Genius EasyPen F610E – Inexpensive Graphics Tablet

Genius EasyPen F610E

I always wanted to buy a graphics tablet or digitizer. Many moons ago, I love painting and sketching but due to priorities and other growing interests, it seems that it has become a suppressed talent. I also could not justify how much this costs back then. However, over the years it has become less and less expensive to that point that buying a graphic tablet today is more practical than ever to advance your creativity.

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I am reviewing EasyPen F610E from Genius and it is probably the most bang-for-the-buck graphics tablet you can get in this price range now.

The first thing that caught my attention is how wide the working area is — 6.25\” x 10\”. It should be more than enough for artists who works on big monitors with 16:9 ratio resolution. As a serious amateur photographer, I find this very practical for post processing workflow.

The device comes with a cordless pen, a pen holder and 8 programmable macro keys on the side that you can use as shortcuts for increased efficiency. It is also very thin and portable as it weighs only 515 grams.

With high sensitivity of 2048 levels pen pressure and fine 4000 LPI resolution it is on par with more expensive brands in the market. You can draw pretty much how you would draw on a traditional canvas or paper with precision using this device. To add even more value Genius EasyPen F610E comes with bundled software. It comes with Corel Painter Essentials 4 which inspires you to draw and sketch like a pro.

Overall Genius EasyPen F610E is a great valuable for this graphic tablet size and price. If you are going to buy your first graphic tablet you probably won\’t regret getting this one.

Sketch with Precision

Genius EasyPen F610E
6.25” x 10” Slim Pen Tablet

The EasyPen F610E, an extra slim graphic tablet from Genius, gives you the creative freedom to draw, sketch and design with precision. This 6.25”x 10” graphic tablet has a wide working area for the most popular monitor sizes.

With a fine 4000 lines per inch (LPI) resolution and a responsive 200 report rates per second (RPS), EasyPen F610E features responsive and precise controls perfect for intricate drawings. The cordless pen which doubles as a mouse is pressure sensitive with 2048 pressure levels, making brush strokes thicker or thinner depending on how hard the stylus is pressed, similar to traditional painting. Offering great value, the EasyPen F610E is comparable to more expensive graphics tablets.

For added productivity and greater tablet experience, the package is bundled with powerful but easy-to-use Corel Painter Essentials 4 making it easy to create, paint and edit photos on both Windows and Mac platforms.

The Genius EasyPen F610E is available through accredited resellers of MSI-ECS and retails at PhP4,990. For more information, please email [email protected]

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Genius SP-i165 Portable Speaker

This press release is a guest post from MSI-ECS, distributor of Genius products.

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Genius Marries Portability and Design with Its Latest Speaker

Genius presents a new portable speaker, SP-i165 for enjoying music anywhere. It has a cute artsy design that can bring you great enjoyment. SP-i165 uses a 40mm speaker driver for enhanced bass. The built-in rechargeable battery lets you listen to your favorite music with family and friends anywhere for a long time. Charging is simple; just plug it into the USB port of a PC/laptop. You can use SP-i165 with any iPad, iPod, iPhone, cellphone, notebook, MP3/MP4 player or CD player that has a standard 3.5mm audio input. It comes in three attractive colors: black, white or red. Also added are a quick charge USB cable and a pouch for storage.

Features:

  • Portable speaker for smart phone, iPhone, iPad, Tablet PC, notebook, mp3/mp4 player
  • 40mm driver for clear sound and deeper bass
  • LED indicator: Blue – working, red – low power/charging
  • Built-in lithium battery; quick charge by USB
  • Up to eight hours working time
  • Color options: Black, White, or Red
  • Pouch included

Genius SP-i165 portable speaker retails at only Php 750 and is locally distributed by MSI-ECS. For product inquiries, [email protected] call 632 688-3181.

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Genius MousePen M508WX – Wireless Drawing Tablet

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If you are the creative type and wants to enjoy creative freedom you will like the new wireless Genius MousePen M508WX. It has 5 x 8 inches drawing area, 2048 levels of pressure, pen, and cordless mouse. It has four control buttons for undo, delete, zoom in and zoom out. In addition, there are 13 customizable shortcuts on top of the drawing area. It is great for creating digital drawings, photo manipulation and other creative productions.

Genius MousePen M508WX  comes with bundled software to take advantage of the hardware. PenDrawer (Windows only) lets you take notes on images, PenSign lets you create digital signature easily and Pen Toolbar lets you edit documents and create handwritten notes.

For the complete specs, read the local press release below.

Infinite Creativity and Seamless Execution with Genius’ Newest Graphic Tablet

Enjoy unlimited freedom for your design and art work with this wireless tablet from Genius – MousePen M508WX. The 2.4GHz 5” x 8” tablet offers an easy, more natural way to create your designs. Now you can just sit on a sofa or the floor and create your graphic inspirations without worrying about distance or any connection problems. With a palm rest around the entire working area, you can work long hours to finish any type of project you are working on.

