I didn’t think I’d have a graphics tablet any time soon, even though digitizing is supposed to be much easier. I work in technology, so it wasn’t that I didn’t want one. It was just that the cost was pretty high, considering that I had just paid more than $2000 for the software and that at this point, digitizing was just a hobby.
However, my wonderful parents gave me cash for Christmas and I decided to go for it. I didn’t get the highly-recommended Wacom Cintiq (around $800). Instead, I settled on the Gaomon PD1560. (Here’s a link to this item on Amazon: PD1560. Please note that is is not an affiliate link and I won’t receive any money if you buy one of your own.)
Both the Cintiq and the PD1560 are monitors that are sort of like touch screen tablets, but they only work when you touch them with the (included) pen. Resting your hand on the screen doesn’t do anything.
The PD1560 was a little more than half the price of the Cintiq, but what really sold me on it was the number of reviewers who said they were used to using the Cintiq at work and bought this tablet to use at home. They also mentioned wonderful customer support. It has 10 programmable buttons down the left side which is a great help when digitizing.
I’ve only used it for an hour or so, but I’m very impressed. The display is bright and easy to read, and can be adjusted like any monitor. It comes with a very sturdy stand and they even include the screwdriver you need to attach it. One unexpected bonus is that the PD1560 sits on my desk so I look down on it. I think it’s going to be much easier to read with my bifocals.
I had a few hiccups in the beginning. First, I wasn’t aggressive enough when I inserted the HDMI cable and it wasn’t fully seated. The screen also needed to be calibrated, but I would expect that. Once I got it through my head that if I wanted to right-click (to make a curved line) I shouldn’t touch the screen with the point of the pen, I was off and running.
I may change my mind if problems crop up, but for now I’m delighted with my purchase.
Here are the things I configured.
I set the PD1650 to extend the desktop. I might change that later.
I programmed the keys on the side as follows:
- Ctrl-Delete (yes, you can select combinations!)
Looking at this list, I think I might move things around a bit. I’m going to be really annoyed if I hit Esc when I meant to hit Enter.
I was having real problems clicking the wrong pen button, so I set both of them to be a right-click. Now that I know what I’m doing, I may choose something else for one of them.
The settings can be exported and imported, so I can configure the keys for each application I use and import the one I need at the moment.
The display is much wider than it is tall, so I rearranged all my menus to run along the sides instead of the bottom or top of the screen. This includes the Windows menu. I also set the display to 100% magnification. For some reason, it defaulted to 150% when I first installed it.