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MP 22-inch 1080p Battery-Free Pen Display Tablet, Black - 5048 LPI | 2048 Pressure Levels | 200 RPS - PC / MAC
Compatible with the latest versions of Windows®, Mac® OS X®, and Linux, this 22-inch Pen Display Tablet is the ideal companion for content creators, designers, and engineers. Featuring a native 1920 x 1080p screen resolution, it provides an ultra precise 5080 lines per inch drawing resolution and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. With support for HDMI®, DVI-I, and VGA video inputs, this display is easy to use as a primary or secondary display with almost any computer system, from a laptop with a USB video adapter to a powerful Mac Pro® with multiple dedicated video cards.
Crystal Clear HD: Featuring a 1920 x 1080p native resolution, this crystal clear 22" display boasts 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles, allowing you to adjust it to the most ergonomic working angle for long-term comfort.
Stunning Color: With support for up to 16.7 million different colors, the glass panel display features Adobe sRGB, 6500K, and 9300K preset color standards.
Precision and Control: Support for 5080 lines per inch drawing resolution ensures that you can draw precisely where you want, while the 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 200 pps tracking speed ensures the even the lightest and fastest pen strokes are accurately captured.
Battery-Free Pen: The pen requires no power, which means that you'll never need to charge internal batteries or use alkaline cells. More importantly, the lack of a battery means lighter weight and reduced hand fatigue from prolonged work sessions.
Designed for maximum compatibility, the included drivers are compatible with Microsoft Windows® XP and later and Mac® OS X® 10.2.3 and later. And don't worry about operating system upgrades, Monoprice is dedicated to ensuring the drivers are updated as necessary for any new Windows or Mac operating system upgrades.
The glass panel delivers brilliant colors and ultra-wide 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles.
Comfort and Convenience
The preinstalled locking stand allows you to adjust the screen angle from 20° to 90°, allowing you to quickly and easily position it where it is most comfortable for your working style. Or if you prefer, you can remove the stand and attach it to a wall or desk mount for even more positioning flexibility.
MP 22-inch Pen Display Tablet
for Content Creators, Designers, and Engineers
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|Active Area||18.77" x 10.56" (476.64 x 268.11 mm)|
|Maximum Resolution||1920 x 1080p|
|Pixel Pitch||0.248 x 0.248 mm|
|Display Colors||16.7 million|
|Color Presets||Adobe sRGB, 6500K, 9300K|
|Viewing Angles||178° horizontal and vertical|
|Video Inputs||Analog RGB/VGA (15-pin D-sub), HDMI®, DVI-I|
|Input Power||12 VDC, 3A|
|AC Adapter Input Power||100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz|
|Operating Power Consumption||30 watts|
|Standby Power Consumption||≤ 0.5 watts|
|Energy Efficiency||≥ 0.85 watts|
|Tablet Resolution||5080 lpi|
|Tracking Speed||200 pps|
|Pressure Sensitivity||2048 levels|
|Pen Type||Wireless passive mode without battery|
|Pen Accuracy||±0.5mm (center) to ±3.0mm (edge/corner)|
|Pen Tilt Range||±40° from perpendicular|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows® XP and later, Mac® OS X® 10.2.8 or newer, Linux|
|Stand Angle Adjustment||20° ~ 90°|
|VESA Mounting Size||75 x 75 mm|
|Operating Temperature||+32 ~ +104°F (0 ~ +40°C)|
|Storage Temperature||-4 ~ +140°F (-20 ~ +60°C)|
|Operating Humidity||20 ~ 80% RH, noncondensing|
|Storage Humidity||10 ~ 90% RH, noncondensing|
|Dimensions||20.9" x 12.5" x 1.6" (531 x 318 x 40 mm)|
|Weight||10.6 lbs. (4.8kg)|
- User's Manual (Dec 29, 2015)
- Drivers for Windows (May 3, 2016)
- Drivers for Windows (Jun 8, 2015)
- Drivers for Mac OS X (May 13, 2016)
- Drivers for Mac OS X (Jun 8, 2015)
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Do either of them support pen tilt?
You can get an adapter (like a display port to VGA) to connect to your computer.
I've used Clip Studio Paint EX and it works like a charm. So again Yes it does recognize.
