Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661
Manufacturer: Wacom Technology Corp. Part number: CTH661
- Bottom Line:
- Multitouch in place of a mouse may not appeal to pro designers, but the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch is an excellent choice for mobile users who want to begin dabbling with art tools.
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price range: $259.95
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 10/04/2009
- Released on: 09/24/2009
The good: Reasonable price; multitouch controls work seamlessly alongside pen; attractive design.
The bad: No mouse.
The bottom line: Multitouch in place of a mouse may not appeal to pro designers, but the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch is an excellent choice for mobile users who want to begin dabbling with art tools.
A Good Choice for Digital Art Newcomers.
by knelsenn on June 27, 2010
Pros: 1. The slim design of the tablet and its pen;
2. The pen pressure quality is as good as any tablet for pros;
3. The customizable keys for shortcuts are very useful;
4. The multi-touch feature can be very useful to those who dislike using a mouse.
Cons: 1. The USB cable cannot be disconnected from the tablet.
2. Using the multi-touch function can be very annoying and might even make you give up on it.
3. Only 3 extra nibs.
4. That flashing light between the 2 middle shortcut keys is annoying.
Summary: I've been a Wacom user for about one year now. At first I got myself an Intuos4 Large, but a couple months later, after buying a Macbook Pro 13", ...
Summary: I've been a Wacom user for about one year now. At first I got myself an Intuos4 Large, but a couple months later, after buying a Macbook Pro 13", I felt the need of having a smaller tablet to take with it whenever I go to work/college. That's when I found out about Bamboo Fun Pen/Touch. I've been using it for about a month now and, I've been "mostly" satisfied with it, except for a few things I'll discuss later here.
The slim design makes it easy to fit in any backpack. You can take this tablet anywhere you want, which is wonderful if you also own a laptop ( 13" or larger ).
The pen sensibility works great with softwares like Photoshop/Painter. Both amateurs and pros can use this tablet and I'm sure they will not be disappointed in its pen pressure quality. Like any Wacom product, you can adjust the pen sensibility, the active area of the tablet and how it'll behave to multiple screens however you want.
The pen's simple design makes it easy to hold, like a regular pen. It's a good thing for people who are new to this sort of tool, so they don't have a hard time getting used to it. It's something I miss in my Intuos 4's pen, since it is thicker on the side I hold it and I really dislike that. Sure, I could just buy the "classic pen" and my problem would be resolved, but do I really have to pay another 60-70$ just for that?
The four shortcut keys are very useful and they can be customized to act however you want. You can also create customized menus, triggered by any of those keys. With these, you can build shortcuts to make your time as productive as possible.
Its price is quite reasonable, most tablets with the same size/features from Wacom are about 100 USD more expensive.
Now for the things I don't approve in this Tablet:
The USB cable. I don't know about other users, but to see that the older Bamboo Fun had a removable USB cable and NOT to see that in this new model is an AWFUL thing. I always carry this tablet inside my backpack with my laptop and the fact I cannot de-attach the cable from the tablet to put it elsewhere really annoys me. Besides, what happens if I start having issues regarding bad contact in the cable? If I could just remove the cable and use another one in it's place, I would easily resolve my problem. But in this tablet's case, I can't. Which is very stupid from Wacom, I will say. If I knew about this before buying this tablet, I would probably have chosen another model. ( EVEN the Bamboo Pen has a removable USB cable! Isn't that an absurd? )
The multi-touch function is new to this kind of product and it does appeal to many users. But it would be much better if it actually worked decently. Which doesn't happen, unfortunately. If you own a Mabcook and got used to the smooth and fast response from its trackpad, you will most likely hate Bamboo Fun`s multi-touch function. Its response is quite slow and using two fingers to scroll through webpages most times becomes annoying since it stops working in the middle of the process. This function needs a lot of improvement and I don't recommend users to buy this tablet only because of it.
Whenever you touch the tablet's active area, whether with your fingers or with the pen, you'll notice that flashing light between the two middle shortcut keys. That can be a very distracting and annoying thing if you are somewhere with low light. And you can't change it's light intensity like you can with the Intuos4.
It's not my case, but many people are still used to having a mouse and might hate the fact this tablet doesn't come with one. The multi-touch function is a great idea but it doesn't replace a mouse's functions.
Also, you get only 3 extra nibs n this model. Other products from Wacom come with at least 5. So why's this ? Nibs can wear out quickly depending on how often you use the tablet.
Overall, I consider this tablet to be a good choice for those who are beginning their experience with Digital Art. Yes, there are some things that need a lot of attention in this model. But despite these, it has good quality and may be of great use to designers and digital illustrators.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
by PeterSnipes on September 28, 2010
Pros: Stylish, slim, easy handling, precise images, multi-touch feature
Cons: Really none
Summary: Wacom bamboo pen tablet is a stylish solution for a creative artist who is lazy and likes everything simple and compact. Touch screen technology at its best. Resizing, cursor movement, ...
Summary: Wacom bamboo pen tablet is a stylish solution for a creative artist who is lazy and likes everything simple and compact. Touch screen technology at its best. Resizing, cursor movement, picture sharpness and everything you can ask for is there, for an incredible value on cost. Thank you Wacom.
