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This is review is of older model alt tablets - but still search engines. I am leaving it because Huion P608n models are still floating around and are a good deal - also added some linux info - why? Many reasons. I am a Linux enthusiast. Linux is the Un-cola (for those who have seen retro advertisements - 7up used to advertise itself as the Un-cola) of the soda pop world of Operating systems. Windows being Coke, and Apple being Pepsi. The P608n has been replaced by the 680s. The 680s has the same specs but I read at another source stating they have improved certain aspects. The HA60 sold by Monoprice and other resellers was extremely successful. A competitor of Huion - Ugee has decided to keep selling this model but with a full 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Other reviewers have been busy testing newer higher end models. Ray Frenden is one such person (google). The flood gate has opened since I first posted this. The makers of these alt tablets have realized there is a decent market for them in the west. Huion is becoming well known, and has developed an aggressive tech support group. I can verify how helpful they are. I had trouble getting my P608n to run under Linux Ununtu 12.04. The tech support got back to me with correct info - update hardware drives (an easy semi automated process in Ubuntu). That did the trick. They also sent a link to linux tablet drivers that some one created. But because the tablet worked - I didn't bother compiling the driver. Oh the reason for Linux. I like it - have tinkered with linux distros of and on. I tested the tablets there just for the heck of it and found they work better in Ubuntu. My favorite sketch program is My paint. So My Paint + Ubuntu = equals happy sketch time. Of course there is also Krita - though I have no experience with that paint program at this time (though it supports CMYK and seems OK). 11-20-2014
Update 12-26-2014 for Linux: Linux distro developers have been listening and the compatibility with alt tablets is increasing. Buntu based distros that are based on "trusty" now support the P608n - no driver install needed for basic functionality (pressure sensitivity) - just plug in an go to it. If you have an older system you can still get Ubuntu 12.04 and upgrade the kernel to trusty. Just make sure you plug that tablet in before launching the program used. I have now tested Ubuntu, Mint, and Chakra. Chakra is not a buntu based linux (Seems like a really cool distro - especially if you have a newer computer - if not you will have to disable some of the interface affects). The P608 worked just fine with the paint program Krita (which comes packaged with Chakra)

So as alt tablets continue to increase in popularity you can expect more support in the Linux distros.
You also have Krita, My paint, and Gimp. Check the web for compatibility info.

ADDED note: For Linux - Ubuntu is very user friendly to alt tablets. 12.04 (
update to Linux kernel 3.12.2). I just tested Ubuntu 14 from a flash drive and plugged in the P608n and it worked automatically.
Also - after pinching pennies for a long time I upgraded. I wanted to get a high end Huion (
610 pro), but settled for a Ugee M708 - for about $20 less. About $10 more then going rate for mid level budget tablets. The extra accuracy is noticeable (5080 vs. 4000). The M708 is solidly built. The only thing I am not fond of is the textured surface - as opposed to smooth surfaced drawing areas. But if it is like my old heavily used HA60 - it will wear into a very nice semi smooth surface with time.
If you need to go cheaper Ugee has the updated version of the HA60 - M1000L for $50 (now upped to 2048ps and 4000lpi) is a best budget buy do to generous drawing area and convenient side buttons, or the Ugee version of the P608n - UgeeM680 for around $35
(2048ps and 4000lpi) is great for no frills (especially for those who like smaller and lighter tablets). There is no better time for those who want to try drawing tablets but balked at the higher costing WACOMs. The budget models mentioned here beat the budget WACOMS in performance, and the high end versions only lack tilt sensitivity. Note: I do have some technical advice below in the outdated review - but I never had much trouble. probable reason is that I keep my PCs stripped down (avoid gratuitous add ons and games,specialty mice with custom drivers, etc.), and regularly clean up the registry and run disk check. I initially had some troubles but for the last year - none. 

For those who are considering art tablets other then Wacom. Here are my experiences with HA60 from Monoprice, and P608N from Huion. Not - it can be difficult to know what OEM is manufacturing what and making models for whom. It appears as the UC Logic is the oem for Monoprices line up. The Huion I bought is under another brand name. If you build or mod you own PCs, you know what it is like trying to figure out who (oem) is making what PSU model for whom (who - whom - can never remember that one).

NOTE: Anyone who has purchased / owned an alternative tablet and has a review - please send a link (to be posted in this review). Especially if you have a couple of different tablets you have compared. The reason: create an interlinked data base of serious reviews for other artists to read through. We all want to make the best purchase we can in the context of our mission and budget.
There are Linux experiments in this review as I like Linux. There are some surprising results - at least to me - but note: I am not an expert in Linux. All Linux entries have been bolded.

