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Not bad for the price!
on January 28, 2014
I used this tablet for about five months, and it's a pretty good alternative to the more expensive tablets...to a point.
This thing is CHEAP. It feels cheap, and it also has a different company name printed on it. The instructions are in some hilarious Engrish. The pen is a little bulky and has two AAA batteries inside, held in place by a flimsy metal clip that I can see being easily messed up if you're not careful. It doesn't have an eraser at the end like other graphics pens.
The drawing surface isn't bad, though. It's got a bit of a grain to it, but you get used to it pretty quickly. The bulkiness of the pen isn't really a problem, either. And as cheap as the tablet feels, it's pretty sturdy and sits comfortably in your lap. Not sure if it would be comfortable sitting on a table, though.
Installing the drivers is like going to China in 1993. It's awful, and I can't even begin to tell you how I installed them. It was like voodoo. The CD has a Windows 95-looking installer that wants to install a bunch of crappy software you would never use for anything.
It has 1024 pressure levels, which is decent enough for most stuff, though the pen will occasionally glitch out an spew a solid line of color no matter how lightly you're pressing down, but this doesn't happen often. There are a few shortcut areas at the top of the tablet, but I never used them. I used it pretty regularly for about five months before the batteries died, so that ain't bad.
So, overall, this (or, I imagine, other tablets from Monoprice) is a good investment considering the price if you want a graphics tablet for screwing around with. Not great if you intend to use it a lot/do more professional work. But I can see the smaller tablets being a good get if you have kids that want to draw on the computer machine, or if you're new to tablets.
In summary, this is a cheap piece of Chinese crap, but it works pretty well in spite of itself.