Review of Yiynova MVP22U+IPS
Late december 2014 Yiynova released a new and larger drawing monitor onto the market, the MVP22U+IPS (Version 3), and the improved technical specifications and my good experiences with the company considered, I decided to upgrade to this new cheap Wacom Cintiq alternative.
It is just over 2 years ago I wrote my review of the drawing monitor MSP19U from Yiynova and since then the screen has been used extensively both in my professional work as a graphic designer, but also privately with illustrations and espicially comic book drawing. And I have, in other words, been very, very happy with the screen.
I was then made aware of Yiynovas new big screen in full HD, and I decided that an upgrade was reasonable. After using the MVP22U+IPS (v3) almost daily over the past month, I think that I am able to convey a few words on my experience with the screen.
In the pure technical and physical department, there have been a few major changes. Firstly, the screen has become larger – it is now 22 inches, compared to the old one which was just 19 inches, and that’s actually three noticeably inches. The MSP19U had a screen size of 41×25 cm, and the new MVP22U+IPS (v3) is 48×27 cm. The ratio has been changed from 16:10 to 16:9, which is the standard widescreen aspect ratio. This is better to work with in graphical applications, as it provides more space for the menus on the sides and a larger canvas in the middle.
MVP22U+IPS (v3) is born with a new interface connector. The old one was VGA and the new one is DVI. According to Yiynova this is in response to a request by the graphics market. If you don’t have a DVI slot in your computer, it’s not a problem, as several adaptors come with the package. Mine is now connected via a HDMI slot, which work really well. The drawing monitor still needs a free USB slot for the stylus to works.
Now the screen resolution is in full HD. On the old screen the resolution was 1440×900 pixels, and the new one can boast of 1920×1080 pixels. The display technology is also new, where the old one had TFT LED the new one uses IPS, which provides better images and colors. However, I found it necessary to calibrate the screen before use, as the colors were not consistent with those on my calibrated laptop. I used an “i1 Display Pro” to quickly obtain a satisfactory result.
The setup of the drawing monitor is exactly the same as on the old MSP19U, so if you want tips on this, you may want to read the review HERE.
Another thing you notice on the screen, is that Yiynova may have been inspired by Wacom, and put in a set of hotkeys on the monitor. There are now eight buttons on the top of the screen, which are pre-programmed for different tasks, but they can fortunately be reprogrammed to fit exactly whatever you are using the most. One of the first things I did was to give the first button the ctr+z function, since it is the one I use the most. It’s great that the monitor now has hotkeys, but because they are placed on the top of the screen I won’t be using them all that much. It is simply impractical to have to move your hand and arm to the top. And in addition,the buttons are surprisingly hard to press down. I imagine that the buttons are placed at the top, to avoid having to put buttons on both side to accommodate both left and right handed users, but the compromise is not optimal. With that said, it is a step in the right direction, and they are also used in my workflow.
The technology behind the stylus has gotten a little notch up on the paper too. It still has a pressure sensitivity of 2048 levels (which means, in theory, you can draw with 2048 different thicknesses with one brush without changing the size), and now register your pen stroke 200 times per second, compared to only 133 times per second on the old MSP19U.
Unlike the old MSP19U which broke after 14 days, the new MVP22U+IPS (v3) runs like a well-oiled machine for many hours non-stop almost every day, without so much as a peep. It just works, and it’s a real pleasure to draw on it. I have used it mainly in Manga Studio and Photoshop, but there should not be anything in the way of using it optimal in all applications that support pressure-sensitive digitizing screens. And if the software does not support this, then course it’ll still work, but just without the pressure sensitivity. Since I got the monitor, I’ve primarily used it for all my comic pages on Nordenfjords.nu , for example THIS and THIS .
MVP22U+IPS (v3) is more expensive than the old MSP19U, which is quite natural concidering the rather awesome improvements it has taken. Today you can buy the old MSP19U to around 649€, and the new and larger MVP22U+IPS (v3) costs around 899€ – so just about 250€ more expensive. Considering the larger screen, better aspect ration and that it’s now in full HD, I think it is money well spent. If you are about to buy your first drawing monitor, you should definitely choose to spend a little more money on the project and choose the new MVP22U+IPS (v3) … it is a really, really good investment.
If you are considering getting a Wacom Cintiq at the same 22 inch size in HD, then you should prepare yourself to pay at least 1800€ for it. That’s just about twice as much as MVP22U+IPS (v3) from Yiynova. If you compare the Yiynova to the Wacom, Yiynova will win every time when we’re talking “value-for-money“.
I give the MVP22U+IPS (v3) from Yiynova my warmest recommendations. You won’t get a better drawing monitor for that kind of money and there is really no logical reason to pay twice as much for the unreasonable expensive Wacom Cintiq. There is still room for improvement, but overall you get a creative monster for a relatively cheap money.
SCORE: 9 of 10
As always, if you have questions YIYNOVA MVP22U+IPS (v3), feel free to drop a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer.
If you have not already done so, you may want to read my review of Yiynovas predecessor, MSP19U, HERE .
If you don’t use a glove your hand will ” stick” to the glass and it will bounce on it, instead of the neat frictionless movement you can achieve with a glove. The gloves from Yiynova are sent as pairs, one for right-handed and one for left-handed, and they are one-size-fits-all.