Wacom Bamboo tablet
Nothing difficult to swallow about this
Review The latest in Wacom's range of graphics tablets is the stylish and compact Bamboo model, which in addition to assisting with hand-written notes and memos, is also designed to replace the more standard-issue mouse.
Wacom's Bamboo: at 20 x 18.6 x 1.07cm, it doesn't take up much space
This ultra-light, affordable tablet supersedes its predecessor, the Intuos3, with its portability and streamlined design. Looks come at the expense of size, however, as the Bamboo is roughly A5 in size. It's also not as attuned for serious artwork as some of the company's larger Intuos models. That said, it is 16:10 ratio, and with many users using widescreen monitors, to find a 16:10 tablet for this price is a godsend.
One problem with tablets of this size is that the range of the active magnetic area that the cursor 'locks on' to is very small. So, for example, if you were to draw in a Photoshop document from a far distance having zoomed out, the cursor would automatically create 'joins' between the key points of the stroke, creating an ugly zigzag effect. This appears to have been largely nullified in the Bamboo, so you get a smooth, flowing stroke, even at great distances.
No DPI figure, no linux report, no rho/phi and force-metrics, no flossing the pen for retrieval?
Replacement for Intuos?
This isn't the successor of the intuos. The intuos has many more features (tilt, rotational sensitivity, support for different types of pens etc.), and is meant for more serious gaphical work. This is a much simpler model to tempt more casual users, more on par with the graphire line than the intuos.
"if no they will both disappear down the back of the desk in no time at all."
Is it too simple of me to suggest that you simply retrieve them when this happens? I could think of a number of electronic devices that fall down the back of desks... what a strange thing to point out.