I've been using the Bamboo for about three years now...once you get used to it, it works really well. Much better than the mouse, that's for sure! There are several settings you may want to tweak if you are using it; the main one being the Pen Mode option. Use this to mask your screen rather than willy nilly. It will make tracing that much better.
"It is possible to reconstruct a fingerprint with positive accuracy from a verbal description received by telephone or telegraph."
--E.K. Thode, chief of the National Division of Identification and Information, circa 1930