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Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet (CTL471)

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  • Lite art creation. Painting, drawing, sketching or document mark-up.
  • Free downloadable creative software included: Autodesk Sketchbook Express and ArtRage Studio. To obtain the software, register the item with the included installation CD, which will take you to download.wacom.com.
  • Ergonomically designed battery free pen that give you comfort and precise control to paint, draw and sketch.
  • Active Area: 5.8 inch x 3.6 inch
  • Product not compatible with the Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit for Bamboo Capture/Bamboo Create/Intuos5 Models (ACK40401).
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Product Description

Tablets, Wacom, BAMBOO SPLASH, CTL471

From the Manufacturer

Express your creativity with the Wacom Bamboo Splash pen tablet. Bamboo Splash gives you all the right tools to get off and running with digital art and drawing. To enhance your creations, it comes with Autodesk SketchBook Express and ArtRage Studio software applications. Bamboo Splash is compatible with both PCs and Macs.

Wacom Bamboo Splash
Sketch, draw, and paint--all on your computer. View larger.
Wacom Bamboo Splash
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Wacom Bamboo Splash
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Express Your Creativity

The Bamboo Splash creative pen tablet lets you transform your computer into a blank canvas ready for your latest visual creations. Doodle, draw, paint, sketch--explore your creativity. With a Bamboo pen in your hand, you'll work both digitally and naturally. Just let your imagination run wild.

Simplicity and Freedom in Pen Input

Thanks to Bamboo Splash's ergonomic, battery-free pen and textured work surface, you'll enjoy the freedom and familiar feel of pen on paper. Bamboo's pen input is the more natural way to create. It's time to drop the mouse and trackball and go with pen input for creativity's sake.

Powerful Suite of Creative Software

Bamboo Splash gets beginning digital artists going with all the right tools for creative exploration: a creative pen tablet plus a suite of powerful software included in-carton.

ArtRage Studio Offers Natural Painting and Drawing Tools

ArtRage Studio simulates real-world artistic tools, oil paints, watercolors, chalks, and pens, plus utilities to make painting easier such as layers and tracing images. ArtRage's intuitive interface and range of features make it ideal for getting off and running in digital art without the need to learn complex technical controls.

SketchBook Express--the Ultimate Digital Sketchbook

SketchBook Express provides the best in digital sketching capability with its simple-to-use menus and array of creative tools. You'll be off sketching and drawing in minutes with your new digital canvas.

Versatile, Compact Tablet Design

The reversible tablet works equally well for right- or left-handed users and has an attached pen holder. The tablet measures 0.4 by 10.9 by 6.9 inches (H x W x D).

Compatibility and Warranty Information

Requiring a standard USB port for PCs and Macs, Bamboo Splash is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, and Mac OSX 10.5 and above.

Bamboo Splash is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box

Splash (CTL471) is a revision of Connect (CTL470). Hence it includes tablet CTL470 along with ArtRage 3 Studio, and Autodesk Sketchbook Express. Bamboo tablet and pen; quick-start guide; Bamboo installation CD, which when run takes users to Wacom’s website to download the driver and software (containing Autodesk SketchBook Express and ArtRage).

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At a Glance:

  • Get started with digital art and drawing

  • Paint, sketch, doodle, and draw

  • Pen input for that familiar pen-on-paper feel

  • Includes Autodesk SketchBook Express and ArtRage software
Wacom Bamboo Splash
Wacom Bamboo Splash
ArtRage Studio simulates real-world artistic tools, oil paints, watercolors, chalks, and pens. (Click each to enlarge)
Bamboo Tablets Bamboo Connect Product Shot Bamboo Capture Product Shot Bamboo Create Product Shot Intuos5
Sketching/Drawing/Painting Fun with Photos Art/Creative Projects Photography/Art/Design
Ideal Use Get started with art Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary ones Advanced creative expression: draw, paint, retouch, and sketch Designed to meet the high performance demands of creative professionals
Size Compact size Compact size Twice the work surface Small, medium, and large
Pen Input Pressure sensitivity
(1024 levels)
Pressure sensitivity
(1024 levels)
Pressure sensitivity
(1024 levels)
Pressure sensitivity
(2048 levels)
Tilt sensitivity
( 60 degrees)
Multi-Touch Input N/A Scroll, zoom, rotate, and swipe Scroll, zoom, rotate, and swipe Scroll, zoom, rotate, and swipe
Interactive touch ring
Included Software
  • ArtRage 3 Studio
  • Autodesk SketchBook Express
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3
  • Corel Painter Essentials
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Anime Studio Debut
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Corel Painter 12 (90 Day Trial)

