We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 
Graphic Tablets Reviews
15,103 Reviews

Genius G-Pen M712 review

£99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Genius

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The G-Pen M712 is an impressively roomy 12x7in graphics tablet at a price that shouldn't break the bank.

The G-Pen M712 is an impressively roomy 12x7in graphics tablet at a price that shouldn't break the bank.

Able to switch between standard and widescreen active areas, the Genius G-Pen M712 is compatible with a range of graphics software.

The G-Pen M712 also offers some interactivity with Office type documents, with the capability to add handwritten notes to digital drafts and emails.

Potentially a bargain then, but the Genius G-Pen M712 lacks the seemingly indestructible build and stylish good looks of Wacom's premium-priced Intuos3 and Cintiq range.

Predominately black with silver-grey hot keys, macro keys and rolling pad for either hand, the G-Pen M712 tablet's half dozen function-determined LED displays glow blue when powered by the USB lead. Annoyingly, the lefthand-side LED flickers constantly on and off to show the tablet is working correctly.

English instructions take up just three pages of the 70-plus pages in the user's manual, so it's difficult to see how you could ever turn this off without resorting to a dab of black nail varnish. Beyond this distraction the addition of 34 macro keys around the Genius G-Pen M712's active area is more visual clutter.

The bundled cordless pen is a little chunky, requiring room for an AAA battery, which is somewhat fiddly to fit, although, as Genius suggests, this shouldn't need changing often. Oddly an eraser end is not included so the Genius G-Pen M712's pen can't be conveniently flipped for quick corrections.

A high accuracy of 4000 LPI and 1024-levels of pressure sensitivity sound impressive and the pen, in these large hands at least, felt fine and with some fine tuning proved responsive.

For Mac OS X users, the Genius G-Pen M712's overhaul functionality is let down by the unpredictable and somewhat buggy Mac drivers that occasionally stalled and stuttered, under Leopard at least.

Visit Business Advisor for the latest business IT news, reviews, tips and tricks - plus sign up for our unique and FREE business IT newsletter

Genius G-Pen M712 Expert Verdict »
Graphics tablet with switchable working area of 12x7.25in or 9.5x7.25in to match display's widescreen or standard aspect ratio
left- and righthand roll pads for 4-way scrolling, zooming in / out and volume control
4000 LPI resolution for highly accurate and sensitive cursor control
Cordless 2 button pen with 1024 level pressure sensitivity for variable line thickness / density
Supports Vista functions such as handwriting recognition, digital inking, Pen Flick navigation and editing. Includes full version of Adobe PhotoShop Elements 5.0
Mac OS X drivers available
360x485x65mm
2.1kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Size and value for money are key plusses here, let down by some less than responsive drivers and a look of showy overkill. The Genius G-Pen M712 shows strong potential.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Genius MousePen M508W review

    Genius MousePen M508W

    The Genius MousePen M508W is an adequate graphic tablets for new users wanting to test the waters of pen and tablet computing.

  • Wacom Cintiq 21UX review

    Wacom Cintiq 21UX

    The Apple iPad may be this spring's most talked about touch-sensitive device, but for digital artists, the Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display still holds the title of top tablet.

  • Hanvon SenTip 1201 WD review

    Hanvon SenTip 1201 WD

    For years Wacom has dominated the graphics tablet market. But will Hanvon's SenTip 1201 WD prove to be a worthy rival to Wacom's Cintiq range?

  • Wacom Cintiq 12WX review

    Wacom Cintiq 12WX

    At this screen size, unless you really value the built-in LCD, you might be better off with a cheaper drawing tablet.

  • Wacom Cintiq 24HD review

    Wacom Cintiq 24HD

    Wacom’s Cintiq line of pen tablets has long been a holy grail for artists and designers. Despite a hefty price tag, these tablets lend a fluency and efficiency to illustration that will usually repay the outlay for professionals.


IDG UK Sites

Netflix to introduce price increase: New subcribers to start with

IDG UK Sites

Apple financial results: iPhones, iPads & Macs sales for Apple's Q2 2014, plus shares to split

IDG UK Sites

Twitter - not news

IDG UK Sites

See Moo Studios' new animated advert for Blue Moon beer