Stella BlackmoorePosted on November 10, 2019Posted in ReviewsTagged with art, art tablet, cheap, drawing tablet, huion, review, tablet, tablet review

It’s been a long time since I’ve come on here, which is a bummer considering I’m an editor here, but lớn be honest I haven’t been very motivated to lớn write stuff. It seems like every idea I’ve had already exists somewhere out there on the internet, done by people far more experienced than I am, and it sucks. Well, not anymore! Moping around not writing anything is stupid. Let’s talk about art for a minute.

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I’ve been an artist for almost my whole life, & have gone through many phases of skill and technique– I’m still going through many phases even now. Usually I vị either traditional sketch art with paper và pencil, or digital with drawing programs, but leaned more towards traditional. Trying to lớn draw digital art with a mouse & keyboard is the perfect recipe for an ultimate disaster rage-quit when even your best lines look like a drunkard made them. Not that pencil sketches had their own troubles lớn contend with, but at least I could make my lines smooth. However, just recently I decided to finally buy a drawing tablet, more specifically the Huion H610 Pro v2 graphic drawing tablet— và let me tell you, it is SO much better to use this for digital art, full stop.


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My desk space is a little cramped, so the only way I can comfortably fit the tablet on the desk is if the keyboard is moved up onto my computer box, but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest aside from a slightly unstable và noisy keyboard. As I’m right-handed, the hard buttons are arranged on the left side for me, but it can easily be configured for left-handed people through the tablet’s software settings. I use the hard buttons very often và they’re my zoom, undo, & other painting buttons, but I’ve turned the soft buttons off simply because I’m weary that I might accidentally mix them off while drawing, & I’m rather prone khổng lồ doing that if I’m not extremely careful. All of it is very intuitive for me, & makes my work very seamless. When it’s being used, there’s a green LED light that lights up in the corner (top left if right-handed, bottom right if left-handed), which is a good indicator of making sure everything’s working properly. The tablet is very light and easy lớn move around, but it’s also sturdy và stays in place with rubber feet when you need it to be steady.

The tablet pen is also very light & fits comfortably within my hand, aided by a rubber grip. It has two buttons that are mostly intuitive lớn use, but I prefer not lớn use them because as I draw I rotate the pen almost constantly and, again, would rather not accidentally press the buttons all the time on accident. The pen has an extensive tilt function which makes it very lifelike when drawing, which is a huge plus. Replacing the nib on the pen is very easy, just use the bottom of the pen holder lớn remove the old nib & then replace the new nib by sliding it back into the pen.

The cài đặt uses a magnetic surface lớn translate the pen strokes into digital strokes, which does raise a bit of concern with me– being careless with other magnetic objects around it could potentially ruin the tablet’s field over time. However, it doesn’t seem lớn be a huge problem if you just carefully handle both the tablet và pen.

I connected the tablet to my android tablet once to thử nghiệm out its android compatibility, & it definitely worked, albeit with a fair amount of lag. It’s not the fault of the drawing tablet though, it’s the fact that my game android tablet is rather old and crummy. If I want to lớn fully use the tablet’s apk functionality I’d have to lớn buy a new apk device for it khổng lồ get it working properly, which is definitely not going khổng lồ happen anytime soon. Alongside that, I don’t use the micro-usb và usb type c adapters, but they may have their use one day so I’m definitely keeping them (even if it’s just for other things, haha!).

Software Functionality

The quick start guide gives instructions on how to download the drivers necessary khổng lồ work the H610 Pro v2, which are provided by Huion on their website. It’s a fairly simple process to tải về the file, unzip it, and install it. Once it’s installed you just have to plug in the tablet & you’re almost ready lớn go.

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You’ll probably have to go into the tablet’s settings to lớn configure all the buttons to your liking, as the defaults may or may not be what you’re used to– I had to change the undo function from “Ctrl+Shift+Z” khổng lồ “Ctrl+Z”, I believe. You can also configure the buttons on the pen, & test its sensitivity & pressure levels. The tablet pen offers 8192 levels of pressure, which doesn’t mean much lớn me in the tech way but it roughly translates khổng lồ more accuracy when doing various pen strokes. Finally you can change how the tablet’s drawing space is mapped to your computer, which is simple for me but I can see it being useful if you have a double monitor thiết đặt and only want it mapped to lớn one of the monitors, or something similar.

To be perfectly honest, using the tablet & pen with regular window browsers và navigating the computer is a bit of a hassle for me, though it 100% is able khổng lồ click on things, drag them around, double-click, right-button, etc. I didn’t buy the tablet for regular computer use, I bought it for its pen properties in art programs, so I can’t exactly tell you whether or not the pen is more useful for certain computer functions than others other than “it works just fine if you’re patient with it.”

Art Program Compatibility

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Test strokes in Krita
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Simple 256×256 texture made in Gimpin under 5 minutes
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WIP screenshot

Huion claims that the H610 Pro v2 is compatible with all mainstream digital art programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Krita, video Studio, and more– which I don’t doubt in the slightest. In fact, it seems to me lượt thích any software that accepts tablet software/hardware would accept this, but don’t take that for fact since I haven’t tested that out in detail yet. I prefer Krita for my main artwork và Gimp for anything else, and the tablet works wonderfully on both. The pen movement is smooth và natural và has zero lag whatsoever, and all of the buttons work perfectly as intended with my own settings (after correcting the shortcuts in both Krita & Gimp, which you may have to vị for your art program of choice as well). This ease of use allows me a lot more flexibility with what I want to vì with my art, whether I’m coloring in a character or creating a detailed texture. It honestly feels a lot more professional using the H610 Pro v2, and I’m so glad I bought it. I’ll be updating my commissions page with pieces created using the tablet, and I’m sure you’ll notice the difference in unique and detail between the tablet-created ones & the ones created without it!

In one Amazon đánh giá (which was super, super helpful in deciding whether or not I should buy this tablet), the reviewer said that they considered its lack of multiple configurations for multiple softwares a con, albeit a very small con, but I personally have no qualms with it as I prefer simplicity. I can see how if I were to use the 16 soft buttons it would be a bummer, as it would be useful khổng lồ set multiple functions to lớn each button depending on the software you’re using, but I don’t use the soft buttons therefore I don’t care much. However, this may be a bigger detriment than I realize– I’m kind of an amateur/intermediate artist at the moment.

Summary/TL;DR

In short, I love the H610 Pro v2. It’s simple, intuitive, flexible between computer types, and fits well on my desk. I’ve had an absolute blast drawing và experimenting with it. If you’re looking to buy your first drawing/graphics tablet or something simple, definitely buy this! Only $59.99 for the v2, sometimes even cheaper. It’s a really good investment for only $60, especially since people apparently have many issues with other tablets such as the ones from Wacom. You can buy the H610 Pro v2 from the official Huion website và on Amazon. I don’t have a scoring system for these reviews, but if I had to give one, I’d say AT LEAST a 9/10 based on my needs as an artist. If you bởi get this tablet, let me know what you think! There may be tons of feedback out there on the web right now, but that doesn’t mean new feedback isn’t valued!