The Parblo Coast22 is a tablet display by Parblo that aims to compete with Wacom's Cintiq line by offering the same features at a lower price.
Let's see if that's the case or if this tablet display just can't compete with the top dogs.
Parblo Coast22 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.2.8|
|Size||23.3 x 16.8 in|
|Active Area||18.8 x 10.6 in|
|Connection||HDMI, USB, VGA|
|Pen Reading Speed||200 rps|
The Parblo Coast22 came packaged with the tablet display itself, battery-free pen, power adapter, power cord, HDMI, USB and VGA cables, DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, installation CD and tablet documentation.
Parblo has also included a few free gifts: A screen protector, an artist glove, lens cloth, cleaning brush and anti-static glove.
Like with the Parblo Coast10, there were some buyers reporting that the drivers included with the tablet display didn't work on Macs.
This issue is fixed by just downloading the drivers from Parblo's site.
Anyway, let's get onto the review.
The Parblo Coast22 came with an extremely large active area of 18.8 x 10.6 inches, meaning you'll always have enough room to work on.
It doesn't really get any larger than this, so if you're looking for the maximum amount of drawing room possible, this is the tablet for you.
Unfortunately there are some problems with glare due to the display being made of glass. Just make sure there is no harsh lighting around the display and you should be okay.
Once I turned the tablet display on I was greeted with a display of vibrant colors. Surprisingly, the colors perfectly matched the colors on my monitor and there was no need to adjust them to get the picture right.
Parblo really knocked it out of the park with the colors on this tablet display and I could say it almost rivals Wacom's Cintiq line.
The stylus that came with the Parblo Coast22 has a great level of accuracy.
With 2048 levels of pressure, this stylus gives you enough room to express yourself with a fairly good range of line weights.
I wouldn't say this stylus was as good as the stylus' by Wacom in this regard, but it's definitely good enough to get the job done.
Something great about the Parblo pens is they don't require charging to be used. Not only does this mean you won't have to remember to charge the pen to be used, it also means that the pen is lighter because it has no battery weighing it down.
My preference goes towards lighter pens so it was a dream come true for me but if you prefer stylus' with a little more weight to them this may not be the pen for you.
Another thing that was great about this stylus was the shape of it's design. Wacom pens tend to be fully rounded, which can make it a bit difficult to press the two programmable buttons found on most stylus'. The stylus included with the Parblo Coast22 has more of a rounded triangular shape, which always places your fingers exactly where the buttons are. I also personally found the shape to be overall much more comfortable than the Wacom stylus'.
The Parblo Coast22 is a fairly sturdy tablet display with only a few minor flaws.
The tablet display has a large active area of 18.8 x 10.6 inches, so you'll never run out of room when drawing. The display also has clear, vibrant colors that match the monitor perfectly.
The stylus that came with the Parblo Coast22 had great accuracy, though not as good as the Wacom stylus'. The pen was battery-free, meaning you can just take it out and begin drawing without having to worry about charging. The rounded triangular shape of the stylus meant that the two programmable buttons the stylus had could always be easily pressed when needed.
The Parblo Coast22, while definitely not as good as Wacom's Cintiq line, is a worthy competitor and a good choice for artists looking to buy a large tablet display without having breaking the bank.
4.5 out of 5.0 – Fantastic