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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you'd expect for a "fun" tablet, September 29, 2011
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo Create Pen and Touch Tablet (CTH670) (Personal Computers)
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I've used Wacom tablets for years, from the low end to the best they offer. When I had the chance to test this "fun" tablet I expected it to be rather basic. But it's actually quite impressive. For one thing, this can be used by both right- and left-handed users. I installed it on my Mac (OS Lion) with ease, and setup was a cinch. I'm used to Wacom's features, though, so I deliberately approached this as if I were a new user, and I was pleased that fine-tuning the functions and specs is quite simple. It's impressive how many ways you can engineer this tablet to work for you: you can designate myriad functions for each button, as well as the sensitivity of the pen tip and eraser.

I ran this in Photoshop CS5 and found that is assimilates perfectly as a drawing tool--new users who are considering this shouldn't be the slightest bit concerned that incorporating a tablet into their Photoshop, Corel, etc. apps will be buggy or requires lots of advanced setup. Nope, it works just how you hope it will. (New users should be prepared for the "weird" sensation of drawing on a tablet while looking at a screen; a pen is not a mouse, and you can't lift and reposition it while maintaining stationary cursor placement like a mouse. The tablet is the equivalent to your screen. Advanced tablet users know all of this.)

This tablet isn't as sensitive as Wacom's more elite models; it detects 1,024 levels of pressure which is VERY good for nearly any use, but the higher-end tablets support up to twice that. I'm an artist, though, and to be honest I haven't yet found the case where the difference has been critical. The tablet is lightweight and easy to hold or carry. The surface is a glassy-feeling plastic that feels natural; one criticism would be that it sense the pen too easily sometimes, so trying to carefully place the pen slowly to the surface might result in a "misfire" when the tablet reads it as intended pen action too soon.

For fun, there are a few games that come with it, but they're not impressive. Doodle on a world map; draw on the Mona Lisa; use the pen to play a rudimentary physics game...meh. Let's be honest: this is a "fun" tablet, but the games aren't actually why you'd want this. At the root of it, this is a tablet for people who want to do things a tablet will let them do (draw, design, and place design items) at a much more affordable price than the higher-end tablets. And once we settle on that, this does just fine. For those who want to do all of these things but don't have full-blown Photoshop, never fear--this includes Adobe "elements" (which does what most peopel need Photoshop to do, without the fancy extras), Corel Painter Essentials, and Autodesk Sketchbook Express. Between each of these, you have a fantastic range of filters, tools, and effects that work extremely well. I haven't had a single bug yet in Mac, and I've run this in Parallels 7 Windows XP on my Mac with fine results there, too. Be careful not to rely on writing-to-text, though; even though the tablet claims to offer this feature, it's not exactly accurate.
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Initial post: Feb 28, 2012 1:01:55 PM PST
M. Houlihan says:
Hi - I was wondering if you knew how this would function for business rather than graphics? My fantasy is a trackpad and pen combo to use with everyday business programs as opposed to Corel, Adobe CS, etc? Thanks much!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2012 12:51:07 PM PDT
I actually wanted to ask the same question. Having problems with my mousing and CPS. I hate trackballs.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:17:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2012 3:26:42 PM PST
Aaron says:
Sorry, small correction to your review:

You mention that the eraser sensitivity is adjustable, but unfortunately, the Bamboo Capture 470 does not have eraser functionality.

EDIT: Upon further reading and the responses of others, it seems that the user-submitted reviews for the Capture, Create and Splash are the same. I think Amazon is differentiating these models as "styles" much like laces vs. Velcro or something where the overall product is the same. This is clearly not the case. After purchasing my Capture I was disappointed by the lack of an erase function, which a quick read of the reviews lead me to believe was a feature.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 7:54:09 AM PST
Please join our Win 8 and Wacom thread

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 1:52:04 PM PST
Brent Smith says:
Read the review again: this is a review of a Create, not a Capture. The eraser is one of the featured specs on the Create. Correction of your unnecesary correction.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 12:29:48 PM PST
Your comment alerted me to the dumbest Amazon conflation of reviews I've seen this year. The review was written about the "Create" version of the Bamboo family, your comment refers to the "Capture" version, and the review is featured as the top review for the "Splash" version. These are, for all practical purposes, THREE DIFFERENT PRODUCTS.

For example, Corel Painter is NOT in the Splash package, and it makes no claims -- however ambitious -- about handwriting recognition.

This habit of Amazon's is profoundly annoying. Try, for example, to find reviews of a specific translation of a book, or order a Hong Kong knockoff of a Kurosawa film on the strength of the reviewers' comments about the Criterion re-master deceptively displayed on the knockoff page. It comes pretty close to fraud. But then, Amazon's business model has always been above the law.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 12:31:18 PM PST
His "correction" was almost certainly based on seeing this review under a Buy button for the Capture. I was given this review to sell me a Splash, which may or may not have an eraser, and certainly does not have Corel Painter in it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 3:27:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2012 3:27:49 PM PST
Aaron says:
Mr Smith,
Thank you for alerting me to this. Please see my amended post, which includes the original non-redacted text.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 10:44:31 AM PST
Redsetter says:
Shouldn't Wacom (if anyone) be monitoring public participation reviews for their products rather than Amazon? I think so.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 1:03:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 1:09:46 AM PST
Anthony L. says:
Hey, WichacpiHoskila, I'm looking to buy a tablet, and since you seem to be quite experienced in this area, could I ask you some questions?

1. Is it better to start with a cheap pad to start out, and then upgrade to a better, more pricey one? Or is it better to buy the pricier, more professional one first?
2. When you draw with the pen on the tablet, does the image on the screen correspond exactly with your stylus, like a pen to paper?
3. Can you save your art as a JPEG or PDF easily?
4. Does the Wacom Bamboo Splash come with good software built in? Or would you recommend getting other software like Sketchbook Pro?
5. Can you draw on top of an image, and then save the art you drew separately?

Thanks, and sorry for all the questions!
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