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Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet (CTL471)

Bamboo Splash is a small format pen tablet designed for lite art creation, drawing, sketching, painting and document mark up. Autodesk Sketchbook Express and ArtRage Studio software is included. Use ArtRage to create paintings on canvas, concrete, numerous paper types and more. Paint with watercolors, oils, chalk, inks and crayon. Use the “stickers’ tool to add multiple embellishments to your art and drawings.

Product Features

  • Lite art creation. Painting, drawing, sketching or document mark-up.
  • Software included: Autodesk Sketchbook Express and ArtRage Studio
  • Ergonomically designed battery free pen that give you comfort and precise control to paint, draw and sketch.
  • Active Area: 5.8 inch x 3.6 inch
  • Product not compatible with the Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit for Bamboo Capture/Bamboo Create/Intuos5 Models (ACK40401).

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3 comments to Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet (CTL471)

  • WichacpiHoskila

    Better than you’d expect for a “fun” tablet I’ve used Wacom tablets for years, from the low end to the best they offer. When I had the chance to test this “fun” tablet I expected it to be rather basic. But it’s actually quite impressive. For one thing, this can be used by both right- and left-handed users. I installed it on my Mac (OS Lion) with ease, and setup was a cinch. I’m used to Wacom’s features, though, so I deliberately approached this as if I were a new user, and I was pleased that fine-tuning the functions and specs is quite simple. It’s impressive how many ways you can engineer this tablet to work for you: you can designate myriad functions for each button, as well as the sensitivity of the pen tip and eraser.I ran this in Photoshop CS5 and found that is assimilates perfectly as a drawing tool–new users who are considering this shouldn’t be the slightest bit concerned that incorporating a tablet into their Photoshop, Corel, etc. apps will be buggy or requires lots of advanced setup. Nope, it works just how you hope it will. (New users should be prepared for the “weird” sensation of drawing on a tablet while looking at a screen; a pen is not a mouse, and you can’t lift and reposition it while maintaining stationary cursor placement like a mouse. The tablet is the equivalent to your screen. Advanced tablet users know all of this.)This tablet isn’t as sensitive as Wacom’s more elite models; it detects 1,024 levels of pressure which is VERY good for nearly any use, but the higher-end tablets support up to twice that. I’m an artist, though, and to be honest I haven’t yet found the case where the difference has been critical. The tablet is lightweight and easy to hold or carry. The surface is a glassy-feeling plastic that feels natural; one criticism would be that it sense the pen too easily sometimes, so trying to carefully place the pen slowly to the surface might result in a “misfire” when the tablet reads it as intended pen action too soon.For fun, there are a few games that come with it, but they’re not impressive. Doodle on a world map; draw on the Mona Lisa; use the pen to play a rudimentary physics game…meh. Let’s be honest: this is a “fun” tablet, but the games aren’t actually why you’d want this. At the root of it, this is a tablet for people who want to do things a tablet will let them do (draw, design, and place design items) at a much more affordable price than the higher-end tablets. And once we settle on that, this does just fine. For those who want to do all of these things but don’t have full-blown Photoshop, never fear–this includes Adobe “elements” (which does what most peopel need Photoshop to do, without the fancy extras), Corel Painter Essentials, and Autodesk Sketchbook Express. Between each of these, you have a fantastic range of filters, tools, and effects that work extremely well. I haven’t had a single bug yet in Mac, and I’ve run this in Parallels 7 Windows XP on my Mac with fine results there, too. Be careful not to rely on writing-to-text, though; even though the tablet claims to offer this feature, it’s not exactly accurate.

