Genius EasyPen F610E Graphics Tablet - Installation and Testing

Article Index
Genius EasyPen F610E Graphics Tablet
Features and Specifications
Installation and Testing
Final Thoughts

Installation:

Installation and setup is a two-part process.  First, we installed the driver software from the CD and this went very well.  With 64-bit Windows 7, there was absolutely no issues and everything installed quickly and easily – including the application that allows you to customize the “hotkeys” on the side of the tablet.  Immediately it worked in all of our applications as a mouse replacement and allowed great precision and control in PhotoShop.

The Genius EasyPen F610E also included some bundled software.  This software will help new users get accustomed to the Pen, but for many consumers, the purchase of the Pen Tablet is to accompany what they already have.  I did install FreeNote, Office Ink and Corel Painter Essentials 4 and these all worked well enough.  I still prefer my applications, but if you don’t have any drawing or editing applications, this is a nice bonus.  I think including PhotoShop Elements of some sort would be a better value though.  I know that a year-old version is often included with ~$100 Wacom products and this is a much better bundle in my opinion.

Testing:

Testing a product like the EasyPen F610E is a lot about subjectivity.  I currently own a couple of Wacom products – the small and very portable Bamboo MTE-450A as well as the Bamboo Fun Tablet.  Both of these products have served me very well over the years.  In fact, a few years back I bought MTE-450A’s for everyone that worked for BCCHardware and edited some of their own images.

The Genius EasyPen F610E is just as handy as these – albeit it is a bit larger.  If you like a nice small tablet, this one is probably not for you.  That being said, the larger surface area does allow for greater control of your pen and therefore a lot more precision when editing photos or drawing in your favorite applications.

The EasyPen claims to have 4000 LPI (Lines Per Inch) and 2048 pressure sensitivity levels and while I cannot actually test these claims out completely, it does offer a lot of precision and variation to the pressure sensitivity.  I used this extensively through the past few weeks and I’ve got no complaints as far as precision and overall feel.

One thing I do appreciate is that you can specify the Tablet to only work on one screen.  On my main workstation (Thinkpad T430), I have a total of three displays and by default, this presents a weird arrangement for the tablet.  Thankfully, I can specify that the F610E works only on the 30” Samsung 305T display and therefor it offers great precision without screen jumping during editing.  This is a nice touch and can be enabled in the provided software with a quick drop-down for which screen you want the pen locked to.

Speaking of the pen, it’s an interesting mix.  It is a bit fatter than a Wacom pen and while the part you hold is pretty much the same size, the fact that the Genius pen contains an “AAA” battery, makes the pen a bit top-heavy.  It’s not a huge deal, but it does make it a little unwieldy for some light-touch applications.  I have no idea how long the battery will last, but so far it’s been top-notch.  If you use it constantly, I can imagine that the battery will become a bit of an issue, but for casual users, I’m sure it won’t be a problem.

On the last page, we’ll cover a few of our final thoughts as we wrap up this review.