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Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet

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  • Battery-free, ergonomic pen with two programmable switches
  • Includes Corel Painter Essentials 4.0 (Win and Mac) for creating natural media art and turning photos into paintings
  • Easy USB connection
  • Interactive tutorial helps you make the most of your Bamboo
  • Active Area Touch (W x H) - 4.9" x 3.4" (124mm x 86mm); Pen (W x H) - 5.8" x 3.6" (147mm x 91mm)
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Product Description

Product Description

Bamboo Pen turns your computer into the ultimate editing tool and gives you the ability to paint, draw, edit, and personalize your documents with handwritten notes, sketches, and doodles. The ergonomically-designed pen fits comfortably in your hand, and the tablet's textured work surface makes you feel like you're working with a pen on paper. Bamboo Pen is a smart solution for anyone who strives for clear, visual communication. Write in digital ink, mark up documents with your own handwriting, draw quick sketches, and explore your creative side. Included in the box is Corel Painter Essentials, which makes it easy to turn photos into paintings and create natural media art. Bamboo Pen works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. Sleek and black, it makes for a stylish addition to your workspace. Attach Bamboo Pen to a standard USB port, set it comfortably by your keyboard, and let your creativity flow.


The Bamboo Pen Tablet turns your computer into a virtual canvas, allowing you to create digital artwork with the touch of a pen. With its textured surface, the tablet simulates the intuitive feeling of pen on paper. Using the easy-grip pen, you'll be able to add hand-drawn embellishments to your favorite photos, add life to digital sketches, and add personal touches to scrapbook pages with ease.

Included pen features 512 levels of
pressure sensitivity for precise drawings. View larger

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

Sleek, Stylish, and Easy to Use
Measuring 9.8 by 6.9 inches, the Bamboo Pen is compact enough to store comfortably in a laptop case. It features a large and responsive active area, providing enough workspace for even your most ambitious projects. The tablet comes with a battery-free pen with an easy-grip design, so you can have maximum control over your drawing. The work surface is textured, providing a pen-on-paper feel. It's also reversible, so you can use it comfortably whether you're right- or left-handed.

The Bamboo Pen 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.

Expand Your Creative Horizons with Precise Pen Technology
With the Bamboo Pen, digital drawing and painting are easier than ever. The tablet surface is designed to emulate the organic feel of working with traditional media, whether you're making fine dashes or wide, arching brush strokes.

The pen features 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, giving your artwork a level of nuance that just isn't possible when you're using a mouse. You can use the pressure-sensitive control to vary line thickness, add shading, and control boldness. When used in combination with the included Corel Painter Essentials 4.0, the tablet becomes an even more powerful artistic tool.

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

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.2 inches
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Item model number CTL460
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 490 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #157 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Input Devices > Graphics Tablets
Date first available at Amazon.com September 24, 2009

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By Cara Fuller on November 26, 2009
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For as cheap as this little tablet is, it does a GREAT job! I purchased it to have an extra travel one; I have a larger Intuos that is PHENOMENAL (I won't lie, it is much more sensitive and because it is larger it is much, much, much more precise) but the problem is that it is totally unsuitable for a mobile lifestyle. This little cutie works excellent for the things I do on the fly.

Considering that I am a professional digital imaging specialist who uses my tablets constantly, I hope you'll take this advice: for those of you who are weekend enthusiasts or whom are just getting started and perhaps may have never used a tablet before, this is a good one to purchase. It does just fine for most applications and is sensitive enough to do the average things. Once you've totally become addicted to it and know for sure that it suits your needs, maybe then save up and get a larger Intuos.
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I've been a long time user of Wacom tablets, so when my old workhorse Intuos finally kicked the bucket I tried the new Bamboo. One of my designers at work recommended I give it a whirl.

Installation is a piece of cake. There are practically zero adjustments or preferences to set - to be expected at this price point. This is good and bad.

I've found the drivers (or something) to be a bit wiggy though. Sometimes I have to plug in a mouse (gah!) to force the tablet to read the screen again.

The sensitivity is lackluster, again to be expected. For basic stuff it's fine, but for anything requiring brush work it leaves a lot to be desired. If you use Photoshop or Illustrator, invest in an Intuos. The money is well spent if you're using it in a professional arena.

I can only recommend this for people interested in learning the beauty and usefulness of a tablet for computer graphics work, OR anyone who suffers from carpal tunnel. As a basic input device it's effective enough. Using a pen feels more natural than pushing a bar of soap around a desk!
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At first, I was looking for a new mouse, since my old one needed replacing. I have bad arthritis, so comfort & ease of use was very important. I bought the Logitech Trackman Wheel and I absolutely loved it. I hadn't even considered a tablet device, as the last time I looked around they were a bit pricy. I ran across the Wacom Bamboo, & saw it was for well under $100!? Too good to be true I figured. I always research things I buy, so I looked around. Not only is the Wacom Bamboo very affordable, but the reviews all gave praise. My concern was that If I got a tablet, it would need to replace both the mouse & keyboard. Too much switching around is just too painful for me. I bought the Wacom Bamboo straight through Amazon as I have always had great service. I'm running a desktop w/ Windows 7, & the install was fast & easy. Well, it's been a week since I got it, & I haven't even touched my keyboard. The tablet/pen makes browsing, email & everything imaginable so fast, precise & easy. As I can sit back & comfortably use the tablet on its' own box to jump around & write, do graphics and 3D CAD.... the pain for me is substantially less.
Writing is very easy, corrections are software intuitive & a breeze. You can teach it your Writing style & it will continuously learn. Enough settings so you can get it to perform as you like it, but not get lost confused with them.
I wrote this whole review on the tablet in just a few minutes. This tablet is not just for graphic designers & such! Honestly, make your computing life easier, buy a Bamboo & you will soon be bragging to your friends & family how great it is!
I an not affiliated with the company, it's just the BEST money I have EVER spent on any computer peripheral.
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I am a teacher who has a SmartBoard in her classroom. I have a tablet pc for use in school, but I wanted a tablet to be able to have the tablet capabilities at home. I just received this product and am absolutely thrilled with it. It has turned my home computer into a tablet PC. Here are some things you can do with the Bamboo pen:

1. Teachers who have a projector in their class can create documents (like a worksheet) in Word or PowerPoint and then fill the document with the pen while teaching (or let students do it). They can also use the built-in highlighter to highlight parts of the document. Word, Excel and PowerPoint have built-in inking features that are activated when a tablet like Bamboo Pen is installed.

2. Similarly, if you want to work with a PDF document (such as your textbook or a worksheet you have scanned into your computer), you can print it to Windows Journal, software that is included with Windows, and then mark it up or highlight it in Journal. This is also useful for signing a document that you receive as a PDF file.

3. If you use the Bamboo Pen to write notes on the board (actually, the screen) for your students, you can save them for those who are absent or for review later. I save different versions of the same document for different class sections that I teach since my notes are a bit different for each class.

You'll waste A LOT less paper because you won't need to print everything out--you can just use documents electronically.

Bamboo Pen will convert your PC into a combination chalkboard/tablet/overhead projector/opaque projector.

For this extremely reasonable price, it is very well worth it.
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