Bottom line - the Monoprice tablet HA60 works perfectly for the illustration work and occasional photo manip work I do. The Huion P608N I just bought is soooo smooth - the stylus glides nicely over the surface. If you are in North America and are worried about warranties and possible shipping costs for RMA (or what ever) - Monoprice has a great rep for backing what they sell. If this is not an issue for you - the P608N is more refined (in 2048ps and slightly faster 220pps) - though has a smaller working area. It is also just shy of the Wacom Intous on specs. I would say it (the P608N) is worth the extra cost - but I got mine on sale cheaper then the Monoprice HA60. It is, of course, much cheaper then a Wacom Intous. On a budget? Student? Just starting out? Don't use a tablet much? These are MORE then viable alternatives. An art teacher once told me - the most expensive paints will not make you a great artist. Only your ability to use the tools you have, with great expertise. Sure everyone wants a Ferrari, but a Mustang GT 500 works really well!

Important note: The biggest disadvantage of alternative tablets is the drivers. Adobe (same is probably true of other large software companies), being the king of graphics software, will always be concerned about Wacom driver compatibility. They will not be concerned about alternative tablets. This means that any alternative tablet OEM, and vendor will have to do all their own leg work on drivers. Monoprice and Huion, seem to do alright so far (will add technical notes, and issues at the bottom of this journal entry). Then there is the small freeware and share ware progams efforts. They might only have the time to make sure their programs work with Wacom.
All that said, any vendor not would last long, if they sold these alternative tablets with drivers that did not work with major programs.

The tablets:

The Huion's battery powered stylus is more solidly constructed, then the one that comes with the Monoprice, but uses an on off button on top (where Wacoms have the eraser - which I never used). So you have to remember to click it off when finished. The Monoprice stylus feel cheaper but has an auto on and off (turns on when you touch the tablet and turns off after being away from the tablet). This is a nice feature. You can use either pen on either tablet - as they use the same technology. I was skeptical of the battery powered pens - but really they appear to work fine (the battery goes a long long way). Replacement styluses for the Monoprice are dirt cheap (you can get an upgrade pen - that is still dirt cheap compared to a Wacom Stylus). The Huion stylus is a bit more - but you can replace it with one from Monoprice.

I have read comparison opinions where people made the following comment: Yeah, but Wacoms are really durable. This is the first time I am using alternative tablets, so I can not directly refute this statement. I could ask: What are you doing with you tablets, to worry about this? If you hike around with them - keep them in secure packing (Making sure to protect the usb cord) and they should last.

My opinion:

The Monoprice tablet is excellent and a great deal for the money. I have been putting it through paces for a while now. The Huion, at first testing, appears to be superior (as it's spec would indicate).

UPDATE: 12-25-2012 Monoprice HA60 vs. Huion P608N
Pressure sensitivity curves:
The P608N has the better 2048ps spec ove the HA60's 1024, but that is not the only story in pressure sensitivity. Why - because there is also how the curve actually works from 0 to max levels. The HA60's curve is very accessible and steady from 0 to 1024. By accessible, I mean you are applying the pressure nice and gradually and get to peak without mashing the pen into the tablet. So the  (Monoprice) HA60's 1024 is easily put to excellent use. The (Huion) P608N's curve is good but gets very tough at around 2000ps. Once you hit that mark you are really pushing heavily on the pen. The PS curve works very nice from 0 to about 1800ps. So the edge in effective use of the whole pressure sensitivity range goes to the HA60. That said the P608N's smoothness though 1800ps is just a smoother feel, but leaves you wanting more at the top end. That said it is like like riding in a Buick (P608N) vs. a Chevy(HA60). The Huion, and it's smoother feel, beats the Monoprice. But the Monoprice just works really well in it's range - and it's specs best the Wacom bamboo Series. I would say that these tablest are solid mid, and upper mid range alternatives.

Stats/Specs Comparison:

Specifications              Resolution        Pressure Sensitivity           Report Rate

Wacom Bamboo:            2540 lpi                 1024                         133 pps          Get bundled low end graphic software

Monoprice HA60            4000 LPI                 1024                         200 pps          Costs less then the Bamboo

Huion P608N                 4000 LPI                 2048*                       220 pps          Can be had @ less the half cost of
                                                                                                                 a Wacom Bamboo

Wacom Intous              5080 LPI                 2048                         200 pps           Tilt Sensitivity

*I have seen the tablet rated at 1024 as well. I bought one @ 2048

Link to a Review (by drawtomuch) of the Monoprice large tablet with a 12x9 drawing area:

Another excellent post from DrawsToMuch - this time a gathering of issues people have reported with the Monoprice tablets:

Another review: frenden.com/the-little-monopri…

WIKI link to get some basic explanation between passive (WACOM) and active (battery powered stylus) tablets:

More Comparisons of the Monoprice and Huion:

A bit more testing is proving to be interesting. The Monoprice HA60 has a textured drawing surface that I like. The Huion P608N has a smooth surface. Both share the same digitizing technology that has an excellent pressure sensitivity curve. The HA60 feels more like drawing with pencil on standard drawing paper - medium tooth, where as the P608N feels like spreading oil paint. The higher sensitivity along with the spring loaded stylus tip, on the smooth surface gives a nice sort of buttery smooth feel - again like spreading oil paint, using soft pastel, or soft color pencil. So the tablet drawing surface might be an issue for consideration.

