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Quick review: XP-Pen DECO 02 10"x5.63" Graphic Drawing Tablet

September 20, 2018 by graphicdesign  

I have never used a graphics tablet before but I have been wanting to experiment with one for quite some time. My needs are driven by photography, and my primary use would be with the adjustment brush in Lightroom. I am also a Photoshop user and use with that product with retouching and layering/masking tools would be a secondary use. Wacom tablets, even the intuos line, are not inexpensive and their prices have deterred me from taking the plunge. I ran across some favorable anecdotal reviews of XP-Pen DECO 02 graphics tablets recently. The XP-Pen tablets range in price from $30 to $100 with a roughly A5-sized tablet priced at $40. At that price point, the buying decision became a lot easier. I received this tablet last evening:  https://www.xp-pen.com/goods/show/id/324.html .

To give you a sense of its size, here is a thumbnailed photo of it positioned in front of my monitor.

The tablet is manufactured by XP-Pen and newer drivers than what were packaged with the product are available for download from their web site. Installation was simple, just install the drivers, plug the tablet into a USB port, The installation routine adds the pen driver to the login items for the current account. The configuration utility is not added as a preference pane but rather as a separate application accessed from the /Applications/PenTabletSetting folder. It permits the configuration of the pen buttons, the pen area on the tablet, hot cells that appear as a row across the top of the pen area, and pressure sensitivity.

I am still learning how to use a tablet. Using it to draw masks with the adjustment brush is much more intuitive than using a mouse and the control is better. I am still getting a feel for using it to manipulate the many sliders in LR's develop panel and it is definitely different than using a mouse. Lifting the pen away from the tablet seems to be the most effective way to disengage the pen from the control that currently has focus. It is different from what I am used to and will require some learning on my part.

I quickly tried it in Photoshop using it to do something simple like signing my name. The brush width was sensitive to pressure, so that aspect of the driver works. Again, with experience I am sure my skills will improve.

The equivalent Wacom tablet is the Intuos Pro M. The Wacom's pen area is a bit smaller that the XP-Pen tablet: 8.7"x5.8" compared with 10" x 5.63". The Wacom pad comes with some bundled software while the XP-Pen DECO 02 graphics Tablet does not, but the software bundled with the Wacom is not compelling to me. Especially when you factor in the price difference: $349 for the Wacom tablet versus $90 for the XP-Pen DECO 02 tablet from their offical online store .

XP-Pen Releases Artist 22E Pro Professional Pen Display Tablet Monitor

September 20, 2018 by graphicdesign  

The professional pen display Artist 22E Pro became available for purchase online. Not only does it have a stunning 21.5 inch-wide screen, but it also brings creators unlimited possibilities. It has the following highlights:
The battery-free digital pen makes creation unrestricted.
Professional 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity allows for fine painting.
The report rate is upgraded up to 266 RPS, which is the highest in the industry.
The screen is covered with anti-glare glass with a full viewing angle of 178 degrees.
In the left and right hands control mode, 16 customizable shortcut keys with 2 front touch bars make creating more convenient.

As part of the Artist desktop screen series, Artist 22E Pro adopts a stable, grand and black PC frosted shell design which ensures durability and effectively reduces the body thickness, with the thinnest section being only 21mm.

As a professional grade product, Artist 22E Pro has a super large working area of 21.5 inches, and the IPS panel also has a full HD display resolution of 1920 x 1080. The display itself has fine and smooth visuals and also greatly reduces chromatic aberration.

The pen of the Artist 22E Pro is also a big surprise. The amazing battery-free digital pen adopts new passive electromagnetic induction technology meaning it does not need to be charged and users are able to begin drawing anywhere. The two shortcut keys on the side of the pen default to the eraser function and the right mouse button. In the user-defined mode, they can be programmed to execute different tasks or more specific commands, such as zooming in, zooming out, and switching brushes. Another surprise is the upgrade of report rate. 266RPS is the highest report rate in the industry which ensures there is almost no delay for pen feedback.

The Artist 22E Pro Drawing Tablet itself is also designed to provide a more efficient, smooth, and pleasant experience for digital creators. Artist 22E Pro has 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity and supports high-precision design such as CG animation and industrial design. Due to the precise force feedback, the thickness of the lines and the depth of the color is simple to control with the pen.

Artist 22E Pro was also designed with a wide range of creative postures in mind. The screen is covered with anti-glare glass with a full viewing angle of 178 degrees to prevent the creative process from being interrupted by screen reflection and the color in the picture is transparent and clear! So there is no need to worry about all the troubles caused by chromatic aberration. Artist 22E Pro covers up to 100% sRGB color gamut with 16.7 M(8 bit) display colors, which excites designers the most since it ensures even and saturated colors as well as smooth and natural color transitions.

Artist 22E Pro is a professional pen display and it can become the most reliable work partner for designers. Artist 22E Pro not only meets the requirements of a pen display but also has 16 customizable shortcut keys for non-detachable left and right hand control. It is not easy for designers to find the functions they need when faced with hundreds of functional combinations in their painting software. Designers can customize the shortcut keys to their most commonly used features, which is quite convenient. Two front touch bars support web browsing, canvas zooming in, zooming out, and moving.

XP-Pen also has some fun accessories. The shape of the pen holder looks like a doughnut, creating a relaxing atmosphere for designers' daily life. The small round pen holder can be used in three ways. The pen can be placed horizontally and vertically and it can store 8 replacement pen nibs. In addition, the optional multi-section adjustable stand can be adjusted from between 20 - 80 degrees. The metal base of the stand also ensures stability. With two black soft rubber anti-skid sleeves, the product can stand on the table stably, making Artist 22E Pro a true desktop and professional pen display. Combined with powerful performance, it can serves as your exclusive design studio device.

XP-Pen Official site : https://www.xp-pen.com/goods/show/id/342.html