Magazine article Arts & Activities

Tablet Test Drive

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Tablet Test Drive

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>> M610XA DRAWING TABLET Genius, KYE Corp. While I typically report on apps and accessories for the iPad in this column, I have long been a user of drawing tablets. So, when I recently was asked if I would try out the Genius EasyPen M610XA Drawing Tablet, I was curious, and willing to give it a try and share my thoughts with you.

The M610XA is a mid-range priced drawing tablet that is USB-based and runs on both Mac and Windows. This tablet comes with the driver that makes it work (and must be installed from the CD first), Adobe[R] Photoshop[R] Elements 9, Corel Painter Essentials 4, a cordless drawing pen that requires one AAA battery (included), two extra pen tips and pen-tip tweezers. There is a multi-language booklet for setting up the tablet.

There are more recent versions of Photoshop Elements and Painter Essentials 4 now available on the market, but just having two art applications included that can take full advantage of the capabilities of this tablet makes for a very reasonable, practical bundle.

The drawing/handwriting surface area for the EasyPen Drawing Tablet is 6" x 10" inches and the actual tablet measures 10" x 12". The design of the tablet is sleek and thin. The four main function buttons at the top of the tablet are clearly labeled--Undo, Erase, Zoom in and Zoom out.

The tablet includes a transparent overlay sheet for use in tracing or outlining drawings or diagrams. There are "soft keys" available for establishing some pre-set tasks, if you desire. …

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