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Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet CTL471 (Black/Green)

by Wacom
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Lite art creation. Painting, drawing, sketching or document mark-up
  • Software included: Autodesk Sketchbook Express and ArtRage Studio
  • Ergonomically designed battery free pen that giveS you comfort and precise control to paint, draw and sketch

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 17.3 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: CTL471
  • ASIN: B008CP44CA
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 23 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,223 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Express your creativity with the Wacom Bamboo Splash pen tablet. Bamboo Splash gives you all the right tools to get off and running with digital art and drawing. To enhance your creations, it comes with Autodesk SketchBook Express and ArtRage Studio software applications. Bamboo Splash is compatible with both PCs and Macs.

Wacom Bamboo Splash
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Wacom Bamboo Splash
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Wacom Bamboo Splash
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Express Your Creativity

The Bamboo Splash creative pen tablet lets you transform your computer into a blank canvas ready for your latest visual creations. Doodle, draw, paint, sketch--explore your creativity. With a Bamboo pen in your hand, you'll work both digitally and naturally. Just let your imagination run wild.

Simplicity and Freedom in Pen Input

Thanks to Bamboo Splash's ergonomic, battery-free pen and textured work surface, you'll enjoy the freedom and familiar feel of pen on paper. Bamboo's pen input is the more natural way to create. It's time to drop the mouse and trackball and go with pen input for creativity's sake.

Powerful Suite of Creative Software

Bamboo Splash gets beginning digital artists going with all the right tools for creative exploration: a creative pen tablet plus a suite of powerful software included in-carton.

ArtRage Studio Offers Natural Painting and Drawing Tools

ArtRage Studio simulates real-world artistic tools, oil paints, watercolors, chalks, and pens, plus utilities to make painting easier such as layers and tracing images. ArtRage's intuitive interface and range of features make it ideal for getting off and running in digital art without the need to learn complex technical controls.

SketchBook Express--the Ultimate Digital Sketchbook

SketchBook Express provides the best in digital sketching capability with its simple-to-use menus and array of creative tools. You'll be off sketching and drawing in minutes with your new digital canvas.

Versatile, Compact Tablet Design

The reversible tablet works equally well for right- or left-handed users and has an attached pen holder. The tablet measures 0.4 by 10.9 by 6.9 inches (H x W x D).

Compatibility and Warranty Information

Requiring a standard USB port for PCs and Macs, Bamboo Splash is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, and Mac OSX 10.5 and above.

Bamboo Splash is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box

Splash (CTL471) is a revision of Connect (CTL470). Hence it includes tablet CTL470 along with ArtRage 3 Studio, and Autodesk Sketchbook Express. Bamboo tablet and pen; quick-start guide; Bamboo installation CD (with driver software, Bamboo dock, online user's manual, and interactive tutorial); and software DVD (containing Autodesk SketchBook Express and ArtRage).

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At a Glance:


  • Get started with digital art and drawing

  • Paint, sketch, doodle, and draw

  • Pen input for that familiar pen-on-paper feel

  • Includes Autodesk SketchBook Express and ArtRage software
Wacom Bamboo Splash
Wacom Bamboo Splash
ArtRage Studio simulates real-world artistic tools, oil paints, watercolors, chalks, and pens. (Click each to enlarge)
Bamboo Tablets Bamboo Connect Product Shot Bamboo Capture Product Shot Bamboo Create Product Shot Intuos5
Name SPLASH CAPTURE CREATE Intuos5
Sketching/Drawing/Painting Fun with Photos Art/Creative Projects Photography/Art/Design
Ideal Use Get started with art Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary ones Advanced creative expression: draw, paint, retouch, and sketch Designed to meet the high performance demands of creative professionals
Size Compact size Compact size Twice the work surface Small, medium, and large
Pen Input Pressure sensitivity
(1024 levels)
Pressure sensitivity
(1024 levels)
Pressure sensitivity
(1024 levels)
Pressure sensitivity
(2048 levels)
Tilt sensitivity
( 60 degrees)
Multi-Touch Input N/A Scroll, zoom, rotate, and swipe Scroll, zoom, rotate, and swipe Scroll, zoom, rotate, and swipe
Interactive touch ring
Included Software
  • ArtRage 3 Studio
  • Autodesk SketchBook Express
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3
  • Corel Painter Essentials
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Anime Studio Debut
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Corel Painter 12 (90 Day Trial)


Customer Reviews

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I just got this tablet and I've been using it all day!
It's my first tablet and it was surprisingly easy to use and it took me almost no time to get used to it, the software it comes with is great. If you're looking for an easy to use, inexpensive beginner tablet i'd say this is the one to get.

