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Wacom Bamboo

alaTest has collected and analyzed 321 reviews of Wacom Bamboo. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the size and durability are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good comments. The reliability and price get critical opinions.

usability, design, durability, size

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Wacom Bamboo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Wacom Bamboo from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on

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This summary is based on the products: WACOM Bamboo Manga graphics tabletWACOM Bamboo Manga graphics tablet

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (

Wacom Bamboo Folio


With a professional look and feel, the Wacom Bamboo Folio is a fast, simple, and reliable solution for taking your paper notes into the digital realm. It's expensive, though, and the related apps have shortcomings.

Attractive, professional design. Simple to set up and use. Provides spacious writing surface.

Expensive. Limited editing tools. Color and highlighting functions require a second app. Handwriting-to-text available only with a paid subscription.

Conclusion Though expensive, the Wacom Bamboo Folio makes it easy to convert full-page pen-and-paper notes to digital formats. Sharing across messaging and cloud apps is quick and simple, and the attractive physical design makes using the Folio more...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Wacom Bamboo review: Wacom's smart notepads slowly bridge the digital note-taking divide


The company's Slate and Folio are a no-risk way of getting your paper notes in the cloud.

Wacom's Bamboo Slate and Folio are easy to use and a seamless way to get your written notes into the cloud without sacrificing pen and paper.

You may not like the feel of the pen for writing in long stretches.

The Wacom Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio provide a practical bridge between handwritten notes on paper and making them available in the cloud.

Sep, 2016

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Wacom Bamboo Folio and Bamboo Slate


I have a stack of legal pads and notebooks half-filled with meeting notes, to-do lists and ideas in various stages. But, of course, the vast majority of my work life is spent online. So I was intrigued by the idea behind the Wacom Bamboo Folio and...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by (

Wacom Bamboo Folio, First Take: From paper to cloud


Wacom's Bamboo Folio is part of a product range the company calls 'smartpads' . The idea is that you can write directly onto paper, and whatever you produce is converted into digital content and shared to the cloud automatically. So, that fantastic...

Dec, 2017

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Expert review by : Jon Canfield (

Wacom Bamboo Review


Most serious digital photographers know that using a graphics tablet is the best way by far when it comes to editing and making selections in Photoshop and other imaging applications. Although there ...

A graphics tablet should be considered standard equipment for anyone doing image editing. Although the Intous3 line is ideal for serious editing work, the price is too high for many casual users. With the ...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : jhoge (

The Wacom Bamboo Tablet


Wacom's Bamboo Tablet is a fun and easy way to edit pictures and make better use of Photoshop.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (

Wacom Bamboo Tablet


Wacom sets another standard in graphic touch technology with its Wacom Bamboo. Adding multi-touch capability to the device, people can now use not only the stylus but also their fingers to navigate and actuate applications

Wide touch area provides more room for navigating than mouse track pads. Touch responsive work surface makes it easy to open menu, view photos, and more with a tap of finger or hand gestures. - Pen design gives you finer control and more natural...

While the textured track pad allows for better pen and paper feel, it’s quite rough to touch when using your fingers. - 3 mm reception gap makes detailed drawings quite a challenge. - While the tablet has a pen stand, it lacks storage for holding when...

Wacom is derived from a combination of the Japanese words Wa (meaning harmony) and Komu (meaning computer). The Wacom Bamboo Tablet stays true to the creed, allowing you to work in better harmony with your computer with its pen and touch technology....

Expert review by : Joe Roberts (

Wacom Bamboo Slate


Tablet specialist Wacom has a whole line of what it calls 'Smartpads' – devices that allow you to turn handwritten notes and sketches into digital versions for transfer to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. The Bamboo Slate, unlike its Bamboo Spark...

Another mostly polished product from Wacom. But who would use it?

