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Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch review

Get more creative with a touch tablet

Our Verdict

For

  • Draw and paint with precision
  • Ideal Magic Mouse replacement

Against

  • Learning curve can be steep
  • Touchpad response can be slow

Thanks to OS X Lion we're all getting used to the idea of using gestures to do things on the Mac, but you can quickly hit the limit of what multi-touch can do – especially when you want to paint, draw or customise your photos. And that's where Wacom's Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch comes in.

Designed to match the MacBook's look and feel, the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch is a family-friendly graphics tablet that combines the usability of multi-touch with the precision of pen.

The small version of the tablet we tested includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Art Rage 3.0, which are available for download once you register the tablet with Wacom. Children will love the growing range of fun creative apps and games available too.

Other goodies include a new wireless option (£35) so you can doodle USB cable-free. The supplied driver software also includes a good range of customisation options, including the ability to change the firmness of the pen's eraser and tip.

In use, the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch works very well and it can be easier to find your way around OS X than with a mouse or Magic Trackpad. But it's with creative apps that the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch really comes into its own.

The amount of control you can get with the pen is staggering – applying more downward force on the pen applies more ink or pencil to the 'paper' just like the real thing.

Unfortunately the same can't be said of the multi-touch capabilities of the tablet, which can be slow to respond to gestures like pinch-to-zoom. But overall the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch is a winner.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphics Tablet
Connectivity TechnologyCable
Brand NameWacom
Input Device TypePen
Active Area147.32 mm x 91.44 mm
Height7.6 mm
Width175.3 mm
Depth248.9 mm
Input Resolution1270 lpi
ManufacturerWacom Technology Co
Product ModelPen & Touch
Product NameBamboo Fun S Pen & Touch Graphics Tablet
Product LineBamboo
Manufacturer Part NumberCTH-461-EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wacom.eu
Marketing Information

Discover an impressive upgrade for your creative skills: The new Bamboo Fun offers a unique combination of multi-touch functionality and pen tablet technology in a single device. Styled in silver and white, it comes in two sizes - small and medium. Both sizes deliver an extremely simple, inspiring and spontaneous way to express your creativity through more natural-looking paintings or drawings.

Interfaces/Ports4-pin Type A USB
Package Contents
  • Bamboo Fun S Pen & Touch Graphics Tablet with USB Cable and Pen Holder
  • Pen for Bamboo
  • Replacement Nibs
  • Nib Extractor
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Software Download Instruction
  • Bamboo installation CD (with driver software, online user's manual and interactive tutorial)
Limited Warranty2 Year