The Simbans Picassotab is for the very few multipurpose graphics tablets. Now if you get a graphics tablet without a screen, you need to hook it up to a PC or laptop to draw or write.
But a drawing tablet with a screen is versatile because you can do so much more. You can play games, watch movies and it’s also perfect for a student to take notes during a class.
Let’s explore the features offered by this budget drawing tablet.
Simbans Picassotab 10-inch Tablet Review
To start with, you might wonder why I classed this a budget device. For those who are new to the digital art arena, let’s quickly cover some basics.
Drawing tablets come in 2 main types: Display and Non-display tablets.
Display tablets are the easiest to use for beginners but are often more costly than Non-display tablets. On-display is commonly known as graphics tablets and requires a bit of experience before handling.
A good non-display tablet can be easily bought under $100 while the best tablets with stylus and displays often cost more than $1000.
Don’t worry if you’re strapped for cash, you can purchase a good entry-level display tablet for a few hundred dollars.
The Simbans Picassotab is such a budget-friendly tablet.
If you’ve been in the digital art scene for a while, Simbans is not a name that’s thrown around like Wacom, Huion, or XP-Pen.
Simbans was just launched in 2012 and its main focus is affordable prices.
Moving on, let’s start with design and display.
The Simbans Picassotab has a 10-inch IPS display with HD picture quality. When looking for a drawing tablet, the main thing to look for is the active area and how big it is. The active area of a display or graphics tablet refers to the area that you sketch on. The bigger the active area, the easier it will be to work on edits or drawings without zooming in all the time.
So always try to get a gist of the art you’ll be working on before making a decision. I like a display that’s at least around 13-inches because the 10-inch ones are a bit uncomfortable to rest my hand on.
But if you’re always on the move, then a more compact size would be best. Another thing to consider if you want to draw on the go is the overall dimension of the tablet. The Picassotab has a dimension of 14 x8 x 2.1 inches (355.6 x 203.2 x 53.3mm) and could easily fit inside a backpack with its 2.91lbs (1.3kg) weight.
Some college textbooks are heavier than that!
After the screen, the next important thing is the resolution. Graphic tablet resolutions are given in Lines Per Inch (LPI), which is similar to PPI of smartphones while drawing tablets with displays have normal pixel resolutions like any other tablet. Our Simbans device has a resolution of 1200 x 800.
This isn’t the best for a drawing tablet because I’ve seen smartphones with better resolutions.
Overall, the display is tolerable for this price and you won’t notice the pixelation unless you have a good look. You can enjoy your favorite Netflix and YouTube videos in HD quality without any issue.
The tablet also supposedly has a palm rejection feature, which didn’t work that well for me and the small screen was get a tad bit annoying with stray strokes when I rested my palm on it.
Next up let’s look at the CPU powering the device.
Responsiveness is the next factor to look for and it purely depends on the core of your tablet. A responsive tablet won’t have any lag between the time you draw a line and the time it appears on the screen.
The Picassotab is powered by a MediaTek Quad Core MTK8163 chipset paired with a 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. This is mostly used in entry to mid-level android tablets. The performance is fine and there’s no lag but if you try multitasking with more than 10 applications running in the background you will notice some lag.
The 32GB storage can be expanded using a MicroSD card if you run out of space to store your art projects. The tablet ships with Android 9.0 and it seems like the stock version.
Let’s look at the Pen which is supposed to be one of the best features of the tablet.
The pen included is an Active Pen that runs on AAA batteries and has 1024 pressure levels. The build is quite premium and isn’t flimsy and lightweight. It looks a lot like the SURFACE PEN from Microsoft.
Since this is a compact tablet, portability should have been one of the main goals so in terms of battery life, the device gives around 8-10hours under normal usage. This is pretty good for a tablet of this price and size.
Not many drawing tablets have Wi-Fi connectivity but because this is considered a multipurpose device, you get both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The device also has a USB, Mini-HDMI, and an Audio jack on the sides.
In my opinion, this tablet is perfect for beginners who have just discovered their passion and start drawing casually. Especially if you are strapped for cash, this device would do till you can afford a better professional drawing tablet.