Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review VT PenPad 7.7-Inch Graphic Pen Tablet (Black)

Technical Details

  • Learning Tool: Great tool for children and adults alike who are new to the graphics tablet world
  • Everyday use: Virtual tool for everyday use, are slimmest and most flexible tablet ever
  • Drawing Tool: VT Pen pad is designed for beginning and advanced artist alike
  • Great for Travelers: The most ideal tablet for travelers, no need to sacrifice for performance for versatility
  • Ideal Gift: Is a gift that is sure to be on the list of any traveler, professional, student, artist, or any one that uses a computer

VT PenPad 7.7-Inch Graphic Pen Tablet (Black) Overview

The VT PenPad is our newest, most affordable and lowest priced graphic tablet on the market. It's a great way to learn how to use a graphic tablet and pen without a large investment. Now you can easily and affordably turn any Mac, PC or Netbook into a tablet computer and take advantage of the cordless pen for a natural cursor control in any application. Draw, edit, mark up digital documents, annotate and personalize presentations, write notes, draw diagrams and navigate applications with speed, accuracy and comfort. It's a great learning tool for children, adults and students. Great gift idea for travelers, students, artists, busy professionals or anyone who uses a computer. The VisTablet PenPad has 1,024 levels of pen-pressure sensitivity that can you apply to the surface for superb recognition and 2048 lines per inch of resolution. With overall dimensions of 7.5-inch x 7.5-inch and an active area of 6-inch x 4.5-inch the VT PenPad is an ideal learning, drawing, and writing tool, that is great for everyday use by students K through 12 as well as University and Higher Education. It is the ideal gift for travelers, artists, business persons or anyone who uses a computer. There is no need to pay more or sacrifice performance for the versatility that the VT PenPad offers for Graphic art and Photo industries, students, and general needs for handwriting recognition on your MAC or PC. System Requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP 2), Windows 7, and Apple OSX (10.3 or later). Please note that the VisTablet graphics tablets are designed to take advantage of built-in features in Mac OS or PC OS. Mouse capabilities are universal with all compatible operating systems.

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VT PenPad 7.7-Inch Graphic Pen Tablet (Black) Customer Review

I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews about the PenPad. One of the cons in this site is that the pen "comes apart in several pieces" when the barrels are separated to replace the battery. The pen I received consisted of just 3 pieces. The lower barrel where the nib and the electronics are housed, the screw-on upper barrel, and a piece (spacer) that slips into the upper barrel. Installing the AAA battery is actually quite straightforward.

Another con was written about the extremely short life of the battery. I did not install the battery that came with my pad but installed a Sunbeam alkaline battery, the kind that is sold in packs of 4 for $1.00 US. These batteries are rated at 1200 mA Hr. The actual current draw of the pen that came with my pad is 0.12mA under all conditions of normal use: with the pen at rest next to or away from the pad, or with the nib actually touching or drawing on the pad. The life of a fresh battery (mine started out at 1.56 Volts) should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1200/.12 or 10,000 hours, that's 416 days! I don't want to wait that long before posting so at this point after one full month of use, the pen is still going strong and the battery is at 1.485 Volts. If the battery needs to be replaced tomorrow, I'd still be pleased with its one month of service for $0.25. Also I am very pleased with all facets of the performance of the PenPad. My main use has been to edit photos in Photoshop and the pen makes selection tasks a breeze when compared to the mouse. I've also used the pen to draw rough sketches in Outlook and Word. The ability to chose among line widths and colors is very useful. I've not used a Wacom or other high-end tablet so I have no basis to compare the PenPad against a more expensive unit, but I can't see how its functionality could be much improved.