Woodpad Palette 7 PF0730
Value for Money
WoodPad is an elegant, modern, eco-friendly and sophisticated alternative to clunky freehand drawing software/graphic pads with all of the similar specifications as those currently at the top end of this market. It can even replace your keyboard in brainstorming sessions. Woodpad have tried to differentiate themselves from other drawing pads by redesigning the whole drawing pad. That is why theirs is made out of wood which is eco-friendly with a simplistic and modern design. Keep reading to find out more about this environmentally friendly artist pad that's thinner than your iPhone.
You may have come across a digital drawing pad commonly known as a Graphic tablet consisting of a flat pad and a specialized electronic pen. They are specifically designed for professional creative artists to make artwork easier and precise rather than using a mouse or drawing using the laptop trackpad which is rather cumbersome. A graphic tablet can produce significantly smoother curves and is capable of producing complex shapes by taking advantage of a person’s natural hand motion. They can also be useful for note taking or brainstorming ideas if you’re more of a visual person and prefer drawing.
There are many graphic tablets in the market however if you are looking for a tablet which is stylish, eco-friendly, competitively priced and offers great performance and features then Woodpad was designed with you in mind. It is made by Viewsonic, a leading global provider of visual display products and its first digital drawing pad. This nature-inspired drawing pad gives you free-hand drawing capability that immediately transfers to your PC or MAC. WoodPad was created to be different from the other current drawing pads on the market. As the name suggests, it is made of wood using natural bamboo that is super light, which makes it extremely portable and durable. It has a natural honey golden finish with its own distinctive markings, giving every Woodpad its own signature style. Additionally, its eco-friendly nature leaves a smaller carbon footprint and best of all, it offers style, performance and minimalist design all in one product! Keep reading to find out more about this environmentally friendly artist pad that's thinner than your iPhone.
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A Drawing Pad Designed by Creators, for Creators
The 7.5 inch Woodpad is compact and lightweight enough to slip into your purse or hand bag. Its actual dimensions are 7.87” x 6.69” x 0.21” with an active working area of 6.4” x 4” making it a 7.5” drawing pad. The working area is the active area where the stylus pen responds. Wherever the stylus pen goes within this active area, the cursor on the monitor follows. At 5.3 mm (0.21”) thickness and a mere 147 grams, it is both the lightest and thinnest digital drawing pad to date. That should easily grab peoples’ attention. However, there is more to WoodPad than just a pretty surface. Under the bamboo veneer, the state-of-the-art controller/sensor board uses electro-magnetic resonance to help you bring your visions to life, just as if you were drawing on paper. The pen itself has a good grip and with 2 buttons on the side. The upper button mimics the behavior of a double-click and the lower button mimics that of a right click. The WoodPad is ready for use straight out of the box. Its plug and play features require no driver download for basic functionality on your MAC or PC. Advanced artists will, however, need to download a driver for pen pressure capability that lets you practice shading and other sophisticated drawing techniques.
In our experience and use, the Woodpad seemed quite accurate and it didn’t miss a stroke, thanks to its 2540 LPI (lines per inch) resolution enabling the artist to render incredible detail in their artwork. Another feature to look out for in any graphic tablet is its pressure sensitivity. Pressure sensitivity determines how much you can vary the width of the lines you draw. This is done by applying different pressure on the tablet surface. The more pressure sensitivity a graphics tablet has, the more you will be able to vary the size of your strokes with pressure. Pressure sensitivity helps you draw like you do with traditional media like pencils & brushes. Wordpad's pressure sensitivity of 2048 is more than enough to create all sorts of wonderful artworks and add sophisticated touches, such as light and dark shadowing if used correctly.
You also never need batteries with this USB powered product. The pen enters sleep mode and wakes up as soon as the tip touches the always-ready pad. Since it is made of Bamboo it’s construction is very durable and sturdy. Bamboo is an incredibly durable wood, which means that the WoodPad's surface lasts no matter how often you use it. Chances are you will never have to replace the pen, which provides 150,000 taps - enough to create thousands of masterpieces. However, if you need to replace the nib, the package comes with 3 extra pen nibs and a handy nib remover to grab the nib and pull it straight out.
|Dimensions||7.87" x 6.69" x 0.21"|
|Active Area||6.4" x 4" (7.5")|
|Reading Speed||133 PPS|
|Pen Tilt||+/- 5mm (Tilt +/- 45 degree)|
|Interface||USB Plug & Play|
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What’s in the Box
Each WoodPad comes with:
• WoodPad and Stylus Pen
• 3 Extra Pen Nibs
• USB cable (Micro USB to USB)
• Pen Nib remover
• Quick Start Guide
The packaging itself is quite nice and we were really impressed with the quality of the Woodpad. The design looks very modern and had a very soft feel to it. As part of its ergonomic design, the micro USB port is located at the top of the drawing board to keep cables out of your way. Four rubber grips provide extra stability on all surfaces when you're on the go. Both the pad and the pen looked great together.
