The Turcom TS-680 is a graphics tablet by Turcom that aims to give beginner and intermediate artists a reliable tablet at an inexpensive price.
Let's see if this graphics tablet is worth it or if a higher price really is necessary to get a more reliable tablet.
Turcom TS-680 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.8.0|
|Size||12.5 x 11.8 in|
|Active Area||8.0 x 6.0 in|
|Pen Reading Speed||220 rps|
The Turcom TS-680 came packaged with the graphics tablet itself, rechargeable stylus, tablet drivers and tablet documentation.
There have been reports of corrupted drivers being included with this tablet which may make setup quite difficult. The drivers included with the tablet I got were fine but if you find that you received corrupted drivers you may find yourself going on a bit of a hunt to get working ones.
There were no drivers available for the tablet model on Turcom's site, which means you may have to contact Turcom directly in order to get drivers that actually work. This is probably due to the fact that this is an older graphics tablet model.
Another problem encountered during setup was the fact that the tablet documentation seemed to be written in poorly-translated English, making it hard to understand.
This definitely made setting up the Turcom TS-680 more of a hassle than was necessary and could further frustrate someone already dealing with other problems during setup.
Eventually I was able to set the tablet up correctly, so we can get on to the review.
The Turcom TS-680 came with an active area of 8.0 x 6.0 inches which is fairly average for a graphics tablet. The fact that this tablet is priced so low makes this active area size much more desirable, however. Many graphics tablets priced similarly to the Turcom TS-680 are basically just slightly larger than average trackpads.
The Turcom TS-680 offers an average tablet size at the same price as these trackpad units. One thing that disappointed me about the Turcom TS-680 was the limited amount of customization offered with the tablet. With no express keys, hotkeys or scroll wheels to be seen, this graphics tablet really is the bare-bones option when compared to newer models available on the market.
This bare-bones quality the Turcom TS-680 possesses may be attractive to bargain hunters who don't need all the flashy new add-ons that new tablet models offer, but I feel most artists will find this model lacking too many features. Express keys have become almost standard in most new graphics tablet models and most people seem to find that they help with workflow and managing shortcuts.
The compromise for the low price of the Turcom TS-680 is the loss of those handy, time-saving tools.
The stylus that came with the Turcom TS-680 came with 2048 levels of pressure for a good variety of line weights.
There were some odd sensitivity issues encountered with this pen when used at an angle. The mouse cursor would jump from one position to another crazily, making it impossible to work with. This meant that I had to be constantly thinking about keeping my stylus straight when drawing to stop this problem from occurring.
The pen felt fairly nice to draw with due to the rubberized texture of the stylus. It didn't feel as nice as some of the other stylus' I've reviewed(mostly due to the lack of rubberized grip) but was definitely not bad when it came to comfort.
The inclusion of a battery also made the stylus a bit heavier which was definitely a plus and helped the pen not feel like a hollow piece of plastic.
This stylus along with the texture of the surface on the Turcom TS-680 made for a very good drawing experience, especially for this price range!
As mentioned above the stylus required a AAA battery to function which was not included with the package itself. So make sure you have some lying around before you buy this tablet. You won't have to worry about changing the battery out, however since the battery can be recharged without having to switch the battery out. This is still slightly annoying since you still have to look around for a battery but is an improvement from a strictly battery-powered stylus.
All-in-all the stylus included with the Turcom TS-680 was fairly average with some glitches here and there.
The Turcom TS-680 is an alright graphics tablet with some missing features and glitches that stop it from being a great tablet.
The tablet had an active area of 8.0 x 6.0 inches, which is fairly average for graphics tablets but is a good size for the price of the tablet. There were limited customization options for this tablet due to the lack of express keys or scroll wheels.
The stylus that came with the Turcom TS-680 came with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for a good variety of line weights. The stylus had some odd sensitivity issues: if used at an angle the mouse cursor went wild and made it impossible to draw. The rubberized texture of the pen made it feel more natural and comfortable to draw with. The pen requires an AAA battery to operate which is not included but can be recharged meaning you'll only ever need one battery.
The Turcom TS-680 has some problems but is ultimately saved by its price tag. If you're just starting out and need a tablet to help you learn the basics then this is a worthy contender but I feel as though most users will require something less bare-bones.
3.6 out of 5.0 - Average