Yea, it is a bit creaky. Initially I wasn't a big fan of that either, but, once I realized the creakiness allowed for me to open it up in under 2 minutes with an expired credit card I still had in my wallet, I gained a new found appreciation for it =P Seriously though, the AVN8 isn't going to win any beauty pageants for sure, but it gets the job done (at least for me) better than anything else on the market. The new Wacom AES and N-Trig pens are definitely to the point were they hold some non-negligible advantages over Wacom EMR, but, at least for me, EMR is still the better compromise. Partly that may be because I've long since trained myself to adjust to the calibration issue by paying attention to the hover cursor position for precision writing rather than the pen tip, and I don't find the need to avoid the far edges of the screen to be a big deal. On the other hand, the sum total of the increased hover distance, fluid EMR response, a simplified battery free stylus, compatibility across all my devices, pen silos, and the wacom radial menu are more than enough for me to live with the unsightliness of the AVN8... which as I said has grown on me =P Still, the toshibas look quite nice and look like they are going to be great options for those with different priorities than my own. The Wacom AES pen looks like it is plenty good for many and perhaps better than EMR for some.