Fujitsu ST5112 – Layout and Shortcuts

Posted on 2011/12/07 at 00:10 by daarken 82 Comments

Many people have been asking about the Fujitsu ST5112 tablet pc, so Daarken created this over the shoulder video showing how he uses the ST5112 and how he works around the absence of a keyboard. In the next tutorial Daarken will do a quick demo on the ST5112 so that people can see how the tablet works.


Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Photoshop CS2
Intel Core Duo CPU U2500 @ 1.20 GHz
80 GB hard drive
Penabled Wacom stylus 256 levels of pressure

82 Comments on "Fujitsu ST5112 – Layout and Shortcuts"

  1. Nahe · 2011/12/07 at 00:45 · Reply

    What are, basicaly, the best differences about drawing with this?
    Do you feel more confortable, or feel best linework?

    ty so much for the vid^^

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:28 · Reply

      Yes, you have much more control with this as opposed to an Intuos. Line work is MUCH easier. I also find it more enjoyable because it feels more like I am actually creating art…it sounds weird but there is some mental factor at play that makes me feel like I am using a traditional medium.

  2. Joel portillo · 2011/12/07 at 01:33 · Reply

    Finally the new entry is here. :-) awesome!

  3. Eludor · 2011/12/07 at 01:51 · Reply

    Hay Daarken,
    How is the latency between real movement and virtual mouse?
    It looks a bit uncomfortable to use it, since normaly you use your keyboard to do things (increase brush size on keybinding etc.). Or is it just a matter of getting used to it?

    Made a quick search on the price… between 500 (used one) and 2700 (new one) dollar/euro is defenitly not cheap.

    I think most artists would recommend a cintiq, so why do you prefer the fujitsu? because it’s portable or an pc on its own?

    The pic you had on your screen looked a lot like the beginning stages of kekai’s art :).

    Btw. read yesterday your tutorial in the new “digital painting techniques vol.3″. Loved it! Hopefully will get some tutorials like that in videoformat someday. After I browsed through it, your face was the first thing I recognized.

    Again, thanks for your effort making a great vid and showing us your workspace.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:33 · Reply

      Where are you looking? I found them for $300 on eBay. Sometimes they sell for around $200. I’ve never even seen any new ones currently being sold.

      There isn’t really any lag between my movement and the cursor, only when I am using really large and complex brushes, but that happens on my desktop too. Like I said in the video, changing your shortcuts takes a bit to get used to, but I don’t even notice it anymore and I don’t think it affects my speed that much.

      As for this vs. a Cintiq, yes, portability is the main advantage. The reason most people buy a laptop as opposed to a desktop is because of portability, that is sort of the point. If you don’t care about never being able to move your Cintiq or work on the road or pay $2600k (the $2600 is just for the Cintiq, you still have to have a computer to attach it to as well) vs $300, then I would get a Cintiq.

      • daarken
        daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:35 · Reply

        Most of these have a Buy Now price of $289.

        • Eludor · 2011/12/07 at 15:37 · Reply

          Didn’t look on ebay, I don’t trust this website :). Just my regular computerpart-and-stuff-sites, and as I said just quickly.

          No lag? Mhhh, I just want to test it myself, but there’s no where to go to test those. I doubt it feels like a real pen, and I also doubt it feels like a tablet.
          I’d expected that the a large brush slows the machine down, since it isn’t a supercomputer.
          Good we all know tricks to avoid that :)

          Thanks for the reply and link.

  4. Andrew Mackie · 2011/12/07 at 01:58 · Reply

    Thanks for the tutorial!
    I need to go pick one of these up now.

  5. andrzej · 2011/12/07 at 03:56 · Reply

    This is actually more interesting than i thought. Is this tablet more comfortable than ordinary Intuos?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:27 · Reply

      I like it more than an Intuos because of the amount of control it gives you. Line work is MUCH easier on a tablet pc. It is the same with a Cintiq vs. an Intuos. You will have much more control with a Cintiq.

