Thinking about buying a new, cheap tablet because your old one just isn't working anymore?
Here is Kip's great review on why NOT TO BUY the Turcom Huion Graphic Tablet and the absolute shittery that comes with it!
First, let's talk about how it looks. It's a decent size,right? Probably a little bit bigger than most small tablets are. Which is great, because that means more working space! The tablet looks nice and smooth, and it even comes in white!
wow awesome look how slick
DING DONG THAT IS WRONG
What you really get is this piece of garbage.
What you are seeing here is the dumb cousin of all tablets. Everybody pretends to be nice to it, but what they're really thinking is "Wow what a fucking asshole, who invited dumbass to the party."
Whoever decided it was a good idea to make the surface out of a sticky, plastic material that gets even STICKIER when you sweat needs a swift kick to the face. The surface around the work area is not smooth at all. Just slightly rubbing against it while drawing will make your hand stick to the surface, and trying to move it produces this awful, high pitched squeaking sound that can really get on your nerves after a while. Seriously, nails on a chalkboard right here.
And the pen? Well guess what,
no eraser. Now, I'm not the only one that saw an eraser in that display picture, right?
So you've bought this shitty, poorly advertised tablet. Now what??
Time to install!
Installation is relatively easy. Pop in the CD, hit a few buttons, and boom. Done.
But what's this?
What a surprise. No mouse mode. What's a tablet without the option for mouse mode? ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT. Nope, with this, you're stuck in Pen Mode forever. And just to add insult to injury: THE PICTURE DISPLAYS AN ERASER ON THE PEN.
Oh, and here's the best part. After you set up your button commands, they reset to default settings after you unplug your tablet. And don't even bother with fixing the mouse clicking. If you even attempt to open other programs from the taskbar, the pen assumes you're double clicking or trying to drag your icons and locks itself onto the window you've selected from the taskbar and brings up the right click menu for it, WHILE you're stuck dragging the fucking icon around. 8') And don't even TRY to click back into the window you were using before, because it will just minimize it or resize the window. Oh, and if you want to click back into a program you're using, such as SAI, it generates some invisible window that you can't escape from (aka move the cursor out of) until you minimize the program, select another one, and then bring it back up again. Sometimes you even have to use your regular mouse to reopen the program in order for the stupid fucking box to go away so that you can get back to drawing.
And if that doesn't show how piss poor this fucking tablet is at doing simple commands; if you even try to open a drawing program BEFORE plugging in the tablet, it won't register in the drawing program and you'll be stuck with fat, shitty, non-pressured lines until you close the program and open it back up. Or, sometimes, unplug the tablet and plug it back in. It also likes to deactivate itself while you're in the middle of drawing occasionally and the stupid fucking green button on it's left side will flash repeatedly to warn you that it is indeed a piece of shit.
Let's talk more about the pen for a second here.
Besides the fact that it has no eraser; the pen runs on a battery. However, there is no warning for when your pen's battery is running low, so if you're in the middle of a project and the deadline is in a few hours... well. I've got news for you. Your pen is probably going to die if its low enough (you will not get a warning for this), and if you don't have any batteries for it, you better get your ass to the nearest convenience store to buy new ones. Oh, and it's AAA, so good luck if your convenience stores don't carry those. On the bright side, these motherfuckers were courteous enough to provide you with one single Pairdeer Industrial AAA battery for your pen.
But let's forget how having a battery in your pen makes it a lot heavier than what you're probably used to, and that having a time-limit for how long you can use your pen is the most ludicrous fucking thing you've ever heard of. Weren't magnets the new thing? So that shit like this doesn't happen?
Apparently not. Somebody really needs to update these guys. Maybe make them a twitter account.
Fun fact: When I first ordered my tablet, I did not get the tablet I ordered in the mail. I received a medium sized, black Huion tablet. Honestly, I probably would have just kept it, but they did not include a pen, a wire, or an installation CD with the tablet, so it was probably a replacement for another customer. However, I was very disappointed that they got the orders mixed up. Which means, somebody out there received MY tablet that I had paid for instead.
I sent them an email saying that I received the tablet but it was not in the right size or color, there was no pen or wires, and there was no CD. I demanded that they take the order back and give me the tablet that I DID order, and to give me two pens as compensation, AND to pay for the shipping.
I was happy to find out that they did as I asked and I received my new tablet rather quickly from them, along with an apology email.
I had no issues with customer service and did not need to call anyone. However, these people seem extremely easy to swindle, and I could have simply lied and said that the order was correct except for the pen. I could have gotten an even bigger Tablet for less money. But being the good person that I am, I did not lie.
Although, from my experience with this brand so far, I don't think a bigger tablet would have made me like it any better.
The Turcom Huion tablet and being compared to Wacom's cheaper Bamboo tablets.
A lot of people were saying that this tablet worked just as well as Wacom's Bamboo brand tablets.
Yes and no.
I will admit, the Turcom Huion tablet draws just fine.
I wouldn't compare it to any of Wacom's tablets though. Yes, it draws well, but the Pressure Sensitivity is nowhere NEAR as large as Bamboo's, even on their most inexpensive tablets, and the positioning is definitely not as smooth. It's fast, but it's not as accurate.
If you want a good tablet, I personally would purchase the Bamboo Pen Tablet for about 10 dollars cheaper:
All the drivers for this tablet are up on the website for FREE download. I own this, and it served me well for 3 years before I upgraded to my Intuos 4.
Want something even better?
Get the Bamboo Touch Tablet. For 10 dollars more, you can ignore all the hassle from an older tablet and a piece of shit tablet made by what apparently is a knock-off brand of the actual Huion company. Yes, keep in mind, if it says TURCOM, it is fake.
By the way, the best part about these fucking tablets:
Erasers. No time-limit
This has been @Kip's review of the Turcom Huion Graphic Tablet. Please, do not buy this tablet. Spend your money on something better. It is a waste. Do not get sucked into it just because people are being super hyped about it. It draws well, but it does not (I repeat, DOES NOT) function well, ESPECIALLY on older computers and laptops.
I know, I own this trash.
Here's a fun edit I want to put in here now that this review is making its rounds again.
The tablet driver's actually gave my computer a virus, and not only did it completely fuck up my USB drivers and graphic drivers, I had to reformat the entire computer just to get rid of it. Yes, this means I lost all of my artwork, because the hard drive needed to be entirely wiped.