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Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet for PC/MAC Review

Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet

Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet In Few Words

Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet is the cheapest and the most affordable Wacom graphics tablet I have ever seen. As long you don’t mind its small size, and the fact that the pen has no eraser, you are likely going to like this tablet. If you are short on money, another excellent option for you is to check out refurbished Wacom tablets here. Something I highly recommend you do.


  • An affordable Wacom graphics tablet. And so far, this is the most affordable Wacom graphics tablet I have ever seen.
  • Compatible with Linux operating system (make sure your Linux distos has the built-in driver in it).
  • A good option for first-time graphics tablet owners.
  • Its very small size makes it an ideal for people who moves around much. It can also be an excellent for a second graphics tablet.
  • The Lime at the bottom of this tablet looks fairly attractive.
  • The pen doesn’t require a battery to run at all, something that’s typical of Wacom.


  • The tablet is considered very small for many people & uses.
  • Some people may not realise that this is the Wacom Bamboo tablet that is intended for the Asian market.
  • Doesn’t have the best value for money in my opinion, while it is good that this tablet is affordable, some of the other options with similar pricing can give you better value.
  • This tablet has no express key at all, which mean you are forced to sue the keyboard along with it.

Technical Specifications

  • Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Active Area: 5.8 x 3.6 inches Active Area: 8.53″ x 5.3”.
  • Product dimensions: 10.9 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches.
  • Color: Black and Lime.
  • Compatibility Operating Systems: Windows 7, Vista SP2, XP SP3, Mac OS X.10.5 or higher (Unknown compatibility with Yosemite).
  • Connection: USB Type A from PC side , Micro USB on the tablet side.
  • Pressure Levels: 1024.
  • Resolution: 2540 lpi.
  • Comes weigh one spare nib. .
  • Suitable for both right-handed & left-handed people.
  • Accuracy: +/- .02 in (+/- 0.5 mm).
Let’s start with the specifications, Wacom Bamboo CTL471 has 1024 level of pressure sensitivity, which is lower than the most graphics tablets in the market these days, but it is still enough for most of drawing projects. Pressure sensitivity is what determine how thick the line is depending on how much you press the pen on the tablet, it can also be used to vary the opacity and many other things, depending on what options your art program supports.
There are no express keys on this tablet, express keys are button you assign shortcuts to make your workflow faster. Having no express keys on the tablet means you will have to use the keyboard for shortcuts and other things. Not that this is a bad thing, but for some people, it is.
The active area of Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet is 95.0 mm X 152.0 mm, the active area is where you actually draw on the tablet using your pen., and it is different than the dimensions of the whole tablet. Take a look at the following picture for both the active area and the graphics tablet dimensions:-
The dimensions of active area & the whole tablet of Wacom Bamboo CTL471
The dimensions of active area & the whole tablet of Wacom Bamboo CTL471
Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Tablet is quite a small tablet, the tablet pictures can makes you think it is bigger than it really is, but it is not. To get an idea of how small it is, take a look at the picture below and see how the pen is longer than it. While this is not really a bad thing, I wouldn’t recommend this tablet if you have a large computer screen with high resolution.
Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet
Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet
To get an even better idea of how small  Wacom Bamboo CTL471 is, see how small it is compared to the laptop besides it:-
The looks of this tablet may looks weird for those used to Wacom Bamboo tablets, but this is because this is the Wacom tablet for the Asian market, but that won’t prevent it from working on your computer.
There is only one colour available, which is black & lime, the lime at the bottom of it looks very nice, it would be interesting to see graphics tablets fully colored with colours like that in the future. :D
The lime colour at the bottom of the graphics tablet, which looks very nice.

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The pen

And like the case with the tablet itself, the pen of this tablet looks different than the grip pen that comes with other wacom tablets pen, but it is sturdy and works very well. The only minus points about the pen is that it has no eraser at the back of it, and the tablet ships with only one replacement nib, which is few compared to the 4-10 nibs that comes with most graphics tablets. So you may need to buy more replacement nibs for it in the future.

The box contains:-

  • 1x Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen graphics tablet.
  • 1x Bamboo pen.
  •  1x Spare pen nib.
  •  1x Quick Start Guide (written in Chinese).
  • 1x English use manual (Electronic file).

Driver Download Page

In case you chose to get this graphics tablet, you can kindly find the latest driver download link for both Windows & Mac here. Along with the user manual as well.

And Finally

Wacom Bamboo CTL471 Pen Graphics Tablet is a very good graphics tablet, with its small size and good build quality, it can be an excellent choice for first graphics tablets owners, it can be also a great option for those looking for a second tablet to carry with it on the go.

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