If you canâ€™t buy the Wacom pen tablet because it costs 20 times more than a good mouse, thereâ€™s always Genius as an affordable alternative. Genius today announced two new digital tablets, the G-Pen M609X and G-Pen M712X, for graphic designers and artists. These are dual-mode multimedia tablets for serious designers, mind, not your entry-level Bamboo Fun.
The G-Pen M609Xâ€™s screen size is 9â€ x 5.5â€ (wide) / 7.25â€ x 5.5â€ (standard); while the sophisticated G-Pen M712X is a bit bigger with a screen size that measures 12â€ x 7.25â€ (wide) / x 9.5â€ x 7.25â€ (standard). The G-Pen M712X (34 hot keys) has eight more â€œfast shortcut keysâ€ than the M609X (26 hot keys). The fast shortcut keys are used to access Office, the Internet and PC or Mac functions. Both come with rolling pads at the top of the tablet (scroll, zoom, volume) and hot keys that are used when creating, writing, drawing, sketching and signing emails. Both tablets also come with a stylish cordless pen.
The new tablets are a follow up to the G-Pen M609 and M712 and come with extra features at a recession-busting low price. The G-Pen M712X is priced at $219 (MSRP) and comes with PhotoShop Elements 6.0, PhotoImpact 12SE, Macro Key Manager and Office Ink/Free Notes. The G-Pen M609X comes with all the same software (minus PhotoElements 6.0), and is priced at $169 (MSRP).
The new pen tablets are available from the Genius USA site. (Warning: the Google internet police reports geniusnetusa.com as an attack site; it was caught downloading and installing malicious software without user consent!)