(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.
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 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.
You can power it from Usb 3.0 only
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.
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.
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.
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))
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).
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.
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
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.
At 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.
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.
“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.