The XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro 21.5" Graphic Drawing Tablet Monitor is the largest sub below $600.00 pen display monitor I could find that met all my other criteria. When it comes to drawing surfaces I believe the bigger the better, hence my choice. I know there are bigger displays but my budget didn't stretch that far.
I also know WACOM pen display tablets are generally better quality products but I didn't want to settle for the 13.3" screen of the Cintiq 13HD, the only one of their tablets in my price range.
It should be noted that this is my first Pen Display monitor. Prior to this I was using a WACOM Intuos 4 Drawing Tablet (which is no longer available but is similar to the Intuos Pro Tablets). This was a factor in my choice not to stick with a smaller WACOM display tablet. I figure, what I don't know I won't miss. Even if a WACOM 13HD is better for drawing - I'm not going to know.
That said, I can still compare the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro to my WACOM Intuos.
If you want the actual specs of the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro visit their website. This review is mainly focused on my personal experience of using the monitor since I have nothing but my WACOM Intuos to compare it with.
The PXP-Pen Artist 22 Pro came packaged with the tablet display itself, battery-free pen, power adapter, power cord, HDMI, USB and VGA cables, DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, 1 tablet documentation.
Artist 22 Pro has also included a few free gifts: A screen protector, an artist glove, lens cloth, cleaning brush and anti-static glove.
XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro Specifications
Buy online from offical Store : https://www.storexppen.com/buy/60.html
Size: 23.3 x 16.8 inch
Active Area: 18.8 x 10.6 inch
Connection: HDMI, USB, VGA
Express Keys: No
Spare Nibs: 8
Pressure Levels: 8192
Wireless Support: No
Resolution: 5080 lpi
Pen Reading Speed: 266 rps
Response Time: 14ms
Minimum System Requirements: Windows 7/8/10 or OS X 10.10 and higher
IPS panel : An IPS panel is the main technical specification you want to look out for ever you’re buying a tv, monitor or screen for any purpose. If a monitor has (IPS) In-plane switching you know you’re getting a really good monitor. You know this because an ISP panels have the best colors and the best viewing angles in comparison to other monitors.
The tablet display has a large active area of 18.8 x 10.6 inches, so you'll never run out of room when drawing. The display also has clear, vibrant colors that match the monitor perfectly.
Everything you can do with a Cintiq is possible with this tablet. You get 178° of rotation which lets you easily draw from any angle. And the pen can even tilt as far as 45° either way and still draw with surprising accuracy. You can get pretty damn flexible!
One happy surprise about UC-Logic drivers is their excellent responsiveness, which I find comparable or better than other digitizers, including Wacom’s. The XP-Pen’s driver has a comfortable pressure curve and seem to maximize line variation. You can get very thin, interesting lines, similar to using a ballpoint pen.
Unfortunately there are some problems with glare due to the display being made of glass. Just make XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro sure there is no harsh lighting around the display and you should be okay.
There is a small amount of parallax, maybe 1/10” of an inch, with the cursor being a little under the pen. I do not mind this as I like to see where the cursor is. If it were larger, I would mind, but it’s pretty small. I drew around the edges and did not get jitter regardless of speed or direction.
Once I turned the tablet display on I was greeted with a display of vibrant colors. Surprisingly, the colors perfectly matched the colors on my monitor and there was no need to adjust them to get the picture right.
Some artists use this as a second or third monitor and it’s certainly large enough to fill that job.
21.5" hard screen ISP Panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080
Exceptional accuracy everywhere on the screen
178° horizontal and verticle viewing angle
8192 levels of pressure
Options for HDMI, VGA, or DVI
Comes with extra goodies like an artist’s glove and screen protector
XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro's Rechargeable stylus.
The other main criteria I had for choosing the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro is that it's one of the few Pen Display Monitor competitors to WACOM that comes with a 8192 levels of pressure stylus.
Simply put, the harder you press on the stylus, the greater the pressure level identified and the thicker the line.
