Tablet A4 LED Pad for viewing negatives?

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    Does anyone use this cheap drawing A4 LED pad for viewing negatives?
    How is it comparing to a dedicated lightbox?
    Is the provided light enough to scrutinize easily your negatives?
     

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    I do. It works fine.
     
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    Who makes it??
     
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    Not having a light box, I use my tablet with just a white screen on it (whiteboard app)
     
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    I have the Gaomon B4 from Amazon for about $50CDN for viewing my negs. Works well.
     
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    I have something similar, but it doesn't work for me. Reason being is that there is in fact a grid embedded underneath the top plate which makes the surface a very coarse raster. I'm sure not all of these products are designed the same way, so best check close-up photos of the unit before purchasing.
     
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    i too have an a4 pad - it is superb - replaced my big, ole light box! at $20us - it is amazing!
     
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    All of the cheap chinese A4 pads around 12-15$, like this one, doesn't have a plain white board, but as @koraks said, they embed a grid layer underneath which means that there are more drawing oriented. The question is if this grid truly affects viewing of negatives or not.

    The most expensive brands like the recommended HUION or Parblo have a plain white board. Thus, I think I will skip the cheap ones and I will go for one of these.
     
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    Nice idea, I have never thought it and never tried it.
     
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    price is not the determining factor for a plain white surface versus a drawing grid - check out the NXENTC A4 Tracing Light Pad - plain white. $24us
     
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    I just use the Trace Table app on my iPad... works great!
     
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    @jvo Thanx. I'll look for smth similar to the NXENTC, cause this one isn't available, particularly in Europe or from Asia.
     
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