Parblo Coast 13 Reviews

Posted on: September 28, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

What’s Good:


  • Very very close to the quality of the Cintiq 13HD
  • Good bright screen with good viewing angles
  • Has tilt functionality most Wacom alternatives lack

What’s Not:


  • I had some driver problems with it on my Mac, It might just be me since I’ve installed a lot of drivers on my Mac
  • The stylus only has one button along the side
  • HDMI and USB cable tethered together so your ports need to be close together on your computer.

Specs:


  • Screen Size:13.3″ Aspect Ratio:16:9
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Pressure 2048 Levels
  • Batteryless pen with box and 6 replacement nibs

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Surface Pro 2017

Posted on: June 21, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

What’s Good:


  • Full blown Windows computer for about the price of a Wacom Cintiq.
  • Runs any Windows drawing program and runs them well.
  • Fully portable and very easy to pick up and take with you
  • Stylus feels great, a good amount of drag on the pen tip
  • 6 to 7 hours of battery life (not the 13 MS claims but still good.)
  • Jitter on the pen has been almost completely eliminated
  • Pen has tilt support now

What’s Not:


  • If you aren’t familiar with Windows there is a learning curve and some frustration along with it.
  • The pen is sold separately and costs another $100 (keyboard cover also separate)
  • Stylus feels great, a good amount of drag on the pen tip

Specs


  • Resolution: 2736 x 1824
  • Pen Pressure: 4096 levels
  • Available with different processors, ram and hard drive capacity
  • Weight: 1.69 lbs (766g)
  • Battery life 6-7 hours (MS claims 13 if you turns all the settings down)

XP-Pen Artist 22E

Posted on: May 30, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

What’s Good:


  • Good color definition on the monitor and good viewing angles
  • Very large drawing area, a pleasure to draw on
  • Pen works really well, good range of pressure though it does blow out a little on the medium to high end a little bit

What’s Not:


  • At 22 inches the 1920×1080 pixels are rather large especially when sitting directly over it when drawing
  • Slight wobble to the pen
  • The matte screen protector is a little weird and feels cheap

Specs:


Other’s Reviews


XP-Pen Artist Display 16 Review

Posted on: May 22, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

What’s Good:


  • One of the best, if not the best Wacom alternatives I’ve ever used
  • No jitters on the pen overall very accurate
  • The monitor’s hot spot is along the top of the screen where my hand almost never rests.
  • 16 inches is a great size for a drawing monitor like this. The 13″ variety can feel a little cramped.
  • Very good viewing angles

What’s Not:


  • Some parallax. There is some spacing between the pen tip and where the cursor appears
  • Color calibration is off on the Mac, needs quite a bit of tweaking to make it look good.
  • Initial activation pressure on the Mac is pretty tight, if you’re a light sketcher you might not like that.

Specs:


  • Pen has 2048 Pressure Sensitivity,
  • 16 inch display
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Multi angle adjustable stand
  • Comes with 2 rechargeable pens

Other Reviews:


Ugee UG 1910b

Posted on: March 22, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

What’s Good:


  • Half the price of a Cintiq 13hd and bigger
  • Pen holds pressure well and is accurate

What’s Not:


  • For a 19″ monitor the resolution (1440 X 900) is lower than the 13″ Cintiq
  • Pretty bad viewing angles and color/contrast
  • The cords often get stuck under the stand especially at lower angles.

My Verdict


It’s a pretty good drawing experience. The pen technology is really good, it passed all my tests. The down side is a lot of the details of the tablet wore on me. The biggest problems were the colors and contrast especially when viewing at even just a slight angle. On a standard monitor this isn’t a big deal but on a drawing tablet that you’re almost always viewing at an ole it was a problem.

What else would I recommend:

  • XP-pen 16
  • Artisul 13
  • I havn’t used these but might be worth considering:

  • Huion KAMVAS GT-156HD
  • XP-Pen Artist22E
  • Specs:


    • Pen has 2048 Pressure Sensitivity,
    • 19 inch display
    • 1440 X 900 resolution
    • Multi angle adjustable stand
    • Comes with 2 rechargeable pens

    Other’s Reviews


    Ugee UG2150

    Posted on: March 22, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

    What’s Good:


    • Price. It’s ⅓ of the cost of the Wacom Cintiq 22
    • Solid screen, good colors and brightness on the display

    What’s Not:


    • The drivers suck
    • People reporting having problems with monitor working with Windows 10
    • No shortcut keys on the tablet

    Specs


    • Screen size: 21.5”
    • Resolution: 1920×1080
    • Pressure Levels: 2048
    • Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS
    • Comes with 2 rechargeable pens
    • Adjustable stand

    Surface Pro 4 Reviews

    Posted on: March 22, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

    What’s Good:


    • Full blown Windows computer for about the price of a Wacom Cintiq.
    • Runs any Windows drawing program and runs them well.
    • Fully portable with pretty good battery life
    • Stylus feels great, a good amount of drag on the pen tip

