WAS IT WORTH IT? XplorerdockBT1

In the middle of January 2019 I signed up for a creative writing class on Udemy (review pending).The class required me to do a writing excercise after every lecture. At first, I used the built-in keyboard of the tablet. In my personal opinion, the keyboard of the tablet is good for quick and short typing work however if like me, you are doing a long writing excercise then you’re going to want the efficiency and comfortability of a physical keyboard.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The XplorerdockBT1 is a bluetooth keyboard that you can pair with most devices that has a bluetooth capability. It comes in two colors, BLACK and WHITE. It has a slot where you can fit an eight inch ipad/tablet (rough estimate).

PROS

Price

It’s a bit pricey for almost 40USD / 1899 PHP, though in my opinion, most gadgets that go through the 20 USD / 1000 PHP limit are mostly made of good quatlity.

Pair with most devices
you can pair the XplorerdockBT1 with most device
e.g. Samsung J1 Ace, Lenovo A10 tablet.

2 bluetooth channels
It has two bluetooth channels, CH1 and CH2
Basically, you can connect two devices at the same time. you just have to switch the channel. Though you have to the give two devices time to connect before you blaze away typing

A device slot
The XplorerdockBT1 has a slot where you can insert any device that would let it stand in a 95 degree to 105 degree angle.

Sitting position
Since the device has a slot, it allows you to sit in a correct sitting posture. You no longer have to hunch your back down when you need to type something.

CONS

Price
for someone like me who has a monthly salary of 140$ month, it seems a bit too much.

It’s a bluetooth key board
What I mean to say about this is that there is a possiblity that you may forget to bring the XplorerdockBT1 with you wherever you go.

Unadjustable dock
the dock only gives you a permanent 95 degree angle.

Unresponsive function keys (so far, with the Lenovo-A10 tablet)
Function keys have so far been unresponsive. (Thought It doesn’t really matter to me)

WAS IT WORTH IT?

EVERY PENNY – I’m happy with the product. I wasn’t expecting to find a bluetooth keyboard with a dock for Tablets and Pads while I was the scouring the malls of Bacolod City, Negros Island, Philippines

If you’re looking to turn your simple tablet into a laptop for writing.

XplorerdockBT1 is your go to keyboard.

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A Piece of Rejection

DISCLAIMER:
this is a personal article, most of the things written here will be based on my personal experience. I AM NOT! AN EXPERT.

WHAT IS REJECTION?
Rejection is what some of us fear, no matter what kind; it can range from people rejecting us, companies rejecting us to our loved ones rejecting us. Rejection is us opening up to a person and that person says “thank you, I’m flattered , but no”.

IF I HAVE A CHOICE TO BE OR NOT TO BE…REJECTED, THEN WHY?

As to why I’ve always chosen to get rejected OR to open myself up to the possibility of getting rejected is that I’ve had so many of those moments where I like a person but that’s all there is to it. It’s just me liking that person but I never really know if she likes me too. I know some of you reading this article, probably have had the same experience. Unless we put ourselves in the path of that scary “yes” or “no” moment. We will always and forever linger on.

One day, I decided that enough is enough. If I can’t put myself out there I’ll always be in the sidelines. We have to be brave, have courage enough to take risks, even if those risks destroys a friendship.

The question is WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?

Do you want to keep living in a dream? Then don’t do anything.
Do you want to date her? Then, GO and ASK. ( only thinking about the situation isn’t going to get you anywhere)
Do you want to know if you’re going be more than just friends? Then, GO and ASK

HOW MUCH PAIN DOES REJECTION GIVE YOU?

This depends on the level of how much you got emotionally involved. In my case, I’ve been involved in a number of ways and I’m going to categorize them as…

1.) Mildly INTERESTED
In this situation you’ve probably liked someone for a week or so.

As of Jan 2019 I experienced this. I have this coworker in an english school (I’m an english teacher by the way) and we have the same student. We chatted a lot, mostly about what I taught the student during my class, as I time went by I slowly developed an interest in her. One night I just chatted her up in Facebook messenger and asked her out but she rejected me “subtly”.

