Wacom has added multi-touch capabilities to its popular line of Bamboo tablets. There are now 2 tablets in the Bamboo family that now offer multi-touch capabilities – the Bamboo Touch; and the Bamboo Pen and Touch.
With the new Bamboo Touch, you can navigate your PC or Mac in a totally different manner than using a mouse. It works much like the multi-touch screen on an iPhone. The Bamboo Touch uses 9 key gestures to do things like click, zoom, scroll and rotate. It also has 4 programmable buttons to take care of common actions.
Bamboo Pen and Touch has two sensors, one for pen and one for multi-touch. What’s more, the tablet automatically recognizes when you are using your fingers or pen on the tablet’s surface.
The Wacom Bamboo Touch carries an initial retail price of $69, while the Bamboo Pen and Touch runs $99. Check availability on Amazon.com:
My first take on these multi-touch products is that they are quite cool and could be used productively. I have an older Bamboo tablet that I break out for image editing sometimes, but the multi-touch capabilities of this new series give me the hope that I might one day soon be able to ditch my mouse for good. We’ll have to wait and see how the product performs in real world use to make that call, but I happily welcome effort from Wacom on this new feature.
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