|Wacom Bamboo Fun Digital Tablet CTE450K|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Mat Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 26 August 2009|
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Wacom Bamboo Fun CTE450K
The mouse was first introduced with a computer system in the early 1980s and while it took time to catch on, it became the standard method of navigating graphical user interfaces. While a mouse, be it the type you push around, a track ball or a track pad, is good for that purpose, it certainly leaves something to be desired when you're going for more free-form control of your cursor You can use a mouse with a fair amount of precision, such as clicking small icons, but it makes it difficult to write notes or draw.
The pen tablet provides you with control that the regular mouse lacks, allowing you to do things that you couldn't with a mouse. Years of schooling using pen and paper have given people an innate comfort with a pen-like device, which makes it easier to draw and write on your computer than using a mouse, making the tablet perfect for people who want to be more creative with their computer or for people whose work is made easier with the ability to draw or write.
The Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet is meant to be an introductory foray into the world of pen tablets. It features a 5.8" x 3.7" active area, 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, battery-less pen and mouse, 4 function buttons and a scroll pad. In this article Benchmark Reviews will test how well the Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet CTE450K holds up in Photoshop Elements.
CTE450K Features and Specifications
The Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. It connects to the computer via USB (type A to mini type B) and uses the USB power source to power the device. The small version of the device is 8.4" wide, 7.3" deep and 0.3" tall. The active area is 5.8" wide by 3.7" deep. The active area has a resolution of 2,540 lines per inch.
The Wacom Bamboo Fun tablets use a battery-less, cord-less pen and mouse to control input. Both the mouse and pen work on top of the active surface. The pen has tip has 512 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The only computer requirements, as listed by the Wacom website, is a computer running Windows 2000, XP or Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) or a Macintosh running OS X Version 10.3.9 or greater, using either the Intel or PowerPC platform.
About Wacom Co., Ltd.
Wacom (pronounced Wac-om) is inspired by natural human abilities to create. Their patented pen and touch input technology allows freedom of expression, inspired creativity, and drastic improvements in productivity, control and comfort. From product development and graphic design to the media and entertainment sectors, Wacom facilitates the work of individuals and workgroups with truly natural ways to work with digital content.
Wacom believes that technology should be easy to use and simple to understand. With products that rely on human intuition and natural movement, they strive to bring people and technology closer together. Their patented pen and touch input technology has helped professionals around the world create extraordinary characters, digital art, films, special effects, fashions, and industrial designs. No other technology company strives to design tools that empower creative professionals the way Wacom does.
Wacom has offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Wacom works to provide organizations with their core solutions: the Cintiq line of interactive pen displays, the Intuos line of professional pen tablets, and the Bamboo and Bamboo Fun pen tablet lines. Wacom also services specialty markets with a line of other pen displays, and it provides underlying technology for a wide variety of products, including mobile information terminals, Tablet PC's, UMPC's, amusement equipment, and medical devices.