Looking for a cheap drawing tablet? Consider this graphic tablet review of the Turcom TS6610, it has the potential to be the best drawing tablet for you. This tablet looks strangely like another tablet at first… It has many of the same functions and markings down to the ruler-like buttons. Let’s take a closer look.
The Turcom TS6610 looks a lot like the Huion H610, at first glance they look like the same exact electronic drawing pad! Is it the exact same thing? Which one is better? Read on and I will detail how they compare to each other and to the gold standard of tablets: Wacom.
The TS6610 model is Turcom’s response to the mid-range tablet market, so let’s compare it to a Wacom Intuos4/5 (Now Intuos Pro). It is intended to be a workhorse for the digital artist. You can do anything from logos, graphic design, paintings or anime style coloring on this tablet.
It comes in a professional looking black cardboard package with a simple graphic of their tablet. Looks good enough, and the packaging is on par with those of other electronic devices. In short, it looks like something an OEM PC component would arrive in.
This graphics tablet works with Windows 2000/xp/vista/7/8/8.1/10. The drivers come in a CD but these are frequently outdated and you should download the latest from their website. You can get the drivers by selecting your model HERE.
Compatible with Corel Painter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Macromedia Flash, ComicStudio, SAI, Infinite Stratos, 3D MAX, Autodesk MAYA, Pixologic ZBrushand, and sketchbook.
Controls and Functionality
Very similar to the Huion H610, eight functionality buttons that undo, change brush size, pan, zoom and erase. This is because the Turcom pen does not come with a side for erasing like the Wacom pens do. The middle button that is shaped like a yin-yang symbol is for zooming in and out, but to be honest, I think this function is quite useless. I primarily use photoshop and the zoom is almost uncontrollable with these two buttons. To get a good incremental zoom, you need a slider or a touch-wheel like the ipod. With only two buttons, it either zooms in too close or out too far. I zoom out of a painting a lot to look at the main composition and then zoom in to work on detail rendering, so I would say this is my most hated feature. If they have given this up for a wheel or slider, it would have been perfect.
The top of the tablet has 16 numbers separated by short lines. It looks sort of like a ruler but it’s actually 16 soft expresskeys. These keys can be programmed with almost any combination of keystrokes you want, making it ideal for operations like duplicate+mirror, layer+clipping mask, or any other personal macro you use a lot. These express keys can be turned off in the tablet driver menu, and then it will just turn into another regular section in the drawing area. I find that my stylus never goes to the edges of the drawing area, so it’s not an issue for me either way.
The area itself is 10 in x 6.25 in which is good for monitors around 15-17″. Any bigger than that and you will be craning your hand and hurting your wrist from trying to manipulate the cursor on a screen that’s too big for the control area.
Sadly, it has no tilt sensitivity and does not respond to touch like the new Wacom Pen & Touch models. I am left handed so this doesn’t help me, but for right handers this tablet is quite ergonomic. There is a little more room to draw on the right side than on other tablets. One other way this impacts left handers, the hard express key buttons are reversible, so it doesn’t matter if you flip the tablet upside down, but the soft express keys will be up-side down no matter what. The programming of the hard express keys may also be reversed. By this I mean, in the tablet driver menu, what’s physically on top on the tablet for a left-hander will be the bottom button in the driver menu. So you have to flip your thinking to program the buttons.
Great, great pressure sensitivity. It promises 2048 levels and delivers. The rest of this tablet is of a lesser quality than Wacom tablets, but in pressure I feel that they exceed Wacom by miles. The feel is different and it handles the pressure from your hand more organically. You definitely do not need to press as hard with this tablet. Sometimes with the Wacom tablet you need to press so hard you damage the surface of the tablet. I can attest that I have left lots of little scratches on my wacom and sometimes still feel the need to press harder. Maybe just a personal quirk though, I’ve always pressed hard when writing even as a kid.
The surface is a bit slicker than the other tablets, I personally prefer having a bit of texture because I come from a traditional art background and I like the feel of paper. But it’s something you can get over with a little time.
Pen is still battery powered, probably my biggest dislike about this tablet. I like a lighter pen that requires no battery, but some people may need a heavy pen to weigh down their hand. If you are prone to drawing lines very hard, try a heavier pen like this. I just don’t like the fact that you have to buy and put AAA batteries in the damn pen…
The pen holder comes with 4 black nibs and 1 ring-shaped nib changer just like the Wacom and Huion models. The Wacom pen holder though, and has two ways you can put the pen in: leaning it horizontally and standing it up vertically. The Huion and Turcom tablet only lets you put the pen horizontally, so if you’re short on desk space, this can be kind of annoying. The pen holder is made of good quality plastic, and snaps closed with a satisfying feeling (like you know it’s closed). Good quality control on the pen holder. It is lighter than the Wacom one though, so it feels a little cheaper, and can get knocked over easier. I suppose you could glue a weight to the bottom to make it steadier if you want. I’m the laziest person in the world so I always just throw my pen on the table with no regard for storage, and I could care less about the pen holder. It’s just a good place to store the nibs to prevent them from getting messed up. Also, if you have colored pen nibs, it’s nice to arrange them like a rainbow circle inside the holder! (Alright, maybe that’s just me…)
What’s in the Bundle?
Comes with the tablet, USB Cable, the stylus, a stylus holder with 5 extra nibs and nib extraction tool. Does not come with any drawing software for drawing on a tablet, does come with two Turcom software products: PenMail and PenNotice. One allows you to send handwritten emails and one is an annotation software.
- young adult artists
- manga drawings
- photo editing
- vector work
- entry-level realism digital painting
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A great budget mid-level tablet for someone who already owns an entry-level unit like wacom bamboo and wants to step up their game with more levels of pressure sensitivity. Makes a great gift for your budding young artist with its impressive capabilities for under $100. Definitely won’t break your wallet and will give you the best bang for your buck. And yes, I did find out that this tablet is the exact same as the Huion H610. When you open it up, the guts are even stamped with H610. So now at least you know who made it first!