Posts Tagged ‘Digital Pen’
First let me start by saying that I want the Tablo to work more than any other device I’ve gotten yet this year. However the results are less than steallar.
Okay, I reloaded my test machine with Windows XP and now the Tablo syncs and works great. I’m now able to center the pen to the cursor and have been able to perform some test.
The good news, it works decent quite well. The device is nice and small and feels very natural to hold and use. The company provides a small carry case, an extra batch of batteries, and a nifty little tip/battery carry case that clips to the wire of the sensor. The Tablo is VERY portable and is great for road warriors that need to make a presentation.
Before I head into the bad news, a little background about where I’m coming from for a device like this. I have spent quite a bit of money in my lifetime looking for that perfect mix of being able to take my drawings and get them into the computer. From scanners, to faxes, to Wacom tables, digital pens, digitizer pads you name it I’m sure I’ve tried it. The Tablo is more of a toy than it is a tool when it comes to drawing.
I tested the Tablo in a variety of ways, on a 10″ netbook, 17″ laptop and in table mode. One of the first things I didn’t like was that I had to attach a metal slug onto my system, since they say it should be used on a screen between 7″ and up to 15.4″ I choose my HPMini netbook to put the slug on. It went downhill from there, I could never get the Tablo to center to the pen, I tried several different ways but the closest I could get was still almost an inch up from where the cursor was on screen. This was a major source of frustration for me. And now that the slug is there I’m not sure if I can remove it to place onto another system. Since this uses ultrasonic sound waves there is a warning about using it near metal sounding equipment. I’m not sure if a window air conditioner counts. so for safe measure I did run the same tests in a ultra-quite room with nothing else going on and still could not get the pen tip and the cursor to sync up.
Once I had Windows XP loaded on a system the on-screen tracking worked quite well and I was able to do some basic drawing in paint and play some of the games without the trouble I had before. This is a great accessory for someone that wants to have Tablet type features but can’t shell out the bucks for a full fledge tablet.
Thinking that I didn’t really buy it to draw ON screen, I was more interested in the ability to have the Tablo sensor at the top of a drawing pad, pop in the ink tip and getting a digital copy of my real world drawing. Again I was disappointed, the tracking wasn’t 1 to 1 and illustrations on the paper did NOT translate into a perfect replica on screen. While I understand that there is always the potential “float” issue between screen and paper, if there was at least a 1 to 1 tracking once I started I should have been able to use that point as a reference until I changed my place on the computer. I was also disappointed that it couldn’t track quick doodle lines and curves very well.
Again, no one wanted this device to rate higher than me. If you’re looking for something to wow your friends, play some tablet type games, or maybe even a sales presentation this could be a toy for that. But this is not a Tablet killer, and Wacom has no worries. I still stand by my statement if you are looking for something to do some high level painting and Photoshop work on the computer look into a tablet (I recommend Wacom they are the best in my book) or bite the bullet and invest in a real tablet PC (again look for Wacom). If you’re looking to draw on paper to get into the computer DigiMemo by Acecad is a great option, or my second favorite the Logitech IO pen if you can find it, (keep in mind you need the special notebooks). However I will repeat that this is a good entry level device for people looking to have some tablet type features without the advance ones. Though from what I hear there are more professional level version maybe coming out later this year!
I’d also like to again plug UnicSen the US distributor where I ordered the Tablo, ordering via UPS ground I wasn’t expecting to get the Tablo until next week. They processed the order quickly and professionally and I can’t say enough about what a pleasure it was ordering from them. I’m looking forward to checking out some of their other products and getting reviews posted about them.
All in all the Tablo gets 4 out of 5
And is available from UnicSen for under $100