Fujitsu ST5112 – Painting Demo

Posted on 2011/12/08 at 23:50 by daarken 125 Comments

Earlier this week Daarken showed how to setup the workspace and shortcuts for the Fujitsu ST5112. In this tutorial you will be able to see a short painting demonstration using Photoshop CS2 on the Fujitsu ST5112. Also, don’t forget about investing in some screen protectors to protect against scratches and general wear and tear from painting.

Update – So I ordered one of those POSRUS screen protectors to see if it was any better than the Fujitsu brand, and the surface is extremely gritty. You know how the Intuos 4 surface has a lot more grit than the Intous 3? Well this has MORE grit than the Intuos 4 surface. I can already tell my nibs are gonna wear out after a few days. I would stick with using the Fujitsu brand screen protectors. You can find them here. Update again – Well I buffed the surface some with a cloth and it seems much better now.

Here are the specs again for the machine.

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Photoshop CS2
Intel Core Duo CPU U2500 @ 1.20 GHz
80 GB hard drive
Penabled Wacom stylus 512 levels of pressure (I’ve read online that it has 512, but I don’t know 100% if that is the correct number).

125 Comments on "Fujitsu ST5112 – Painting Demo"

  1. Tim · 2011/12/09 at 00:41 · Reply

    Hey daarken,

    I just wanted to ask what u think about the wacom cintiq 12wx?? Do you think it’s worth the money? Have you some experience with it? I want to order one but i’m not too sure cuz i can’t try it out anywhere:-(..
    It would be could if you could give me some advice:-)

    Have a nice day :-))

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 00:50 · Reply

      I’ve never actually tried the 12wx (or any Cintiq for that matter), but to me it seems kind of small.

    • skulio · 2011/12/12 at 11:42 · Reply

      hi, i actually bouggt intiq 12wx. It isn’t too small at all, well at least for me cause i had a bamboo on the same workspace size (cintiq is about 1 cm bigger from each side). Why i choose 12 wx instead of 21 ux which i was about to buy previously? Its because the screen, its really pretty bright so on a bigger size i bet my eyes would be hurt aftr 8 hours of work so in that case smaller is better. That if you need bigger or smaller mostly deppends on your painting style, my is based on the wrist+ arm so i dont need that much space. On the sensitivity matter its also pretty good if you calibrate it correctly (i had to do it about 5-10 times before i did it :) ).
      If you have any other questions feel free to ask, i cant tell much more for now cause i use it… hmm… about 7-10 hours by now :)

      • daarken
        daarken · 2011/12/12 at 12:11 · Reply

        Great, thanks for the info! I have friends that used to work on that same model and they were complaining about problems with color calibration. Do you have any problems with that?

        • skulio · 2011/12/12 at 12:37 · Reply

          It is a small difference between my monitor and cintiq but i wouldnt call it a problem. Cintiq tends to be a bit more red and gray(in case of pure white) than monitor. It also deppends on what angle are you looking at it. I just always check values on monitor if i have any doubts (i do it also because i have navigator there to check composition when its in a thumbnail) and do a bit of correction of that red tint but again it isnt a big deal and fixing that effect lasts less than a minute.

        • skulio · 2011/12/12 at 12:43 · Reply

          There is 1 disadventage anyway, touchstrips on the sides. They really should be on the bottom side as it is in 21ux. I had to turn off left one because i was constantly pressing it while moving my arm.

        • skulio · 2011/12/13 at 05:30 · Reply

          ok i spent about an hour trying to remove that red tint effect and grayness of pure white. Atm my settings looks like that
          brightness 42
          contrast 52
          backlight 60

          Red 245
          green 250
          blue 255
          Its still not perfectly the same as monitor but red tint is gone. Hope i helped a bit cintiq users :)

  2. Jean-Luc · 2011/12/09 at 00:56 · Reply

    Im having a serious problem, sorry that its non related to this video, but i see you are pretty fluid with photoshop.

    i’m having a weird problem where multiple selections from the “Save as” menu have disappeared, such as the ability to select Jpegs and etc. So i can only chose one of about 10 instead of the original bunch that it started with.

    Its a little stressful not being able to put my nice new paintings into jpeg format.

    Please let me know if you have any info on that kind of problem?

    (terribly sorry about this random thing, i should be putting it in a forum somewhere i guess.)

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 01:01 · Reply

      Hmm, I’ve never heard of that bug before. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Have you tried using “Save for Web & Devices?”

    • nE0n1nja · 2011/12/09 at 02:08 · Reply

      Hmm the only thing that comes to my mind is that you might have some other mode selected for your file, like for instance in Indexed or Lab color mode you can’t save as jpg or some other formats. Maybe check that.

