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Wacom Bamboo Touch Tablet

by Wacom
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  • Multi-Touch input for intuitive control
  • Use a single finger for navigation and selection or multiple fingers for gestures
  • Four user-defined ExpressKeys for shortcuts or clicks
  • Simple gestures make it easy to scroll, zoom, rotate and go backward or forward
  • Interactive tutorial helps you make the most of your Bamboo
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Product Description

Product Description

Bamboo Touch lets you add the power of Multi-Touch to virtually any computer, so you can navigate, scroll, and work with simple gestures, only with more space to maneuver than on a standard mobile device or laptop trackpad.  Using hand gestures and finger taps, Bamboo Touch makes it easy to move around your desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the web, zoom in and out of photos, and rotate images. PC and Mac compatible

With the Bamboo Touch, you can say goodbye to the frustrations of using an unresponsive laptop trackpad. Using an innovative tablet and Wacom's "Multi-Touch" technology, the Bamboo Touch allows you to navigate your computer using simple gestures and finger taps. Bamboo Touch makes it easy to move around your Windows desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the web, zoom in and out of photos, and rotate images -- all with the touch of a finger.

Multi-Touch lets you scroll, zoom, and rotate your screen with simple hand gestures.

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

Sleek, Stylish, and Easy to Use
Measuring only 8.2 by 5.4 inches, the Bamboo Touch is compact enough to store comfortably in a laptop case. It features a large and responsive active area, and there's more room to navigate than you'd experience with a mobile device or a traditional laptop trackpad. It's also reversible, so you can use it comfortably whether you're right- or left-handed.

The Bamboo Touch is simple to set up, using a plug-and-play mechanism. 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.

Navigate Easily with Multi-Touch Technology
With the Bamboo 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. The tablet also has four built-in Express Keys, which users can map to whatever shortcuts or commands they choose.

Because the Bamboo Touch is potentially a replacement for your mouse, Wacom has included an interactive tutorial that teaches you the gestures and helps you adjust to using the tablet.

Bamboo 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 Touch tablet, Quick Start guide, installation CD (includes driver software, interactive tutorial and user's manual).

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002OOWC38
  • Item model number: CTT460
  • Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at September 24, 2009

Customer Reviews

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Michael Long on October 1, 2009
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I own both a new 17" MacBook Pro and a 24" iMac, and with the advent of gesture support on the MBP trackpad I've often wished for a multitouch trackpad I could use on the iMac.

And with the Wacom Bamboo Touch, my wish has been granted... mostly.

The Bamboo Touch is a multitouch trackpad, not a pen input device as is most of Wacom's line. If you want pen capabilities, order the Bamboo Pen and Touch instead, but be advised that the pen-enabled version is much larger than the Touch by about 2" in both directions. That may not sound like much, but it takes up significantly more desktop real estate than does the Touch.

The Bamboo Touch supports all of the standard single finger and two finger gestures: clicking, right clicking, dragging, scrolling, zooming, and rotating. It does not, however, understand three and four finger gestures and swipes. This lack is compensated somewhat by the addition of four custom buttons on the side of the trackpad. The additional buttons are helpful, but inexplicably covered with a glossy black plastic that attracts fingerprints like mad.

Build quality is very good, though I miss the silky smooth feel of the glass trackpad on the MBP. Tracking is fast and accurate, though the surface is somewhat sensitive. As such, one must place it off to the side since (unlike the MBP) there's no setting that tells the device to ignore "accidental" inputs. One other nit is that if you're dragging something and pause, the operation seems to time out, often dropping the item where it wasn't wanted. This is a pain when attempting to drag items into spring-loaded, automatically opening folders.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Newton on May 28, 2010
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I am really tired of mice and after 14 years as a software engineer, the gripping, clicking, and scroll-wheel-rolling are starting to bother my hand. I really like the pads on Apple laptops and wanted something like that for the desktop.

I saw all the other negative reviews here and I agree with the complaints that the buttons are not usable, the surface has too much friction, and the way the cord comes out the left side is annoying.

But I can live with those things, especially since I like to tap the pad rather than click the buttons. One-finger tap is left click. Two-finger tap is right click. Double tap to start drag. Two finger scrolling. These are all the gestures I care about and the Bamboo supports all these idioms in the same way a Mac does.

Nope, the problem for me is that it is indisputably not as accurate as a Mac trackpad. It's possible this is because it isn't glass so you don't get the nice glide with your finger, I don't know. What I do know is I have been using it every day all day for almost 2 weeks, and I just do not have quite the command over the pointer that I do with a macbook pad.

That said I am still using it. I still have a mouse hooked up and sometimes I grab it when the pad frustrates me. I marginally prefer this pad to a conventional mouse, but I look forward to the day someone builds a better one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy W. Graf on October 13, 2009
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I have a MacBook Air at home and I use a PC at work. I've become very accustomed to using a touch pad with multi-touch and gestures at home and decide to get the Bamboo Touch for work. I also have a Bamboo Craft touch pad and pen tablet that I use for drawing with my MacBook Air so I was somewhat familiar with Wacom products.

The Bamboo touch works just as advertised. I am quite happy with it at work on my Windows XP workstation. My only criticism is that it's not quite as smooth as the touch pad on my MacBook Air. Scrolling seems a little more "choppy" with Windows and the Bamboo Touch. It's not bad however and having the two finger swipe gesture is well worth the purchase of the Bamboo Touch. Also the pinching and rotate gestures work well in application that will use them but just not quite as smoothly as they do on my Mac. Also for some reason it tends to inadvertently select text on occasion when I touch the pad to move the mouse pointer. This could be just me getting used to using the touch pad but this almost never happens on the Mac for me.

All in all, with those minor caveats, if you are looking for a decent touch pad on a desktop system with mutli-touch and gestures this will do the trick. It works quite well, just not as smooth as the touch pad on a MacBook.

[Edit] OK I would increase my rating to 5 stars if I could. Modifying the "Double-Tap Time" settings has pretty much eliminated the inadvertent text selecting I mentioned. Also adjusting the "Scrolling Speed" setting has made window and browser scrolling seem much more smooth and responsive. The Bamboo Touch works excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Jennings on October 5, 2010
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Use as my primary device never going back to the standard mouse. As a sound engineer I use this in the studio all the time it makes working on my computer daw work station a breeze. with the easy zoom features, moving around is simple and my productivity has increased 10 fold. I recommend this item for anyone who wants to step away from the traditional mouse and try something different.
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