Veikk has been kind enough to produce such amazing drawing tablet with a cheap price. It came up with some “killer” features such as 8 customizable shortcut button and a touch-pad which you can use for zooming in or out. It also came up with a medium sized battery-free pen, also with two customizable shortcut keys on it.
I bought it as my first drawing tablet back in September 11th, and boy I can tell you this tab is the thing!! as someone who never draw using a tablet before, the learning progress could be tricky. But once you get the hang of it, you will be fine. It’s like drawing using a Mouse, really.
In this review, I will share my experience on using the tablet with Krita. Enough talking already, now let’s breakdown a few things that I like from this tablet!
It’s Freaking Cheap
I bought it from Lazada for IDR 677,000. That’s under $50 for a tablet with rich features like I mentioned above. Compare it to another brand, and you might have to pay double than this one. Oh! I also got a very nice bonus like a glove, a screen protector and few extra pen-tips. The glove can help your palm to slide freely, and the screen protector has some nice “paper” effect while you draw. As a beginner, these are more than I could ask for.
Comfy Button Placements
working on a huge 10 x 6,2 inches surface is cool, add it with few buttons to control your drawing is super cool. The 8 little buttons and the touch pad placed comfortably on the side could save you a lot of time. Swipe for zooming in and out, press hold and move the pen to drag, click to open a color palettes window, another to switch between “Erase” and “Draw” mode. Anything you want, really. The key made a little clicking noise when pressed, it’s kind of rough. It also work for our left-handed friends out there because the keys were placed on the center-side of the working area.
Smooth Drawing Experience
The drawing experience is surprisingly smooth. First, the plastic battery-free pen fits with my hand. It’s pretty solid and lightweight at the same time because of the plastic material. The paper-like screen protector is just amazing, it pairs well with the pen-nib. The pen pressure works alright for me. The quick strokes are perfect since it suits my drawing style pretty much.
Now let’s move to the critical parts, here’s what I don’t like about this tablet. Honest!
In this part of a review, I will break it down into two important parts.
- Driver’s Compatibility
Did I mention that this tablet has 8192 pen pressure sensitivity? thanks to the driver which made it possible. But I am disappointed because it doesn’t work well on ALL drawing apps out there. In Autodesk Sketchbook, for example, the pen pressure simply won’t work at all. I’ve been using it for years when I’m still drawing using my iPhone SE, and because of that I have to switch to another app: Krita. I also heard that Veikk is NOT suitable for Windows user because the developer focused on improving the drivers for MacOS. I hate to say that this is one of the red flags on why you should not get this tab if you’re a Windows user like me.
- Driver’s Settings
Lots of buggy features! for example when you set the bottom left key as a shortcut for undo and the bottom right key as a shortcut for redo, the function would be reversed when you use it in the drawing app. The driver’s app crashed a lot, too. It often won’t detect my tablet even though I plugged it in. Simply restarting the PC would solve the problem.
Note: I shared my PC with my sister. She might use the tablet under a different User. I always restart the PC before I use it just to make sure that the background process are shut down completely. But despite all that, I often need to restart it once more because the drivers still crashes. I’m NOT sure yet about the cause.
The USB Port
Not enough protection, sadly. It wobbles a lot and a mere touch on the cable would trigger the “Windows unplugged device” sound. I even buy an additional cable protector in order to keep it from harm. I have Cats and Cats LOVES to chew them.
The Pen Shortcut Keys
There are two shortcut keys present in the body of the pen. I used one of them for switching between “Erase” and “Draw” mode. Press one time and it will turn the Erase function on, press it again and it will turn the Erase function off. Pretty neat, right? well the problem with this key is it’s too sensitive. One press could toggle the Erase function on and off multiple of times! it’s wiser to move the cursor manually to the Erase icon to use it rather than clicking the key over and over again until it works for you.
I’ve been planning to get a drawing device for months, doing some research and watching YouTube reviews.. both “traditional” tablets and on-screen one. Many doubts have come in mind, but the main reason why did I chose this tablet is because of it’s “averageness”. Like, I don’t want to spend US$900 for an iPad Pro (yet) and US$150 for the Pencil, because that would be overkill for me. I don’t want to spend US$500 for a fancy on-screen drawing tablet (yet) because I’m not confident with my drawing intentions. I don’t want to spend US$150 for a Wacom (yet). No hate, I’m just cheap.
This tablet is quite a solid option for starters. Hardware wise, it’s quite good at it’s price range. Software wise, it’s bad but don’t let that bring you down since a simple PC restart would solve the problem (and I’m okay with it).