Day 5: Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet Review

Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet Review

This is the fifth post of the 7-Day Video Review Challenge to Overcome Fear of the Camera follow up video series.

Today I am going to review the Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet.

First things first, I am far from being a graphic designer.

But I knew that for graphic creation I wanted to get something that felt a little bit more natural and comfortable than drawing with a mouse.

Why You Should Get A Pen Tablet

On a meeting with a friend of mine that makes a living as a graphic designer, he told me that doing graphics with a mouse would be the same as trying to draw with a brick.

To me, it did make perfect sense (and it also made me laught a bit) but what do you think about that?

Anyway, I don’t think I ever designed cool stuff before, I did make some logos and pretty simple basic stuff and honestly I think I never realized before that I was drawing with a brick OR a mouse!

If you’re asking why could I possibly be interested in such a device like a pen tablet, well it’s mainly because the endless possibilities that it will provide for your marketing needs.

Digital Signatures

Even if you decide to outsource your graphics or don’t have time to do them yourself, a super strong reason to get one of these things is to be able to create your own digital signature and to be able to sign digital documents as well.

If you still don’t know what I mean, have you ever went to a site where they say “good bye”?

Or do the closing for an article saying something like “Sincerely, John Doe” in handwritten type letters?

Well that wasn’t hand written at all, it’s a digital signature (most of the times) created with a handwritten font and turned into an image which they cropped, sliced, tilted, made a curve, etc so it kind of looked natural.

You can google for the keywords: “create signature online” you’ll be surprised it throws almost 188 million results!

Obviously, many people fall for this and even if you know it is just a font, some people seem to not care.

But I don’t like that at all.

I want to be ME.

I want you to be able to tell if my character is strong or if it’s weak,  I don’t want to mislead you with some software created signature that “represents” me and my handwriting.

If you’re thinking: “ok, am I going to buy one of these things just to create ONE digital signature and that’s it?”

Absolutely NOT!

Pen Tablets In Graphic Design

If you have any kind of interest on web design or graphic creation, then these things are a MUST, simple as that.

However, if you’re NOT interested on discovering your inner creative self with one of these things, you should know that these are widely used in presentations for explaining stuff on video too.

If you thought about…

  • how-to’s
  • screencasts
  • slide presentations with live explanations
  • etc

Then you’re already on my wagon so welcome aboard!

So after all of the shenanigans like some cool surfer marketer that many have come to love and hate (even at the same time) in the internet marketing industry, let’s get on with what this thing can do!

Why I Bought The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet

So what I did was I basically rushed to Amazon (as always) and started doing research, reading reviews, going on to the big G and doing the same there until I found this very affordable yet entry level pen tablet from the Wacom Bamboo Series.

It was selling for under $100 bucks, a very close friend of mine used this to create some very astonishing graphics and I was sold on the reviewing comments.

So without any further ado, I’ll try to show you just a little bit how this works.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet  Video Review

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yTiW6znnPw[/youtube]

Ultra nervous video, can’t really edit video, can’t really use Camtasia and I definitely can’t draw! LOL

Will have to dedicate myself a lot to learn all these skills I’m currently not only lacking but sucking at them so much.

But oh well, there you have it.

Buy Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet on Amazon

If you’re interested in knowing more about this Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet you can buy it straight from Amazon on the link below.

Buy Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet (aff link)

Conclusion

I hope you did enjoy the video.

I think you can possibly do better with your mouse skills and doing software generated signatures than what I did.

Just remember that I’m showcasing what I am currently using or will be using in my marketing needs and that is all!

Take care, have a great weekend and I will be looking forward to see you soon around here again!

Sergio

Intro: 7 Day Video Review Challenge
Day 1: FlipCam Ultra HD Review
Day 2: Blue Snowball Microphone Review
Day 3: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 Review
Day 4: Logitech H390 ClearChat Comfort Headset Review
Day 5: Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet Review
Day 6: Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wifi Reader Review
Day 7: Fast Track Pro 4×4 Mobile Audio MIDI Interface Review
Conclusion: Overcoming Fear of Video Creation Summary

About The Author

Sergio Felix

Hi, I’m Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I’m highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.

5 Comments

  • Patrick Griffin

    Reply Reply November 19, 2011

    Well Sergio you have produced some really great contest for your blog fans once more…five home runs in a row and just two more to go now.

    Ok it was a little disappointing that you were not actually on camera today but once I got over that disappointment then I settled into watch some really great content.