Technical notes:
1) I had to un-install the drivers loaded when I got the Monoprice. Then install the drivers that came with the Huion - which were newer. Both Tablets work on the newer drivers (to be expected).
2) No problems on Win 7 64bit or Win XP 32 bit
3) Drivers and Programs: At least one freeware paint program "My Paint" did not work with the drivers supplied with the Monoprice. Downloading drivers from UC Logic fixed that. Huion posts drivers on their site - so if you lost your disk, or are looking to see if there is an update - go there.
I use an older version of Photo Elements, and Art Rage for painting. I have encountered no issues with these (with either tablet). I do have Photoshop (CS2) but use it for Print stuff. I just tested it for pressure sensitivity and have issues getting it to work. This could be do to the fact That I have to set something up in Photoshop (again - I just use it for CMYK adjusting).
4) VERY IMPORTANT: You may need to download and install Wacom drivers to get Adobe products to activate pressure sensitivity in their software. The drivers that come with Monoprice - or Huion, might not activate this - but work once the Wacom drivers are installed.
5) (UPDATE 12-24-2012) The Huion drivers are a tad finicky in Windows 7 (on my system). I turned off Win 7's generic tablet service. The reason is that sometimes the Huion drivers do not load at start up (it is a good chance that there is a conflict in my system - so I will not lay this on the Huion drivers). When they failed to load the tablet started using the generic Windows drivers - which causes a serious lag in report rate. So when the Huion drivers fail to load I unplug the tablet - then plug it back in (sometimes that works). If that does not do it - restarting does. Re-installing the drivers might be the answer.
6) (UPDATE 12-24-2012) Accidently chipped the plastic tip on the Monoprice pen (dropped). Changing tips is very easy. Just be gentle. Use the removal device on the pen stand - or a tweezers to remove. Gently push in a new tip .

UPDATE 09-22-2013 - in case you are a Linux user

In recent times to keep some old systems online for my work - I have turned them into dual boot Windows / Linux (Ubuntu 12.04, and also play with other distros). So what is the point: I got the HA65 I got from Monoprice (which is the UC Logic based tablet and drivers) to work in Ubuntu. There is an open source program I like called My Paint. Now Ubuntu includes Wacom Drivers, and I still have my old beat up Wacom with faulty usb cable, but I wanted to see if I could get an alt tablet working. The answer is yes. By installing a program called Wine - which interprets dlls on the fly, you can run some Windows programs in Linux. So I booted into Ubuntu and opened my Windows partition into "Programs" folder and found the "Tablet" folder and the "PLaunch.exe" (Programs > Tablet > PLaunch.exe), and left clicked on it opening a menu - found "Open With Wine Program Loader", clicked on it. Note: the control panel did not open - no custom settings adjustment (which I do not use anyway). So I was looking for some sign that it either loaded or not - none. Opened My Paint. Sure enough it works. 

I suspect that the Huion Drivers will also work this way but will test. 

This testing was done on an old laptop I keep around for mobility sake (if power goes out and I need internet access - can go to a public WIFI). The performance of the tablet is very stable so far and yes - pressure sensitivity is working. The side buttons do not appear to be working. This is just preliminary testing. Still have to check in other programs, if and when I get a chance. This is obviously not an ideal plug and play scenario - but hey - I prefer it to dealing with the old Wacom.

So (potential) happy painting open source enthusiasts - it appears you don't have to break your piggy bank to have a tablet on Linux.
Note: This is being done in an actual dual boot set up (not with virtual box or inside Windows). The reason I mention this is that I can not verify this result in any other set up (If anyone knows, please chime in). This includes a Linux only set up.
Because I am a bit rebellious, and have a dislike for monopolies, I like using alternatives for the sake encouraging competition (so I would like to see Linux get more competitive - Like politics in the US - a third party would help ...maybe). OK I suffer from a large dose of natural curiosity too (Oh yeah - no Windows viruses - a big plus) - I do plan to take an old desktop and set it up with either Lubuntu, or Bodhi, or Precise Puppy, and see if I can get the tablets to work in that way. But like many things - I might not get to it.

Will check back in after more thorough testing.

No time to further test with Linux do to work - but having found my website brochure scrambled for mysterious reasons I had to remove links to it until fixed. So whilst here, I thought I would just add a quick update on the tablets. The HA60 has taken 85% of the beating so far, and I think I am closing in on one year since putting into service. The battery, in the stylus, has not been an issue. The auto off mechanism works great. I like the feel of the Huion better and will look to use more. The HA60 was used for a long term story board job and I got the Huion after starting - I don't like changing things I use once I start a job. I will add this - the side buttons on the HA60 - zoom in, zoom out, save - became addictively convenient. Sadly the P608n does not have these.

2014 - It has been a over a year since getting the HA60. This is a one year summary of use:
It (the HA60) has seen some pretty heavy use. The Huion P608n has not been heavily used - though that is about to change. One thing to note: the pen tips are cheap. I used to use Wacom pen nibs till there was nothing left (I'm cheap and they are not - were not - have not checked in a while). I used the last pen nib on the HA60 Monoprice for the last 9 months and it has beveled a bit. I was so used to using Wacom nibs to the very end that I was not paying attention.
One year of fairly heavy use - the drawing area show wear. So how does long term outlook seem now - just like Wacoms I have owned. It will probably just keep working for many years - but I probably could have reduced some of the wear by replacing the nibs once every 3 months (below I explain I put the Huion back into the mix and was startled by the difference - some of which was do to nib wear - when i put a new nib in the old HA60 seemed felt considerably better.So do not be too cheap with the nibs - after all they are very inexpensive for these alt tablets).