The advantage of going with a greater number of pressure levels is that it enables you to make finer distinctions in the thickness of the lines, which is essential when working on high-resolution drawings.
With 8192 levels of XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro pressure, this stylus gives you enough room to express yourself with a fairly good range of line weights.
The stylus that came with the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro had great accuracy, The rounded shape of the stylus meant that the two programmable buttons the stylus had could always be easily pressed when needed.
I reprogrammed two of buttons on the P02S to function as middle-mouse-click and right-mouse-click which served as a satisfactory work around me. My hand is always on the keyboard anyway and the response is great with no perceivable lag.
The stylus comes with extra nibs, a nib remover - all contained in the stylus desk stand. The stylus that came with the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro had great accuracy, The rounded shape of the stylus meant that the two programmable buttons the stylus had could always be easily pressed when needed.
For a long time I was under the impression that only Wacom had access to such hardware. I’m glad to admit I was wrong. This stylus has everything you’d expect from a Wacom pen and the monitor tablet comes at a fraction of the cost.
The P02S stylus does not have an Eraser . you may need charging just like your phone or laptop. And if they die you will have to find a power source to charge before you can draw again. The company says the pen battery lasts a minimum of 800 hours.
Flexible, ergonomically designed stand
The included stand that comes with the Artist 22 Pro is fine if you're going to leave the monitor in one spot but it's not practical to use a pen display as a monitor only in the drawing position.
The back legs are very handy and they feel firm in any position. You can get a reliable tilt without worrying about breaking anything or having the legs give way to your weight.
Despite looking easy to adjust, it's not, due to the sheer size and weight of the monitor. Plus, once you have all three cables attached to the back of the monitor, moving it around becomes tricky.
Device Setup / Connection
With both a VGA and HDMI cable you should have no problem connecting this to any computer. Most video cards support both inputs and most laptops like MacBook pros have at least one HDMI port.
Installing the Monitor into my system was fairly painless, though it could have used better instructions. Not having used anything like this before I had no idea that the supplied USB cable is what sends all the pen's interactions back to the computer. I was thinking the USB port on the monitor was perhaps a USB through port or something like other devices I have.
If you don't connect the USB cable from the monitor to your computer the device is literally just a straight monitor that you can connect to your system either via HDMI, VGA or DVI port. The various monitor port options were great since I already have two monitors connected to my system. Unfortunately my graphics card, which can have three monitors connected, can only run two of them at any one time.
Not too big an issue. It just means, when I plan to use the Pen Display I have to go into my Graphic Card control panel and switch one monitor over. I could just remove one monitor entirely from my system but I like them too much - and both have better color and are brighter than the XP-Pen, even if that is set to full brightness.
Make sure you plug in the power cord first just to be sure it powers on. Now when connecting the USB cable to the computer it’ll already have a power source and should work right away.
Through the course of researching Pen Displays I read that people sometimes encountered issues with WACOM drivers conflicting with other Pen Display drivers. In light of that, I made sure my Intuos drivers were completely removed from my system before installing the XP-Pen drivers from the CD.
I've also read some people have had no issues with both WACOM drivers and other Pen Display drivers installed so, whether uninstalling the drivers was necessary or not, I don't know. The fact is the XP-Pen Drivers installed with no problems and everything worked fine (once I worked out I needed the USB cable connected too).
This tablet should run on every major version of Windows or Mac. You can get this working on computers ranging from Win7 to Win10. Mac users have support from OS X 10.6 and newer.
you can download the drivers right from xp-pen's offical website https://www.xp-pen.com because you’ll get the latest version.
There are separate links for the Windows and Mac drivers and they both come in a .zip file. Unzip the drivers and find whichever drivers you need(32-bit or 64-bit if applicable).
Using the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro
In general, it's been great so far. I feel the color and brightness of the Artist 22 Pro isn't quite as vibrant as the promotional images would have you believe but it's completely fine. It's possible you don't want a monitor, that you're sitting so close to, to be too bright just for eye safety reasons anyway.
