The Ugee M708 is a graphics tablet by Ugee that aims to offers artists a reliable tablet with good customization options at a reasonable price.
Let's see if that's the case or if Ugee skipped out on a few too many features to truly call this tablet a steal.
Ugee M708 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.8.5|
|Size||14.1 x 8.3 in|
|Active Area||10.0 x 6.0 in|
|Express Keys||Yes, 8|
|Pen Reading Speed||230 rps|
The Ugee M708 came packaged with the tablet itself, stylus, usb cable, pen holder, tablet drivers and tablet documentation.
The setup for this stylus was fairly easy but it should be said that you should always remove any old drivers from your computer before installing any new drivers for a graphics tablet.
This'll make things much more smooth during installation and should help you avoid any common problems a person would have during setup.
Since there were no problems during setup, we can just get right on to the review.
The Ugee M708 came with an active area of 10.0 x 6.0 inches, which is a fairly good size and should be big enough for the average user.
The tablet was very thin, making it very portable and able to be easily stored when not in use. As for the tablet surface itself, I found that it scratched fairly easily when drawn on. You may want to invest in a film cover to fix this issue. The tablet surface also smudges fairly easily so you'll have to wipe it down every once and a while or it'll get a little messy.
The Ugee M708 came with eight programmable express keys that can to be easily programmed using the included tablet drivers. Eight is really the magic number for express keys in my opinion and anyone who loves express keys as much as I do will definitely like this graphics tablet.
The express keys were easily pressed and were spaced far enough apart that you won't ever misclick a button accidentally while working. The buttons are located on the left side of the tablet, but do not fret my left-handed brethren! I had no problems with the buttons getting in the way even as a left-handed individual.
The stylus that came with the Ugee M708 came with 2048 levels of pressure allowing for a good variety of line weights.
The pen had a great rubberized grip which made it really easy to draw with for long periods of time. These pens reminded me of the pens included with Wacom's Cintiq line, which also had very good grips and a long length. If you like longer pens then this stylus will definitely be one of your favorites but everyone has their own preference.
I've mentioned this stylus' responsiveness already, but it's really where this stylus shines. There's a lightness to this pen that I wasn't expecting and while it took a little while to get used to I now feel like this is a great pen for getting nice, smooth lines. Just keep with the pen until you get used to the lightness and you'll find that it's fairly reliable for drawing.
One of the disappointing aspects about this stylus is that it not only requires a AAA battery to operate, it doesn't come with a AAA battery inserted! This wasn't mentioned on the Amazon page and if I hadn't had any batteries lying around the house I wouldn't have been able to use my tablet until I went to the store! This is a very big oversight on Ugee's part since I feel like it would've been easy to have just included a battery with the tablet itself.
Luckily once you have a battery to use with this stylus you won't have to change them out very often since the battery life is fairly good.
The Ugee M708 is a very good tablet that has a few flaws which stop it from being great.
The tablet had a good active area of 10.0 by 6.0 inches, which is a good size for most artists. The tablet was also thin which makes it easily portable and easily stored away when not in use. The surface of the Ugee M708 unfortunately scratched and smudged easily, but both of these problems can be fixed by buying a film cover to put over the tablet. Express keys came plentiful on this tablet and you'll have eight programmable express keys at your disposal to create as many shortcuts as you need.
The stylus that came with the Ugee M708 had 2048 levels of pressure to work with, giving it a good variety of line weight. The pen felt similar to a Cintiq stylus, so if you like longer pens you're going to be a happy camper with this stylus. The stylus was also very responsive and light; the lightness takes a little time to get used to but once you do you'll find that it works well. Unfortunately the stylus requires a AAA battery to be used and since there is no battery included with the tablet you'll have to make an extra purchase in order to use this pen.
The Ugee M708 is a good tablet that will serve you will on most occasions if you can overlook the few flaws the tablet has.
4.3 out of 5.0 – Fantastic