Can't help with the comparison or anything to do with intuos but I have found the bamboo fun that I got a few years ago really great. I only use it as a basic tablet with the supplied pen but I find it so much better than a mouse & would not like to be without it. It does have a few customisable buttons but I have not bothered with the those. The central scroll button is quite useful.
I am not sure if it is the intuos range but I did see a web demo some time back of which allows hand gestures which I guess may be useful for really heavy editors but to others I am not too sure how useful.
I'm just comparing the prices of the Bamboo and the Intuos on Amazon and the product details on Wacom's own website. The pics of the Bamboo on the Wacom site don't seem to match with the ones shown on Amazon. The Intuos seems to come out cheaper than the Bamboo yet its a bigger tablet, which sounds odd to me.
I have both a Bamboo and an Ituos 4. I cannot imagine life without my Wacoms for photo editing.
Much prefer the larger Intuos and only use the Bamboo for travelling with a laptop. Seriously recommend the Intuos but do check you have 15 X 10 inches of desktop space avialable for it on the side of your working hand. The Intuos has some extra features over the Bamboo but this are not that sigmificant, I don't use them.
well they still sell something called the bamboo but it's a different design than the thing you see listed on amazon under that name.
Just checked myself and you're right but I don't think the Bamboo tablet is an editing tool as was. if I were you I'd be careful on what you buy. You can pick up an old bamdoo for editing but the Intuos small tablets are reasonable prices. I'd go for one of them.
I have an Intuous 4 which was recommended by an outstanding photogrpaher. it has made a massive difference to my workflow and is fully customiseable. I have no space so it sits ontop of my laptop keyboard and I use it from there. It is an outstanding piece of kit and i got it from amazon when they knocked another £100 off it. Google Scott Kelby he is a trainer and photographer and i use his settings which you can download and save and then i tweaked it for myself. You will not go back to a mouse for shopping, although i still find I prefer a mouse to surf etc.
I dont know all I can say is the one that I use on my desk top is about three years old, and the other is a different style and was bought early last year.
If you could go to the Wacom site and have a look at the latest Bamboos. They do look very different to the former models. You will put the OPs mind at rest. As I get the feeling from the latest versions that they are no more than a pad and a pen for simple navication.
I have just looked on the site and it's a different model than mind.
I also looked at the pc world site and the latest bamboo and another were there both at just under£60.
I would go in and get them to demonstrate them to you, that way you can try them out and know what you are getting.
I would go at about 6 on a weekday evening, it's quiet and staff are normaly standing about so will give you the time that you neeed.
good luck, wish you good light.