I put the Huion P608n back into the mix and was once again suprise at how much smoother the entire feel is (yes it has the smooth drawing surface as opposed to the HA60's textured), but you can see the difference on screen - the higher pressure sensitivity**** level yields a smoother application and you can see it when using paint programs like Art rage.
****Does this mean that a 1024 tablet is no good. No - 1024 can get the job done. The only gripe I can state about the Huion - I really like the buttons on the HA60. I use the zoom, and save buttons constantly. The P608n has hot cells - one is a save (not sure if you can change the setting of these) - but I really like the buttons. I literally can not say anything negative about this tablet as I got it on sale at a ridiculous price.
I have seen that Monoprice may have added a couple of Huion models to their line up - needs confirmation (I know how ravenous digital artists can be - whether pro, semi pro or hobbyists - so many of you probably have already noted this).

Same old warning: On the alt tablets - you will need to be a little tech savvy. You will probably run into at least some driver issues. The reason for this is smaller software companies will make sure they get Wacoms to work, but might not have the budget to put in the effort for alt tablets. Always look up drivers on Huion's website, or UC Logic's website. test out drivers if necessary.
A personal example of a frustrating driver issue: I am a program slut. Any program that offers a useful tool is used. I am not a loyal fan boy of any software. One such program I like is My Paint. I like it's simple pencil tool better then any other paint program I have used / tested I also like its gum erasers. So if I just feel like sketching (and I do not want to waste actual paper) I open this program. In WinXP (on two of my 3 active systems) both tablets work fine with this program. As noted in an earlier update - they work in Linux using an emulation program that runs Windows apps in linux. In Win 7 I have problems with the pressure sensitivity ...argh!!!

Note for other intrepid alt tablet users and those who make the leap. I just don't have the time to regularly check in and help with issues. Anyone doing freelance work knows why - given the market place and the economy. I have left many tips in responses and some in the reviews, but here are a some quickies / quirks and solutions:
Make sure the tablet drivers are loaded before opening Photoshop. With the Huion driver I sometimes have to open the driver icon to the pressure testbox - press the pen to get a readout and leave it open - then go back to Photoshop.
If the very very very rare occasion when the driver (both tablets) does not launch at all on start up - I keep a shortcut icon for the "P launch" n my desktop.
Are these quirks enough to ruin the experience of using these tablets - that's a personal assessment. I like the pressure curve and feel of these better then the Wacoms I have used / or tested. It would be great if all software companies had the budgets to make sure these alt tablets worked like the Wacoms, but for the price ... (and for me  - the feel), they are more then worth the slight inconvenience.


Quick update for Huion P608n tablet. After reading some messages and my last update - I tried something with the drivers. First a quick backdrop: Companies contract, subcontract etc. and who makes who for whom can be tough to track. That said - the important point is that most (I can't say all at this time) use the same basic technology (digitizer). Huion is an end seller and supplies for other like Turcom, DigiPro, etc. UC Logic builds but is not an end seller. Now about the drivers. UC logic has the most recent base drivers on there website (newer then the base drivers posted on Huion's website). I wanted to get my Huion to work with My Paint as I like the pencil tools (and all the dry media tools as well). So I went to UC Logic's website and downloaded the latest tablet drivers (Driver 5.02 D20131030_D20130918V3). I then went to Huion's site and downloaded the latest for my tablet (H610_H580_608). I then removed all tablet drivers on my system, and installed the 5.02 base driver from UC Logic's site. I did not let the system restart (after installing drivers a dialog box asks if you want to restart to finish installation). I the clicked to install the Huion drivers. During that process a warning dialog box pops up to inform me that newer versions of this driver are currently installed - do you wish to over write them - I clicked "NO". The process eventually continues installing driver parts specifically needed for Huion models.
Result: the tablet now works just fine with my paint and and continues to function just fine with the rest.
This was for my system running 64 bit Win 7 home. The issue with My paint was on this system only. My other systems use Win XP pro and are true dual boots (they do not boot Linux inside Windows) - one using 64 bit, and the other (when installed) uses 32 bit Linux.
So if you are having issues - this is one strategy you might try.

happy painting .... :)

Feb 4th: A note / thought after answering a recent question:
Almost all driver issues are a result of a bad install, and or a fragmented (sometimes corrupted) registry. For newbs, I recommend troubleshooting your PC before installing. make sure your system is in good order. Some of the driver issue messages I have seen are clearly a result of a bad install on an unstable system.

Note: probable new best bang for the buck (when you consider the money back guarantee):
There are better tablets out there (better stats), but this appears to be a very solid bet.

