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Wacom Bamboo Capture Tablet: A Review by JeffrettaLyn Wacom Bamboo Capture Tablet: A Review by JeffrettaLyn
~Intro

I have never owned a tablet before, but have wanted to for some time now, after being inspired by some of the wonderful art on this site, and struggling to draw with my laptop's touchpad. Not fun! :stare:

~Overview

I bought this baby on Amazon for $90. I believe it's retailing for around $100 USD. This is the "middle tier" from a new line of Bamboos that Wacom released this fall. It is the Wacom Bamboo Capture CTH470. You can read about the Create ($200 retail) and the Connect ($80 retail) on Amazon [link] , Wikipedia [link] , or the official site [link] . The main differences between the tablets are size, included software, and the least expensive Connect does not have touch response or programmable buttons.

~What's in the Box

With the Capture you of course get all of the essentials, plus alot of goodies, so I'll list everything here.

:bulletred:The Tablet Itself - This is considered a small tablet (10.9 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches). The working area is a bit less (5.8" x 3.6"), but that extra room is quite handy for those of us that write overhanded. ;) There are also 4 buttons along the left side, that you can program to do pretty much whatever you want, even keystrokes. (I've programmed one to be my 'Undo' since I use it so much!) And that loop on the right side is for the pen. It fits quite nicely. :) One big function of this tablet is the touch response that it has. I can't say much about that, though, because I turned it off (it was more than I wanted to learn at the time. Maybe later.) The interactive tutorial goes into the touch response pretty detailed, though.

:bulletred: The pen (or 'stylus') - Very comfy to hold. It does not have an eraser on the end, but it does have 2 programmable buttons on it.

:bulletred: USB Cable - about 36 inches long. Some were saying the cable was too short. I found it to be plenty long enough, but I sit right in front of my laptop while I use my tablet. You can also buy a wireless connection for your tablet. :) It's $40 from Wacom's site. :O I haven't been able to find it anywhere else online.

:bulletred: Quick Start Guide - Pretty self explanatory. :D

:bulletred: Installation CD - For setting up your Tablet. Includes a tutorial and the manual somewhere, too. Just can't remember where exactly. ;P

:bulletred: Software CD - Includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, and Nik Color Efex Pro (basicly a PSE add-on).

:bulletred: 3 Extra Nibs and Tool - the nib (pen tip) is plastic and will wear down after awhile, so they nicely provided some extras. :D The tool is for removing the old nib. I haven't had to do this yet, but it seems pretty simple. :) Oh, and new nibs run about $2 apiece.

:bulletred: Extra Offers - You know, those little papers that most of us throw away! ;)

~In Closing

I am new to Tablets, so I have not nearly gone into the extent of what it can do. I hope this review will be helpful to any that are looking at getting a tablet of their own, or upgrading, though. If you have any questions, feel free to comment. There are probably a few things I've missed. :XD:
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:stare: Longest description ever! :faint:

:wave: Thanks for looking! :wave:
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evillionblaze Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very helpful :D 
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad! :aww:
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SketchMix Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm planning on buying this tablet, and I was wondering if it can be used on multiple computers? Like, if I have a desktop and a laptop, can I just plug it in to one of them and use it, or does it only work with the original computer it was set up on?
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use it on both my laptop and desktop with no problem. You'll just have to install the original software on each machine you use the tablet on.
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SketchMix Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh ok. Thank you! :D
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. :)
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ZambieAlpacaLypse Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
i have the bamboo pen without touch, i got it at christmas and it is now the 15th of january. the usb port to plug into my windows 8 hp computer is going in okay butto go into the tablet its loose and wont go in anymore also the blue lighr on it is flashing please help

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togusatravis Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I had a lot of problems with that when I first got mine. I think it was just all around crap construction. It got so bad I bought a wireless adapter. So now I just use the USB to charge the device. I don't think paying thirty bucks is fair to pay for wacoms incompetence. But I'm a sucker.
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Bamboo Connect? If so, try a Kindle or maybe even a cell phone cord. If you don't have those, try this: www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-2-0…  As to the flashing light, I would uninstall your Bamboo driver from Programs and reinstall using the disc, just like when you first got it.
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porkUpinez99 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
would you say capture is the best one you can get for this price range?

