larger and have more shortcut buttons on the tablet, like zooming in and out. Overall I am very happy with the product and for under £50 on amazon it is a bargain.
For working with photos and images in Photoshop or with vector files in Illustrator there is no substitute for a good graphics tablet. The Wacom Bamboo is exactly that, a good solid graphics tablet, it doesn't have some of the bells and whistles of the fancier models in the range and thankfully doesn't have their price tags either, but it does everything the average user will need.
The packaging holds the tablet securely so no need to worry about how it has been handled in the warehouse or transported and it's all recyclable so you're not contributing to a landfill site if you dispose of it correctly.
Installation of the drivers and software was a bit of a chore, it seemed to take ages which was a shame as I wanted to get on and start using it. Still it is straightforward enough with a nice clear series of on screen instructions to get you up and running.
Once installed it takes a while to get the hang of the change from a mouse but when that initial period of readjustment is done, it makes life so much easier for producing neat, accurate drawings. Don't think however it will make you into the greatest artist in the world if you can't draw to begin with. But if you remember that it is just a pen for drawing onto a computer and not some kind of magical stick that transforms you into Rembrant then you won't be under any misconceptions.
The tablet itself can be set up for left or right handed use and moving the cursor around the screen is just a case of imagining the tablet is the screen and holding the pen just above the surface in the appropriate place. To start drawing just rest the pen against the tablet and move it. Accuracy of then unit is great thanks to a good resolution on the tablet and with a button on the side of the pen you gain access to all the functions you get by clicking the right mouse button.
It's not my favourite tool for navigation outside of art/graphics software but in Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator it really shines.
So I've been relying on my Trust Slimline Widescreen tablet for a while, but sooner or later it had to start to die of old age. But it didn't. Instead, I sat on the pen and snapped it, and two days later, when I was considering ordering a new pen, I spilt tea all over the tablet, and it was completely broken. It was useless. I couldn't bear using my mouse to do art, so I ordered a new tablet. The Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet. It came in a really nice lime green box, and everything inside was nicely packed and protected. So that ticks 'Good Packaging' off my list.
But of course, it's not all about what's on the outside. The tablet itself is nice and sleek and very lightweight, in comparison to my old tablet which was pretty thick and heavy. The pen is just the right size for my small hands and again, very sleek. The amazing thing about it is that is doesn't require a battery. Honestly, I was actually shocked about that. It may not seem like a big thing, but to me it was! I was actually so happy that it didn't need a battery, because I absolutely hate when I have to change the battery in my pen all the time. So I just needed to change the tip.
I installed the tablet onto my Macbook and the process was smooth and easy. I was delighted to see that with it came ArtRage 2 - free! I just checked on the ArtRage website and it is usually $20, so I was quite happy to get the program (even though I had never heard of it before, but at that moment I did desperately need an art program because GIMP wouldn't work on my Macbook and my Photoshop trial had expired).
Using the tablet is amazing. The experience was far better than my other tablet, by far. I couldn't get the pressure sensitivity to work with my other tablet but I finally got it to work, but when I used my new tablet with my PC laptop which has GIMP on it, the pressure sensitivity was there and it was all working fine. The tip of the pen with this tablet glides smoothly along the surface of the tablet, which contrasts greatly with my old tablet, whose pen scratches the surface and made me shiver.
All in all, this tablet is amazing and if you're looking for something cheap but amazing, then this is definitely what you need to buy.
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I've been using graphics tablets for as long as I can remember. Due to having an illness that affects my joints and muscles, I find using a mouse quite painful after a short time. It was fantastic the first time I used a graphics tablet and pen. It's just like holding a normal pen, drawing or writing on a board which you hold in your other hand, place on your lap on put on a table next to the computer.
I'll give a bit of background as I feel it's relevant to the brand. I've gone through about 3 tablets now, all have been Wacom. My last one was the Bamboo Fun tablet, and lasted just under 2 years before going awry. The connecting wire became loose and kept losing the connection unless you held it in a certain way, which was very annoying and inconvenient. When I contacted Wacom (based in Germany) they advised me to send it back To Germany as it was just within the 2 year warranty period. However I couldn't find the receipt so couldn't send it back. A bit of research online lead me to think I could maybe return it to PC World, where I bought it, and lay a claim under the Sales of Goods Act, using a credit card statement as proof of purchase. Sadly I couldn't find that either. By this time my Bamboo Fun had given up completely. Struggling to manage using the touchpad on my laptop, which I find completely useless, I gave in and ordered a nice new Bamboo tablet from amazon. After my last tablet failed I researched other makes, but none had great reviews, so I decided to try Wacom again. I paid £39.40 for it on amazon.co.uk, with the RRP at £79.99 I thought it was a good deal. Note that there are 2 listings for the same product on amazon with one for sale at £63.99, so make sure you get the cheapest!
It came within a couple of days and I was a happy bunny once again!
