The UGEE Stylus vs the Yiynova Stylus as Tested on the Yiynova MSP19u Tablet Monitor

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I really wanted to like the UGEE charging stylus (model P50s). It’s attractive. It feels great to hold in my hands. It doesn’t require batteries.

In short, the UGEE stylus is very Wacom-like in its look and feel. Unlike the Yiynova and Wacom stylus models, the UGEE stylus uses a USB cable for charging. It supports up to 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. From a price and spec perspective, it’s solid.

Unfortunately, in actual use, I can’t recommend it for Yiynova tablet monitor users, particularly for folks who have the Yiynova MSP19u tablet monitor. To be fair, I’m testing a stylus that officially does not support the Yiynova.

Both UGEE and Yiynova make use of UC Logic hardware found in many budget tablets. Because of that, you can use the UGEE stylus on the Yiynova MSP19u. Just don’t expect the same results as what you would get with the stock Yiynova stylus.

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On the left, we have the Yiynova stylus. On the right, we have the UGEE stylus.

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One picture says it all. On the left, a circle drawn using the Yiynova MSP19u stylus. On the right, the another circle drawn with the UGEE stylus.

Note that the UGEE stylus tends to flatten around the edges, while the Yiynova stylus creates a smooth, crisp circle. My suspicion as to why this is happening has to do with a slight lag that I encountered while using the UGEE stylus. In addition to the lag, the UGEE stylus introduces an ever-so-slight jitter that also affects line quality.

For my tests, I used both styli using the latest Yiynova drivers (1.26.3) on a Mac Pro running Mavericks 10.9.4. I was able to replicate the same results using UGEE’s drivers (v1.26).

Below is a drawing of Bob using the UGEE stylus.

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Next, I inked Bob with the Yiynova stylus, using the UGEE drawing as a base.

bob_yiynova

Bottom line: The lines created with the Yiynova appear to be much smoother when compared to the UGEE stylus. While the UGEE stylus looks great and will work with the Yiynova MSP19u, it is ultimately held back by jitter and lag issues. Whether or not forthcoming driver improvements will affect performance has yet to be seen.

At this time, I can’t recommend it.

-Krishna

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  • jonathan hill
    July 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    How did you get your stylus working on your Yiynova? I bought a Ugee stylus after seeing a recommendation from Ray Frenden and got mine in the mail today. I installed the Ugee driver [v1.26], but I can’t get it to work. The cursor only follows the stylus for a bit before disappearing. Anyhow, between me not getting it to work and your review, I might just end up returning it anyhow.

    • Krishna M. Sadasivam
      July 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      hi Jonathan: I’m not sure why mine worked, but in any event, it didn’t work as well as my original Yiynova stylus. I’m returning mine as well.

  • John Moser
    December 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Can you get a Yiynova stylus and use it on a Ugee tablet?

    • Krishna
      December 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Good question, John. I haven’t tried it. Maybe someone else reading this can provide some feedback.