Ugee m708 review – Art on a Budget [2020 Update]

The Ugee m708 is an input device; specifically a graphic drawing tablet. You can use this to do any work that usually involves a piece of paper with a pen. You can draw, write, paint, and edit.

However, what I believe is that price reflects the quality and performance of a device. Without jumping to conclusions let’s find out if this device is worth it.

Sit back and let our Ugee m708 review do the job for you.

Ugee m708 Graphics Tablet Review

Since 1998, Ugee has been in the drawing tablets and pen display market, so our expectations are high with this one.

Let’s start with the design of this budget drawing tablet.

Despite its cheap price tag, at first glance, the Ugee m708 has a premium look and a solid feel. The tablet stands out from other budget drawing tablets. The device is comfortable to hold and definitely ‘looks’ pricey, though it has a low price tag.

There are very big and very small drawing screens that are uncomfortable to even place your hands on, but this budget graphics tablet has a perfectly sized 10.6-inch screen giving ample space for you to do anything.

The dimensions are set at 15.4 x 9.5 x 2.3-inches (391.16 x 241.30 x 58.42mm) and weighs 1.45lbs (657.8g).As you can see, the device is very portable and easily fits into a backpack or even a handbag.

Apart from the screen on the left-hand side of the tablet, you’ll find 8 glossy keys that are customizable to do certain actions according to your preference from the tablet control panel. Some examples of the possible actions are delete, cut, copy, zoom in and out.

m708 tablet

The tablet has been designed not only for professionals but also for beginners to play around and get a feeling for digital graphics.

The device comes with a stylus commonly referred to as the Ugee m708 pen.  The pen features use Electromagnetic digitizer technology. Basically, for those who are new to digital graphics or the tech world in general, a digitizer is a device that converts an analog signal or image into a digital signal for the computer.

A graphics tablet with a stylus is an example of a digitizer. There are two main technologies used. You’ll find either an EMR(Electromagnetic Resonance) or AES(Active Electrostatic) digitizer in the market.

The Ugee pen is quite smooth with its EMR technology and doesn’t allow any lag. Surprisingly the pen runs without any battery and features 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity and 5080 LPI resolution.

Like our mobile display screens have PPI (pixels per inch), graphic tablets resolution is usually given in LPI (Lines Per Inch).  

To give you a relative comparison, the Wacom Intuos Pro is a highly rate graphics tablet and is quite expensive compared to the Ugee m708. Even the Intuos Pro has an LPI of 5080.

In terms of RPS, the device offers 266 RPS, which is quite alright for the price. Anyway, a standard drawing tablet nowadays usually has an RPS of over 200.

The pen is quite comfortable to hold with a height of around 039-inches (10mm) and feels like a natural pen.

Now that we’ve reviewed the design aspect, let’s look at the app compatibility.

The drawing tablet is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. You can use it with either Windows 7, 8, or 10 and Mac 10.8,0 and above. In the below FAQ section, you can find out how to install and uninstall drivers for both operating systems.

In terms of editing software, you can use a wide range of software like Illustrator, Photoshop, 3D Max, etc. You can also use the native paint apps to doodle or take notes on Notepad.

To conclude, I’d have to deviate from my usual assumption that price reflects the performance of a device. The Ugee m708 is certainly an excellent value-adding investment for professionals or beginners.

FAQ

What’s included in the box?

You’d be surprised by the accessories you get for this budget price.

Inside the box, you get a USB cable to connect the device to a PC/Mac, a penholder with a pen clipper and 8 pen nibs, and a pair each of Anti fouling and white gloves.


How to install Ugee drivers?

Step 1: If you have any previously installed graphic tablet drivers, uninstall them before you proceed.

Step 2: Login from your Admin account and disable firewall or grant permission for the setup to run.

Step 3: Use the USB cable and link the tablet to a PC/Mac.

Step 4: Download the respective device drivers from the following link: http://ugee.net/download/index/id/65.html

Step 5: Save the zipped file and then later unzip it.

Step 6a: For a Windows PC, double click the setup file (ends with “.exe”). You should get a small tablet icon once the installation is complete. Restart the PC.

Step 6b: Locate “Mac driver” and double click on the execute file. Follow the instructions to grant access and then reboot the Mac.


How to uninstall Ugee drivers?

For a Windows PC:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel

Step 2: Locate the uninstall program icon

Step 3: Click Ugee driver on the pop-up that opens up and choose uninstall

OR

Step 1: Open Start Menu

Step 2: Locate the Ugee folder under ‘All programs’

Step 3: Select the Uninstall.exe


For Mac OS:

Step 1: Open Finder

Step 2: Select Pen tablet setting under Applications

Step 3: Select Uninstall Pen tablet driver OR delete the file directly.


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