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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I got this as a give from my wife (although it took 10 months for the product to be available).
I've never used a Cintiq or other high end tablet display so I can not compare this product to its most famous competitor. I've just started using the monitor and the experience is interesting and fun. There are a few bumps along the way. The colour representation is off. The colours just look different on this monitor than what you would see on any other monitor. And the view angle is very small. I think both of these are because the glass on the monitor is so thick it changes how the screen appears dramatically. The brightness and contrast is also on the poor side.
Setup was not a problem and it was very easy to connect and get running the first time. I was able to use it as the only monitor and as a supplemental monitor within minutes of unboxing.
The stylus is a bit on the light side - I would prefer a slightly heavier stylus but this is a personal preference. The stylus is all plastic but does not feel cheap. The pressure sensitivity works as expected.
I will continue to use this monitor but if I had to use it all day everyday I would likely return it because of the colour issue. I find it hard to use for more than a few hours at a time and I find I am constantly adjusting the contrast and brightness to try and find a comfortable mix on the settings.
For a hobbiest this is a great tool for drawing on the screen. I am would rate it higher if the colour and view angle could be improved. I am also curious if the new 22" tablet will have the same issues.
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Rating: (10 out of 10)
Reviewer: Robin311 from Greensburg, PA
1/2/2015 11:13:19 AM
Digital Tablet from Embroiderer's point of view!
Pros: bright colors, easy to use, has a one year warranty. Works Wonderfully for creating embroidery patterns! Thank you MONOPRICE for an affordable option since the Wacom was way out of our price range!
Cons: like others have said, at certain angles the screen doesn't have the best view. However, it is adjustable to find the "just right" position. When we opened the box, it sounded like a screw was loose when you turn the monitor upside down. The monoprice people said it has a one year warranty, and since the monitor works just fine, I've opted to keep this one. It was a bit complicated to hook up with drivers, etc. My son did all that stuff without problem but was too complicated for ole mom.
My son purchased this digitizing tablet for me to use to create embroidery patterns. (I know, right!, great son) To create a pattern you basically trace your image/clip art, etc, and then program all of the types of stitch information you want associated with your design. For my purposes, this tablet is awesome! It'll make creating so much faster and increase the complexity of my designs easier.
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Mississauga, ON
12/21/2014 9:52:43 PM
Affordable alternative for poor students
Pros: - Good, light, affordable alternative for a wacom
- Simple and straightforward installation
- Works on most programs
Cons: - Hard to calibrate pen display
- Sometimes loses sensitivity
- Small viewing range
Followed the instructions in the booklet and installed the whole thing in half an hour. Pretty straightforward and fast, but make sure you uninstall any other wacom/tablet drivers before installing the monoprice drivers.
It actually can function as a dual monitor screen provided the VGA cable is used. When I tried using a DVI cable alternative while on the dual monitor setting it messed up the calibration and would not run properly. However, the DVI cable works provided the monoprice is the /only/ monitor. Since I work better on a dual screen I switched back to VGA, but the DVI cable makes for a slightly better colour appearance.
The viewing range was a little bothersome, but I don't normally need to look very much further than the middle of the screen so it's not a huge problem.
The main concern for me was the pen calibration as I had to 'cheat' my way in the pen-monitor calibration by tapping slightly lower than the crosses in order to get the right pen calibration. It also sometimes loses sensitivity but that can be easily resolved by restarting the tablet application.
Runs on most programs like Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai, Flash, MangaStudio and TV Paint
Does not run on Flipbook
TLDR: Definitely a good stand in for a wacom cintiq in terms of price, and a lot better than a wacom tablet, but in terms of line quality and stabilisation the wacom is still by far my favourite. (I use a wacom 21UX cintiq at school and the line sensitivity is a lot smoother than the monoprice).
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Rating: (2 out of 10)
Reviewer: Peter Jonte from ,
12/19/2014 3:12:04 AM
Its cheap... *Too* cheap.
Pros: Cheap (again, irrelevant)
Stylus is light and feels comfortable
Cons: The drivers
The viewing angles
As a digitizer, it is inferior to outdated or less equipped devices.
