Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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...

- 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

- 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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in


Track comments by e-mail
Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
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
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details



Nicholas Sales

Location: London, England

Top Reviewer Ranking: 109,833