  6. Wesley · 2011/12/07 at 05:26 · Reply

    Really good. I search for a tablet to draw when i’m not on my computer but this one is to epensive for me. What do you think about the ipad2 or the samsung galaxy tab 10.1?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:26 · Reply

      Too expensive? These are between $200-300 on eBay. An iPad 2 is gonna run you $500-830+ depending on the model. What you need to realize about tablets like the iPad is that they are NOT pressure sensitive. The only way you can change the opacity is by manually changing it in the paint program every time. Some programs have a type of simulated pressure sensitive brush that is sensitive by speed, but it isn’t the same. I would NOT use an iPad or any other comparable tablet for professional work due to the lack of pressure sensitivity.

      • jm · 2011/12/07 at 11:53 · Reply

        Also on an iPad you have to wear gloves while drawing unless you want to hit buttons the whole time. It might be bad form to touch your drawing all over, but hey, we all do it. Since the iPad is sensitive to human skin, you have to put something between you and the surface. I’ve used Sketchbook Pro on the iPad and its a fun toy while watching TV, but I wouldn’t use it for professional work any more than I’d use an etch-a-sketch.

  7. Mick2006 · 2011/12/07 at 05:44 · Reply

    Thanks for showing us the layout and shortcuts, I have a problem though on my Fujitsu ST5112 I dont know how to bind the Alt key to my stylus for the eyedropper tool in the Wacom Penabled controls menu. Every time I try to set Alt to bind to my stylus button on the keystroke menu the menu does not add the Alt key when it is pressed. It works with any other key (ctrl,shift) etc but not Alt. Can you tell me how to bind Alt to the bottom button on the stylus it never shows up when I try pressing it on the keystroke setting.
    Thanks in advance

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:22 · Reply

      You actually don’t bind it through keystroke, but through modifier. When you select modifier you will get the option to choose from shift, alt, ctrl, or click. I hope that helps. Lemme know if you still have problems.

  8. evaxe · 2011/12/07 at 08:19 · Reply

    Can a nostromo or any other gamepad work on these? If so then im sold.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:20 · Reply

      I would assume so but I have never personally tried it. The Nostromo just uses a USB connection, so I wouldn’t think there would be any problems. Let me try it out and get back to you.

  9. Cody Sprague · 2011/12/07 at 10:30 · Reply

    Thanks Daarken! I really want one of these things. I see them on ebay for around 300 bux refurbished. would you trust something like that or should I try to find one less used? can you even find these new anymore? thanks man, loving the tuts so far,

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 11:19 · Reply

      Hah, well with anything from eBay I am always a little wary. I would look for someone that has a high rating. I bought mine used and it works fine, but I bought it used from a personal friend. Yeah, unfortunately they don’t make these anymore so you won’t be able to buy a new one.

      • Cody Sprague · 2011/12/07 at 12:45 · Reply

        I’m real tempted to give one of those a shot but I think I’m gonna keep my eyes peeled for one from the original owner. somebody that took good care of it. Also, did you install the 4gb ram yourself? if so was it as easy as any ram upgrade would be on a laptop/netbook. it being an actual pc and not a new novelty tablet like all the ones coming out I would think so. I don’t think photoshop would run seamlessly on the stock 1gb ram.

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/07 at 13:12 · Reply

          Yeah I definitely understand about not wanting to buy it from some random person online. I’m always worried mine will die and then I dunno what I will do because I tend to not trust people on eBay either.

          Yup, I installed the RAM myself. It is just like installing RAM on most other laptops. There is a door on the back that you unscrew and you just pop in the RAM and you are done. If anyone needs help or they are too afraid to try it, I can do a little video of how to do it.

          When I bought the computer it was running XP and Photoshop was really buggy and crashed a lot and I got other weird errors, but after switching to 7 I have almost no bugs and Photoshop never crashes anymore.

          • Cody Sprague · 2011/12/07 at 14:15 ·

            just bought one haha. guy had it for 8 months and didnt do anything but take notes on it for his insurance job. it looks super clean and comes with the dock and all the extras. $200!! I think I did pretty good, but of course I wont know til it get here. your a bad influence man… got me spending money on myself before xmas haha!