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It's been months since I got it, I'm much busier now but I still love and use the tablet on occasion it works great does everything I need I've never had a problem with it, I often don't unplug it after use and just use it as a mouse after drawing. I can't see myself needing to upgrade ever because it does everything I'd ever need.
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I bought this tablet barely a year ago for $80. (Amazon price is a complete rip off people, just buy it from your local Futureshop or Bestbuy). From day one, it was a decent tablet, however as someone who draws for almost 6 hours daily, each day, every week of every month, the nibs are worn down and run out very fast and are a pain to order.

It's light weight and easy to take with you on the road or wherever you need to take it. It's thin, easily portable, and has great response time. Works beautiful with Photoshop CS6, Photoshop Elements, and as a mouse, and comes with it's own software, which I didn't bother to use, but is fun to poke around in.

My two biggest problems are the nibs and the USB connection cord. The nibs, as previously stated above, are worn down very fast and are hard to replace, and the cord is so flimsy, I lose connection because of problems with the plug in end of the tablet. It makes it difficult to draw consistently when you're drawing with one hand, and have your arm over the cord to use your keyboard with the other, and each time you move, the tablet disconnects itself.

Otherwise, this product is great. I'd maybe took for something a little more expensive to get a more reliable cord. I would sacrifice the disconnectable cord for one that was permanently attached if it meant I reduced disconnection problems between my computer and the tablet, however, there isn't a lot on the market like this tablet for the same price.
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I initially purchased this tablet with the intention of practicing some artwork on the computer. I tried to use my mouse for this purpose but that is simply terrible for your sanity. There are some good mouse artists out there but it is extraordinarily difficult to do.

This tablet was initially advertised as something for "presentation markup" or the likes. It does work in that respect, but it does just as well as a portable drawing tablet. The pen is very responsive, and certainly beats doodling in MS Paint with your mouse. There's no battery, which is a downfall some other tablets have. You won't be worrying about your pen running out of juice anytime soon. It does take some getting used to, however. Initially, it may be difficult to direct your pen exactly how you would like it to move, and if you are more used to actually looking at your drawings while working on them, then it will take some getting used to.

The more expensive versions of this tablet that advertise some additional features like a few buttons and better pressure gauging aren't going to improve your experience dramatically. This tablet will work just as well, and unless you really crave having a larger canvas (the top model has double the drawing space), then stick to this basic model. You won't find yourself cramped by any means. I've worked on this tablet for hours without issue, drawing up equations on Sketchbook as well as doodling here and there. It works insanely well for anything pen based.

I must also say that the tablet makes a great replacement for your mouse in operating your regular applications. If you've been using the mouse too frequently, like I did during one insane gaming session, then switch to this tablet.
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This tablet is wonderful. I have no problems with it.
I primarily bought it to play the rhythm game Osu!, and it works PERFECTLY for that!
At first I thought that the software that came with it was trash, but once I figured out that you could set custom shortcuts I loved it! I use the "bamboo dock" to launch Osu! or Paint Tool SAI frequently. It's perfect for both of these programs; the pressure sensitivity is great in SAI, and the high precision is great in Osu!

One thing though, if you are going to buy this then don't buy extra nibs right away, it comes with 3 extra ones in the box!
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I originally had the Bamboo Pen, and after it stopped working (it lasted for 4 years!) I decided to go with the newer version of the Bamboo Pen, the splash. It's exceeded my expectations, with a great design (love the green and black! nice touch!) and smooth handling. I use Windows 8 and it has worked perfectly, and automatically adapts when I hook up my double-monitor setup. I've also noticed the size! Its considerably bigger (or at least the pad is) than the Bamboo Pen I had before. Well done Wacom.
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This is my first tablet and I was a bit concerned that it would be hard to learn and whether this product at this pricepoint would be what I needed. I use the tablet for photography retouching as well as complex digital paintings and it has performed splendidly. The pen fits nicely in my hand and the movements are smooth with little or no delay or drag time. I have been using the tablet for five months now and would highly recommend it.
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