Hardware and Setup
|Pablo Coast22's non powered stylus.|
The stylus comes with extra nibs, a nib remover - all contained in the stylus desk stand. The stylus its self has a triangular shaft which can feel a little odd at first but I like it. Mainly because it helps ensure the button on the side is always in the right spot when I pick it up. With my WACOM stylus I was forever having to correct my grip so the button was on the top.
|One of these Swing Arm Desk|
Mounts is ideal for larger
Pen Display Monitors.
|The included stand. Okay if you're|
going to leave the monitor in
one position mostly.
Installing the Monitor into my system was fairly painless, though it could have used better instructions. Not having used anything like this before I had no idea that the supplied USB cable is what sends all the pen's interactions back to the computer. I was thinking the USB port on the monitor was perhaps a USB through port or something like other devices I have.
If you don't connect the USB cable from the monitor to your computer the device is literally just a straight monitor that you can connect to your system either via HDMI, VGA or DVI port. The various monitor port options were great since I already have two monitors connected to my system. Unfortunately my graphics card, which can have three monitors connected, can only run two of them at any one time.
Not too big an issue. It just means, when I plan to use the Pen Display I have to go into my Graphic Card control panel and switch one monitor over. I could just remove one monitor entirely from my system but I like them too much - and both have better color and are brighter than the Pablo, even if that is set to full brightness.
Through the course of researching Pen Displays I read that people sometimes encountered issues with WACOM drivers conflicting with other Pen Display drivers. In light of that, I made sure my Intuos drivers were completely removed from my system before installing the Pablo drivers from the CD.
I've also read some people have had no issues with both WACOM drivers and other Pen Display drivers installed so, whether uninstalling the drivers was necessary or not, I don't know. The fact is the Pablo Drivers installed with no problems and everything worked fine (once I worked out I needed the USB cable connected too).
Using the Pablo Coast22
|This is my current setup. The desk mount|
arm makes it easy to fit the Pen Display
Monitor into such limited space.
I use it mostly with Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio) for sketching ideas, illustration and character design work. I've also used it with Springboard for Storyboarding.
In comparison to my WACOM Intuos I would say it's just as responsive. Both have more than 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity but this isn't something I've exploited a lot. Much of my work is sketching and then converting my art to vectors where pressure sensitivity is not necessarily vital.
I was never a heavy user of my Intuos tablet because, although I had no issue with the disconnect between the pad and the screen, I never liked the indirectness of it.
Drawing directly on screen wins hands down for me. Other than the shape of the stylus shaft there's not a lot of difference between the drawing experience (apart from the drawing pad vs drawing directly on screen).
What I do miss from my Intuos is the programmable side buttons and control ring, which enable you to draw with one hand and control things like zooming and rotating the canvas with the other.
The Pablo Coast22 is all screen with no programmable buttons. Whilst you can use your spare hand with your keyboard it's harder to locate an entire keyboard to a comfortable position alongside the monitor whilst drawing.
|One of these gaming keyboards|
will resolve the lack of
Installing this was a simple case of plugging it in to a USB port and then mapping the keyboard short cuts I use all the time to it. Now I can easily draw with one hand and access all my keyboard shortcuts with the other.
As my very first pen display monitor I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I have no doubt an equivalent WACOM Pen Display Monitor would probably blow the Pablo Coast22 out of the water but at least four to five times the price it should.
As a light user of this kind of display, where the majority of my work is sketching out ideas rather than creating finished art, the Pablo Coast22 is more than capable.
If you've never had a Pen Display tablet this is definitely a good first encounter. The luxury of a big screen at a fraction of the price of other options is a great selling point.
The color and brightness could be an issue if this is critical to your work. I've spent time trying to get these to match my other monitors without a great deal of success. I can't get it as bright or as vibrant. Which is not to say it's bad - it's good enough and mostly a non issue for me. Perhaps other pen display monitors are the same purely for the eye safety reasons?
I haven't had any issues with the responsiveness of the stylus or the fact that it is triangular in shape. I enjoy using it and am very happy it doesn't require power or batteries.
Overall I'd recommend the Pablo Coast22 to anyone looking to buy their first Pen Display Monitor or wanting to upgrade to a larger monitor but still on a limited budget.
If you've already experienced a WACOM pen display monitor of any kind this could feel a little like downgrading. I can't say for sure. All I know is that it is definitely an upgrade from a WACOM Intuos 4 Drawing Pad Tablet.