Look what just arrived... 

The MVP22U(V2) is Yiynova's highest end tablet monitor, featuring a 21.5-inch diagonal 16:9 display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The pen offers 2048 levels of pressure and ships with two replacement nibs. Most importantly, the tablet monitor retails for $969 plus $30 shipping in the U.S., making it almost exactly half the price of the Wacom Cintiq 22HD.

I'll set it up on a desktop first before testing with both the Surface Pros later this week. 

UPDATE November 10: The tablet monitor I unboxed below had an issue where the picture would go dark after 20- or 30-minutes of use. US distributor The Panda City was very helpful and responsive. After trying a couple of long-distance fixes, they agreed to send a replacement monitor which I received Friday. 

The Yiynova is now working happily alongside the Surface Pro 2, connected via the Docking Station and the Microsoft mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. I'll post a full review this week. 

The box is professional, though unsurprisingly generic.

Packaging material is clean and compact, much preferable to styrofoam.

I'm not a fan of the white bezel, but the fit and finish of the MVP22U is very nice. 

Package contents, left-righ top-bottom: attached VGA, USB cable, miniDisplay to VGA adapter, power cord, power supply, pen holder, stylus, nib remover.

More details after I play with it for a while. 

First effort with Manga Studio. Yabba dabba do!

Connecting the Surface Pro 2 with the just arrived docking station was just as effortless. No special driver means the SP continues working as is, allowing finger pan, zoom, rotate with the left hand while painting with the right.

AuthorRick Rodriguez
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Comics artist, illustrator and addon creator Ray Frenden has a blog definitely worth bookmarking. Along with nearly daily updates of his trippy artwork, he also offers useful reviews of graphics hardware.

Recently he began reviewing Chinese alternatives to Wacom tablets from Yiynova. These products, such as the 19-inch MSP-19U which retails for $599, are sold in the U.S. by The Panda City's store on Amazon.com.

Until now, the items Frenden has reviewed have been too crippled for my taste, despite offering significantly lower prices than their closest Wacom competition. But the product listed below, the MVP22U may warrant serious consideration. Offering a 22-inch 1920x1080 screen with pressure sensitivity, this sounds like a serious Cintiq competitor. I would normally be leery of purchasing a "no-name" product but Frenden's experiences with other Yiynova products have been very encouraging.

The MVP22U is due out later this summer and I'll definitely keep an eye out for it.


AuthorRick Rodriguez