Product Information

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Wacom
Item model number CTL471
Item Weight 14.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 11 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 11 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
Color Black/green
Computer Memory Type DDR DRAM

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 715 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #94 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Input Devices > Digital Pens
Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 5, 2010

Warranty & Support

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I had wanted a drawing tablet for many years, although for one reason or another I never purchased one. However, after purchasing Wacom's Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet, I regret not having purchased one sooner. Using it is completely intuitive; hovering above the tablet (a couple of centimeters) moves the cursor around, tapping clicks, while double tapping double clicks (although moving too far from the initial click cancels the double click,) a small amount of pressure usually creates lighter and or thinner lines, while more pressure creates wider and or darker lines (depending on the brush and program you're using.) Keep in mind, I've had this for about a week so I can't really speak for its performance in the long term but I will most likely post an update after six months, sooner if anything goes wrong.

I dislike using Windows and Mac OSes, so I can't say anything about the software included with the tablet. I've been using Inkscape (vector graphics software), GIMP (raster graphics software), Mypaint (raster graphics software with brushes that mimic traditional mediums such as sketching pencils, paintbrushes, oil sticks and others), and Aseprite (sprite/animation software) all of which are free and open source. I'm using Arch Linux (x86_64) and installed the drivers by installing libwacom and xf86-input-wacom. I was able to use the tablet as soon as they were done installing with the complete pressure sensitivity. It's set up by default to utilize absolute pointing (the top left of the tablet is the top left of the screen vs relative, which is like a laptop's touchpad.) I don't have a need to change it to a relative pointer, so I haven't looked into where the settings to change that would be located.
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I bought a Wacom Bambo Craft a couple years ago and used it constantly to take notes in class and for personal art. I wore it out from so much use, so I figured I'd purchase another tablet. Comparatively, this tablet is junk (in my opinion). It works functionally, but this product is all off. If you are using it to take notes in class, it works fine, but it lacks any use for artistry.

The writing surface of this tablet is very rough. Writing on it is similar to writing on construction paper with a very hard leaded pencil (for the artists out there). As a result, very fine, small movements are not very easy. The roughness also makes a lot of noise.

This tablet also lacks the erase feature found on most other Wacom tablets. This was one of my favorite features in my previous tablet, and I was sad not to see it in this tablet.

The pressure sensitivity seems to be pretty low for this model as well. Even with the settings adjusted to try and compensate (changing the "feel" to "soft" in the settings menu), it requires a definite pressure to activate the pen. My previous tablet would accept really fine swipes with no issues.

The only positive aspects to this product is that the USB cable physically plugs into the tablet instead of a cord hanging off permanently. This is nice because you can place it in your backpack or laptop case without worrying about ruining the

In all, I will be returning this tablet and trying to find a copy of my last one to replace it. It's not worth the money for a substandard product.
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The thing that impressed me most about this produt was the packaging. Not Amazon's, they sent in a standard brown box with those poofy plastic-bag-like replacements for bubble wrap, which are fun to pop, but not recyclable except at particular stores. Nothing special there. But inside the box with all the strange doodle-creatures with twelve eyes is another brown box, which contains only one molded paper-based stuff-holder. The tablet itself was wrapped up and the replacement pen nibs came in a tiny bag. Once I lifted up the tablet, I spotted a square folded paper package, the size of a CD case. Inside were all the CDs and a quickstart guide in about 6 different languages that is hard to read in each. (When will those guide-printers understand that printing all the steps, 1-7, in one language, and then the next, and then the next, is so much more understandable to everyone!?)

A lot of things about this tablet are not immediately apparent, so I'll start with the things that tripped me up the most. This tablet DOES NOT HAVE touch capability. I'm okay with that since I'd rather use the pen anyway, but the tutorial that comes with the Bamboo Dock makes reference to this capability, which other Bamboo tablets have, apparently, but not this one. The Bamboo Dock worth installing, and not just for all the free little games and apps that come with it. (Such timewasters! I can't help but be sucked in!) The tutorial is helpful, but only after you realize that this tablet doesn't do anything if you tap it and so forth. To find the full User's Manual, which includes specs and details on all the Bamboo tablets, first click the little gear shape in the upper right hand corner of the Bamboo Dock, (not one of the free apps) then the second item "My Tablet" and from there, "Pen Tablet Properties".
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