The Ugee M708 review sheds the light on the advantages and drawbacks of a large graphic tablet for novices in digital art. It’s about a model with a large active area (10 x 6 inches) and 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity coming with a rechargeable stylus.
The tablet comes with a CD to install Ugee M708 driver (it’s adapted to the latest upgrades) or it’s possible to do it directly from the merchant’s website. Then, it’s necessary to use a USB cable to connect a tablet with a Mac or Windows PC. Note that one can take any compatible USB cable for this purpose but not only branded one. This model has no wireless connection.
The list of Ugee M708 specs should be started with its high resolution of 5080 LPI (lines per inch) to create natural-looking images.
The tablet’s texture working surface is one of the key benefits for beginners since it prevents a pen from sliding and an artist’s hand from wrong movements. Its smooth sensitivity allows drawing a colorful sketch in less than 30 minutes. By the way, there’s no display on the tablet and it works with the computer screen only.
This model is fully configured with the included drivers and it's possible to change the working area orientation for the left-hand use. All the tablet’s hotkeys are also customizable via on-screen settings once a user has installed the software.
The software allows changing the pressure sensitivity from light to heavy. The higher the pressure is on a tablet with the pen, the darker lines appear. In this case, consider acquiring a protective cover since the screen is prone to scratches. The tablet has a quick response time and a huge active area that’s why it’s more comfortable for making larger and precise strokes, especially on high-resolution computer monitors.
This unit is compatible with Photoshop, Fireworks, Comic Studio, CorelDraw, 3D Max, Illustrator, and many other popular drawing, photo editing, and animation applications.
The Ugee M708 graphics tablet comes in either black or white design and it has 8 shortcuts. The first 4 buttons on the top are aimed to control zoom in and out, as well as the brush’s size. The other 4 buttons are designed for swapping between a pen, eraser, and hand mode. The last key is a shortcut for “undo”. Note that all the express buttons are very loud that might irritate those who use them constantly.
There’s a blue LED light near the buttons that flashes every time the pen touches the active surface.
Four rubber pads on the back stop the tablet from slipping. The pen’s surface is also rubberized that’s why it’s very comfortable to hold it in the hand.
The package includes a penholder with 8 spare pen nibs and a nib mover. There’s no need to replace a battery since a pen should be recharged via a USB cable. The light indicator on the pen displays the battery status.
It's cheap, but it is a quality alternative for pricier entry-level tablets. The M708 is a simple and intuitive device featuring great compatibility with tons of drawing apps and a good number of customizable buttons that are easy to set but at the same time, have enough options to leave the room for creativity.