Pen Display Artisul D13S【TABLET REVIEW】


Hey everyone! How are you doing? This is Rina and I’d like to welcome you all back to my channel once again for a new tablet review. Today I’ll be trying the Artisul D13S. I’d heard about this brand from a couple of friends before but never had the chance to try their products so I’m really excited to see how this one performs! ^w^ Reminder! This ‘tablet’ is in fact an interactive MONITOR, which means we can draw directly on its screen like we’d do on a real paper. But keep in mind it doesn’t work on its own, it is NOT a tablet with its own operating system but just a SCREEN, it’s a MONITOR and so it needs a computer in order to be powered on. Okay, once we’ve cleared that, let’s go straight to the point! 🙂 This is everything you’ll find inside the box; the tablet, the stand, the pen, the pen case, several cords, the plugs/power adapters are inside this smaller white box, and here are the user’s guide, a cloth and a glove to prevent the screen from becoming dirty. The Artisul D13S is, as its own name hints at, a 13,3 inches display. It has a matte finish and comes with a screen protector already applied. It has 6 buttons on the side we can use for the shortcuts, plus a wheel we can use to zoom in and out or other options we may need. They’re very soft to the touch and easy to press. A side view so you can appreciate how thin it is, plus the buttons to turn it on/off and adjust its brightness. Here’s the stand, it’s super practical and easy to handle by the way. The pen comes with 2 buttons for more shortcuts, it doesn’t have an eraser on the other end but at least it’s battery free. The pen case which was holding the extra pen nibs, plus the ring to be able to change them whenever they wear off. The different plugs/power adapters from the white box. And the cables! The HDMI is here, then the USB we’ll use to connect the tablet to the computer, and the one that goes to the power adapters. You might be able to do without it if your computer allows it because… Ta-da! This tablet doesn’t need to be connected to a wall socket, it can be powered on just through your computer if needed, thanks to the USB cord. It’s really nice to see more and more brands using this sort of connection lately, they’re very practical since there’s less cables to handle and we don’t have to worry about having a free socket exclusively for it either. Okay so let’s get this thing working and we’ll go to Artisul’s page to download the drivers. As you can see they’re available for both Windows and Mac (although I can only test it on the former) It’s also very easy to find the drivers for each model since they’re neatly organized in the list. Before today’s test I’d like to show you this picture that an artist called Vicle-chan drew for me. She’s got so much talent and I definitely recommend you to check out her gallery, she puts so much care and love into all her pieces I’ll leave you a link to them in the description down below ~ So let’s see what the drivers can offer to us! On Overview we can check the components of the tablet as well as the drivers version. On FastKey Access we can modify the shortcut buttons. On this first tab we’ve got the ones pertaining to the side of the tablet Click on one of them and this window will pop up with a list of all the default shortcuts. I’m greatly surprised to see there’s a lot of them and they’re also organized by the most used programs in the design and illustration field. I’ve never seen a tablet that came so well-prepared for a great variety of artists. If the program you use isn’t in the list, worry not. Just pick the ‘custom’ option and we’ll be able to choose our own keyboard combination on this other window. To modify the use of the wheel we have to move to the side tab, the Scroll Dial one. This one also comes with a few preinstalled shortcuts that are commonly used on several art softwares. We can’t input a custom combination here but check this out, we can have the wheel set with several actions at the same time; like zoom in/out, change the brush size, Ctrl. Z… And how does the wheel know when I want to use the zoom or the brush size? Easy, everytime you press the center of the wheel it will jump to the next shortcut in the list. So let’s say you’re using the zoom but you need to change the brush size real quick. Press the center of the wheel and when twisting it you’ll be changing the size of the brush. Once you’re done, press the wheel again and it will go back to the zoom option. This strikes me super practical and a nice way to have several shortcuts in the same button. Let’s move to the Pen tab, first of all let’s go to Test Pen Pressure and check that the pen does detect how much pressure we put on the screen. If it reacts it means the drivers are correctly installed. Back to Pen Settings, we can use this bar to change how sensitive we want the pressure to be. And down there we can set the tablet for right-handed or left-handed users On Pen Button Settings we can change the shortcuts of the pen. The downside of this is that you can’t put custom keyboard combinations, it only allows you to choose from a variety of clicks or changing from pen to eraser mode. It’s not terrible but in my case I need to be able to set it with keyboard options. I hope Artisul will change that in the future since they already are capable to do it on the side buttons of the tablet. Onto Calibration now! This was also very interesting. The tablet comes with a few “pre-calibrated options” where the cursor show a little bit to the side or under the tip of the pen. If none of them feels good to you then click on the Calibrate U Pen button and the calibration system will pop up and cover the whole screen. Here we have to press the center of the crosses with THE TIP OF THE PEN. The calibration system could be better. It took me some time to get it exactly as I wanted and the solution was to avoid touching the center of the cross and rather aim at a point a bit more to the side or below to make up for the deviation. But after messing with it and finding the perfect setting the parallax gets pretty much solved. To someone who isn’t experienced with this type of stuff it might be a bit frustrating the first time so be patient. And we’re nearing the end of the ‘drivers investigation’, let’s focus on Monitor Mapping. If we’re using more monitors we need to make sure the Artisul D13S is set up here, otherwise the pen won’t react on it. And on Open Monitor Tuner we can adjust the colors and brightness of the screen. I’ll take about this a bit more in depth later. As usual let’s check how the tablet performs on a few programs before going for the speedpaint. It passed the test with all of them, the tools perform as expected, slow, fast strokes, they all look fine