201 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Product For An Amazing Price!
I bought this because I wanted a graphics tablet (having never had one before) but I didn't want to spend too much. I expected it to be okay, I didn't expect it to be fantastic because it's cheaper than a lot of other graphics tablets. I was shocked - it is absolutely fantastic - couldn't be better in my opinion. I don't have much to compare against because I've never had...
Published on 7 April 2009 by Mr. T. Kenning
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be aware that this is very small and may not be suitable for use with big monitors
I have used this for about a year but have recently upgraded to the next larger size which is approximately 4 times the area, and price. If you wish to use it with graphics programs, you will probably find the rather small size a pain. It tracks your movements accurately enough but in 'tablet' mode where the tablet represents the screen shape exactly, you will find it...
Published on 11 Mar 2009 by ajb - tecchie
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201 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Product For An Amazing Price!,
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This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)I bought this because I wanted a graphics tablet (having never had one before) but I didn't want to spend too much. I expected it to be okay, I didn't expect it to be fantastic because it's cheaper than a lot of other graphics tablets. I was shocked - it is absolutely fantastic - couldn't be better in my opinion. I don't have much to compare against because I've never had one before, but I can't imagine it being any better, it works perfectly and is very accurate. The only thing that I can think of as to why you shouldn't buy this one is the size - you can buy tablets with bigger surface sizes - but to be honest, for me (and most people I expect) the size is plenty big enough.
So, I could end my review there but there are a couple of other points I want to make:
1. I am using it on Windows Vista (don't know if that's helpful to anyone but I thought I'd mention it in case you are wondering about compatibility).
2. I sometimes use it as a mouse because it is easy to use for that purpose.
3. I use the included art software when I just want to have a bit of fun and a laugh by making a picture - you can choose paints, crayons, stencils, etc.
4. I use it with Photoshop CS4 when I want to do some more serious work - and it works perfectly.
5. When I first installed it I didn't bother installing the drivers that come on the disc because Vista automatically installed some. However, it did not work well with Vista's drivers, the cursor jumped, did not move smoothly, and did not appear in relation to where I clicked on the tablet. So, I installed Wacom's drivers which came on the disc included. My PC told me I needed to restart to finish installing drivers - after restart it worked perfectly. Cursor didn't jump, moved smoothly and appeared on the screen in relation to where I clicked on the tablet.
6. The box - okay so it doesn't really matter what the box it comes in is like as long as it does the job, but I'll mention it anyway. It's beautiful, simple as.
7. You don't actually have to touch the tablet with the pen to move the cursor on screen - you can just hover the pen above it. Touch the tablet with the pen click (as thought you are left clicking with a mouse).
8. There's a light on the tablet which is orange, and goes green when you tap the pen on the tablet to do a click.
9. The pen is really light and battery free - which I think is good.
10. It doesn't need to be plugged in to the mains, just into USB.
So, those points are things I think you will find useful to know before purchasing.
An amazing graphics tablet at an amazing price. I can't recommend it enough. It's the first tablet I have ever had, and it's better than I ever could have expected. Don't hesitate to buy it, unless you really want one with a bigger surface.
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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)Firstly, I'm a full time graphic designer. I work on a mac and I use various pro design tools. I'd had a go on a friends wacom tablet before but the huge price tag put me off. When a friend tipped me off about the new Bamboo, I couldn't resist at a price like that. It's made by Wacom so the quality is all there. I thought about getting the Bamboo fun, but unlike the US version the UK version doesn't come with a mouse so it's not quite as good a buy. But it's still great value even without a mouse. If you want the extra button on the top of the pen (eraser) then go for the fun version - but it will cost you double the bamboo one. I figured I didn't need the extra buttons (i don't) so i went for the cheaper bamboo one.
As far as the bamboo one goes, the feel is amazing. Even the packaging is cool. The wacom website plays down the bamboo one as though it were a kids toy but it's certainly not. The preferences section gives you loads of options, and is particularly good for setting the buttons to different actions. You'll want to change one of the buttons to undo - you'll be using this a lot if you're sketching.
You can use the bamboo one like a mouse for navigating around the screen - it stretches the tablet to fit whatever screen you have (again you can fiddle with the preferences) and it's a delight to use. If you've never used one before it will feel a bit strange at first but after half an hour you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
If you're mulling over whether or not to get one, then mull no more. Although the pad doesn't have the extra navigation buttons as the fun version, it's a really nice clean and uncluttered design. I can't recommend the Bamboo One enough.
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great value,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)I bought this based on Keith's review and the price. It's the first time I've tried using a tablet and it's turned out to be a breeze with this item, even my 4- and 6-year old girls love it for Artrage and other drawing programs. I have found it particularly handy for editing and touching up photographs, the level of control being far superior compared to that of a mouse for the same actions (as you would expect). There are no batteries to worry about in the pen and it has a handy little slot on the upper area of the tablet to store the pen when not in use. It has survived the sometimes brutal handling by my girls who haven't quite mastered the art of subtlety on some types of equipment such as this so it is proving to be robust to boot! So far so good and I would certainly recommend it as a starter tablet.
159 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a toy,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)This was bought as a Christmas present for my 12 year old who loves drawing painting and art in general. I choose this (the cheapest) product as Amazon offer free postage and the price was similar to a computer game. I thought that if it was not up to the task it could be put onto Ebay and replaced with a more advanced product.
My concerns were that with only an A6 drawing area it would be far to small for any real use and that the drawing pad would cause a conflict with the mouse.