    • Connectergfx · 2011/12/09 at 03:02 · Reply

      check the format of your document when you start it, you might have changed something.
      Also when you click save or ctrl+S you can just add a file extention depending what file you want it to save as (by default its PSD. E.g. .jpg

    • Matt Kohr · 2011/12/09 at 06:14 · Reply

      Hey Jean-Luc,

      I ran across a similar problem yesterday — are you painting in CMYK mode? You seem to have a limited set of image compression types for CMYK mode when compared to RGB.

    • skulio · 2011/12/09 at 07:52 · Reply

      Do this problem appear on blank, new canvas? Cause sometimes photoshp throws out these formats on which image cant be formated. I cant tell you whats the main problem (it was like 2 years ago) but i had that too, i just started to delete layer by layer and then “save as”. If didnt work ctrl+z and delete next layer.

    • Chaz · 2011/12/09 at 10:53 · Reply

      Change your file to 8 bits by going to Image > Mode, it should be there.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 11:01 · Reply

      Thanks for all the replies from everyone. I never work in other modes, so I haven’t run across this problem before. Thanks for the help!

  3. Jean-Luc · 2011/12/09 at 01:23 · Reply

    That little thing where you used the lasso tool and the gradient was awesome. i love that.

  4. Tamires · 2011/12/09 at 05:20 · Reply

    Hey Daarken, can you tilt the tablet to match the angle of your arm?

  5. Eludor · 2011/12/09 at 07:26 · Reply

    Hey Daarken,

    after I watched this video, I asked myself how fast the pen would be grinded, and how scratched the display is as the time goes by. But instead, I’m asking you :)

    You said, this is a personal work – can we see the endresult?
    Would have been great if the video showed the whole painting process.

    Thanks for the vid, now I could see the lag between pen and mouse… but I guess I’ve got to feel it for myself – eyes can be deceiving.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 11:00 · Reply

      Hah, well I only did that painting for the demo, so I actually haven’t worked on it since then. If I have time maybe I will go back to it.

      I use a screen protector so that my screen doesn’t get scratched. Also, the nib doesn’t wear down at all. I’ve been using this thing every day for the past couple of years and I don’t think I have had to change the nib yet.

  6. Zach · 2011/12/09 at 14:19 · Reply

    Hey Daarken,
    I’m glad to see you spending this kind of time explaining and displaying your working with he Fujitsu. I have been looking for a way to become mobile as well as more natural with my digital work for a long time.
    I recently finished a courser with Andrew Hou ( and he went through several different shortcut setups for his pen and his keyboard.
    Do you feel that setting the shortcuts the way that you have through the Fujitsu (and only the Fujitsu) make for a more natural feel?
    Also, I may have missed this somewhere in the comments, but which stylus do you use? I have an Intuos 4 (Med) and this thing is like drawing on canvas. I don’t really like it that much. Can I use the pen from it?

    Thanks alot!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 16:14 · Reply

      Shortcuts on the Fujitsu are a little slower when compared to using a Nostromo/keyboard or the tablet buttons.

      Nope, you can’t use the Intuos stylus with the Fujitsu.

  7. exodune · 2011/12/10 at 07:18 · Reply

    Hey daarken
    I have some questions about this Fujitsu tablet….
    First of all, does it have pressure sensitivity?
    Do you use it mainly for mobile painting or is it your “main”-tablet for painting?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/10 at 08:06 · Reply

      Yes it has pressure sensitivity (it says this in the main description) and I use it for all of my professional work.

      • exodune · 2011/12/10 at 08:35 · Reply

        So..would you suggest me to buy it?:O

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/10 at 08:37 · Reply

          If you want a mobile tablet pc that you can paint on, then yes. The only thing is that they don’t make these anymore, so you will probably have to buy it used.

          • exodune · 2011/12/10 at 08:50 ·

            And what about painting at home? Would you rather prefer a graphic tablet for that?

          • daarken
            daarken · 2011/12/10 at 09:29 ·

            I use the Fujitsu at home too, I like it more than my Intuos.

  8. Johnny · 2011/12/10 at 11:09 · Reply

    I am thinking about buying an ipad. Would this be the same thing or better?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/10 at 11:33 · Reply

      iPads are NOT pressure sensitive, they are completely different. If you want to work professionally, do not get an iPad or any similar tablet because they are not pressure sensitive. Some art programs on the iPad have a simulated pressure sensitive function that changes opacity based on the speed of the stroke, but it is not the same. In order to change opacity you have to change it manually every time. Plus you won’t be able to run Photoshop on an iPad, you will have to use an app like Inspire, Brushes, or Sketchbook Mobile. Those apps are fairly limited in their brush selection, layer options, amount of layers, resolution, etc.

  9. Jean-Luc · 2011/12/10 at 19:36 · Reply

    For anyone that really helped me out thank you, it was the mode and it got off of 8-bit, i might have changed it not know what it did. thanks everyone.