It didn’t hurt so much as the other rejections I’ve experienced. Though my good relationship with her got ruined, this chapter isn’t done yet I’ll update this part sometime this year (written February 11 2019)

2.) SOMEWHAT EMOTIONALLY INVESTED
This situation as you know according to the title that I gave it is that you’ve had feelings for a certain someone, let’s say a few months to six months.

I experienced this also in my english school last year June 2018. She was a bit older than me, it got started with me and her just joking about us liking each other. Then just like what you probably think, I just happened to suddenly like her, but I didn’t really do anything about it at first, until it continued on for a few months, when I did finally ask her, I got rejected of course.

It really didn’t go well for me. It felt like a blow to my physical heart, I was really lost this time. I was not able to talk to her for a month or two.

3.) BEST FRIENDS
As the label shows this situation is when you’ve developed or became emotionally involved (one-sided) with a friend that you hang out with a lot. Usually this could be in four months to one year. In my opinion this is one of those that you should tread carefully with.

I experienced this when I was a freshman in college. I got along really well with one of my classmates at that time. We did a lot of things together, sometimes she would hold my hand when we were crossing the street, She would sometimes sit on my lap. We were really good friends. I planned to tell her my feelings on February 14, valentines day. I got rejected HARSHLY before I even got the chance to tell her my feelings.

So it broke our GREAT friendship, she got mad at me. We didn’t speak for eight months at least. I couldn’t really talk to her, we evaded each other. This time I regretted it, but slowly and surely we rebuilt our friendship again this time however we are staying as friends.

THE KINDS OF REJECTION THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED

Let’s talk about how it goes about, by this, I mean rejection. It can range from subtle to straight out “No”

1.) SUBTLE NO

Let’s say you ask her out and you set a specific date. She only has to say “yes” or “no”, any other answer, I would probably characterize it as in the “NO” category.

examples:
A: “I’ll check with my mom if it’s okay”
B: “I’ve got work to do that day”
C: “I’ll give you a rain check”

If you ask her a second time and you still get the same vague answers, I’m sorry to say but what she’s actually saying although somewhat indirectly is “Thank you , but NO”.

THINGS MAY CHANGE FOR THE WORST

You’ll know it when her attitude towards you changes from the smiling at you all the time to just being civil. If you keep pushing her it will turn to a more aggressive stance.

My advice to you:
PACK UP AND MOVE ON and don’t push it. You just might do more damage to your friendly (well not so friendly relation now).

2.) DRASTIC CHANGE

This part is when the girl you like suddenly gives you the “cold shoulder”. I mean the whole package, from not looking at you anymore to a disgusted face when talking to you, like they feel uncomfortable when they are near you. They may act like a bitch towards you, but it’s one of their ways of saying that they are really not into you.

This will probably last for a long time, so go with the flow, GIVE HER SPACE. You can try to talk to her again and IF she responds in a hostile way, back away and DON’T TALK TO HER FOR A LONG WHILE. Whatever relationship you had with her may comeback again or it will become stagnant at a professional level.

My advice:
OF COURSE, MOVE ON. That’s just life, some people will like you, some people won’t. It’s going to suck if you really like the person, the feeling is not going to be nice, but what other choice do you have? linger around in pain? or use that emotional energy to better yourself?

3.) OUTRIGHT “NO” OR ” I’M FLATTERED, BUT NO THANK YOU”

Other people have the courage and maturity to just say “NO, thank you” to you and then the next day they would still look at you and talk to you normally. This is the kind of rejection I really appreciate, it’s more of a kind, mature approach. How you respond to it however depends on you, it could be you respond maturely or immaturely by suddenly not talking to her or evading her.

My advice:
Be thankful that you got this kind of rejection. This one is a lot nicer and would really help you to grow. It’s probably because it’s more gentle and constructive in a way. If you respond to this kind by getting mad and suddenly not talking to her, it will make you immature. You should give some space and try to maintain a professional attitude. It wasn’t personal after all, you took a risk and it just didn’t work out. I’m not saying that this kind doesn’t hurt because it still does.

My advice all in all:
Like us, they have a choice. Respect their choice because in this way you will grow…IN PAIN
* insert author’s evil laugh here (e.g. MWAHAHA) *

HOW I DEALT WITH REJECTION

I’ve faced many kinds of rejection before and in varying degrees. I’ll try to enumerate the ways I used on how I dealt with them.

