Wacom bamboo – USB Cable extension or Wifi conversion kit?
The Wacom bamboo is without doubt a great indirect draw graphics tablet but it doesn’t have a decent cable length for the USB connection. The cable length supplied is three feet which although adequate can sometimes be restrictive when you want to either have more room or have awkwardly placed USB ports on your computer that need a slightly longer length. So the burning question is how to connect your Wacom tablet to computer when you are not happy with the short USB cable supplied with the tablet?
The options are fairly straightforward and won’t break the bank. You can either convert the Wacom Bamboo to a wifi unit or you can purchase an extended USB lead.
This provides the wifi connection that you need between your graphics drawing tablet and your computer. It is good for the following models:
- Bamboo Capture
- Bamboo Create
- Intuos and Intuos Pro models
- The unit requires a lithium battery which is included. The battery will provide up to 15 hours battery life (dependant on tablet type).
- RF Wifi technology gives immediate pairing
- 10 metres Wifi operating distance
- Recharge via USB – 3.5 hours for 85% charge/ maximum 6 hours for 100% charge
Pro’s: Allows for a clearer work space. No interference from USB cable.
Con’s: Is subject to recharging & is relatively more expensive that an extended USB cord.
Pwr+ 6 Feet USB Cable for Wacom Bamboo
- Wacom Bamboo CTH470,
- Wacom Bamboo CTH470M
- Wacom Bamboo CTH470K
- Create CTH670
- Connect CTL470
- Splash CTL471
- Wacom Bamboo Pad CTH301K
- CE/FCC/RoHS certified
- Micro-USB to USB Cable
- High quality, rubberized texture 6 foot Cord (12 foot also available)
Pro’s: Relatively inexpensive, provides double the length of the Wacom provided cord and can be used for other devices such as
Con’s: Some reviews report that this does not fit the Bamboo Capture (CTH470), requires connection to the PC (as opposed to wifi).
Which is better – extended cable or wifi conversion kit?
For us this is a ‘no-brainer’ – a wifi adapter gives you far more freedom to use your graphics drawing tablet without the restriction of a cable and allows the desktop to remain uncluttered. Even with the relatively higher cost of the wifi adapter it is well worth the investment so for us it’s the Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit for Bamboo and Intuos Tablets.