Recommend this one over competition of same size tablets!
*Monoprice sent me this graphics tablet for free in exchange for a non-biased review*
The tablet comes well packaged and should make it through most shipping incidents. When you open the box you are presented with a decently long Micro USB cable, the 8x11 tablet, a drawing pen with extra tips, and a driver CD (I advise getting the drivers from the website as they are the most up-to-date). The drivers were quick to install and the tablet was recognized by Photoshop and illustrator as soon as they were plugged in. The box said that the pen came with batteries, but as a review unit I did not receive them. Rest assured a consumer shipped package WILL have batteries for the pen! Having a 5080 LPI resolution and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity makes using brushes in Photoshop precise. Multi monitor support also works great in Windows when you have all of your Photoshop tools on one monitor and your canvas on another. Quick macros on the pen surface are easily adjustable and most of my software(Adobe, Paint.NET, etc.) can see the top "toolbar" section of macros without changing any settings. This is a robust tablet and I would recommend this to anyone one over any competitor tablet of the same size.
Tested in: Adobe Masters Collection CS6, and Paint.NET.
Tested on: Dell Latitude E6410, and a Core i7 4790k desktop PC with multiple monitors.
PROS: Decent size for the actual pen area
Menu buttons on pen surface are extremely helpful and save keystrokes
Fairly easy to figure out default settings in Photoshop
Driver setup was easy
USB cable is plenty long
Pen has a very good sensitivity resolution and pressure sensitivity
Adobe programs picked the tablet up right after connecting it
CONS: Fabric pen holder feels like it wont last long after repeated use
Pen is not rechargeable and requires AAA batteries
Scroller wheel can be finicky in Photoshop some times with the eraser function
Popup icon indicators are huge and would prefer if they were taskbar icons instead
USB Cable plugs into the left side instead of the top. Makes right handed desk setups difficult on small desks with full size keyboards
8 x 6" MP Professional USB Graphic Tablet with Quick Select Wheel
This tablet is simple and easy to install and use. I don't use it enough to need all the extra bells and whistles, but it does have many features the more expensive ones have. It is small enough to fit in my laptop back pack and I do like the quick select wheel. I use it for Photoshop 2015 and have found it works great. It replaced an old Wacom and the only thing I liked better about it was the smoother surface vs the not as smooth surface of the Monoprice., but that is strictly preference and if I wouldn't have experienced the Wacom, I would never have thought about it. This is my 2nd Monoprice, I also have a 12x9 Tablet. The only thing negative I found (and again very minor) was 2 of the rubber feet on the bottom came off. They covered screw holes so instead of gluing back in place I glued them next to the holes and have had no further probem
PROS: Price, features, price, works flawlessly and price
i love this product it is a great starter not the best out there but for the price it is great. i have replaced my mouse completely. i also got this metal ring but i have no idea what it is for. ps it looks like a cat
PROS: the touch screen is weighted so the harder you push down the thicker the stroke.
I am using the tablet not for graphics but really only as a replacement for a mouse, as I have had some carpal tunnel issues with my right hand. The pen casing will crack just about every time it drops. Mine is glued and re-glued and Sugrued from here to eternity and it keeps on breaking. No replacement pen is available. At this quality, they should include ~5 extra pens in every box.
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July 30, 2017
While this is a great beginner drawing tablet, especially for taking notes and whatnot, it can only detect 256 levels of pressure, not 2048 as advertised. Go into the control panel for the tablet and you'll see that while it shows the levels of pressure going from 0-2047, look more closely and it only outputs values in multiples of 8, meaning that in reality it's only capable of detecting 256 values of pressure. Not happy with the false advertising, but if 256 levels of pressure is good enough for you, this does the job well.
I am not sure what to rate this tablet. I had it for only days before losing the pen, due to rearranging. It was in the red loop, but then all of a sudden, it wasn't.
From what I did use, I could not adjust pen's sensitivity. I use a Macbook Pro Retina. After reading reviews, I decided not to upgrade my MCP to El Capitan until MonoPrice can release a workable firmware for it.
Okay, the nitty gritty - I contacted MonoPrice's support and talked to them for a while before they finally addressed my problem.
They don't make a replacement pen for this tablet. Not sure why. Also, at the time I paid for the tablet, I spent $60.