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Wacom Bamboo Splash Unveiled - Budget Graphics Tablet

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Graphics tablet king Wacom has revealed its latest budget model. The Bamboo Splash will sell for well under £100, offering a much more accessible option for beginners than the Intuos5.

The Splash is the latest addition to the established Wacom Bamboo family - the company's budget graphics tablet range. It'll cost $79 in the US, and is available to buy from the Wacom US webstore. It hasn't yet arrived on the UK site, but is likely to make a splash (geddit) soon.

The Wacom Bamboo Splash can sense 1,024 levels of sensitivity, which is roughly half as many as the Intuos series offers. Its surface area is 5.8in by 3.6in. That's a little smaller than the area offered by the "Small" Intuos5 model.

It's clearly all about accessibility. Not only is it cheap, its stylus requires no batteries, making this a zero-upkeep tablet. Wacom says the Splash is intended for the "aspiring artist at home, school, work or play" - kids and beginners, in other words. However, it'll do the job for most non-pro applications, offering reasonable fidelity. The Bamboo Splash comes in two colours - black and lime green - and comes bundled with ArtRage and Autodesk software to get you started. Stay tuned for the full review.

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