Alongside Wacom, Huion and XP-Pen are undoubtedly two of the other industry heavy weights for both their graphic and digital tablets, and so in this Huion vs XP-Pen article, we’re going to explore the two brands and compare them against each other to decipher a clear winner.
To make it fair we’re going to break down each brand’s most popular line of graphics and digital tablets, followed by an analysis and overview of the key brand differences and customer after care.
But firstly who are Hunion and XP-Pen? …let’s get into it
Huion vs XP-Pen – Who are they?
Huion are based in China and were founded in 2011 by Henry Xu. Best known for their manufacture of drawing tablets, light pads, and pen displays, their products range from tablets suitable for beginner and intermediate digital artists, all the way through to top professionals and production studios.
They don’t however just make tablets, they are also engaged in individualized OEM and ODM solutions, With agents in multiple countries across the world, including Europe, America, Australia, and most Asian countries.
Initially during Huion’s inception as a digital tablet company, the products they released gained a reputation for being very generic and as a result failed to impress and reach their customers’ expectations.
Especially when compared to Wacom who (as we all know) have long been the industry leaders, Huion’s tablets failed to compete.
However with time this started to change, and today Huion can be considered a strong competitor to that of Wacom, with many artists now considering them to have better and cheaper innovations.
Unlike Huion, XP-Pen came a little earlier, where they were founded in Japan in 2005. Powered by their early success, XP-Pen began expanding into more countries, and by 2008, they already had offices in the United States and China.
XP-Pen specializes in graphics tablets, pen displays, light pads, styluses, and digital graphics products. These products have gone on to build them a strong reputation for being both reliable and cost efficient.
For example, beginner digital artists will find the more expensive pen displays from XP-Pen to be much more affordable than the more expensive competing Wacom options or high-end iPad Pros.
Similar to Huion and before XP-Pen started to manufacturer their own prodcutcs, they too initially struggled to compare and compete with the likes of Wacom. However can now also be considered to be a mid-tier brand.
Wacom still firmly retains the high-tier status, but the gap has closed significantly.
Huion vs. XP-Pen – Graphics Tablets
Huion and XP-Pen tablets have provided digital artists with a lot of freedom in not just offering a cheap graphics tablet that works, but also convenient tablets that can be used on the go.
While there are obvious differences in the approaches taken by these two brands in making their tablets, many of the tablets are also similar in many ways.
For instance, both manufacturers produce small and cheap tablets. Which, for beginner artists who need something they can quickly master, these small tablets are essential.
With graphics tablets, there’s always a differentiating factor. In many cases, it’s often the functionality that edges one tablet over the other. And it is no different here.
That is not to say that one always has an advantage over the other. We’ll give a quick example.
For small tablets that can be used on the go, the Huion H430P looks similar to XP-Pen’s Deco Fun XS. They both have 4096 pressure sensitivity levels and have the same functionality.
However, if you had to pick one over the other, you’d likely be better off with the Huion H430P because, even though it’s the same size and price as XP-Pen Deco XS, it comes with two customizable function buttons.
The same thing may apply to larger tablets as well. For instance, the Huion Inspiroy H1060P, XP-Pen’s Deco Pro, and Deco 03 are 10-inch tablets that give you the same functionality and a number of customizable function keys.
But if you were looking to separate these two brands there is perhaps something further that could differentiate them.
XP-Pen is the darling for artists looking for a consistent batch of cheap tablets across the board (whether small or large). Huion on the other hand tend to make their tablets more robust in build quality, and focus a little more on innovation.
For instance, the Huion Inspiroy Keydial KD200 comes as both a graphics tablet and a keyboard.
To give a more detailed comparison, the below reviews the two most popular graphics from each brand; the Huion Inspiroy H610X and the XP-Pen DECO L.
Huion Inspiroy H610X
The Huion Inspiroy H610X was among the 3 new devices released in the spring of 2021. The others included the H420X and the H580X, where the H610 is the largest of the 3 devices.
It comes with a battery-free digital pen (the PW100), the pen holder, 8 replacement nibs (neatly tucked into a compartment in the holder), USB-A to USB-C cable, and another USB adapter. The tablet is awesomely thin (just 8mm) and weighs about 515 grams.
Dimensions: 12.78 x 8.09 x 0.31 inches | Display Area: 10 x 6.25 inches | Display Resolution: N/A | Item Weight: 515 grams | Shortcut Keys: 8 | Connection type: USB-C | Compatible with Keyboard: No | Processor: N/A | Memory: N/A
Who is this for?