Dec, 2016

Expert review by (

Wacom Bamboo


Bamboo is Wacom's latest weapon in convincing us to seriously consider its products as mouse replacements. For the first time, it's aimed entirely at an audience that spends its time browsing the Internet, emailing and creating spreadsheets

Works excellently well, Highly versatile

A little pricey

Maybe it really is time to start considering replacing that mouse for good

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : staff (

Wacom Bamboo review


The first pen tablet made just for handwriting recognition

Attractive and well packaged ; Pen Flicks feature

Scrolling not the smoothest

Great for those with legible handwriting

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications


Color of product:Blue, White / Green, White / Purple, White

Energy Management

Batteries included: Yes
Battery Type:AAA
Number of batteries supported:2 / 4
Power consumption (typical):0.2 / 0.25 / 0.3
USB powered: Yes


Color of product:Grey, Orange


Form Factor:Ambidextrous
Mouse included: No

Other Features

Active area (WxD):5.8 x 3.6 / 8.5 x 5.4
Buttons quantity:4
Compatible operating systems:- Windows 7 / 8\n- Mac OS X 10.7 / Android, iOS / Windows 2000, XP, Vista, X64. Mac OS-X. / Windows 2000, XP, Vista\nMac OS X 10.3.9 / Windows 2000, XP-Vista, X64. Mac OS-X. / Windows 2000/XP/Vista,\nMacintosh Mac OS X 10.3.9 + / Windows 2000\nWindows XP\nWindows Vista\nWindows X64\nMac OS-X\n / Windows 7/Vista SP2/XP SP3\nMac OS X 10.5+ / Windows 7\nWindows Vista SP2\nWindows XP SP3\nMac OS X 10.5+
Dimensions (WxDxH):11 x 9.26 x 0.433 / 5.5 x 6.5 x 0.61 / 5.57 x 6.56 x 0.177 / 6.89 x 10.9 x 0.394 / 7.68 x 7.76 x 0.421 / 7.87 x 7.28 x 0.433 / 7.87 x 7.32 x 0.421 / 8.2 x 13.8 x 0.4
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM / CD-ROM, USB / CD-Rom, USB. / CD-ROM\nUSB
Power Requirements:DC 5V / DC 5V (+/- 5%), 50 mA (max)
Tablet included:No / Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Adobe Photoshop Elements, ArtRage2. / Anime Studio Debut 8 / ArtRage 2.0 / Autodesk Sketchbook Express / Autodesk Sketchbook Express\nAdobe Photoshop Elements & Nik Color Filters / Autodesk Sketchbook Express\nAdobe Photoshop Elements\nCorel Painter Essentials & Nik Color Filters / Bamboo Paper, Inkspace Basic / JustWrite Office / JustWrite Office Windows 2000/XP / Manga Studio Debut 4\n Anime Studio Debut 8 / Manga Studio™ Debut 4 \nAnime Studio® Debut 8
Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Manual: Yes
Number of pen tips:1
Pen holder: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Accuracy pen:0.00394 / 0.0197
Battery free pen: Yes
Pen included: Yes
Pen number of buttons:2
Pen working area (WxD):147
Pressure levels:1024 / 512
Report rate (pen):100 / 133
Wireless pen: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Cable Length:59.1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Batteries included:Y
Battery Type:AAA
Number of batteries supported:2
Power consumption (typical):0.2 / 0.25 / 0.3
USB powered:Y

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Yes
Minimum hard disk space:1100 / 1126
Minimum processor:500 MHz / 800MHz / Intel / Intel/PowerPC
Minimum RAM:256
Optical drive required: Yes
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wired/Wireless / Wireless
Device interface:USB
Maximum reading height:0.197 / 0.63
Maximum working area (WxD):5.79
Number of hot keys:4
Resolution:104 / 2540
Tablet input type:Pen / Pen, Touch
Wireless technologies:Wired / Wired/Wireless / Wireless
Working area:3.6 x 5.8 / 4.92 x 3.35 / 5.02 x 3.65 / 5.79 x 3.62 / 5.8 x 3.6 / 5.81 x 3.63 / 8.27 x 11.7 / 8.5 x 5.4 / 8.52 x 5.35

Technical Details

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Grey / Grey, Orange
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Eraser: Yes
LED Indicators: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wireless
Working area:4.21 x 2.63

Touch input

Accuracy touch:125 x 85

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 10.6 / 6.93 / 7.32
Height:0.276 / 0.433 / 0.748
Pen dimensions LxD:0.449 x 5.61
Pen weight:0.388 / 0.6
Tablet weight:10.6 / 13.1 / 14.7 / 16.6 / 19.4 / 28.6 / 30.3 / 9.31
Weight note (metric):30.3
Width:10.9 / 13 / 13.3 / 9.8