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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, intuitive and the right size: points to help you choose, 15 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet (Electronics)
I bought this because I was suffering increasingly from pain and irritation from using a mouse all the time.
I've never had a graphics pad before, but I wanted to see how it went, and I bought the cheapest Wacom one Amazon had.

Be aware - the full range of Wacom graphics pads has lots of different features at the more expensive end, like finger-touch interaction, and bundled software. This pad just works with the special stylus provided and that's all it does.

However, that's all it needs to do for me - it's great: value, quality, and ease of use.
And small is good too - the default mode is for the pad to represent your whole screen. If you buy a bigger tablet, you'll find yourself making grand sweeping gestures all the time, which might knock your coffee on the floor!

Anyway, pros and cons as usual for my reviews...

Pros:
- small: doesn't take up too much desk space
- can be used in conjunction with a mouse (they can both be left plugged in)
- tablet automatically senses if you're using it left- or right-handed
- very easy and natural to use, once you've spent 5 minutes on the instructional programme
- perfect for natural writing and drawing-like interactions, like photo-retouching

Cons:
- doesn't come with a carry case/protector (why not? I want to take this to work!)
- you DO need to follow the training video for 5 minutes if you've never used one before, so it's not for the critically impatient
- (very minor, but annoying) doesn't work with my Linux machines unless I compile new drivers for them, as this is a new model; however, works stunningly well once this is done

It's so cheap I think you should try it out - it's a great way to interact if you're having mouse-induced hand or arm problems.
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Initial post: 17 Aug 2010 16:07:04 BDT
Did it help relieve the pain and irritation you were suffering from (I'm guessing in your wrist) when using a mouse? Would certainly help other RSI sufferers if it did!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2010 15:02:32 BDT
S. Wills says:
If you have RSI - get one! My hands are damaged and very prone to stiffness and pain if I use a mouse. It stopped within 2 days of using a pad and has never recurred. And depending on the work you do, the thing is more useful and accurate than a mouse.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2010 11:30:29 BDT
Sorry for my late reply - I didn't notice your comment had been added!
Yes - almost instantly (as another commenter has also said). My pain/discomfort was caused by holding my mouse arm tense and clicking-finger poised. Writing is much more natural, so as long as writing doesn't give you problems, I see no reason why this would not be a great improvement.

I should point out that I mostly use my mouse with my *right* hand, but write with my left hand. So, I am sure part of my relief is given by simply resting my right hand and arm.

However, since starting to use the pad, and switching between pad and mouse when I feel I need to, I have not experienced any real issues with my right side any more; and my left side is problem free as it always was.

As a final comment, I have a friend who has very bad RSI, and who switched to a pad a few years ago, and he has never looked back. While I can't guarantee that using a pad will help all RSI sufferers, I hope it will make at least most people's situations a lot more manageable and reduce or eliminate pain.

Best of luck!

Posted on 4 Jan 2011 20:42:47 GMT
are you aware if this works with the Macbook? im thinking of getting one to do art coursework in my final 6 weeks of prep in a new topic and i've laways wanted one and now i have money this seems great, but im really worried if my mac will pick it up, although i can use my father computer, but i wont have the same software :/ any ideas to anybody viewing this post? much appreciated. i hope i hear from someone soon cause as i said its 6 weeks so :S
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