This is a review for the Bamboo tablet(CTE450K), brought to us by the almighty Wacom, this review is being written be an artist who uses it(like the title suggests(gasp!)Because I've read too many review done by people who don't actually use it and are just paid to write about it). But I don't use it as much as I would like to but I still dust it off from time to time. Now I'm not saying that I am a terribly good artist but I do know which end of the pen is the drawing end. PLUS this thing is a really good price for the not so rich, I mean getting a tablet monitor would be awesome but I don't have $2000 just laying around(although that would be awesome >_>;;) Any who! If you're still reading this, then on to the review!

The Bamboo Tablets on PC or MAC

Now I've used this tablet on both PC and MAC, experiencing very few problems with it. Unlike the tablet that I had before this one (which was one of them white squares with the plastic cover clipped to it) I haven't had the drivers mysteriously disappear on me, which is nice. I really don't like to have to troubleshoot when I'm in the mood for art. But in the cases where the tablet has failed, I find that a quick reinstall fixes the problem. With the scroll wheel that is in the Bamboo line, you need to watch out when trying to zoom in. Great in Photoshop not so great in Firefox. The quick buttons that it has are great, if I actually used them, I find that I usually don't set them up.

The Actual Tablet (A.K.A. the hardware)

I am a huuuuuuge fan of the black option for this tablet, there are a few other colour choices but black is definitely the best one, and so I'm only going to be talking about this one. You open the box for this fancy new Wacom tablet and you are greeted with a little blurb on the front inside cover. Preventing you from getting at the tablet momentarily but building up the suspense. Finally you get the thing open and out of the box. Pen, mouse, tablet, disc and cords in hand. After setting it up you finally get to use that pen that every digital artist cherishes (Or at least I do). I love the way that the pen is set up, you can have both right and left clicking with the buttons on the side of the pen, in a nice easy for thumb to reach position. And never having to find batteries for my mouse is worth getting the tablet by far. And the tablet itself is small enough that it is extremely portable. My favorite feature? It would have to be the blue ring of light, when the pen and mouse aren't on it, it pulses. How awesome is that, it looked really good with my black PC that I had at the time. They matched!


As far a performance goes, I've had people tell me I should get a larger tablet for my 22" Widescreen computer. This is not true, and I hope you don't automatically run out and buy a larger one. I have a small tablet and a large screen, it works just fine. I find that this tablet still has excellent accuracy, painting in Photoshop isn't diminished and using the mouse or the pen for everyday activities are as easy as ever. Although I won't recommend the small on for computers with duel monitors, then your tablet size will be cut in half per screen, just something my roommate discovered when she got dual monitors (she has the black bamboo tablet too! I think I'm on to something now).

Alright, to sum it all up, this tablet is a great buy for an artist just starting in the digital medium or for a casual artist. It is light, small, and accurate and with its low price it won't leave you breaking the bank.

5 Reasons to get it

  1. It is small and portable
  2. It is very Responsive
  3. The pressure sensitivity is awesome
  4. Very few troubles
  5. The blue ring of light looks wicked

5 Reasons not to get it

  1. If you have duel monitors, you get your space cut in half
  2. If you have a huge screen you might want a larger one
  3. Losing the pen would suck
  4. I can't think of anymore
  5. It should be a list of 3 reasons