Musings on Photography

Wacom Bamboo pen/multitouch tablets

Posted in equipment by Paul Butzi on October 19, 2009


I’m thinking of buying one of these Wacom Bamboo combination pen/multitouch pad tablets.  Anyone have one? How do you like it? I see mixed reviews on the touch input feature and lots of positive reviews on the pen input.

Tempting, so tempting. I am SO tired of mice and the way even a very ergo mouse causes me a lot of pain after long work sessions.

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  1. Eric Jeschke said, on October 20, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I can’t speak to the Bamboo, but I have a regular Wacom Intuos tablet that I use occasionally for tedious image editing jobs. For that purpose (fine motor control brush strokes, etc) it is excellent. I did not find the pen so pleasant to use for general GUI interaction that it ever replaced the mouse for me; i.e. it is an adjunct only.


  2. Ronald K. Johnson said, on October 20, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Same as Eric. Was advised to put the mouse away for a week or so and force myself to use the pen for all computer work. Was hard going for a while but sure paid off.
    I find it great for all photo work CS3 and Lightroom 2, I could never get any accuracy with the mouse.



  3. Paul said, on October 20, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I’d agree with Eric. I have a regular Wacom Intuos tablet and it is excellent for doing detail work, but is certainly no replacement for a mouse, at least not for me.

  4. Jeff Kohn said, on October 20, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I don’t know about the touch/gesture stuff, that might be neat if it actually works well.

    As far as pen-based tablets, I find them essential for photo-editing work. I use them for brush-based editing and masking, as well as selections. It’s definitely not a replacement for a mouse for general use though. It works well for me that I’m left-handed but use my right hand for the mouse, so I have tablet on the left side of my keyboard and the mouse on the right, and can switch between them pretty much instantly.

  5. Joe said, on October 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I use a Bamboo at home and an Intuos at work. Looks like they’ve changed the Bamboo line since I got mine. Tablets take a little bit of time to get used to, but are definitely great tool for selections and masking. Mixing pen and mouse use also provides different hand positions that can help for long sessions on the computer.

  6. Bahi said, on October 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I use a Bamboo from two models back and my wife uses a slightly newer one. They’re great—ideal for photo retouching. I use mine *only* for that purpose b/c I’m very comfortable with the product previously known as the Mighty Mouse (now just the Apple Mouse) but she uses hers in place of a mouse and is happy with it.

  7. Joe Jarosak said, on October 21, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I use the Intuos 4, It’s just great. Don’t know if its me or what but only took a few hours to get use to it. Never used a pen before that.

  8. Martin Doonan said, on October 22, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I know nothing about tablets but have a couple of observations on touch pad devices that may be useful. The trick is in the range of gestures accepted and the ability to tune their senitivity and action. After many frustrating laptop devices the one that came with my Netbook, together with the excellent pad software, has made it a great input device. It’s natural and intuitive to use to the point that I forget to use the mouse when I’ve got one plugged in. I would imagine a large pad with good software would be a joy to use. I might actually explore this one for myself.

  9. Christopher said, on October 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I haven’t, but my daughter uses hers with success commensurate with practice. We gave her the intuos.

    David Hockney uses a Wacom tablet.

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