Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH-470

What We Think

The Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH-470 is extremely easy to use, is great value for money and is a great alternative to a mouse.

Accessory Review

The Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH-470 is one of the best budget graphics tablet aimed at consumers. Even though the Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH-470 is a USB tablet, you can buy a wireless kit that will cost you another £35.

The tablet is a pressure-sensitive and the stylus can be used to simulate pen and brush strokes in software such as Adobe Photoshop and any other supported programmes. In order to left click you use your index finger on the rocker button and press the rocker button nearer the nib in order to right-click.

However, there is a slight downside to the Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH-470. That is that the tablet’s touch-sensitive area is only about half the size of the actual tablet. This can sometimes result in miss-tapping the stylus on the dead space around the edge of the tablet, which is frustrating to say the least.

The Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH-470 comes with four buttons which can be customised to do whatever you want. In addition, you can lock the pen to one screen with the press of a button which is useful for those with more than one monitor.

The tablet can also be used as a touch pad especially considering that it comes with multi-touch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and the ability to minimise all applications. In certain software you can rotate the image using the touch pad. However, the multi-touch gestures work better on a Mac so take that into consideration if you’re thinking about buying this.

Our Verdict

Overall, the tablet is perfect for consumers who are after something more suitable for their creative work. The touch pad functions are a welcome change to a mouse and are far more responsive with Macs. However, certain designers may find the surface area far too small.

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