    Actually blog readers I must take some blame here because yesterday I had a massive technical problem with my blog which I was unable to solve on my own. In fact I didn’t even know where to start. I was utterly clueless and I needed help.

    So I asked Sergio to help me and he literally dropped everything to come to my aid so I know that as a result he did not have as much time as wanted to produce this post today.

    First of all today, as always, this review has given a huge amount of written information about the product with useful background and personal details which makes these posts so much more than bog-standard product reviews.

    Each time I read one of these reviews I feel that I am both learning new stuff about the product and about Sergio.

    Also it is brilliant that Sergio takes the time to carefully select products for review because that is important to build up trust between reviewer and blog reader/viewer.

    I am also not a huge fan of the fake signature font which almost everyone uses. It is not a signature – just another font – and this is so obvious when so many people all use it.

    But one additional tip here if you are using the Bamboo tablet to create digital signatures…it may be a good idea to create a different online signature to the one you use to sign the back of your credit cards or to sign your cheques!

    Finally as to these videos being too long well I would like to disagree with people who say that.

    One must remember that this blog serves a dual purpose – to help Sergio overcome his fear of the camera and to deliver great content to the blog reader/viewer.

    So if Sergio needs to take longer than he normally might on his videos to help overcome his fear then there is nothing wrong with that.

    I have noticed a steady progress in Sergio’s confidence as this challenge has progressed and I can see that being in front of the camera is something which can, and should, play a big part in Sergio’s future marketing career.

    Sorry for such a long comment here, sometimes I find myself rambling on far too much.

    Onwards and upwards.

    Patrick.

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply November 19, 2011

      Hey Patrick,

      What an amazing comment my friend, as always, a super big THANK YOU!!

      I agree, I had to choose whether to appear on camera OR record the screen.

      I had plenty of technical issues and with the span of time I had at the moment I just had to make up my mind and I decided to go with recording the screen as that’s far more interesting than looking at me and the pen tablet itself! LOL

      Like we said earlier on twitter (you can follow us at: @chattopatrick & @ITSergioFelix) there’s a great idea coming up on redoing all the stuff once I become better at video editing (or once I actually LEARN better said…) and that could be showcased here for everyone to see that maybe the learning curve is not that big and if I can do it, then everyone can!

      About the digital signature I agree completely, I’ll give you guys my rockstar signature! LOL

      On the video duration, it’s funny because I rather be for long time on video than in small bursts as I can see what my mistakes are, when I feel comfortable what am I saying or doing, you know, an analysis of myself, and that has helped quite a lot to tweak a little bit what I identify as I go.

      I have learned a lot of ideas and strategies, about how am I going to drive traffic from YouTube, but all that information is going to be delivered as we go.

      And last but not least, don’t EVER worry about rambling here man, I treasure all the time you take to write these amazing comments and analysis of what I’m doing so please, write away, you can pick this place as your OWN scenario!

      Take care and have a great weekend!!

      PS. About yesterday’s support call and all the time spent, I would NEVER leave a friend down for a fun to do challenge that I imposed myself. A blog is your property, it can be your work! Can you even imagine what the big dawgs (huge bloggers) would go through if they had been in your situation? So it was all my pleasure to help, I learnt a lot too, it was fun communicating so much time back and forth and well hopefully that just shows that we could actually work together in a stressful scenario.

  • Linda

    Reply Reply November 19, 2011

    Sergio,

    Another great review – I do happen to know how to make graphics, but I cannot draw with my mouse exactly….I think I am just as good as you with my mouse…hehehehe.

    You can take classes to learn how to do all this online with software – I use PaintShop Pro – which is very similar to Paint Shop….I have met a lot of wonderful people through tutorials with this type of thing. I started many years ago and most of these programs have 30 day trials where you can test things out.

    But, anyway – this looks very similar where you can practice offline? instead of being tied to a computer.

    Have fun with it and thanks for the review – never knew there was anything like it.

    Have a SUPER day!
    Linda

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply November 20, 2011

      Hey Linda,

      That’s great advice, thank you!!

      I think I’m just going to be playing around with doodles for a little while on paper and then take that to the ‘drawing board’ later… (no pun intended! LOL)

      I have never used PaintShopPro, I kinda used to be good at Photoshop but honestly I don’t even recognize the software anymore, it has SO many things!!

      Thanks for stopping by and I will definitely create a few more videos when I don’t suck so much at it! ;-)

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