    What’s Not:


    • If you aren’t familiar with Windows there is a learning curve and some frustration along with it.
    • There is some wobble on slower strokes
    • No tilt support on the pen
    • You’re going to want a keyboard and it’s sold separately

    Specs


    • Resolution: 2736 x 1824
    • Pen Pressure: 2048 levels
    • Available with different processors, ram and hard drive capacity
    • Weight: 1.69 lbs (766g)
    • Battery life 4 to 5 hours

    iPad Pro Reviews

    Posted on: March 22, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

    What’s Good:


    • Lots of drawing apps
    • Software like Astropad can turn this into a full blown drawing tablet that con connect to your Mac (and eventually Windows)
    • For the cost of a low end Cintiq you get a full blown iPad
    • Portable with long battery life
    • Apple Pencil is very accurate, no other iPad stylus comes even close.

    What’s Not:


    • The pencil comes separately and costs $100 (so does the keyboard)
    • The apps aren’t as fully featured as desktop apps but are getting better
    • It’s a companion device, not a replacement of the desktop yet

    Specs


    • Size 9.7” or 12.9″
    • Resolution: 2048 x 1536 or 2732 x 2048
    • Pressure levels: No idea, but it’s pretty responsive
    • Battery life 5-6 hours

    Intuos Pro Reviews

    Posted on: March 22, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

    What’s Good:


    • This model is one that Wacom is best known for and has a track record of quality
    • Comes in two sizes, the medium and large
    • 8 customizable hot keys
    • Easy to toggle touch on and off with a button along the side
    • Replacement textures available if you want a smoother or rougher surface. Also if your surface wears down over time.
    • The paper edition costs a bit more but has some cool features like the ability to draw on real paper and have it save your sketches and notes

    What’s Not:


    • Documentation at launch kind of space, they seem to be filling in the gaps
    • Costs 3 times as much of some of its close competitors like the Huion
    • Some artists say the nibs wear out quickly (but does come with extras)

    Specs


    • Size: Varies, there are small, medium and large versions
    • Pressure Levels: 8192
    • Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS
    • 8 customizable buttons
    • Wireless? Yep, connects via bluetooth

    Reviews

    Huion GT 185 Reviews

    Posted on: March 21, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

    What’s Good:


    • programmable hotkeys on each side of the device that works!
    • Sturdy ergonomic stand (easy to assemble) – comes with 4 screws plus a screw driver
    • Smooth calibration in a variety of 2D/3D programs

    What’s Not:


    • Resolution (1366px x 768px) isn’t full HD
    • The Stylus makes a lot of noise on the screen
    • LCD screen bubbles up often, even with a glove; Either lift it up to put it back or take it off.

    Specs:


    • 8 customizable hotkeys; TFT panel, 1366 x 768 screen resolution; 5080 LPI, 220 RPS, Response Time 5ms, Aspect Ratio 16:9
    • Ergonomics Design, adjustable monitor stand allows you to set the monitor at different angels(15°~85°)
    • 2048 Pressure sensitive levels

    Artisul D13 Review

    Posted on: March 16, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

    What’s Good:


    • Very very close to the quality of the Cintiq 13HD
    • Good bright screen with good viewing angles

    What’s Not:


    • Some people have had driver problems (looks like some of this has improved with new drivers)
    • Doesn’t have a touch gestures model like the Wacom Cintiq

    Specs:


    • Screen Size:13.3 inch. Aspect Ratio:16:9. Display Area: 11.5″ x 6.5″. FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS Screen, Pressure 2048 Levels ,Resolution 5080 LPI, Reading Speed 200 PPS
    • Powered by USB 3.0, HDMI input and 6 User Assignable Hot keys & Scroll Dial
    • Batteryless pen with pen stand & pen box & 9 replacement pen tips.
    • Anti-Glare Paper-Like Texture Film Ready
    • Warranty: 1 Year with The Panda City (Warranty will be voided if the products are used outside USA) ; Support OS:Win8/8.1/10, Mac OS 10.8 or later. Warranty is not transferable.

    Yiynova mvp20u+FE Reviews

    Posted on: March 14, 2017 - by Brad Colbow

    What’s Good:


    • A nice looking display
    • Drivers didn’t give me any problems when testing
    • Comes with a stand easy to adjust and get at a really comfortable angle
    • It’s really really cheap compared to similarly sized tablets. only 1/3 of the price of a Cintiq 22

    What’s Not:


    • The video cord doesn’t always stay plugged in tightly
    • There is a lot of wobble on slower strokes
    • A fair amount of parallax (the space between the pen tip and the cursor)

    Specs


    • Resolution: 1920px x 1080px
    • Pen Pressure: 2048
    • Screen size: 20 inches LCD
    • Weight: 10 lbs

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