Cintiq Alternative- The Artisul D13


Here’s an interesting new tablet on the market, or at least new to me and my friends… The Artisul D13 which is essentially a 13″ Cintiq type device. you draw directly on the screen and connect it to your laptop or desktop. No word on whether it has Wacom drivers or is N-trig but it seems to be a neat little device and if you read the story behind it, it was designed BY an artist so you know that they’re catering to our community. In the box are the tablet with stylus, Pen Case (10 tips + Pen and inbuilt tip remover), Pen stand HDMI & USB cable, Universal Power Adaptor and 12 Month Warranty. The Artisul D13 sells for $599 and the stand is an extra $60.



with MAC and Windows

Advanced Precision

2048 pen pressure for easy control along with 10 pen tips

HD Display & Connections

13.3″ screen size, wide degree viewing angle, USB and HDMI cable


right or left-handed adaptability

Hot Keys

for shortcuts and increased productivity


Can be powered by two 3.0USB

Here’s a short video of Roberto Blake using the device. He seems to like it and can clearly draw on it. Still no word on those damn drivers though!

Cintiq Alternative: Huion GT-185HD IPS Tablet Monitor

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There’s a new tablet monitor poised on the horizon; The Huion GT-185HD IPS Tablet Monitor. Not much is know about it other than what the company has stated below but it’s supposed to be launching soon! Check out the details below.

Huion GT-185HD IPS Tablet Monitor – Transforming your Digital Experience !

It’s time to redefine your artistry with new generation of Monitor Pen Tablets from Huion. One of its kind technology is designed by a team of experts so that you can maximise your creativity with Monitor Pen Tablets from Huion. Enjoy your creativity with total freedom and flexibility.

Its natural pen on screen experience makes you work faster and easier which allow you to take your creative instinct to the next level. Huion GT-185HD comes with distinguished New Feature of 8 hot keys with the power of High Definition screen that assures every artwork is designed with remarkable detailing and perfection. Furthermore, you will feel the enhanced technology with 2048 Pressure sensitive levels in every stroke and line with enriched viewing angle along with 220 RPS and 5080 LPI resolution.

Huion GT-185HD IPS Tablet Monitor is for more demanding Professionals to create remarkable details with accuracy while working on creative software. Huion GT-185HD has brought something better for Creative Professionals with many First Time Introduced and enhanced features, cutting edge to your creativity.

So be ready to quench your creative thirst with the finest tablet monitor and soar to the new height of artistic perfection. Turn your art desk into a smart desk with Huion GT-185HD IPS Tablet Monitor Pen Tablet.

Technology Electromagnetic Digitizer
Active Area 408.96 (H)×230.04(V)(mm)
Resolution 5080 LPI (Line Per Inches)
Report Rate 220 RPS(Revolution Per Second)
Pen Pressure 2048 Levels
Reading Height 15mm(Max.)
Supply Voltage Input 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, Output 12VDC, 3A
Power Consumption 700uA (Max.)
Interface Support VGA (D-Sub), DVI, HDMI
OS Support Windows XP or later(32bits和64bits)®MAC OS X 10.4.11 or later
Compliance One Year Warranty
Dimensions/piece 485 mm x 296mm x 45mm
Net Weight/ piece 3.1kg
Gross Weight/piece 4.53KG
Out Carton Dimensions 535mmX100mmX390mm
Quantity per Carton 1
Net Weight/carton 3.1KG
USB Cable Length No
Type No
Gross Weight/carton 4.53KG
Express Keys Left: 8 Right: 8
Function Keys No

Cintiq Alternative: Ugee 1910B 19″ Monitor Drawing Tablet review

If you remember a while back we reported on a Cintiq alternative called the Ugee 1910B 19″ Monitor Drawing Tablet which you can currently purchase on Amazon for only $429 and users really seemed to like. Today I was alerted to a fantastic and very lengthy in depth review of  the device itself by an artist named Holly. The review points to an unboxing video as well as two other demos of using the tablet monitor and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the results. If I needed a new Cintiq I might actually drop the cash for this one.

You can read the full review here.

Of course you REALLY don’t need a huge tablet like this when you can still buy an LE 1600 for LESS THAN $100 at Gainsaver which works perfectly well for a cheap digital sketchbook. Also recently I purchased a J3400 from eBay also made by Motion which I’ll put through it’s paces and hopefully do a review.

If the Ugee makers want to send us a demo unit we’d LOVE to take the tablet monitor through it’s paces.


News: Cintiq Alternative: Ugee 19 Inches Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet


A friend of mine Jason Kruse alerted me to a new pen tablet on the market called the Ugee 19 Inches Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet and for the most part it appears as though it’s worth it. Since I don’t have one or any details to go on other than the reviews I’ll just post the review on Amazon from a woman named Katie Wesch and let it speak for itself. You can purchase one on Amazon here.

