XP-Pen and Huion are two of the best competing brands right now for drawing tablets, but with or without a display. I took a look at their “medium-tier” models that offer the best value and are reasonably priced.
After reviewing them, I can say that the better deal overall lies with Huion for the tablets with displays, as the specs are extremely similar but Huion edges out on price by being just a shade cheaper.
When it comes to tablets without displays, XP-Pen has the advantage due to the greater compatibility with a bunch of other different software.
So, overall, it depends on which kind of tablet you’re trying to buy that will decide which brand you go with.
For more details continue reading below.
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XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro vs Huion Kamvas Pro 16
The XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro and the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 are some of the better drawing tablets available on the market. They both feature cutting-edge displays at the same size (15.6 inches), similar response times, number of colors available (16~ million), levels of pressure (8192), and a variety of other similar specifications like tilt, power usage, and resolution.
Even with models of products these similar, though, there are some differences.
XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro has:
- Better shortcut keys and Red Dial Interface for easier use
- Better accuracy than Huion Kamvas Pro (0.25mm vs 0.5mm)
- Slightly thinner than the Kamvas Pro 16 (11mm vs 11.5mm)
- Roller wheel instead of touch bar for movement (consumer preference)
Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has:
- Compatibility with certain apps that XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro does not support
- Usually slightly cheaper than the XP-PEN model with very similar specifications
- Some of the drawing accessories, such as gloves, are cheaper with Huion/Kamvas Pro 16
- Some people might find the 3-in-1 cable useful for certain purposes
As you can see, there are a few noticeable differences between the two models.
However, there is still far more that makes them alike than makes them different. I recommend looking into all of the specifications if you have very specific needs of your drawing tablet, but for most consumers and even artists, Huion’s Kamvas Pro 16 offers a better deal purely on price since so many other factors are near-identical.
Huion HS610 vs Deco 03
However, this does not at all remain true when it comes to different product lines. Where Huion edged out before due to several different factors, the tables are turned when it comes to drawing tablets without displays.
Huion, once again, has XP-Pen beaten in price when it comes to these cheaper models. XP-Pen, however, has a little bit more to bring here than it did last time, which helps edge it out with these cheaper models. Huion rings in at about $63-64, and XP-Pen at $94, which is a big price difference.
That price difference isn’t necessarily worth conceding on several points that might be important for people.
The Huion HS610 has:
- Relatively cheaper price for the same kind of product (no-display drawing tablet)
- Compatible with Android devices
- Features more programmable press keys
The XP-Pen Deco 03 has:
- Better accuracy with a pen for drawing
- Better compatibility with many different apps
- Comes with extra accessories like a pen holder and a drawing glove
It’s another tight race between Huion and XP-Pen. If price is an absolute must for you, then Huion is far cheaper, but otherwise, XP-Pen delivers a better experience.
Things To Consider
When searching for the best drawing tablet, there’s always a bunch of variables to consider. Price is a factor, of course, but the technical aspects of each model are important, too, and in some ways an even bigger factor than price. Screen size, features, software and hardware compatibility, and other aspects can determine a buy for a lot of different people.
Of course, you also need to consider whether a tablet with or without display is the best option for you.
Drawing on a tablet with a display can be especially helpful if you are new to digital drawing, but these devices also come at a much higher price. Using a drawing tablet without a display takes getting used to, but it is not hard if you give it some time and practice.
I cover some useful exercises to quickly get comfortable drawing on one here.
Personally, I enjoy drawing on both types of tablets.
Conclusion & Thoughts
When trying to choose between competing brands in tech, similar specs are common. XP-Pen and Huion, however, offer clone-like levels of similarity when comparing their specifications. Only their minor differences separate them.
For many consumers, Huion’s lower price for the display-models will be enough to make the decision to purchase it. That doesn’t even count the fact that many of its accessories are cheaper, or that it has different compatibility support.
When we turn to the cheaper no-display models for drawing tablets, however, the tables are flipped. Huion is still cheaper–and the difference is larger here, even–but XP-Pen has a wide variety of positives that make it easier to decide in their favor this time.
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