My Review of The Yiynova MSP10uHD + IPS Portable USB Tablet Monitor
I was using the earlier (non-IPS display) version of the MVP10uHD for a few months before I replaced it with the updated version. The difference in screen quality is astounding. This is less of a testament to the quality of the current version (which is high), and more of an admonishment of the previous version. The non IPS display had the most minimal viable viewing angle of any monitor of any size that I’ve ever used. You had to get exactly in the right spot when working on it. Any deviation to the right, left, top or bottom and the colors would shift until they became inverted. I was able to pencil and ink with the old one, but color work was impossible due to the color accuracy being non existent.
I am happy to say that the new IPS version has solved essentially all of these problems. The image and resolution is MUCH sharper, the viewing angles are respectable, and the color accuracy is workable. I can’t speak for those that need custom color profiles, but I am able to do color work in my illustrations and comics using my predefined color palettes with no issues.
As for the general PROS: -Cursor tracking, lag, responsiveness, etc are all on par with the Wacom Cintiq 21UX I use for my non-travel work -2048 levels of pressure sensitivity -The 8 hotkeys are great for speeding up your workflow. They are user assignable to basically any key or combination you could think of. -The stylus is comfortable and the battery lasts forever. -The detachable USB cable can be routed to either the left or the right of the device through channels in the back of the case -The left and right flip out feet on the back allow the tablet to rest on a desk at a comfortable drawing angle. They’re tall enough that I can get my left hand under the tablet while still operating the hot keys with my thumb. -Little to no lag -Little to no parallax effect -No power brick required. 1 double ended USB cable connects to your laptop and you’re good to go. -Dual mode. Can function as a tabet monitor or a regular drawing tablet with the monitor portion powered off.
Some CONS: -Build quality is sub par. It’s very plastic-y and creaks/flexes when you hold it. The buttons do have a nice solid click, but the housing seems like it needs more connections between the top and bottom. Maybe some kind of bracing in the middle as well. There is nothing sleek or stylish about the design. Very utilitarian. Well made, but not extremely well made. - Pressure sensitivity is fine, but I find the curve to be weighted a little too light at the low end. You blow past the first 50% of the pressure curve with little to no applied pressure, then the real variation is in the upper half of the curve. I found that sliding the pressure settings from light to hard in the drivers had little to no effect on the actual pressure performance.
-The hot keys are not “in numerical order” in the drivers. Going down the side of the device, from top to bottom, the keys are labeled 7,1,2,5,6,4,3,8 as far as the drivers and set up software is concerned. This makes button set up difficult. I actually ran a strip of tape down the device next to the buttons so I could label their number and their intended function. The buttons are permanently labeled with little graphics of what they expect you to use them for (zoom in, zoom out, enter, etc) which adds to the confusion. -There’s a driver issue (which Yiynova has confirmed to me) that after you press a hotkey, you lose stylus connectivity for a half a second or longer. If you are someone like me who uses “space” and “undo” constantly while drawing, this requires a bit of an adjustment. I usually have to pick the stylus up from the monitor while pressing a hotkey to negate this effect. -I did not care for the included draw string carry bag. It’s not form fitting, and the material is very rough to the touch. I replaced it with a neoprene generic tablet zip case with a pocket on the front to hold the stylus and cable. More padding, and it holds the device much more securely. -In order to fit the tablet into the new case I had to remove the stylus holder from the right side. Not really a con, just had to lose it so everything fit. I thought I would hate the stylus holder because it stuck out and seemed like it would get in the way but it’s actually quite useful. -There’s a 3rd flip out foot on the back of the device, in the center. If you try to use this to stand up the tablet while drawing, it will just fall over. Perhaps it’s for displaying the tablet like a picture frame if you are just using it as a secondary monitor. The screen is about 2” to 3” too small to really make this a killer device. I would love to see a 12” or 13” version of this tablet in a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of 16:9, so I didn’t feel so cramped when I had all of my Photoshop tools and menus on the screen.
If you are a traveling digital artist and you need a set up for working in a hotel or on an airplane (and you don’t want to put up $1000-$2500 for a Surface Pro 3 or a Cintiq Companion… ESPECIALLY if you are a Mac user like me), it’s hard to argue with the utility and capability of the MVP10uHD + IPS. I take my 11” Macbook pro and this tablet in a tiny bag and I can literally do my job from anywhere in the world. There is certainly room for improvement, but if you need a light, portable, very functional tablet monitor for digital art WITH MINIMAL CABLES, I can definitely recommend this tablet.
I would note that if you are just looking for a digital tablet monitor for art and you DO NOT intend to travel, I do not consider this a stepping stone towards larger tablet monitors. Save your money for a Yiynova 19” or 22” stationary model. The 10uHD really only makes sense for the traveling artist, or someone that is more comfortable working in their lap as opposed to a desk.
News - TNG season 8? StarTrek.com has exclusive details about an upcoming satirical book exploring the unaired 8th season!
We know you loved season eight of Star Trek: The Next Generation and have been waiting patiently for a detailed guide chronicling each and every episode of that memorable year. Wait. Before you bombardStarTrek.com and/or our Facebook page with comments, go with us on this. Imagine there had been a season eight. What would it have been like? Now imagine that there’s a guide, and a satirical /mockumentary-style one at that. Put it all together and you’ve got Star Trek: The Next Generation - Warped, An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season, written by Mike McMahan and due out on March 3, 2015 as a Gallery Books trade paperback and eBook.
Here’s the full synopsis from the publisher:
On Twitter, Star Trek: The Next Generation lives on for one more season in the form of @TNG_S8—a satirical eighth season that never aired! Each tweet to its more than 85,000 followers (and retweeted four times that amount) is a hilarious recap and spot-on exaggeration of one of the most beloved TV series ever aired. Now, @TNG_S8 creator Mike McMahan presents an officially licensed mockumentary-style book-length “episode guide” to Season 8. With colorful illustrations by Joel Watson of the HijiNKS ENSUE webcomic, and Jason Ho, longtime artist at Bongo Comics (publisher of the comic book versions of The Simpsons and Futurama), each “episode” contains plot descriptions, trivia, aliens new and old, set photos, and behind-the-sceneslooks at the troubled production. This book will appeal to casual and obsessive fans alike, keeping the world of the show intact while hilariously exaggerating it.
"I thought it would be fun to create an artifact from an alternate version of our universe: a tongue-in-cheek guide to the production of an — admittedly silly — season of TNG." McMahan told StarTrek.com. “I had a great time taking the tone of the jokes in @TNG_S8 and applying them to the expanded format of a guide, which gave me room for crazier episodes, dialogue, trivia, and plenty of Riker. I hope fans enjoy laughing with Geordi, Data, Worf and good old Barclay as much as I enjoyed writing their antics.”
Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about Star Trek: The Next Generation - Warped.
Yeah. But I’d have to do a video! I hate videos, mostly the appearing on them. I mean, it’s okay if I don’t have to *watch* the video I’m on, but if I’m making one and I’m in it, that’s kind of unavoidable.
So Joel has said he’d help me, whenever it comes to it. Maybe I’ll just cut and paste his face over mine.
Did you actually think the rapture was going to be in 2005?
The Bible itself warns that no one can know the date of Christ’s second return, so I knew not to ever consider a Date Of The End Of The World to be a knowable thing, but “the Rapture happens in 2005” parses funnier than “the Rapture probably happens some time before then.”