A good tablet for it's price. Great for beginners or casual artists.
9 August 2010
Summary: I've had this tablet for almost 5 years. It still works. I however, am not a pro nor do I really frequently use it. Like others have said, it's definitely built more as a cheap, durable alternative for the casual artist. Some people have mentioned a "cursor shake" I had this problem as well, but I did find a solution... simple take off that useless plastic film that covers the tablet itself. That solved the problem for me, anyhow.
Summary: We lost the hyper pen for the HP1500U tablet we have and when I went online to the AIPTEK site it said they were temporarily out./ I called the company and they said the company in Taiwan tha makes the tablets has advised them that they no longer will be making any extra pens. Anyone have any suggestions as to what would be a suitable replacment? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some suggestions.
Summary: This tablet was a gift for my artistic daughter, age 9. I wanted an entry level item that wouldn't break the bank just in case she abandoned her desire for making art. It was a way to introduce her to the world of computer graphic art. She loved Art Dabbler but I do understand it may have issues with XP and Vista (I was using Win98 at the time). Don't use the bundled software (it's free anyway) and go with a more advanced program.
Summary: I have just received my hyper pen 8000 and used it only once. I have read the other reviews and I am skeptical of its performance. However, I also realize the amount of money I spent on this tablet is 5 times cheaper than the Wacom I wanted. Being a college student in Game Art and product design, it was time for me to upgrade from my standard mouse. I have had Wacom readily available to me when I was attending an actual campus.
Summary: My company bought this tablet for me about 6-8 months ago. I have tried using it over and over, but the control is horrible. Not only will the mouse and pen drain battery life incredibly fast, but you get very poor response from the pen. The pen frequently "jumps" and "jitters." I could be working in Illustrator CS2, or Freehand MX, drawing a continuous line and the pen would jump to the upper left hand corner of the screen, randomly.
Summary: I got a refurb model for cheap, so my experience may not be representative to those who're buying new Aipteks, but by far the worst problem I've had with my Hyperpen- worse than the flimsy-feeling pen and mouse, worse than the useless software, worse than the driver that doesn't work until you hunt down one well-hidden update that is not, as I recall, even on the Aiptek site- is the cursor shake.
Summary: hey..the software that comes with it is garbage..but I wasn't planning on using any of it anyway. I bought this mainly because using a mouse to draw in photoshop and other programs was to time consuming and i needed something more natural, and this does the job. I will probably be upgrading to a wacom in the future, but hell...for the price you can beat this one.
Summary: It gets an extra star for pricing, but remember, you get what you paid for. I recently had an Aiptek Hyperpen 9x12... and it was good in the beginning. But after awhile, problems started arising. First the pen cursor would just freeze on the screen no matter where I moved the pen. There were also times when the pen would jump across the screen, creating lines that I did not draw intentionally.
Summary: The tablet itself is good. It's not a Wacom. It's nothing expensive, but for the money you pay for the size of the tablet and the basic functions that go with it it's well worth it. Don't like the software that goes with it? Download GIMP. It's free, legal, and works much like the always-expensive, always-pirated Adobe Photoshop. The mouse is basically useless. It was the first thing to go.
Summary: After purchasing my Aiptek pen, I noticed it would lose it's pressure sensitivity, and the dpi quoted on the package was not accurate at all. After calling Aiptek customer service I sent it back for repairs. 3 weeks later, after many phone calls to track it down, it was finally sent back (I actually only live 30 miles away). It still doesn't work properly and dealing with Aiptek customer service was a nightmare.