Graphics tablets are an important tool for anyone who deals with images. We have reviewed a few of them (Intuos, Genius) in the past. The usual rule of thumb for graphics tablets is the bigger the better. That was true until we got a look at the Wacom Bamboo.
The Wacom Bamboo is a high-resolution tablet (active area: 6x4, 2540 lpi) with 512 level of pressure sensitivity. Integrated into the tablet are four programmable buttons and a touch-sensitive circular area. The pen has two customizable buttons. As with all Wacom pens, no batteries are required. This is actually a very significant feature, so much so that we only use Wacom tablets in-house because of it.
All of the buttons are software programmable. Once installed, users cna adjust the settings via the Wacom control panel in the System Preferences. Some applications support them directly and the controls on the tablet and the pen will behave in a context-sensitive fashion as appropriate.
The Wacom Bamboo is perfect for sketching, diagramming, and general cursor control. It is USB-powered, light-weight, and small enough to travel with the laptop. An additional "nice touch" is the cable detaches from the tablet, making it less likely to be damaged during transport.
Of course, what would REALLY be amazing is if Apple would incorporate the Wacom technology into their laptops, allowing users to write directly on the screen. Until then, we will make do with this perfect accessory for our Macbook Pro, whether it is in the office or on the road. [Permalink] - Wacom Bamboo Tablet