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

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:


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:

This product is property of Wacom

: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 
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad! :aww:
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?
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.
SketchMix Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh ok. Thank you! :D
JeffrettaLyn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. :)
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

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.
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:…  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.
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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