Anyone who is looking for a simple, inexpensive, medium-sized graphics tablet, the Inspiroy H610X is suitable for any beginner or intermediate digital artist who wants something reliable to work with, and professionals who want a fully customizable platform that supports major creative apps.
For those on a tight budget who cant yet afford a Wacom tablet, the H610X’s performance and features are way beyond what you can expect to pay for it. With plenty of shortcut keys, precise levels of pen pressure and a textured drawing surface, this is the perfect substitute or travel companion to the below Wacom Intuos
Why we like it
The Huion Inspiroy H610X is 8mm thick, thin enough to be portable, and thick enough to harbor a functional USB port. It has a large working area (up to 77% of the overall size of the tablet) and the back includes rubber feet on each corner to support it on a table.
The left side of the tablet has 8 express keys that are fully customizable in the software. Which can be easily downloaded from Huion’s website.
We love that we could connect it with an Android smartphone (ChromeOS). Even though we connected it with a laptop, we could also use it with Adobe Illustrator Draw on an Android device – connecting between devices is seamless.
The Inspiroy H610X is compatible with all the major apps such as Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Painter, Clip Studio Paint, GIMP, and more.
You should also be able to use it with Windows 7 or later, ChromeOS 88, Android 6.0 or later, and macOS 10.12 or later.
What about the stylus? It’s a 2-button, battery-free pen that can support up to 8192 pressure levels. It has a 60-degree tilt and over 220PPS report rate.
The pen pressure can be adjusted to suit any type of drawing. It doesn’t matter whether you are light or heavy-handed, you can adjust the pressure to get a variable stoke on the screen.
The pen feels light and solid in the hand – the rubber grip section around the buttons makes sure of that. Huion made sure you have a place to put the pen when you are done using it. There is a pen holder with a grooved top (nice for holding the pen sideways).
The drawing area feels paper smooth and the buttons on the side work perfectly. They could’ve made them a little less plastic, but we are not complaining.
Flaws but not deal breakers
There are only a few flaws, but most should be expected from a budget tablet like this one.
We felt the “plasticky” nature of the buttons may render them ineffective in the long run – especially if they were overused.
We also noticed that when connected with an android tablet, not all the drawing area is available, only the left side – which makes for about a third of the screen. This is due to the portrait orientation of the tablet or android device.
However, we wouldn’t recommend using your tablet this way, unless you have to – in which case you will have to learn to get used to it.
- Slim and sleek design.
- 10 customizable shortcut buttons.
- Battery-free stylus.
- USB-C connectivity.
- Large working area with 5080 LPI.
- There are no tilt options.
- No dial knob that can be customized.
- Just one side USB-C port.
XP-Pen is selling the Deco L along with the Deco LW. The two devices are similar in many ways but one; the Deco LW has Bluetooth connectivity and the Deco L doesn’t. However, the cables and adapters are provided for connection with the Deco L.
The Deco LW is also slightly more expensive than the Deco L – you can guess why. Let’s take a look at the cheaper one – since you’re not missing much anyway even if you choose to save the extra $20.
Dimensions: 13.82 by 8.54 inches | Display Area: 10 by 6.25 inches | Item Weight: 1250 grams | Shortcut Keys: 8 | Connection Type: USB-C | Compatible with Keyboard: No
Who is this for?
The Deco L is a little old fashioned and might benefit those who don’t want to move too quickly to the wireless side of things. However, the rest of the tech is suitable for anyone looking for an affordable and highly functional graphics tablet.
It has everything you need to draw high-quality art. You don’t get anything near Wacom, but this would be perfect if you want a starter tablet but don’t have a lot to spare.
Why we like it
It’s made of durable molded plastic with a rubber padding along the edge, which does a good job to protect the tablet from bumps and scuffs. meaning you can focus more on your drawing than worrying about protecting your precious tablet from damage.
There are four feet at the back (made with the same rubber) of the tablet that helps with the grip on the surface the tablet is laying on. It’s an incredibly thin tablet as well – just 0.3 inches (8.8mm) – and weighs about 830 grams; easy to carry along with you on your travels.
It comes with 8 customizable shortcut keys. The UI (from the driver software) allows you to decide the orientation you want to use. This is great if you like to have the keys on the right side rather than the default left.
The included stylus has a customizable rocker button on its barrel, right next to the grip. The stylus features the touted X3 smart chip technology that makes activation force even more intricate.
You can now draw nice and smoothly tapered lines with this stylus. You also get better control of the pen’s 8192 pressure sensitivity levels. It’s a sleeker pen than earlier generation styluses that were thick. This one looks more like a traditional pen or pencil.
