One by Wacom — Student Drawing Tablet — DEMO & REVIEW
This is the one by wacom it’s, a student drawing tablet; it’s, really cool, now here’s a couple of close ups, real quick it’s, not very exciting, to look at the back’s a little more fun because it’s this bright red but it’s, basically a tablet with a touch Surface so that when you use their special pencil, you can do this on the surface and then it’s reflected on the computer that it’s plugged into so really fun idea. Now, if you’ve tried to do any illustrations or you have a student in your house, that’s been trying to do even doodles or sketches by using the track pad or worse a mouse. This is light years better than that. This is so nice and there’s. A lot of cool tech here, so there is no battery in this pencil. This is literally a piece of plastic with a nib and two buttons and it just works with the tablet itself, using what’s known as electromagnetics or emr. So this is a pressure. Sensitive electromagnetic pen – now not every app, will see this as pressure sensitive and the demo i’m going to use, we actually won’t be able to see how pressing lightly is different than pressing really hard, but with the right app. It gives you even further levels of control. Really slick now it also can set up for left handed or right handed. I have it set up to be right handed, so i have the pen on the right move this out of the way a little bit.
So i would have it like this, but you can just as easily set it up like this and you’re thinking. That looks exactly the same. Of course. The difference is how it interfaces with the computer and, if you’re left handed you’re going to want to do it. This way versus this way, you know this right, so you left handed people do not have to just end up having someone say just make it work for you, don’t worry about it now. One other really cool thing. Is this works with a lot of software? So if you’re using zoom, if you’re, using something like microsoft team and you give a presentation or you’re teaching a class, you can use this to control your input. So you can bring up an illustration and then you can sketch on this and then that will be overlaid on top of the image. So imagine you can bring up a painting and then you can say: look over here see what’s going on in that corner isn’t that interesting, really nice. Now it also works with other teaching tools like collab board and cami, and explain everything if you’re a teacher. You know exactly what i’m talking about, but let’s get this thing plugged in, because i know that’s what you really want to see, and i will tell you it comes with a three and a half foot cable that has micro usb on one end, not a fan Of micro usb really wish they would have made a different choice there, but so it goes and then usb 3, which is the rectangle on the other end, now i’m hooking it up to this.
This is actually a chromebook. This is the lenovo thinkpad c13 yoga chromebook. So it’s kind of a high end chromebook, but the point is: is that not only does this tablet work with mac and pc, but with chromebooks it actually works the easiest because you don’t have to install any drivers or anything you plug it in and if the Chromebook is compatible boom, it’s, a new input really nice, so let’s switch i’m going to actually record the screen on the lenovo and show you what i’m doing i’m in the canvas app, and you can see i’ve already done two previous illustrations, one of which was a Doodle, to put it nicely and the other one, let me go ahead and open it up. The other one is actually interesting because it was sort of a playing around idea with battleship, but i opened up an image and then drew on top of it. And what makes this interesting is that if i go over and choose the eraser, i can erase what’s on top of the image without affecting the original image. Underneath so that’s pretty cool. And you can imagine here that it would be pretty easy and maybe zoom in a bit be pretty easy to play around with this. And from a perspective of like teaching or something it is very cool to be able to just go over. And like pick a pen, let’s, maybe use a felt marker and then i can say let’s talk about how graphs work so let’s say we have something here and it goes up to here and then now we have various axes right.
So you can see that the illustration capabilities are really pretty slick and obviously you can change colors, so let’s actually have that starting point be in red and while i’m at it, i will actually use the pen i’ll change color and i will also change thickness. So you can change the size of the pen and the opacity and everything and let’s see let’s, try this and then this is time over speed. I don’t know let’s do something like that and i am literally just sketching on the pad and it’s just picking up everything, and if i move the pen just above the pad, you can see that the cursor moves too now it’s a little disconcerting that this keeps Hiding so it would be kind of nice if it was able to stay out. That might be a setting in the app, but here by comparison, here’s, a pencil and so with a pencil. If i keep going over the same spot as you would with a colored pencil, it will get darker, but suffice to say, it’s actually really fun to do this and, of course, in the canvas app. This is one of so many apps. I can just start a brand new drawing and i can do this and i can just do something like um some lettering. I know you have to sit and watch this while i go, do it but it’s actually pretty darn fun right, there’s, my demo, and if you were hoping for some fantastic artwork.