And the buttons of the pen and the tablet work nice as well. Although, please take note of this, you might need to adjust a few things of the programs preferences to get it to work correctly, Clip Studio and SAI are some of them. Everything is explained in the instructions that comes with the installation of the drivers so don’t freak out if it acts weird at first, just follow the instructions and everything should be okay. Aaah, so after all this boring sermon about technical stuff let’s try this device by drawing something with it, shall we? Today I’ll be drawing a character from another artist called Shelselle, which is a part of Yamio’s original species called Annies. I fell in love with this baby ever since it came out, she’s so cute with all that pink and big curls ♥ Meanwhile I’ll tell you more about my experience with this tablet. Let’s start with one of the most important things for me; the sensitivity and the initial activation force (IAF). The Artisul D13S has 8291 pressure levels, (the usual for most tablets nowadays). People who’ve been around my channel for a while already know what I’m going to say after that xD and it’s that I barely notice any difference once I’m past the first 2000 levels, but all that extra is very welcome 🙂 On the other hand the sensitivity is a bit hard for my taste, even after adjusting it with that bar on the drivers and setting it to the softest level I didn’t feel a big difference between both ends. The IAF is also a bit higher than what we can usually find on Wacom devices, this means we have to press a little harder for the pen to start creating a line, at least a bit more than what I’m used to with my Cintiq 13 HD. To me this is a bit troublesome because my arm is very sensitive to that stuff and I don’t like having to press much since it makes my muscles sore easily. I also noticed that when tilting the pen a lot, the sensitivity and IAF turns a little higher, forcing you to press even a tad bit harder compared to when you’re holding the pen in a normal position. Let’s talk about the parallax now; if you can spend a bit of time on the calibration panel and adjust it to your taste the parallax decreases a lot and is barely noticeable, although, again it becomes more obvious if you tilt the pen a lot. Like I said earlier, the calibration system could use some improvement but in the end it works, it just takes a little bit of time to get the hang of it. Okay, now about the colors. It’s a IPS panel with a 75% Adobe RGB color gamut, same as the Cintiq 13 HD I usually use. If you didn’t understand a thing about what I just said don’t worry, just know that it has fairly decent colors. Maybe not super dooper amazing colors but they’re good enough to work comfortable on that screen. If you need a lot more precision due to the nature of the arts you create then this tablet will probably fall short for you. What I did like about it though it’s the texture of the screen, it’s very similar to a Cintiq with that toothy feeling that reminds of a real paper texture I’m really happy in that sense and I’m also thankful that it comes with a screen protector already applied so we don’t have to go through such an adventure :’D The size is really nice, I think anything that goes around 13 inches is an ideal size to get started with this kind of tablets. It is also very portable because, as you already saw it, the Artisul D13S is very thin and light, it only weights 1 kg! The stand is a pure joy, I really love it. It comes with 6 positions of different degrees that go from 14,5º for the lowest level, to 45º for the highest, so you can set it very low or pretty much upright. It is also very sturdy, you can lean on the tablet and don’t worry about the stand giving up under the weight of your arm. I think the cords are a tad bit short, specially the HDMI one, but it’s not a big deal either. And like I said at the beginning, if your computer allows you to, you can use the tablet just by connecting it to the computer so we can forget about having a bunch of annoying cables around the place. I find the drivers a bit basic. They’ve got some very cool stuff, like that long list full of pre-installed shortcuts for different programs, that certainly saves us time when organizing them, but I think they could be a bit better. I missed some options like “Switch Monitor” or being able to add keyboard combinations on the pen’s buttons. But despite all of that, they’re functional which is the main point. Lastly, this is something that I usually forget to mention on my other reviews but I know it’s important to some people; the tablet doesn’t become very hot while you’re using it. Just a very subtle warmth at the bottom, which is the usual on this type of devices and not annoying at all. Let’s wrap it up by talking about the price; the Artisul D13S costs around 250 euros (300 usd) at the moment Its Wacom competitor, the Cintiq 13 pro, costs around 800 euros (1000 usd) depending on where you get it. So this Artisul costs only a ¼ of its Wacom equivalent. The difference is quite big to be honest. I think that, even though the Artisul D13S still has room for improvement, like the IAF, the calibration system, the drivers customization… it’s still a very valid option to consider if you’re on a tight budget and/or would like to take your first steps at digital art or at this type of interactive monitors. Right now and only for a limited time, Artisul has this model along with the 16 and 22 inches available on their Europe, USA, Russia and Brazil warehouses, so if you’re interested in getting their products this might be a good time since you could save unexpected custom fees. And, if you’re looking to save even a little bit more on this 13 inches model, I’ll leave you a 20 usd discount coupon in the description which you can use on their official site, the links will be down below as well! 🙂 If you have any doubts feel free to leave them under the comments section and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible! I’d say this is it for today, I hope the review was useful and that it may help you decide on one model or another if you’re looking to get an interactive monitor ^w^ Don’t forget to like the video and share it around with your friends and family. Oh, and if you want to stay tuned to the next reviews maybe you could consider hitting that Subscribe button and activating the notifications bell ^w^ Before I go though, don’t forget to check out my Patreon if you’d like to get exclusive content from me, such as access to my sketches, layered SAI and PSD files, and overall just seeing all my content weeks before it’s released on my public galleries! Thank you so much for your support and see on the next video, take care! Mwah! ♥

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