The Parblo Coast10 is a tablet display by Parblo that aims to offer an alternative to the Wacom displays at a lower price.
Let's see if this display can compete with the big dogs.
Parblo Coast10 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.6.0|
|Size||11.4 x 8.3 in|
|Active Area||8.5 x 5.3 in|
|Pen Reading Speed||200 rps|
The Parblo Coast10 came packaged with the tablet display itself, battery-free pen, USB cable and tablet documentation.
Parblo has also included two free gifts: a USB hub with 4 USB 3.0 ports and a Parblo artist glove. These are welcome inclusions even though I've never seen a USB hub included with a tablet display before. But hey, free USB hub!
There are have been some reported problems with Mac users and the included drivers. It's almost always a safe bet to just download the drivers from the company's site instead of installing the included ones. Also, make sure you delete any old drivers from any other tablets you have before installing the new ones!
Alright, let's get onto the review.
The Parblo Coast10 came with an active area of 8.5 x 5.3 inches, which is a little small for a tablet display but gets the job done.
One thing I did notice, however was the great build quality of this tablet display. This tablet display is surprisingly light as well; you won't have any problems moving this thing around! There's a bit of a stereotype that tablets from lesser-known brands are more-cheaply made but the Parblo Coast10 seems to break this stereotype.
The colors on the Parblo Coast10 were nice and clear enough to work on but won't have the quality as other tablet displays such as Wacom. There was a bit of tweaking needed to get the colors the same on the display and my computer, but once that was done the colors matched fairly well. This might not be the tablet display to get if you have one of those fancy 4K displays for your computer or something, but it works well for the average Joe.
One of the major problems with the Parblo Coast10 is the major amount of glare that comes off the tablet. I believe this is due to the fact that the tablet display is made out of glass. The only real solution I found to this problem was to avoid harsh light sources when working on this tablet.
There is a screen protector available for this tablet as well, but unfortunately this does almost nothing to help against the glare.
The stylus that came with the Parblo Coast10 was nothing too out of the ordinary.
The stylus features no battery which is odd for tablet displays in this price range but is a welcome addition in my book.
The pen is also noticeably smaller and lighter than the pens included with Wacom tablets. This could either be a positive or a negative depending on your personal tastes.
The pen sensitivity on this stylus features 2048 levels of pressure which provides a good range when drawing. It definitely isn't the best when it comes to sensitivity but it's not the worst either and is certainly better than the average stylus included with non-display tablets.
Pair this stylus up with the included glove and you'll have a good setup to begin drawing. Though unfortunately the glove is known to get caught on the Parblo logo on the tablet. This can get a little annoying.
The stylus has two programmable buttons that can be configured on your computer(on the same tab as the pressure settings) to execute certain shortcuts on press. This is fairly standard for stylus' and I don't really have much else to say about them. They worked as expected and I encountered no problems when using them.
The Parblo Coast10 is an average tablet display that can work well for the average user.
The tablet features an active area of 8.5 x 5.3 inches which is a little on the small side but not extremely so. The colors on the tablet display needed some adjusting but I found that after I tweaked the colors a bit they more-or-less matched the colors on my screen. A problem with the tablet, however is that since the display is made of glass it reflects light very easily.
The stylus included with the Parblo Coast10 featured no battery and had a smaller and lighter feel than the Wacom pens. The pen has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and when coupled with the included glove it makes for a good drawing experience. The stylus also has two programmable buttons that you can program on your computer to execute certain shortcuts upon press.
The Parblo Coast10 is a good tablet for an artist on a budget. If you're looking for something just to get the job done, this may be a good option, but if you want something with a little more flash you may have to look higher up price-wise.
3.7 out of 5.0 – Average