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nice to see a photo of the product in context, thanks. (looks like you hung on to a few of the other bits and pieces you reviewed too...)
Could you tell us what the active surface is like? I have a Genius Mouse Pen 8x6 and the drawing surface has no grip or texture whatsoever, it's like drawing with a ballpoint pen on glass.
That's a good point, I should have mentioned that in the review. The drawing surface does have a texture; slightly rough but very fine grained. It's definitely a nicer drawing surface than my old Wacom Graphire 3 tablet, which is smooth and shiny like the one you describe.
Does it work with Vista 64? Can't find anything on the manufacturer's website to clarify this.
The M712 is a certified Vista compatible plug'n'play device, but I'm afraid I wasn't able to test it on Vista 64. I can't think of any reason why it shouldn't work though.
What's the catch ?- as you said : the pen uses a battery. Wacom : no battery !- the tablet supports only a pen, not a mouse. Wacom tablets support also a battery-less mouse, with same positional precision as the pen. I have been using a Wacom tablet Intuos 2 since several years and I alternate mouse or pen on the tablet, depending on the work. The mouse is better for right-click or leaving the mouse cursor at a fixed position of the screen. The pen is perfect if you have to point-and-click repeatedly.
Well I don't know who came up first with this concept betweenhttp://www.waltop.com.tw/produ... and Genius but I might agree that having this is still way advantageous for modern graphic illustrators and artist.For the comment on battery, well its ok having it the AAA ones at least there'll be no problem with technical-related-problems due to internal batterys over certain time.As for the less-Wacom feel this tablet has, well thats just a way to practice beginners into properly controlling their pulse and hand pressure (it's part of the training into tablets and such... I guess)And lastly, its really somewhat 90% on the pen user not the pen itself. I would recommend this from Beginner to Intermediate level artist seeking cheaper pen tablet alternatives.
I add my vote to have the blue flashing light zapped! Very annoying and unsettling - it implies there is a problem. Can't be too hard to fix in a driver update.
And the point of using a mouse on a tablet is? More of a pain than anything as it needs to be on the tablet to work, probably the reason why, unless mistaken, they don't bundle wacom tablets with mice anymore.
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