The Ugee EX05 is a graphics tablet by Ugee that aims to give tablet users an inexpensive option when choosing a reliable tablet.
Let's see if this tablet really is reliable or if it'd be best to choose another product.
Ugee EX05 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.4.0|
|Size||11.3 x 11.0 in|
|Active Area||8.0 x 5.0 in|
|Pen Reading Speed||200 rps|
The Ugee EX05 came packaged with the tablet itself, wireless pen, pen holder and tablet documentation.
Installing the tablet drivers were fairly easy but if for some reason they don't work out of the box they can be found on Ugee's site.
Always make sure to remove any old drivers from your computer before installing new ones to avoid any common problems that may arise during installation.
Since setup was fairly straightforward we can get on to the review.
The Ugee EX05 came with an active area of 8.0 x 5.0 inches, which is an average size for a graphics tablet. I would have been happy with an extra inch or two, but it's not too bad.
As a person with larger hands, I tend to prefer larger active areas over smaller ones but you also have to take into account the price of the tablet when evaluating how fair the active area size is for a tablet. All in all, the average tablet user should be fine working with this size of an active area on a tablet.
The Ugee EX05 came with no express keys but featured 13 "softkeys" located at the top of the active area of the tablet. These softkeys are pre-programmed with basic shortcuts that are commonly used when drawing such as copying, pasting and cutting. There were however a few odd choices such as a shortkey to open Word and PowerPoint and one to open your email. I don't know about you but I don't usually need to open up PowerPoint when I'm working on a drawing. The cynic in me thinks they may have included these keys to pad up the number of keys on the tablet but that's just a theory.
The Ugee EX05 had a very thin width, making it very portable and easily store-able when not in use. It felt great using this tablet on my lap and it was so light it almost felt like I was drawing on a notepad at times. I would be careful when moving this graphics tablet around, though. Due to it's thin size I'm not sure this thing could survive anything other than a light fall.
The stylus that came with the Ugee EX05 came with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, meaning you'll have a good variety of line weights.
The pressure sensitivity was fairly good but there were a few instances of lag during the time I was testing this graphics tablet. This wasn't an extreme problem but it was definitely an occasional annoyance encountered while drawing. Make sure you install the tablet drivers or you may find that this problem will be more frequent for you.
The pen also came with two programmable buttons that can be programmed using the included drivers. This is another reason why you should always install the drivers; you wouldn't be able to configure these buttons if you didn't! It's always nice that even when a graphics tablet features no express keys you can always count on the stylus to have two buttons for those handy shortcuts.
One of the buttons comes pre-programmed as an eraser button but you can easily change this to any of the other options available, should you wish to do so.
It was disappointing to find out that the stylus required a AAA battery in order to function. The battery life of the stylus was fairly average but didn't have as good of a battery life as some of the other pens I've used by Ugee. The only advantage of having a battery in the stylus is that it adds some weight to it. This made the pen feel a bit more like an actual pencil.
The Ugee EX05 is a graphics tablet with a number of flaws that stop it from being anything other than average.
The tablet came with an active area of 8.0 x 5.0 inches, which is a fairly average sized active area. The Ugee EX05 had no express keys but had 13 "softkeys" pre-programmed with basic shortcuts for you to use. The surface of the tablet was very smooth and the thinness of the tablet made it easily portable and store-able. Just don't drop it.
The stylus that came with the Ugee EX05 came with 2048 levels of pressure and average responsiveness with occasional instances of lag. The two programmable buttons included in the pen can be programmed using the included drivers to execute certain shortcuts on press. Unfortunately the stylus required a AAA battery in order to function and the battery life of the stylus was only average at best.
The Ugee EX05 is a fairly average tablet but I do believe it is a good deal at it's current price. If you're looking for a bargain graphics tablet, this might just be it.
3.5 out of 5.0 – Average