  10. corax · 2011/12/11 at 06:42 · Reply

    Hi daarken. Great demo and great site. I have an unrelated question. I am a beginer at drawing. I mostly work with 3D. I have an understanding about prespective, composition and lighting. I have been drawing only still life with pencil. Currently I am trying to learn human anatomy and I hope to get better at drawing. I was wondering is it better to fill sketchbooks for practice and then move to digital or to start digital?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/11 at 09:30 · Reply

      I think it is always best to start with the basics and fill sketchbooks. When I was in school I used to fill sketchbooks with life drawings. I always carried it with me and I tried to draw in it as often as possible. The other thing about trying to draw with a tablet is that there is a lack of control. You have much more control drawing with a pencil or a Cintiq.

  11. Johnny · 2011/12/11 at 12:51 · Reply

    Am I able to connect this to my pc and use it as a wacom tablet?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/11 at 13:41 · Reply

      No, this is a completely separate standalone computer. There are no ports to connect a desktop monitor. If you are just wanting to connect it to a computer to use it as a Wacom tablet, there is no point in buying it. Just buy an actual Wacom.

      Update – I was wrong, there is one monitor port. I forgot it was there because it has a cover over it.

  12. Tizbi · 2011/12/11 at 17:58 · Reply

    how many usb ports does it have?
    I was on ebay on some sellers listed it as
    3 ports – no pressure sensitivity
    and 2 ports – yes sensitivity
    kinda weird :/ you’d think the same model have the same number of ports
    I’m guessing the first seller listed the sensitivity wrong, but just to make sure I came to ask

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/11 at 18:10 · Reply

      Mine has 2 USB ports.

  13. jorge oliveira · 2011/12/12 at 09:54 · Reply

    daarken have you ever tried a Motion Computing LE1600 tablet, comparing with youre fujitsu, im thinking in purchasing one of those and id like youre opinion.
    also the LE1600 tablet has 256 pressure levels, do you think that has a heavy influence on painting ?

    and discontinuing these is such a pain :P

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/12 at 10:29 · Reply

      Nope, unfortunately I haven’t had any experience with that computer and I don’t know anything about it. I saw a review about the Motion M1400, but that was from over 3 years ago, so I don’t know if they make that one anymore either.

      Pressure levels do have an impact on painting. I notice a huge different when going from my Intuos to my tablet PC. Usually when I can’t get the subtle changes on my tablet pc I just lower the opacity of the brush, so it isn’t too much of a big deal. I would love to have more levels of pressure, but it isn’t a deal breaker for me.

  14. Jackoamck · 2011/12/12 at 20:40 · Reply


    Which Wacom Stylus do you use (specific model?) A friend of mine just bought a Fuji ST5112, looking for one myself, but I wanna be sure to get a proper stylus. I’m not finding one that looks like yours available thru Wacom themselves or Amazon.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/12 at 22:54 · Reply

      The Fujitsu ST5112 comes with a stylus. I am just using the one that came with the computer.

      • Jackomack · 2011/12/12 at 23:50 · Reply

        OK, I was confused with, “Penabled Wacom stylus 512 levels of pressure”

        Before I decide to get a Fuji, I really need to do some real attempts on my Intuos3.

        Thanks for the quick response!

  15. Pervy · 2011/12/13 at 07:59 · Reply

    Heya Daarken! just wanted to drop by and say thanks for all the vids and advice! Recently gotten myself a few little things to help my productivity from your videos like the wrist brace, estromo, brushes (efficient use of them), and its amazing how much more efficient I am now.

    So, please do keep up the awesomeness!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/13 at 10:24 · Reply

      Awesome, that is great to hear!

  16. CKMoore · 2011/12/13 at 15:34 · Reply

    Hey – This video is great, thanks for sharing. I’ve looked into these a bit and have a similar tablet, and I see many people with questions – so i thought I’d help shed some light :).

    The fujitsu st5112, while a good tablet, is certainly not the only option. I got a fujitsu T900 with 4 gigs of ram and an extra battery. This thing can last all day with photoshop (the extra battery can be swapped with a cd-rom drive or “weight saver”). It cost a lot more (mine was around $1400 brand new off ebay), but it’s also 13.3 inches.

    Anyway – these tablets use an older technology from wacom. They are “penabled” and work with any penabled pen – they will NOT work with any intuos or cintiq pen. My favorite pen is the “Axiotron Studio Pen” which you can find on ebay for around $27. In my opinion it’s a much more natural fit than the one that came with the tablet, and the eraser is MUCH better. The eraser on the pen that came with the tablet is much harder to press down, and you have to press it much farther. When I used it the screen protector was massively scratched. Thank god I put one on… I now almost never use the pen that came with the tablet. The axiotron is simply better. The only negative to the axiotron is that it won’t store in the pen housing on the tablet, you have to carry it separate.