You do not need or want a screen protector, it would reduce screen sensitivity. Just keep it clean and, if you are worried about pressing too hard, calibrate the brushstrokes to react to less pressure. The stylus which comes with the tablet is the only thing which should be touching the screen when you work; you cannot substitute another stylus, or use other objects. I have an inexpensive fleece blanket from IKEA that I drape over the tablet when I am not using it. I've had this tablet for a few months, and love it. The screen is huge, the colours crisp, it is easy to position. Simply as a portable monitor it is worth the money. But being able to draw on the screen is sooo sweet. Hope this info helps.
Monoprice, the California-based retailer and manufacturer has recently introduced a number of products into the pen display and tablet market. With many pen tablets already available in the past year, they have made great headway in the competitive market of pen displays. With Wacom being the leader in pen display technology, a competitive challenger that can meet the quality of the standard at a more agreeable price has been desperately needed for years. Those of us who adopted pen tablets in the ‘90s can remember forking out hundreds for the smallest Wacom Graphire, only to be envious of the pen displays the few could afford.
Today, everyone is adding the pen input options from Asus Zen books to Lenovo, Microsoft and even Apple's iPad Pro. But the old leader has always dominated the dedicated desktop pen display: Wacom.
Monoprice's new 22 Inch pen display is a contender that delivers battery free EMR pen technology on a clear and responsive display.
The Pen Display comes with an easel style stand pre-mounted. The display sits with the bottom bezel nearly flush to the table surface. The back mount supports VESA Standard and Monoprice has several monitor stands its suggest for those who want something a bit higher or with more flexible positions.
For those that enjoy working more horizontally, the quick release latch, on the back is easily accessible and allows angles from nearly vertical to nearly horizontal. The stand is sturdy enough with the Rubber footpads to allow for little to no movement or vibration while working, even with a heavy hand. Construction feel sturdy but not oversized or heavy.
The overall foot print on your table is the size expected of any equivalent monitor and the lightweight and integrated stand allows for easy mobility for those who want to be able to carry their pen display with them.
Cable mounting is on the left side facing the screen. You will find an HDMI, DVI and VGA for Video-In connections, a required USB and power port.
For my testing, I used both DVI and HDMI and found both Mac and PC had no problem connecting, even when using a displayPort/Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. The location of the connection ports do cause cables to stick out a bit from the left side but it is a necessity for the function of repositioning the display without binding.
Monitor Controls found on the right side facing the screen just behind the bezel provide basic but ample controls for color, saturation, and brightness.
Provided with this sample is the Art Pen, an ergonomic multi-button pen with 2 buttons, a rear eraser and the pen tip. As shown below it sizes up just barely smaller then the length of the Wacom Cintiq Pen and roughly the same width with the triangle barrel design. The comfort of this pen took a little getting used to but soon felt very natural and it was easier to distinguish button location than with the Wacom pens.
The pen tip has a nice firm but flexible feel like a 2B pencil and the glass of this pen display allows it to Glide across without streaking, screeching or sticking.
Screen resolution of the factory sample was excellent for 1080p, although this sample only had a color accuracy of 72% Adobe RGB, Monoprice is working for production to have a higher color accuracy. Viewable angles on this model are excellent without color shifting even at near horizontal angles: very Impressive quality for an MVA LCD.
Testing was done on 5 different configurations and operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (running on a Surface Pro), Mac OSX Mavericks and Mac OSX El Capitan
Alpha drivers where provided at time of testing and I found Windows 7 and 8.1 to have no problem but Windows 10 on a Surface Pro was currently incompatible. This could have been caused by a driver error between built in tablet computer and display. Final drivers may resolve this. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The Monoprice driver is likely incompatible with the Surface Pro's wintab driver.)
Windows Drivers support calibration, pressure and tilt controls. Calibration is recommended immediately after install, as well as adjusting the pressure sensitivity.
*Shown is Beta Driver and Software
Some functions of pressure and tilt in different applications will be covered later.
Mac OsX Mavericks and El Capitan both installed drivers very easily and functioned perfectly, but current Mac drivers showed very little controls for tilt and pressure controls. However, pressure sensitivity worked perfectly on Mac OS but had no perceivable controls or effect on tilt.
