Genius MousePen M508W Graphics Tablet Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Affordable vis-à-vis Wacom
    • Extra pen nibs included
    • Easy to use and responsive
    • Programmable hot keys
    • Cross-platform
  • Cons

    • Tablet software Windows-only
    • Build quality is a little chintzy
    • No multi-monitor support
    • Requires 5 batteries

Quick Take

The M508W is not the sturdiest nor the most sophisticated graphics tablet, but it’s a good value for anyone who wants a tablet without spending too much.

The Genius MousePen Wireless graphics tablets is one of the few wireless tablets on the market, particularly at this price point. It provides a wireless mouse and pen experience for those who want the flexibility of not being tethered to a computer. The M508W – like other graphics tablets – is most appropriate for photographers and artists who want to perform image-editing and drawing tasks more naturally by using a pen.

Competitively priced at $169.00, the Genius MousePen M508W is available direct from Genius, as well as from other retailers.

 

BUILD & DESIGN

The Genius MousePen M508W comes with everything needed to get up and running. In addition to the tablet, USB dongle, a cordless pen and a cordless mouse, the bundle includes two extra pen nibs, a nib-changing tool, batteries, a USB cable for setup, basic printed manual, tablet driver, electronic user manual, and a handful of software apps for the Pen and Microsoft Word. Although the Genius website lists Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended as part of the software bundle, don’t get too excited. If it’s on the CD at all, it will be a trial version.

Measuring about 11 ½ x 10 inches, the black and dark grey plastic tablet is relatively attractive and feels fairly sturdy in the hand. But it’s not as stylized as some of the newer Wacom tablets and, frankly, I’d be concerned about cracking the plastic if I dropped the Genius tablet on anything but a carpeted surface. Since it’s going to live on a desk or on your lap, it’s unlikely that the tablet will be damaged during normal use.

Four express keys, 13 hot cells, and an LED indicator occupy the top section of the tablet and a lined border sets off the 5 x 8 working area. An on/off switch and USB port (for set-up/power only) are located on one side, while a Resume button sits on the left side. The Pen takes 1-AAA battery, the Mouse is powered by 2-AAA batteries and the tablet itself requires 3-AA batteries.

Genius thoughtfully included storage slots on the rear of the M508W for the pen and the dongle. Both are easy to misplace, so this helps keep everything intact.


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