UPDATE: We've got our own unboxing and (disappointed) first impressions here.

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I expect to get my Monoprice Interactive Pen Display to review next week, but tablet guru Ray Frenden got his a few days early. 

This should be an excellent option for you Mac owners out there. Windows users beware that the device can only run in mirror mode, so you will have to run your pc in 1440 x 900 mode to use it. Apple users will not have that limitation.

But for only $400, perhaps this isn't a dealbreaker...

I unbox the new Monoprice 19" Tablet Monitor Cintiq alternative a few days before they officially go on sale. Check out my digital art tool reviews here: http://frenden.com/reviews

AuthorRick Rodriguez

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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