          • daarken
            daarken · 2011/12/07 at 14:26 ·

            Lol. I hope you like it!

  10. Tizbi · 2011/12/07 at 13:28 · Reply

    thanks for the video ~
    I was wondering if that was the original stylus that came with the pc you were using?
    (I was looking at some vids from youtube and people were saying that the stylus can’t be customised so I’m kinda confused)
    the pressure sensitivity seems pretty low compared to all thee 2000 + level ones
    does the pressure sensitivity affect you much?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 13:55 · Reply

      Yes, that is the original stylus that came with the computer. I just added that rubber grip thing on it so that my hand doesn’t get as cramped.

      512 levels of pressure for a tablet pc is actually really good. You will be hard pressed to find anything above 256. I’ve been looking at the Asus EP121, but I’ve heard it is only 256 levels of pressure. The Axiotron Modbook Pro boasts that it has 1024 levels of pressure, but that thing is a joke. It has been in production for years and still hasn’t come out plus I watched one video and I think they said it was $5000 for it. Plus all they do is modify existing Apple MacBooks. I watched a video where the owner was showing off the Modbook Pro, but it didn’t even work. He also talks about propping the computer up with a book, lawl. Here is the link to the video. He also said they were taking pre-orders and would start shipping in June of 2009. It still hasn’t come out.

      I definitely notice a difference when working with my Intuos 4, which has 2048 levels of pressure, but it isn’t enough to make me not want to use my tablet pc. Like I said before, I do all of my professional work on my tablet pc.

      • Tizbi · 2011/12/07 at 15:22 · Reply

        thanks for the reply, that was fastt~
        have you ever tried your wacom stylus on it?
        I think I just spent my last 2 hours looking for a suitable tablet pc
        lol, the video… it was from 2009 and it’s still not out, the 5000 bucks is a bummer :/
        someone could probably get 2 cintiqs with that or something
        can you get keyboard add ons for fujitsu ST5112?
        It’ll be nice if I could buy one of these before I go to university and use it as a laptop too, writing with a stylus takes a while xD

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/07 at 15:51 · Reply

          Yeah I’ve tried the Intuos stylus on it and it doesn’t work.

          I’m sure a USB keyboard would work with the Fujitsu but I’ve never tried it.

          • Tizbi · 2011/12/07 at 19:48 ·

            thanks again~
            I’ll be saving up money and lurking around ebay for that pc ~

  11. Trace007 · 2011/12/07 at 16:01 · Reply

    Doho, I didn’t even start the vid yet, but I know it’ll be sweet. I’ll be getting one of these things soon.

    By the way, can you attach a nostromo to it? Sorry if you mention that in the vid.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 16:41 · Reply

      You can, but there are some compatibility issues with Windows 7. The Nostromo is no longer being updated, so it doesn’t work with more recent operating systems. I have read that some people have found workarounds for Lion and Windows 7.

  12. Jring33 · 2011/12/07 at 16:23 · Reply

    I seen you commented earlier about the sensitivity levels. Are you able to finish pieces with your tablet being that the levels arent the highest or do you get the basic composition and forms down and then carry it over to your PC to finish it up with the Intuos?
    I agree that it probably feels much more like a traditional approach since you get to see your hand and tool make the marks but im skeptical to go this route if I wont be able to finish pieces on it. Id absolutely go with this over a Cintiq tho! lol screw paying $3K

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/07 at 16:39 · Reply

      I finish all of my professional work on the Fujitsu, there is no need to finish it up with an Intuos. If you go to my main site, the first 5 images on the main page were all completely done on the Fujitsu.

  13. Method · 2011/12/07 at 16:48 · Reply

    Hey Daarken, really good video, I had my doubts before about fujitsu but now it seems it has couple of advantages over cintiq. Really waiting for the next video and thx for time you spend here

  14. csmif · 2011/12/07 at 18:29 · Reply

    I just got a galaxy tab recently only because I am looking to be more portable in some shape or form and the sale price for black Friday I couldn’t say no. I knew going into i wouldn’t be able to do any serious work on it, but having it with all my reference images etc has made me fall back in love with my sketchbook.

