I recently purchased the GAOMON PD2200 drawing monitor from Amazon to create math tutorial videos (and for live tutoring). I have no artistic abilities, but my wife…who has an art degree…hopefully will push it a bit harder than me.
(Quick note: please read the update at the bottom of the post. The monitor is not red-ish like the image to the left and the video make it look.)
I am very impressed with the PD2200. Why?
- It is huge. It is 21.5 inches (with a 1920×1080 resolution). This allows an uncoordinated person like me to have better results.
- It has an easy, stable, and flexible height adjustment method. (Please see the review video below.)
- Their customer service has been amazing. Dora has been a champ with pre-sale support, responding to questions, and taking suggestions. (I should note, I have not had to use their customer service because of an issue…the PD2200 has had none.)
- It has a 92% NTSC color gamut. I know that means something important. 🙂
- It comes with a passive (i.e. no battery required) pen with 8,192 pressure levels and an ability to work up to a plus or minus 60 degree angle.
- It has 8 shortcut keys.
- It comes with an anti-glare screen protector already attached. That’s right, you don’t have to attach it. 🙂 Also, it makes writing on it more paper-like.
- Driver installation was easy. (Don’t forget to install as an administrator.) Set up was as simple as installing the driver and then hooking up the USB, HDMI, and power cables. Okay, I did have to take it out of the box first. 🙂 (Speaking of that, nicely packed GAOMAN!)
- It’s one third the cost of the Wacom equivalent. Yes, you heard that right…it is three times cheaper than the Wacom equivalent. 🙂
- Most of all: it works perfectly.
Of course, since competing priorities mean compromises, it isn’t perfect…
- It is huge. It’ll take up a lot of space on your desk and, unless you are a big guy like me, it’s probably not portable. Having said that, you can literally replace a monitor with it…and I’ll be bringing it places. (Update: GAOMON confirms it is VESA mountable.)
- It requires special drivers, so you may only be able to use it as an HDMI monitor with your work computer. (For example, I am in health care IT, and never would install unblessed drivers on my work laptop.)
- It does not have touchscreen support and will not be getting it. Since GAOMON doesn’t advertise it as having this feature, it’s less a con than a “boy I wish it had it so I could be like those cool swipe-your-computer-screen to save the world people in sci-fi movies about the future.” 🙂
I had a choice of getting this, a GoPro Max, or a DJI Mavic Mini drone…and I made the right choice. I am due to start tutoring for college next semester, and this will help me share my love of math with students…and, via YouTube, with the world! 🙂
And I’m not saying I’ll never get the Max or the drone. 🙂
Two videos: First, my review:
Second, the first mathematics tutorial I created using this tablet with OneNote as input to XSplit Broadcaster:
(The review video includes a snippet of the tutorial video.)
If you have reason to get a large writing monitor, grab this one. If you want something smaller, grab one of their other models.
Update: On YouTube a commenter asked about the colors on the PD2200, noting that in the video they looked red-ish. That is the GoPro HERO8 Black not properly capturing the screen’s color (which may be exacerbated by the angle and the purple in the title bar). Here are examples of the 3 monitors in the video looking at the same color grid. Please note: There didn’t seem to be a perfect white balance to take the image with my Samsung Galaxy Note10, and the LG one shows lines that are purely an interaction between its refresh and the camera (as does the PD2200). All the monitors look significantly better than their respective image implies. (Please click on an image for a larger version.)
Basically, I think they basically all have a good and equal color balance (with my preference being for the PD2200). My wife, looking straight on, thinks the PD2200 is a little pinkish. She may be right…hard to tell 100%.
Regardless, if you aren’t satisfied with how it comes from the factory, the PD2200 will allow you to adjust it:
Now, I have not idea what exactly those settings (other than saturation will do), so please be kind if I just showed my ignorance. 🙂
Thanks “toxicbrew” for watching the review and commenting!