In January 2013, I placed an order and received the Yiynova MSP19u tablet monitor. In the days that followed, I wrote about my first impressions using the device.
Having used the Yiynova MSP19u on a daily basis for nearly a year, I wanted to add a few more observations to those first impressions. First and foremost, the Yiynova MSP19u is a solid device – it’s really sped up my digital workflow, especially when compared to using a standard tablet. Initially, drawing on the glass surface of the Yiynova took a little adjustment on my part, but now it’s second nature to me.
Working with the Yiynova long term, I’ve found that the best angle to position the tablet monitor is 45 degrees: it not only compensates for the limited viewing angle of the device, it also feels more comfortable to draw on for long periods of time without straining my back.
Initially I was somewhat concerned about the potential of short battery life on the Yiynova’s stylus. Those concerns are now all but forgotten as I’ve only had to replace the AAA battery once in the year since I’ve owned it. Incidentally, the original nib on the stylus is still very much intact – I haven’t had to replace it yet, despite my tendency to bear down on the device.
Yiynova has updated their Mac drivers a few times within the past year; in my testing the latest driver works well in Mavericks. I still feel that the driver is a bit bare-bones (especially when compared to Wacom’s own drivers), but I haven’t found any problems or compatibility issues. Thus far, I’ve successfully tested the Yiynova with Sketchbook Pro, Manga Studio 4 and 5EX, Photoshop and Adobe Flash CS6.
In my opinion, the Yiynova MSP19u is a solid, affordable digital drawing device that competes well with Wacom’s Cintiq line. To summarize, I’ve been very pleased with the Yiynova MSP19u tablet monitor. I can’t imagine going back to a regular tablet now.