The 5120 LPI high resolution and 2048 level pressure sensitivity pen meet your most professional graphic demands. MousePen M508WX has four express keys for instant access to undo, eraser, and zoom in / out functions. It’s the most ideal tablet for artists and designers who want to create amazing designs effortlessly.

Features:

  • 5” x 8” switchable working area for wide/4:3 screen user’s needs, with auto mapping function when connected
  • 2.4GHz wireless connection provides 10 meter working distance
  • 5120 LPI high accuracy and sensitivity for a highly reactive cursor
  • 2048-level pressure sensitivity for all shapes and thickness control for complete and accurate control
  • Cordless mouse and pen give you unlimited freedom.
  • Four express keys (undo, eraser, zoom in/zoom out) increase design efficiency
  • Ideal for 2D Sketch & Drawing, Professional 3D industrial and Animation graphic design

MousePen M508WX retails at Php 9,200. Genius is distributed in the Philippines by MSI-ECS. For more product information, please contact [email protected] or +63-2688-3181.

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Genius SW-G2.1 1250 2.1 Gaming Speakers

Genius SW-G2.1 1250 is a 4 piece 2.1 gaming speaker with 38 watts RMS output. As the name suggests, this speaker system targets gamers. It has an edgy design and the speakers have hot red accents. .

I enjoy 5.1 surround for over a decade already so it\’s hard to switch back to 2.1. The good news is — not everyone wants to buy 5.1 or 7.1 anyway — specially if you\’re on a budget.  Besides, if you will buy this mainly for playing games you don\’t really need 5.1 channels to enjoy the majority of games on PC or otherwise. Virtual surround technology is now available in most sound cards, even the built-in ones, and it gives you the experience to enjoy surround sound without the need for a physical surround system.

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What\’s in the Package?

The 4-piece set is composed of 2 satellite speakers, a sub-woofer and a controller.

Inside the package you\’ll find 2-channel RCA cable to 3.5mm audio cable. This connects the controller to the PC audio output. There\’s also a 3.5mm audio cable that connects the mic output of the controller to the PC mic input. Basically, it serves as an extension so you can connect your mic in front of the controller. Great for quick and easy access online chat for your gaming buddies.

The satellites are magnetically shielded 3\” cones and they deliver 9 watts (RMS) output each. It has a boxy hourglass shape and it has a hole at the back so you can hang it on the wall if you wish. The wire is hardwired at the back of the speaker and it connects to the controller with a male RCA connector. I am pleased because it can produce full mid-range sounds. Even if without dedicated tweeter speakers, the satellites produce clear high frequencies as well.

Genius SW-G2.1 1250 has a powerful sub-woofer as well. It delivers 20 watts (RMS) output and uses a 5.25 drive unit in a very rigid MDF board cabinet. The lowest frequency it can produce is rated at 58 Hz only but its bass is deep and solid. There is a slight distortion if the bass is driven too much specially when you use a custom equalizer. However, after using  a \”flat\” setting (usually the default setting), I didn\’t hear the distortion anymore even if I\’ve set the bass to the maximum. So, to avoid the slight bass distortion at full volume, either adjust the bass level using an equalizer (flatten it or don\’t bump the bass level) or lower the bass level using the bass dial.

What makes this gaming speaker special is the controller. It is not just a separate control box. Usually most inexpensive 2.1 system puts the amplifier inside the sub-woofer cabinet but Genius SW-G2.1 1250 also houses a class AB amplifier inside the controller so it is bigger than usual.  It has a dedicated bass dial and a big volume control which serves as the on switch also. There\’s also a  mic input and headphones output at the front panel and at the back you\’ll find the a standard 3.5mm auxiliary input that you can use for your MP3 player and video game console.

Verdict

I\’m really surprised that these speakers are loud enough to fill a room of about 25 sq. meters. I played StarCraft II in full volume and even my neighbors can hear me nuke Zerglings. I can feel every explosions and ricochet clearly yet the subtle ambient background music do not drown or fade in the background. It really surpassed my expectations. I can easily ditch my entry-level 5.1 speakers with these speakers. The key here is the class AB amplifier inside the controller which is responsible for the high quality sound.

In summary, it delivers crisp full range sound and a solid bass. The separate controller gives you easy access to dedicated bass and master volume control and it also has an auxiliary input for a second device. It has one of best price to performance ratio for 2.1 speakers in the market now.

The SRP is not released yet when I got this but tentatively it is around P2500. Internationally, this is available for about $50, street price For the specs alone, it is a steal already. For local inquires, you may contact Ed Zurbano at [email protected] or you may call 688-3181.

Below is my unboxing video of Genius SW-G2.1 1250 2.1 Gaming Speakers.

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