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Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Graphics Tablet

by Wacom
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Two sensors for pen and multi-touch input
  • Support of multi-touch gestures to scroll, zoom, rotate and more
  • Pressure-sensitive pen tip and eraser for natural feel
  • Battery-free and ergonomic pen with two buttons
  • Paper-like tablet surface with 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Reversible tablet design for left- or right-handed use
  • Four customisable ExpressKeys for quick function access
  • Attached pen holder for convenient storage
  • Easy USB connection
  • Interactive tutorial to make the most of Bamboo
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight417 g
Product Dimensions17.6 x 27.8 x 1.1 cm
Item model numbercth470ken
Processor TypePowerPC
Graphics Card Descriptionn/a
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Operating SystemMac OS X
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 17,244 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight898 g
Date First Available3 Mar 2011
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Product Description

Product Description

The perfect tool for your digital life

Bamboo Pen and Touch

Step into a world of diverse digital expression with the new generation Bamboo Pen and Touch. The striking black and lime colour tablet design is easier to use than ever. Wireless capabilities are the latest addition to your pen and touch tablet, so lie back while you shop or game online or organise and flick through your holiday pics. It's all about getting connected.

Don’t do boring presentations, express yourself and use precise pen strokes to add handwritten notes that get the team buzzed. A simple tap of your finger will select an icon, open a menu or start an application. So let your fingers do the talking or just switch over to precise pen strokes as the mood takes you.

Bamboo Pen and Touch is both Mac and PC-friendly and designed for left and right handed use. The tablet comes with an integrated pen holder, a new eraser shape and four customisable ExpressKeys for extra comfort and easy navigation. A variety of exciting free Bamboo apps inside Bamboo Dock are kept ready for download and are part of this package.

Bamboo Pen and Touch

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 your fingers to navigate on your PC or Mac. Scroll through documents, surf the web, rotate images or flick through photo galleries. Enjoy natural control with nothing but multi-touch gestures.


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.


Want to make things different? Enhance photos or images and highlight important comments in documents.

Make your tablet wireless

No cable. No clutter. Go wireless for ultimate creative freedom. The wireless kit is an additional accessory for Bamboo Pen and Touch and Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch (small and medium).

Bamboo Pen and Touch


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 and Touch


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 and 2010 and Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7, which includes a number of pen-friendly features.

Bamboo Pen and Touch

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 and 2010 and Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7, which include a number of pen-friendly features.

Box Contains

Video Card
2 x Low Profile Bracket (DVI/HDMI and VGA)
Driver Disk

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacom Tablet and Wireless Option 12 April 2012
By brood
I bought this for the intention of using it to help prepare material for the interactive whiteboard to use in lessons as well as possibly use in the classroom itself. At the same time I went for the wireless module.

For those new to tablets beware - it only requires a light touch. Indeed you don't actually need to touch it for it to work. The pen is good although I find that the pen button is too easy to depress without realising it. However, you can turn the button off as pretty much everything is customisable to your own liking. It will also work using your fingers rather than the pen. Again, this is a setting you can turn off.

I must say that using the tablet and pen to write took a little getting used to. However, in a very short time span I got used to using it and it produces excellent results. The wireless unit also works extremely well and it's possible to sit at the back of the classroom and write on the board. It's also useful when sitting at my desktop but that will be dependent on exactly how/where your computer is located. It also works out a fairly cheap way to get a fully wireless tablet, especially compared to how much such things cost just a couple of years back.

The Bamboo apps are fun. These include small games, drawing packages and various tools. The handwriting recognition (input control apps) works amazingly well - especially given my handwriting. This allows text to be written into applications such as MS Word etc. More apps are appearing all the time. My daughter spent quite some playing with the drawing packages.

Overall, very happy with the purchase.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I should have bought the pen only version 24 Dec 2012
By mosaic
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I agonized over the decision whether to buy the pen only or the pen & touch version of this tablet. I knew there were issues with the touch function, but I wanted to see it for myself. Well, now I can tell you that the touch function is not worth the extra 20-odd pounds. If you expect the scroll and zoom to work like on an iPad - I can tell you it will not. I'm not sure I will ever use the touch function on this tablet. The pen function, however, works very well for my purposes. I don't think it will ever replace my mouse, but it's really good for fine editing photos and putting some handcrafted elements on my digital scrapbook layouts.

It was very easy to install and works fine with Windows 8 and my Photoshop Elements 10 software. Once installed, it's just a matter of connecting it through the USB and disconnect it when not in use. It can be used in conjunction with your regular mouse - I tend to use the mouse for navigation and the pen for editing, without having to put the pen down when handling the mouse.