I use it mostly with Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio) for sketching ideas, illustration and character design work. I've also used it with Springboard for Storyboarding.
In comparison to my WACOM Intuos I would say it's just as responsive. Both have more than 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity but this isn't something I've exploited a lot. Much of my work is sketching and then converting my art to vectors where pressure sensitivity is not necessarily vital.
I was never a heavy user of my Intuos tablet because, although I had no issue with the disconnect between the pad and the screen, I never liked the indirectness of it.
Drawing directly on screen wins hands down for me. Other than the shape of the stylus shaft there's not a lot of difference between the drawing experience (apart from the drawing pad vs drawing directly on screen).
What I do miss from my Intuos is the programmable side buttons and control ring, which enable you to draw with one hand and control things like zooming and rotating the canvas with the other.The pen display has no programmable buttons and this was actually a plus for me. I appreciate the minimalist look that the screen has without buttons. I never used those tablet buttons anyway because I hated moving my hand from my keyboard to awkwardly push in one of those gummy little buttons.
The XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro is all screen with no programmable buttons. If you want this function , you may can buy a XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Pen Tablet Monitor , it have 16 hotkeys . Whilst you can use your spare hand with your keyboard it's harder to locate an entire keyboard to a comfortable position alongside the monitor whilst drawing.
Installing this was a simple case of plugging it in to a USB port and then mapping the keyboard short cuts I use all the time to it. Now I can easily draw with one hand and access all my keyboard shortcuts with the other.
XP-Pen is doing their best to put their best foot forward in customer service. That means a lot, especially if you're going out on a limb with a new product. I am way less apprehensive trying out a new product if I am confident I can speak to someone if I am unhappy. XP-Pen is quick to respond to emails and they have a facebook page that responds quickly to inquiries and posts frequent contests and community artwork. They even post welcomes to new community members.
I tracked it from HK to Toronto in 3 days! Three days!! That seems nutty to me. Plus free shipping, my dudes.
The only real downside is that this model does not have touch sensitivity. Nor tilt on stylus. But I'd ask how often do you use tilt?
As my very first pen display monitor I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I have no doubt an equivalent WACOM Pen Display Monitor would probably blow the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro out of the water but at least four to five times the price it should.
As a light user of this kind of display, where the majority of my work is sketching out ideas rather than creating finished art, the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro Pen Display Monitor is more than capable.
If you've never had a Pen Display tablet this is definitely a good first encounter. The luxury of a big screen at a fraction of the price of other options is a great selling point.
I haven't had any issues with the responsiveness of the stylus or the fact that it is rounded in shape. I enjoy using it and am very happy .
Overall I'd recommend the XP-Pen Artist 22 Pro to anyone looking to buy their first Pen Display Monitor or wanting to upgrade to a larger monitor but still on a limited budget.
Do you like to draw using digital technology? There are many different digital tablets that are used for drawing. The XP-Pen tablet can plug into your computer so you can draw with it using a program on your computer. But, you can draw just with the XP-Pen without a computer if you wanted to. With so many different drawing tablets out, there are many options.
Aside from my computer and Photoshop, a graphic tablet is probably the sole piece of equipment that gets used for every single image I shoot. It plays an indispensable role in processing – specifically, for precision dodging and burning, and masking and retouching on more involved images. I’ve been a big fan of the XP-Pen Star series since 2015; every one of years or so, I have to buy a new one because I wear through the surface – that should give you an idea of just how important they are in my photography. I also use them for design work and illustration, too. My Star03 has been with me since 2015 .
I did a lot of research into tablets and displays alike, trying to determine which would best suit my needs. The use of Photoshop was my primary concern. Portability and OS compatibility were further down my list, since I didn't foresee carrying a tablet around with me all the time, and I have both a Apple and Windows based computers. I looked into the Surface Pro, iPad, and XP-Pen and ultimately went with a Artist 13.3. I won't go into pros and cons of other options here, but having used the Artist for a few months now, there are definitely things I like and dislike about it.
