Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch review

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

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Wacom bamboo pen and touch

As a multi-touch device the Bamboo leaves us a little cold. There are times when it simply doesn't work reliably enough, and it's a rare computer user who claims a touchpad is a good alternative to a proper mouse. Even with Windows 7 supporting multi-touch this isn't the product to bring it to the masses.

We liked:

Working with the pen is intuitive and natural, despite the stylus' lack of weight.

The pad is incredibly sensitive – with a bit of practice, drawing on the pad feels natural. It's much easier than attempting to sketch lines with a mouse.

The 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity help, and the price is keen as well – this the perfect beginner or hobbyist's graphics tablet.

We disliked:

The multi-touch aspect is over-hyped and under-realised. A lot of the time it simply doesn't work as well as advertised.

We certainly can't see it being as useful in Photoshop as the ability to draw natural-looking lines straight onto a piece of digital canvas.

The small pressure-sensitive area can be a bit restrictive too, although this is something that will only truly niggle if you've already got experience using graphics tablets. A final annoyance is that the Bamboo Pen & Touch only comes with one style of nib for the pen, and even beginners are likely to want to try something new.


As a graphics tablet, the Wacom is a superb first step for those getting into digital art. The pad may not be enormous, but there's plenty of sensitivity, and at comfortably under £100, the Pen & Touch could mark the beginning of a new artistic direction for beginners.

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