Incidentally we interviewed Jason a while back.

This is a very large screen (19in), larger than a sheet of printer paper and closer to a large bristol board. But the size is why it is great…when you’re in an art program, you have your tools to one side and your drawing in the middle, making the extra room very important. Don’t even think about trying to draw in your lap with this. You’re going to struggle if you try. (Just…trust me.)

This tablet is for setting on a table, in front of your computer. The stand is built in, and you can easily adjust the stand to whatever height you’d like….EXCEPT for completely flat (or, at least, it is very difficult to make it flat) which is why it isn’t for drawing in your lap. Not to mention the four different cables hooked up to the inside.

The tablet comes with all the cords you need. (In my case, at least.) An adapter, a USB plug-in and a wall plug-in (it has to be plugged in to the wall AND your computer, with both the USB and adapter to work, which didn’t bother me that much). It comes with a pen that is medium in size, thicker than a pencil but not crazy thick like a marker. The pen has a button that can be triggered to right click. I’ll talk about that later. The pen is wireless, electromagnetic (with backup battery), and has a nib holder (!). I’ll also talk about that later.

It also comes with gloves (to prevent you from smudging your screen while drawing and/or to clean the screen) and a cleaning cloth.

It comes with clear instructions that, if you follow them, make installing a breeze. After installing, you calibrate the tablet to your computer until it matches up. It even gives you a chance to test pen pressure and colors to make sure they work well. In my experience, the tablet’s resolution was a bit lower than my computer’s but perhaps that can be fixed. Also, if your computer screen is larger than the tablet screen (yes, my laptop’s screen is huge), expect another change in resolution, proportion wise. Didn’t bother me that much or distract me while drawing so *shrug*.


+ So easy to use. Really. It’s a dream come true since I draw best when, you know, actually looking at what I’m drawing while drawing and I struggled with hand-eye-coordination with screenless tablets.
+ The pen pressure works wonderfully, dare I say better than my Bamboo’s pressure levels. The pen knows when I’m just tapping. It knows when I make a quick, light line. It knows when I’m pressing down hard, and if I press down hard enough, it will start pooling. It works very much like a real ink pen.
+ The screen, while not exactly hyper HD resolution, gives a clear detailed picture.
+ The pen matches up with cursor well enough that I do not have to worry about mismatched lines. It follows the pen without lagging behind.
+ While I’m sure that a lot of it is the speed of my laptop itself, it works fast with no lag in general. Unless I leave it for ten minutes or something, I don’t really worry about the lag while the screen “wakes up.”
+ Coloring is equally fluid, and responsive. In other words, the pen has the same good pressure and recognition whether working with paint, pencil or ink, and the same goes for making lines or tapping dots.
+ I tested it on the following programs and it works on all of them well:
* Clip Studio Paint Pro (Seriously amazing results here, and props have to be given to the program itself as well as the tablet. Painting and inking was so fluid it was just like doing it on paper. All that is needed is to be careful and know what you’re doing.)
* Photoshop (it should be noted that the program is Elements 8, however the brushes are quite dynamic to the point I’m sure you’ll be fine in Photoshop CS, since I have a little experience trying it in CS as well.)
* Paint Tool Sai
* and of course the desktop itself XD

UPDATE + Another thing I felt was nice was how kind the seller was. The seller frequently checked in during the shipping process, to ask if the tablet had arrived, and also asked if the tablet was working well for me. I’ve never had any seller actually check in on me, so the friendliness of these guys was pretty cool.

+ The screen is not…textured. It’s glossy and glassy, slick. That doesn’t bother me when drawing, in fact I like it, but it does make glare an issue if you put it at the wrong angle, to the point you have to move your body to overcome the glare. But if you turn it right and are in sitting in the correct lighting in the first place this won’t be a problem.
+ Like I mentioned, I wish it was possible to improve the resolution. Not a dealbreaker or star reducer…I just wish.
+ Since the screen is basically glass, it may smudge on you easily. But that’s why you should wear the gloves and why you have a glass wipe.
+ It is very bulky, only for drawing on tables with lots of room. UPDATE – The cords themselves are what require the most room.
+ UPDATE – Sometimes I feel like the pen acts a little bit *too* realistically, occasionally requiring me to tilt the pen like I would a real ink well pen in order to get any flow. This is a problem I noticed only in Clip Paint Studio though, so it may be a problem specific to this program’s already realistic ink pen.
+ UPDATE – If you try to run multiple programs, especially high memory ones, expect lag. This does NOT happen when running multiple low MB art programs, however, I tried to make a speedpaint of this tablet, running a video capture that made a video full of GB, and I noticed lag. But I think that would happen with every tablet ever, trying to run a high GB program alongside drawing. XD

BOTTOM LINE: It works. It just works. If you can do better, then go ahead, but if you’re in the market for an affordable tablet…here you go. Give it a shot. I love mine.

