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Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet (CTL471)

Wacom Rattan Splash Pen Tablet (CTL471)

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List Price: $ 79.99

Price: $ 79.99

3 Responses to “Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet (CTL471)”

  1. WichacpiHoskila says:
    518 of 527 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Better than you’d expect for a “fun” tablet, September 29, 2011
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    WichacpiHoskila (United States) –
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    I’ve used Wacom tablets for years, from the low end to the best they offer. When I had the chance to test this “fun” tablet I expected it to be rather basic. But it’s really quite impressive. For one thing, this can be used by both right- and left-handed users. I installed it on my Mac (OS Lion) with ease, and setup was a cinch. I’m used to Wacom’s features, though, so I deliberately approached this as if I were a new user, and I was pleased that fine-tuning the functions and specs is quite simple. It’s impressive how many ways you can engineer this tablet to work for you: you can designate myriad functions for each button, as well as the sensitivity of the pen tip and eraser.

    I ran this in Photoshop CS5 and found that is assimilates perfectly as a drawing tool–new users who are considering this shouldn’t be the slightest bit concerned that incorporating a tablet into their Photoshop, Corel, etc. apps will be buggy or requires lots of advanced setup. Nope, it works just how you hope it will. (New users should be prepared for the “weird” sensation of drawing on a tablet while looking at a screen; a pen is not a mouse, and you can’t lift and reposition it while maintaining stationary cursor placement like a mouse. The tablet is the corresponding to your screen. Advanced tablet users know all of this.)

    This tablet isn’t as sensitive as Wacom’s more elite models; it detects 1,024 levels of pressure which is VERY excellent for nearly any use, but the higher-end tablets support up to twice that. I’m an actor, though, and to be honest I haven’t yet found the case where the difference has been critical. The tablet is frivolous and simple to hold or carry. The surface is a glassy-feeling plastic that feels natural; one criticism would be that it sense the pen too easily sometimes, so trying to carefully place the pen slowly to the surface might result in a “misfire” when the tablet reads it as intended pen action too soon.

    For fun, there are a few games that come with it, but they’re not impressive. Doodle on a world map; draw on the Mona Lisa; use the pen to play a rudimentary physics game…meh. Let’s be honest: this is a “fun” tablet, but the games aren’t really why you’d want this. At the root of it, this is a tablet for people who want to do things a tablet will let them do (draw, design, and place design bits and pieces) at a much more affordable price than the higher-end tablets. And once we descend on that, this does just fine. For those who want to do all of these things but don’t have full-blown Photoshop, never dread–this includes Adobe “elements” (which does what most peopel need Photoshop to do, without the fancy extras), Corel Painter Essentials, and Autodesk Sketchbook Express. Between each of these, you have a fantastic range of filters, tools, and effects that work extremely well. I haven’t had a single bug yet in Mac, and I’ve run this in Parallels 7 Windows XP on my Mac with fine results there, too. Be precise not to rely on prose-to-text, though; even though the tablet claims to offer this feature, it’s not exactly accurate.

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  2. neoREgen says:
    244 of 257 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Possibly the best tablet yet, but not flawless, October 12, 2011
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    neoREgen (Austin, TX) –

    See: The following review is based on using a 2009 white Macbook. The issues that I note with various touch input methods all worked fine with a friend’s Macbook Air- except “natural” scrolling, which is still messed up as clarified lower in the review. I assume then that if you have a Mac that natively accepts four-finger input via its trackpad that the touch input gestures of the Wacom Rattan will work fine for you as well. (My computer natively only chains two-finger gestures, though the tablet augments that much to three and most of the four-fingered gestures.)

    Review:
    The hardware looks nicer than it does on the box (the box is darker and more muted than the product), but not quite the same coloration as is on Amazon’s site or Wacom’s site. In the online pictures it looks as if the buttons on the tablet are light grey/silverish, but they’re definitively black in real life. The tablet’s color online appears quite white, especially on the drawing surface, but it’s grey. It looks like it’ll mix together in perfectly next to a Macbook Pro or Macbook Air. It’s rather elegant.

    The four buttons are fascinatingly not flat. Those small flavor indents in the picture are actual indents. Its a nice design touch, and really kind of begs you to touch it more.

    I was concerned about the newer “paperlike” feel that Wacom has updated all of its products to have, but it feels excellent. I really liked the smooth plastic textureless gliding of my last tablet, and still might a small bit more, but I can already tell that this tablet’s texture is entirely decent and I’ll adapt to it rather painlessly.
    It feels excellent on the fingers. Might not be as smooth as Apple’s glasslike surfaces, but it’s analogous to the trackpads Apple used before switching to glass.
    Everything is responsive. The rotate feature can get a small weird with the pinch/zoom feature, not really knowing which one to apply, so I turned the rotate feature off in preferences. Oh- preferences for touch motions can’t be configured in an “I want this to do X” sort of way. They have their intrinsic attributes and can only be toggled on and off.

    It does a really excellent job at distinguishing between what I intend to be an input with my fingers or my pen. So if I lay my hand on it to use the pen- no problem, it gets it. You don’t have to agonize about toggling the finger-touch on and off.