1.) Excercise
When you get rejected, you suddenly get this emotional energy (or maybe anxiety) deep inside you. If you don’t use it your brain will and it will use it to think of scenarios that will only make you even feel worse. Maybe, you’ll even use that emotional energy to pace back and forth in your room.

Why not better yourself with excercise? Let’s face it, you got rejected for a reason and that reason maybe because you look sickly and unattractive (physically speaking). Don’t give me all that crap about personality and brains. It plays a factor but it doesn’t cover everything. So cover all your bases. 1 hour of excercise every other day or even every three days would do you a world of good in health and in looks.

2.) Music
One of my friends who took a Psychology major told me that music is some kind of therapy for us. Though it depends on what kind of music you listen to. Listen to crappy sad songs always then you’ll be sad always. Listening to happy or upbeat songs will make you feel happy and upbeat as well. You’ve probably been doing this already except you feel first, then listen later. Try LISTENING FIRST, THEN FEELING LATER.

3.) Friends
Having a nice support group really does help, you can spend time with them and you’ll probably be talking mostly about fun things. They got your back.

4.) hobbies
When I got rejected most of the time I thought about the girl that rejected me. I thought about the “Why not me” question a lot. After I entered a climbing gym and made climbing my hobby, I found another activity to MAKE ME STRONGER and use my spare energy and time on something I ended up enjoying.

5.) *** WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK… YOU CAN WORK FROM HOME *** by fifth harmony
“Why do you want me to work?!” is probably what you’re thinking. What I’m saying is if you have the spare time to make yourself feel crappy by thinking about the person who rejected you and her decision, Why not use that energy you’re using to think and make yourself feel depressed and actually use it on your work; Your boss will like it and you’ll probably end up getting a promotion.

If you don’t feel like exerting that much at your job, why don’t you try and distract yourself at home with some part-time jobs that you like. Both options benefit your career and not to mention your wallet. That extra cash and promotion might be an advantage to the next woman you ask out.

IN THE END

It depends on how much emotionally invested you are in someone.

If you are one of those who’ve fallen quite a bit for someone, it takes longer to heal.

What I’ve shared doesn’t heal you magically overnight.

Though, it’s going to help you overcome the day-to-day, week by week, month by month, struggle that comes with rejection.

I’m sorry but there is no magic pill. There is only the rough grind ahead, the long crawl out of that deep whole you’ve fallen into.

Keep going!

I sincerely hope you get yourself out of the deep hole.

How to get Artisul D13 calibrating software working in Windows 10 OS

It’s been so long since I’ve posted about my tab. This is for all of you guys who have the same problem as me when it comes to Artisul D13 Tablet and Windows 10 OS.

I’ve been HAPPILY using my Artisul D13 for almost a year now and I’ve been using it with my personal laptop that runs a Windows 7 operating system.

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Forgive the blurry picture and the background. I had to do this wherever I could as I was on the move this day. 

Now, I wanted to use it with this other laptop that has a better video card.

well, better everything…

I’ve installed the driver and the D13 works just fine with the windows 10…almost. I mean the tab was on and was displaying the windows background. The only exception was that I couldn’t CALIBRATE the damned thing to have the pen function on MONITOR 2 (the D13 tablet).

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I would double click the Icon for the calibrator software and windows 10 would confirm if I want to allow the device to function. I would click yes, however a few minutes to forever passed the calibrating software still didn’t show.

I’ve tried so desperately searching the web for a fix but I couldn’t find any. Neither did I find anything close to what I was experiencing in the Artisul website forums. 

BUT!…. By the grace of the gods!

I did find a fix for the “Aritsul D13 tab and windows 10 compatability issue”

…somewhat.   he he he

I decided that one night I’ll try all the drivers that Artisul has released for the D13 tablet. I went from the newest to the oldest.

Thankfully the Driver version 1.3 beta worked.

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Though I noticed the performance changed a little…very little…I think, but since I’ve been using the tablet with my other computer for almost a year now with the most updated driver. I could really tell that there is a slight difference or maybe that’s just me.

BUT HEY! look on the bright side!

We can now use our Artisul tabs with a windows 10 operating software!

Hurrah!!

Still! I highly recommend anyone to post any updated fix to this problem.