Woodpad provides new and advanced artists with an intuitive drawing tools that emulate your natural hand movements. Say goodbye to sketchpads and painting supplies and the accompanying exorbitant costs. With one purchase, you get a "pen" that's compatible with all your favourite graphic applications, including Corel Painter and Draw, Adobe, Comic Studio and Sketchbook. If you have tried other drawing pads, you will love the additional features WoodPad provides.
• Precision - As you are drawing, feel the smooth flow of ink appear on your computer simultaneously. Your WoodPad pen reproduces each stroke with an accuracy of up to 0.25mm. You will be more productive and satisfied as you see your art take shape on your computer screen.
• Pen Tilt - WoodPad Pen offers a pen tilt function, allowing you to draw on the pen at different angles. This way you won't be restricted at all. Feel free to hold the pen like you would a brush. Offering full flexibility, WoodPad is one of the few entry-level drawings pads that offer this function.
• Compatibility - The pad is conveniently compatible with a wide spectrum of popular graphics apps, including MAYA, Corel, Illustrator and Photoshop making digital retouching in your favorite software a cinch. Combine WoodPad with Microsoft Ink to add hand-written text in Word documents containing your artwork. You could also use the WoodPad during brainstorming and team meetings to improve productivity and save time by skipping the mouse and keyboard.
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The Competition Doesn't Stand Up
The WoodPad's unique bamboo surface inspires creativity and outshines other competition, including the Wacom Intuous drawing pad. It conveys a minimalist aspect versus the cold aesthetic of other drawing pads that look like uninspired tablets. Other unique selling points include:
• WoodPad is the thinnest pad on the market, almost twice as thin as the Wacom.
• WoodPad is also the lightest pad on the market, lighter than Wacom, Turcom & Parblo.
• Like many advanced technology drawing pads, Woodpad is adjustable for right and left-handed people and works with most software.
• Enjoy the benefits of more expensive digital drawing pads, without the extra cost.
• WoodPad's long-life pen differentiates itself in the marketplace. You don't even need to download software to use the basic features of the pen. It is also one of the few entry-level drawing pads that offer pen tilt capability.
• Woodpad is very competitively priced.
|WoodPad Palette 7 PF0730||Wacom Intuous CTL 490||Turcom Graphic Tablet 8x6"||Parblo Island A609|
|Active Area||6.4" x 4.0" (7.5")||6.0" x 3.7" (7.0")||8.0" x 6.0" (10.0")||9.0" x 6.0" (10.82")|
|Battery Required||No||No||Yes (1 x AAA battery)||No|
|Accuracy||0.25 mm||0.1 mm|
|Pen Tilt||+/- 5mm (Tilt +/- 45 degree)||NA||NA||Tilt +/- 60 degree|
|Plug and Play||Yes||No||No||No|
|Pad Weight||5.18 oz (147 g)||10.2 oz (289 g)||2 lbs (907 g)||1.9 lbs (862 g)|
|Pad Thickness||0.21 inch (5.3 mm)||0.31 inch (7.8 mm)||2 inch (50 mm)||0.4 inch (10.1 mm)|
What do we think
Woodpad is an elegant, modern, eco-friendly and sophisticated alternative to clunky freehand drawing software/graphic pads with all of the similar specifications as those currently at the top end of this market. It can even replace your keyboard in brainstorming sessions. Woodpad have tried to differentiate themselves from other drawing pads by redesigning the whole drawing pad. That is why theirs is made out of wood which is eco-friendly with a simplistic and modern design. The ultra-thin design makes it the most portable digital drawing pad currently available. It is quite accurate and with its pen pressure capability and easy setup, it will get you up and running in no time. According to Grace Chang, WoodPad’s co-founder – “Whether you’re a retoucher, illustrator, or even just like that classic pen and pad feel, WoodPad is going to help you work on the go and look good doing it!”.
WoodPad is the newest product line from ViewSonic Corporation created by designers and engineers from the pen display business unit. ViewSonic has over 30 years of experience as the world leading visual solutions provider and over 10 years of experience as an electronic signature solution provider. Leveraging their expertise and technology from working with different hotels, hospitals, telecommunication sectors and other B2B business, ViewSonic have created this consumer product, a digital drawing pad, under the series name, WoodPad.