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Genius G-Pen M609 review

With the launch of Windows 7, tablets have whole new range of features

Our Verdict

A very, very strong tablet that hits the sweet spot all over

For

  • Responsive
  • Some nice features
  • The price is right

The first thing to do when you've just bought a tablet for your PC: draw a willy. The second thing to do is post said willy on forums and ask what people think. You will have to be prepared to answer any police inquiries should you post it somewhere inappropriate though. The Genius tablet is perfect for digital phallus representations, as well as a host of other functions and it's also a fair bit cheaper than them posho Wacom tablets.

On a more serious note, though, Windows 7 now supports gesture-based control. This means that you can browse the net from the mere flick of your tablet's pen, so if you're even semi-into design related stuff you'll never need to reach for your keyboard and mouse again.

Browsing the net using a tablet is fairly tricky to begin with, but once you get the hang of it it quickly becomes second nature. Windows Paint has also been improved to support pressure-sensitive devices, so before you know it you'll be knocking out Da Vinci-style masterpieces, complete with Tom Hanks-befuddling hidden codes.

The G-Pen also includes a couple of jog wheels, which can be repurposed to zoom in on web pages or adjust your volume. And, for under £90 it's surprisingly solid and well made; making it probably the most recommended of these devices if you're starting out as an amateur artist. Even our (professional) art bods like it. For drawing willies.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphics Tablet
Connectivity TechnologyCable
Brand NameGenius
Input Device TypeMouse, Pen
Active Area228.60 mm x 152.40 mm
Height15 mm
Width250 mm
Depth340 mm
Input Resolution4000 lpi
ManufacturerGenius, KYE Systems Corp
Product ModelM609
Product NameG-Pen 31100030100 M609 Graphics Tablet
Package TypeRetail
Product LineG-Pen
Manufacturer Part Number31100030100
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.geniusnet.co.uk
Marketing Information

The G-Pen M609 from Genius is an exquisite tablet is more advanced and creative than other tablets and features multimedia functions. The 4000 LPI high resolution provides the best graphic performance for professional design.

Interfaces/Ports1 x 4-pin Type A USB 2.0 USB
Weight (Approximate)890 g