The XP-Pen Artist 13.3 V2 is a new 13.3-inch interactive pen display. Aimed at creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing, the Artist 13 HD combines a 13.3” HD screen, slim and compact design, simple setup, an adjustable stand and an improved pen for creating directly on the screen. The new XP-Pen Artist 13.3 V2 will be available for £299.99 in https://www.amazon.co.uk/XP-Pen-Artist13-3-Interactive-1920x1080-Battery-free/dp/B075D7NWHV .
Boasting high quality HD resolution with advanced control and comfort, the new Artist provides an immersive experience consistent with XP-Pen’s family of interactive pen displays .Aimed at creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing, it combines a 13.3” HD screen, slim and compact design, simple setup, an adjustable stand and an improved pen for creating directly on the screen. Easily integrated into any environment, the Artist 13.3 is the ideal tool to support creativity and enhance productivity, offering a natural and immersive experience.
Artist13.3 V2 Technical Specifications
Screen resolution:- Full HD 1920 X 1080.
Maximum colors for the screen:- 16.7 million.
Screen Aspect Ratio:- 16:9.
Contrast Ratio:- 800:1.
Resolution: 5080 LPI
Color Gamut:-75% Adobe RGB.
Pen Tilt Sensitivity:- ±60.
Screen viewing angle (according to XP-Pen’s website):- 178°, ±89 Horizontally, ±89° Vertically.
Comes with pro, and an additional 8 nibs inside the case.
Active drawing area- 293.76×165.24 mm.
Product Dimension:- 389.0×250.7×14 mm.
Supports precision mode, which allows you to temporarily map the whole screen to a small portion of the canvas with a press of a button, which allows you to add details more easily.
Allows you to enjoy the natural creative experience of working directly on screen.
Has a passive pen doesn’t require charging.
Pressure (8192 levels) XP-Pen P03S Pen performs like traditional brushes, pencils and markers.
Easy shortcut access with our six time-saving, customizable Express Keys .
Simple set-up to PC or Mac with 3-in-1 cable. Bear in mind that you will need an adapter for Mac.
Comfortable, compact, lightweight design.
Windows compatibility:- Compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 10.
Mac compatibility:- Compatible with Mac OS / Mac OS X 10.8 and above.
Superior IPS glass screen in HD quality
Perfect for professionals such as artists, graphic designers and photographers, the Artist 13.3’s best-in-class screen displays 16.7m colours to ensure life-like colour quality. In addition, the wide-format HD LED display offers a wide viewing angle of 178° and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels that is particularly beneficial for handling intricate graphics.Some artists prefer higher resolution to draw with, but that can make the icons smaller in some programs.
With the same level of pressure sensitivity 8192 Levels and 6 ExpressKeys . artists, designers, photographers and creators of all kinds can immerse themselves in the pen display's 1920x1080 pixel canvas to work intuitively, naturally and efficiently across 16.7 million colors.
The screen is so responsive. And there is a little chance you will feel any lag while drawing with it. Kudos for XP-Pen for that. The screen is bright it looks sharp and good.
Oddly though, I found drawing on the screen itself very odd – not just for the above reasons – but because my hand would often block the area I was working on. There’s still some distance between pen tip and cursor – the pressure sensitive layer has to go somewhere – and this does hamper precision slightly. I admit it felt a bit more natural to use the tablet in the normal way, The good news is that the Artist13.3 can be used both directly as a display/tablet combo – i.e. as primary display, where your pen position corresponds directly to the screen – or in the same way as the non-display tablets, where the area maps to your primary display, but the screen itself remains active and can continue to be used as a secondary display for things that don’t require pressure sensitivity – your email window, for instance.
The full Artist13.3 Usage experience
As with all XP-Pen interactive pen displays, the Artist 13.3 Graphics Drawing Monitor enables users to create directly on the screen for an immersive and seamless process that feels natural and saves time.
