The Ugee 2150 is a tablet display by Ugee aimed at professional artists looking for an affordable alternative to Wacom's Cintiq line.
Let's see if this tablet display is a worthy competitor or if bigger companies like Wacom are really as unchallenged as some might suggest.
Ugee 2150 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X|
|Size||23.8 x 19.2 in|
|Active Area||23.8 x 19.2 in|
|Connection||DVI, HDMI, USB, VGA|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Pen Reading Speed||220 rps|
The Ugee 2150 came packaged with the tablet itself, TWO stylus'(wow!), two pen charging cables, one HDMI, USB, VGA and power cable, artist glove, screen protector film and tablet documentation.
The tablet was easy to setup but be warned! You must delete the drivers for all other tablets you've used on the computer you're installing these drivers on or you may find yourself encountering problems when using this tablet. Don't say I didn't warn you!
There were no other problems during the setup, so we can just continue onto the review.
The Ugee 2150 came with a nice active area of 18.9 x 10.7 inches, which is actually about the same as the Wacom Cintiq 22HD.
One thing that was different than the Wacom Cintiq 22HD, however was that the display surface of this tablet was a bit rougher since it was made out of glass. This makes it hard to drag your hand across when drawing unless you have something like an artist glove on. Fortunately the Ugee 2150 comes packaged with an artist glove so you won't have as much of a problem with this in that regard. Just don't lose the glove!
There were many cables that needed to be plugged in to use this tablet but unlike most of the other tablet displays I've reviewed the Ugee 2150 didn't have as big of a problem with cables going all over the place. This is great because you won't have to invest in a mounting arm unless you're the type of person that really likes the mobility that something like that offers.
The screen on the Ugee 2150 has great, bright colors and I noticed no pixel errors or bleeding when using the tablet display. Since the display screen is made out of glass, however there are some problems with glare especially when the tablet display is placed in a room with a lot of exposure to the sun or bright lighting.
Luckily the stand that the tablet display came with can be tilted several degrees in each direction but it'll still take a little while before you get it in the right position.
The Ugee 2150 did not include any express keys which is a bit disappointing but if you're looking for a bargain then the removal of express keys from this model might be great for you since it's definitely a factor in its cheaper price. There is a tablet display from Huion called the Huion GT-185HD if you're looking for a tablet display with express keys, as well as the Cintiq models from Wacom.
But I know why you're here; you're looking for a deal! Cintiqs are great but you'll definitely have to pay a premium price for the privilege of owning one.
The stylus that came wi-Oh wait!
For the first time a tablet display I've reviewing came with TWO stylus'! That's weird..But I'm not complaining! The two stylus' that came with the Ugee 2150 were exactly the same in every way except for one. One worked, one didn't. I was actually pretty excited when I found out I was getting two stylus', but one of the stylus' had a broken button and wouldn't charge. That was a little disappointing, but I was glad at least one of the stylus' worked well.
The responsiveness was great and I only experienced a few instances of lag during my time using this tablet display. There was a slight squeaking sound when you drew with this stylus due to the glass display screen but it wasn't as bad as other models I've reviewed. That being said I could see it getting annoying after a while for people who want complete concentration when drawing.
Like with most stylus' the stylus that came with the Ugee 2150 had two programmable buttons(well, one did) that could be programmed to execute certain commands on press using the tablets control panel on your computer. These are fairly easy to program and I don't see anyone having any problems getting them set up.
The pen holder for the stylus held the pen vertically like an inkwell.
Finally, a tablet display other than Wacom that does this! If you've read some of my other reviews you'll know that pen holders that hold the stylus horizontally are a big nitpick of mine.
The pen also stored the 8 spare nibs that came with the tablet and a nib-removal tool. Fairly standard stuff.
The pen also requires you to charge it by plugging it into your computer with an included cable but don't worry! The charge on this thing lasts forever. Well, maybe not forever but you'll only really have to charge this thing every few weeks or so.
Just plug it in when you're not using it and you shouldn't have to worry about it running out of juice on you.
The Ugee 2150 has a lot of things going for it, but also has a few flubs that are to be expected from a tablet display in this price-range.
The tablet display had a nice active area of 18.9 x 10.7 inches. About the same size as the Wacom Cintiq 22HD. The glass display screen made it difficult to move your hand when drawing without an artist glove. Luckily there is an artist glove included with the tablet display. The cable placement for this tablet display wasn't as messy as other tablet displays I've reviewed. The tablet had bright, vivid colors but due to the glass display screen sometimes had issues with glare. You will have to adjust the tablet using the included stand in order to be able to see what you're drawing. This tablet display came with no express keys so if that's something you're looking for you'll have to look elsewhere, such as the Huion GT-185HD.
The Ugee 2150 came with two stylus' but one of them had a broken button and wouldn't charge. The pen that did work had a good responsiveness to it but there was a slight squeaking sound when drawing on the tablet due to the glass display screen. You'll also need to charge this stylus but don't worry the charge will last you at least a couple of weeks.
The Ugee 2150 is definitely an option for a professional artist looking for a budget tablet display, just don't expect a Cintiq when you go to plug it in.
3.9 out of 5.0 – Average