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  1. REVIEW: The Turcom Huion Tablet and why you shouldn't buy it.


    #661492013-11-13 10:26:39 *Kip said:

    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!

    http://i.imgur.com/fKGHXBp.png

    wow awesome look how slick

    DING DONG THAT IS WRONG

    What you really get is this piece of garbage.

    http://i.imgur.com/HUDyEZz.jpg?1

    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,

    http://i.imgur.com/AElP4nz.jpg?1

    no eraser. Now, I'm not the only one that saw an eraser in that display picture, right?

    http://i.imgur.com/U99d145.png

    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?

    http://i.imgur.com/HtKHcIG.png

    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.


    Customer Service

    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:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31%2BC0iBZMFL.jpg

    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?

    http://i.imgur.com/grtJj2N.png

    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:

    http://i.imgur.com/HNS73N1.png

    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.

    Good day.


    ...erasers.

    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.

    Artist's, beware.

  2. #661702013-11-13 19:10:53--Jack-- said:

    @Kip I'm looking for a good, fairly priced, tablet to doodle with, like in Paint tool SAI or MS Paint... What would you recommend?

  3. #661742013-11-14 00:10:22 *Kip said:

    @--Jack--

    the two tablets that i mentioned before in my review.

    the Bamboo Pen Tablet was my first tablet and lasted over 3 years. i got it in 2008 (for 40 dollars because of coupons at Best Buy!), and recently i tried using it again this year and it still worked. it's about 10 dollars cheaper than the Turcom tablet. The working is only an inch shorter length-wise, but it's still pretty good. the pen, as i stated before, comes with an eraser, and the tablet also has a scrolling circle that you can use with your fingers to zoom in and out of your picture, and buttons that you can set to do various things on your computer. there is also an option to use your tablet in Mouse Mode, which means you still use your pen, but like a mouse instead. it doesn't reset it's position every time you lift it up off of the working area then place it back down again. all the drivers for this tablet needed for installation are on the website, so if you get one without a CD, there's nothing to worry about.

    the Bamboo Touch Tablet is 10 dollars more, but works MUCH better than both the Bamboo Pen Tablet AND the Turcom Huion tablet. it's a newer model, it has a smoother feel to it, and for the quality of the tablet it's relatively cheap (notice how on Amazon the Turcom Huion tablet is listed as a "reduced price", which means that originally they were selling their shit for even more at one point).

    these two are great beginning tablets and tablets that you just want to doodle with. Wacom makes great products and i highly recommend just sticking with the brands that people can actually trust. also, their pens are magnetized, so they're lighter and don't have some kind of "battery life". 5 years later and my Bamboo Pen Tablet pen STILL worked properly.

    if you want something with a little more variety, you could get the Bamboo Fun, which comes in white and also comes with an editing program, a mouse, and a pen. i'm not sure if they sell this product anymore, but a friend of mine got this as her first tablet and it was really nice. it was bigger than the Bamboo Pen Tablet, but the working spaces were still the same. i used it a few times and it felt pretty nice.

    all of these tablets are compatible with Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop.

  4. #661732013-11-13 22:23:50awkwardangels said:

    I've always found these off-brand tablets fishy, and I'm glad I wasn't wrong about this one. (It's been advertised on Tumblr, for those that don't know.)

    All in honestly, after having to deal with a off-brand tablet before, they're not worth it. It behaved similar to this one, and it was a completely different brand. Unless you want to save money, but Wacom Bamboo tablets are $60-$200. Wacom recently came out with a cheaper Intuos tablet. ($79) Which is good, Intuos is Wacom's more expensive tablet series.

    Yeah, I know everyone tries to save money and Wacom isn't that cheap. It's worth it in the long run, just trust me. (Also; yes having an eraser is nice.)

    (Oh, Wacom has a wireless option for most of their tablets, if you're willing to shell out an extra $40.)

  5. #661752013-11-14 00:13:33Kip said:

    i agree, despite them being more expensive the tablets are definitely worth it. and they last for YEARS and years if you take good care of them.

    hell, even if you DON'T take good care of them. i can't even count how many times i've dropped my tablets lol. and they all still work perfectly fine.

    durable is the word.

    durable, reliable, and accurate for drawing.

