A couple weeks ago, I was scoping out the internet for an affordable, well made graphics tablet. Not too long into my search, I stumbled across the Monoprice website, which immediately caught my attention, considering the price tag for a 10x6.25 tablet was under fifty dollars. I read through description, and it was indeed compatible with Mac, which was rather important for me, considering I don't have a single Windows operating system in my house. Trying not to get my hopes up, I scrolled to the reviews and started reading. The ratings for this product that I read were consistently high, so I decided to get one, opting for an 8x6 tablet, because I needed it to fit in my backpack.
My tablet arrived quickly, probably about 5 days later. It came with the tablet itself, 2 of the pens, and 3 extra pen tips, as well as the batteries for the pens, and the disks used to install the drivers onto the computer. It did come with extra software that was unnecessary, and was not compatible with both Windows 7, and Mac, however the driver installed fine, and it wasn't very long until I was able to plug my tablet in and try it for the first time.
One thing I noticed was that getting the battery into the pen was a bit of a challenge at first, and the casing for the battery seems rather cheap, however once the battery is in, it's completely secure. The tablet itself is made out of metal on the bottom, with 8 rubber feet to keep from sliding, and a sturdy-feeling plastic on top. One thing that bothered me was that the wire that connects to the computer cannot be removed from the tablet, so it makes transport annoying and kind of hazardous, as I'm always worried that the wire will get yanked while inside my crowded backpack. The wire that connects the tablet to the computer is nice and long, so that particular aspect was never a problem.
It has customizable hotkeys on the screen, as well as some preset ones that are already labeled, which makes using this tablet very easy. It can be used in conjunction with a mouse, and a light comes on whenever you touch the tablet with the pen. The pen doesn't have an off button, it turns off automatically after a few minutes of not using it, and turns back on just by tapping the tablet with the pen. The pen also has two buttons on it that are programmable, but they are automatically set to the first button being double click, and the second button being right click.
After using a mouse my entire life, this thing was a pain in the face to learn how to use, but now, I can't put the thing down. It'll seem really, really annoying at first if you've never used a tablet before, and will do its best to mess with your depth perception. But after using it for less than a week, I've grown extremely fond of it, and over all it was a very good buy, recommended especially to those who have never had a graphics tablet before.