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Wacom CDS600P Bamboo Spark with Tablet Sleeve
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The Wacom Bamboo Spark with Tablet Sleeve is a smart folio with a flexible sleeve to hold a tablet with up to a 9.7" display. It also comes with a smart ballpoint pen and a spot for your favorite paper. Write by hand. Press a button and save your handwritten notes to the Bamboo Spark app for light editing. Use the Wacom Cloud for archiving, sharing, and access anywhere.
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1. As of this writing the Wacom site doesn't have refills for the pen available. I was able to order a bunch of fine point refills directly from the manufacturer, Autopoint. They are fine point, not medium( which is what comes with the Wacom pen) and they are 1.50 each. The fine point made no difference in the line quality on the uploaded drawing. Line width was the same.
2. As noted by other reviewers, the pen and tablet are not pressure sensitive so variations in line weight aren't captured, neither are tones represented by cross hatching.
3. I tried a variety of papers that are designed for drawing with pen and the best paper was Borden & Riley Paris paper for pens which I cut down to the right size. I have to use little clamps to hold the paper in place. I have some pads on order. I'm not up to making my own pads these days with padding glue, but others might want to.
4. My husband being of the technology- I can hack it - point of view messed around with the reciever (rfi) in the pen but was unsuccessful in adapting it for a roller ball or micron pigma type pen. However he was able to permanently tape the switch ( pen tip) on and saddle a better drawing pen to the original pen and the tablet " read" the marks. Wacom take note! Artists don't like ballpoint and you know it. This solution was informative but cumbersome. One thing we learned from the process is that the tablet picks up on movement close to the surface of the page- so printed letters inadvertently became cursive with the good pen riding piggyback on the Wacom. Quick sketches acquired movement lines as I worked across the page since the switch was always on and not triggered by pressure.
5. Why 5 stars? This is a new device and I'm sure that it will evolve. I love the fact that the pad itself is unobtrusive and doesn't scream technology. It would be handy in meetings or as other reviewers have said, for sketching out ideas with a client- you give them the paper copy after uploading the digital version. I could also see this being useful for doctors who shun technology and need something portable to take notes. The fact that the folio has on aired memory is pretty useful. And finally, I prefer drawing on paper. It's the same size as my iPad and I intend to carry it everywhere I take my iPad. Editing, addition of color etc can be done in other programs. I found the bamboo paper app terribly limiting to I use Adobe ideas for now, my fallback app. Please note the last picture I uploaded was done with a micron pigma riding on the Wacom pen- you can see the swooping line as I moved my hand across the page creating diagonals through the windows.
Here are the biggest flaws:
1. The on/off switch: It will take some time getting used to switching the device on and off. Since it just looks like your regular pad, I initially got into meeting, busy with important discussions, and simply opened the pad and started writing. After finishing up the first page, and hitting the sync button - i realized i forgot to switch it on! I wish this device had of auto-turn on with the sleeve.
2. Sleep feature: My next step was to ensure that I switch on the device at the start of my meetings. Today, I spent the initial 15-20 minutes writing on the first page. The meeting got very engaging and we spent our time on discussions. I had captured great notes at the start of the meeting At the end of an hour long meeting, I was excited to sync my notes and pressed the sync button... but damn the stupid thing went to sleep mode. When i turned it back on, the light showed a green instead of blue, which basically means it didn't capture anything. WHY IS THERE NO OPTION TO SET THE SLEEP TIMER VIA THE APP??
3. Bamboo Paper App: I have a iPhone i am using to sync the notes. The cool videos you see where you can highlight your notes, convert handwritten to text recognition are all on that app. But guess what, there is no such app! Wacom just has the inkspace app which is pretty much useless.
As many people have expressed, I wish there were other kinds of pens that work with Spark, especially when drawing or sketching, I'd prefer using broader tip or roller pen type. Not so thrilled with the Spark pen. I hope they will come up with more pen lines for Spark soon (or something we can just attach to our favorite pens to use it with Spark). I think I would use this much more often if I could use other pens. I haven't changed the cartridge yet so not sure how that is yet.
You can use any kind of papers on Spark. I bought some cheap sketchbooks for kids. (not high quality one--inexpensive but little thicker than typical notebook sheets). The ones I found was about the size of the Spark notepad so I just rip some papers out and stapled it on the top to make small notepads. I also like to use index cards on it. 4x6 cards work pretty good. I line up on the top and use it then save the note. then use the back of the card line up to the bottom if I want to combine the front and back of the notes on 4x6 index card. After I sync them, I just combine these two notes into one.
I also have some sync problem/issues with Spark. I've found what works best for me is that I often just save the notes on Spark when writing. Then sync them later. I turn on the bluetooth first on my device (I'm using Android device), then open the Spark app on my device, then turn on Spark. Usually this sequencing syncs the best for me. Once synced to my device, I edit on Bamboo Paper app if needed and save ("share") to Evernote or One Note for later use.