  6. #661792013-11-14 02:56:47awkwardangels said:

    I've dropped my Bamboo Creative on the floor, hardwood, and it didn't break. I have a old Wacom tablet that I lost the pen to, it must be one of the first ones because it's really old, and it still works. (I wish I didn't lose the pen to it, I likely would still be using it.)

    Wacom really is durable and reliable, spending a extra $10-$15 on a Bamboo tablet is worth it to be honest.

  7. #661872013-11-14 06:08:31Kip said:

    seriously, it's amazing how durable these tablets are. it's great.

    yup, definitely worth the extra money!

  8. #661972013-11-14 17:34:204OTAwNw said:

    Actually Wacom has renamed the bamboo line to Intuos, and Intuos line to Intuos pro. Just wanted to point that out.

  9. #662112013-11-15 12:15:54 *Kip said:

    okay, sure, but there are still Bamboo products on Amazon that people can buy.

    if somebody just wants the tablet so that they can draw in one program with it and they don't want to spend a lot of money, then a Bamboo tablet is a good tablet to have. the Intuos's cheapest tablet is nearly $80 ($30 more than Bamboo's cheapest). but it also comes with downloadable programs that you can draw in.

    so if somebody doesn't want that, then their just wasting their money. good tablet, but too expensive if you won't be using the added material.

    the name change doesn't really make a difference because they still make Bamboo products, as listed on the website, it's more like they just started to really target Artists more.

    i would only recommend an Intuos if somebody really wanted to get into digital art. the Intuos tablet is definitely not like the Bamboo.

  10. #698112014-02-07 12:16:03Ecstasy said:

    I abuse my bamboo too, got it only about two years ago though, but it's my first tablet, so I had no idea what I'm doing when I started (and not much changed since then), but it's still in a good shape and bears with my shit like a hero.

  11. #661932013-11-14 13:41:12Trev said:

    I had a Bamboo tablet for a very long time and it was good enough even for general computing tasks that I played RTS games with it when I wasn't drawing.

    I can't speak for the Turcom but I replaced my Bamboo with a more expensive Manhattan tablet and the missing precision was definitely noticeable.

  12. #661942013-11-14 15:26:09mizlily said:

    If you sound angry enough when you send a complaint to them, they might give you a full refund. I usually drop the professional business act at this point.

  13. #695292014-02-02 07:25:50 *bunalz said:
    I signed up just to shed a light upon this matter:

    1. [Turcom](http://turcomusa.com/) and [Huion](http://www.huion-tablet.com/about/) are not the same company. It seems that Turcom's tablets are Huion rip-offs. Tursion is even a different company from these two.

    2. The "eraser" part that you saw isn't an eraser at all; that's [the button for turning on/off the stylus](http://www.amazon.com/Huion-Professional-Wireless-Graphic-Replacement/dp/B00DOWNWTW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391318379&sr=1-1&keywords=huion+stylus). The one that's flat at the end is of a [new, rechargable, Huion stylus](http://www.amazon.com/Huion-Rechargeable-Digitizer-Wireless-Christmas/dp/B00DOW6TUQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391318379&sr=1-2&keywords=huion+stylus).

    3. The issue with the drivers (like all other tablets) is known due to Wacom's (if it was installed previously) as well as Windows Tablet feature as stated in this [review](http://frenden.com/post/60704895108/huion-h610-k58-and-w58-tablet-review-round-up).

    4. Your links pointing to [Bamboo Touch Tablet (U$99.95 used)](http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-CTT460-Bamboo-Touch-Tablet/dp/B002OOWC38/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1384337229&sr=1-11&keywords=Wacom+bamboo+tablet) and [Bamboo Pen Tablet (U$144.99 new)](http://www.amazon.com/Bamboo-Small-Pen-Tablet-Only/dp/B000V9T2JA/ref=sr_1_197?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1384337067&sr=1-197) are each more expensive than Huion's (price range of U$40-80 new).

    5. There are many reliable reviewers, with their experience on those tablets, mentioning that Huion/Monoprice/UC-Logic tablets are indeed not replacements for Intuous, but they fare well better than the Bamboo series both in terms of build and performance.
  14. #695312014-02-02 09:39:45Kip said:

    I own a Bamboo Pen Tablet and it was not $145, I bought mine for $40 and it is infinitely better than this piece of garbage. My links are probably broken, this thread is old and I've since given up checking it. Last time I checked, those products I posted were out of stock, but it's not impossible to find them online cheaply (I'm not clicking your links, there is an obvious guideline on how to format your links in posts and I'm not about to click on yours for the risk of getting a virus).

