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Review: Genius WizardPen

Graphics tablet

The WizardPen allows you to dispense with your mouse, in order to draw and paint in applications more naturally. In the box you get a 5x4in tablet on which to use the pen, a software bundle, the pen itself and one AAA battery to power it.

However, the thin metal battery holder inside the pen is a little flimsy and could be prone to breaking if not handled carefully, rendering it useless. The tablet itself draws its power from the USB port, so you don’t need any additional power adapters.

If you’ve never used annotation software or a stylus pen on a PDA, the WizardPen might take some getting used to. We would recommend trying out the pen with a drawing application before you use the handwritten annotation software, so you can get a feel for it.

In fact, the application you use depends on how good you’ll find the WizardPen. For example, if you use a versatile natural drawing application such as Corel’s Painter, then it really comes into its own.

The 512 pressure levels provide control over the shape and thickness of your stroke with just a touch, taking advantage of some of the natural effect painting features included in Corel’s excellent software.

If you’re an avid digital artist and use a lot of PC drawing or handwriting applications, this cheap tool may be a perfect match for your needs. It’s easy to set up and adds a lot of functionality to your desktop. Just don’t bother trying to browse the internet with it and treat it with tender loving care, because it doesn’t feel built to last.

  • CCL: www.geniusnet.com.tw
  • £20 inc VAT

  • Build quality – 6/10
  • Features - 7/10
  • Value for money - 9/10

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