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Wacom Bamboo tablet

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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 Bamboo tablet
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.

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