Buying a display drawing tablet and a new laptop

Last month, I decided to buy an XPPen Artist 12, sold my Acer Aspire A715 and bought a Huawei Matebook 14 that came with a Ryzen 5 processor from my coworker. Fret not! Besides the hefty amount of credit debt I have to pay each month, I think it was a good decision. Let's talk about 2 things: the drawing tablet and the laptop.

First, about the tablet. I got an XPPen Deco Fun L last year and it was working fine for me, a pretty good upgrade from wacom CTL-490 I must say. However, I decided to go for a display drawing tablet just because and it was on sale too. The model I went with was XPPen Artist 12 and at the time I bought this, it cost me 6mil VND (apprx $250). I highly recommend XPPe''s products over wacom's since the quality are extremely competitive and the price isn't quite as expensive. But there are a few side notes that need mentioning. When I tried to draw slowly, I noticed the cursor wasn't centered at all after finishing a line stroke, its hotkey buttons were never that useful to me so I bought a Keychron K3v2 so I don't have to reach for my laptop keyboard

Next, laptop. Let's talk about the Acer A715 a bit, the only thing it was good for was probably its discreet GPU (GTX1650) and I didn't even play games that much at all. The Acer was heavy too, weighing 4.74lbs (2.15kg) , its monitor was dimmer (250nit) and wasn't color accurate at all (most budget gaming laptop are like this nowadays). When I bought the Artist 12, I also bought this USB-C cable so I could connect my laptop to the Artist 12 without having to use the messy HDMI cable. But guess what, the USB-C port in the Acer only supports data transfer and it has only 1 HDMI port so it was either the external monitor or the Artist 12.

I wasn't super happy with I was off to find a new one and Huawei laptops weren't exactly what I had in mind back then. But after a few researches and a hefty discount from my coworker, I bought the Matebook 14 with apprx $570. A very good price I must say. Now I can export to 2 monitors using an HDMI port and another HDMI port in a USB-C dongle with power delivery pass through. But I'm still not happy with this so maybe I'll upgrade my Matebook 14 to a new one that has at least 2 Thunderbolt ports.


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