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9 people found this helpful
on November 20, 2013
I am familiar with drawing tablets, and I have owned plenty in my past. I have just moved to America for 10 months, and I figured I should buy myself a less expensive one. After a little searching on Amazon, I came over this drawing tablet made by Monoprice, a company I don`t have a lot of experience with. The value of the drawing tablet was excellent, so I decided to buy it. The package arrived at the post office, and I was excited, as I always am when I buy something new. I went home and opened the box, and I was pleased with the size of the tablet. It was after this I started to encounter problems.
The first problem I noticed was that the instructions are not made specifically for this drawing tablet. This is not a mayor problem, but I though they should have taken the time to make instructions for this drawing tablet specifically. The second thing I noticed was the poor quality of the pen. After I opened it and put the battery inside, I had to use a lot of twisting and force to get it back into place. After this I plugged my drawing tablet into my Macbook Retina 13'', as instructed by the manual. Then I was going to install the driver. The driver comes on a CD, and if you don`t know, the Retina version of Macbooks don`t come with a CD drive. I did not really care about that, because I am used to go online to find my drivers. I went to Monoprice's website and after some searching I found the drivers page. What I discovered was that it was a real pain to find the correct driver. They have not labeled the drivers properly, and I had to download many drivers before I found one that looked like it would work. I tried the buttons that are included on the drawing tablet, which by the way can be really useful, and they worked properly! Then I tried to use my drawing tablet with the pen. It did not work. After a lot of frustration I found the settings for the drawing tablet, and tried pretty much everything. Still no response from the pen. The buttons still worked, which apparently is a sign that the driver is installed correctly.
I am still trying to figure out what the problem is, and that is why I gave it 2 stars. I would not recommend you to buy this product! You should much rather buy a Wacom or another well known brand, even though it might be more expensive.
Value: Might be good if you can get it to work.
Quality: A mixture between good and bad. The drawing tablet itself it of quite good quality, but the pen is not.
Customer Support / Website: It is way to hard to find the correct driver for this drawing tablet online.
Recommendation: I do not recommend this product.