Wacom has updated its Bamboo line with a trio of more affordable tablets aimed to incorporate art hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.
In an effort to simplify its consumer-level offerings and target specific audiences with each model, Wacom now offers the Bamboo Connect, Capture and Create. The tablets range from $80 to $200 and provide options for beginner artists, as well as professionals.
The Bamboo Connect, which retails for $80, is an entry-level tablet designed for taking notes and simple sketches. The device sports a black design with a green accent and features a 5.8-inch-by-3.6-inch area for workspace, with 512 levels of pressure awareness. The tablet uses one of the company’s signature pens with programmable side-buttons. The device comes bundled with Autodesk Sketchbook Express software, a tool for drawing and editing, and also integrates with Microsoft Office. Users can connect the tablet to their laptop or desktop via USB.
Designed for a more advanced user with basic designing in mind, the Bamboo Capture sells for $100. The Capture offers the same work area as the Connect, though users get twice the pressure sensitivity at 1024 levels. The silver slate supports both touch and pen input and comes with Sketchbook Express installed, as well as Adobe Photoshop Elements. The Capture can connect wirelessly via a $40 accessory.
Providing users with 8.5-inches-by-5.4-inches of pressure-sensitive pen and multitouch workspace, the $200 Bamboo Create is meant for art enthusiasts. The tablet adds a digital eraser to the end of the stylus and ships with Corel’s Painter Essentials along with Photoshop Elements and Sketchbook Express. The Create also supports wireless capabilities through the optional accessory and is an affordable option for artists who can’t spare $400 to step up to the Intuos line.
All three tablets support both Mac and Windows operating systems and are available now on Wacom’s website, or at one of the company’s authorized resellers.