Illustrator Ricardo Bessa evaluations a Cintiq rival that is £200/$200 than Wacom’s most cost-effective pill – however is it a case of getting what you oay for?
As soon as thought of the one choice for digital creatives, Wacom has seen increasingly more opponents pop up available in the market. This was seemingly a driving issue for the discharge of its new finances mannequin, the strong – however nonetheless pretty expensive – Wacom Cintiq. The Gaomon PD1560 is likely one of the latest rivals on the scene, and as somebody who’s at all times used Wacom tablets, as I used to be very curious to see the way it measures up.
With a 15.6-inch widescreen show and with the Categorical Keys on the shorter facet, it makes for a fairly lengthy pill and a sizeable working area – not unhealthy for a finances mannequin.
I used to be impressed on the variety of extras included – along with the pill, stylus and cables, you get an adjustable stand, a stylus holder with further nibs, a drawing glove, a stick-on display protector and a case to move the pill in. A few of these didn’t really feel notably strong: the case is manufactured from a felt-like materials, which doesn’t really feel very sturdy, and the stylus holder is mild plastic and really simple to knock over. But it surely feels refreshing to have all of the trimmings packaged in, reasonably than having them out there as extremely priced equipment that may be purchased individually.
Organising was, sadly, not notably intuitive. The stand requires some screwdriving however that was simple sufficient – and all the required instruments come included. However getting the drivers and pill to work on my iMac took method longer than it wanted to, and I solely received there after a number of reboots. A few totally different points together with a non-responsive pill, adopted by a repeatedly blinking display occurred – however seemingly mounted themselves. I’m undecided if this was a problem with the motive force or my pc, however it undoubtedly influenced my first impression.
There might have been a number of setbacks initially, however the pill ran fairly easily afterwards – I attempted it each with Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint and each labored fairly properly.
The drawing expertise
As somebody used to engaged on a Wacom Cintiq, the drawing expertise within the Gaomon feels totally different – rather less natural, however okay total. Gaomon boasts 8,192 ranges of stress sensitivity – equal to its Wacom rival – however whereas first rate sufficient, it feels much less exact than the Cintiq’s with extra noticeable parallax.
The stylus is fully plastic and I undoubtedly missed the eraser tip I am used to with Wacom pens. It additionally wants recharging by way of a USB cable, which may take round 80 minutes for a full cost in accordance with the handbook – however that’s not too disruptive as you possibly can preserve working whereas plugged in.
The glass display feels precisely like that – a glass display, a bit onerous in opposition to the plastic nib and, to some extent, susceptible to reflections and glare (above). The customisable Categorical Keys on the left facet are, nonetheless, an incredible bonus – there’s loads of them, sufficient for 10 shortcuts, and the person can regulate the settings and rotate the pill to raised swimsuit left-handed customers. And sure, Gaomon has determined to name them by precisely the identical identify as Wacom.
On the subject of the picture high quality, the display truly fairly good, and the vary of colors seems nice. All the things is crisp and clear, and the colors had been truly pretty near my very own monitor proper out of the field. Quite a lot of the display settings are additionally extremely customisable, which is nice in concept – nonetheless, the one option to navigate these menus is thru remarkably counterintuitive controls on the facet of the display. Even after braving them, I discovered the one one I’d be utilizing frequently – the Brightness Adjustment menu – to be of little use. There’s barely any noticeable distinction between brightness at zero and 100, which may make night-time work a bit tough on the eyes.
Of all design decisions on this pill this feels just like the poorest – it makes changes unnecessarily complicated and I don’t perceive why they couldn’t simply be managed by software program as an alternative. Whereas extra of an annoyance than a severe grievance, it feels consultant of many design decisions of Gaomon PD1560 as an entire – the uncooked operate and efficiency are there, however some corners had been lower on the person expertise/high quality of life facet.
In itself, the Gaomon PD1560 is a reliable product and it definitely does what it units out to do. Nevertheless, when measured up in opposition to the Wacom Cintiq, there have been a number of elements through which it felt, to place it merely, inferior. The parallax is just a bit too noticeable; the stress detection is barely much less natural; the glass display just a bit much less comfy; the UI is much less pleasant; the construct feels just a bit much less strong, and the stand feels ever barely much less agency. Whereas I don’t suppose any of those elements are deal breakers or make this pill much less of a sound device, it did spotlight the numerous small methods through which Wacom’s design manages to be comfy and intuitive sufficient that it turns into invisible – till you attempt one thing that’s not fairly as exact.
One essential level stands, although – it’s additionally quite a bit much less cash. At £339.99/$359 on the time of writing, this product is nearly £200/$200 cheaper than its direct Wacom equal, whereas additionally together with all the additional equipment that its rival sells individually. Whereas Wacom Cintiq seems like a extra strong product total, there’s no denying that the accessibility of Gaomon PD1560’s value level is an enormous issue for anybody for whom the Wacom is out of attain.
2 hundred kilos has a distinct weight to totally different individuals, and is usually an enormous quantity for college kids or hobbyists. As such, it’s as much as the person buyer whether or not the Cintiq is well worth the funding, or whether or not they’d reasonably save on a product that may really feel totally different however will successfully be capable of do the identical job. On this context, I discover the Gaomon PD1560 to be a worthy rival to the brand new Wacom Cintiq, and rather more deserving of its label as a finances choice.