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12x9in Graphic Drawing Tablet with 4000LPI, 200RPS, and 1024 Pressure Levels
Graphic tablets aren't just for artists anymore!
A graphic tablet can be used as a substitute for a mouse, replacing a less natural movement with the more natural movement of the pen on the paper, thereby reducing the chance of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), like carpal tunnel syndrome. Of course, it also makes any drawing type of activity, including embedded signatures, simpler and easier to accomplish. Graphic tablets are also great for kids, allowing them to unleash their natural creativity into a form that is easy to email to grandparents and other relations.
This high-quality tablet from Monoprice is priced just right, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of a graphic tablet. It includes several software utilities, such as PenSigner and PenMail, which allow you to use handwritten signatures and emails in your daily correspondence, adding a personal touch to what is usually thought of as an impersonal medium.
Easy to install and use, once you try one you'll wonder how you ever got along without one!
Note that the included software is not compatible with Mac® OS X® at all, while some are only compatible with Windows® 2000/XP.
- User's Manual (Oct 28, 2010)
- Firmware Update (May 13, 2013)
- Quick Start Guide (Nov 29, 2010)
- Tablet Software User's Manual (Sep 28, 2009)
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|Active Area||12" x 9"|
|Report rate (RPS)||200|
|Dimensions (WxD)||15 1/8" x 14 1/8"|
|USB Cable Length||53"|
|Operating Temperature||+41° ~ +104° F|
|Operaing Humidity||10% ~ 85% RH (no condensation)|
- 1x Graphic tablet with attached 53" USB cable (USB A male)
- 1x Pen stand
- 1x 5.25" CD with drivers, manuals, software
- 1x Quick Reference Guide
- 1x AAA battery
- 5x Spare pen tips
- Annotation for Word - Mark up word processor documents in freehand (compatible only with Windows 2000/XP).
- PenCommander - Run any program or menu command using simple motions (compatible only with Windows 2000/XP).
- PenSigner - Insert signatures or simple drawings into documents (compatible only with Windows 2000/XP/Vista®/7).
- PenMail - Compose and send handwritten e-mail messages (compatible only with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7).
- PenNotice - Capture screen shots and annotate documents in Microsoft Office or Microsoft Whiteboard (compatible only with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7).
Questions and Answers
PROS: Beautiful design - simple and affordable.
Wide area for fumbly hands like mine.
Quality for years to come (tried and true).
CONS: Outdated driver!! :c
Cheaply made stylus/pen (not a deal breaker, though).
Where does the Monoprice fall down? It's the damn drivers! And the most infuriating part is that for less than a grand, you could probably fix all the issues- FOR EVERY TABLET YOU MAKE FROM NOW ON. And here they are-
1. Installing can be...fiddly. Windows likes to fight it, or interpret it as three mice, and various other issues. I reformatted my computer to make it work.
2. Pressure sensitivity is FIXED at the full range of the tablet, and makes no accounting for people with preferences to press harder or softer than the tablet likes- Now this one might sound a little odd if you've never fiddled with wacom drivers, but being able to tweak the range of pressures that the drivers interpret (obviously this is not a hardware change) makes the tablet that much more usable- fitting the device to the human rather than forcing the human to relearn his/her pressure preference.
PLEASE. Patch your drivers. I've trained myself to play the pressure game on your terms, Monoprice, but there's no real excuse not to fix this problem.
PROS: Price. For quality vs price, you're absolutely thrashing Wacom.
CONS: Fiddly and incomplete drivers. See Review.
The pen fits his hands perfectly, and because of a physical disability, I am actually able to hold it comfortably. I use it to hand write recipes as typing is difficult for my hands, and the handwriting recognition is wonderful. My daughter has tiny hands and it is not easy for her to draw with it. The one problem I have run into is that there were no replacement nibs for the pen and none of the staff that I contacted could resolve this problem. I was told that they are actively pursuing replacement pens as one solution. I would recommend posing the question before purchase, if it is not available after reading this. As long as this issue of replacement nibs is resolved, you will not be disappointed with your purchase. Forget that it is about 80% less expensive than the other leading selling tablet, it is a great drawing tool.
PROS: Photoshop compatible
Easy to install
Accurate even with high resolution
Easy to use
Pen fits larger hands, or ergonomically effective for those with problems grasping smaller pens.
CONS: No replacement tips available to order
Pen is bulky for smaller hands
PROS: Large, huge area. Good build quality.
CONS: Shortish cable, TERRIBLE driver experience.
I'm sure that there are plenty that do, but I advise you that if you live overseas or somewhere where postage is expensive DO NOT BUY this product. It's probably easy to return, and I'm sure they would give me a refund or replacement (they were very helpful in making sure I had the correct driver etc) but the cost of postage is nearly as much as the product itself and it's just not worth it.
PROS: Really big and sturdy, cheap.
CONS: Pen is very flimsy and feels like it will break when you're putting the battery in.
Also it doesn't work.
PROS: PRICE, price, and price. Huge surface area - matches up better with my dual 30" monitors than the smaller and 5 times as expensive Intuous products. Great customer service from Monoprice - I got my order expedited and shipping upgraded with...wait for it...a live human being!
CONS: none. nothing.
I haven't touched my Intuos this this guy arrived.
I work full time as a commission cartoonist, so I use this daily for 3-6 hours.
Love love LOVE it. My work has improved because of it.
I recommend this to everyone.
So much cheaper than other brands.
CONS: No 'eraser' on back of pen- BUT, have gotten used to selecting manually and no longer notice this issue.
Next, the software options section didn't even match up with those instructions. The depicted options boxes don't exist with the software we were given. I find it really annoying that monoprice as a corporation that I have a lot of respect for, but there is still very little in the way of support towards these things.
PROS: Big Surface
CONS: 4 Hours of Setup
Still doesn't work pressure sensitive with photoshop
The Instructions and the Help Options don't even match up
A small issue however is the portability of this tablet. It's much larger than the 9x12 drawing space, with it's boarder its actually 15x14. It also does not work on a dual screen system.
I highly recommend this tablet for professionals and beginners.
PROS: It's huge, and some people might think that's a bag thing but the drawing space being so large is the best thing ever. This tablet is also far more sensitive than my wacom bamboo funn, which surprised me greatly! There's a lot of hotkeys across the top that I just a lot, they're very helpful, and this tablet has amazingly quick response when I do painting. All around I love this tablet.
CONS: The pen does need a AAA. And occasionally the AAA will either shake loose, or not supply power. When that happens I find shaking the pen to be the best solution. It's a momentary hiccup but doesn't change my love for this tablet. The USB cable also is fixed to the tablet andunlike wacom, canned by changed if there's a problem. The only other problem is that the nibs wear down rather fast and aren't readily available on the site (That I could see).
I am an aspiring comic artist and I must say for someone just starting off this is more than what's needed for fundamentals. Comparing it to the similar costing Bamboo from Wacom ( a professional grade tablet product ) is entirely too close considering the size of both.
If you're in the market looking for something cheap but also something you can hold onto while you build yourself as an artist, don't shy away from this.
Graphic designers ( Such as myself )
Intermediate Illustrators, artists and hobby drawers alike, do it! You won't regret it.
PROS: More than enough size
Nice pressure sensitivity
CONS: Cheap pen design