Feb 23 - 2014:
One last up date for this (have no time to do more testing with Linux). This regards, The P608n Huion tablet. It has become the main tablet and i have been really beating on it. I have to change an earlier remark on it's pressure curve. The full 2048 is very accessible. I am not sure why it seemed to get tough at the high end when I first tried it. Though I would not say the other tablet is not worthwhile because it only has 1024 ps levels - it is fine - but if you can get the P608n at the right price - it is probably the best (or one of depending on price changes) entry level tablets - no frills, but solid construction and great pressure curve - exceptional bang for the buck!!!

Linux update 9-18 2014
This is for linux lovers and possibly people who are on tight budgets (maybe you are a displaced family with a creative kid who want to do computer art but there is no money for a new computer and a subscription to Adobe etc).
I tested the HA60 with the stock drivers on another laptop (a used fairly old core2 duo Dell 820). I tried Linux Mint Maya 64 bit and installed WINE (the program the runs some Windows apps in Linux). To do this you have to open the drive with the Windows programs - open the programs folder and find the program you want to open - open that folder and find the EXE file and right click - dialog of command opens to the side and you pick open with WINE. WINE will try to open the program. You get varied results. I got some things to work using Linux Mint, but not in Ubuntu - and vise versa (even though they are both Ubuntu based some things obviously are different). Anyway I could not get the PLaunch EXE (that is the tablet driver for the HA60 and all alternative tablets that use that technology - which is different from WACOM) to work in Mint Maya 64bit. But I loaded up Ubuntu 12.04 32bit and installed WINE and it worked just like it did on the old HP laptop (where I first did the experiment). Just as in the first test the tablet works great in a little program that I use for sketching - MyPaint (I like the pencil tool in there better then any other paint program so far). The pressure sensitivity works perfect and after more testing - I have to say it seems more stable in Linux then Windows. The one draw back is the function keys don't seem to work. That said I have not fully tested that.
Another thing - I have not tested the P608n yet. I suspect it will also work just fine as it uses the same base drivers.
Quick addendum: I copy dragged the Plaunch EXE icon onto the Ubuntu desktop. I just wanted to see if I could open the driver without navigating to the windows programs. Yep - works.
I do not know if it works with other open source programs yet. Never been a fan of Gimp - but if I get the chance I will see. Or if it works in Blender - not familiar with Blender but I think it has a sculpting tool so worth a check.

Just general no Linux update: It has been a while now using these two alt tablets. The pen for the HA60 seemed flimsy but it holds up. The pen that came with the P608n is sturdier and has held up very well and I have used this tablet extensively now and love it. I kick myself for not picking up two at the time they were selling for $28 at the now out of biz company called Geeks ... I miss you Geeks :(

So longevity - as suspected is not an issue with alternative tablets like these two. Just the drivers. This will probably always be the Achilles heel for these products - but as stated previously: they do not have companies like Adobe making sure their drivers work and report back as they do with Wacom.

Only wish for UC Logic and Huion - make Linux drivers and see if you can capitalize on the open source market. Many people use Linux to keep older machines going (often as they do not want to spend much money - see if they would jump on your much less expensive but highly capable tablets).
OK second wish - send me demo models - so I can do test reports ... er yeah test reports ... :D

So as bang for you buck goes - both of these two tablets are great. The P608n is better in that it has a silky smooth 2048 curve. Note on that curve - when I first got it it seemed like you had to press hard to get to the top. I have since revised that and am repeating - it works perfectly. I think it seemed hard because the HA60 curve is soooo light. It is only 1024. It seems like it was intended for 2048 but they just cut off the top half. The P608 doesn't have the nice buttons on the side the the HA60 has. Both have the hot cells which Ido not use. The smooth drawing surface on the P608n's is fairing better then the HA60's textured surface - but both have long lives ahead of them.

Linux Update: 9-19 2014
I tinkering with the new Ubuntu (12.04 32bit) test something cool was discovered. Before I go further I forgot to ad in the last update - this is a true dual boot. I am not a Linux guru, but I understand that you can install Linux to open up inside windows - this is not such a set up and I have no experience with inside Win booting. OK no some good news on the alt tablet in Linux. With a dual boot the Linux shell pops up asking what system you want to boot into. You choose - or it automatically goes to the Linux distro. The tablet driver is automatically loading at start up. I am not having to right click on the driver (the Plaunch exe. icon) and select open / run with WINE. I am not sure the cause of this - again I am not a Linux guru. I have only tinkered with Linux over the last decade from time to time - and like it for many reasons. So to refresh: WINE - is a Linux program that runs many Windows programs in Linux. I used it to run the UC Logic based drivers for the HA60 in Linux to use My Paint. Then I drap copied the Plaunch exe. file from the Windows drive onto the Ubuntu desktop and found I could right click on the icon there instead of navigating into the Windows drive. Then I was working in Windows on a graphics job - finished what I could and then booted over to Linux. The tablet was still plugged in. I bumped it and noticed the cursor move (Now in Ubuntu). So I picked up the tablet and sure enough it was working without me opening the Plaunch with the WINE command. I then shut the system down - then booted up in Linux. Picked up the tablet and yep - the tablet automatically loaded. Again - I am NOT a Linux guru - I am not sure a the reason for this - but it is very welcome.