  • neoREgen

    Possibly the best tablet yet, but not flawless Notice: The following review is based on using a 2009 white Macbook. The issues that I note with various touch input methods all worked fine with a friend’s Macbook Air- except “natural” scrolling, which is still messed up as explained lower in the review. I assume then that if you have a Mac that natively accepts four-finger input via its trackpad that the touch input gestures of the Wacom Bamboo will work fine for you as well. (My computer natively only supports two-finger gestures, though the tablet augments that significantly to three and most of the four-fingered gestures.)Review:The hardware looks nicer than it does on the box (the box is darker and more muted than the product), but not quite the same coloration as is on Amazon’s site or Wacom’s site. In the online pictures it looks as if the buttons on the tablet are light grey/silverish, but they’re definitively black in real life. The tablet’s color online appears quite white, especially on the drawing surface, but it’s grey. It looks like it’ll blend in perfectly next to a Macbook Pro or Macbook Air. It’s rather elegant.The four buttons are interestingly not flat. Those little flavor indents in the picture are actual indents. Its a nice design touch, and actually kind of begs you to touch it more.I was concerned about the newer “paperlike” feel that Wacom has updated all of its products to have, but it feels good. I actually liked the smooth plastic textureless gliding of my last tablet, and still might a little bit more, but I can already tell that this tablet’s texture is entirely decent and I’ll adapt to it rather painlessly.It feels good on the fingers. Might not be as smooth as Apple’s glasslike surfaces, but it’s analogous to the trackpads Apple used before switching to glass.Everything is responsive. The rotate feature can get a little weird with the pinch/zoom feature, not really knowing which one to apply, so I turned the rotate feature off in preferences. Oh- preferences for touch motions can’t be configured in an “I want this to do X” sort of way. They have their intrinsic attributes and can only be toggled on and off.It does a really good job at distinguishing between what I intend to be an input with my fingers or my pen. So if I lay my hand on it to use the pen- no problem, it gets it. You don’t have to worry about toggling the finger-touch on and off.Oh, by the way- there is approximately an inch’s worth of margin on the top, right, and bottom of the usable tablet area. It appears to be quite a large surface, but a decent portion of that does nothing. I’m just eyeing it, but it looks like 6″ x 4″ worth of usable space, which doesn’t sound like much to someone that hasn’t used one, but I find to be a quite preferable size. I’d actually rather use a smaller tablet than larger. It’s just a preference on how much you like to move as you draw- large sweeping strokes of the arm, or smaller subtler strokes of the wrist.You might be surprised (as I was) to realize the pen doesn’t have an eraser (as my previous, lesser Wacom tablet did).I’m pretty sure you can’t replace the pen with a better one as the driver software doesn’t have any indication of the pen having an eraser end.Honestly, not that big of a dilemma to me. You can program one of your six buttons (4 on the tablet, 2 on the pen) to switch to eraser tool if you want it anyway.Four months in, my tablet stopped accepting input correctly and I contacted Wacom. The interaction with the customer service representative went very smoothly- no stupid questions asked (if you’ve ever talked to AT&T, you know what I mean). He sent me a pen immediately. (I did have to send him a copy of my receipt, via email- so hold on to those.) Three days later, it arrived and it works flawlessly. Pretty sure I have to send my old pen back on my dime, though. Oh, well. I’m still very pleased it wasn’t the tablet itself that stopped working correctly.-When this tablet first came out, the driver software was a big issue for Lion compatibility. It has since (mostly) been fixed. The one extremely glaring flaw that still exists has to do with two finger scrolling. Wacom gives you two options: Natural and Standard. Standard is what is default on all Macs prior to OS X Lion- you move your fingers up, the page goes up. Move them left, it goes left.Natural is, I presume, supposed to be what OS X Lion has as default scrolling functionality- similar to the iPad. You move your fingers up, the page goes down. Move them right, the page goes left. It’s supposed to replicate dragging the page with your finger itself. Unfortunately, Wacom got it wrong in a really weird way – the left and right scrolling is identical to Standard mode. So you move your fingers up to scroll down, and left to scroll… left. Inversion-fail.The four-finger swipe between…

  • Marine Corps Nomad

    Having the right tools makes the job easier I need to say up front that this is my first tablet, so I have can not do a comparison between various tablets. I am not in the graphic design business although I dabble a little bit in graphic design and photo editing. It wasn’t until I got this tablet that I realized how much easier certain editing tasks can be with the right tools.First impressions:The Bamboo Create is sleek and light-weight. It has a flat metallic finish with sleek, smooth black buttons on the side. The pen is a comfortable size for most size hands (large or small). The attached loop holder for the pen is a nice feature which reduces the chance of the pen being misplaced.Features and Set-up:It comes packaged with Corel Painter Essentials, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3, as well as some special offer freebies such as a free Shutterfly photo book. It features training videos for Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter Essentials. The Bamboo Dock allows you to access various apps for the Bamboo tablet.The power cord is a removable micro usb to usb cable. This can be upgraded by purchasing the wireless accessory kit which is a nice option if you want to have freedom from the cable or if you use your tv as your computer monitor.A huge plus for us is the fact that this tablet can be configured (on the fly) for either left-handed or right-handed users. Since we have both in our home, we really appreciate this particular feature. The buttons on the tablet as well as the pen can be customized and configured to your desired settings.The active use area is 8.5 X 5.4 inches and works with both touch and pen input. Once again, this can be configured to you desired specs.The initial set-up as well as software install was extremely easy. While you can just plug in and use, you will not have full features unless you install the software. The bundled software was a nice addition to overall package.Ease of Use:Because we had never used a tablet, we weren’t sure how easy it would be to use this tool. We quickly found it was pretty intuitive. Obviously, some programs have more of a learning curve than others, but the tablet itself is easy to use. It will take some time to get use to the exact amount of pressure needed to perform certain tasks.As with any writing to text input, some translation errors are to be expected. We had a few laughs over some of the words created when we wrote on the tablet. It’s too early to say how often this errors would happen when writing on a regular basis. Because this is primarily being targeted as a creative tool rather than a business tool, this may not be a critical issue.Where this tablet shines is when it comes to drawing, artist renderings, photo editing… basically, the creative side of things. Both my husband and daughter were extremely pleased at the sketches they were able to create. The ease of drawing and also erasing was wonderful. The tablet/pen responded well to lighter and heavier pressure just as a pen and paper would in real life. My daughter really liked the ability to erase cleaning which is not always possible with real sketches depending on the medium used to create the sketches.As someone who dabbles in photography, I could quickly see how using this tablet will help greatly with photo editing where a mouse falls completely short. I’m looking forward to being able to make more precise edits as well as doing some more create editing with this new tool. This tablet also opens the door to more graphic design possibilities.Final Thoughts:As a new user in the tablet market, the Bamboo Create meets all of our criteria and then some. It’s a tool that can be used by all family members and will be a great asset in our homeschool setting. The photo editing possibilities that come from the precision that comes with this tool are endless. We did find that occasionally there was some lag in input or it didn’t register the input. I’m not sure if this is user error or just the nature of the tablet. If other things come to light, I will update this review to reflect them. As it stands, we all feel this is a great product with multiple uses for a variety of age groups.

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