The Parblo A609 is a graphics tablet by Parblo that aims to give casual artists an economic option when choosing a graphics tablet.
Let's see if this is a good option for the casual artist or if they should set their sights elsewhere.
Parblo A609 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.5.0|
|Size||12.6 x 8.3 in|
|Active Area||9.0 x 6.0 in|
|Express Keys||Yes, 4|
|Pen Reading Speed||220 rps|
The Parblo A609 came packaged with the tablet itself, battery-free pen, USB cable and tablet documentation.
Setup was fairly easy but it should be mentioned that you should always remove any old drivers before installing new ones on your computer. This will help avoid most of the common problems sometimes encountered during installation.
Since there were no problems during installation, we can get on to the review.
The Parblo A609 came with an active area of 9.0 x 6.0 inches, which I found to be a fairly average size for a graphics tablet.
Since the tablet is all one uniform surface, it could sometimes be difficult to know where the active area of the tablet stopped. Even though there were small indicators on the tablet which showed where the active area ended, these indicators were so small that I would sometimes reach the end of the active area by accident.
The Parblo A609 came with four programmable express keys that can be programmed using the included drivers. Well, that's not entirely true. One of the express keys is pre-programmed and cannot be changed to another setting. This means you only really have three express keys to play around with, which is a fairly disappointing number.
I'm the type of tablet user that does well with up to eight express keys, so three keys seems lacking for me.
The stylus that came with the Parblo A609 came with 2048 levels of pressure for a good variety of line weights.
The pen felt decent in my hand but it's worth noting that the stylus does not have a rubberized grip. It's pure plastic. It wasn't too uncomfortable but I definitely noticed this while drawing. You get used to having a grip since so many pens these days come with one.
The nibs on the stylus wore out at about the same rate as the nibs for the pens included with Wacom's Cintiq line of tablet displays. This means that your nibs will be wearing out fairly quickly, and with only five spare nibs included with the tablet you may find yourself running out of nibs sooner than you thought. Pressing more lightly on the tablet can help with the nibs wearing out too quickly but eventually you'll have to invest in more nibs for this stylus.
The stylus also came with two programmable buttons that can be programmed using the included drivers. There are several options to choose from when programming the buttons; most basic options are available. The buttons were also very easy to press when working with the pen, which is definitely a plus.
It's nice that even though the tablet itself only have four express keys we have two extra buttons to work with on the stylus.
The Parblo A609 has some flaws but is overall a fairly reliable graphics tablet.
The tablet came with an active area of 9.0 x 6.0 inches, making for an average sized area to work with. With one express key pre-programmed out of the box, there were only three express keys that were able to be customized.
The stylus that came with the Parblo A609 came with 2048 levels of pressure for a good variety of line weights. While the pen had no rubberized grip it still felt decent when held in your hand, but the difference was definitely noticeable. The nibs on the stylus wear out fairly quickly and with only five spare nibs included you may find yourself investing in more nibs in the near future. As always the stylus came with two programmable buttons that can be programmed to execute shortcuts on press. These were a decent supplement to the small number of express keys included on the tablet.
The Parblo A609 is a good graphics tablet for casual artists looking for an inexpensive option for creating digital art.
4.4 out of 5.0 –Fantastic