    Also, I've seen plenty of good and bad reviews on these tablets and I still would not recommend it, given the personal experience I've had with it. There are much better tablets out there to buy. This particular one was recommended to me through Tumblr. I would rather buy a more expensive tablet that I can trust instead of buying a shitty one for $40-$50 only to buy ANOTHER for $40-$50 or more once I realize the one I had originally gotten was awful.

    I have fiddled around with the new tablet pen from this brand (as stated before, I received two pens from them), and did not find anything worth while. The "flat" end of the pen was just a useless piece of plastic that didn't lead to anywhere. There was no treasure hidden on the shitty island.

    Rip-off or not, nobody should buy this tablet. My tablet worked for about a month before finally revealing it's true, horrifically trashy self to me.

    I own 3 tablets, and as a tablet owner I'm not stupid enough to leave my previous tablet programs installed while installing new hardware/software onto my computer. So, since that's obviously not the case, further signs point to this being a 100% piece of garbage.

    P.S. I don't trust the 2-years-old "highest rated review" of somebody who's only made one post during their entire Amazon membership. I've went through the reviews. MOST of the reviewers are people who've never owned a Tablet before, or people who gifted it to others, and when you DON'T OWN A TABLET, how do you know what to expect from it? When I bought my first tablet in 2008, I didn't even know pressure sensitivity was a thing and never enabled it. Imagine my shock when my pictures suddenly started to not look like huge pieces of crap once I finally did.

    Long story short, you didn't shed light on anything and the tablet is still a sack of balls that I do not suggest anyone buy.

    I've spoken to people who've switched between tablets (Wacom/Bamboo and some no-name brands), since I have many artist friends, and none of them have said that their tablets came anywhere close to being as smooth and effective as their Bamboo ones. I trust the word of an actual person I can speak to instead of some review online that might be years old. Also, hearing it from a professional artist is better than hearing it from some faceless pleb.

  15. #695372014-02-02 19:05:07 *Mau said:

    As somebody who uses a Monoprice tablet I have nothing but good things to say about it, if you're gonna get a "no-name" brand tablet, I'd personally pick Monoprice. The pen doesn't have an eraser but honestly it's not that big of a deal, not to mention it's not hell on your wallet to get replacement nibs.

    Wacom is good but it's not the end all be all of good. I owned a bamboo two in fact, and while they are good they eventually crapped out on me and I took extremely good care of both, maybe I got defectives, but honestly if I had a choice I probably wouldn't get a Bamboo Fun tablet again.

    I have much better things to say about the Intuous line though, if you're willing to pay a little extra cheddar they are good for those who find themselves drawing on the computer a lot. Because hot dam they are awesome tablets, and sometimes refurbished lines of Intuous have programs bundles too, I got my Intuous 3 bundled with a copy of Painter11, all for 200bucks.

  16. #695422014-02-02 21:54:30 *Kip said:

    @Maudia

    Me and a couple friends still use our old Bamboo tablets from about 4-5 years ago and they all still work, but I've heard a lot of people say that the average lifespan of a tablet should be about 3 years or so. It also depends on how much you use it I guess, but some people I know have literally bent their tablets and they still work fine, surprisingly. The only reason I needed a replacement tablet was because my Intuos' pen broke while I was pulling it out of my pen cleaner (I pulled the pen out too fast and it got stuck, ripping the pen in half). When I checked prices I saw that the pen was over $60 and it was cheaper to just buy a new tablet all together, but I made a huge mistake with this particular tablet.

    Maybe I will look into Monoprice. What I like about Wacoms tablets is that they have a large range for their pressure sensitivity and even their cheapest tablet pens have erasers on them.

    And yes, the extra price is worth it because you get programs to also install. My Intuos4 came with four drawing programs to use, two of them being Adobe products. It also came with about 10 extra nibs in the pen holder plus a wireless magnetic mouse that didn't need batteries (it ran the same way the pen did along the working space of the tablet). I probably wouldn't buy an expensive tablet unless it came with extra stuff like this, honestly. It's like buying in bulk.

  17. #697932014-02-06 17:16:28bunalz said:

    @Kip

    I'm sorry if I've offended you from my post. (I sensed an anger directed towards me from your tone). I really don't have any intention in doing so.

