The Bamboo sports a sleek black frame with matte finish on the drawing area, in contrast to the Intuos' glossy finish. If you're used to an Intuos model, the matte can seem a little coarse, and initially makes the pen pressure appear duller - a problem easily overcome by resetting the pressure to your liking.
Wacom's Bamboo: the active area measures 14.7 x 9.2cm
The Bamboo has four function keys, which make it easy to set keyboard shortcuts when the keyboard itself is out of range. While this was a useful tool on the larger Intuos models, the size of the tablet makes the keys seem a little superfluous as the keyboard is unlikely to be placed too far out of reach.
The Bamboo has an iPod-reminiscent dial for scrolling and zooming - replacing the two touchstrips on the Intuos 3. It's incredibly sensitive to the touch, and can be a little erratic and imprecise, sure to be an annoyance to even the most steady handed of artists.
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.
Surely a tablet encased in bamboo would be more friendly to the environment than one cased in plastic; bamboo grows back much quicker than plastic.
does that pen holder attach
to the main unit? if no they will both disappear down the back of the desk in no time at all.