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Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch review

The bamboo tablet goes multi-touch in time for Windows 7

Our Verdict

For

  • Plenty of sensitivity
  • Drawing feels natural
  • Easy to use software
  • Customisable buttons

Against

  • Multi-touch doesn't really work
  • Small tablet area
  • Only one type of nib included

Multi-touch applications are everywhere.

Popularised by the iPhone, being able to pinch your fingers together to zoom, or flicking left or right to navigate the internet, is more intuitive than using a mouse, to say nothing of offering a frisson of Star Trek-like enjoyment to your PC.

Windows 7 is multi-touch ready as soon as you install it – buy a suitably-equipped PC or tablet and you can use its handwriting recognition and gesture recognition straight out of the box.

The problem is that touchscreens are expensive. The nearest consumers are likely to get is something along the lines of HP's all-in-one Touchsmart systems which isn't much use if you're looking to retrofit your current PC.

Instead, you could try Wacom's Bamboo Pen & Touch. Wacom has been a significant player in the consumer-grade graphics tablet market for a long while, building small but perfectly-formed pen and tablet combos for creative types.

The Pen & Touch builds on the formula. It costs under £100, and while you get a pen and three replacement nibs in the box, the headline is that it works as a multi-touch work surface. Forget clicking and dragging! You fingers are the future.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphics Tablet
Connectivity TechnologyCable
Brand NameWacom
Input Device TypePen
Active Area147.32 mm x 91.44 mm
Height8.5 mm
Width176 mm
Depth248 mm
Input Resolution1270 lpi
ManufacturerWacom Technology Co
Product ModelPen & Touch
Product NameBamboo Pen & Touch Graphics Tablet
Product LineBamboo
Manufacturer Part NumberCTH-460-EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wacom.eu
Marketing Information

It's time for a new device that could change your digital life completely. With the new Bamboo, Wacom is introducing the first tablet combining multi-touch functionality and pen tablet technology in a single device. The result: the best of both worlds - and a new and intuitive, simple and inspiring way to work with computers.

Interfaces/Ports4-pin Type A USB
Package Contents
  • Bamboo 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