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Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet

by Wacom
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)

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  • Including a full version of the artrage painting software via software download
  • Advanced pen technology
  • Pressure-sensitive pen tip
  • Battery-free and ergonomic pen with two buttons
  • Reversible tablet design for left- or right-handed use
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight399 g
Product Dimensions17.6 x 27.8 x 1.1 cm
Item model numberctl470ken
Processor TypePowerPC
Graphics Card Descriptionn/a
Operating SystemMac OS X
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 2,119 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight880 g
Date First Available9 Oct 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Bamboo Pen

The perfect tool for your personal expression

Get started with the power of pen technology--and add your own personal touch. The latest generation of Bamboo Pen lets you personalise everything you do. Annotate live during your presentations to highlight important content and make sure you get your point across. The Bamboo Pen tablet is your ultimate digital tool with a full version of ArtRage 2.6 software included.

Designed for both left and right-handed use and for both Mac and PC, there are simply no restrictions. You can take and make notes directly on your documents, draw, paint and share spontaneous ideas digitally.

A variety of exciting, fun Bamboo apps are kept ready for download which help you to use the digital pen in a fun and entertaining way.

Bamboo apps

Download a collection of free and fun Bamboo apps. Jot down your thoughts, create exciting artwork, play cool games and share your creative ideas with friends.


Use the pen to add your personal touch--write notes on documents (e.g. in MS Office) or sign e-mails. Make an impact online by making your blogs or digital content stand out from others.

Bamboo Pen


Get that natural pen-on-paper feeling as you let your ideas flow right onto the page. Turn your imagination into reality as you sketch, draw and doodle with Bamboo Pen--made for maximum expression.

Fun with photos

Introduce a little bit of fun to your digital photographs. Bamboo helps you to bring out their best with anything from subtle improvements to radical changes. With just a couple of flicks of your pen, you can make irritating "red-eyes" a thing of the past. Personalise your photos by signing your name or drawing directly on them. Or, you can precisely cut yourself out of regular photos and paste yourself into the background of your choice. Put yourself on an exotic beach without even leaving your house. All of the above enhancements are easy to do with Bamboo and photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is included with every Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch.

Once you have your photos looking the way you want, share them with your family and friends. Adobe Photoshop Elements includes the ability to create professional looking photo books that can be quickly and easily edited and rearranged. There is support for tagging and keywords so your favourite photos can be located within seconds. Or, use online photo sharing sites such as Flickr and Picasa to show your snapshots to the world.


Unleash your inner artist with Bamboo. Whether you are new to painting or an aspiring Picasso, Bamboo can get you started in the world of digital art. Bamboo has advanced pen technology for a natural pen on paper feel. Depending on your preference and inspiration, Bamboo can be a digital paintbrush, pencil, felt pen, airbrush, and much, much more.

For painting and drawing, Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch is the best Bamboo for you. Bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (small) or 9 (medium), Corel Painter Essentials 4 (medium only) and ArtRage 3.0, Bamboo Fun is ready right out of the box to get your creative juices flowing. With its larger active area, Bamboo Fun M allows you to be more precise with your artwork and add fine details that your friends and family will enjoy. Express yourself and create a difference with Bamboo.

Bamboo Pen


Bamboo tablets are a great help for navigating your computer--whether you're moving your cursor across the screen, opening and closing files and folders, or working in common software applications. Bamboo tablets combine pen and multi-touch in one tablet, allowing you to alternate between the pen and gestures on the tablet surface.

Multi-touch makes it possible to use simple finger taps and hand gestures to navigate around your desktop and perform common tasks. Wacom introduces nine useful gestures that you can use with your tablet.

To navigate with the pen, just hover with the pen tip over the tablet surface. Each point on the tablet maps to a corresponding place on screen, making it easy to move your cursor. Tap the pen to select, and tap twice to open files. With a pen, you can perform any motion or command that you make with a mouse, and many more. Most tablet users will tell you that once you’ve got used to the pen, you'll never want to be without one.

Alternating between input devices can help reduce wrist strain caused by repetitive strain or RSI. A tablet provides an ergonomic alternative to traditional input devices, allowing you to work with your computer with minimal effort and from a relaxed position. A tablet assumes all the normal functions of a traditional computer mouse including basic navigation and selection, but provides vital ergonomic advantages as well.