Pen tip accuracy and response is on par with Wacom with a generous hover space of ½” and no offsetting in any of the corners. In both Windows and Mac, no lag could be detected in basic OS functions.
Adobe Photoshop functioned with great pressure sensitivity and accuracy.
The Foundry's Mischief is where the new pen display truly shone with great accuracy and high sensitivity to pressure.
The aim of this review being based on the point of view of a digital artist, I ran tests for compatibility and workflow with a selection of popular 2D and 3D art applications. These test included the pen's accuracy in menu selection, pressure sensitivity and, where applicable, tilt functions.
Current Tested software as of 12/15
Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC – Pressure functions but little tilt function
Adobe Illustrator – Pressure
The Foundry Mischief – Pressure, Recommended
Autodesk Sketchbook pro – No pressure (Pressure Functions on MacOSx)
Gimp – Pressure Functions
ClipStudio/Manga Studio – Pressure
Corel Painter - Pressure
Autodesk Mudbox – Pressure (requires Windows Environment Variable to work)
Autodesk Maya – works no pressure
Autodesk 3ds Max – works no pressure
Algorithmic Substance Painter- Pressure
Blender - Pressure
Pixologic Zbrush – Pressure, Recommended
Pixologic Sculptris – Pressure, Recommended
Pilgway 3D – Coat – Pressure, Recommended
After testing with the current list of programs, I can see some improvement for driver function with some software but overall the Monoprice Pen Display has proven itself to function with a majority of applications. The orientation of the display will take some getting use to for those with experience with the table-hogging Wacom displays.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but Monoprice has a history of providing competitive pricing for quality products. Some minor additions I would like to see are different pen nibs and a penholder, as well as a unified 2-1 HDMI and USB cable. Other monitor mounts are available from Monoprice that allow more positions.
All being said, I recommend this pen display for all entry- to professional-level digital artists. Having been truly impressed with the overall quality and function of this product, it will be a must-have in their toolbox.
source link : http://surfaceproartist.com/blog/2016/2/3/guest-review-third-times-the-charm-for-monoprice-pen-display
But that aside, this pen display tablets works great just as long as you read the manual. It doesn't come with any instructions in the bButox, so you have to come here and download the drivers and manual. The quality of it is a LOT better than I was expecting. Everything looks so sturdy and built to last.
I'm using the program Clip Studio Paint and the pressure sensitivity with the May 2016 drivers on Windows 7 are PERFECT. It's everything I ever dreamed of. Photoshop is good, and so is Paint tool Sai. it does detect a little bit of pen tilt, so I think you have to make sure you're holding the pen with your pointer and thumb sandwitching the doubleclick Button. People that don't do that are probably getting that weird random dot or weird pressure sensitivity problems while drawing.. If you hold the pen with the button facing up, it should work fine.
PROS: Price. Compare this to the Cintiq 22HD which costs $1,800.
Monitor doesn't get hot while drawing. I was working on this for 8 hours straight, and the screen never got hot. I expected it to... and surprised when it didn't! Very nice.
I actually like the slippery glass surface, this will keep the nibs from wearing down so fast. If you've ever heard reviews about the old wacom intuos generations, the paper texture that everyone wants so bad made artists have to replace their nibs like mad. Lately it's not that bad though.
Stand is stable! So far, any angle that I need, this monitor will hold and stay at it.
The monoprice drivers work great for me! No lag or jitter. As a note, I have Windows 7 computer. I hear most of the trouble is with Windows 10. As a note, uninstall all your previous tablet drivers (wacom, cintiq, etc) download the May 2016 driver, run it. Do NOT plug the monitor in until the program prompts you. After installing, open up the Tablet settings and calibrate your monitor. It should work perfectly, it did for me in Clip Studio Paint. I tried the parblo coast 22 driver mentioned by another user but it was kinda bad. The pressure sensitivity was really awful. But again, maybe it's a Windows 7 vs Windows 10 thing.
To my untrained eye, the colors and picture quality is amazing. Not a single dead pixel. Great colors and IPS screen means you can view it at any angle. I used a program called Calibrize to help calibrate the colors, but i couldn't get the green perfectly, but i got it as close as I could. The colors match on other computers, but to be fair, I'm not entirely picky about colors.
