Ugee UE12 Plus review: a good value pen display for students on a budget

It's not a perfect drawing tablet, but represents excellent value.

Ugee UE12 Plus review; a drawing tablet on a wooden table with a dragon illustration
(Image: © Future / Ugee)

Our Verdict

For the specs, including an excellent stylus with 16k levels of pressure and a good anti-glare display, the Ugee UE12 Plus offers great value. A perfect pen display for students, however pro artists will demand more.

For

  • Affordable pen display
  • Matt surface for a paper-like feel
  • Great pen performance

Against

  • Low screen brightness
  • Active screen to device ratio could be better

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Ugee UE12 Plus specs

Display 11.9-inch, matte anti-glare film, 200 nits, 60 Hz
Resolution 1920 x 1080, 147% sRGB, 95% Adobe RGB, 96% NTSC, DCI-P3 99%
Stylus 8192 levels of pen pressure
Connectivity USB-A to USB-C, USB-C to USB-C
Tilt: 60 degree
Dimension 35.5 x 22.5 x 1.5 cm
Weight 858g
Compatible OS Windows 7 (or later), Mac OS X 10.10 (or later), Chrome OS 88 (or later), Android 9.0 (USB3.1 DP1.2) or later, Linux

Ugee's new drawing monitor (also called a pen display), the UE12 Plus, is another budget-priced tablet vying for your attention. But with so many drawing tablets and monitors on the market at the moment, the question is where does this sit among them, and what makes it different?

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The Verdict
3.5

out of 10

Ugee UE12 Plus

For the specs, including an excellent stylus with 16k levels of pressure and a good anti-glare display, the Ugee UE12 Plus offers great value. A perfect pen display for students, however pro artists will demand more.

Hazel Mead
Illustrator

After studying Fine art and Illustration at Coventry University I pursued my childhood dream of becoming an illustrator. I love combining beautiful imagery and diverse characters with meaning and story, and often create social commentary images that tackle taboos. As an ideas generator I enjoy the process of using illustration to solve clients' communication needs. Hazel's clients include Netflix, Adobe and Facebook.