To showcase the pad’s capabilities Selwyn Electronics has thrown in a copy of Metacreations’ Art Dabbler with the Flair – a superbly put together, if basic, drawing application that’s compatible with the Flair’s pressure sensitivity. It’s not what the design bods at Ford might use to sketch out the designs for the successor to the Focus, but it is great fun to use and something kids will take to straight away.
I’m no artist, but I did find myself distractedly doodling away while writing this review with some surprisingly impressive results. And even if your drawing skills, like mine, are really ropey there’s a transparent cover on top of the pad so you can use it to draw around pictures placed beneath – just like digital tracing paper.
The pen might not be mightier than the mouse when it comes to Windows navigation, and I’d hesitate to recommend it for game playing as well, but this little graphics tablet is a fantastic tool for when you want to indulge your creative side.
Better still, at £39.95 it’s moving graphics tablets into PC World impulse buy and stocking filler territory. It’s cheap, cheerful and all the better for it. Can I have one for Christmas please?