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I love it.

Last week I purchased a Yiynova MSP19U, a 19″ pressure-sensitive tablet monitor. After the fantastic review by Frenden this tablet monitor has gotten a lot of internet attention. Wacom has utterly dominated the field, leaving little room for competitors. But there's a new kid on the block.

The MSP19U is a worthy competitor. It's not perfect. But it's darn good.

Presentation

It's not the greatest presentation. If you're looking for a slick, Apple-like packaging… look elsewhere. All you'll get here is simple instructions with more Engrish than you can shake a stick at.

Hardware

The device itself is great. It's sturdy, well-constructed and has a nice screen on it. It's more lightweight and portable than any Cintiq I've used. I was quite comfortable sitting on my bed with this thing in my lap. I'm pretty sure a Cintiq would have crushed my pelvis.

I like the colors better than any Cintiq I've used. I've found Cintiqs to have unusually dull colors (even when calibrated). The MSP19U is bright and vibrant. It leans a bit cool in color (and a tad light) out of the box, but nothing a little calibration can't fix.

The surface is glassy smooth. Personally, I like this better than the faux-grit that a lot of current Wacom tablets have. If you really want to put some grit on the screen, you can always add a screen protector.

There are no buttons on the device. Word has it that the next generation device they're producing will have them, but this one didn't. I'm ok with that. I've never used the buttons on my Intuos and I don't have any need to start. I prefer key commands on my keyboard—they're faster and more reliable.

The viewing angles aren't great. But I find when working on a tablet monitor you're more likely to be looking directly at it than at a traditional monitor.

Software

The drivers are a bit problematic and the software interface is kinda ugly. But not a big deal. I was able to get it working quickly. And once you get it working there's little need to touch the software again. I do wish I had more customization on the pressure-sensitivity, but I'm sure that will come as the company improves their software.

Summary

It's not a flawless piece of hardware, but I absolutely love this thing. And I haven't even mentioned the price: at $600, this is a steal. To get a Wacom product of similar quality, you'd be looking at 2-4x that price.

I'm not going to tell you that the Yiynova MSP19U is better than a Wacom Cintiq. But I will tell you that it's every bit as good. If you're in the market for a tablet monitor and prefer to not spend money for the sake of spending money, buy one of these. You won't regret it.

Purchase a Yiynova MSP19U: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009…

4.5/5 stars
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reidhone Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
I have the model with buttons on side for "adjustment" and strangely a vga out port on back near bottom. How is that to be used, and/or What is it for?
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DarkJanet Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to get that Yiynova and surpass *bleedman. I hate *Seiryuga, anyway.
I'm going to need my credit card.
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Long-Pham Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the review Noah,
I wonder about the pen's battery durability. I'm so happy about the competition it brings on the market, I'll be watching all of that closely.
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jeshields Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I't lasted me almost 6 months, now.
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Long-Pham Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
omg...
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dapper-owl Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I've been so jaded by the poor quality of Wacom products, and even more depressed by the fact that they had a monopoly on the art-tablet industry. It's amazing to hear that there might be another company to compete with them with the added bonus of having top notch artists in the industry vouch for it's quality.

This has seriously swayed my decision in what tablet to buy, so thank you for posting the review. Its great when the art community helps itself out.
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Brian-Garabrant Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I was surprised you wrote a review and didn't charge people for reading it lol, your art is great but you usually capitalize on anything you can.
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Long-Pham Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haters gonna hate...LOL
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Brian-Garabrant Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol I wasn't hating just observing the facts.
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Hfoursaur Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Noah shares a lot of incredibly useful information on his blog for free. If you're just following him here on dA you're missing out on a lot.

And hey, people have to make a living. A professional generally pays an awful lot to learn what they know, and teaching it to others for a fraction of the price is pretty fair.
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keiiii Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   General Artist
Still waiting for a high def (minimum 2550 pixels wide) pressure sensitive tablet monitor...

This one sounds like a real winner though, especially for that price.
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Yip-Lee Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow interesting, i have not heard of this brand. I'm still using a graphire 4 :( Sadly, not upgrading anytime soon.
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ObligatoryOnsen Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How's the pen with battery? Is it heavy compared to an Intuos pen, how's the balance?
Any idea of the panel used inside? From the videos I've seen the viewing angles are indeed pretty poor, so I guess it isn't IPS like in a Cintiq. Not that it matters really, as you said, you're always right in front of it.
Also, while I agree that it's probably more pleasant to work on a screen with more vibrant colours, isn't it important to have more of an accurate, reference colour representation for (client) work? (I don't know how accurate it is really. Have you already tried testing and calibrating at lagom.nl?)

I don't want to sound skeptical or something (actually I'm very happy there's finally some decent competition to Wacom's monopoly), I'm just interested. This really seems like a steal.
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noahbradley Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's slightly heavier than an Intuos pen. But hardly noticeable.

And the colors are _more_ accurate than a Cintiq. I've done a few sketches on Cintiqs and been horrified at how far off they look on a properly calibrated monitor.
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Mortisdeva Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Which Cintiqs are you referring to, if you don't mind listing actual models?
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ObligatoryOnsen Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really? I always thought Cintiq panels were top-notch, “Eizo/NEC-grade” stuff (and reasoned that was the reason of their ridiculously high price). What a shame they aren't…
About time they got some sanely-priced competition then.
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