Summary: I've had this tablet for almost two years. It worked great for the first 8 months, and then I notice I had several 'dead' spots in the active area. I kept it in my laptop bag and I'm guessing the books pressed up against it caused the spots. Which means active area shot down real fast.
Pros: Inexpensive, which is good if you can't afford the wacom tablets.
Summary: The Ulead Photoshop cd was a nice surprise.
Pros: Hey, it's a tablet. All the pros work itself out.
Cons: Oddly enough (maybe not), the thing came out pretending to work properly. After an hour use on photoshop cs5, the pen 'jumps' lines, always doubles my painted area with more paint, automatically makes straight lines at a touch of nothing when not needed, and hey, the driver provided in the cd? Wh...
Summary: Maybe it'll work better with a superior pen.
Pros: The pad seems to respond pretty well under normal circumstances. Sometimes it gets a bit screwy when you repeatedly tap a macro key, such as...Undo.
Cons: My pad has started to function badly after 4 months of operation where it performed decently. The tracking of the pen was a bit wobbly on mine, as if it seemed to curve on its own as I drew a straight line. I'm beginning to think it's the pen, though, and not the pad. So I'm going to get that rep...
I knew Wacom, I worked with Wacom, this is not a Wacom
Sam B., Newegg
19 February 2010
Summary: Bought this to replace a stolen Wacom. It has kept me working for quite awhile and I didn't need to tell clients I couldn't finish any jobs... thank you Genius!!!
Pros: Inexpensive, does basic drawing well, is consistant and workman like and usable. Doesn't lock up or vanish from the USB connection or things like that.
Cons: Low res, pen to surface proximity sensitivity is not real crisp. Drawing in ToonBoomStudio is nowhere as smooth as with a Wacom. I'd describe it kind of like drawing with a lead pencil with the lead broken off up inside the pencil... it sort of wobbles around...
Summary: I got this for my fiancee who is going getting a visual communications degree. She installed included software (just couldn't wait) which caused all sorts of problems on XP; BSOD, terminal reboot. NO startup options would work.
Pros: Thin, pad sizes to screen resolution, fairly responsive. Proximity sensor: cursor control without touching the pad!!
Cons: Pen buttons are backwards from intuitive usage. included software caused XP to stop functioning. Edges on pad are sharp.
Summary: Good chance you'll have the same problem; though for some of you it may not matter. I noticed some glitches afterwards with graphical applications (not Photoshop or GIMP per-se). Have owned this tablet for about a year now.
Pros: I reviewed this a while back, saying that I was pleasantly suprised with its performance, especially for starting out. Did everything I wanted, smooth, fast sensitivity.
Cons: I noticed my DirectX Diagnostics would not finish. It would hang on "input,". This also caused some games to just flat out not work. Two reformats later down the road, I finally deduced that it was the Gpen drivers. Windows XP 32-bit Drivers would screw up my Direct X software EVERY time. Reinsta...
Summary: If the drivers worked properly, this would be great, but that isn't the case here. Paint.net will recognize pressure without the drivers, but gimp and anything else I tried, will not.
Pros: Does what it says, good recognition and customizable.
Cons: Drivers provided by genius mess up directinput and cause certain games to hang on loading! After uninstalling, games worked again (ie. bioshock), but most programs won't recognize the pen pressure anymore and you can't use the hotkeys then.
Summary: The Genius G-PEN F610 is a decent tablet. Large area surface, good for larger monitors. light, nice surface but can scratch a little too easy. The programable buttons are not that great as you need the pen to press them.