The new and improved cordless and battery-free P03S Pen offers advanced pen performance, superior comfort, precision and control. With 8,192 levels of pressure and tilt sensitivity, it is perfect for precision work and is ergonomically designed. The Artist 13.3 comes with a convenient case to securely store the P03S Pen and everything else an artist needs at their fingertips including spare nibs.
The more pressure sensitivity a tablet has, the more variation of pressure you could apply with the pen, which can allow to quickly draw thin or think lines, or transparent & opaque lines, depending on how much pressure you apply with the pen.Pressure sensitivity is what allows you to vary the width or opacity of your lines by applying more pressure on the tablet surface.
Offers great accuracy and is very responsive, with no lag at all. It is more accurate than any regular graphics tablet you will ever get. The same can be said about all pen displays in general.
The 6 Hot Express Keys
The Artist 13.3 offers six fully customizable ExpressKeys , users can take complete command of their favorite software by hand and by pen simultaneously.Making use of these shortcuts can save valuable time by minimising keyboard dependency.
Capable of connecting to both Mac and PC computers, users can make the most of all of their favorite software, including the Adobe Creative Suite, Manga Studio5/Clip Studio Paint, Autodesk's SketchBook Pro, Corel Painter, Pixologic's ZBrush and more.
A Versatile 3 in 1 Cable
Do you like tangled cords in your carrying case, or the narrow portability bottleneck of setting up cords? Me neither, that’s why I like the Artist 3 in 1 cable.
I’ve been struck by the urge to draw on a long commute many times, but given up due to the hassle required to even get started.
Since wireless connection is unfortunately not yet a viable option for this kind of tablet, XP-Pen tackle this issue with a clever 3 in 1 cable that handles all video and power through one slot.The USB type-C is the only cable that's connected to the pen display. The whole setup is quite clean.
There are 3 cables you have to attach to the XP-Pen Artist 13.3. USB, HDMI and Power cables. The Artist comes with a 3-in-1 cable than contains all the 3. Which makes it more convenient. But keep in mind that sometimes one of these 3 cables can gets wobbly. Which causes the screen to go all black for you. So you better be careful with that if you placed this Artist on your lap.
The XP-Pen Artist 13.3 is compatible with both Windows & Mac. If you are a Mac user, you will need to get a Thunderbolt to HDMI cable to be able to use the Artist. Or whatever is compatible with your Mac. As some older Macs comes with a mini display port instead of Thunderbolt. In that case. Mini display port to HDMI adapter will be offered by free costs.
Bear in mind that XP-Pen Artist13.3 doesn’t come with a stand. I don’t think that’s a deal breaker for many artists, you can buy XP-Pen’s stand, buy a 3rd party stand, or make your own.
Produst warranty is defined as how long the drawing tablet lasts. This is important to the product because artists want a tablet that will last a long time. The XP-Pen Artist 13.3 has a limited warranty of 1 years .
With the driver, you can change the pressure sensitivity, assign functions to the side and physical shortcut buttons, calibrate the screen to compensate for parallax offset and switch to left-handed mode if you want to.
When you're using it for the first time, there's going to be parallax. The glass is close to the screen but there's still a distance. There's parallax so you'll definitely want to calibrate the screen.
There isn't much difference between Windows and Mac drivers except that with the Windows driver, you can change the pressure curve but the Mac driver uses a pressure slider dial.
If you use dual monitors, the driver also allows you to click a button to switch between monitors to use.
My testing involved using the Artist as a second display and as a working tablet. It's a nice display but smaller than a usual desktop. Screen resolutions are limited to 1080p, 720p and 1600x1200. Default is 1080p which is nearly illegible for my eyes. I've set mine to 1600x1200 and it's ok, 720p makes a Photoshop an exercise in moving around so that doesn't work for me. I would prefer more resolution choices than are offered.
That stand is also quite annoying if you don't get the screen positioned just right, tending to fall over a lot. The price of portability I guess.
