Wacom Bamboo Connect CTL470


A new pen tablet on the market

Wacom thought of a new strategy for drawing tablets and decided to come up with three devices that would meet the customers’ needs. Therefore the company split the Bamboo line into three, each of the tablets coming with different specs, from basic to fully- featured. For our review here, we decided upon the Bamboo Connect CTL470 which is a drawing tablet only for the basic needs. Being a tablet for drawing basically, while testing it we let our imagination run free and we had our share of fun. Let’s see what this Bamboo Connect CTL470 is all about.

Not very advanced

Firstly we should begin the review by describing the tablets design. It is made of black plastic and measures 6.9 by 10.9 by 0.4 inches. On one of the sides there is some extra, unusable space covered in glossy black plastic and hosts a blue LED that shows where you have a live connection. It can bee that the space is for resting the wrist on it, we guess, otherwise it would only be extra, wasted space. The edges are covered by a hard textured plastic and the actual drawing space measures 0.8 by 3.6 inches. The pen holder evades the black, low-profile category due to the fact it is fluorescent green.Wacom-Bamboo-Connect-CTL470

As we already mentioned, the Bamboo CTL470 is part of a line and doesn’t have too many features. You’ll be able to draw some sketches, take notes and make some annotations on your documents, but nothing too elaborated.

A lot of editing software

The next in line is Bamboo Capture CTH470 which features some extra functions like multi-touch, has support for Wacom’s WiFi and it also comes with full versions of Nik Color Efex Pro Filters 3.0 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. The last of the line and also the most efficient is the Bamboo Create CTH670. This drawing tablet offers more drawing space, double from the previous, so it can support larger brush strokes. For software it includes all the previous one has plus a copy of Corel Painter Essentials 4.0. Needless to say that the prices go up as the features are more and better, which means that our model, the Wacom Bamboo Connect CTL470 is the cheapest of all. They all support Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS x 10.5 or later and the installing is easy job.

Not very easy to use

Although the Connect CTL470 is newer we think that the last year’s Bamboo Pen & Touch CTH460 is still an option to consider. Unlike the Pen & Touch, the Connect doesn’t have a touch screen but it beats its predecessor in precision, having 1, 024 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Testing this drawing tablet wasn’t that easy in the beginning, because it is that kind of device that asks for a “getting to know each other”-like of relationship. If you get the pen very close to the drawing surface and don’t apply too much pressure, it will act like a pointer on the screen, so you can see where the ink will be applied. But if you don’t have the application in full screen, this will cause very annoying desktop icon moving or other undesired actions of that sort.

Review conclusion

The software on the Bamboo Connect CTL470 didn’t impress us much, but the lack of an eraser and multi-touch function are indeed serious drawbacks, as these are basic needs for a drawing tablet. In deed, Wacom did say that the Connect is for collaboration and sketches, but admitting it didn’t help us draw any better. Anyway, if you are really looking for something basic, maybe this will do, but to be sincere, other that having fun sketching some creepy creatures there was nothing more we could get from it.

Technical specifications

Product Type: Graphics Tablet
Product Type: Graphics Tablet
Interface Connection: Micro USB
Input Resolution: 2540 lpi
Pressure Levels: 1024 Pen Level
System Type: Mac
Tablet Features
Active Area: 5.80″ x 3.60″
Dimensions: 4″ Height x 10.9″ Width x 6.9″ Depth