Monoprice MP 22-Inch Review

The Monoprice MP 22-Inch is a graphics tablet display by Monoprice that aims to offer similar features to more expensive tablet displays at a lower price.

Let's see if that's the case or if this tablet display model can't match the quality of the more expensive models available on the market.

Monoprice MP 22-Inch Specifications

TypePressure-sensitive, battery-free
Minimum System RequirementsWindows XP or OS X 10.2.8
Model Number14481
Size20.9 x 12.5 in
Active Area18.8 x 10.6 in
ConnectionDVI, HDMI, VGA
Express KeysNo
Multi-TouchNo
TouchNo
Spare Nibs8
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportNo
Resolution1920 x 1080p
Pen Reading Speed200 rps
Warranty2 years

Initial Impressions

The Monoprice MP 22-Inch came packaged with the graphics tablet display itself, tablet stand, power, USB and VGA cables, tablet drivers and tablet documentation.

The installation went fairly smoothly using the included Monoprice MP 22-Inchdrivers that came packaged with the Monoprice MP 22-Inch but it's always a good idea to remove any old drivers from your computer before installing new ones.

If you happen to have any problems with the included drivers you may find that using the drivers found on Monoprice's site(scroll until you see "support files") will fix any problems you encountered during installation.

Since there were no problems encountered during installation we can go ahead and get on to the review.

The Tablet

The Monoprice MP 22-Inch came with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p for a nice HD picture which will allow you to get all those nice little details when using the tablet display.

The surface of the tablet display was fairly "sticky" or "grippy" for lack of a better term and I frequently found my hand "catching" on the screen when I tried to draw.

I pulled out an Artist's Glove that I had previously purchased and found that this greatly improved my drawing experience with the Monoprice MP 22-Inch. Monoprice MP 22-InchYou may want to look into buying one of these along with the tablet display if you want the smoothest drawing experience possible.

The ergonomic stand included with the Monoprice MP 22-Inch allowed the tablet display to be tilted horizontally and vertically up to 178 degrees. This was great because it let me adjust the display until it perfectly tilted to compliment my setup and personal preferences.

There have been a few stands that have come with other tablet displays that I have reviewed that were difficult or confusing to use but the simplified design of this stand made using it a delight.

One thing to note however is that the stand does increase the amount of space the Monoprice MP 22-Inch takes up so keep in mind you'll need a good amount of free desk space available if you want to add this tablet display to your setup.

The Stylus

The stylus that came with the Monoprice MP 22-Inch came with 2048 levels of pressure for a good variety of line weights.

The pen was very comfortable to hold due to the rubberized grip and decent length of the stylus. Monoprice MP 22-InchIt doesn't feel like an actual pen or pencil but it's pretty darn close.

I was also happy to see that the stylus required no external battery and did not need to be charged with a USB cable which means you can just pick it up and draw!

There are some problems with these battery-free stylus' feeling too light without the inclusion of a battery but as mentioned before this pen felt great.

Like most pens included with graphics tablets and tablet displays, this stylus included two programmable buttons that can be programmed using the included drivers.

The menu included by Monoprice was fairly simple but allowed you to program certain commands to the buttons and was fairly straightforward. There was also an area to calibrate your stylus correctly, which definitely helped me get more accurate strokes than I would have without the calibration. All in all, this menu is used only when initially setting up the tablet display and never really touched again, but it served its purpose well.

Art's Assessment

The Monoprice MP 22-Inch was a fairly enjoyable tablet to use with only a few inconveniences that were worth noting.

The tablet display came with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p for a crisp HD picture quality. The stand that came with the Monoprice MP 22-Inch had 178 degrees of horizontal and vertical viewing angles which allowed users to adjust the tablet display to their preferred angle. There was Monoprice MP 22-Incha "sticky" or "grippy" feeling to the tablet display screen and users may find that a Artist's Glove will greatly improve their experience when using this tablet display.

The stylus that came with the Monoprice MP 22-Inch came with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for a good variety of line weights. The pen was comfortable to hold due to the rubberized grip and decent length. No battery was required for the stylus to function meaning the pen could be used whenever you felt like drawing. The stylus also had two programmable buttons that could be programmed to execute certain commands on press using the included tablet drivers.

The Monoprice MP 22-Inch is a very good alternative to more expensive tablet displays and provides the same amount of quality with only a few minor annoyances.

4.2 out of 5.0 – Fantastic

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