    Oh, by the way- there is approximately an inch’s worth of margin on the top, right, and bottom of the usable tablet area. It appears to be quite a large surface, but a decent part of that does not anything. I’m just eyeing it, but it looks like 6″ x 4″ worth of usable space, which doesn’t sound like much to someone that hasn’t used one, but I find to be a quite preferable size. I’d really rather use a smaller tablet than larger. It’s just a preference on how much you like to go as you draw- large sweeping strokes of the arm, or smaller subtler strokes of the wrist.

    You might be surprised (as I was) to realize the pen doesn’t have an eraser (as my previous, lesser Wacom tablet did).
    I’m pretty sure you can’t replace the pen with a better one as the driver software doesn’t have any indication of the pen having an eraser end.
    Honestly, not that huge of a dilemma to me. You can curriculum one of your six buttons (4 on the tablet, 2 on the pen) to switch to eraser tool if you want it anyway.

    Four months in, my tablet stopped accepting input correctly and I contacted Wacom. The interaction with the customer service representative went very smoothly- no stupid questions questioned (if you’ve ever talked to AT&T, you know what I mean). He sent me a pen immediately. (I did have to send him a copy of my receipt, via send by e-mail- so hold on to those.) Three days later, it arrived and it works flawlessly. Pretty sure I have to send my ancient pen back on my dime, though. Oh, well. I’m still very pleased it wasn’t the tablet itself that stopped working correctly.

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    When this tablet first came out, the driver software was a huge issue for Lion compatibility. It has since (mostly) been fixed. The one extremely glaring flaw that still exists has to do with two finger scrolling. Wacom gives you two options: Natural and Standard. Standard is what is default on all Macs prior to OS X Lion- you go your fingers up, the page goes up. Go them left, it goes left.
    Natural is, I presume, supposed to be what OS X Lion has as default scrolling functionality- similar to the iPad. You go your fingers up, the page goes down. Go them right, the page goes left. It’s supposed to replicate dragging the page with your finger itself. Unfortunately, Wacom got it incorrect in a really weird way – the left and right scrolling is identical to Standard mode. So you go your fingers up to scroll down, and left to scroll… left. Inversion-fail.

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  3. Marine Corps Nomad says:
    252 of 269 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Having the right tools makes the job simpler, September 20, 2011
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    I need to say up front that this is my first tablet, so I have can not do a comparison between various tablets. I am not in the graphic design business although I dabble a small bit in graphic design and photo control. It wasn’t until I got this tablet that I realized how much simpler certain control tasks can be with the right tools.

    First impressions:

    The Rattan Make is sleek and light-consequence. It has a flat metallic end with sleek, smooth black buttons on the side. The pen is a comfortable size for most size hands (large or small). The attached loop holder for the pen is a nice feature which reduces the chance of the pen life misplaced.

    Features and Set-up:

    It comes packaged with Corel Painter Essentials, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3, as well as some special offer freebies such as a free Shutterfly photo book. It features training videos for Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter Essentials. The Rattan Dock allows you to access various apps for the Rattan tablet.

    The power cord is a removable micro usb to usb cable. This can be upgraded by purchasing the wireless accessory kit which is a nice selection if you want to have freedom from the cable or if you use your tv as your computer monitor.

    A huge plus for us is the fact that this tablet can be configured (on the glide) for either left-handed or right-handed users. Since we have both in our home, we really be grateful for this particular feature. The buttons on the tablet as well as the pen can be customized and configured to your desired settings.

    The active use area is 8.5 X 5.4 inches and works with both touch and pen input. Once again, this can be configured to you desired specs.

    The initial set-up as well as software install was extremely simple. While you can just plug in and use, you will not have full features unless you install the software. The bundled software was a nice addition to by and large package.

    Ease of Use:

    Because we had never used a tablet, we weren’t sure how simple it would be to use this tool. We quickly found it was pretty intuitive. Obviously, some programs have more of a learning curve than others, but the tablet itself is simple to use. It will take some time to get use to the exact amount of pressure needed to perform certain tasks.

    As with any prose to text input, some translation errors are to be expected. We had a few laughs over some of the words made when we wrote on the tablet. It’s too early to say how often this errors would take place when prose on a regular basis. Because this is primarily life targeted as a creative tool rather than a business tool, this may not be a critical issue.

    Where this tablet shines is when it comes to drawing, actor renderings, photo control… basically, the creative side of things. Both my husband and daughter were extremely pleased at the sketches they were able to make. The ease of drawing and also erasing was wonderful. The tablet/pen responded well to lighter and heavier pressure just as a pen and paper would in real life. My daughter really liked the ability to erase cleaning which is not always possible with real sketches depending on the medium used to make the sketches.

    As someone who dabbles in photography, I could quickly see how using this tablet will help greatly with photo control where a mouse falls completely small. I’m looking forward to life able to make more precise edits as well as doing some more make control with this new tool. This tablet also opens the door to more graphic design possibilities.

    Final Thoughts:

    As a new user in the tablet market, the Rattan Make meets all of our criteria and then some. It’s a tool that can be used by all family tree members and will be a fantastic asset in our homeschool setting. The photo control possibilities that come from the precision that comes with this tool are endless. We did find that occasionally there was some lag in input or it didn’t catalog the input. I’m not sure if this is user error or just the nature of the tablet. If other things come to light, I will update this review to reflect them. As it stands, we all feel this is a fantastic product with multiple uses for a variety of age groups.

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