    If you have the option, I think getting a dual touch screen is not very useful (that means you can use the pen OR use your fingers). This usually gets in the way when drawing, leaving small random marks on the picture. I have since disabled the touch screen on my device and only use the pen. The screen won’t wear out if you get a screen protector, which I highly recommend.

    The penabled pens do have much lower pressure sensitivity than intuos or cintiq, but it’s not bad (in my opinion ;) ). One of the big differences, though, is that penabled pens do NOT register pen angles. Thus the new brushes in Photoshop CS5 that respond to the angle you hold your pen will always act as if you have the pen at a 90 degree angle to the screen. Anyway, that’s a small gripe – I truly love this tablet. As a side note, cintiq’s do register pen angles.

    Last thing, these tablets tend to have crap video cards – which won’t affect your art, but if you intended this to be an all purpose tablet with gaming functionality – be prepared to play very old games. :) My tablet also has super crappy speakers. Worse than my Droid X cell phone. Seriously. Again, small gripe – I bought this to do artwork from anywhere.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/13 at 17:16 · Reply

      Awesome, thanks for the info! I might have to order one of those Axiotron pens. I actually never really use the eraser because I’m so used to just switching to the eraser tool (I never liked the stylus eraser that much).

      Hah! Well I just ordered the Axiotron Studio pen from Nationwide Surplus for $27.99 with free FedEx shipping. I’ll let everyone know how I like it when I get it in the mail. Thanks again for the info!

      • daarken
        daarken · 2011/12/14 at 11:51 · Reply

        Well apparently the Nationwide Surplus site lied. When I checked out I selected the FedEx option, but they sent it using USPS. Boo.

      • CKMoore · 2011/12/14 at 21:15 · Reply

        Awesome! I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the pen. When I did my research (late last year), it was definitely the best pen to get

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/25 at 12:42 · Reply

          Yeah I like it a lot! Great find and thanks for the suggestion. Hah, I Just noticed that since I bought it they increased the price to $29.99.

  17. CKMoore · 2011/12/13 at 15:47 · Reply

    Oh – to those who are asking about iPads (or android tablets). They are the ultimate in mobile, since they are super light – but they use a “capacitive” screen, meaning penabled pens (or any other pen) won’t work. You can use your finger or a conductive service/pen (you can actually make your own pen for these with some conductive material and some ingenuity…). Capacitive pens, by their nature, have to have thick tips. It’s like drawing with a blunt crayon, which I think sucks. That’s just my opinion :). There is simply no comparison to using a good pen with a nice tip.

    Also – ipads and other tablets like it are not a full computer, though they can certainly do a lot. The tablet here, the st5112, is a full windows computer with all the functionality of a normal computer. :) (note: sometimes tablet pc’s do not have cd-rom drives. You’d have to get by with usb thumb drives or external hard drives if needed).

    Lastly, and I meant to put this in my last comment, there are many tablet pc’s to choose from. One thing to be aware of is the screen size. Some of them have a 16:9 aspect ratio. This widescreen format leaves little vertical space to draw. Some people won’t care – but you should know what you’re getting into either way ;). I don’t believe the st5112 has the widescreen format.

  18. Trace007 · 2011/12/13 at 16:06 · Reply

    Hey Daarken. Just wondering, is 4gb the max amount of RAM you can put into this puppy?

  19. Jordan · 2011/12/14 at 08:14 · Reply

    Thanks so much for the over the shoulder videos! Finally got a chance to check them out. It’s a big help :)
    Keep up the great work!

  20. Henry · 2011/12/14 at 08:14 · Reply

    Hi Daarken what resolution is your tablet PC? Does the smaller res bother you at all?
    I also bought a fujitsu one a few years ago but honestly didn’t use it much because of calibration issues I couldn’t solve. Fixed it a few months ago though and now I love it. Only regret is that I should have bought a widescreen version for a bit more resolution (I have 1024×768).

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/14 at 11:01 · Reply

      The resolution is 1024×768. The resolution doesn’t really bother me.

  21. Nik · 2011/12/19 at 10:01 · Reply

    Is the RAM fir this still available? I’d want to max mine if I get one…

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/19 at 10:04 · Reply

      A quick Google search came up with this as the first return.

  22. Nik · 2011/12/20 at 00:40 · Reply

    Excellent, I’m going to get one shipped over from the US in the new year!

  23. Silwynar · 2011/12/24 at 03:57 · Reply

    Hey daarken.

    Thanks for this great video.
    The ST5112 looks really nice. I could use it a lot when I am not in my room or at the atelier of a friend. :)

    1.How loud is the tablet when you paint in Photoshop.
    Does the fan turn up loadly?

    2.And i think you already said this somewhere but how long can you work in Photoshop with this tablet?
    Everything over 2-3 hours would already be good enough.