Hopefully Artisul will release an updated driver soon in the future.

 

Cheers!

 

 

Was It worth it? – Ifrogz Plugz Wireless earplugs review

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Ifrogz Plugz wireless, a Bluetooth earplug.

My default Samsung earplugs got broken so the time has come for me to find new earplugs. So this time I wanted Bluetooth earplugs.

I bought this Ifrogz Plugz wireless while I was still back in Abu Dhabi. I was looking for wireless Bluetooth earplugs inside Virgin megastore. This brand, Ifrogz just happened to catch my eyes.

I’m tired of those earplugs with wires because sometimes I would have accidents like the wires getting caught in something resulting in the wires getting damaged.

How much did it cost?

I want to show how much it cost when I bought it, but sadly, I already threw out the receipt, but a rough close estimate would be 130AED – 160AED that would be 35$ to 43$.

What DO I LIKE about it?

Its Bluetooth capability! – that one is already a given, since that was one of my main objectives when I was looking for earplugs.

I also like the that they designed the Ifrogz plugz to have a sleek look. In layman’s terms – “it looks very cool and modern”.

Last but not the least I also like it’s size, it’s small enough that it wouldn’t stand out and attract attention.

Did I like the price?

About the price, it’s not that cheap and not that expensive. Well, considering that I was looking for a Bluetooth capable tech. That kind of price is probably a good and cheap one already.
I’ve seen other Bluetooth capable tech. in the area and I haven’t really seen any that was lower than that price or at least lower than the 130 AED/35$ mark. I don’t know how much it is in other countries though.

What DO I NOT LIKE about it?

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The magnetic rubber strap.

I really don’t like the magnetic strap because it is very soft, I feel like someone could just grab on to it and run away and they wouldn’t even have the slightest bit of trouble. – security-wise, a big turn off for me.

 

 

Durability-wise, I am not a big fan of Ifrogz plugz wireless. I’ve only used it for a week or two and the left earplug was already going haywire and as of the moment that I’m writing this the left ear plug is already dead. I have only barely used it and for that to happen is a big No No for me.

Although I can’t place the blame on the product itself, I probably have to take some of the responsibility as I didn’t think when I was using it and took it for granted.

To sum this all up, we have to ask the BIG QUESTION.

WAS IT WORTH IT? BUYING –  Ifrogz Plugz Wireless

NO AND YES – MORE LIKE A… EEEHHHHHH..?

It’s a nice product but I guess it’s not for me. Especially, since I like to lie down in bed and watch movies or series and I would be lying down on my left side and right, vice versa. I guess the pressure it put on the Ifrogz earplug was the reason why the left ear piece isn’t funcitoning anymore.

I strongly recommend that if you do buy this product, handle it with care, “care with extreme prejudice” as you might say. 

 

Suvarnabhumi – 8 Hours? Just stay inside

Have you ever wondered what to do when you have a connecting flight at Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok, Thailand with six hours to spare?

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Let me share with you my short experience, whatever it’s worth.

I arrived at Suvarnabhumi about 7am in the morning on a week day from Dubai and my connecting flight is at 3pm. So I have about 8 hours of waiting, that includes the 2 hours that you need to be there for international flights.

fortunately for me I have a friend who used to reside in Bangkok so I disturbed her with my queries about what I could do while I was in the country.

IMPORTANT NOTE: –For citizens whose countries are member states of A.S.E.A.N (Association of South East Asian Nations). We can visit each other’s countries without a visa for 30 days. For those who are citizens of non-member countries, worry not, there are still visas on arrival being issued at the airport. —

I told her how much free time I had before my next flight, she decided to advise me against it. for the reason, the hours are too short to enjoy my stay in Bangkok.

  1. I was told that clearing the immigration will take time if there is a lot of people. With the amount of people I saw when I arrived, I’d say 1 hour – 2 hours. Depends where I am standing in queue
  2. 7am on a Tuesday, during this time it’s rush hour (as per my friend). Usually, Bangkok is just 45 minutes away back and forth, from Suvarnabhumi, maybe 55 minutes max. That’s almost 2 hours already, how much more if it’s rush hour?
  3. Since it’s my first time in the country and I don’t know any other places. The first thing on my mind was a mall, anything but the inside of an airport, but because of my schedule, I’d have to wait for the malls to open at 10am.

from clearing the immigration to taxi travel time to my preferred destination that’s about 3 hours already and I’d probably arrive at 10am-ish. That’s going to give me 1 hour to stay in that mall and that 1 hour would be for eating.