As a tablet the Artist 13.3 works very well. I found it gritty at first but more use smooths the nib out and it now rides smoothly. I got used to working on big displays so I have had to relearn zoom and move keystrokes in Photoshop to move around on images. The big deal for me is the ability to engage the pressure sensitivity as a brush function and this worked flawlessly. I was able to control filters and masks not just by drawing but also handle flow rate and such using just pen pressure. Just like you should be able to do.
If you are an illustrator or graphic artist of any sort, I think you’re going to love the XP-Pen Artist 13.3 Drawing Pen Display tablet unconditionally – unless you need a much larger monitor. If you’re a photographer and need a decent monitor and a tablet, and don’t mind the relatively small area, then you’ll love it, too. If you’re a photographer on the go, you’ll appreciate the added screen real estate and tablet-in-one; just make sure you don’t forget any of the cables or doodads, or the thing will be useless. If you’re used to a big screen…this is where I have trouble: you have to think very carefully about whether you can either live with working off a small screen for the draw-direct effect, or find a use for an extra display when you use the tablet area mapped to your primary.
In case you don’t want touch, or want to save few bucks and get the Artist series for cheaper, it may worth it to get this Artist 13.3 model. like the 8192 level of pressure sensitivity, the HD screen, the 3-to-1 cable. And the P03S Pen with 8 replacement nibs.XP-Pen Artist13.3 is one of the most affordable Cintiq alternatives out there, price-wise. It’s really a good choice if you’re cash-strapped, as long as you don’t mind drawing on a smaller screen .
Technology is just a tool, and we have to be updated with it, it is very easy to become obsolete in no time within this times, but…..without skills, knowledge and craft, they are just merely tools.
This time I want to share my experience with the display tablet XP-Pen Artist 15.6.
I bought this some weeks ago and I had some time to try it and here is my review!
The XP-Pen Artist 15.6 is a display tablet. This means you can directly draw on the display! This is cool, because I found it quite hard to draw on a tablet while looking at the display of the laptop.
This one only costs £399.99 on https://www.amazon.co.uk/XP-Pen-Artist15-6-1920x1080-Graphics-Battery-free/dp/B0785682VP currently.
Product Dimension: 443 x 280 x 12.6 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Active Area: 11.8 x 7.5 inches, 15.6 inch diagonal
Resolution: FHD 1920 x 1080 (16:9 ratio)
Display Type: IPS
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Expresskeys: 6 buttons
Pen Pressure: 8192 levels
Resolution: 5080 LPI
Display Color Gamut: 75% Adobe RGB
Visual Angle: 178°
Power Output: 5V DC, 2A (max)
Power Input: 100 to 240VAC, 50/60Hz
Other features: Can display 4K content dithered to 1080p.
1x Pen display
1x Passive pen
1x Pen Stand
1x 3 in 1 Cable
1x CD drive
1x Quick Guide
8x Replacement Pen Nibs
1x Cleaning Cloth
1x Anti-fouling Drawing Glove
1 x HDMI to Mac Adapter Cable
XP-Pen is an artist specific company which only makes artist supplies such as tablets and light pads. They are the only Wacom alternative that I have come across which offers battery-free pens consistently for all their graphic tablets. Not all of their drawing monitors use battery-free pens though.
-XP-Pen is fairly established company alongside Huion, so they are quite trustworthy.
-Their graphic tablets are all quite good and the “age” of each tablet is fairly easy to figure out as they are named in order from oldest to newest (ex. Star 03 is older than Star 04).
-Their drawing monitors are all quite respectable, but I have heard that the monitor colours are not very well calibrated out-of-the-box.
-XP-Pen is currently the only company which offers company-developed Linux drivers (still in beta testing). Wacom’s Linux drivers are community-developed, and are not actually official drivers, so XP-Pen is the first to do this.
Is XP-Pen worth looking at for drawing monitors?
