huli’s ongoing foray into Wacom alternatives
I’ve missed two days of pokeddexy!! why!!
while I was asleep today my dog jumped on my bed and ate my Intuos3 tablet pen (I sleep with a lot of crap next to me in bed). I went online and a replacement pen is 80 bucks which is bullshit.
So! I could buy a lower end bare-bones Wacom for 70 bucks or I could I try out all the Wacom-alternatives. So Wacom uses a digitizer and pen that’s proprietary, which is why no one else has figured out how to make battery-less tablet pens for tablets? Maybe. Anyway Huion and Monoprice both use a digitizer made by a company named UC-Logic and they handle pressure differently than the digitizers in Wacom. As far as I know they have no tilt sensitivity and their pens infamously require a little AAA battery but that’s really not even an issue and I’ll explain why in a bit.
So after some digging around I decided that Huion’s build and ratings tended to be less finicky than Monoprice so I bought this ugly thing bc it’s huge and on sale!! Also it has the same specs as the Intuos Pro (80 vs 380 bucks) and it’s an inch bigger on all sides? So when it comes in I’ll let you guys know how it stacks against an Intuos3.
In the meantime, I’m not actually tablet-less for the next week. I have something fun to show you guys!!!
I sort of already own a Monoprice tablet!! Barely ha ha. This thing is a joke but it’s kind of a miracle bc it cost me 12 DOLLARS and it’s made of FOAM. I went on Monoprice a year ago out of curiosity and I bought it out of sheer curiosity of how useless a 12 dollar tablet could be. I was using it without pen pressure because I disabled Tablet PC input bc that really fucked up my Wacom hardware so today I uninstalled the drivers and it took a while to revive this one but I got pen pressure and I found something kind of interesting. This thing can register way lighter pressure than I was ever used to on my Intuos. Maybe to a fault, because I have to push harder than I am used to get full pressure but I was weirded out to see the default PS brush looking like it does in SAI.
That’s really it! That’s the default 5px round brush, drawing at a ridiculously small amount of pressure. And the drawing on the left with my home-made brush. I don’t know what the specs of this thing is but on a pure user-experience-basis, it’s about as usable as Intuos3 ha ha. The only complaint is the button is in a bad place so I keep clicking it accidentally. The battery has been in the pen for over a year already (I’ve used it decently but at least we know it doesn’t drain) so I wouldn’t chalk the battery against the UC-Logic tablets
Unfortunately! These are no longer being made. Maybe no one was buying them or maybe selling the bare digitizer embedded in a piece of foam was actually a loss of money who knows.