Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661 review: Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Reasonable price; multitouch controls work seamlessly alongside pen; attractive design.

The Bad No mouse.

The Bottom Line Multitouch in place of a mouse may not appeal to pro designers, but the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch is an excellent choice for mobile users who want to begin dabbling with art tools.

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Editors' note: In July 2010, we re-evaluated the Bamboo Pen and Touch and compared it with the Apple Magic Trackpad. Read our analysis here.

I'll admit, I've never used a pen tablet before. I guess, in that respect, I'm Wacom's target customer. Its new line of multitouch-enabled tablets are designed and priced for budget-minded consumers, and unlike many of its more professional brethren, Wacom aims for a look that's simpler than ever before.

The Pen and Touch tablet lineup actually consists of a number of new Wacom models, and they're priced and featured as follows:

The Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch CTH460 ($99 list) comes in black, and has both multitouch and pen capabilities. It has a 4.9 x 3.4 inch active touch area, and a 5.8 x 3.6 inch active pen area. It includes with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Nik Color Efex Pro software.

The Wacom Bamboo Touch CTT460 ($69) is exactly the same form factor as the Pen and Touch, but only has touch input.

The Wacom Bamboo Pen CTL460 ($69) comes in black, but only has pen input. It has a 5.8 x 3.6 inch active pen area, and the package includes Corel Painter Essentials 4.

The Wacom Bamboo Craft CTH461 ($129) is designed as a bundle for arts and crafts and scrapbooking types. It has the same size pen and touch tablet, but in silver instead of black. It also comes packaged with painting and photo editing software as well as scrapbooking tutorials, a subscription to Scrapbooking & Beyond magazine, and a library of craft embellishments.

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Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch CTH661

Part Number: CTH661 Released: Sep 24, 2009
MSRP: $199.95 Low Price: $84.95 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep 24, 2009
  • Color silver
  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Movement Resolution 2540 dpi
  • Type USB
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later
    Microsoft Windows 7
    Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
    Microsoft Windows XP
  • Type digitizer
    stylus
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Compatibility Mac
    PC