    I have another 2 weeks I can return if i choose, I’m debating it. This Fujitsu looks awesome but I had a convertible Toshiba tablet pc a while back i got used and it lasted 8-9months then issue upon issue and now its in a box somewhere. That and I’ve had my bad experiences with eBay so I try to stay away now. Have you tried any other tablet pcs that are comparable anywhere in the price range?

  15. skulio · 2011/12/08 at 11:39 · Reply

    Hi there,
    I’ve got only 1 small hint… You use to resize your brush that slide bar on right click brushes menu. Dunno if you know that you can resize brush by pressing simultaneously alt+ right click (so for your set both butons on stylus). Hope I helped a bit :)

    • skulio · 2011/12/08 at 11:40 · Reply

      Oh i forgot to ask anyway, Whats your maximum filesize that you can work on that fujitsu?

      • daarken
        daarken · 2011/12/08 at 13:17 · Reply

        I’ve worked with files that were 1 gig.

  16. Joel · 2011/12/08 at 12:32 · Reply

    I was playing with your brushes on a 8×10 300dpi canvas…and I don’t understand how your computer and painting process doesn’t slow down as you make your brushes larger to cover more of the image space. Is there a secret? I’m using 8gb of ram, i5cpu 3.20 ghz 64 bit WINDOWS, so I have no idea what I am doing wrong. Thanks in advance

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/08 at 13:18 · Reply

      Hah, I dunno. I only have 4 gigs of RAM :). Maybe allocate more RAM to Photoshop through preferences – performance?

  17. Johnny · 2011/12/08 at 14:24 · Reply

    I recently bought the asus ep 121 and it has been working out great so far . Ive only been doing speed paintings on it havnt had time to do a really finished piece yet , the closest i have so far is around 3 hours or so in it. Still learning alot when it comes to painting . Anything digital Ive done has been with the intous 4 so there is a pressure difference but nothing crazy that i would note , even with it only having the 256 i think it can still produce a very tight rendered piece .

    Johnny D

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/08 at 15:19 · Reply

      Oh cool! I definitely want to give the ep121 a try, but I can’t find a demo unit anywhere.

      • Joel · 2011/12/08 at 15:29 · Reply

        the demo unit…do you think someone would have one? oh and thanks for the performance suggestion…I had it set really low. Dumb me. lol

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/08 at 15:30 · Reply

          I know someone that has one, but he lives in another state, lol.

          • Joel · 2011/12/08 at 16:37 ·

            oh now that doesn’t help. ask him if you can borrow it. lol

  18. Tobias.Breitenbach · 2011/12/08 at 14:41 · Reply

    Dear Daarken,
    thank you for sharing this relly usefull information!
    I’m actually thinking about getting one myself now- BUT:
    I’m wondering wether the Fujitsu Stylus Q550 wouldn’t be better..
    What’s yout thought about the Q550?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/08 at 15:18 · Reply

      I actually don’t know anything about the Q550. I’m not even sure if it is pressure sensitive or not.

      • Tobias.Breitenbach · 2011/12/09 at 08:31 · Reply

        I see.
        Guess i’ll search some more for some reviews and tests.
        Thank you for your fast reply.

        I think i’ll get my hands on the ST5112 though.
        To bad i live in Germany.. damn taxes make it so expensive to order one from the USA …

  19. Joel · 2011/12/08 at 18:25 · Reply

    I was visiting your store site after looking at your artwork…I was hoping you could tell me who you go through to get your prints done? Is there a company you and other professional artists use to print out your artbooks as well? thanks in advance

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/08 at 19:36 · Reply

      Glossy prints I make myself. My canvas prints are done through Giclee Factory. Some people self publish books through Lulu or Blurb. For my book I have an actual publisher that will be making it.

      • Joel portillo · 2011/12/08 at 19:59 · Reply

        You da man! You da man!