As a monitor the viewing angles are worse than bad. I tried the device on its own stand as well as on a swing arm, yet I was never able to find a position, drawing or otherwise, which did not suffer some kind if color distortion as a result of the narrow viewing angles. The illustrations provided on the main page are a lie, pure and simple. Even after extensive adjustments and at the best possible angles the quality of the screen itself was woefully awful, and I'd often find myself angling it away, or turning it off while using it casually as a second screen. The bad colors meant that painting with it was out of the question, which meant it was essentially only good for line work, but that came with its own problems.
I more or less knew all that going in and could have forgiven it's angles and colors were it not for its single worst and utterly inexcusable shortcoming, which was that as a digitizer it fails utterly and completely. This is the one area which needed to be air tight, and on paper it looks like it would be! With 2048lps and 5080lpi you'd think the drawing experience would be solid since there'd be no point in having those numbers in any digitizer if it had other crippling issues, such as, say, severe pen jitter towards the center of the screen. When drawing vertical or horizontal lines the fault is easily missed. Persistent but not crippling. But when drawing horizontally the tracking veers off course by as much as a full centimeter above and below your actual stroke. The only way to overcome this is by drawing very quickly, which instead creates sharp angles in curved lines, or by only drawing on the far edges of the screen, leaving only a couple inches of canvas to reliably work with.
Sounds harsh, but here's the thing- there's no excuse for a bad digitizer, or at least not for one this inherently broken (there's also no excuse for a screen this bad, but again, would have been forgivable.) Monoprice themselves make better and more reliable digitizer tablets and its in my humble opinion that any typical non-cintiq tablet would be a better investment, being far cheaper and far more reliable as a drawing tool. Since trying the device I've actually gone back to using my 2007 intuous 3 with missing surface, dinged up stylus and half the specs this thing has simply because the old tech is a more accurate and reliable digitizer. In the end, it doesn't matter how cheap this thing gets, it'll never be worth anything if it cant meet its most basic and essential function.
So if you're like me and you came here looking for a Cintiq alternative for less than $500 (at the advice of frenden perhaps) take my advice instead: Save yourself the trouble and buy yourself a Samsung galaxy note 8/10.1/12.1 and a subscription to autodesk sketchbook.
by Monoprice Administrator Hello,
Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about the issues experienced with PID 10707. I will submit a complaint on the pen display to our product team so they can look into resolving these issues or making the product better. Thank you for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated! For now, if truly dissatisfied with the purchase, I can assist you in setting up a return RMA. If you wanted to proceed with the RMA, please let me know and I can get that started right away. Apologies for any inconvenience and hope this helps!
Regards, Gabby Villa Tech Support Associate
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: JamaalD from Spring Hill, TN
12/18/2014 12:28:55 PM
Pros: Amazing Price
Great Pressure Sensitivity and Responsiveness
Supports Dual Monitor Setup (Extended and Duplicate)
Cons: Viewing angles aren't great (but can be improved by using a DVI cable)
Poor placement of cables
This is the ONLY alternative for anyone seeking pen display on a budget. For the price (half that of next cheapest competitor and almost 1/4 the price of a comparable Wacom Cintiq), it is amazing. Thanks to the latest drivers, I did not encounter any of the installation problems others have reported. Download and install the drivers from Monoprice BEFORE connecting anything. Once connected, take the time to calibrate the pen and pressure sensitivity in the driver utility and use the monitor menu to adjust the colors (I jacked the brightness almost all the way up). The pressure sensitivity works great I am able to get great thin to thick strokes without any jittery lines.
As mentioned again and again in reviews, the biggest drawback is the shallow viewing angle. It isn't great, but it is definitely better if you use a DVI cable instead of the VGA cable included. I lower my monitor pretty much parallel to the desk and look right down at it. It is fine. Another minor gripe is the location of the cablesthey all stick out of the bottom front, which makes little sense (they should be in the back or on the side). The USB connection is loose and seems like it could be disconnected accidentally if you aren't careful.
BOTTOM LINE: The $1750 savings (I bought mine on Cyber Monday) compared to a Cintiq more than made up for the viewing angle and cables. The important part is that you can create quality digital art with it that feels as natural and responsive as drawing on paper. I love it.
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