I upgraded from my Wacom Bamboo tablet that I had gotten as a gift a few years back as I noted it had recently started to have issues. It would disconnect randomly, sensitivity was next to nothing, had to be physically connected to my computer to work (when it did) and the pen was rather bulky compared to some others out on the market. I got that back in 2003, so it was time to get something new.
So I did my research, and what I could get the most out of my money and everything led back to this product.
Packaging: the first impression I had is that the sellers truly wanted the tablet to get to the buyer safe and sound. Opening the box, I was pleased to find a sheet of bubble wrap between the box and the tablet itself. Very happy to see that as my last tablet only had a thin piece of paper to protect it from the box and outside world. Underneath the tablet was another compartment where it held the contents that were the pen, glove, pen holder/mount, instructions to install and the install disc itself. Wrapped up neat and tidy.
Installing: So I read the previous review about the install disc not working, but I wanted to see for myself if this was still and issue. Tried the install disc, didn't work.
Downloaded the XP-Pen Tablet Star 05 software from the website, still didn't work.
So I downloaded the 04 software, and everything was working perfectly from there!
So 4.5/5 stars on installing, only because the disc provided didn't work.
The tablet: I waited a few days before writing this review. I gave myself the time to get used to the new settings, the new (slimmer than my old one) pen and just play on a blank canvas for a few days before starting anything serious.
It is so sensitive! I love it! I don't have to press down so hard to get a nice clean line and minute details is suddenly a lot easier! It can be wireless, which I also tried and I love that I don't have to be so hunched over to work with a limited distance from the old tablet and I can sit comfortably. Its also nice that the tablet goes to sleep after about a half hour of being inactive, because it's often that I have left it on and forgot to turn it off. Its slim, and it does not take up much room on my desk (which isn't that large honestly), and comfortable to hold.
I have seen an improvement in my work and I would definitely recommend in the future.
More detailed operation, and the use of methods, please refer to the manual and quick guide. Specification Technology: Electromagnetic Digitizer / ISM 2.4G and spread spectrum frequency hopping (FHSS) technology. Pen : P03 Passive Pen Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels Active Area: 8” x 5”/ 203 mm x 127 mm Resolution: 5080 LPI (Lines Per Inch) Report Rate: USB cable mode 250 RPS, Wireless Mode 150PPS Accuracy: ±0.01 Inch Reading Height: 10 mm Net Weight: 440g Color Option: Black Power Voltage: USB cable mode DC 5V , Wireless Mode 3.7 V Power Consumption: <0.5 W Interface Support: USB Working distance: ≤10 m Compatibility: W i n d o w s 7/8/8.1/10/, M a c OS 10.7 or above Certifications: F C C, C E, C C C, R O H S Built-in Battery: 780 mAh lithium battery Package Contents 1 x Tablet 1 x Battery-Free Stylus Pen 1 x Installation CD 1 x Pen Stand/Nib Holder 8 x replacement Pen Nibs (stored inside the Pen Stand) 1 x Pen Nib Remover Clip (stored inside the Pen Stand) 1 x USB Cable 1 x USB Wireless Receiver 1 x Drawing Glove 1 x User Manual 1 x Quick Guide