Linux Update 9-20 2014
More tinkering - this time with GIMP. I installed GIMP yesterday and the pressure didn't work with the alt tablet HA60 Monoprice .... until I opened the Input Devices settings in GIMP's preferences. From there I selected the sub selection of Configure Extended Input Devices. There I found a drop down box and in the list was the HA60. I selected it and saw that the X and Y was selected but not pressure. I set the pressure to 3 and save out and all worked.

As I get the time I will check other programs - I did check Inkscape and it sort of works in that you can draw with it and select work the program using the tablet but I am not sure Inkscape has any tool that can make variable width strokes.
Also when I get a chance I will see if I can get the buttons working - there is a separate tablet configuration set up - aside from the Plaunch. I will see it I can get Ubuntu / WINE to recognize this. After that I will try testing UC logics latest drivers.

Opinion - this is for people willing to experiment. That tablet works very well - in fact seems a tad more stable in Linux. It seems like a natural so hopefully this gets back to UC Logic (this review prompted Huion to contact me so companies listen to feedback).

Linux Update: 9-22 2014
I am now doing most of my sketching in My Paint in Linus Ubuntu. As mentioned it seemed like the tablet was working better in Linux. This continues to appear to be the case. Some of you may have noted that sometimes when drawing (Windows XP and Win7) when zoomed out - you can get jittery lines. This is not the case in Linux. The lines are always smooth. Why? I can't be sure. My paint also appears to work better in Ubuntu then in Windows.
The button and programmable hot cell issue I have been unable to resolve, as WINE will not open the tablet setup exe.

Can only urge Canonical to contact UC Logic or vice versa, and get a dedicated driver for Ubuntu. Because Ubuntu is a solid distro and works well with graphics and already seems to have an edge (that said I am limited in my Linux distro knowledge - so that needs verification) in this regards. Other Linux programmers can them make sure they get the driver working in their distro.

Linux Update 9-29 2014
Installed Blender to test the tablet in the sculpt mode - works.
This will be the last installment for a while for Linux enthusiast - so to recap:
1) The tablet driver now loads at start up - just like on the windows side.
2) The tablet is running more stable and is free of the jitter problem that sometimes occurs on windows side.
3) Can't get the tablet buttons or hot cells to work because I can't get WINE to start the tablet configuration program.
4) This is a repeated test on two different laptops. One an old HPdv5000 and this time on an old Dell Latitude D820

My next test might be updating to Ubuntu 14 and see if it all still works - or to remove the HA60 driver and test the Huion.

That said most Linux enthusiast will be able to take this info and test themselves. But the big suprise is that the tablet works better (if the button and hot cells are not counted).

Cononical contact UC Logic and twist their arm to produce a dedicated base driver!

Oh well till then - this is working great.


One last entry 10-27-2014

Both tablets are working fine and have gotten a fair amount of use - hardware- no issue. Not much more to say - newer tablets are no out, but the P608n is still a good deal at the right price, and the HA60 is not a bad deal either - though the stock pen with its rubber cover slides around covering the buttun sometimes - irritating!

For those who opted for the P608n - I have put the driver combo I use for a win7 64 bit. The Huion stock driver release 7 did not work with My Paint. I love my paint for sketching / doodling. I needed it to work for doing sketch roughs for jobs. After tinkring I found this combo allowed for most compatability. This set up was test installed 3 times to verify.

Zip folder with both driver sets used for the custom install - with step by step instructions:

Note: Huion may have released new drivers that have more compatability built in.

Final note - I really lie the pressure curves on these alt tablets. I have found a way to make sure they work with all needed software. I do not miss WACOM. But next time I have to get a new tablet .... will see.

END Huion P608n, and HA60 alt tablet review

The P608n has been replaced by the 680s

For some tech tips for those running into problems - check out Ray Frenden's blog. He is reviewing many tablets and has posted some tech tips.

Update 05-01-2015:
after all this time using alt tablets I have finally hit an actual snag. I had just set up an old dell laptop for lightweight graphics creation and digital sketching. To speed up the old laptop I popped in an entry level SSD for the systems and placed an old standard disk drive in the option bay for scratch and storage. So the old little Dell made for a perky (not fast) little cheap system. All was well. Then I installed Avast anti virus. Suddenly I lost a lot of speed that the SSD was supplying. Then I plugged the P608n Huion into the extension of a plug in laptop cooler (those who buy and revitalize old Dell laptops know Dell lets them run at higher temps - so a USB powered laptop cooler is an OK idea - but software to control the internal fan is even better). Anyway - Win7 didn't recognize the P608n through the open ended laptop cooler plug in (I am referring to the USB plug in for the laptop cooler - it has an open female connection on the backside of the USB male plug in side - so you can plug into through that). Win7 then took control and attached it's bad tablet contol to the P608n. Suddenly the cursor moved like a drunk in slow motion. I have heard people complain about this but until now never encountered it. I tried uninstalling the tablet drivers and -re-installing them - no good. It didn't matter if i plugged the tablet directly into the USB port instead of through the laptop cooler. So I uninstall again - and re-installed again. Still nothing. All this and Avast was still taking it's speed toll. So knowing all was working fine until I installed Avast, and plugged in through the laptop cooler, I decided to stop trying to ferret out the specific problem (no time for puzzles). I just removed Avast - then uninstalled, and re-installed the tablet drivers - Viola! Back to working perfectly.