Well, you picked the wrong youtube video, but suffice to say that this is a really fun device. Now let me jump back on camera to be entirely candid. It does take a little bit of learning to figure out how to get the best results from the wacom one so i’m, still on that very beginning edge of that learning curve, as you can kind of. Obviously see in my illustration quality, so it goes even with that, though it’s super fun. I mean it’s really fun to use this instead of struggling with this tiny, like one inch by two inch touch pad or a mouse, or something like that really and one of the other things i didn’t even mention is you can tape a piece of paper onto The top of this and then use it with the paper there, so you could take a printout of a drawing and then you can trace over it and you can actually make exact copies of drawings, which is something i know my kids have enjoyed doing a lot As they’ve learned how to draw themselves now, any of them would have been able to get better results than me just so you know so it’s, not my whole family. That is artistically lacking it’s. Just me with this device, but still super fun, and i will tell you that, as someone who’s, a teacher, the idea of using this as an input is really really appealing and it works really well.
Just as we use a mouse and somehow we see on the screen and our brain maps, the two, this does the same thing, so you might look at this and say wouldn’t. I want the screen here and the answer is, that would add a whole lot more money to this device and it would become way less accessible for students in your family, but you don’t really need it, because it turns out that if i’m doing this, then what’s Happening on my screen totally makes sense, so i can do this and watch there and it just works. Our brain just works that way, so it turns out to be a really really nice design. Now let me tell you a little bit more so here’s the pen, pencil stylus, whatever you want to call it. It is basically, as far as i can tell a solid piece of plastic. There is a nib and it comes with three additional nibs and a replacement tool. I guess the nibs wear out or can get damaged, so you can replace it with another one to me, there’s a little question of physics where i’m not using it it’s, not like a graphite pencil where i’m literally leaving bits of graphite on the paper so i’m, Not sure how it gets used, but it gets used. There are also two buttons on the side that give you a little bit more control with apps that understand exact nuances of this interface.
You can basically ignore that if you don’t want to worry about it and then, like i said you can do it left handed or right handed, it has micro usb. It has usb 3, which is a slight issue. If you have a usbc, only chromebook mac or pc, then you might find you’re having to use an adapter, in which case i would recommend instead, looking into just replacing the whole cord with micro, usb to usbc seems like it’s, going to be roughly the same price And might give you more flexibility. This cable is about three and a half feet long. So, as you can see, there’s plenty of flexibility if i want to just sit and work like this that’s, totally fine plenty of wire for that and that’s really all i have. Let me just tell you real quick. The actual drawing size itself is 6 inches by 3.7 inches. Now that doesn’t sound, very big. But honestly, you know when you have a relatively modest computer, it might be almost as big as the screen and again our brain just works right. So, if i’m, here and it’s, the top left of the screen and i’m here, it’s the bottom right of the screen, i don’t actually have to worry whether that’s exactly the same measurement as it would be. If i actually measured the screen, we can just do that. Stuff automatically it works pretty smoothly. So really the only other thing to talk about is the price.
But before we get to the price i’m going to say two things number one, it does take some learning. So if you get this for one of your kids, because they’re an up and coming artist – and you want them to have a new input device – warn them that it will take a while for them to get the hang of it. And you really probably are going to end up having to buy some software to work with this, because the best software that does the best job of understanding the pressure, sensitive stylus and everything are not free. So canvas was free, but, as you saw, i get relatively primitive output i’m, not going to be doing any masterpieces with that. However many hours i actually practice and work with this so that’s worth knowing and the second thing is i’m going to give them points off. For using micro, usb that’s, an old, tired connection – and i really don’t like them when i have to worry about the orientation so that’s – something that maybe the next gen will just be usbc and then even if they have usb 3 on the other end, at least Now you can just plug it in and not worry about orientation or about damaging it by trying the wrong orientation. Having said all that, it really adds a really layer, great layer of fun, to your interaction with your devices, because it’s just a different way to look at input and, if you’re doing drawings.
If you’re, highlighting, if you’re on a zoom call with someone and you just want to have a better or different interaction, all of this is available by just plugging it in and when we get to the price. You’Ll be pretty startled. But before we get to the price i’m going to ask, if you can give me some feedback, give me a thumbs up. If you appreciate this leave a comment telling me what you wish, i would have demonstrated and feel free to go ahead and subscribe to my channel. I really appreciate when you do that all right now this is the one by wacom student, drawing tablet and it’s 59.95 at amazon.com. That is a pretty modest price that’s for something that’s, going to open up your horizons and really change the way that you interact with everyone else through your computer and how you interact with your computer itself. It’S simple, it’s easy: there are no batteries, there’s, really! No consumables other than, i suppose, the stylus and with three extra nibs in the bag that comes with plus the one that’s already in the pen, i think you’re probably set for a good long time, definitely worth it definitely fun, definitely worth checking out. I am definitely going to practice a little more so that my doodles get to be a little bit closer to what i’d be doing on a piece of paper, but it’s going to be a really fun project.