Both of these have proven unfounded, while postcard sized sounds tiny, if you've ever done any drawing using a mouse, you're moving the mouse around over a very limited area most of the time - This little pad is fine for detailed work.
There is no clash on my PC with the mouse either, the two items both work at the same time. When you first plug the device in, Windows XP seems to see it as a second mouse or a touch pad, once the drivers are installed the pen and pad map themselves to the screen, so top left of the the pad maps to top left of the screen, bottom right to bottom right. You can use the pen and pad instead of the mouse, but while selecting menus is easy, double clicking by pressing the tip to the pad twice seems overly tricky.
The Art Rage drawing program that is included is pretty impressive, offering a decent set of drawing tools and it seems well enough programmed to be more stable than most free software.
One of the best things is the ability to vary the pressure on the pad to produce thin or thick lines, compatibility depends on the graphics program you are using - The included Art Rage software uses this to good effect as does our copy of Photoshop 7.
Build quality of the pad feels excellent, the pen feels a bit cheap but seems tough.
If you just want to get a feel of the concept of a graphics table to see if it suits you, I'd recommend this unit as a cheap way find out.
134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say goodbye to RSI,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)I have just ordered my second Bamboo One graphics tablet, having purchased my first two weeks ago. In the course of my work as a photographer, I perform a lot of still picture manipulation and video editing, both of which can become painful pastimes using a mouse over a long period of time, so I've always felt that a graphics tablet would be a useful thing to have. Until recently they have been too expensive to buy on the 'off-chance', but when I discovered the low price of the Bamboo One, I decided the time had come to take the plunge and try one. I now use it WHENEVER I'm at the computer - not just for graphics. Once you get used to it, it's a lot quicker to use than a mouse, and much less painful over an extended period. It's just like writing, which DID come first, after all! If you've ever asked yourself whether you need one of these, the answer is a definite YES. Buy it and say goodbye to RSI forever.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great graphics tablet,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)I just want to start off by saying that this is the first tablet i have ever used and i wanted something cheap that i could use with Zbrush 3dsmax and photoshop. having used it for over a week it is with out doubt one of the best investment i have made i would recommend to anyone. i'm not sure how it compares to the higher end models but it is very user friendly with a high level of precision. just to reply to the guy who found it wanted to draw straight lines this only happens before you load up the graphics tablet driver software after that you have an awesome drawing tool.
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing gadget at a fantastic price.,
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This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)This is my first graphics tablet and I am totally satisfied with it already! It is neat and functions extremely well, is a great mouse substitute - takes a wee bit to get used to not touching the tablet when moving the mouse round but a wee bit of perseverance and you soon get used to it - and, even with the free artrage 2 software, produces excellent drawings. I will be using it with Adobe CS3 applications and am already over the moon at how it interacts with illustrator and flash.
Highly recommended budget product, well worth it.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)£35 all in for this masterpiece? I can't believe the quality you get for it. I've been using Photoshop CS3 for about 2 months and I needed something for personal touches, animation and the like. This just seems perfect - it's so responsive even in Photoshop, and even comes bundled with its own software.
It looks really nice and can compliment pretty much any computer. It feels weird at first but don't let it put you off - for office or home computers that aren't used for gaming, it's a viable replacement for a mouse. It calibrates to match the A6 pad to your screen size (and I'm currently running a 1280*960 resoultion) and does it brilliantly.
If you just want something that isn't too complex or costly, this is brilliant. I'm sure professionals will prefer models that cost upwards of £250, but if you want your first graphics tablet, get this: you will not be disappointed!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to using a tablet!,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)I got this tablet to start using photoshop's photo touch abilities with a bit more control. As a fledgling amateur photographer the price was great. Set up is a breeze, just install the software and plug it in, works with photoshop immediatly. I even got it running on my Linux laptop with mininmul effort. It will not be a sensitive as the more expensive options but as a first step its great for photographers, artists and grraphic designers.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, great price,
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet (Electronics)This is my first tablet, so I was a little unsure of what to expect. I ordered it quite wearily as others said that it tended to draw in a straight line and i wanted to create smooth digital drawings with my mac. But i wanted to test the water so to speak as to whether or not i wanted to go into digital drawing. I decided to order and i am so pleased i did and i havn't stopped playing with it!
For starters, it makes the navigation of your machine alot more quicker and easier... i'm going to get one for my Dad as he is a full-time exhibition designer and it will make his work alot more easier.
Secondly, it is a brilliant first time tablet... the tutorial is quick and really helps you to get going. The first drawing I did with it turned out alot better than i had expected and i hope to get better with practice. I've always been a traditionalist at heart and have much preferred using good old graphite and rubber. However this tablet has changed my opinion and i now appreciate digital drawing more than i used to.
The free software that comes with it is excellent as well... not as professional as photo-shop obviously, but it is great for practicing and i can imagine is probably really good for the graphic designers out there.
As for my worries about it drawing in a straight line... it only does this when i draw very fast or if i have the internet on and its loading a page. But I barely notice it. I was also worried about the size of the surface... but it matches with my screen perfectly and is easy to draw with. The size is also brilliant if you have a laptop because it is easy and light to carry around with you.
The only criticism i really have about it is the connection lead from the actual tablet to the computer. Where the lead joins into the tablet feels rather flimsy. So i will put something around the connection to make it stronger.
Overall, i would thoroughly recommend this product, especially if you are buying for the first time. It is a great product with a great price.
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