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Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH-470 review

  • Bamboo
  • Bamboo Stylus
  • Bamboo side


Easy to use and great value - a fine alternative to a mouse

Review Date: 10 Nov 2011

Price when reviewed: £68

Buy it now for: £55
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Reviewed By: Chris Finnamore

Our Rating 5 stars out of 5

User Rating 5 stars out of 5

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Wacom's latest graphics tablet is a budget model aimed at consumers rather than professionals. It's a USB tablet, but you can buy a wireless kit for £34 (part code ACK-40401).


The Pen & Touch has all the features you'd expect from a Wacom tablet. The stylus is pressure-sensitive so you can simulate pen and brush strokes in supported software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, and you tap to left-click or use your index finger on the rocker button near the nib for a right-click. Even though it's a consumer tablet, one of our professional designers was perfectly happy using it for a week - the only real criticism was that the tablet's touch-sensitive area is only about half the size of the tablet itself, so you can sometimes mis-tap the stylus on the dead space around the tablet's edge.

Bamboo Stylus

The Pen & Touch has four buttons, which you can customise to do whatever you want, including adding keystrokes - including Ctrl, Alt, Alt Gr and Shift modifiers. Other useful abilities include being able to lock the pen to one screen with the press of a button - useful for multi-monitor setups.

You can also use the tablet as a touch pad, complete with multi-touch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and minimise all applications. In Photoshop Elements you can also rotate the current image. The multi-touch gestures work better on a Mac, as such gestures are better integrated in OS X, but they're still useful on Windows.

Bamboo side

The Pen & Touch is perfect for consumers wanting something more accurate than a mouse for creative work, and the touch pad functions are a welcome change to a mouse. Serious designers may find the surface area too small, however.

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