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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the only table I have ever owned, so I can't give you a definite answer. My sister has the Connect, which is cheaper - it's nearly the same tablet, but does not have touch capabilities or side buttons, and doesn't come ith the Photoshop Elements program.
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Reon046 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know where I can get help to fix my tablet? My Capture is twitching :stare:
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would check with Bamboo, after uninstalling the software and reinstalling to see if that doesn't fix it first.
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batboy138 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You bought it for $90? I bought mine for $70! They had it on sale on Best Buy.
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you found it on sale, but I'd buy from Amazon over Best Buy any day.
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Zackazi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is it fairly easy to use? and was it worth 90$?
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was very much worth the money, and easy to use. The programs it came with are worth more then the tablet itself.
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Zackazi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alright! thanks!
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :)
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:iconzackazi:
Zackazi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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deifanlove Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;A; Do you replace the nib on your bamboo pen?
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can, but I never have. The nib lasts a long time.
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:icondeifanlove:
deifanlove Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dummy: Really..

Lemme borrow those extra Nibs of yours :ninja:
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
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Minxyrainbowseal Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Can you draw with the bamboo connect
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You sure can, providing you have the right software. I use Photoshop Elements, but there are also free art programs like Paint.NET and GIMP, just to name a few. I highly recommend GIMP, and even use it myself.
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MemeAlways Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Can i recommend a program too? try Paint Tool Sai , you can find it free around the internet, its soo eazy to draw with it and very fun (: i used photoshop elements, gimp and paint.net but nothing like paint tool sai, ho and i have a wacom bamboo fun
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconmadam-hell:
Madam-Hell Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But isn't the capture just for editing photos or can you draw with it too?
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you can most certainly draw with it. ^^
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:iconmadam-hell:
Madam-Hell Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry if that sounded like a stupid question...
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all, and no worries. :)
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SerketStalker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
in asia pacific it's called Wacom Bamboo Manga ^^
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :D
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:iconarticriver:
articriver Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want a capture sooo bad!!
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a great tablet!
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BubbleSquid Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do you know how to make the pen pressure work? Because I use sai, and my pen pressure won't work
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:iconjeffrettalyn:
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
From my experience, the pen pressure works in some programs and not in others. Is it supposed to work in SAI?
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BubbleSquid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yep
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, perhaps the pen needs adjusted? You can play with the settings by opening the Bamboo dock, clicking the littlegear tile and going to the pen tab.
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Spork-a-licious Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm debating to either get the Create or Capture,

Con for the Capture is that I'm measuring the "active area" work space where i can draw in and it seems very....tightly packed and small for me ;/ I would appreciate to hear your opinion on the active space in the capture? >~<
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Sasuka6789 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I having the exact problem create is more expencive...and creates smaller
Gwaah which one which one *falls over*
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Spork-a-licious Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I decided on getting a capture and honestly when I saw the create in person in the store i was like "GWAAAH WHYS IT SO BIG?!?!" but seriously capture its not that small I was SO surprised that it fits to my "drawing size area" I also use my tablet like a mouse which is pretty handy hehe xD and since its small it gives me more room on my desk ;]
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Sasuka6789 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm I sees :3 well in the end I chose the capture :D
I orderd it the other day it should be here tomorow or the next day

Weeee I can't wait!
Btw nice icon :D
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Spork-a-licious Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yaaaaay~! xD and Omggg I'm so excited for you >u</!!!

And Lol thanks your icon is quite lovely~~~ too ;]
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Sasuka6789 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
loool XD nothing better than pausing a video and having one of your favorite youtubers making a laughable face XDD LOL

and fyjufjtucdjmh.lhioghyuf thank u! BWAH ITS FRIDAY WHERES MY TABLET?!
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Spork-a-licious Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lmaooooo DAT. FACE. is priceless Px who's the youtuber in your icon? :'D

also FPJgDFOHGlkdsfbsdfgdsfblBIUYVFYUVIVBYUVLYUluixvxuigvfduihgdfiughdfDFIHGDFIHG DAM YOU MAILMAAAN :iconpunch1plz::iconpunch2plz:
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Sasuka6789 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol sean klitsner :D hes cool he just super chill and caring XD

IKR?!! SDJFHISULDBGFIK *falls over sobbing* BWAAAAH!
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Sasuka6789 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lool woops I ment captures smaller xD
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JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I, too, felt the same way about the active area on the capture. However, you can set up the tablet so the area still correspnds with the size of your monitor or laptop screen. If you have used a tablet before and are used to alarger work space, then go for the Create. If you have never used a tablet before, I'd say get the Capture. This is my first tablet, and I found that the work area is the perfect size, and could even be smaller. :)
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