As mentioned, the base is constructed of heavy
plastic in a charcoal gray. It measures about 11" x 9.25" and
there is a clear hatch or cover that allows access to the active area,
which is about 9.5" x 6.5". There is a slight angle to the face
of the base as one would expect, and overall the unit is about 1.5"
tall. On the bottom, we find 6 rubber feet that do a good job of
keeping the whole thing where you put it. It is also sturdy
enough for lap use if you're the recline type. Overall, the base is
well made and feels solid. If you have ever used a tablet, like
the Intuos 3 we reviewed here, you have an inkling of the general size
amd make up of the DX1 base.
the upper right hand corner we
find 2 buttons, each with a corresponding LED, a record button,
and the DX1 application button--more on those later. There is a
clear plate, or cover that is released with 2 clips on the top
edge. This cover allows the use of skins for key setups--again,
more on this later.
The keys, 25 included, are also well made and
feel like they will last. I went ahead and popped one open, and
there is actually a lot stuffed into these compact little
marvels. There is even a PCB. On the bottom of each key is
a sticky substance that holds the key firmly in place, yet a twist will
remove the key for repositioning. In the event you get some crud
on this surface, a swab with warm water will have it good as new.