Very Sensitive Drawing Tablet By: Joseph A. Meeker
The installation was smooth but the pen needed to be charged within twenty minutes or so, which apparently upset the installation settings, so I just reinstalled and adjusted after charging the pen. Fortunately the pen charge lasts for a couple of hundred hours, or so they say. The tablet is light and not too large so you can hold it easily in front of the computer, but the tablet cannot be charged up like the pen, so you will be wired during use. The sensitivity is a marvel even at the middle setting, but you can easily adjust this. I intend to use it on future purchases of graphics programs, but for now I use it on Corel Painter Essentials 5, where I am experimenting with illustrations for web pages. Once you have a pen accessory for graphics, you can go to town, and the mouse seems awfully clunky for this kind of work. In addition to graphics, I am reviewing my Russian, and since I remember Russian script, I can write out my vocabulary and grammatical usage on the screen. Also, I am learning Mayan and Egyptian writing, and the pen allows me to review and practice the glyphs without using paper and ink. Since I am severely limited in space and storage, this is a great blessing. The pen comes with extra nibs and an illustrator's glove. The port is USB for both charging the pen and using the tablet. It is so light that one worries about robustness, but today's plastics are not fragile. The machine is said to work based on electromagnetic resonance, which explains why the pen must be charged up. The buttons on pen and tablet can be programmed for dozens of uses, so don't start pushing them until you have sorted out how you want your setup to work, because they are active even before you use the setup utility to set the screen size and sensitivity. This is a very nice multipurpose tool, not so big as to allow you to tape letter size paper to the drawing surface for tracing, but you can set the screen active area the way you want it and thus set the affair for pantographic use, if you like, and not set the graphic program's zoom or paper size to absurd sizes. Good luck.