    I don't find the reviews at Amazon (with a few exception) that reliable either; the reviews that I was referring to were the ones from deviantART. The review in the post was from Frenden (he's quite a vet in the tablet area, though I'm not surprised if few knows him).

    The tablet that I recommended from my post above was Huion (and not the rip-offs). Of course, like the members from deviantART, apart from Huion, they do recommend Monoprice and other similar UC-Logic tablets as alternatives to Wacom Bamboo (especially for entry-level tablets). However, I always suggest to my friends Intuous and alternatives to Cintiq whenever one can afford to buy them.

    Regarding the links, I could not get both BBCode and Markdown to properly format them (though the preview did display them correctly). I ensure you the links are clean and safe. (I do understand if someone would got cautious).

    I still haven't got any confirmation message from Gravatar (if the "faceless pleb" was directed to my avatar).

  18. #698022014-02-06 22:03:12Kip said:

    @bunalz

    You didn't offend me, trust me. Also, "faceless pleb" was directed at the many reviewers on Amazon who have no credibility.

    For the Gravatar, don't forget that your email that you signed up for with Gravatar has to be the same that you used for CL. Make sure the image is rated G as well after you upload it.

  19. #698102014-02-07 11:43:01Rune said:

    I remember using Intuos 2 because this animation school I went to had no way of buying what was the shiny new Intuos 4. Now that I have Intuos 4 myself, for some reason I feel that Intuos 2 just felt so much sturdier and firmer while on Intuos 4, it's almost as if my hands would slip all the time.

    So, I think that if you want a great bigger sized tablet but wouldn't want to shell out tons of $$$, Intuos 2 is still imo, a good option to consider. A quick look on ebay have these things from $20-$200 with/without pen or mouse so if you shop smart, I bet you could find a good deal on this.

  20. #706292014-02-26 22:09:03Tsus-Zeus said:

    Can someone help? I bought this piece of crap and although i have no issues with it...the dam usb port broke, making it impossible for the tablet to stay connected to the computer, if the cable had broke it would have been fine but the PORT ON THE DAM TABLET broke...so theres no sticking any cable in there....i know i have a warranty, however the website doesn't have a sign in option, i probably deleted the email, and i need to get this fixed before my mother kills me...? Any Ideas?

  21. #706452014-02-27 03:32:11Kip said:

    @Tsus-Zeus well, you can do what i do and open up your electronics to fix them, but i don't know if you have any experience in that like i do. the port has probably come loose inside of the tablet itself. i noticed this was an issue with mine as well, and I need to constantly keep pressure on the port to keep it connected while i'm drawing.

    try going to somewhere like BestBuy to get your tablet's port fixed. i would never recommend them for computer repair, but they sell tablets and might be able to help you with something simple like this if you explain the problem to them. if they give you some weird looks, just tell them a friend had the same thing happen and their Geek Squad or whoever was able to fix it. always works for me when i need somebody to help.

  22. #706352014-02-26 23:41:56Solis said:

    I'm also here to advocate for Monoprice if anyone's in the market for a cheap tablet. I downgraded from an aging 4x6 Intuos 3, but it wasn't much of a downgrade - the only difference is that the pen lacks an eraser and is battery-powered. It was also much bigger (6x10) for a fraction of the price ($50 vs. $200+ at launch). Same sensitivity too. I should also mention that I've had this tablet for little over a year now and I'm hella abusive when it comes to electronics.

  23. #718832014-03-24 06:10:25Kip said:

    The Intuos Pen & Touch

    So today I received the Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet as a gift. I installed it and tried it out as soon as I got home and decided to write a short review on it.

    http://i.imgur.com/7G8BPwC.jpg

    First let me start off by saying that I am a firm believer that you should never buy anything at full price. The Intuos Pen & Touch was 99.99 USD (came out to about 112 USD with tax). I thought that was a bit silly, considering I bought my previous Bamboo Pen & Touch for 60 USD (coupons and reward points). I had deeply considered whether I wanted the regular Intuos Pen Tablet for 79.99 USD over the Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet, but ultimately went with the Pen & Touch (mostly because the Pen & Touch Tablet's pen came with an eraser, whereas the Pen Tablet's did not). For 20 dollars more I had hoped that it was as good as it looked.