Awesome tablet for pro artists and beginners!
by alleycat67 on February 10, 2010
Pros: Easy to get use.
Doesn't take up to much desk space.
Quick touch and pen response.
Great pen pressures/abilities.
Easy to format to your liking.
Works great with all types of art programs!
Cons: Sometimes TOO touch responsive (responded to when my jacket sleeve would accidentally brush up against the touch area).
Sometimes clicks when you mean to navigate (but that's easy to get over once you get used to the tablet).
Summary: I love my Bamboo Fun! :) It's a great tool for all artists of any medium to use with the computer. It makes drawing and digital painting so much easier ...
Summary: I love my Bamboo Fun! :) It's a great tool for all artists of any medium to use with the computer. It makes drawing and digital painting so much easier and better on my wrists then having to tediously move slowly with a mouse. I'm glad I no longer have to work hours on a drawing because using a mouse is painful, especially when you make a mistake and have to keep redoing it. All in all, a great product to have if you love art and frequently do it on the computer.
Great tablet for pros and ammeters
by colshefsky on December 26, 2009
Pros: Pen&Touch input touch gestures work nicely
Cons: Rotates whole image in photoshop
Summary: This is my first tablet, and it is AWESOME! I love the combination of touch and pen input. I have used this in photoshop for a few days now and ...
Summary: This is my first tablet, and it is AWESOME! I love the combination of touch and pen input. I have used this in photoshop for a few days now and it works seamlessly. When I'm working on a big file or have a lot of programs open (on my 2008 white macbook) the tough gestures become a little sluggish. But overall all of them work well. Other reviews complain about the choppy scrolling, but in using it I have NOT found this to be true. The pressure sensitivity is great in photoshop. It saves me the hassel of changing brushes every 2 seconds and adds a new range of flexibility to my designs. I have used a mouse/trackpad for a long time, and if you are on the fence of getting a tablet I would highly recommend it. your pen corresponds directly with the screen, so your strokes will go to the edge of your document in one fluid movement. If you are considering trying out a tablet, this is a great option or even if you are a long time wacom user, the addition of touch makes your workflow more seamless with zooming, panning, and rotating, without having to switch to the mouse or keyboard. One gripe though, is that in photoshop, the rotating feature rotates the whole image instead of your current layer so that was a little annoying.....
Superb at this price point!
by jenlabug on March 13, 2011
Pros: I just bought the Bamboo Craft to edit images in Photoshop and am so happy with it. I wanted something a little bigger than the Intuos small tablet, but not spend as much and trusting the Wacom name, I felt I would get a good product in the Bamboo.
Cons: Don't have any right now.
Summary: As a photographer, I totally appreciate Wacom products in the post-production process.
Summary: As a photographer, I totally appreciate Wacom products in the post-production process.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
@ Jay8Bit: it's because you're a NOOB.
by dieselrich on March 26, 2011
Pros: @ Jay8Bit: it's because you're a NOOB.
Cons: @ Jay8Bit: it's because you're a NOOB.
0 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not worth ever buying.
by Jay8bit on January 12, 2011
Pros: Well.. I like the blue glow and style..
Cons: I don't understand what it's even used for? It has the exact same functions as a mouse, and nothing more. Inside the box: The Bamboo Touch, and a tutorial CD showing how to operate it. That's it...
Summary: I'm totally confused as to what the piece of hardware is even for? Its functions is nothing more of what i can do with my mouse.. This pads DPI ...
Summary: I'm totally confused as to what the piece of hardware is even for? Its functions is nothing more of what i can do with my mouse.. This pads DPI is extremely low, and doesn't really do anything? it scrolls up and down, you can rotate images, click and simply move your cursor. Not to mention it's 10 times harder to use this pad than to use a mouse. I'm just completely baffled as to what purpose this product serves.
0 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Wacom Technology Corp.
- Part number: CTH661
- Description: Bamboo Pen & Touch combines the benefits of multi-touch with the comfort and precision of Wacom's ergonomically-designed pen. The result: a powerful way to work with your computer. With Multi-Touch, you use simple hand gestures and finger taps on the tablet's surface. And because the active area is larger than traditional mobile devices and laptop trackpads, it's comfortable and natural to use. Easily move around your desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the web, zoom in and out of photos, and rotate images. Need precision? Pick up the pressure-sensitive pen to edit photos, create personal greetings, make sketches, and mark up documents in your own handwriting. Using Bamboo is easy - even if you're new to the touch experience. The included tutorial will teach you how to use simple hand gestures to move around your desktop, make selections, and complete other tasks on your computer. You can even customize your Bamboo experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Orientation Right and left-handed
- Width 13.3 in
- Depth 8.8 in
- Height 3.3 in
- Weight 1.6 lbs
- Color Silver
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Interface USB
- Buttons Qty 4
- Movement Resolution 2540 dpi
- Pressure Levels 1024
- Active Area 9 in x 5 in
- Features Pressure sensitive pen ,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Adobe Photoshop Elements,
Drivers & Utilities,
Corel Painter Essentials 4,
Color Efex Pro 3.0
- OS Required Microsoft Windows XP,
Microsoft Windows 7,
Microsoft Windows Vista SP2,
Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later
- Peripheral / Interface Devices USB port,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
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