    3. Do you use any special screen protectors? I think with most of them it’s hard to work with the pen because they are not made for penable tablets?

    Thanks already in advantage.
    Greetings and MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/24 at 10:10 · Reply

      1. The computer isn’t loud at all, usually you can’t even hear it.
      2. I can get about 4 hours while running Photoshop with full brightness. The battery I am using is at least a year old too, so a new battery will probably last longer.
      3. Yes I use screen protectors. If you read the main description above I talk about it and even link where I bought mine.

  24. verbaltachi · 2011/12/27 at 17:35 · Reply

    Sorry, this might be a bit out of topic. First I’d like to say that I’m a big fan of yours and your blog on the ST5112 made me purchase one myself and so far it’s been a great art tool and a cheap alternative to the 12″ cintiq, not to mention its huge advantage in portability.

    My question is with Photoshop. I see that you have CS2 installed, does that version perform better than the latest versions?

    Thanks in advance, you’re awesome man!

    PS. I also just saw your review on the new axiom studio pen and just ordered one myself. Been looking around to replace the default pen since I got the ST5112 and funny that you found one that works well.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/27 at 18:45 · Reply

      Well, the reason I use CS2 is because I did’t have the higher versions for PC. From my own experience I like CS2 and 3 much better than 4 and 5. I haven’t used higher versions on the Fujitsu, so I have no idea how they perform.

  25. Hav0cc · 2011/12/29 at 23:24 · Reply

    Hey Daarken! or anyone else who can answer this haha,

    after watching this video I am really thinking of purchasing one of these, but the fact that there are no new ones around and only used ones bothers me a little…

    I’d just like to hear from most of you about what quality you received your used fujitsu.

    When it comes to technology (especially with touch screens) I’m always afraid I’ll get one that is already near its end because it has been used to much.

    Or just that it will come from someone who doesn’t really care for the screen and has some big scratches on it, and so forth and so forh.

    Hope to hear from you soon :)


    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/29 at 23:47 · Reply

      I highly doubt you will be able to find a new one. These were discontinued a long time ago were originally released in 2006. I got mine used from a personal friend, so I was pretty confident that he took good care of it. That being said, I have had it for over 2 years now and have used it every single day. Typically I paint anywhere from 5-15 hours/day on it and I’ve been doing that for 2 years now and it is still going strong, no problems yet. I definitely understand your hesitation with buying a used computer off of eBay. Hopefully it goes well for you if you decide to buy one. I would probably look for a seller on eBay that has a very high score and lots of sales. I think the place that has been selling them on eBay is actually a computer store, so hopefully they should be safe.

      • Hav0cc · 2011/12/30 at 23:47 · Reply

        Thanks for the reply :)

        Yeah, I’ve been looking on Ebay and they were always sold by people who had another dozen of ‘em lying around. I suppose they are ebay-companies indeed.

        Read into one on their page and they are fair with everything. (I suppose at least). They do tell they will all be scratched a bit but when you turn the device on you won’t notice due to the lit-up screen and so on.

        thanks for your feedback :)
        I probably am going to make an order by the end of today! (also hoping to find some more GB-Ram for it, 2 is fine… tho obv. I’d rahter have 4 as well haha. I’d like to have a fast one haha.)


  26. Hav0cc · 2012/01/01 at 02:30 · Reply

    Oh, I had one last question about it,

    I see you have Windows 7 Ultimate up and running on your Fujitsu and every fujitsu on ebay runs on Windows Xp…

    I suppose you can install windows 7 on the fujitsu yourself?

    I suppose it can handle it with ease seeing from your video.
    Or would you recommend leaving win. XP on it?


    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/01 at 11:31 · Reply

      The computer actually works a lot better with 7, XP was really buggy.

      • Hav0cc · 2012/01/01 at 21:44 · Reply

        Haha, Alright, thats very cool :)

        Thanks, Going to make a purchase today if i have enough money! :D


  27. Vovosunt · 2012/01/02 at 17:50 · Reply

    Hello Daarken!

    You got me really interested in getting one of those, but (after several hours of searching =_=”) I’ve got a few questions:

    Do you think I should get the 5111 version with 10 inch screen ($350) or the 5112 version with 12 inch screen ($413)? Both versions are identical, the only difference is the screen size (the resolution is the same too). I have a medium Bamboo and the active area just happens to be 10 inches and I’m also used to sketching on A5 sized paper so I thought maybe it’ll be more comfortable for me… Even thought I use my Bamboo with 22inch monitor >_<

    Can you connect it to your PC as a tablet/monitor, like an actual Cintiq? (This would let me use my PC's power instead of the tablet's, and also no need to reinstall all the programs)

    How is the wacom tablet pc driver different? Does it have all the functions of the intuos driver? (maybe you could post a few screens :) )

    Are there quick buttons like on the Intuos? My workflow is heavily based on the usage of those, so they're are very important for me.

