The Ugee G5 is a tablet by Ugee that aims to give beginner artists a quality gateway into the world of drawing tablets at a low price.
Let's see if that's the case of if Ugee has cut too many corners to make the Ugee G5 a viable option for artists.
Ugee G5 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X|
|Size||13.1 x 8.2 in|
|Active Area||9.0 x 6.0 in|
|Express Keys||Scroll Wheel, 5 buttons|
|Pen Reading Speed||220 rps|
The Ugee G5 came packaged with the tablet itself, rechargeable stylus, USB cable, pen holder, 8GB memory chip and tablet documentation.
The tablet came with no installation CD and instead had me install the drivers using the included 8GB memory chip.
The installation process was fairly easy with this tablet but I found that the UI was a little difficult to understand.
It's written in badly-translated English so you may find yourself scratching your head at certain points trying to decipher what's on the screen.
After I finally got everything working correctly I had no other problems and I was able to get on to the review.
The Ugee G5 has a modest 9.0 x 6.0 inch active area that I could see working for beginner artists and artists on a budget that are willing to sacrifice drawing space for a better price.
The drawing surface felt smooth to the touch, except for a slight texture. This texture was added to make sure it doesn't feel like you're drawing on glass when you try to use your stylus on this tablet. This is really the best of both worlds for me and I thought it was a great feature.
The Ugee G5 also came with a scroll wheel that acted as the five express keys for the tablet: Four buttons surrounding the wheel, one in the middle. It was a little difficult to get the express keys programmed due to the badly translated UI, but once I figured it out the scroll wheel worked as intended.
I could see this being used for things such as zooming in or out, changing brush sizes, etc. As well as the regular uses for express keys, of course.
The stylus that came with the Ugee G5 was a lot better than I was expecting it to be.
It felt great in my hand when I picked it up for the first time and even better when I started drawing with it. Many lower-end tablets have problems in this department but I can say with certainty not so with the Ugee G5!
There were some problems with pressure sensitivity, however. Mostly with the stylus sometimes registering maximum sensitivity at random. This meant that sometimes you'd end up with a giant dot on your page when you were just trying to make a light stroke. Outside from that annoyance the pressure sensitivity was fairly good. No other complaints in that department.
While the stylus needs to be charged to be used, the charge on this stylus will last you at least a week or two. This is similar to other rechargeable stylus' I have reviewed; just remember to plug the stylus in when not in use and you should never have it run out of battery on you.
The stylus also came with two programmable buttons that could be programmed to execute certain commands on press. Again, similar to other pens.
The Ugee G5 is a tablet that has a few great features but falls a bit too behind to be labelled "fantastic".
The tablet came with a 9.0 x 6.0 inch active area that works for beginner artists and artists who don't mind a smaller drawing area for a lower price. The tablet surface was very smooth with a bit of a texture to stop the stylus from slipping and feeling like glass when drawing on. In place of express keys, a scroll wheel is used instead as a way to use shortcuts on this tablet.
The stylus that came with the Ugee G5 surprised me with its great feel and weight. The pressure sensitivity on the stylus was a bit wonky at times, with the pen sometimes drawing at full pressure momentarily. The stylus also needed to be charged, but a full charge will last you at least a week. Probably even longer.
The Ugee G5 is an alright option for beginners looking for their first drawing tablet, I would just look for alternative tablets before making your final decision.
3.8 out of 5.0 – Average