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Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch

by Wacom
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  • Two sensors for precise pen and Multi-Touch input
  • Pressure-sensitive pen tip for natural pen and brush strokes
  • Quick access to user-defined shortcuts with four ExpressKeys
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Win / 6.0 Mac for editing, retouching, enhancing and sharing digital photos
  • Battery-free, ergonomic pen with two switches
  • Active Area Touch (W x H) - 4.9" x 3.4" (124mm x 86mm); Pen (W x H) - 5.8" x 3.6" (147mm x 91mm)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002OOWC3S
  • Item model number: CTH460
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 24, 2009

Product Description

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Combining intuitive design and versatility, the Bamboo Pen and Touch is a powerful creative workstation that lets PC and Mac users create digital art with an organic, hands-on feel. Using an innovative tablet and Wacom's "Multi-Touch" system, users can manipulate images and navigate the Web using simple gestures and finger taps. When combined with Wacom's pen-input technology, Pen and Touch allows you to write, doodle, and embellish with ease.



Included pen features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for precise drawings.


Large, textured work surface and customizable keys give you artistic control. View larger.


Multi-Touch lets you scroll, zoom, and rotate your screen with simple hand gestures.
Sleek, Stylish, and Easy to Use
Measuring 9.8 by 6.9 inches, the Pen and Touch is compact enough to store comfortably in a laptop case. It features a large and responsive active area, providing enough workspace for even your most ambitious projects. For added convenience, four ExpressKeys provide quick access to user-defined shortcuts.

The tablet comes with a battery-free pen with an easy-to-grip design, so you can have maximum control over your drawing. The work surface is textured, providing a pen-on-paper feel. It's also reversible, so you can use it comfortably whether you're right- or left-handed.

The Pen and Touch is simple to set up. Simply plug the tablet into your computer via a USB port, install the provided drivers, and you're ready to go. You'll be doodling, writing, and painting in minutes.

Enhance Creativity with Multi-Touch Technology
With the Pen and Touch, Wacom has implemented a new technology called Multi-Touch. Typically, tablets require you to use the stylus for navigation, but Multi-Touch provides a comfortable hands-on alternative. It allows you to quickly navigate through your computer with a single finger. You can also scroll, zoom, and rotate your screen with simple hand gestures. It's intuitively-designed and easy to use -- even if you're new to the touch experience.

For precision work, you can use the included pen. When you use the pen, the screen will automatically recalibrate for more precise use. In your hands, the pen quickly becomes an all-purpose art tool. It features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, allowing you to perform tasks ranging from fine hand-writing to wide-brush painting. You can add hand-drawn embellishments to your favorite photos, add life to your digital sketches, or provide a personal touch to your scrapbooking pages.

First-Class Visual Editing Software
The tablet also comes with a full suite of visual editing software, including Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Win/6.0 Mac and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3--valued separately at several hundred dollars.

Pen and Touch is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and Mac OS X (10.4.8 or higher.) It requires a powered USB drive, a colored screen, and a CD/DVD drive.

What's in the Box
Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet, Bamboo pen, Quick Start guide, installation CD (includes driver software, interactive tutorial and user's manual), software DVD.


Product Description

Bamboo Pen and Touch combines the benefits of Multi-Touch with the comfort and precision of Wacom’s ergonomically-designed pen, giving you a powerful new way to work with your computer. Multi-Touch allows you to use simple gestures and finger taps in an area larger than on standard mobile devices or laptop trackpads. Easily move around your desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the web, zoom in and out of photos, and rotate images. For precision work, pick up the pressure-sensitive pen to edit photos, create personal greetings, make sketches, and mark up documents in your own handwriting. The tablet’s generous active area makes it more natural to use. It’s easy - even if you’re new to the touch experience. You can even customize your Bamboo Pen and Touch experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys. Bamboo Pen and Touch works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. And it’s an incredible value with the included software: Adobe Photoshop Elements and Nik Color Efex Pro. Sleek and black, the tablet makes for a stylish addition to your workspace. Attach Bamboo Pen and Touch to a standard USB port, set it comfortably by your keyboard, and let your intuition guide you.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

While it takes a bit of time to get used to, it does work pretty well.
N. Andersen
Overall I'm very happy with my tablet and would highly recommend it, not only to other designers but anyone who suffers from wrist soreness from using a mouse.
Robert Farrigan
Also, using the pen, you can press the button and move the screen up and down, or use the right click functions.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

325 of 330 people found the following review helpful By abaynoash on October 1, 2009
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As a designer I have seen Wacom tablets in various shapes and sizes throughout the years. I have only used them a handful of times at colleagues offices however once learning of the Bamboo Pen & Touch and seeing the price, I decided to take the leap.

