Monoprice Graphics Tablets Are Available

Subject: Displays | February 6, 2016 - 10:41 PM |
Tagged: monoprice, pen display, touch screen, drawing

A couple of CESes ago, Monoprice launched a couple of 22-inch pen displays to compete with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD. Shortly afterward, the products disappeared from their website and line-up, so I assumed, at the time, that they changed their mind or otherwise refocused.

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Turns out, it was only temporary. There are now two models on their product list, one for $499.99 and another for $599.99, although I have a feeling that the cheaper model might be discontinued. The only real, concrete difference that I can see is the $599.99 model uses “battery-free” pens, which I'm assuming is powered by induction from the display surface. The cheaper model is out-of-stock with an estimated availability of “TBD”. That one uses rechargeable pens. The $599.99 model also lists Linux drivers. The $599.99 version also has a slower response time (12ms vs 5ms) and higher viewing angles, although both are listed as IPS.

Whether or not the $499.99 model will become available again, the $599.99 one is still about a third of the price of the Wacom Cintiq 22HD. Also, unlike the Wacom, it supports Linux as mentioned above. They used to offer a pen display with a ten-finger capacitive touchscreen, which competes with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch, but that has not been relaunched, at least not yet.

Source: Monoprice

February 7, 2016 | 01:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's very nice to see a review that used Blender, and Gimp and not just the proprietary software, now if they could just include a Linux based SOC in this tablet built into the device so it could operate as a stand alone system then they may have something! Maybe someone could get a Mac Mini or other Linux based mini box/Raspberry Pi, or other type of system and make this into a stand alone capable system. However the statement on the website:

"Monoprice is dedicated to ensuring the drivers are updated as necessary for any new Windows or Mac operating system upgrades."

Marketing copy does not state anything about Linux continuing support so I'd imagine support for Linux Based OSs will be not as good, they do list Linux but they do not list what kernel version number:

"Operating System Compatibility Windows® XP and later, Mac® OS X® 10.2.8 or newer, Linux "!

Scott any chance of getting a later review sample with the Adobe color issues resolved(?) the reviewer stated:

"Screen resolution of the factory sample was excellent for 1080p, although this sample only had a color accuracy of 72% Adobe RGB, Monoprice is working for production to have a higher color accuracy"

Maybe they will come out with a higher resolution model later on, but this is definitely a lower price point than the competition!

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