Well, thought I may as well post a quick little review of something gaming related - no harm in it, right?
Over Christmas I got the opportunity, at length, to test the uDraw tablet for the Wii. Before my impressions, here's my basic runthrough with the hardware:
The tablet is simple plug-in and play software. Remember to plug it in after accessing the "game", though, because maneuvering the tablet to point the motion-sensitive controls is a far bigger hassle then you'd ever expect it to be.
The game itself consists of some fairly simple menus, and navigating them is a synch. While it features some basic tutorial, the modes boil down to two option: using a colouring book and a very paint.net reminiscent program. Obviously, went with the latter.
The first aspect you'll notice is that you can't actually actually set both opacity-sensitive and pressure-sensitiving - you have to rely on one or the other, and both of them are completely pre-set without any options for adjusting sensitivity or the like. However, you can set Alpha values so that's some sort of substitute to work with.
The painting tool uses a variety of canvases ("canvas", "sidewalk", "notebook" etc) and backdrops to choose from as well as a single track of "relaxing" music that's completely going to grind your gears after listening to it for an hour.
Despite taking its cues from existing photo-manipulation and painting programs the in-game menu is a bit of a hassle to use and you'll have to pull it up constantly for making changes to colours - it can take a disproportionate amount of time to select a suitable colour. Not to mention you'll notice a distinct lack of layers.
You hear that? Let me repeat it. There are no layers in this program.
The pressure-sensitivity is completely shoddy and the tablet is a hassle to work with - the wii tablet pen makes me feel like I'm drawing with a fucking crayon and the results are a pixel paintbrush with adjustable layers of atrocious anti-aliasing. There's also an insidious features which limits the amount of paint that you can actually use on any one picture.
I can't reccomend this tablet in the slightest. Even the worst of computer tablets run circles around this piece of crap and I've used a few of those.
Checking out the site, it's painfully obvious that even professional artists can barely use this piece of crap. I can't stress enough that this is a complete waste of your money.