    I'd be really grateful if you (or anyone else ;) ) would answer these questions.
    Thanks for the awesome tutorials and keep up the good job!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/02 at 19:27 · Reply

      Well, there are at least 20 ST5112 computers on eBay that are $289 “buy now,” so I am not sure where you are getting $413. I would go for the larger screen because once you have your Photoshop menus open your space tends to run out faster than you think. Especially when you open the keyboard.

      The Fujitsu has a port to connect an external monitor, but I have never actually used it myself.

      The stylus is basically just like the Intuos, they just use different tech to run. You can still bind your own shortcuts to the triggers, set the pressure feel, eraser feel, etc. There really isn’t much that is different about them.

      As for quick buttons, do you mean on the actual tablet itself? There are some buttons, but I never use them. I think you might be able to customize them, but I’m not sure since I don’t use them.

      I hope that helps! Lemme know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

      • Vovosunt · 2012/01/03 at 06:04 · Reply

        Thanks, man!

        I’m living in Germany, so the prices are just converted from euro. Those are the cheapest I could find, but they have the core 2 duo 7600 processor and 2 gigs of ram so, yeah, maybe that’s why they’re a bit more expensive.

        • daarken
          daarken · 2012/01/03 at 11:14 · Reply

          Ah ok. Well good luck! If you end up buying one let me know how you like it and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  28. Dominic · 2012/01/04 at 16:05 · Reply

    Great stuff and I just picked up a ST5112 today! I have a Bamboo and had been contemplating a Cintiq even though it wasn’t exactly what I wanted and expensive. This is a perfect option and one I hadn’t thought of! I’m an IT guy so I can’t wait to see what is possible with this, I keep thinking an SSD could make this scream. There might be some settings and tweaks to eek out every bit of Photoshop performance too. I’ll definitely share anything I find.

    I’ve been a Magic player since 1994 and still occasionally buy some cards and your art always stops me as I look though them. This site has been an excellent resource and I share it with everyone I know. Thank you.

  29. Alexandra · 2012/01/06 at 10:13 · Reply

    Thanks so much for your review. Before I didn´t even know that such “oldie but goldie” tablet pc´s exist.
    Usually using an old cintiq21ux Im really not into traditionally sketching and doodling anymore and I almost saved up for an Ipad (Before I figured out that painting on them would be a mess)

    Ordered my St5112 today, however it seems they cost lots more here in germany if you want to have a screen that is not totally killed by scratches =/ Its pending around 500$ more or less.

    Sad thing the axiotron pen isnt available here. I have read that the included pen has 215 pressure levels but can be adjusted with an actual driver.
    Did you notice any increase of pressure level when installing the new one?

    Again, thanks for putting so much effort and time into this site!
    Greatly appreciated!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/22 at 14:16 · Reply

      Hmm, I don’t think I noticed any difference in the pressure levels. That can be a hard thing to gauge. I wish there was some program that could measure how many levels of pressure there are since it is really hard to find any concrete facts.

  30. Aurora · 2012/01/11 at 14:21 · Reply


    Thank you very much for this demo video.
    I’m really interested in the tablet pc now after I’ve learnt about it from you.
    I actually decided to buy iPad2 about 4-5 months ago but I’ve never used it for painting at all. I’m not used to the way it is, and the major problem is we can’t place our hand on the screen or it will ruin your work. it becomes uncomfortable for me. ><
    However for tablet pc it's totally different, it works only if when penable touches on the screen (not your hand too like iPad), and especially the pen nib is normal size like Intuos' pen. It seems to be much more easier to draw the details. From what I've seen your demo video, I talked to myself that "oh.. I've got to get this !" lol
    However I appreciate that you've spent your time to let us know about this convenient painting tool and I'm looking forward to get one soon. : )

    Also there are new models from Fujitsu
    I'm not sure if they are good. But they are all interesting as well. ^^

    Best Regards,

    PS. Thank you again for making this site. I love it so much ^^

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/22 at 14:14 · Reply

      No problem! Yeah I’ve been looking at the newer versions, but I don’t really like the fact that you have to open the top and flip it over. I kind of like the slate type style. Plus you can’t demo them anywhere, so I’m always afraid to spend a lot on a computer that I can’t try out.

  31. Hav0cc · 2012/01/22 at 11:32 · Reply

    heydaarken, ijust istalled win7 on my fujitsu but i got a lot of trouble finding the right drivers for it… should i just go with the xp drivers even if im running 7 on it? how did you fix this?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/22 at 13:24 · Reply

      Which drivers are you talking about? After I upgraded to Windows 7 the only drivers I had to update were the Wacom drivers, which I got from the Wacom site.

