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Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium Review: One Of The Bests Out There

Xencelabs are a comparatively new company in the drawing tablet sector. However, that does not mean they are inexperienced amateurs. The company was formed by a group of former employees of Wacom – the long-time giants in the drawing tablet sector.

Among them, the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium is probably the best offer, when given its price tag, build quality, and functionality. Moreover, it also comes with design elements that not only meet expectations but add some unique and refreshing twists as well. 

Details Of The Product

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The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium comes in 2 different configurations. The “standard kit” has a tablet and 2 pens with a price tag of $280. The “bundle” includes the standard items and an innovative Quick Keys express key remote. The “bundle” costs $360. However, both configurations will have the same premium quality.

The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium is 10.33×5.8 inches in size and comes with adjustable LEDs for marking out the area that is for drawing. 2 drawing pens are included: the Thin Pen, and the 3-button pen. Both of them can be entirely customized with the help of the Xencelabs Settings App.

To aid comfort, the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium has a tapered bottom that forms a smooth edge. The native area ratio for drawing is 16:9 for the tablet.

Other Specifications:

xencelabs pen tablet medium
xencelabs pen tablet medium
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The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Small can run 16 hours on a single charge and takes about 2.5 hours to be completely charged from 0. It supports both USB and Wireless connectivity. It can detect pressure levels up to 8192 levels as well as approximate 60 degrees of pen tilt. The grips of the pens are made of rubber that is very soft to the touch. Both the pens are similar in length that is 6.20 in. However, the 3-button pen weighs 17g while the Thin Pen weighs 12g. Xencelabs also provides 2 years of limited warranty for the product.

Additionally, the Quick Keys remote lasts at least 25 hours per charge while having a similar charging time. It has 8 shortcut buttons, an adjustment dial that serves multiple functions, as well as an OLED display indicating the function of each button. 

Included In The Box:

  •       Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium
  •       Warranty Booklet
  •       Quick Start Guide
  •       Nib Extracting Ring
  •       Carrying case
  •       USB-A to USB-C Adapter
  •       Glove Medium
  •       Nibs (4 Felt)
  •       Nibs (6 Standard)
  •       USB-C Cable
  •       USB Cable
  •       Thin Pen
  •       3-button Pen
  •       Pen Case
  •       Dongle
  •       Xencelabs Quick Keys

User Experience:

The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium will arrive packaged in a neat box. From the moment it is opened, you will get to see a host of thank you messages and an overview of the product. On the reverse side of the gratitude card, there will be a QR code. This will lead you to the website of Xencelabs where you can download and install the required drivers. After that, simply connect the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Small via USB or Bluetooth, and it is good to go. The extra special feel comes when the Quick Keys remote was unboxed.

The setup process takes about 10 minutes. The majority of it is approving of the host of permissions, like every other standard installations. The device will ask for accessibility and screen recording permissions as well.

xencelabs pen tablet medium
Xencelabs pen tablet medium – quick keys remote

The tablet’s durability is easy to notice. There are three express keys built-in at the top that makes accessing the setting quick and easy. The tablet’s surface also feels like a natural drawing surface and not something artificial and plastic. It is one of the better drawing surfaces available.

Functionality-wise, using the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium is extremely easy. The surface of the tablet has a texture that is very smooth and comfortable to use. The Thin Pen is more similar to traditional writing instruments. The pen makes precise touch-ups so much easier than the usual mouse. The hardware also feels solid and without having any sense of fragility. Performance-wise, the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium has been smooth and seamless.

Additionally, the Quick Keys remote needs special mention. It is highly recommended to spend the extra bucks for it. The remote’s display can support up to 40 programmable shortcuts. Moreover, the light color can also be customized as well as the orientations. It is a prime example of the attention Xencelabs paid to the minute details.

Final Verdict

The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium is perhaps the best pen tablet in the medium-sized section. It is miles better than Wacom while it also comes with a cheaper price tag. It has very few cons while having a host of pros. For one of the first products of a company, the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium has none of the typical issues, be it customer support, performance, or build quality.

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