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10-27-2009, 05:26 PM
So, I just realized that Wacom has made these new tablets much more sensitive. While they are not as sensitive as the Intuos4 tablets, they have the same as the Intuos3 (1024). So, since the "Fun" model has the same area as the medium Intuos it seems like a good option - especially since it has the touch capability.
Anyone try it yet? Just wondering how well it will work in Maya and Cinema4D.
ive tried it. i bought bamboo fun medium pen and touch and i set the space to half bcos its too large. if you really want to get a pen tablet for 3d stuff, get the small one. the medium or large will only waste some space on your table and force your hand to move top to bottom of the tablet.
and for the touch, i think its just horrible. its rarely able to notice what im doing correctly. i use mbp with multitouch and i must say the mbp touchpad is much more superior in determining what you are doing. there are much need to be fixed in the touch side, but pen side is just good enough.
other than that, it does a great job. ive tried sketching, its good but not as good as intous.
for everyday use... well i think i'd better go for an uber awesome mouse next time.
just my opinion though :)
10-27-2009, 09:30 PM
Hmm.. the touch aspects of it were part of what I was after as I also have a MBP and like the multi-touch interface. The "Magic Mouse" is not in the running so, I thought maybe the Bamboo was a logical step. Sounds like it's not there yet.
yeah, hope for a fix though. if you see the reviews you'll notice that the touch is not quite right yet
02-15-2010, 11:15 PM
I'm also curious how the Bamboo Fun Medium format performs. I have the very first intuos 4x5 tablet right now and its still working, but wouldn't mind an upgrade to a larger size. With 1024 sensitivity, its the same as my Intuos, although the accuracy is less than half.
I've never used anything larger than this, and many people keep saying they scale their tablet down for ZBrush. It sounds annoying, I wonder why. I think I may just pick up an old intuos3 4x6 from eBay. Sounds like people only consider the Bamboo as an everyday toy. Still.
02-16-2010, 07:39 AM
The touch isn't as good as I hoped it would be, but the FUN is great for everyday use. And at its price, I think its a great buy. Also don't go for the large ones. One because not as portable and two because the bigger ones are just too annoying. Recommend the small Bamboo Fun.
im not a sketchers only use it for 3d modelling (for games), but my firsrt impression of it is quite bad. whilei the pen looks ok, the touch is just stupid. im using mac and its multitouch is far more powerful. sometimes its really annoying that you decide to turn off the touch feature most of the time.
this is my first wacom product so i really cant compare to other
02-16-2010, 04:39 PM
Yeah, the touch portion is pretty much a wash. It is not sensitive enough in certain circumstances and TOO sensitive in others. I think I will wait to see what the iPad will do for touch interfaces.
The pen portion seems to work just fine however. Not a bad alternative to say an Intuos 3.
02-16-2010, 11:13 PM
Technical stat wise the Bamboo Fun is really similar to the Intuos2. Same pressure 1024, same resolution 2540, +/- 0.50mm accuracy (Bamboo) vs +/- 0.25mm accuracy (Intuos), 133 pps data rate (Bamboo) vs 200 pps data rate (Intuos), which is why I considered getting the 6x8 Bamboo Fun.
The only programs I use with a tablet are Photoshop, Zbrush, and occasionally a paint app like painter or opencanvas to brainstorm sketches. I prefer 3DS with a proper mouse, and I do everything else with one too. SO I would assume the Bamboo Fun is just right for me. Unfortunately, not many people say its good or bad either way, yet when you see Intuos comments its all "zomg its like drawing with my mind-gasm". The Intuos comments aren't biased at all. :p /s
Anyhow thanks for all the advice in this thread, I hope that others who may stumble upon it will find it usefull. I for one bought an Intuos3 6x8 off eBay for less than the price of a Bamboo Fun, so I'll be forgetting all about this topic hopefully.
02-21-2010, 06:20 AM
^ Nice deal on the Intuos 3.
I've had a large, non-touch Bamboo Fun for over a year now. My experience using it has been very positive, but I haven't done much to push its limits (commercial grade 2D work or serious Zbrush use, for example).
I think it's safe to say that Wacom markets it accurately as a entry/mid level piece of hardware for casual artists. It's extremely portable (slips right into a laptop case), which makes it very recommendable as a second pad for users-on-the-go. That would probably be my main reason for recommending it to a professional. I usually don't mind using the Large size, but every now and then it gets tedious to move my hand back and forth across it.
My Bamboo has been indispensable in my work, but I'm just doing college-level stuff and obviously there are tablets that could do it better. I'm sure I'll get a new tablet at some point in the future, but the Fun will definitely still see some use. I definitely call it a good deal if your work doesn't focus on applications that really require a high-performance tablet. The name says it all.
02-21-2010, 06:20 AM
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