Wacom Bamboo Touch

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  1. talkingfuture macrumors 65816

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    I'm extremely interested in this, too. I'm hoping I will be able to use it like how I use the trackpad on my MacBook. My only concert is the placement of the buttons.
     
  4. talkingfuture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thats what I was hoping for - the MacBook track pad experience on my iMac. Looking forward to some proper reviews. I know a lot of iMac users have been hoping for something like this.
     
  5. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    nice find man this will be great for a mac pro touchpad i cant stand mice over that awesome apple trackpad
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I'd hope it will communicate well enough to give desktop users the same functionality of the trackpad as well, however, it will take Apple to really allow that to happen. Two finger swipe is easy, three and four, pinch & zoom ... I'm thinking Apple would be twuntish enough to forbid that.
     
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    Another thing that I'm hoping it will support is the ability to enter Asian characters. Currently, it is only possible on MacBook Pros (and aluminum MacBook?). It is essentially the same input system as the iPhones.
     
  8. emjay247 macrumors newbie

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    Bought mine today...

    ...at the Best Buy in Roseville, MN. They were out of stock yesterday and got a new shipment of 4 today. Picked up one of them for $69.99 + MN tax.

    The touch interaction is not as intuitive as I thought it would be for me. It's basically a hyper-sensitive trackpad with many of the same gestures as the new MacBook Pros. No three-finger swiping, but programmable hot-buttons to the side of the pad.

    I use my computer for a lot of of graphic work and imaging. So far, I can see using it as a supplemental tool, but it will never replace my larger Wacom with a stylus. It does make an excellent mouse replacement for my needs. I have very large hands that tend to sweat a lot and my wrists are always uncomfortable, so I'm happy to have found the most ergonomic input device yet. My hand!

    The Wacom Bamboo Touch is an excellent value for under $80. Aesthetically pleasing to look at and sturdily produced. *****
     
  9. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Apple should make something like this for iMac.
     
  10. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

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    Wahoo ...

    I have had a Pen & Touch model on order from Staples for a week. It is suppose to arrive today or tomorrow. If it works out, I will get a second one so that I have them for both work & home. Wacom is nuts ... these were available via BestBuy and others for more than a week before Wacom made their announcement. Sort of the opposite of Vaporware ...
     
  11. Pundle macrumors member

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    Damn, I bought a regular Wacom Bamboo (non-Touch) six months ago, so I can't really justify getting this...
     
  12. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

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    Just got a Bamboo Pen & Touch today ...

    I ordered it a week ago from the local Staples. They shipped it from a store in PA. Unfortunately, it is suppose to be a B-Day present and my B-day is next Wednesday ... need to talk to SWMBO!

    EDIT:

    I did not ask, but opened it anyway. Wow ... very cool. I have not used the pen yet, but the touch features are exactly what I want to unify my laptop experience with my Mac Mini and when my MBP is "docked" on my desk. Bravo to Wacom for putting out a reasonably priced touch pad mouse alternative.
     
  13. talkingfuture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is it just like using a trackpad, only bigger then? Thats sort of what I am hoping for.
     
  14. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

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    For the 1 and 2 finger gestures, yes, it is a giant macbook track pad. I am extremely pleased with it. I hope that they will eventually add the 3 and 4 finger gestures. I have not played with the pen much, but I have used them before on a Motion Computing tablet and a previous Wacom Pen tablet, so I know that that can do. :D
     
  15. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    It looks like a neat gadget. But the few gestures supported do not compel me to replace my mouse.

    I'll wait until I can reasonably replace my 24" LCD with a multi touch display. Also until the interactivity is like in Minority Report:D.

    Though I would consider a multi-touch tablet computer to replace my laptop. If the screen is big enough, supports handwriting and the screen is big enough to replace letter size paper.
     
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    I almost feel like Wacom beat Apple to this - it seems like such a nature progression for the iMac line.

    I would love one these for my Mini that is silver w/bluetooth with a glass top. It would be really cool to be able to use a pen with it as well.

    Ok, just saw this.

    I'm so buying this...

    http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/bamboo_pen_touch.php
     
  17. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

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    First full day of use report ...

    So, I now have a full day of use under my belt ... don't that make me experienced!!!

    Good: Quiet, fun to use

    Not So Good: Two finger gesture for forward/backward works 1 in 4 tries. I am unable to map ctl->alt->z or ctl->alt->x to a button for switching my KVM between computers. The assignment in the preferences gadget shows the sequence with a capitol Z or X, when I check with "od -c" I see a "^z" and it suspends the command.

    Different: dust ... I keep getting the urge to wipe it off because of dust or other debris. I am curious as to how long the service of the tablet will last under heavy use. My MBP (Early 08) does not show much wear.

    Need to get used to: cut/paste of large blocks ... I was doing a bunch of C# code (don't ask) today and cut/paste of large blocks was challenging. It is the one place that I have seen a definite advantage to the mouse.

    Considering that the Pen & Touch (the one that I got) came with the newly obsolete Adobe Elements 6, I think it is a great value. I will keep using it as my primary pointing device for the near term. I can imagine that I will be able to make a real decision with a week or so of use.
     
  18. talkingfuture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the review. Sounds fairly good, I think I'll probably end up giving one a go.
     
  19. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    I envy you guys who have been able to get it already. My BestBuy doesn't seem to have them yet and its really annoying me. I've love you have this not only for my MBP, but for my ThinkPad. I hate using the trackpad on it because its so small and the mouse nub is annoying at best.

    I'm in Mass and haven't seen any reports that its available here. I plan on stopping by BB later today to see if they have any in. I'm not sure how much I would use it, but I def want to give it a test drive.
     
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    Not sure how close to NH you are but I've seen them in the Portsmouth, NH BB and almost every Staples up here has them.
     
  21. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    Too far away. I don't have my own car and the car I'm borrowing from family wouldn't survive the ride.

    Staples has them though? Maybe I'll call the local Staples and see if they have it......

    :rolls eyes: And its not listed on the website. Looks like I have to call....
     
  22. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Was thinking of getting a Wacom for some light work, will probably pick a Pen And touch up, shame its not a little bigger.
     
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