Wacom Bamboo Pen Review
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Wacom Bamboo Pen
The Wacom Bamboo Pen is a relatively new product produced by Wacom. An improvement of the earlier, Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet, the Wacom Bamboo Pen alters the form factor and adds additional features to the tablet.
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Wacom Bamboo Pen Features
- 512 Levels of Pressure Sensitivity
- 5.8" x 3.6" Active Area
- Corel Painter Essentials 4.0 Included in Package
- Two Programmable Buttons
- Able to Accommodate Both Left and Right Handed Users
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Wacom Bamboo Pen - Pros
Great for Beginners - For people looking to get familiar with producing art or navigating a computer with a tablet, the Wacom Bamboo Pen is the tablet to buy. It's cheap, reliable, and allows the user to get the hang of using a pen instead of a mouse to navigate around a computer screen.
Cheap Price Point - The Wacom Bamboo Pen is one of the cheapest pen tablets money can buy. Not to mention you get a great product for the price. The current Amazon.com price is $61.14, which is a price almost everyone can afford.
Reliable Product - The Wacom series of tablets are great products, and, if taken care of properly, will last a long time. I have friends who own some of Wacom's first tablets, and they still run perfectly on modern computers. That is a show of the reliability and durability of Wacom's products.
Pen Holder - While it may not seem like a big feature, the pen holder is a great addition to Wacom's lineup of tablets. Previous iterations of their tablets had a pen holder separate from the tablet, which was fine if the tablet stayed on one desk and didn't travel much. However, if you had to take your tablet to different computers or traveled a lot, the pen could easily get lost, misplaced, or even broken in transit. The pen holder attached directly to the tablet fixes this problem simply and brilliantly.
Wacom Bamboo Pen - Cons
Size, Sensitivity, and Customization - Simply put, the Wacom Bamboo Pen isn't suited for professional work. The sensitivity of the tablet is great for the price, but investing in an Intuos 4 is a much better move if the tablet is going to be used for professional work. Not only does the Intuos series have a more sensitive pen, but they have a bigger active area and more customizable buttons than the Wacom Bamboo Pen.
Learning Curve - When I first got a tablet, I was a natural with controlling the computer using a pen. However, the majority of people will have a difficult time with correlating the movement of your pen to the movement of the mouse on the computer screen. This can be frustrating at first, but with time the skill with a tablet will increase and it will no longer be a problem. It is still a con simply because this learning curve can scare some people from using a tablet and can be a steep learning curve for others.