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Aiptek HyperPen 12000U Graphical Tablet

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Product Description

Product Description

Write and draw with accuracy and precision with the Aiptek HyperPen 12000U. This hassle-free-installation USB tablet makes it easy to interact with your PC and do more creative works. Cordless, pressure-sensitive pen lets you touch up digital photos with programs like Adobe Photoshop (not included) or create digitized works of art in your favorite painting program. A bigger tablet means higher handwriting resolution, and the wireless pen lets you use the language bar in Office XP to input text and signatures into your documents. Complete software includes tablet, cordless stylus, cordless mouse, HyperPen Manager CD, Ulead PhotoExpress CD, Ulead PhotoImpact 5 CD, installation guide and quick-install guide. Compatible with many applications. Power consumption: 0.35 watts. Power supply: USB Port. Accuracy: 0.42mm. Compatible with both PC (Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP) and Mac (Mac OS 9) computers. Imported. 5Hx15-3/4W13-3/4D". Tablet: 12Lx9W".

From the Manufacturer

Aiptek's HyperPen 12000U gives you the control you need to quickly and easily edit your digital photos. It works great with any software available for your PC. Draw, paint, create artwork, sign your name, and annotate documents directly in Microsoft ® Office XP keeping it in handwriting or converting it to text. Whether it be graphic design, handwriting recognition, or simply photo editing, the HyperPen 12000 is an extraordinary value that is unmatched anywhere in the graphical tablet market. Product Features:

  • Giant 12" x 9" Drawing Area: The Ideal Choice for Professional Computer Artists. The Large Drawing Area gives you more Freedom for your Project!
  • HyperPen's Many Uses: Ideal for Document Annotation, Desktop Publishing, Internet Communication, Electronic Presentations, Adding Signatures, Photo Retouching, Creating Original Artwork, CAD/CAM... and much More!
  • Cordless Stylus Included: Wireless Pressure Sensitive Stylus offers 512 Pressure Levels for Highly Accurate Rendering in Painting, Touch- Ups, or Writing!
  • Cordless Mouse Included:Wireless Mouse to Handle Everyday Mouse Tasks such as Double-Clicking Icons, Selecting Menus, etc. with Ease!

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00007FS1Y
  • Item model number: HYPERPEN12000U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at November 9, 2002

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Decelles on May 12, 2003
I have been going to school for Graphic Design and Fine Art for the last 3 years or so. I nearly have my bachelors and will soon be moving onto my masters of Graphic Design.

With this in mind its obvious that I have been looking into graphics tablets for quite a while. Wacom's Intuos 6x8 tablet is what I had been looking at, longingly for a few years. Unfortunately the price was too far outside what I could possibly afford (and still pay for school, car, bills, etc). I had used the less expensive "Graphire" 4x5 tablets from Wacom and I was not too impressed. The build quality was good but the size was too small to do anything detailed.

A friend who also does a lot of artwork on the computer turned me onto the Aiptek Hyperpen 12000U, which he had just bought for $ from CompUSA. A tablet of this size (9x12) for only $ definitely caught my attention, so when my birthday came around and my mom asked what I wanted I emailed her a link to this page here so she could buy it for me :).

The build quality of the Hyperpen is good. Its a solid unit over-all. The pen feels a little flimsy and the mouse is almost a negative buying point due to its odd and uncomfortable shape, but it is useable. Who buy a graphics tablet with the intention to use the mouse anyway? I have a very nice optical that I wouldn't give up even if the Hyperpens mouse were more comfortable to my hand.

I have been using it for a few weeks and I am impressed with the quality and value for the money. The pen is very accurate and the pressure sensitiveity works well with Adobe Photshop and Illustrator. The setup and control programs are both intuitive and easy to use.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Wayne on September 3, 2006
First off, I do not recommend this tablet if your serious about graphic arts. However, it works well for light to medium use, doing picture retouching, and simple graphics. See the bottom of my review for other good/bad/ugly-ness.

OK, so, here is how I got the best possible performance out of my Aiptek 12000U:

1. Uninstall the Aiptek drivers, shut down the computer, unplug the tablet. (no, not a joke, just keep reading)

2. Start up the computer and install adesso's driver for their "12000" graphics tablet:

YES! Adesso, Aiptek, Trust, Medion and another company are all distributing the same graphics tablet, just rebranded! So far, Adesso seems to have the most recent driver developments (version 3.09 vs. aiptek's version 3.08), so I used Adesso's (right from their website).

3. After install, SHUT DOWN THE COMPUTER AGAIN. turn it back on, plug in the tablet, complete the install, and use.

Other Recommendations:

A) Make sure you have the newest pen model. Aiptek recently redesigned their pens, and the newer ones seem to work better. I'm still using the old pen, and its not bad, but the buttons are kind of...sucky.

B) DO NOT use the automatic pen offset settings. "Adjust" them. Also, reduce pressure percent to 3.

C) I have found that the "relative" tracking setting gives the best performance, with little to no jumping around or submarine-ing (the "disappear here, reappear there, trick") by the pointer.

D) TRY VERY HARD not to modify any of the other settings. I know, that's lame, but you already bought it, right? So make the best of it; leave the other settings alone. If you change any settings, RESTART your computer BEFORE using the tablet. Otherwise, things get wonky.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2003
I got this Graphics tablet about a week ago for my birthday. I had been looking at Graphics tablets for a while since I am in school for Graphic Design, but the only real manufacturer of Professional Quality tablets out there until recently has been Wacom. If anyone is looking at this product then you have probably already checked out Wacom's products and noticed their extremely (almost ridiculously so) high prices...
The tablets are very comparable (except in price!):
Active Area: 9"x12"
Pressure Levels: 512
Resolution: 3048 lpi
Accuracy: .42 mm (.017 inches)
Active Area: 9"x12"
Pressure Levels: 1024
Resolution: 2540 lpi
Accuracy: .25 mm (.01 inches)
From the specs I have listed above, which I got from the Aiptek and Wacom Product websites respectively you can see that both tablets are very similar. The Wacom has a slightly higher accuracy and more pressure levels, but the Hyperpen has a higher resolution. Having used both of these products (the Intuos2 at school) I can tell you that you won't notice a significant difference in the way they handle.
The Wacom does have on slight advantage (slight to me anyway) in that its pen and mouse do not need batteries. The Hyperpen's Pen and Mouse both need one AAA battery, which is included and that you are told in the manual will last approximately one year. The battery makes the pen for the Hyperpen a bit heavier than that of the Intuos, but I like that so it's not a concern for me though it might be for others out there. It is not terribly heavy, but it is a little bit heavier than the Wacom pens. The battery-less pen and mouse do not for me justify the ...difference in price.
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