    Anyways, needless to say I was very excited to start unwrapping my new tablet, since my Turcom Huion Tablet had not lived up to it's expectations and had recently just kicked the bucket (the USB connection no longer works and the tablet ceases functioning in the middle of my drawings, not related to the replaceable battery inside the pen, which is still just as horrible as ever).

    http://i.imgur.com/9cEUQ6l.jpg

    Wacom keeps it real with "black is professional"

    After opening the packaging I wasn't surprised to see how small the tablet was, but I was very happy to see that it was packaged nicely, as all of Wacom's products that I've purchased have been. My Turcom Huion Tablet was literally a tablet and a pen wrapped in bubble-wrap and stuffed into a box when I received it in the mail. Very sloppy.

    http://i.imgur.com/ACpQZf3.jpg?1

    Installation manual and USB cord are under the tablet. Was a little disappointed by the lack of a Pen Stand, which I have received with all of my previous tablets, including the Turcom Huion tablet. However, I was impressed by the plastic clips over both ends of the USB cord to protect them.

    http://i.imgur.com/eYMuKPa.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/j7vXnSK.jpg

    After removing the anti-static bag from the tablet I got to have a better look at it. I like this design a lot more than the older Pen & Touch tablets. I prefer a rectangular working space rather than a square, and it fits nicely on my lap or at the side of my laptop. Rather than having a secluded working space, there are 4 light dots on the tablet that indicate where your working space is and calibrates itself so that each dot is a corner of your monitor. The tablet is also thin but on a slight incline, which I found made drawing a bit more comfortable since I was on a tilted surface rather than flat and straight.

    http://i.imgur.com/HgWdukW.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/EoxA791.jpg

    I had no idea what this thing was for until I looked at the manual.

    http://i.imgur.com/6mWkLGa.jpg

    Whatever keeps my pen in place, I guess. Replacement for the Pen Stand, maybe? I don't know. I have a pen cozy now.

    http://i.imgur.com/yeZAXCU.jpg

    Also, as usual, Wacom has given you the choice to change the colors of your tablet's accessories. You can either choose blue or black for the pen cozy and colored pen ring (my old Intuos 4 gave you the option of changing your pen ring to blue, white, red, green, or black).

    http://i.imgur.com/xemlwjH.jpg

    Anyway, back to the main parts of the tablet. There are two buttons on each end of the tablet, which you can customize to do different computer functions, and one LED light on each side between the two. On the right side, the light will glow blue when you are using the working space, like most tablets do. The left will glow white, indicating that the tablet is on and functioning.

    http://i.imgur.com/ngFhdEl.jpg

    Taking a further look at the workings of the tablet, I was a bit disappointed to see that the USB cord seemed to be a smaller size than most, both in length and in the size of the B connector. Which means I'll have to go out and find these stupid things and waste money on them instead of just replacing the cable with one of the hundreds of cords lying around my house. Not really a big deal, but kind of inconvenient.

    http://i.imgur.com/JbvOUBP.jpg


    Installation and Settings

    The first thing I do before installing any tablet is to go to my Control Panel>Program's and uninstall any previous tablet/tablet driver's installed, because they can interfere with the current tablet settings being installed due to similar software. After installing my new Intuos, I had to go to my Pen Tablet Untility and remove all Previous User Preferences because the tablet's Pen Settings and pressure sensitivity wouldn't work properly due to the settings still altered in my computer's main tablet properties. After fixing those and getting rid of it, the tablet was fine and I was able to open my Pen Settings from the Wacom folder without anymore issues. All alterations I made were accepted.

    I will show you what the Pen Settings looks like for this Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet.

    http://i.imgur.com/YLI8r89.png

    The first tab is to customize your tablet buttons. I don't really use these a lot, but you can customize a quick "Undo" or "Back" option with these which would come in handy. I used to have mine customized to "Zoom In" and "Zoom Out" for convenience.

    http://i.imgur.com/2uypNQe.png

    These will be your pen's settings. These are not the default options, I have already customized mine to fit what I feel is comfortable for drawing. Pretty self explanatory, you can edit the buttons and pressure sensitivity here.

    http://i.imgur.com/Aa3z8hE.png

    The Mapping tab allows you to customize where you want your working area to be, how big it is, and how much of your tablet you'd like to use for it.

    http://i.imgur.com/kyvPX80.png

    There is also a Mouse Mode option (a personal favorite of mine), which is good for those who don't like lifting their pen and having it teleport to a different spot after placing it back down. I used this mode a lot whenever I played video games with my old tablets.

    http://i.imgur.com/V39U8jo.png

    These are just your basic keystrokes, usually activated when you enable them and then hold down a left click on the working area. I normally don't use these and leave them disabled, but other people might find them useful. Keystrokes are used to activate different functions of your computer, similar to the top four buttons. These can also be customized.


