The Monoprice MP1060-HA60 is a drawing tablet from Monoprice aimed at first time tablet users looking for a tablet that doesn't break the bank.
Let's see if this tablet works for that demographic or if you should look into other tablets in this price-range.
Monoprice MP1060-HA60 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.4.0|
|Size||15.2 x 12.5 in|
|Active Area||10.0 x 6.25 in|
|Express Keys||Yes, 8|
|Pen Reading Speed||200 rps|
The Monoprice MP1060-HA60 came packaged with the tablet itself, power cord, stylus and stylus holder.
Look at all these icons! They're so many it almost makes this tablet look like it's for kids. This is a little unappealing in all honesty.
Oh well, I won't judge this book by its cover. Let's see if this tablet is a quality product or not.
The Monoprice MP1060-HA60 seems like it's going for customization with all the buttons on this thing.
This is the first tablet that I've seen that has the express keys and 16 hotkeys already labelled and programmed to do specific things. This could either be great or annoying based on where you're coming from. I personally like to program my express keys in a very specific way so the icons don't match what the keys actually do anymore. This might trigger some peoples OCD but if you usually don't care about small things like this its not a big deal.
The surface of the Monoprice MP1060-HA60 has a specific texture to it that makes it a bit rougher than other tablets. Users coming from companies like Wacom might find it takes them a while to get used to this texture. It definitely isn't the smooth-as-glass surface that Wacom tablets have.
The tablet also had a cheap plastic-y feel to it, but in this price-range I sort of expect that.
One thing I did like about the Monoprice MP1060-HA60 was the fact that it was so thin that I could easily store it wherever I wanted.
The stylus that comes with the Monoprice MP1060-HA60 was a little awkward to deal with.
The tablet came with a AAA battery to be used with the stylus itself. This was fine but I found that trying to get the battery to stay in place in order to snap the stylus back together was really hard to do. I ended up just taping the battery into place so I could close the stylus and begin using it. I could see someone breaking this stylus by trying too hard to get the battery into place and bending some of the metal parts.
The pen holder that came with the stylus was pretty flimsy. I'd actually say it works better as just a storage space to hold the extra nibs that come with the tablet. The pen keeps falling out of this thing!
Another issue I found with this pen was with the accuracy of its sensitivity levels. While most of the time the pen's sensitivity was fine I would find that sometimes the pen would write at max sensitivity no matter how hard I was pressing it. It was a little annoying having to undo strokes every now and again because of this.
The pen also has two programmable buttons on its side that you can use to quickly execute shortcuts. As a leftie, these were a bit awkward and got in the way a bit when drawing. I don't think right-handed people would have as much of a problem with this.
The Monoprice MP1060-HA60 is a tablet that can be personified with one word: "meh".
The tablet has that cheap plastic-y feel to it that is common in tablets in this price-range. The express key buttons on the tablet have these icons to show what each express key is programmed to do. This might be awkward for users who want to program their express keys to do different things than what the icons represent. The tablet however is very thin and stores easily. I liked this a lot.
The stylus is powered by a AAA battery with a good battery life. However, putting in the battery was a chore and I ended up having to tape the battery so it wouldn't fall out when I tried to put the pen back together. The sensitivity on the stylus is alright but sometimes it would glitch and draw at full sensitivity.
The Monoprice MP1060-HA60 is a tablet that could serve well as a beginner tablet for buyers looking for a bargain. But in reality there are several tablets that cost just a bit more that have way more to offer. Look into the Wacom Intuos Draw to see what I'm talking about.
3.3 out of 5.0 – Average