Detail specs:

Active Area: 402mm X 255mm
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 levels
Accuracy: 0.25mm
Display Area: 402mmx255mm
Resolution: 1440 X 900
Response Time: 5ms
Pixel Pitch : 0.294mm(per one triadH) x 0.294mm(V)
Electrical Interface: Dual channel LVDS
Support Color: 16.7M(RGB 6-bit data + HiFRC data)
Contrast Ratio: 800:01:00
Backlight Unit: 4 replaceable CCFL edge-light(top/bottom)
Brightness: 300(cd/m2)@7.5mA
Power Consumption: Working: 24.71 Watt;Standby:1 Watt
Power Source: AC100-240V Universal

System Requirements:
1. Operation system(Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8 Mac OS 10.2.6 above)
2. Pentium 233MHz processor or above
3. 64MB of Ram(128MB recommended)
4. 128MB setup Hard disk space
5. 4x Speed CD ROM or above
6. An available USB port

Package contents:
1x D-Sub Signal Cord
1x Power Adapter
1x USB Cable
1x P50S Pen
1x Nib Barrel
1x Installation CD
8x Replacement Nibs
1x Nib Removement Tool
1x User Manual
1x Pergear clean Kit


Cintiq Killer? The ThinkVision LT1423p

Lenovo-Thinkvision-1423P is reporting a review for a relatively unknown new Cintiq competitor called the ThinkVision LT1423p Touch Mobile Monitor and while they seem to like it more or less there are other reviews on the Lenovo forums are iffy. I will say that some of those reviews seem to stem from not understanding the device.

The ThinkVision LT1423p is a 13″ penabled touch screen tablet which you connect to your PC or Mac to draw on much like a Wacom Cintiq albeit smaller and not as reliable as you’ll see below. The device apparently uses two USB3 to power it so if you don’t HAVE USB 3.0 you’re done with this mini review right now. It also appears to work wirelessly but the reviews on that were poor so I wouldn’t trust it. The pen is total crap (like the Lenovo Helix’s) too but I would imagine any Wacom penabled pen will work so that’s a relative non issue. I have always been impressed with Lenovo’s build quality and the video supports this.  The video reviewer talks quite a bit about troubles with the drivers, which is odd to me since Lenovo usually places quite a bit of attention to detail with their own software. This makes me feel like it’s almost a throwaway device and they don’t support it much which worries me a bit.

I’m actually pretty impressed with the drawing lag or lack thereof, which seems to be very low if you check out the video at around 10:29 or this point and it’s one of the reasons I’m even pointing to this device at all.

The corner tests seemed good as well, and what I mean by that is that you can draw all the way to the very corner of the device without losing connection of th pen or having the cursor stray from the pen’s point which isn’t always the best even on Cintiqs I’ve tried, especially the 12″ one. This being a touch enabled monitor, I’m pretty sure the Palm rejection is crap since no one seems to be able to get that right yet. Luckily on a PC it’s sort of a non issue since you can disable to Touch driver, but on the Mac, I’m not so sure how you’d disable it but you could use a Smudgeguard glove to disable the touch which is actually a decent tradeoff and works beautifully.


The forums led me to the Youtube video above which were fairly positive albeit some hiccups with driver issues.

“I’ve confirmed pressure sensitivity works in Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro (x86), Paint Tool SAI, OneNote, Sticky Notes, and Sculptris. I’m guessing this isn’t much of a surprise for any of you.

All in all, this seems like a solid product. I have an Intuos 4 Large and use the monitors shown in the youtube video as a reference to measure my subjectivity. The screen looks great, and is responsive. I have detected some parallax effect, but that was anticipated. It is worse when the stylus is not tangent (90 degrees) to the tablet surface. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how little the offset was after calibration. My biggest hardware complaint I would have to be the dinky stylus, but thankfully other compatible ones are available.

EDIT: Eraser and second side-switch functionality do not work on this device, even if the stylus has those features itself. This is based on testimony from others in this thread, as well as my own. I spoke with Wacom representatives in person, and they told me that the device supports those features, but it’s in Lenovo’s court as to whether or not to activate them. ”


You can read more of that discussion here.

All in all it seems like if you can get past the driver issues at $600 bucks,  it’s a decent alternative to a Wacom Cintiq.

You can buy a ThinkVision LT1423p here on Amazon.