It doesn’t seem like I can really enjoy that 1 hour, by 11pm I should be going back to the airport already because the travel time back to the airport is almost an hour by itself. I again would need to go through immigration which would be 1 hour at least or even more. Since it’s an international flight I needed to be there 2 hours at least before my flight.

I believe it was more of a waste going through all this process just to go back in after a while.

So I opted to stay inside the whole 8 hours.

so, what can you do in Suvarnabhumi?

Well, for starters you should go to the TOP MOS LEVEL of Suvarnabhumi. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants.

I know, for people who are in the same situation I was in, this would be the most important question. As I was too tired from my flight to take any pictures of the airport (except the one at the top) this will be a brief section in the blog.

Here is some of the things you can do in Suvarnabhumi.

 

1. SHOP

From Luxury shops which names I cannot remember, to shops like –

  • Giordano
  • Victoria Secret
  • Lacoste

You’ll find electronic shops, shops for perfumes, duty free to shops that sell Thailand specialty snacks and candies. Like this “Birds nest” food that really looks like pieces of a nest, but it costs at about 26k – 30k Thai Bhat (I could be wrong about that prize, but I’m quite sure I saw that much zeroes.

The top most level is like a big shopping mall, though after a while you’ll notice that some shops are just repeating from one end to the other.

I found a neat souvenir shop that have some really good items. I found this very nice tote bag for my mom.

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A few key chains with aweseome designs for my friends

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some shot glasses for an uncle who owns a bar, an elephant shaped scent diffuser (peach, they have melon as well when I was there) and a few shirts

If  you want to get some of these as well, it’s near concourse C (that’s THAI AIRWAYS territory I believe) just across the Duty free shop.

2. GET A MASSAGE

I wanted to get an authenthic Thai massage since I was already in Thailand but unlucky for me I arrived a bit to early and the shop the I found near Concourse F or Concourse G was closed. By the time it was 12am I was to tired from walking around  already.

3. EAT

You can find Starbucks cafe, Mango *something*, Rosatta cafe, burger king and others NEAR CONCOURSE C.

BUT

There are other restaurants if you roam a round a bit. I saw a Japanese restaurant that serves ramen to bars that serve alcohol.

4. GO INSIDE A LOUNGE

You don’t need to be a first class passenger to get inside a lounge. You can pay $30 – $40 USD so you can get in. Then maybe you can enjoy a nice massage inside or a cup of coffee. \

5. NO MONEY? NO WORRY!

If you didn’t bring enough money to eat or shop or even get a massage

OR

maybe you just want to sit and rest a bit. No problem!

Just before you go down to your assigned gates, you’ll see sofas around just before the escalators. Here you can get some shut eye or just sit and relax and browse the internet, like the other people you’ll see. Charging stations for your phone and other equiptment are also nearby these locations.

tha- tha- that’s all folks!

That’s about what I can tell you from my time there. I am quite sorry I couldn’t provide you pictures of inside the airport. Maybe next time, if I ever go back to Thailand for a proper vacation.

 

As of March 30, 2017

WAS IT WORTH IT? – Artisul D13 Drawing Tablet Review

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(blog was updated just as of April 6  2017, I took some pics under the lamp light)

Ever since I bought My Artisul D13 I have wanted to post a review about. Now that it’s been three months since I bought it and 2016 has died and gone to hell I still wasn’t even able to post it. So I think it’s a great way to start 2017 by doing what I procrastinated on the last year. 

For those of you who don’t know, the D13 is an LCD drawing tablet developed by Artisul, a company that “provides stylus pens and tablets for creative minds” – I quoted their website. 

I know there are tons of reviews about Artisul D13 out there, but I’d like to give you the point of view of someone who spent their savings on it. 

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At the time I was buying  I have never heard of Artisul. I’ve heard of Wacom and its products but Artisul?