- No replacement pen or nibs for sale from monoprice. If you use the nibs up, you're screwed! If you drop your pen and break it, you're screwed! Be careful!
- Screen Protector. I wouldn't have minded paying $50-100 more if they included a screen protector. I don't really need it for the texture, but I've seen artists post pictures of their Cintiq monitors after a year of constant use, and you see scratches pretty clearly. I know it's durability glass, but it still worries me to not have one. I just ordered one, it hasn't arrived yet.
No shortcut buttons make it kind of awkward from my usual work flow because I use a lot of hotkeys. I'm looking into buying one of those usb number pads from amazon for $9 and just tape it somewhere. I've read another user use the free program called TouchKey to create shortcut buttons on the screen. It's a pity this monitor isn't touch screen, but it's pretty amazing without touchscreen too.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this purchase. I really hope they stock replacement pens for this or at least nibs because that would really suck if either of them broke or got lost... please Monoprice, please consider this!!!
Ideally it would be nice if the tablet had express keys on the side for shortcuts. Also as of June 6th 2016 the drivers are lacking the ability to map a shortcut to the second button on the pen as well as there is no tilting support for the pen either. I've heard that might be coming in a future driving update. but we will see.
Speaking of driver updates, the drivers panel for tweaking the pressure curve etc is sorely lacking in features compared to if you have used a wacom product before. you can only set the pressure curve and reprogram the 1 of 2 buttons on the pen (not ever the eraser), and adjust which monitor you are drawing on. But monoprice drivers have always been poor for all of their tablets, so no surprise there.
The glass screen has made NO squeaking noises as i've experienced with other low end tablets which is nice. I still went ahead and purchases a 25% anti glare screen protector to get more of a paper like drawing surface feeling. With previous tablets they have included one, but not with this one. Also it would be nice if there was some news letter or something i could sign up for on monoprice when there's a new driving update available so that i dont have to keep checking back every week.
Basically this is the exact same tablet as the Parblo Coast 22 monitor but a bit cheaper on the price.
For comparison i've owned the first gen monoprice monitor drawing tablet, a yinova MS19, a huion GT190, Huion GT185HD and now this latest monoprice tablet, and again, this is my favorite of the bunch so far, dispite the shortcomings.
PROS: Non squeaky screen
Nice big screen with decent color
Very good bang for the buck
New type of pen has much nice experience drawing with more subtle pressure change sensitivity.
CONS: No Express keys on the monitor for quick tool access
Severely lacking features in the drivers (no pen tilt support or button shortcut remapping for the 2nd pen button or eraser) among other things
Non rotating stand (it tilts down, but you cant physically rotate it like a steering wheel (or like a cintiq)
Didnt come with a screen protector
I was only planning on purchasing a Graphics Tablet in the 30 – 60 dollar price range. When I saw the MP 22-inch 1080p Pen Display Tablet for under $500 I had a very hard time believing that it would perform as stated. So I started researching. This was a bit of an impulse purchase for me even though it took me three days to actually order. I was apprehensive but figured what the heck, if it doesn’t work, I will just return it. I am VERY glad that I ordered because long story short… I LOVE THIS THING!
I have installed on my Mac Book Pro running OS X El Capitan with no issues so far. I ordered Manga Studio 4EX to use with it on my Mac as well no issues there either. Two thumbs way way up!
I have also installed on my Windows 10 machine with no issues to use with Adobe CS6. So far so good.
I have only been using this for a week now so I am still getting used to using it.
I will be posting some samples of my work in the near future on my website here
And on my facebook page
PROS: 100% digital illustration work flow
perfect pressure sensitivity (inking my drawings has never been easier) I'm still getting used to it but that's my problem not the tablets
easy install on both Mac OS X & Windows 10
increased the "cool factor" of my desk (I like gadgets)
CONS: A few minor things:
1. While hovering the stylus it will register as “clicking” at just the right distance and leave unwanted marks or will select or unselect the tool I want, etc. I assume this is a driver issue. I hope future updates fix this! Not a deal breaker!
2. I use the DVI port to connect to my computer HDMI doesn’t give me the same resolution options in the display settings (the unit came with an HDMI cable), I assume this is my PC not the tablet. DVI works as I expected it to, so that’s fine.