      • Hav0cc · 2012/01/22 at 22:05 · Reply

        buttons and all those other things aren’t really working, but i didnt do an upgrade tho… i did a clean install, tried the fujitsu site but no luck.. and i tried installing both xp and vista drivers for it but that doesnt work too good either.

        • daarken
          daarken · 2012/01/22 at 23:28 · Reply

          Oh, I did a clean install. I don’t use the buttons on the tablet though. I didn’t have any problems with anything else not working.

  32. Giorgos · 2012/01/22 at 13:57 · Reply

    How did you got Windows 7 On it?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/22 at 14:17 · Reply

      I bought Windows 7 and installed it :).

      • Giorgos · 2012/01/22 at 22:49 · Reply

        Just With a cd? or digital?

        • daarken
          daarken · 2012/01/22 at 23:28 · Reply

          With a CD. If you have the docking station you can use CDs, otherwise you have to use digital downloads.

  33. Alexandre · 2012/02/15 at 13:46 · Reply

    Feel free to delete this message if you think so:
    I sell one ST5112 from France (if you are european):

    Already with 4Gb of ram.

  34. lisa · 2012/02/18 at 08:14 · Reply

    Hello daarken.
    I can not understand.
    what kind of resolution do you use?
    and how many dpi? the
    Fujitsu is fast?

    you are the best for me!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/18 at 09:49 · Reply

      I always paint in 300 dpi. Usually the longest side of the canvas is around 5-6k pixels, sometimes larger. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the Fujitsu “fast,” but it performs well enough for me to do my professional work on it.

  35. lisa · 2012/02/19 at 11:15 · Reply

    Thank you.
    You’re very kind!

    I found the Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012 Slate Tablet PC GC054.
    is good for drawing?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/19 at 12:59 · Reply

      I’ve never used the 6012 before, so I can’t really comment about it. Sorry!

  36. lisa · 2012/02/19 at 13:20 · Reply

    The 6012 is 16:9.
    I do not like this.
    I prefer the 5112.
    I love your work daarken.

  37. Francesco · 2012/02/22 at 17:30 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, Thanks for all your advices. I have a question about the RAM on fujitsu st5112. I read around the web that the os with 32 bit (like windows xp and some windows 7 version) can’t read 4 gb of ram. Do you know anything about that? Does your windows 7 read all the 4 gb? Thanks in advance

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/22 at 17:38 · Reply

      32 bit systems can only recognize up to 4 gigs of RAM. A lot of times it will show a little over 3, but it can recognize up to 4. In order to use more than 4 gigs of RAM you need to upgrade to a 64 bit system.

  38. Francesco · 2012/02/23 at 03:26 · Reply

    Thank you Daarken. I’ve read a lot of legend around the web and I wasn’t sure :D

  39. Francesco · 2012/02/24 at 16:50 · Reply

    I have an other question: have you installed ps cs2 for some specific reason? Is cs5 too much modern for that pc? Same question for other program such as corel painter etc… Is it better to have older version of painting program? Thanks in advance :)

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/24 at 16:53 · Reply

      I actually answered this same question if you scroll up a little. The reason I use CS2 is because I did’t have the higher versions for the PC, I only had them for my Mac.

  40. Francesco · 2012/02/25 at 02:42 · Reply

    Oh sorry, I probably miss it. I actually read more or less all about the fujitsu :D. Thanks a lot for your patience Daarken ;D

  41. lisa · 2012/02/27 at 10:23 · Reply

    hello daarken.
    the fujitsu st5112 is mine!
    it is not easy to use, I have to get used!
    The eraser not working.
    the cursor is visible but not work.
    I hope to learn soon.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/27 at 11:17 · Reply

      Make sure you download all the new drivers and get the drivers from the Wacom site.

  42. lisa · 2012/02/27 at 14:15 · Reply

    problem solved!
    Pen settings wrong!
    As you set your pen?
    excuse my disorder

  43. Jordan · 2012/02/28 at 12:55 · Reply

    Question about the screen protector. I love working on my new Fujitsu but the screen protector it came with is terrible. Lots of bubbles, bad transparency, colors, light, strange friction to it, dirty. I checked the link to the one you recommended on this post, but the only review for it is quite bad. Is this the one you like and use? How do the colors and contrast come through? And does anyone else have recommendations for another type they like working on?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/28 at 13:23 · Reply

      I don’t have any problems with my screen protector. You actually can’t get bubbles with the one I have. I actually have never not used a screen protector, so I don’t really know what the colors look like without one. That being said, I did all of my pro work on it, so the protector didn’t hinder me at all. I also didn’t notice any difference when my images went to print.

  44. lisa · 2012/03/01 at 02:25 · Reply

    the cooling system is always active.
    Is this normal?
    Also, last night, not start windows.
    bios sistem yes,but then nothing happened.
    I’ve been cheated?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/03/01 at 10:27 · Reply

      The downside to buying a used computer is that you never know what condition the computer will be in. I suggest that you e-mail the person you bought it from.