  20. Matt Rosenbaum · 2011/12/09 at 00:17 · Reply


    The Fujitsu seems like a great tool. I was wondering if you could speak more to its portability. Can you use it effectively on the couch? on the bus? What’s the battery life like?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 00:55 · Reply

      It is great for portability. I use it all the time on the couch or in waiting rooms or at Starbucks. I travel a lot too, so it is great to be able to bring this on the plane or work on it at the hotel. The battery life seems pretty good. I always forget to time it when running Photoshop to see exactly how long it lasts, but I am never without a power source long enough for me to drain the entire battery. I would say it can easily last 5-6 hours running Photoshop, but don’t quote me on that! I’ll try to see if I can remember to time it next time.

      • daarken
        daarken · 2011/12/09 at 20:59 · Reply

        Well it looks like I’m getting about 4 hours of battery while running Photoshop, but my battery is over a year old.

  21. Jeremy · 2011/12/15 at 12:54 · Reply

    It’s been days and I can’t decide which to get… if you were to pick 1 ( don’t factor in price)

    which would it be

    HP tm2t


    Asus eee slate ep121

    Thanks for all of these awesome vids

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/15 at 13:15 · Reply

      Well, the HP looks like a more robust system in terms of RAM, battery life, disk space, etc. Although it has an older processer, an i3 as opposed to the i5 on the EP121. The EP121 is going to be a lot more portable and easier to lug around. I think the EP121 has 256 levels of pressure, but I’m not sure about the HP. I’ve also heard that multi touch screens are a pain when trying to paint because your hand brushes up against things and leaves marks on the painting.

      I have no experience with either computer, so I guess it boils down to do you want a computer with more “stuff” or one that is more portable.

  22. Gavin O'Donnell · 2011/12/22 at 04:25 · Reply

    Hey Daarken thanks for the video! One thing i’m wondering about you know when you have the options to change the sort of frame around the file near the beginning of the video ? I haven’t got those options on the left side where do I enable them? I’m using CS5 Thanks

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/22 at 10:18 · Reply

      It is on the top bar.

  23. Henry · 2011/12/24 at 00:23 · Reply

    I recently hooked up my PS3 controller to my tablet PC via bluetooth. This has improved my life! Shortcuts are much easier to access and I can create whatever actions and bind them as I please. You can also do this with a wired 360 controller but that is too bulky and since I only have one hand free, less weight the better.

  24. verbaltachi · 2011/12/28 at 12:32 · Reply

    @Henry, that’s a pretty cool idea, might have to try that out but with the PS3 move control instead. Wonder if you can make it so that the joystick can be used as the brush size, zoom, etc.

    Will definitely try it out.

  25. Nik · 2012/01/14 at 08:40 · Reply

    Finally got mine all the way from Canada.
    Currently has Vista. Do you think 7 is better?
    Also how many sticks of RAM do you have? I need another Gig to max out my device,

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/14 at 13:21 · Reply

      I believe it has two slots, so mine are 2 gigs each. Mine had XP on it when I first bought it, so I never used Vista on there, only XP and 7. 7 is definitely better in my opinion. It is more stable, I had less errors, and it seems to run faster.

  26. Nik · 2012/01/17 at 14:19 · Reply

    Thanks. Having a problem with PS CS5.1, pen pressure won’t work :( Maybe I need to find an older version of PS on eBay?

  27. Nik · 2012/01/18 at 12:21 · Reply

    All fixed now, should not of asked here,sorry :)

    • Giorgos · 2012/02/07 at 02:10 · Reply

      What was the problem?

  28. verbaltachi · 2012/02/07 at 11:54 · Reply

    Another cool thing to do is to use the Menu feature in the Wacom Preference. What it does is it lets you create many different keystrokes that can be accessed within a Menu panel that pops up on a key/button press.

    I created many keystrokes such as Brush Tool, Eraser, Lasso and whatever else that you need to access quickly and I have it bound to the top button on the studio pen. Now whenever I need to switch to the brush tool, eraser, etc. I just click the button and out pops the menu panel and choose whichever keystroke I need and it saves me time instead of having to move my hand to the tools.