First things first, what you guys need to know is that I’m a bit tight when it comes to the wallet. I’m very observant with…THE PRICE

Wacom Cintique was priced at 3600AED /$987 (don’t know if sale price or reduced)

Artisul D13 was only 2800AED/$767

so price really played a big factor for my choice since I was on a tight budget at that time. I knew that Wacom was one of the leading brands when it comes to drawing tablets but the price was too high for me, So I took Artisul instead. I did look through one or two reviews of the D13 though I still wasn’t sure cause it was a new brand for me, but I decided to take it anyway.

So let’s get down to business.

THE PRODUCT

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The tablet has a really slick look to it. It comes with a screen protector already attached. It weighs at about 1.1 kg, making it really portable and not too much of a burden when traveling.

 

usb power

 

 

 

You can power it from Usb 3.0 only

 

 

 

 

external power

or you can opt to power it directly from the socket like so.

as I am using an external port I have to power it through via a socket as the port won’t have enough power and will result in the tab blinking in and out.

 

PEN

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The pen is ergonomically designed so you feel comfortable handling it with both hands. a bit light compared to the Wacom Intuos pen that I used to handle. It comes with a Pen case where you could store your pen when traveling.

Pen tips

 

It has a lot of extra nibs in the pen case!!!!

The reason I’m excited with those is because of my previous experience with the Wacom Intuos nibs that wear down a bit fast.

 

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Pen and holder

Then it has the Pen stand, which I found to be really useful as I have a habit of sometimes just putting the stylus on any flat surface and it would just roll off.

I actually had a problem with the first pen that came with the D13 as it rolled off and hit the floor. Then it got broken. It wasn’t even touching the tablet, more like hovering 2cm above it but it kept registering that it was touching the tablet surface resulting in LINES EVERYWHERE. (I actually found a way to fix that later on, I will probably post it in a separate article (update: check bottom of article))

THE STAND

If you order from their website I believe they ship the stand free or at least included when you buy the D13.

Though I had to buy mine separately for 199 AED/ $55 (Approximately) the day before I wrote this article and I actually needed it as I was tired of piling up books behind the tablet just to get it to rise at a comfortable angle for me.

**sad face emoji, insert it here with your Imagination** (I’m a very stingy guy).

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Artisul calls it the “freestyle stand ” after I got the tablet I understand why.

 

It’s the reason that you could actually rotate the stand 360 degrees. Though I have not found a reason to use that function as I or we would use it at a certain angle only and probably adjust for the rise.

and now for the most IMPORTANT OF ALL.

THE PERFORMANCE

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It has 2048 levels of Pressure Sensitivity.

 

 

 

 

 

Which is nice because it really gives you this nice finish where it gradually fades a line into a point

 

 

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One issue though is that there is this distortion between the actual location of the pen on the screen and the pointer inside but the distortion is so small you’ll get used to it in a couple of days of using.

Sometimes also it depends on the angle.

 

 

 

 

buttonsAt the left-hand side, it has six hot keys where you can assign a function to each one.

A dial in the middle where you can assign five functions for it and to go to the other funcitons you just have to double press the dial.

really useful as I don’t need to reach for the keyboard to change into a different tool every time and it did speed up my creation time.

examples of what I was able to do with the ARTISUL D13 you can find in my “365++ drawing days” – First chapter – 39/365.

ONE MORE THING!

The D13 does not have the touch screen functionality unlike some Wacom products though for me I don’t really mind. since I barely used that functionality with my Wacom Intous.

THE DRIVER

Considering that the product is still a bit new, Artisul is still updating their drivers. Since I bought it after a month or so I found out that Artisul updated again their driver to 3.0 from their previous 2.0 and even now as I am writing this article, I just checked their website they again updated to a 3.1.

To sum this review all up, we have to ask the BIG QUESTION.

WAS IT WORTH IT? BUYING ARTISUL D13.

YES!

“The Artisul D13 is perfect for any artist who is looking for a drawing tablet but has a very strict budget.”

“A good balance between price and quality

I don’t regret the decision to buy it one bit. After three months of using it, I have fallen in love with it.

NOW, whenever I want to buy a drawing tablet Artisul products will be on my mind. Of course alongside Wacom, but considering my very frugal personality I will probably be leaning towards Artisul most of the time.

 

This is D. signing off.