3. old dog has to learn some new tricks, but that is really not a bad thing either
First, the display itself. The image is clear and the colors are very good. The resolution is low (standard HDTV 1920x1080) compared to many displays on the market now, but the colors are accurate and the viewing angles are very good. Also, the aspect ration of HDTV is a little strange for sketching (like sketching on a legal pad I guess), but the user eventually gets used to it. A bigger con is that the surface of the display is fairly glossy. Since the unit is usually sketched on at a fairly flat angle, this can make it a challenge to avoid glares from overhead lights.
The pen is ok, it could be a bit more ergonomic, but there is very little lag, which helps make the sketching process feel much very natural.
The stand is functional, but has a few shortcomings. It doesn't allow you to use the screen in portrait mode, which can sometimes be useful (when sketching portraits 8^) ). More importantly, it doesn't allow the screen to lay completely flat (i.e. parallel to the table) and at its lowest position (approx. 15-20 degrees from flat) the metal bracket on the rear hits the table before the front rubber feet, making the display rock. This could have been solved easily by using taller rubber feet in the front. Maybe in the next revision?
I initially bought 1 for our design team, and it was so good that we bought 2 more. I guess that is the best recommendation.
PROS: Nice image, good colors, no pen lag, functional stand, no driver issues.
CONS: Glossy screen, no DisplayPort connector, doesn't lay completely flat, no function buttons on display (like a Cintiq).
* Pen tacking is not bad at all, keeps up well as any decent drawing display today considering it is 4 point calibration. I have had 0 issues with this and everything works smoothly and the slight hum from the pen is not an issue for me as I listen to music while using this.
* Drivers were a breeze to install. I removed all previous tablet related software/drivers off my PC, inducing but not limited to AppData and Registry files on windows (I am using windows 10 Pro Build: 10586.589 at the time of this review).
Cons: * Raised rear on the eraser is designed stupid, whoever designed this should be fired (I wonder if they even tested this). This design on the eraser forces you to use the eraser in only a select few angles instead to 360 degree of use. This however did not influence any reduction in rating stars.
* Another con I have with this display is the lack of hotkeys, but even with this missing was not the reason I removed stars. I mean call me spoiled for having this luxury from the Wacom but it improves workflow without breaking your focus/immersion to reach over to a keyboard or hotkey device. Also a bit off topic, but let me clear up the rumors that some people seem to believe about Wacom hotkeys, It is every bit as fast and responsive as a keyboard hotkey minus the need to press multiple buttons for those who think otherwise.
* The reason for me removing 2 stars (would have removed a third star if it was not for the good pricing) is, the trashy software. Now I know this display is just a rebrand of the Parblo Coast 22 and the other tablets so I don’t know who programs the universal software for these tablets, but its utter cheap crap. While the drivers are stable, the software for making all this function is terrible. I will list the issues below:
1. Rouge clicks, I am not sure if this has something to do with push sensitivity or not but sometimes I click to draw with a brush and clicks a few times. It is very rare though, so I can live with it.
2. Only one of the 2 buttons on the pen can have keybinds (seriously?) but I can still live with it.
3. If you keybind the button to “undo” (Ctl+Alt+Z) for example in Photoshop it and press it to undo quickly it will lag and/or not register some clicks. I did not have this issue on my Wacom. It renders the only hotkey useless for me.
4. Incredibly jittery lines compare to any other tablet I have drawn on, so much so that low resolution designs/art can’t be done without the use of a program like Lazy Nezumi (fortunately I do large canvas for 80% of designs/art).
TLDR: If you are looking for a good substitute for Wacom 22HD this is it. However, if you can live without a large display or you can’t live without superior software/drivers or hotkeys then forget this and spend the extra money on the Wacom, it is worth the extra cost for your needs. -I got this at a discount with shipping costs so price was excellent. First off I would like to say I am coming from a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium tablet and I have tried various other tablets and displays, so I have some experience to compare to. I have had absolutely no issues installing at setting up the drivers either. Overall this display gets the job done for the majority of things that it was intended for. However, if money is not an obstacle or you want superior software or hotkeys buy the Wacom 13HD or 22HD, it is worth the money.
1 year ago
Driver's need to be updated.
