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2.0 out of 5 stars Currently not even suitable for kids, 24 Nov 2011
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for my daughters (aged between 4 and 8). I wasn't expecting a Wacom like tablet, but I also wasn't expecting the very cheap tablet included in uDraw. But the hardware is sufficient for kids and it seems robust enough to handle any kid's punishment. My main gripe is the software. THQ prominently advertises the touch capability of the tablet, but it's badly implemented in software, so that when you're drawing with the pen and you rest your hand in the touch area (which is really common), if you lift up the pen slightly but keep the hand resting in the touch area, the drawing area starts to pan and zoom randomly. An adult can deal with this, by not EVER lifting the pen or by not resting the hand in the touch area (hard to do, and it feels awkward), but try to teach that to a kid without him/her getting frustrated...

So, pros and cons:

Pros:
- Nice art lessons for beginners. I actually learned a lot.
- Pen is physically attached to tablet (if you're a parent you'll understand this is a pro :) )

Cons:

- Cheap cheap tablet:
- No pressure controls at all (when the pen is pushed down it draws, when it isn't it doesn't and the software tracks the point position)
- Slippery surface. Drawing a circle with it is a real challenge
- Laggy. You have to draw really slowly to get any decent results. Trying to avoid the laggyness by drawing short strokes is also difficult, since there's no way to deactivate the touch area, and if you lift up the pen and your hand is in the touch area, there's random panning and zooming

- Software doesn't fully hide the hardware's limitations:
- There's no option to deactivate the touch control
- The tablet doesn't have pressure control, but the software itself also doesn't simulate this, since if you're drawing in one continuous stroke and pass over the same line over and over again, the line doesn't get any darker

If I could return it without much hassle I would. As it is, my guess is that my kids will use it for Christmas night and than forget about it. I was hoping to use it for Pictionary, but as it is it's better to use a pencil and paper, even for doodles. I sent an email to Pipeworks (the game's developers) pointing out these issues. If they deal with them I'll update this review.
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2011 21:59:42 GMT
B. Shaw says:
Thanks. Saved me some hassle as I don't think its for me (well my kids)!!

Posted on 6 Dec 2011 23:39:55 GMT
I bought this for myself, as a digital artist in college i already own two wacom graphics tablets and knew what to expect with this but, i have not had any problems with it all works wonderful and can still create my beautiful designs. Your review seems like you were expecting something grand even my wacom graphics tablets have issues sometimes with their own pens. And the wacom software isn't fabulous.

I have used this to create gorgeous detailed designs without problems. I love it.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2011 14:26:31 GMT
Could you write a short review Hannah? I've just ordered this and the more people that buy it, the more chance it'll get new games. I'll have to write my review after Christmas.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 11:11:38 GMT
thank you for this review, it saved me some cash, so i can buy more good games instead of wasting it on this product.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2011 12:12:04 GMT
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Posted on 15 Dec 2011 13:40:55 GMT
so basically from what i can tell, your main gripe is that if you rest your hand on the touch screen it does the job that our hand is supposed to do on it? yeah because that seems like a flaw. it works when you put your pen on it but not when the pen isnt on it? jeesh that sounds terrible. maybe you should factor into this that its designed for little kids, children that if you tell them not to put there hand on it or it will mess up should listen. and as for you saying good product dont get slashed to a third in price you clearly dont know the gaming industry. 3 examples bioshock 2, dead space 2 and deus ex. are all three games that got 9 out of ten reviews they didnt sell too well and there was alot of stock (due to the positive review) so they dropped in price. all im saying is dont be too harsh on a product designed for children if your coming at it from a professional point of view

Posted on 18 Dec 2011 19:59:49 GMT
I saw this advertised on TV. It seems like a good idea, for playing pictionary mainly as I have paper for drawing on. If it more of a hassle than using paper and pens then the product has failed, and I wont be getting it.
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