    Touch Settings

    Let's get to the "& Touch" part of the tablet.

    I will be honest, I was a bit concerned about the Touch settings for the new tablet, as I'd never experienced something like it before. I'm the kind of person who leans her palm on the tablet while drawing, so I thought this would be a big issue for me. However, upon further inspection of the tablet after I opened it, I discovered an "On/Off" switch at the top, which I realized was a switch for the touch settings on the tablet. I originally thought it was for the Wireless option, since the packaging said that it was possible to install Wireless settings for the Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet. I was pleasantly surprised, and relieved. I thought I would need to disable the Touch option via the software, but this is much easier.

    http://i.imgur.com/qOuwrXK.jpg

    Now, as for the actual touch settings:

    http://i.imgur.com/V3Kmssj.png

    http://i.imgur.com/6V9C0mY.png

    These are the default settings, although personally I felt that the Touch function was very "choppy". It was cool to use my finger to control the working area rather than the pen, kind of like using a touchscreen on a smartphone. Really, the only thing this thing is missing is a holographic keyboard.


    Added Software

    http://i.imgur.com/F04g9So.png

    Wacom was generous enough to include 4 different drawing software with their new Intuos tablets, which I suppose makes the 112 USD a bit more worth it. In order to receive your "free" software from Wacom, you have to register an account on the site (or log in to your preexisting one). You can get to the page by using the "Getting Started" link provided in your installation settings, which you can get back to by using the provided installation CD or navigating through Wacom's website.

    These are the programs that come with the Inutos Pen & Touch Tablet

    http://i.imgur.com/XZPWgpn.png

    I was happy about getting Autodesk SketchBook again since it was lost on my old laptop, it was a very nice program and I used it a lot for sketching things.

    Speaking of sketching.

    http://i.imgur.com/NllqOxD.png

    Same brush used with the same settings and same brush size, drawn on different tablets. I know I've said this a million times before, but Wacom is quality. I will provide better sketches when I have more time to draw to show you what I mean.


    The Pros and Cons

    Pros:

    • Very smooth. Wider pressure range compared to my Intuos 4 and other two tablets.

    • Rectangular shape is more comfortable on the wrist while working.

    • Easy to install, and all replacement drivers are on the website in case the CD is lost (however, plugging in the tablet activates an installation mode exactly like the CD, so use of a disc is hardly necessary).

    • Pen is very light and has an eraser. Very nice feel, thinner than the old Intuos and Bamboo pens. Feels more like a mechanical pencil now.

    • No batteries.

    • User friendly. Installation is a single click and you can go right to drawing, even without editing your default Pen Settings.

    • Compatible with nearly every drawing program on the market.

    • Tablet is a constant surface with no secluded working area, meaning no more hitting the edges of some dumb square and getting vertical/horizontal lines in the middle of your drawing if you accidentally go over. The tablet continues drawing until you are off of the entire surface/no longer on the tablet itself.

    Cons:

    • Small USB cord and B connector makes replacing wires inconvenient to my wallet.

    • Touch Pad function is still very choppy even after altering the settings.

    • Drawing surface is not pen-to-tablet comfortable. I'm not used to the new materials they're using. It's kind of like drawing on charcoal.

    • The tablet doesn't feel very durable. I'm afraid it might shatter into a million pieces if I drop it even once.

    • Unable to disable the clicking graphic when using Pen Mode (does not appear while drawing, only when using the regular desktop/browser/anything else).

    • Positioning of the buttons at the top of the tablet force me to grab my tablet by the working space when I carry it, which makes me uncomfortable since I don't want to damage it.

    • Overall design feels very flimsy and easily breakable.

    • Does not come with extra Pen Nibs, despite being an Intuos and rather expensive.

    Would I Recommend This Tablet?

    I always recommend Wacom's tablets because of their drawing quality, but I'm not sure where the Small Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet falls. It's good beginner tablet if you can get it CHEAPER, otherwise I would suggest the regular Intuos Pen Tablet. The Medium sized Pen & Touch was around 200+ USD, and after using the smaller version I can understand why people would purchase a Medium instead.