The Deco L doesn’t have Bluetooth so you’ll have to connect it the old-fashion way using a USB-C to USB-A cable. If you need to connect it with your Android device, you’ll need the USB-A to USB-C adapter for that – the adapter is included in the package.
Flaws but not deal breakers
One thing with budget-friendly tablets is they tend to cut corners; subtle corners, but they do tend to get noticed.
One thing we realized here is that XP-Pen does not include a nib holder. We have seen other brands pay attention to this – even the cheap ones.
There is a tiny plastic bag that stores all the nibs and that’s it. The bag cannot be resealed once it’s opened. If you are the type of artist that wears out your nibs and has to replace them, you might have to find a way to store them for long-term use. Otherwise, there is a risk that they will get lost down the road.
- There are 4 colors to choose from.
- High-quality express keys; highly customizable.
- Large working area.
- Thin, lightweight, and a solid build.
- No Bluetooth for this one.
- No storage for the nibs.
Huion vs. XP-Pen – Pen Displays
With pen displays, things get a little more serious. The budget-friendly aspect of things takes a bit of a dive and instead it’s replaced by artistic innovations.
If anyone is looking for a pen display, they have probably looked at Wacom Cintiq or iPad Pro and decided they can’t afford one.
Here’s where Huion and XP-Pen come in.
Pen display technology is only getting better – thus you should still expect serious specs from any of these two brands’ devices. Let’s compare (just in passing) what these two have to offer here.
Unlike the tablets, the difference here is worth paying attention to. The latest release from XP-Pen is the XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 – it’s the Innovator 16’s successor.
It introduced a stylus pen with a new chip that allows it to respond even faster. The drawing experience on the Artist Pro 16 feels beautifully natural. It’s also a very cheap alternative to the Wacom Cintiq or the latest version of the iPad Pro.
Huion on the other hand has introduced a series of devices that rival the Artist Pro (remember these are all 16-inch displays). They have the Kamvas 16, the Kamvas Pro 16 (2.5k), and the Kamvas Pro 16 (4k).
The biggest difference among these is the screen resolution. However, they also differ greatly in terms of price – $399, $599, and $829 in that order.
You’ll have to choose which one suits your needs best, but as you can see, the Artist Pro 16 has an advantage here. It’s cheaper with better specs than the Kamvas 16 (the cheapest of the Huion delegation) and has a stylus with better technology that all of Huion doesn’t have.
But there’s even a better chance of comparing these two brands; by looking at their 24-inch displays – the Huion Kamvas Pro 24, and the XP-Pen Artist Pro 24.
Both are impressive and packed with incredible functionality only bettered by Wacom Cintiq 24. However, they are cheaper than their Wacom counterpart. Both have the same displays and can support 2K QHD.
However, the Huion device has a 4K version that is slightly more expensive. Both tablets (with 2K displays) cost the same price. The Huion version with 4K costs slightly more.
We just mentioned this Huion Kamvas Pro 16 (2.5k) above, well, now let’s look at how it represents the brand in this head-to-head.
Huion Kamvas Pro 16
The Hunion Kamvas Pro 16 offers portability at an affordable price, that doesn’t compromise on quality, and much like the below XP-Pen Artist Pro it’s aimed at those requiring portable performance at an affordable price.
Dimensions: 17.17 x 9.88 x 0.47 inches | Display Area: 13.5 x 7.6 inches | Display Resolution: 2560 x 1440 QHD| Item Weight: 1350 grams | Shortcut Keys: 12 | Connection type: USB-C | Compatible with Keyboard: No | Processor: N/A | Memory: N/A
Who is this for?
This is the second least expensive among the three Huion Kamvas models, with the resolution being the only difference between this one and the 4K model. However the prices do differ quite greatly, and it is also slightly more expensive than the corresponding tablet from XP-Pen.
Why we like it
It’s an awesome 16-inch pen display with a large working area. It’s not the lightest device around but it packs a punch for what it costs.
The IPS LCD screen comes with anti-glare etched glass. It has a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, a 1200:1 contrast ratio, and a 14/ms response time. It has a decent color gamut of 145%sRGB.
The stylus has 8192 pressure sensitivity levels with a 60-degree tilt. You get up to 5080 LPI and 300PPS report rate. The tablet is compatible with Windows 7 or higher, macOS 10.12 or higher, Android 6.0 or later, and supports a bit of Linux.
The pen interface is extremely similar to the high-end Wacom Cintiq displays, and is awesomely accurate and highly responsive. Although the pressure sensitivity range isn’t quite at the standard of Wacom’s, nonetheless it feels smooth and accurate to work with.
Another aspect we like about this display is the programmable buttons. There are 8 in total – all on the left hand side of the panel. But Huion did something to them to aid the artist in his/her work.
