Get both convenience and accuracy in your graphics applications using this 19-inch Interactive Pen Display from Monoprice!
This monitor combines the functions of a drawing tablet and a monitor into a single package. The display features a 1440x900 maximum resolution and a 0.3mm dot pitch. It can display up to 16.7 million colors and has a viewing angle of 160° in the horizontal and 140° vertically.
The monitor includes a light weight, rechargeable pen-stylus, a pen holder, and replacement pen tips. The monitor features a pointing accuracy of ±3mm, when tilted to a 50° angle, 5080 lines per inch resolution, and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It uses a USB interface for charging and has a report rate of 200 RPS.
The monitor is compatible with Windows® 8.1 and Mac® OS X® Mavericks. It is also compatible with earlier operating systems. When used with a Mac, the monitor can be used as part of an extended desktop, multi-monitor setup. However, when used with Windows it must be used to mirror the other display(s) or be in a single-monitor setup.
While most desktop and laptop PCs have VGA or DVI connections, most Macs do not. You will need to get an adapter to convert the video output of your Mac to VGA or DVI for use with this monitor. Starting in about 2009, Apple switched from a Mini DVI connector on their MacBooks to a mini DisplayPort connector.
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Pros: This display is everything it says it is! I am a rookie illustrator and this display will be my cause of success!
Setup, installation and drivers went very smoothly, and without any problems. The tablet is smooth all the way to the outer edge so nothing bothers your movement and the pen feels very nice on the glass.
Cons: The VGA and power and USB cabling system out the bottom of the display hinders the ability to lay the tablet down, the cables should maybe come out the side or top
I am so glad I didn't fork out 2 grand for another tablet on the market. this tablet is worth every penny.
I put my Wacom Intuos away, I absolutely love this tablet!
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: whitwhit95 from Atlanta, GA
10/10/2014 5:59:01 PM
a God-send for students on a budget
Pros: - Almost as good as a Cintiq but AFFORDABLE
- Great pen pressure (nice smooth lines! Unlike the Cintiq's weird squiggly line issue)
- good quality for price range
Cons: - difficult driver set up (had to troubleshoot for a bit)
- Pen calibration issues
- Viewing angles
- Can (currently) only support being the sole monitor
I was super excited to buy this product! I'm currently a college student, and for obvious reasons, I cant afford an overpriced $2000 tablet. I've worked with Cintiqs, and I can safely say this is a fantastic alternative for those who dont want to break their bank.
Granted, this one has its quirks. But you can work around each of them. You should also consider 3 of the 4 cons I listed can potentially be fixed with updated drivers in the future, which would make this tablet even bigger competition for Wacom if they are addressed.
- I had difficulty getting it installed at first, Photoshop wouldnt read the pen pressure, and I had to play around with uninstalling and re-installing drivers.That may not be a consistent bug for everyone though.
- Pen Calibration: this actually bugs me more than the "viewing" angle everyone complains about. I find myself needing to refresh the calibration very often. I also have to hit the "default calibration" button because manual calibration is far too touchy and difficult to set.
Its also odd and irritating that I have to unplug and plug back in the USB extension of the tablet every time my computer goes to sleep or restarts, because you lose the pen control. (re-plugging the USB restores it though..)
- Viewing angle: yes it is very unfortunate that the viewing angle is pretty narrow, and can get rather aggravating, but if you're an artist and get in the "zone" working, you'll automatically find that sweet spot and work in it without thinking. Its only when I'm not drawing that I really notice it.
- The sole monitor: I see where multiple monitor support has already been updated in drivers for the Macs, so im HOPING the same will come for windows! I have this tablet hooked up to a laptop so its a very awkward set up to work with.
Perks- Pen strokes are BETTER than the Cintiq! Those who consistently have used cintiqs to draw in photoshop know that they have this weird thing about giving a jittery/squiggly stroke. So far, this tablet does not do that. I can zoom out and draw, then zoom back in and find that the strokes are smooth, which is GREAT.
And really, that PRICE though! I cant stress enough how good this is for the price you pay. Most pen-display tablets START around 900-1k. I couldnt even buy an ancient used Cintiq for 500. When you find a 19inch tablet like this for 400? Theres no question! Ive only had this tablet for a week so far, but I am satisfied.
( but please, Monoprice, keep fixing those bugs and updating those drivers! )
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Rating: (9 out of 10)
Reviewer: Chris Impink from Annandale, VA
10/8/2014 8:59:16 PM
Great for the money, with caveats
Pros: - About 80% of a Cintiq for about 20% of the price!
- Decent build quality
- Pen has a good feel, if not as weighted as a Wacom stylus
Cons: - Viewing angles are narrow, as everyone says
- I had trouble with the drivers on OS X, but was able to resolve them with a bit of digging
- Doesn't get along with OS X as well with a VGA cable as it does with DVI
I've always wanted a Cintiq but couldn't justify dropping $2000 on one. The 10707 is a great low-cost alternative. I've tested it with Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro, Manga Studio and Mischief and the pen responsiveness and tracking is solid. The pen feels nice in the hand though could be a little more weighted. Doesn't have the eraser function that many Wacom stylii do, but that's not a big deal to me.