Moral of the story - driver conflicts are the biggest problem with alt tablets. I am bumming because I know have to test other anti virus programs. Er not too bummed because I can always boot to Linux.

So if using Win7 and you run into this problem - Win7 is probably interfering. In my case - re-installing with Avast in place is the possible reason why the re-install did not work. I did not ferret out the exact reason why things went wrong. Often time you just don't have the time - so just turning things back is the quickest solution.

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AlectoDarkHobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, maybe I`m kinda crazy to comment for an old writing like this, but I hope that you could help me...I`ve bought a Huion P608N, but I cannot get the hotkeys work on it(windows 8.1, of course I downloaded the latest driver...). Do you have any idea how to fix it? I was thinking about getting the newer one, but I`ve chosen this just because of the hotkeys :D I would be really happy if you could give me some tips :) Thank you :)
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Heyy, this was really interesting to read.
I have a bit of an issue with the new tablet I bought: Tooya Pro MASTER.

On Windows XP, the executable file called 'PLaunch' works completely fine,
however, whenever I try to open it on my Windows 7, it will display for only 1-2 seconds inside the task manager before removing itself.
Whenever I try to open it, nothing happens.

Do you have a way to bypass this problem by any chance? o n o
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is it true that the huion h610 pro falls appart? there are tons of good reviews on amazon but there are also some bad ones (i've learned that you gotta check all of them because you could be one of the few) but yeah some say the usb port is poorly crafted and it breaks easily (also as always the drivers problems) so i'm unsure if i should buy it :C i'm not rich so i can't afford one of those expensive wacom tablets or if i were i need to be sure it's worth it and what model is better for drawing purposes :3 thanks in advance
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Sorry for missing this - I have been away for a long time - just scrambling for and doing work. So this is a general response for anyone who wonders into this.

My experience with tablets may be limited in that I have always been careful with them regardless of brand. I am using the Huion P608n more then the other two I have (one an HA60 bough from Monoprice, and the other a Ugee M708 which is the best in terms of stats). All of them are holding up, and the HA60 (my first alt tablet) was used so much the textured drawing surface it started with is now smooth (and it still works just as well as when I got it). The Huion p608n is now used the more mosty because it's handy size and it is now plug and play with" precise pelican kernel" in latest Ubuntu variations (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Mint 17), and some other distros like Chakra. I use My Paint (I like the feel of the pencil and chalk tools in this software better then any other I have tried) for sketching - in Linux it works better.

So my experience - they don't fall apart - you have to break then - just like a Wacom. The only thing you will sacrifice is pen tilt (er I haven't checked for a while - so) and as much driver support as Wacom gets. Everyone looks to make Wacom work for their software. At this time, alt tablets are still an after thought. But things change, and as mentioned - Linux picked up some support now for these alt Tablet Brands.
So there are some small concessions, but Wacom will not make you a better artist, though they make things a bit easier. If budget is not a concern - Wacom maybe the way to go. But I don't see going back even if I suddenly become one of those rare big time artists to whom money is not an issue.
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Does the Ugee M708 have sensitivity to pen tilt?
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With my huion h610 pro, it works only with sai, and not any other prograb including the desktop, im not sire what the problem is,  re-downloaded the h610 set up, becuse i dont have the cd, and it still has problems
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I have Huion 608 and the pressure sensitivity isn't working on Paint tool SAI any solutions?
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Hello Cheezitss. Sorry for delayed response I am affriad I have no experience with SAI. I have heard of it, but have been happy with My Paint, Art Rage, and Photoshop.

- hope you have found a solution. If not I recommend trying the following:
Go to UC Logic website and download the latest driver. Remove the stock P608n driver. Install the driver fro UC Logic. See if you have pressure sensitivity. (Note: the UC Logic driver will not have the 608 tablet hot key software in it - in the review above I tell how to mix the UC Logic driver with the native tablet driver).
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Okay thanks. :)
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Hello Cheezitss,

I downloaded paint tool SAI.

First I have to thank you for posting the question - which drove me to downloading SAI to finally see why it has a following. It is a nifty paint program. In fact I I could mash the best of My Paint, Art Rage and SAI - I would be a very happy artist.

So I downloaded it to my travel laptop - on one boot I have winXP and a couple of graphic programs that work in XP. I installed the SAI demo to see if it would work. It worked no problem - BUT - on that system I have the (Monoprice UC Logic) HA60 drivers set up. I will see about putting the demo on my main desktop with win7 and the custom UC Logic and Huion driver set up.