  45. lisa · 2012/03/01 at 11:45 · Reply

    I am sorry for disturbing
    but your fujitsu, has the cooling fan always on?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/03/01 at 11:55 · Reply

      Honestly, I don’t really know because it isn’t something that I noticed. I think it probably is when running Photoshop, but again it isn’t something that really bothered me so I guess I never paid attention to it.

  46. anselm · 2012/03/10 at 09:14 · Reply

    hello and first of all thank you very much for this video!
    i’m seriously thinking about getting this thing instead of this ipad thing that everyone is so excited about-
    but i got a few questions :)
    you said you upgraded the ram- so i guess it is just like upgrading any other laptop/ in other words it isn’t any special hardware?
    and one question on the pen: you noted it as a ‘wacom penabled stylus’- is that the original pen that came with it or did you buy it seperate? i’m asking because the ebay seller i have in mind noted as the ‘original FSC-pen’, no word about wacom…
    i’m a bit worried that if i should buy this thing that it won’t have pressure sensitivity, rendering the entire purpose of the purchase obsolete;)

    • anselm · 2012/03/10 at 09:29 · Reply

      aww nevermind, i read your comment on the stylus further up… ;)

      however- i saw that you actually _did_ use the normal intous stylus on the screen, when demonstrating the ‘paintdock’- i’m confused, i thought this wasn’t possible?

      • daarken
        daarken · 2012/03/10 at 09:38 · Reply

        That is not an Intuos stylus, it is the Axiotron Studio Pen, completely different tech. Watch my other video about the Axiotron Studio Pen.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/03/10 at 09:38 · Reply

      Yes, upgrading the RAM is like any other laptop. You buy the sticks, open the hatch on the back and pop them in.

  47. Judy · 2012/05/10 at 10:19 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, I just bought a Fujitsu today, (too bad I didn’t see the add from Alexandre before because I leave in europe), anyway, I just want to upgrade it to 4GB and i would like to know if you can tell me the specification of the memory to buy it. I will apprecite it.


    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/05/10 at 12:06 · Reply

      I actually linked it in the comments below. I just Googled it and this was the first return.

  48. David Lara · 2012/09/30 at 11:03 · Reply


    I am glad to have visited your site, it was mentioned on Ctrl+Paint by Matt Kohr. Anyways, in short, you have inspired me to pick up the pencil/stylus and get back into art…so “Thank you” . In regards to the ST5112 OS; did you uninstall all unnecessary software? Also, do you prefer to run Windows 7 over XP? I apologize if you previously answered these questions.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/09/30 at 11:23 · Reply

      Yeah, the only software I have on my ST5112 is Photoshop. I only use it for work, so I don’t put anything on it other than my work files. I like Windows 7, it seems to be pretty stable.

      • David L · 2012/10/02 at 12:41 · Reply

        Thank you.

  49. alessandro · 2013/03/26 at 03:11 · Reply

    I can not set the eyedropper in the pen button.
    I went to the menu “shortcuts”
    I assigned the letter “i” but does not work
    I could only assign double-click and click.
    can you help me?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/03/26 at 11:14 · Reply

      You have to assign it through the tablet preferences under the control panel, not through Photoshop. Click the start button and then go to control panel.

  50. alessandro · 2013/03/26 at 11:20 · Reply

    I did this.
    I assigned the letter “i” but nothing happens.

  51. alessandro · 2013/03/26 at 11:32 · Reply

    I have not explained well.
    I went to the control panel of the Fujitsu.
    I assigned the letter that corresponds to the command of the dropper.
    but nothing happens.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/03/26 at 15:31 · Reply

      It could be that the command in Photoshop is not set correctly to i. Open Photoshop and go to edit-keyboard shortcuts. Where it says “shortcuts for:” make sure to change it to “tools.” Then scroll down and make sure the eyedropper is set to i.

  52. alessandro · 2013/03/26 at 18:21 · Reply

    the dropper is set to “i”.
    also the pen button is set to “i”, but does not work.
    in Italy is night (2:12 am) and I become crazy!
    The two pen buttons work, if I select the “click” and “double click”, I can open and close brushes.
    I noticed that setting other letters (G, S, V, etc.). holding the button down, the pen draws straight lines vertically and horizontally.
    I can not understand.
    : (
    I thank you for your time, you are very generous.
    sorry for my english (google translator)

  53. alessandro · 2013/04/03 at 01:14 · Reply

    I can not solve the problem.
    now, Fujitsu, crashes (“the program is not responding”)
    when I use the brushes.
    Use cs2.
    how do I set it up? 16-bit or 8-bit?

  54. richard · 2014/02/14 at 14:18 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, have you ever used the monitor port on this Fujitsu with another computer, and use it like a Cintiq?

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