There are four different textures for the buttons, that divide the top buttons from the lower ones.
The textures include smooth, then a large circle, then a line, and finally a small bump. The patterns repeat for the bottom buttons but in reverse, starting with the small bump and ending with a smooth texture.
This allows you to easily feel for different buttons without having to take your eyes off your work. It’s a nice adjustment that allows you to use one hand to adjust the tools while the other hand holds the pen and draws.
Flaws but not deal breakers
The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has many standout features. However, some elements do stick out like a sore thumb. The most obvious flaw is the mess of wires.
The USB-S to USB-C cable is probably the only cable many people will require to use the display with their computers. However, there’s a double cable that includes a male HDMI port and a USB-A cable. And then there’s a power adapter as well.
On top of that, there is another USB-C to USB-A power cable (apparently you’ll need that one as well). However, we appreciate Huion taking it upon themselves to cover every angle – who knows what cable you might not have ?.
- It’s a thin display – only 11.5mm thick.
- It comes at a reasonable price.
- There are 8 programmable keys.
- It supports USB-C display and power connectivity through the same cable.
- There is a stand included.
- The build quality isn’t as premium for a tablet that costs $600.
- Too many wires are a bit of a mess.
- There is no touch support.
XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP
Compared to the above Kamvas Pro 16, this artist Pro 16 by XP-Pen is probably the closest thing to a Wacom you can get, but at a fraction of the cost.
Its 4K display alone makes it worth the money! …more details below.
Dimensions: 7.45 x 10 x 0.35 inches | Display Area: 13.5 x 7.6 inches | Display Resolution: 3840 x2160 UHD | Item Weight: 1520 grams | Shortcut Keys: 8 | Connection type: USB-C | Compatible with Keyboard: No | Processor: N/A | Memory: N/A
Who is this for?
Anyone who’s looking for a budget-friendly pen display with a multi-touch option and 4K graphics. It’s the first XP-Pen with 4K graphics and comes with plenty of powerful features to make drawing a bit more fun for just about any level.
Why we like it
If you’ve had an XP-Pen tablet before, it should be a smooth transition to this device because now you can enjoy a 4K ultra HD display. It’s a step in the right direction as far as affordable digital tablets are concerned.
Look out Wacom! That said, this XP-Pen should be the equivalent of the Kamvas Pro 16 (4K) albeit slightly more expensive.
Apart from the 4K resolution, XP-Pen kept the other features the same as other products that came before. For example, the color gamut is still at 92% Adobe RGB and 124% sRGB.
The screen remains at 15.6 inches as the innovator and the Artist Pro 16. It also comes with a stylus that employs the X3 smart chip technology, and has 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity with 60 degrees of tilt.
There are still a lot of wires to sort through, but the main cables are included. You get a USB-C to USB-C connection and a USB-C to HDMI connection. There is a USB-A connection for those with older computers. There is also a security slot, but you’ll have to find your own lock somewhere else.
Flaws but not deal breakers
We still don’t like the many cables provided with this tablet. If you don’t have enough space at your desk, these cables won’t help to improve your situation.
For instance, if you are using the HDMI/USB-A connection, you will have to deal with the bulky HDMI cable. That leaves very little space in nearby ports. You can still spread the USB-A to reach another port, but that just means more wires on top of your table/desk.
- Great and vivid color gamut.
- Comes with a 4K screen at an affordable price.
- Very little parallax.
- You can connect to both older and newer devices.
- Lightweight stylus.
- The mess of wires will mess up your working space.
- Limited touch-screen on macOS.
- There is no kickstand.
Huion vs. XP-Pen – Brand Differences
Now that we have seen how Huion and XP-Pen compare with their devices, it’s time to get into the weeds of this vs. analysis and look at other aspects that may differentiate them.
One thing to note from both these manufacturers is that they are both cheaper alternatives to the mainstream digital art brands such as Wacom and iPad Pro.
You also need to keep in mind that the two brands make different sizes of tablets. Some may directly compare while others may not. Here we will use what we have already discussed in this article.
XP-Pen and Huion focus on one thing; providing fantastic drawing tablets at a cheaper price. There’s probably no wrong answer as far as quality is concerned between the two – it all boils down to personal preferences. You decide what best fits your creative needs.
However, we will say a few things concerning these two brands. XP-Pen seems to have a broader selection of cheap pen tablets (the ones without a screen), with tremendous value for money.
However, if you want a quality pen display (something closer to Wacom Cintiq or Intuos), then Huion comes out on top. They have higher-quality pen displays that are cheaper.