Bamboo Pen


Bamboo helps you share your ideas, communicate more clearly and speed up your productivity. Highlight key messages, mark up documents, and visually express your thoughts and ideas. Bamboo is a great companion for getting work done because it allows you to collaborate in a more efficient way.

Here are some great ways that Bamboo can help you at work:

  • Improve the way you work with your computer using gestures and pen input.
  • Mark up documents in common Office 2007 applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook using the review and inking tools.
  • Mark up PDFs with your thoughts and comments using the pen tool.
  • Keep a daily log or diary using Windows Journal, which allows you to digitally handwrite notes and make sketches.
  • Spice up your presentations by controlling your cursor, making notes on your slides and highlighting your messages while you present.

Whether you’re using multi-touch gestures to navigate and operate your computer, or utilising the pen for more detailed work, Bamboo provides a compelling combination that will change the way you work.

All Bamboo models that include a pen make collaboration natural and easy, but you should check your computer specifications to see whether your operating system and software support these features. It works best with Office 2007 & 2010 and Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7, which includes a number of pen-friendly features.

Bamboo Pen

Digital inking

Inking allows you to write digitally in your own handwriting, making it possible to take notes on your computer, sign your name, write an email to a friend, highlight important parts of a document, or even sketch out a diagram.

It’s like writing on paper, but in a way that can be saved, edited, and shared as a digital file. Imagine having the potential to change the way you communicate by sending personal messages and fun drawings, annotating driving directions, or just brightening up someone’s day with a little humour.

Even if you’ve never used a digital pen before, it’s easy to understand why the pen is intuitive to use – it’s just like writing with traditional pens, pencils, and markers. Additionally, you can navigate your computer with the Bamboo pen.

Bamboo models that include a pen make digital inking possible, but you should check your computer specifications to see whether your operating system and software support inking. Inking works best with Office 2007 & 2010 and Microsoft® Windows Vista or Windows 7, which include a number of pen-friendly features.

Free software included:

Full version of ArtRage 2.6 is included.

Box Contains

Galaxy Tab
Data Cable
User Manual

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still an essential tool for any digital artist 5 Oct 2012
By James
Verified Purchase
This review is for Wacom Bamboo Pen CTL-470, I feel qualified to make this review as I have been using Wacom tablets professionally since 1998.
Why not use a mouse? - Simply you can't control a mouse in the same way, a pen is far more natural and accurate for drawing, painting and spraying digitally. The tablets take advantage of varying pen pressure you apply to it, something you could never do with a mouse. It takes a week or two to get used to it if coming from a mouse only user.

My previous tablet is the ET-405-U (A6 size, blue model with pen and mouse) this has 512 of pressure sensitivity, still works fine but a little tired after nearly 10 years of use.

This Bamboo Pen, comes nicely packaged, more aesthetically pleasing, has the same pen area as my old one (A6), and has twice the pressure sensitivity. I generally find there is no advantage in the larger more expensive tablets, the larger tablets mean that you'll need larger distance strokes, and some artists I worked with in the past had said they found it easier to work with a small tablet, with less repetitive strain, and better accuracy. Generally avoid the "touch" versions, while I've not personally used them, I've heard a lot of poor reviews; they don't provide any useful advantage. The pen only are the ones to go for, otherwise just plug in a mouse. For those mega serious digital artists the ultimate Wacom would be one of the Cintiq 22-24" HD range, where by you work directly on screen, which works as both monitor and tablet. However the little Bamboo is a great entry level tablet, and works in the same way as your mouse.

The stylus (pen) is a nice diameter, the button much the same as my old version and works in the same fashion; 2 click operations controllable from the preferences.
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187 of 195 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, easy to use 3 Jan 2012
By jsm999
Verified Purchase
I've been using a Wacom Intuos pen/tablet on my desktop computer for several years now, and no longer use a mouse at all, for anything. When I bought a Macbook, I really missed my tablet; the Macbook trackpad is OK, but nothing like as precise and (to me) intuitive as the pen and tablet, and no way could I go back to a clumsy and awkward mouse. So after some research, I decided to give the Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet a try. Installation was very easy indeed - plug it in, run the installation disk, and from then on, it just works. I have customised the settings a little, e.g. to set the button on the pen to a right mouse hover click, and it is worth investigating the different settings to find the arrangement that best suits you. Compared to my Intuos tablet, the Bamboo is only a little less precise, a little less pressure sensitive, and I'm quite satisfied with its performance. It does have a scratchier feel when drawing/writing - personally I prefer the smoother feel of the Intuos tablet, but that might be personal preference. The Bamboo tablet sits on my lap when I'm using the laptop, and the pen tucks away neatly in a little loop at the side of the pad when not in use; the tablet is small enough to be portable and not too cumbersome, while still allowing you to navigate accurately.

