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Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch review

by Adam Smith. 20 Apr 2012

New generation of Bamboo Pen & Touch with multi-touch gestures

Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch review

Wacom have re-envisaged the Bamboo tablet product line for new users looking to explore diverse digital expression – inside and out.

Starting with the latter, the new Bamboo Pen & Touch specifically now has a trendy, new age outer shell.

Sporting a high contrast black gloss, carbon and neon green colouring, complemented with blue LED-lit ExpressKeys, it certainly charms aesthetically minded consumers.

The device’s pen has also had a slight modification, now coming with what is described by Wacom as: “a more aesthetic shape due to a new soft grip area”.

It certainly looks and feels a lot more comfortable in use, but no more than previous editions. This is also colour coordinated with the main device.

As always this is complemented with professional standard pen pressure Levels (1024), long-standing two-handed control for left and right-handed users, and multi-gesture operation – a must have with mainstream tablet devices.

The multi-gesture of this device seems more responsive and easier to operate when navigating Photoshop images and the Web, zooming, scrolling and so on.

However, this is perhaps due to this now being a more familiar feature than when first used in previous devices. It could also be a result of the machine being complemented with 64-bit operation.

New additions to the device’s creative arsenal are actually very entertaining. The Bamboo Pen & Touch now comes with its own Apps system called Bamboo Dock, offering expressive applications that enhance your Bamboo experience.

These include production additions such as enhanced note making and creative apps, fun games for downtime and motivational examples such as Mood Tuner – offering tunes to inspire your creativity.

However, be mindful you’re applying to a tight workspace that of course limits application – illustrators, comic artists and retouchers will get most from this tablet.

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