Software and drivers
Both brands have software and drivers that can be downloaded from their websites. Once you have your tablet, you can download the software to customize different settings for the styluses and the tablet itself.
One area to note here is that both brands have awesome software that seems to work nicely across multiple devices. However, both tend to show different results when connected with android devices (especially pen tablets).
The XP-Pen software allows you to connect to your android tablet but you can only use it in portrait mode. The Huion software works perfectly with other devices but tends to reduce the size of the drawing area.
We could say that both need to work on improving things here. However, we would pick XP-Pen’s software because it allows you so much more freedom with the customization of your tablet.
For example, you can change how you want the shortcut buttons to appear – works great whether you are left-handed or right-handed.
For customer care and support, it all comes down to people’s experiences with these devices. Apart from our own, we’ve had to look for what others say about these two brands in terms of how they have been treated – as well as asking some of our peers in the digital artist world.
For customer support, it often depends on what your issue is, but both brands will respond to your tickets promptly. Huion will often ask for many details if there are many issues, and you will often be asked to send them the faulty component at your own cost before they can replace it.
So, here we will give XP-Pen the points.
Warranty and after service care
We have not had to replace any of our pen nibs or other accessories with our current XP-Pen and Huion tablets. However, from what we’ve gathered out there, it’s easier, for example, to get a nib replacement for an XP-Pen tablet than it is for a Huion tablet. Huion seems to always be out of stock.
XP-Pen has a page dedicated to nibs, where you pick out the stylus you need the nibs for. Their nibs are also extremely cheap – you can buy 100 nibs for $9.99. Huion seems to mix the nibs up and you can never tell which one works for your stylus. So, XP-Pen wins here as well.
Sometimes it pays to have a device that is well equipped; it saves you money and working with it is easier. For instance, it’s awesome to have a tablet stand that comes with the device rather than having to buy one separately later on. Both brands tend to include different accessories for different devices.
However, you can be certain that they will both include crucial accessories such as replacement nibs, power chargers, styluses, USB cables, and more.
However, even though both brands include a similar assortment of accessories, we like the ones from Huion more. They even include hand gloves if you don’t want your fingers to be all over the shiny styluses. That’s worth appreciating!
Both brands have different products for every budget. They are both out to make digital drawing fun for art enthusiasts. If you ever wanted to make drawing a hobby, these two brands want you to turn that dream into reality with their affordable tablets.
Huion has a number of pen tablets that vary in price, and XP-Pen follows the same route here as well.
However, XP-Pen has a larger stable of cheap graphics tablets. There are many more options at low price points. That said, Huion builds them better than XP-Pen.
Huion also tends to be more innovative – a case in point is their Keydial KD200 which is both a graphics tablet and a keyboard. We love the large number of cheap XP-Pen tablets, but we would consider the top-notch quality of things here and go with Huion. There is better value for money.
Both brands work hard to ensure their customers receive as clear instructions as possible. To be fair, both use the instructions booklets to let their customers know how much they care for them.
The instructions aren’t just for how to use the device, they also include how to use the accessories provided and where to get replacements.
We didn’t have any problems understanding what both brands say in their instructional manuals. However, we loved how well the instructions were structured with Huion devices. Everything is where it needs to be.
Many customers also seem to agree that Huion is more straightforward than XP-Pen.
Both XP-Pen and Huion are compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome devices, and Android devices. However, the trouble often comes when you have to use some of them with different Android devices.
Some Android devices will not connect and even when they do, the user experience isn’t often as smooth as it is with Windows and Mac devices. They probably need to work to make this better.
That said, many Huion devices are more compatible with Android devices than XP-Pen. The difference isn’t so significant to sound the alarm, but we would still pick Huion for more devices that can connect with Android devices.
Huion vs. XP-Pen – Which should you choose?
Well, it’s not easy to pick a clear winner in this vs. battle, and it largely comes down to what you individually like from your pen tablets and pen displays.
Huion has a lot of pen tablets that are affordable and highly functional, and many of them are built to last longer. XP-Pen, on the other hand, has many cheap pen tablets that would be a dream of any beginner artist with a tight budget.
Our verdict for pen tablets would be quality over quantity; Huion carries the day!
When it comes to pen displays, one would be tempted to call it a draw here. Before XP-Pen unveiled their 4K device, it would’ve been easier to pick a winner (Huion).
Even so, we would argue that the closest pen display to a Wacom is manufactured by Huion. XP-Pen is better equipped here, but once again you want something that is going to stay with you for longer and keep delivering high-quality drawings – a Huion pen display!
And lastly, when it come to brand deliverables, the above scores don’t lie:
Huion cleans up and takes the win again!
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