Title: Minor, minor issues, but over all a very satisfied investment
Content: Sorry a head of time for the long review! I just did a jam session of three paintings for gift in a week, so I definitely took this tablet monitor out for a spin. I preordered this tablet and it came much more quickly than estimated, which was such an awesome surprise! It works incredibly well so far. I do notice some minor drawbacks, but I think it could be an easy solution to contact xp-pen for help. I also ordered this device knowing that I may have some issues pop up. For the most part, I have some easy solutions, and none of the things I’ve noticed create a negative for me. I do think this product is worth a high rating, as I’ve gotten a lot for my price, which feels so good after doing seven months of reasearch. To preface this note, I did uninstall all of my previous Wacom drivers, and set all of my program shortcuts across all programs to be the same shortcuts, but I did notice one or two program conflicts. One being that when I had Paint Tool Sai open, and I had Clip Studio open, Clip would stop working properly. None of my shortcuts worked. An easy solution until I could contact xp-pen after my holidays were over was to just keep only of the programs running. Super simple! I will be contacting Xp-Pen in the following days. Other than that, I can’t think of any other issues I had. I only use Clip studio, Sai, and CS6, so if there are any other conflicts with programs such as maya, zbrush, etc. I don’t have experience with that. Now for the build of the monitor, I’m super impressed. The pen and the buttons feel so nice. I had a Wacom intuos 4 drawing pad, and this tablet feels sooo much better. The screen is super nice, and I’m pretty happy with the colors! My computer screen calibration is off, as the monitor is 10-15 years old, so that does affect my opinion on the colour calibration out of the box. But I did some colour printing and colors are pretty accurate from screen to paper imo. If anything I feel like my tweaking of the calibration may have had a negative impact on the calibration. I do have to press quite hard for the pen tip to register a double click or press multiple times to open a program or a file. However, this maybe my computer, as I had a bit of that same issue with my previous Wacom Intuos 4. It does seem more exaggerated with this tablet monitor. I do have the room to keep a mouse connected and that is an easy solution for me. The click issue doesn’t bother my workflow as badly as I would think. My cursor does jump sometimes when I click the first button on the pen to select a colour, which might get frustrating for some people. This isn’t a negative for me. I do want to mention that the pen nibs seem a bit softer a plastic than my previous tablets, as I’ve severely burned through two nibs in a week. However, as I’m a light sketcher, I’ve been having to press a bit harder, and I think I just had to find a balance, and a better process to my painting style. I really appreciate the matte screen protector during this time. Bless you Xp-Pen. To be honest, I have heard horror stories buying nonWacom tablets. However, I’ve had two of their drawings pads and have had nightmares with both. The intuos 4 in particular had a conflict with my last computer, and would uninstall itself every couple of days... for two years... until a friend fixed the issue by accident... My point is that even though people say Wacom are reliable, that is not always the case from my experience, and you definitely shouldn’t write out other companies, especially this tablet monitor. It’s like a combination of the artist display 13.3 and 16, with some super nice, and even better features! I don’t find that I’m missing the touch wheel from my last tablet, and I actually prefer using the express keys! If I find anything else about the tablet as I use it, I’ll update my review. I’ll also post some painings and photos later. Happy Holidays!