If you're new to a tablet/pen, it takes a little getting used to. The tablet maps to the screen, so if you point to the top right of the tablet, the pointer goes to the top right of the screen - unlike a mouse. It's worth investing that time getting used to it if you're doing any sort of work that requires precision - including drawing, handwriting, editing images in e.g. Photoshop, or even some games where you need to aim accurately.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wireless Incompatibilty 5 Mar 2012
By Roy A A
I've used Wacom tablets in the past and this one has some welcome extras e.g. handwriting and highlighting in Office Applications - excellent. The tablet does all that I expected.
The length of the USB cable though is a gripe. It's almost certain that you will need a USB extension if you are using other than a laptop.
The one serious flaw in the description of the tablet is that the suggested Wireless Accessory Kit is definitely not compatible with this particular tablet. I've been on to Wacom about this and after first insisting that the kit would work with any Wacom Tablet they conceded that no, it didn't for this model. Perhaps Amazon need to include this in the description?
So, if you are defintely looking for wireless connectivity, don't go for this model!
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 Jun 2012
By Robin
Verified Purchase
This is one of those things that I wasn't sure wether it was worth spending 50pounds on, and I was slightly apprehensive as I was unsure as to when I would use it, but thank god I went with it,

what a fantastic way to spend 50pounds, it is superb.

There is a bit of a nack, but that comes very quickly perhaps around 10-20 mins of fiddling around with it will have you being able to use it really fluently.

It is superbly designed, it looks great - the pen has really useful buttony things whereby you can easily move around your picture (and another 'right click' which changes brushes on photoshop)
So by learning how to magnify/zoom out with quickbutton-shortcut things (so for example by holding the 'left click' on the pen and pressing ctrl/alt will zoom in) you will be wizzing around your painting.

The size is not an issue at all, you don't notice because when you are zooming in/out it doesnt make any difference - Do not be put off by the size at all, it is just not an issue at all.

Its an excellent form of producing art - its like painting but with drawingpencils/pens, fabulous.

Has improved my real painting as well, I have noticed I transfered some skills so its not a totally different thing all together,

You can easily put photos on a different layer then work over them so you can get really accurate drawings very quickly if necessary as well.

So it has totally changed my portfolio for the better, added a new dimension to my work - I can create nice graphics for all sorts of things, make little posters and stuff that look quite proffesh

Awesome, buy it now! If you like art, don't think, just buy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Product with a great potential.
To start off i would like to note that if you have read anywhere that this product comes with art rage free that promotion is over now and you can not and will not be able to get... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Caleb
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and affordable.
This tablet is very good especially for the price. I have had this tablet for over a year and it still works perfectly, I have tested it with several different programs including... Read more
Published 2 days ago by margesimpson
4.0 out of 5 stars A few pointers
I bought this graphics tablet to practise writing Chinese characters with the website Skritter. In my search for a suitable tablet, I found that other users consistently... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great price and great to help with improvement
Bought for my son to help with his drawing. Works well, great price and great to help with improvement.
Published 16 days ago by Titan
4.0 out of 5 stars Customer Review
Works great for the price, quality is good too.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
Published 19 days ago by Mr. Harish Lathia
1.0 out of 5 stars Magnets? How do they work?
It has a tendency to stop working for no apparent reason. It may sound odd and might be a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc but as far as I can tell if you keep the pen in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by teatime
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
not bad this is the third one I have bought.sent the other two back because both were faulty.
Published 1 month ago by a smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product, this is mainly used for photo editing ...
Fantastic product, this is mainly used for photo editing or creating images but I use it for everything, its now replaced my mouse.
Published 1 month ago by Arran Murphy
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