Digital tablet is bamboo in name only

It still looks OK, though


What a letdown. When we first heard the name of Wacom's new digital tablet, the "Bamboo," we were hoping for something like the wooden laptops and DVD players we've lusted after. Alas, it appears to be made of standard manufactured materials, attractive enough but nothing like a bamboo TV. But enough about our sylvan fetish.

The touch tablet, which Technabob says is designed for consumer use, appears to be the successor to Wacom's "Graphire" line with some updates such as four "express" keys and a familiar-looking scroll ring. It's supposed to work with Windows Vista's handwriting-recognition software but be Mac-friendly as well.

And for a relatively reasonable price of $150, we can forgive Wacom for not adding a wood finish. It's still unclear why they named it Bamboo, though.

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