Getting stuck into it, we rip the package open and find enclosed:
- The tablet (with pen holder)
- Mouse, with two AAA batteries
- Pen, with photo-battery and replaceable tips.
- Software CD.
What more could you ask for?!
Down to business; once you jack the unit into the computer it was instantly recognised under Windows 7.
Hover the pen near the pad and you can make the cursor fly around the screen. As soon as you press the tip into the pad, it acts like a left-click.
Two buttons on the pen barrel act as a manual left click and a right click.
The mouse is an odd affair, not sporting an optical pickup or a roller ball. It acts much the same as the pen, which means your mouse mat is the touchpad itself.
There are two reasons why this feels a bit wrong to the average optical mouse user.
1. The 'mouse mat' represents your screen area, so there is no picking up of the mouse to get it to move further.
2. When you move your mouse on the tablet, you have to orient yourself to the tablet, where as with a normal mouse, you move it away from you and the cursor goes up on the screen.
Once you bypass these idiosyncrasies, it becomes a dynamic tool-de-force.......until you get to the scroll wheel.
'Wheel' really isn't the right word for this. It's more like a rocker switch; you can push it down for a middle mouse click, or you can rock it up and down to scroll.
Now, that wouldn't be so bad, if it wasn't made out of the same hard plastic as the rest of the mouse. If you have greasy fingers, it becomes very hard to 'scroll' and I feel this could have been bypassed easily if they had just used rubber or silicone to make it feel more like regular mice wheels.
But I digress; the point of a tablet is to use a pen, not a mouse.
Picking up the pen now, it takes a little practice using it to navigate menus and applications, but once you have it, it is a breeze.
I whipped open Paint first to get a feel for doodling with it and I found it easy enough to use. After a couple of minutes I had painted a lovely stick man and his collection of eclectic and equally slim barnyard animals (No, I won't post the picture because I have artistic integrity and this piece isn't ready for the public just yet).