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-about the one choice for digital creatives, Wacom has seen increasingly rivals pop up out there. 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 without doubt one of the latest rivals on the scene, and as somebody who’s all the time 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 aspect, 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 additional 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 product of a felt-like materials, which doesn’t really feel very sturdy, and the stylus holder is mild plastic and really simple to knock over. Nevertheless it feels refreshing to have all of the trimmings packaged in, fairly than having them obtainable 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 the entire required instruments come included. However getting the drivers and pill to work on my iMac took manner longer than it wanted to, and I solely received there after just a few reboots. A few completely different points together with a non-responsive pill, adopted by a repeatedly blinking display occurred – however seemingly fastened themselves. I’m undecided if this was a problem with the driving force or my pc, nevertheless it positively influenced my first impression.
There might have been just a few setbacks initially, however the pill ran fairly easily afterwards – I attempted it each with Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint and each labored fairly effectively.
The drawing expertise
As somebody used to engaged on a Wacom Cintiq, the drawing expertise within the Gaomon feels completely different – rather less natural, however okay total. Gaomon boasts 8,192 ranges of strain sensitivity – equal to its Wacom rival – however whereas respectable sufficient, it feels much less exact than the Cintiq’s with extra noticeable parallax.
The stylus is completely plastic and I positively missed the eraser tip I am used to with Wacom pens. It additionally wants recharging through 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 arduous in opposition to the plastic nib and, to some extent, vulnerable to reflections and glare (above). The customisable Categorical Keys on the left aspect are, nevertheless, a terrific bonus – there’s loads of them, sufficient for 10 shortcuts, and the consumer can alter the settings and rotate the pill to raised go well with left-handed customers. And sure, Gaomon has determined to name them by precisely the identical title as Wacom.
On the subject of the picture high quality, the display truly fairly good, and the vary of colors seems nice. Every thing is crisp and clear, and the colors had been truly pretty near my very own monitor proper out of the field. Loads of the display settings are additionally extremely customisable, which is nice in idea – nevertheless, the one method to navigate these menus is thru remarkably counterintuitive controls on the aspect of the display. Even after braving them, I discovered the one one I’d be utilizing regularly – the Brightness Adjustment menu – to be of little use. There’s barely any noticeable distinction between brightness at 0 and 100, which may make night-time work a bit tough on the eyes.
Of all design selections on this pill this feels just like the poorest – it makes changes unnecessarily advanced and I don’t perceive why they couldn’t simply be managed by means of software program as a substitute. Whereas extra of an annoyance than a severe grievance, it feels consultant of many design selections of Gaomon PD1560 as a complete – the uncooked perform and efficiency are there, however some corners had been lower on the consumer expertise/high quality of life aspect.
In itself, the Gaomon PD1560 is a reliable product and it actually does what it units out to do. Nevertheless, when measured up in opposition to the Wacom Cintiq, there have been a number of components through which it felt, to place it merely, inferior. The parallax is just a bit too noticeable; the strain detection is barely much less natural; the glass display just a bit much less snug; 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 components are deal breakers or make this pill much less of a sound software, it did spotlight the numerous small methods through which Wacom’s design manages to be snug and intuitive sufficient that it turns into invisible – till you attempt one thing that’s not fairly as exact.
One crucial level stands, although – it’s additionally lots 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 looks like a extra strong product total, there’s no denying that the accessibility of Gaomon PD1560’s worth level is a giant issue for anybody for whom the Wacom is out of attain.
200 kilos has a distinct weight to completely 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 definitely worth the funding, or whether or not they’d fairly save on a product which may really feel completely different however will successfully have the ability to do the identical job. On this context, I discover the Gaomon PD1560 to be a worthy rival to the brand new Wacom Cintiq, and far more deserving of its label as a finances choice.