• Price When Reviewed: 98.69 . 63.19

  • Pros: Affordable; large drawing surface, 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity; lots of customizable buttons.

  • Cons: Doesn’t offer as many functions as competing models; no hardware buttons; no eraser tools, tilt support or mouse; pen requires battery.

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In use, the tablet is smooth and lag-free; it feels robust in tracking and translating hand movements.

For Mac users, the only software supplied is the driver for Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4; users of 10.5 will need to download the latest VisTablet software from the website to avoid an irritating glitch that takes you into a never-ending loop during installation.

For PC users, there is a variety of supplied software that helps you take advantage of the built-in tablet support found inside Vista. This cements the impression that the product is orientated towards non-design professionals.

The package overall is highly usable once installed, but this is the kind of tablet you might buy for your parents or kids to use occasionally when doing basic photo manipulation, drawing or list-keeping. For professional designers, it’s far too limited in functionality, and lacks support for advanced features found in competitors’ offerings.

The range of sensitivity is at the upper end of the graphics tablet scale, but for a similar price you can get extra functionality by choosing something like a Wacom Bamboo.