The thing to not is the base drivers for these alt tablets are the same. So you should be getting pressure. So a software / driver conflict should be looked into. A simple re-install of drivers may make the difference. Another option is checking the registry health of your PC. I hesitate to recommend this as a OS in bad shape can be messed up worse by such tools, but Tool Wiz is great for fixing Windows problems. I hesitate because it is better if you are at least semi techie.
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Ah glad you like the program, and thanks for telling me this I mean this is a 4 year old laptop which had tea spilt on the keyboard sadly and so we got a wireless keyboard, so this laptop isn't as good as it used to be.
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hello, I had a chance to further test SAI. This time on my desktop main system running win7 64bit. I uninstalled the custom driver set up and just went with the Huion Supplied P608n drivers - release 7.

SAI did not work. I tried the custom install technique with the UC Logic driver release 8. That did not work with the tablet at all. So I re-installed the custom setup that has worked perfectly on this system - UC Logic driver release 5.02 with Huion Driver release 7 over it.

So if you are using system 7 then this should probably work for you. I placed a zip folder with both driver sets used for the custom install:
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This is a lil confusing but thanks. x3
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Okay I'm thinking of getting a Huion H580 Professional Art Graphics Pen Drawing Tablet but my laptop is an Asus with now disk drive. Do I need to use to disk, also if I do is there any tablets that do not require the disk or has no disk? I think it may be an installation disk but not too sure.
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Sorry for delayed response - I do not check in often. I think you meant to type you have no disk drive?.

If so you can go to the vendor website and download the drivers. If you are asking if you have to run the disk whilst using - no.

More and more reviews of alt tablets are being done so if you haven't checked into them - not a bad idea to do so.

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Hey, can you use a wacom stylus fron the intuos 4 an 5, on a mono price ?
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Ahhh - sorry for the delayed response - haven't checked in for a long time.

I never tested as I assume the two different tablet methods (technologies) would make the styluses between Wacom and UC Logic non interchangeable.

That said one of the upshots of alt tablets is that the pens and pen tips are dirt cheap by comparison.
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Alright! I've made up my mind I'm going to get a Huion H610 pro . I've heard that there are a lot of problems, but hey I'm not rich.
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For anyone wanting this too, I just bought it and I am having no problems at all so far
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Did you download the newest drive off the website? I didn't because the new driver messed up the pressure sensitivity.
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for the P608n, would this be considered a good price, a worthwhile price?

Have you also heard anything about these?
www.amazon.com/Huion-Inches-Gr… - Huion H58L
These all work for Mac right?

Thanks so much!
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annaindeedHobbyist General Artist
actually, I'm thinking of just the 608n! Thanks so much for the extensive review :)

However, when you mentioned the trouble-shooting your computer before installing the drivers, what does that mean?
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Hello Sorry been busy with work so haven't checked in away for a while - you are welcome (same for others I see here since last check in). I will state after a lot of use I am really smitten with the P608n. I was too tough on the review of it's pressure curve. It is just fantastic. For those worried about the battery - I have mistakenly forgot to click off the power on the stylus a few times and it uses so little power that you don't have to sweat leaving it on over night.

On price: I am bumming for you. I got mine from Geeks (now out of business). I paid $27 for it on sale (and kick myself for not getting 2). After I published the review the and told a couple of people about Geeks - they sold out there stock. I would hope you can get them at $40 - or as close to that as possible. I am generally unaware of prices as both of the tablets I bought show no signs of breaking down or wearing out - just had to change stylus nibs.

Driver issues are the weak point with alt tablets. Wacom has more pre and post release testing to ferret out potential glitches - Wacom is working on it, as well as Adobe and other big software companies.
Alt tablets just have the alt tablet makers and some resellers working on this. They really only have enough to make sure that the tablets work well when all things are working OK to excellent on the host computer.

So I recommend - and it should be standard practice anyway - that if you go alt tablet - troubleshoot your computer thoroughly first. Clean up problems on the system  (on PC run disk doctor and get a good freeware PC health software and defrag the registry). Because any trouble you have with alt tablets is faulty install, or good install but on a slightly unstable system creating problems.

So bottom line is they work - and when all is well these are great tablets. Those who work on PCs know that the registry gets wacked fairly fast especially when serious amount of work are being done on them.  keeping your system running in good health will help you avoid any serious problems with alt tablets. If you work with alt tablets long enough - you will run into some glitches, but they do work as advertised. Almost all serious problems are on the end user side via a glitch in their computer's operating system. The only other problem is that alt tablets may not support some art programs (there are a ton of them).

I have read about problems with some of the newer alt tablets - I can not speak to them - Huion - if listening contact me and send me a used test model and I will write up experiences ... :D - OK temporary whoring myself out to get my hand on one of the new higher end ones. If you like no frills the P608n is great (especially if you like working on smooth stylus surfaces). If you like more potential reliability go Monoprice as they supposedly have an internal team the helps check with drivers and offer a money back guarantee (note: that the HA60 and other Monoprice UC Logic tablets use the textured surface).

Sheesh that turned into a long ramble ... happy painting!
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omgggg, wowww, thanks for the detail reply!! I'm very grateful that you took the time to write all this up! <3
I'm thinking of the P608N then, hopefully I be tech-savy enough to figure out any problems XD hahaha.

Thanks again :)
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