    The top button on the pen was previously bound to Right Click but now I replaced it for the menu panel. I’d like to add right click to the menu panel as well but not sure if there is a hotkey for that other than right click, anyone know?

  29. Isaiah · 2012/08/16 at 12:36 · Reply

    are you able to hook up a keyboard to this?
    Also, how different if the pressure sensitivity compared to the intuos?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/08/16 at 13:17 · Reply

      Yes you can use a keyboard. It has 256 levels of pressure while the Intuos 4 has 2048.

  30. chukho · 2012/08/26 at 13:34 · Reply

    How did you set the top button on the pen to right click? By default the bottom button is right click. In the pen settings menu I’m only able to change the settings for the bottom button.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/08/26 at 16:18 · Reply

      Just go to the control panel – hardware and sound – isd tablet properties – set up your pen and tablet.

      • chukho · 2012/08/27 at 06:07 · Reply

        Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I don’t have isd settings. Just a setting “Pen Tablet Properties”, and it only allows me to configure a single trigger button. Not sure if the driver is newer or whatever. Not that big of a deal. Videos really convinced me to get the tablet and it’s quite awesome.

        • daarken
          daarken · 2012/08/27 at 10:57 · Reply

          You should be able to update the drivers. I think I actually got the drivers from the Wacom site.

  31. nathan · 2013/01/29 at 14:48 · Reply

    hey daarken. i recently got my self one of these and its working just fine, i updated the wacom drivers and such. but the only issue im having is the double-click in photoshop. ill be painting and due to a my pen tapping at a certain rate, it will register as a double-click and create a full pressured stroke. it seems to happen randomly. did you have this same problem?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/01/29 at 20:24 · Reply

      Hmm, nope I never had that problem. I think you can set the double-click speed if you go to the control panel.

  32. Fenris · 2013/02/12 at 11:22 · Reply

    Hey! Could you upload the old driver from wacom? They messed up wit the new actualization and can’t find the old driver anymore.

    • duxbuz · 2013/03/20 at 06:49 · Reply

      Hi. Just received my st5112, upgraded the ram. Need to get wacom driver. How did you go on fenris? And thanks daarken for all the info you post.

  33. Duxbuz · 2013/03/20 at 13:16 · Reply

    Hi. Can anyone tell me which wireless driver they are using under win7 32bit for their st5112. Seems mine maybe faulty. It’s not detected. Thnks.

  34. duxbuz · 2013/03/21 at 06:23 · Reply

    Hi. Am having a few lag issues. Mainly when i try to draw relatively lightly. Am wondering if its some settings I am missing. I try firm and softer settings but not really with any decent results. I am therefore finding it hard for detail and sketching. I also wonder if something like an intuos 3 would be the same? I have full 4GB ram in st5112. Am considering dropping OS down to XP to see if the OS is too heavy.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/03/21 at 09:14 · Reply

      My computer actually performed better when I went from XP to Windows 7. Maybe try a different driver for your stylus.

  35. duxbuz · 2013/03/25 at 01:50 · Reply

    Hi, seems the main issue may have been me not being used to the st5112! I have had much better results recently, changed the brush settings to use pen pressure etc, and getting used to the feel of it. The issue with my wireless is because the wireless card has been removed, so ordered one off ebay for £1.39 including postage! I love this tablet. Cheers daarken

  36. duxbuz · 2014/07/25 at 06:00 · Reply

    My st5112 was working fine but recently seems to have lost sensitivity.

    I was wondering if a symptom for lack of sensitivity maybe a worn stylus?

    Anyone know?


  37. Michael Aliaz · 2015/02/26 at 10:36 · Reply

    Hey Mike,

    I have owned a ST5112 for 3 years now. I baby mine as if it were a shiny Porsche, lol. Was just wandering how your Fujitsu ST5112 is holding up. Do you still use it or have you moved on to some other brand tablet/pad?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2015/02/26 at 11:59 · Reply

      Mine still works fine, but I now use the Wacom Companion.

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