    My Pen & Touch is great so far, but too small in my opinion. If you are serious about art and want an Intuos, I would recommend the Medium sized version. The Small is still fantastic, but I can see myself having some issues with it. For the Pen & Touch itself, yes, I would recommend this tablet to others.

    I give it an 8/10. The older designs were what made Bamboo and Intuos so reliable, and I'm skeptical on whether or not this one will hold up as well. I'm just hoping Wacom hasn't made a mistake with this new look they're going for.

  24. #862642015-01-13 07:15:10shaunakde said:

    Thank you. You just saved me the heartache of buying the huion. I'm on my way to buy a Wacom one medium. (1024 Levels, 10x6")

  25. #871932015-02-08 04:45:30 *texbob said:

    I wish I had read this earlier. I just wasted a few hours of my life trying to get the Turcom tablet to work properly. In Photoshop 2014, it's a no-go. You can draw with it but the pressure is undetected. I did finally get Corel Painter to do pressure after I uninstalled the Huion driver and installed an older Turcom driver. WTH? Just from trying to get it working, I can feel the tip is already getting scratchy for some reason (or maybe it was on one side all along and I hadn't rotated the pen that way). It just feels cheap. It was a Christmas gift to me from my Amazon list. I chose it because I was chumped by the favorable reviews. Looking for solution, I found this post. Now I know what the solution is, return this POS and get a Wacom.

  26. #896392015-05-10 17:34:30PixelKhaos said:

    This may be old, but I still want to clarify; The Turcom is a pirate brand. It's made cheaply, mimicking other brands. They know they're screwing you over. Monoprice is another brand that mimics other brands, but they try a bit more and can be "okay".

    So essentially, if you want a Huion, buy it from their site, not on Amazon or Ebay, because you can get screwed over real bad. I've used Huions for quite some time and they're actually good. Better than a Wacom if you're on a Mac as the support is better. The surface is slightly textured to be a bit like paper and very much non-stick. It barely scratches when I use it etc. I very much recommend Huion as a good, cheap alternative to Wacom. But for gods sake, make sure you actually buy a HUION and not a pirated hardware.

  27. #896442015-05-11 04:52:35 *Kip said:

    @PixelKhaos As far as i know, this specific type of tablet got a lot of hype on tumblr and this was a huge run down of why the tablet is actually a piece of shi and not to buy the Turcom Huion (also yes, like you said, somebody in this thread mentioned that Turcom was a knock-off brand). Also, from what i've heard going around the Amazon account is owned by Huion itself, but i'd like to see that cleared up as well if its untrue. I've moved on to Yiynova since they have a good rep for being great Cintiq alternatives and so far i can say that the tablet is reliable and the research i did on it came back clean enough for me to purchase.

    I've seen other good tablets from Huion themselves, such as their monitor tablets, but lesson to be learned here is don't spring buy a cheap tablet that people are hyping about before doing some better research on it (like i did, derp). Luckily, the tablet was only $50, and i got it for $25 because of a giftcard. So it wasn't much of a loss, though it WAS one hell of a pain in the ass. It lasted about 2 months before crapping out.

  28. #896462015-05-11 05:02:54 *Kip said:

    Being the nice person i am, i have adjusted some of my wording in the OP and have also added a correction at the end stating that Turcom is the knock-off brand of Huion.

    although getting a slew of haters would be otherwise funny for a person like me, i decided to not be a jackass and fix my insensitivity. :^)

  29. #896692015-05-11 15:22:03PixelKhaos said:

    @Kip oh and I do recall warning people on tumblr NOT to get Turcom as it's a knock-off and costs pretty much the same as the actual Huion tablets. But it's hard to warn all thousands of people that reblog and share posts about it, so you do what you can I guess.

  30. #896722015-05-11 16:55:59Kip said:

    @PixelKhaos yeah i know what you mean lol

    its especially hard because people are so used to seeing tablets for like 100+ dollars and then here comes this thing for 40 - 50 and people are looking for something bigger but cheaper, or just haven't bought tablets at all yet. i was super excited about it because the working space was HUGE for a 50 dollar tablets (something that would have cost like 200+ from Wacom) and there were A LOT of notes and hype and i just got caught up in it too much (like many others seem to be). occasionally i see a post about Turcom on tumblr going around attempting to debunk the more popular one with like 10,000+ notes but they don't really go anywhere, which is disappointing.