It's just not usable.
But, first and foremost, the pen. It's a triangle. Which is very usable, but I find my fingers shifting frequently on it searching for more comfort. Never had this issue with the rounded variety I've owned in the past. Worse yet, the eraser. The design only allows for it to be used from a very specific angle. Which is a little irritating. I find my self just using an eraser hotkey instead of physically turning the pen over now.
Second, the screen. The screen is incredibly glossy. You're going to see reflections all over the place. And because the surface feels like glass, your pen nib will encounter resistance randomly. Almost like there's something on the screen, even when it's completely clean. Lighting wise, the screen isn't too bad, but there is a fair bit of bleed in the bottom corners of mine. Speaking of light, the power light in the top center is like a blueish eye of sauron. Looking at the thing will leave after images in your vision even after a momentary glance. I put a piece of black electrical tape over it the very first day I had this display.
Other than that stuff, I have very few complaints. This product is certainly worth 5 stars if you can get over the pen and glossy screen. I haven't tried a screen protector yet, but that would potentially upgrade this thing to 5 stars pretty easily. And if I hadn't had so much experience with a few Cintiqs, I likely wouldn't even notice what I was missing. The gap between the two is smaller than I was expecting. And that's awesome!
tldr - If you're on the fence about this versus a Cintiq 22HD, pick this up unless the function buttons are worth the price difference.
CONS: Biggest con is no replacement pen available. Being used in classrooms it is not a question of if but when the pen will disappear. Contacted MP and they do not sell replacement pens.
Fast forward to this model. I am very impressed with the overall build quality, design, and most importantly: performance. The tablet was carefully packed and double-boxed. The left-hand area of the bezel appears to have a minor flaw where it was exposed to heat, but I think it may have happened during assembly and isn't very easily noticeable. It has robust rubber feet so slippage is minimal. Installation was a bit tricky as the HDMI and USB cables are a little short. The included inputs include VGA, DVI, and HDMI, which is nice. The cables come off of the left side, so no more crimping cables between the angle adjustment arm. The angle adjustment arm is very sturdy and works extremely well. The OSD menus and buttons are a little tricky to get used to as the buttons are on the backside, but once you get a feel for the buttons (the power button is in the center and is slightly larger) it's a bit easier. Installation of drivers was also tricky, but worked the first time for me. That being said, the drivers do seem a bit watered down still, but have so far worked well enough on my computer. I am running Windows 10 x64. Luckily, I didn't have any of the problems mentioned by earlier reviews.
The tablet's performance is exceptional for the price. I use both Adobe Photoshop CS6 as well as Clip Studio Paint, among other art programs. So far the tablet input has worked seamlessly in all the programs I have used it with. There's a bit of a gap between the digitizer/glass and the actual LCD panel, which is a little tricky when viewing from an angle. Pressure sensitivity and LPI are comparable to a Cintiq HD. The stylus is a little awkward since it is triangle-shaped, resulting in occasional fumbling around with the selector button on the side. Otherwise, the pen is light and high-quality, and I'd even go as far to say that it seems like it's reverse-engineered from a Wacom stylus. The surface is not anti-glare so I would recommend placing it perpendicular to lights or windows. The glass is also smooth, so your hand will smudge and drag a lot across it. Pick up a silk or cotton fingerless glove for your drawing hand as it is a must-have. A good microfiber cleaning rag will help a lot, too.
Overall, I am very pleased with this product. There are some things which would be nice to have, such as a stylus holder with extra nibs and maybe an included silk glove and cleaning cloth, but for the price and quality you really can't go wrong. My honest opinion is that this tablet is most likely the best crossroads between price and quality you will find. I also was fortunate enough to get it during a site-wide promotional offer, so if you're in a pinch you might wait a little bit for another offer to come along!
PROS: -Crisp, sharp, bright display
-Very good build quality
-Rigid angle adjustment arm
-Precise performance, comparable to a Cintiq HD
-Stylus is lightweight and well-built
CONS: -Screen is not anti-glare
-Included cables are a bit short
-Drivers are a bit lackluster and tricky to setup
-Stylus buttons are a little tricky to get used to ergonomically
-Does not include any maintenance or care pieces (glove, cleaning cloth, extra nibs)