The tablet came in a box inside a card sleeve-type box. Once you lift the lid on that box you'll find another piece of card to lift up which welcomes you to your Bamboo in 10 different languages. Inside all of the boxes is another card insert in which you'll find your tablet, pen (inside a bag with a plastic cap on), and a smaller box containing the CD and two booklets (quick-start guide, and one about Bamboo Apps). A case for excessive packaging usage if ever I saw one!
Installation is quite simple. You put the CD into your computer/laptop, click to install, and go through the instructions. You can choose whether you want to use the tablet left- or right-handed. Then plug your tablet into the USB port and you're good to go!
If you want to change any settings afterwards, just go to your control panel and click on "pen and touch." There, you can choose what actions to assign to the pen buttons and pen actions. Default are a single tap of the pen on the tablet is equivalent to a single click. Double tap is double click. Press the pen down on the tablet and hold it is the same as a right click by default. I switched this one off as it was annoying. You can set the speed for these actions too. The pen button is automatically set to be a left click when you press the bottom down, and right click for pressing the top button part down. On previous models I've been able to change this to have the bottom button for right click, but that isn't an option on this model which is a shame. If you're using an art/drawing/paint programme you can use the top of the pen as an eraser. Another function here is "flicks." The pen can be set to perform various functions by flicking it in a certain direction. For example, flicking to the right takes you forward to the next page, up to the left diagonally closes the document you're using, bottom right copies to clipboard. Handy if you can remember each function and don't do them by accident, but highly annoying if you keep doing it without realising. Hence, why I have that turned off now!
The tablet really comes into its own when using a paint or draw programme. I use Photoshop and Fireworks a lot and you can't beat it when editing photos or drawing things. It far surpasses a mouse in this respect. The tip of the pen is pressure-sensitive so for example when drawing a line it will be be harder and thicker the harder you press.
Some people find it hard to adapt to using the pen rather than a mouse. My husband and mum have both tried and said they don't like it and couldn't get used to it, so it's not for everyone, although I'm sure they would have got used to it in time.
The pen is lightweight, has no wires and needs no batteries to work. Not quite sure where it gets its power source from though. The plastic tip will eventually start to wear and Wacom very kindly provide 3 spares which are easy to insert. Just remove the old one with a pair of pliers and insert the new one by pushing in. There's a nice fabric slot on the side of the tablet to store the pen in, making it harder to lose.
One thing to note is that the pens can be easily damaged/lost and are expensive to replace. I've lost one and dropped and broken one from previous models. At the time of writing, the spare pen for this model is £33 on amazon.co.uk.
The tablet itself is black, with a matt edge, shiny surround and matt working area. The active working area is 147 x 92 mm, which is plenty big enough for day to day stuff. If you were a professional graphics designer you'd probably find a need for a more expensive, bigger model, but this is just fine for the average user. The overall size of the tablet is 248 x 176 x 8.5mm. A small white light lies to the left of the working area, and is lit when connected to your computer. It's lightweight, and has a fixed wire rather than removable one like my last model, so hoping it won't suffer the same fate. Just in case though, I've made sure I put the receipt somewhere safe!
ArtRage painting software is included on the enclosed CD, and the blurb states that additional bonus software is available to download, although I haven't had chance to explore either yet.
Overall I'm really pleased with my new tablet and would recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to a mouse or touchpad.
I bought this tablet mainly for drawing in Adobe Photoshop - I decided to go for Wacom as I had heard good reviews, and I wasn't disappointed.
The tablet comes in a large box and feels high quality. It is very slim and easy to store when not in use - there is a slot on the right hand side for storing the pen, which is handy. The tablet connects to the computer via a USB slot - at first I had it plugged into a multi USB attachment, but it was very slow, so obviously needs to be plugged directly into the computer. The cable is long enough to attach to either side of a laptop. On the left hand side is a small light that lights up when the tablet is plugged in.
The tablet is really easy to use, and the surface feels nice to draw on, not too slippery like some other tablets. Two buttons are located in a convenient position near the top of the pen, and can be used to right click or double click, although you can also double tap the tablet to double click. The sensitivity is great, and can be adjusted to suit you. In Photoshop, it allows you vary the colour, thickness of lines, etc , according to how hard you press down.
Overall this is a great tablet, really easy to use and I have never encountered any problems with it. For professionals, a more expensive tablet with more sensitivity and features would probably be better, but for a beginner or amateur I would definitely recommend this product.
As a daily user of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, I had long been coveting a Wacom tablet, but was undecided which one to buy and how much to spend. In the end, I decided to plump for this one, the most basic and the cheapest, thinking I could always upgrade at a later date.
Six months on, I am more than happy with my purchase. It's great, very easy to use. You need to experiment a bit, changing the settings, so that it suits you and so that it is pressure sensitive when you draw. It comes with a tutorial on its use and also ArtRage software. It has two buttons that work as a left and right click, though I don't use these and use my mouse at the same time.
You can also use it in Paint and in Windows word processing software to write your signature.
If you wanted to create fine art, you would probably want a slightly pricier model, with more pressure sensitivity and an eraser, but this is a very good starter model.