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Spacious medium sized tablet for hobbyists,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo Create Pen and Touch Tablet (CTH670) [Old Version] (Personal Computers)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)Wacom Bamboo Create is Wacom's latest generation tablet designed for home and office users. At nearly half the price of Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet, which is aimed at professional, you get a ton of values.
First, my background. I have used Intuos3 and previous Bamboo tablets, as well as Apple Magic Trackpad. My current PC is MacBook Pro hooked up to 27-inch display. Tablets come with some learning curve and Bamboo is no exception. If you are new to tablet, three concepts you will need to learn are hovering (moving the pen about quarter inch above the surface moves the pointer), how the active area is mapped to area of the screen, and how active area is smaller than the overall tablet surface area. Both may take some time getting used to, but once you do, you will wonder how you drew or manipulated images before.
Bamboo Create packs quite a value. You get the same 10" worth of diagonal active area (8.5" by 5.4") as Intuos4 medium. In addition, Bamboo Create has one notable feature that Intuos4 lacks, a multi-touch input that accepts finger inputs and gestures. It accepts nearly every gestures and inputs of Magic Trackpad, including tap to click, dragging, scroll (but not inertia), rotate, zoom, swipe down for Expose, and swipe left/right to switch applications. Only notably missing gestures are secondary click area and pinch open & close two finger gesture.
That said, Bamboo's plastic surface feels rough and cheaper in comparison to Magic Trackpad. If you are looking at Bamboo primarily as an alternative to Magic Trackpad, I recommend choosing Magic Trackpad instead. If your primaru needs are drawing or editing images, however, Bamboo delivers. The stylus has 2 buttons and an eraser tip. The buttons feel a bit wobbly and offer minimal feedback, but more than serviceable and offer 1024 sensitivity levels (compared to 2048 for Intuos4). The tablet's finish is plastic, not quite matching MacBook Pro's finish, but still stylish. The tablet's resolution is half of Intuos4 (2540 lines per inch vs. 5080). If you are looking to move up to Intuos4, Intuos4 feels much more substantial and high-end (especially the buttons and more pleasant friction the tablet offers), and it has twice as many buttons and iPod-style touch ring control. Both tablets can be rotated for left-handed use.
Installing the driver adds two preference panels to OS X System Preferences app, Bamboo and Ink. Ink is a handwriting recognition feature built-in to OS X. I personally had hard time learning to use ink effectively. Bamboo preference lets you customize buttons on the tablet or stylus to whatever you wish, anywhere from keystrokes, OS X actions (e.g., show desktop) and running applications or scripts.
Also included are Bamboo Dock (Adobe Air-based app store for installing and using apps ranging from tutorial, notes, and games), Photoshop Elements 9.0 (not the latest 10.0), Corel Painter Essentials 4.0, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3. As you may expect, you can use just about any image editing apps and productivty apps with Bamboo, including Microsoft Office, iWork, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Creative Suite.