Overview:
For less than $100 you get an extremely capable pen tablet with a "rough around the edges" yet promising touch device. The shape and form factor is smallish yet works fine with my 20" widescreen monitor. The long USB cable should accommodate almost any workspace setup.

Pen:
The pen works flawlessly. Using the pen has dramatically increased my productivity particularly in Adobe Illustrator, it's a breeze to use compared to a mouse for vector work. It's also very capable in Photoshop and even as a mouse replacement for general use. The shape of the pen could be more contoured however and it's not easy to move quickly from using the pen to typing due to its shape. Overall I am very pleased using the pen.

Touch:
The multi-touch component of this device combined with the price is what sold me. I wanted a fluid experience much like other touch devices and this seemed, in combination with the pen, like the answer to a mouse-less desk. My initial impressions of the touch capabilities of the tablet were mixed, it was jittery, continually dragging items around my computer screen that I did not intend to move and frustrating. Now I have a touch pad on my laptop and am very comfortable using such a surface which made the experience even more confusing. A large portion of my problems were fixed by adjusting the preferences in the control panel as well as turning off the single finger "Drag" setting.
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Personne VINE VOICE on October 28, 2009
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I've been using Wacom products for a long time, going back to the old ADB Macintoshes. When the new Bamboo tablets came out, I picked up one of the large ones for my main workstation, and then the smaller one (the subject of this review) to travel with my laptop. Most of the comments here would apply equally to both. I use the tablets both for their particular capabilities when it comes to art and photography and also as a mouse substitute. I've long had tendonitis and I found it helpful to have both a mouse and tablet available, depending on the particular discomfort I might be enjoying.

First a few comments for owners of previous Wacom tablets. The pen itself feels a little different. It's a bit larger and lighter and feels less substantial than previous versions. There's no way to know if that translates into shorter life--we'll just have to see as the months and years go by. The surface of the tablet is different as well. Whereas previous Wacoms had a smooth glassy feel, the Bamboo feels more paper-like. No big deal, but it does feel different. I do notice that Wacom includes spare tips for the pen along with a strange little tool to remove the pen's tip (you'll find an unlabeled metal loop in the package. That's the tool). In my previous experience, the tablet surface always wore out before the pen. Perhaps this new surface is a bit abrasive to the pen tip. Again, we'll just have to see. There's also no mouse included with the package. For me that's not a problem--I never liked their mouse anyway.

Back to the more general reader. You'll like using a tablet. It's easy to draw things, and the increased resolution in pressure sensitivity is welcome. You'll also like the fact that the surface of the tablet has a one-to-one correspondence with screen position.
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful By J. Leigh VINE VOICE on October 1, 2009
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Pros:
- The gestures for the pad are intuitive.
- The stylus is pressure sensitive and works as one would expect for a Wacom tablet.
- The package comes with video tutorials for complete novices.
- The device is stylish and is well constructed and packaged.

Cons:
- It was too easy to inadvertently click and/or drag something by accident.
- I tried both placing it on the side where one would normally place a mouse and placing it south of the keyboard where one would normally use a trackpad on a laptop. The latter seemed to cause more of the accidental catches while I was typing. I am not entirely sure how I am able to trigger the tablet in that instance expect perhaps a tiny portion of my palm might be just catching the edge of it.
- After using it for some time I started to miss the hand support offered by a mouse, and began to feel some fatigue. I am not sure how long one can sustain that kind of activity.
- The surface of the pad has some resistance to give the stylus the sensation of writing on paper. However this does not make it as ideal a trackpad since your fingers don't glide over the surface as easily.
- Using the zoom, rotate, forward and backward page gestures seemed to introduce significant lag. As a result, for example, when you zoom in/out in a web browser it feels like you are lurching in and out. Often I find myself over shooting a zoom level.
- Sometimes you accidentally trigger the right mouse button when instead you are trying to use a 2-finger gesture.
- The placement of the cable should have been along the top of the unit rather than the side. Having it on the side means you can't cleanly butt it up against a keyboard without the wire getting in the way.
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