I’ve always been interested in art. In particular comic books. Hey no laughing! Comic books are indeed art. I dabble in sketching from time to time and to this end I got my hands on Wacom’s new entry, the Bamboo Splash. The Splash has the same clean lines that we’ve come to expect from the brand and as far as hardware goes it looks like a veritable clone of the Connect Drawing tablet. One difference however is that this unit comes bundled with two software packages, Autodesk Sketchbook Express and ArtRage Studio.
As for the tablet itself, construction is solid as I have come to expect from Wacom. This isn’t my first rodeo with them. I had an old Graphire tablet that still works and has become a favorite of my younger relatives. The Splash is a great upgrade that doesn’t sting the pocket if you’re looking for an entry level tablet. The unit works with Windows and Mac and the roughly 6 inch by 4 inch active area is more than adequate. The pen has 1,024 pressure levels, which for a novice like me is far more than I’ll ever need. I plugged it into my Mac via USB and (Yes I am one of those guys!) after a quick software install was painting some of my older digitized sketches. The pen-to-tablet interface was both smooth and responsive.