I’ve had the Yiynova MSPU19+ for a few weeks now and have used it a ton, so I thought I would write a bit of a review for it. Could be helpful for anyone considering a buy. I read every review I could find on it before I finally decided to buy it and I have noticed some things others haven’t really mentioned.
Overall, I am really happy with it… but I still have gripes.
Drawing on the screen does feel like a significant upgrade from using a typical wacom. it feels more comfortable, natural and just.. fun. I haven’t been this hyped to just draw stuff for a long time. Many a late night drawing sesh has been had since the Yiynova was delivered. its been nice to get that fun feeling back, that makes it worth buying alone for me. I think it shows in the work i have done with it too, i’ll link at in the end of the post.
I had an Intuos that I had been using for 4 years before this one. It got the job done and I was satisfied with it but I had just got really tired of drawing with it recently.. and I noticed it was taking me an absolute age to get anything finished. I’ve wanted to get a Cintiq for a while but the prices are actually extortionate. And i wasn’t even sure it was going to make a difference to my drawing. So i was really curious about trying out this cheaper alternative. it was a good move. Using this thing has been so much more satisfying and quicker, I really don’t think i could go back to using an Intuos now.
-The fact that its an actual workable screen drawing tablet on a budget.
-Its a good size. Mine is the 19 model and I really wouldn’t need any more space to draw on. its easy to move around too, very easy to adjust the angle. feels solidly made but not too heavy.
-The screen is pretty bright and feels nice and smooth. I don’t know how a Cintiq screen feels but my Intuos was made to feel slightly textured when I first bought it. luckily that wore off but the point is I prefer a smooth surface.
- The button placement is good, they are located on the back and its just handy to have them out of the way. I use them often.
-It barely overheats.
-While the button placement is good, they feel cheap and are laggy as fuck. I only use them for a couple of things and have a usb keyboard to the left hand side for most of the standard shortcuts. It works out pretty good so this isn’t much of a problem really.
-The viewing angles are crap. Doesn’t really hamper enjoyment much though. But would be cool to see that improved on in the future.
- The monitor is pretty big and its a good resolution but the pixel density doesn’t quite match it. while its not a huge problem it pisses me off. For the price of it I expect better. hopefully they will fix this in future models. I’ve not seen too many others complaining about this but for me its just not up to par.
-The monitors colours. Its almost impossible to calibrate the monitors colours to match what I have on my laptop. I’ve done about as good as I can but its just not happening. Pretty much every reviewer has had the same gripe about this. This needs to be sorted out too in the future, its annoying.
- For me the biggest gripe I have is the pen/ pressure sensitivity. While there are enough levels of pressure, the pen needs to be pressed really hard to use the pressure. its just not natural for me and makes using the pen pressure much more of a chore than it should be. There is not a lot of options to alter it in the software either. This isn’t something that will bother most people I’m sure but it’s a bit of a bitch for me as I like the pen to feel quite light… if anyone has a solution please let me know.
- Europe price. If you are in Europe you will have to pay almost double what Americans and Asians can get it for. its a bit of a joke. but the usa/asia prices are a steal.
None of the cons are really deal breakers for me though, they can all be worked around. Overall i’m really happy i bought it and would recommend it for sure -at the usa/asia price.
links to all the pics i have used the yiynova for currently
tingle / banksy mash up shirt! up on the yetee today in shirts and tanks. $11 http://www.theyetee.com/
do me a solid.
i got a yiynova msp19u+ yesterday, a pretty sweet cintiq knock off. it feels great to be drawing on the screen. even though i am still getting used to it, and reconfiguring all my brushes ect. this is the first thing i have drawn with it, finished it in one sitting! can’t even remember the last time i have done that. so i gotta rate it!
my metal gear shirt is up on the yetee today! t shirt or hoodie
this is a redraw of a pic i did last year. http://louisroskosch.tumblr.com/post/60306057901/new-computer-did-a-pic-to-break-it-in
i did that when i just got a new laptop to kinda break it in, so i thought it would be fun to redraw it to break in my yiynova.
pic of my new yiynova tablet. screen drawing for the win!
The making of “The WInd Rises”
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Documentary: Meet the creative forces behind Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio that is the focus of this absorbing documentary. Hayao Miyazaki, the director of such cinematic wonders as Princess Monokoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castleis the centre point. He’s working on his latest, and perhaps his last film, The Wind Rises. The studio where he storyboards the entire film, and his dedicated team painstakingly draw each frame by hand, is cluttered, homely and apparently lacking any new technologies. On the other side of Tokyo, his colleague Isao Takahata is working on his latest opus. Producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki shuffles between the two, expertly managing their distinct approaches and longtime rivalry. Director Mami Sunada, winner of SFF’s 2012 Audience Award for Best Documentary with Death of a Japanese Salesman, has captured the timelessness of the process, the brilliance and skill, and Miyazaki’s perverse, playful humour. Prepare to be enchanted by the genius of Studio Ghibli.
My hero. This is as inspiring as the Making of Mononoke Hime documentary! I hope to live as long as this man, let alone continue to do what I love for a living!