Be advised that the viewing angles are quite narrow like all the negative reviews say, but for me - primarily doing linework with it and sitting right in the sweet spot anyway, I don't have a problem with it. I could see the contrast distortion at angles might be problematic for somebody who primarily wanted to do fine photo correction work, but I think it's fine for illustration. Like other stuff I've gotten from Monoprice, the plastics feel nice and solid, and the adjustable easel is steady.
The drivers wouldn't install for me on OS X (10.9.5) - they would fail at the 'postflight' stage. My workaround was: run the setup and let it fail - this will put all the files you need on your hard drive. Close the .mpkg, right-click on it and show the package contents. Drill down to Contents/Packages/pentabletinstallPostflight.pkg. Right-click on that and drill down some more to Contents/Resources/postflight. Open that in a text editor, and you'll see three shell commands. Copy those into terminal, but edit the first one which looks like this:
Change it to this:
RESULT=`/usr/bin/open '/Applications/Monoprice 10707/DrvPermanent.app'`
Now the script is going to the right place to find your driver. Hit enter to run the postflight script, and the tablet should work - it did for me at least.
Finally, for an OS X machine with miniDisplayPort I would definitely recommend the DVI cable. The VGA port works, but it often took more than one try to get the tablet to recognize the signal from the Mac. DVI picks it up much faster. I'd also go for longer cables than 3' unless you're always going to use it on a desk.
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Montgomery, AL
10/4/2014 11:21:29 PM
Pros: Works surprisingly well.
Supports all the major programs I use.
Pen lasts a good while before needing a recharge.
Cons: Some programs still require it to be the only monitor(or monitor 1) in order to work properly(this could also be because I'm using the old drivers).
Viewing angles could be better(although do note that the viewing angles are as advertised).
Color is a bit off(largely due to the viewing angle, and is nothing that can't be worked with).
Old drivers aren't as compatible as the newer ones, but newer ones don't work as well (for me) as the old ones do.
You really can't beat this monitor for the price. If they could increase the viewing angle and up the resolution while keeping around the same price point, they'd put Wacom out of business. I have been really pleasantly surprised by it. I do wish the drivers were a little more robust, and that those last kinks were ironed out, but that's my only complaint. I would recommend this to anyone.
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Rating: (4 out of 10)
Reviewer: Gastel from Milano, Italy
10/1/2014 2:49:28 AM
Not worth the risk (of getting a defective unit)
Stylus sensitivity is amazing
Cons: Viewing angle is much worse than you would expect
Drivers work but are too basic
The risk of getting a defective unit is too high (lack of quality control)
I've bought this display as a birthday gift for my wife. She's a professional illustrator and she already uses a Intuos tablet for work. I was searching for an alternative to the much more expensive Cintiq because I didn't know if a display/tablet combo would have suited her needs. I've read dozens of reviews about the monoprice interactive pen display and I've decided to buy it well aware of the potential problems but thinking that it could have been a "soft" introduction to this way of working. The item arrived amazingly fast (I live in Italy) and I must say that Monoprice as a shop is amazing. Anyway the shipping costed me $80 plus $120 of import charges. Not so cheap after all but still cheaper than a Wacom.
After turning the unit on the first surprise: the screen was full of dead pixels, at least 15 of them. Looking more closely I've noticed that they weren't dead pixel but dust trapped between the screen and the glass. A quick search on the internet revealed that this is a common problem. Not a good start, do you really want a screen full of dead spots?
Now let's talk about the viewing angle: it's much worse than you could imagine. If you are a professional artist there's no way for you to use this tablet a part from black and white sketches, full stop. It's not a matter of "getting used to it", the color distortion is so high that, for example, if you fill the screen with a solid color and look at it from the best possible position you'll see a gradient instead of the original color. It's also impossible to show your work to someone else without having to move the tablet perfectly perpendicular to the viewer.
The good news is that the digitizer is great, the pressure sensitivity is perfect, as good as Wacom products.
The very bad news though is that mine didn't work well. There was a vertical "band" on the tablet in which the pen wasn't recognized, probably a problem with the antenna coils mounted on the sides of the screen. This rendered the product completely unusable. This also suggests that the quality control of the product is sub par, since this kind of defects should be detected during manufacturing.
So in the end the tablet is returning to Monoprice. I've spent $200 (taxes+shipping) for having absolutely nothing, Monoprice lost money too since they take care of the costs of returning the product, everyone loses.
The same day I've bought a Cintiq 22HD and my wife couldn't be happier...sometimes it's true that "he who spends more, spends less".
Think twice before buying this unit, espcially if you don't live in the united states.
by Monoprice Administrator Hello Gastel,
Thank you for your review and my apologies for the issues you have experienced with PID 10707. A shame this didn't work out for your needs.. I will be sure to pass this info along to our product team so they can look into the matter further. Thanks for your support and sorry again for any inconvenience this may have caused. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
Regards, Jonathan Arteaga Tech Support Associate ------------------------------------------------------------------
by Gastel Just a micro update to add that I've been fully refunded (to my surprise including the shipping costs). While I can't recommend this particular product I do recommend Monoprice as one of the most professional and customer friendly shops on the whole web.
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