Gaomon PD1560 Review – Cheap, But Is It Worth It?

GAOMON PD1560 review

The Gaomon PD1560 is a model for serious artists. Featuring a full HD screen, the PD1560 gives you the most realistic digital drawing experience possible.

A large display area, custom short keys and an ergonomic design provide a familiar experience for those who have used these tablets in the past.

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Gaomon PD1560 Features and Specs

  • Full HD screen with screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
  • 5” x 7.6” display area
  • 5080 LPI resolution
  • 233 PPS report rate
  • 8192 levels of pen pressure
  • 178° viewing angle
  • 10 shortcut keys; 5 menu keys
  • Adjustable stand
  • 3-in-1 cable to reduce clutter
  • Compatible with Windows 7/8/10 or later, and Mac OS 10.11 or later
  • Works with most major drawing software programs
  • Weighs 3.48 pounds
  • Dimensions: 23.5” x 12.9” x 5”
  • 1-year warranty

Our Review of the PD1560

The Gaomon PD1560 is an advanced unit that offers one feature most digital artists love: the ability to see what you’re drawing on the tablet itself.

The large 13.5” x 7.6” drawing area features a full HD screen with a crisp resolution of 1920 x 1080. You’ll be able to see every line and stroke you draw in real-time right on the tablet’s drawing surface. This is about as close as you can get to drawing or painting on paper or canvas.

Plus, it allows you to work on your creations without constantly having to look up at your monitor. It’s like being able to take your pen and start drawing – accurately – on your PC monitor.

GAOMON PD1560 screen size

The 178° viewing angle ensures that you can see your drawing from a variety of different positions. Plus, an adjustable stand allows you to choose a comfortable position for drawing without compromising on your view.

The included stylus pen offers 8192 levels of pressure and also has left hand support. The high pressure levels allow for more precise and accurate movement for smoother, natural lines. Nibs are stored in the pen holder for your convenience and for easy access.

The PD1560 uses a rechargeable pen, so you’ll have to recharge it from time to time. It takes 2-2.5 hours to fully recharge the stylus. You’ll also find working buttons on the pen for your convenience.

This offers a resolution of 5080 LPI as well as a report rate of 233 PPS, both of which are found on high-quality ones. Quick, accurate response times allow for more natural and smooth movements for crisper lines and better overall creations.

At the side of the tablet, you’ll find 10 express keys that can be customized to your liking and will save you time. There are also five menu buttons along the edge of the display for the following functions: Auto, +, -, Menu and Power.

GAOMON PD1560 buttons

The tablet works with most operating systems. PC users will be able to use this model with Windows 7, 8, 10 and later. Mac users can use this tablet with Mac OS 10.11 or later.

If you’re worried about program compatibility, don’t be. This model will work with most creative software programs, including:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • SketchBook Pro
  • MediBang Paint Pro
  • SAI 2

One important thing to note: you’ll need to plug the tablet in through USB as well as HDMI in order to get the display to work on the drawing surface. If you don’t have an HDMI port on your computer, you’ll need to use an adapter, such as: DVI to HDMI, AGV to HDMI or Thunderbolt to HDMI. You could use a USB to HDMI adapter, but it’s not recommended by the company.

Gaoman includes a few extra accessories that add to your drawing experience, including a protective bag, protective film, eight replacement nibs and a two-finger glove. You’ll also receive:

  • Adjustable stand
  • AC adapter
  • Rechargeable pen
  • USA STD adapter
  • 3-in-1 cable
  • Pen holder and pen charging cable

GAOMON PD1560 in use

Pros

  • High-end features at a mid-range price
  • Display on the drawing area creates a realistic drawing experience
  • Accurate, precise lines
  • Multiple, customized short keys
  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • Backed by a 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Pen is rechargeable

The PD1560 will cost you more than a budget tablet, but for the features it offers (mainly the display on the drawing surface), it’s a bargain price. Professional tablets can cost upwards of $1,000 or more, so you do get great value for the money with this model.

The only real complaint is that the pen is rechargeable, which can be a hassle. The 2-2.5-hour recharge time can really eat into your drawing time or make the setup feel a bit clumsy. But the adjustable stand, generous viewing angle and easy-use make up for this minor flaw.

For more serious artists who want a device with advanced features at an affordable price, the Gaomon PD1560 may just be a great fit.

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