One thing somebody mentioned in an earlier review is that you can put a type of screen protector on the tablet surface to protect it and prolong the life of the tip of the pen. I've tried this and it works surprisingly well. I've used a sheet of self-adhesive book cover protector (do test it first to make sure it doesn't leave any residue when removed). This makes the surface smoother (non-scratchy) and the pen easier to glide without affecting sensitivity.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the default setting of pressure sensitivity in Photoshop is set so that the pen pressure on the tablet controls the size of the brushes. This means you have to press quite hard with the pen to get the chosen size brush.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product and very stylish 7 July 2012
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Amazon have a number of Wacom products, some direct some through sellers so choosing the right one can be a bit confusing. Its well worth investing some time investigating options. If it helps, the only difference between the Bamboo Pen and Touch and the Bamboo Fun (apart from the price!) is that the Fun comes with extra software. If you don't need the software go for the cheaper Pen and Touch.
Amazon's description says that this item requires PowerPC on a Mac - WRONG! after checking the Wacom site it actually needs an Intel-based Mac. Will it work on an older Mac running a PowerPC processor? - I really don't know, but it works great on my 2011 Macbook Pro.
The ability to use the tablet like the Mac touchpad is a nice touch (excuse the pun!).
One final thing, this product does not come with a cover so its worth buying the Wacom cover at the same time - £18. I hope you found this review useful- happy drawing!

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tablet - with lacking drivers. 6 Feb 2012
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The tablet itself is great and anything I could have wanted - the pen is great both as a mouse and for painting, it's accurate, sensitive and light. Touch features are all good, but seem to have a lack of support in most applications, which isn't Wacom's fault.
The drivers have all the options you'd expect, but no specific app settings or profiles. With a tablet of this size I don't think I'd have been unimaginable for Wacom to add some flash memory to store profiles or just to add the option on the driver's side, but there's no support for it at all. That said, a few of the applications that would actually need their own settings - such as painting programs - normally have an option for custom tablet settings in their preferences.

The build quality of the tablet is high as you'd expect, the surface seems very durable and it feels solid and sturdy overall. The pen nib wear at an expected rate and the pen itself is very light and can take a bit of abuse. Both the pen and nibs are replaceable at relatively reasonable prices.

The tablet connects over a ~1.5m USB cord, which is enough for my own setup. Setups where the computer is further away may wish to consider buying a longer cable or trying the wireless kit which is compatible with this model.

I'm really glad to have made this purchase and the tablet has almost replaced my mouse for everything other then gaming, and it's not going to leave my desk for a long time to come.

- UPDATE: After over a year, this tablet is still going strong, although the surface has lost some of it's matte-finish and become shiny - everything is still as sensitive and responsive as day one.

Something I didn't point out in my original review was the cost of the tablet pens - they seem to make up almost half the cost of the tablet, going for about £30.
Thankfully I've managed to hold onto mine, but just beware the costs of replacements if you're someone who's likely to lose one of these.
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4.0 out of 5 stars works great.

works great.
Published 6 days ago by shinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to use
Bought for my daughter, who finds it intuitive and easy to use. The price was good and there are enough features to keep her happily occupied producing digital art, and she finds... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Seventree
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Best graphics tablet I've ever owned. There are new models out there now, but I don't think they'd be a scratch on this one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kaitie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for windows 8/8.1 and 'lesser' windows versions.
If you not got touch screen I'd say this is the next best thing. Very versatile with the number of fingers you use meaning different things. Accurate and easy to use. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Musicmac
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
Great value for money. It is a sleek and stylish looking tablet that is very light in weight you can cary around to work or study classes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sufia
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I wanted
I was worried to its quality but not used it for 3 weeks and its very good and effective for my work as a architecture student
Published 4 months ago by georgina hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product, for the price its flawless really
Well you have two options either skimp on this or throw mega bucks at it. Overall for the price this is the best product IMO. Read more
Published 4 months ago by luke elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Graphic tablet
For that price you cant go wrong bought it and was very pleased with it
no problems with drivers everything worked flawlessly used the tablet with Photoshop and also autodesk... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mariusz Dyc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of kit
Once you get used to the sensitivity of the pen in proximity of the pad when using photoshop, you will never go back to a mouse
Published 5 months ago by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Use for Photoshop or animation
I bought this product to use in Adobe flash and photoshop and I have to say it worked brilliantly, I was completely satisfied, the touch finger motion is great and the pen is easy... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ciaran Cochlan
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