Here is how the packing looks like:
When opening it, I was so surprised about all the accessoirs inside! There's nothing missing: You get a glove, a tissue, a lot of cables and adapters!
And there's already a matte screen protector on it.
I didn't find it hard to put all cables together. There is an instruction inside and if everything fails, there are many videos on Youtube.
It's great that the tablet has a USB-C connection and if your PC gives it enough power, you don't need an external power source! This means it can be quite portable!
Important: Please deinstall all old drivers (e.g. from Wacom) before installing the most current one from the XP-Pen website.
And mind that the resolution of the display tablet is the same as your display from your PC. In my case, it's 1920 x 1080.
After installing the driver and putting all together, you can adjust the tablet like the pressure sensitivity and the express keys.
Now my workplace looks like this:
Mind that there is NO stand included! But it doesn't matter because I simply bought a cheap one from Amazon. You can use any stand for a 17 inch laptop.
The pen is made of plastic, has a triangle shape and has a light weight. It can't roll away on the table.
It has 2 adjustable keys like you know from Wacom and like the Wacom one, it's a passive pen. It means you don't have to charge it ever!
Compared to Wacom's pens, it has no rubber grip and it's slimmer. Honestly, I loved the one from Wacom, but well... it's a matter of taste.
Have a comparing picture:
But the most important thing is: It works!
You can draw well on the XP-Pen Artist 15.6.
I use it with Clip Studio Paint and Paint Tool Sai and both work very smooth!
With over 8000 levels of pressure sensitivity you can work properly!
I found out that I have to put more pressure on the pen to make visible strokes or use a bigger brush, although I put it on "soft" in the settings. But it's not bad to me.
And I also noticed a slight parallax because of the thickness of the display. That's the distance between the tip of the pen and where the cursor is. The parallax is around 1mm which is not much. But you have to get used to it.
With callibration you can minimize it.
The matte screen protector is practical and good it's already on the display. We all know how hard it is to put a screen protector without any bubbles and dust! ^^;
For many artists, a matte protector is good because it is anti-glare and you get a paperlike feeling. However, because of its texture it eats the nibs quite fast!
I personally prefer clear ones, but this is also a matter of taste.
The screen colours on this tablet do not come calibrated, so I suggest that you run Windows Colour Calibration a few times to manually calibrate it, or use a colorimeter. I used a ColorMunki Display with DisplayCal to calibrate mine.
To change the monitor colours through the monitor settings, you have to go to the Color tab in the monitor settings, click Color Temperature, and scroll down to User and select that. Otherwise, the individual RGB adjustment sliders are greyed out and not adjustable. You could probably just use the sRGB mode in the monitor settings if you can’t be bothered to try calibrating it.
Turning on Gamma in the monitor settings also helps to improve the colours on screen. Gamma was turned off by default when I received it.
I mentioned this in the “How good is this tablet?” section before, but the IPS screen is not as good as it could be on the XP-Pen Artist 15.6.
The selling point of an IPS screen is that you can view the exact same colours from all viewing angles. The colours on screen should look the same whether you look at the screen from directly in front or from the side.
However, the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Drawing Monitor screen colours look washed out when you move your head to view the screen from fairly shallow angles despite being an IPS screen. You can see the colours getting washed out in the photo above.
I can certainly understand why it’s not perfect considering it was released around 2+ years ago, but for artists I would suggest a proper all-angle IPS screen for accurate colour reproduction, so this tablet somewhat fails in that regard.
Disregarding the somewhat aged viewing angles, this tablet has a decent colour gamut of around 92% sRGB and 70% Adobe RGB using DisplayCal and a ColorMunki colorimeter. Nothing particularly special, but certainly nothing to scoff at either.
Overall, the screen quality is not bad, but it feels like the age of this tablet is starting to show with the subpar viewing angles. Certainly use-able, but not ideal.
The tablet drivers are pretty easy to install. Just go download the latest version from xp-pen.com and remove all other tablet drivers you have on your computer before installing it.
Once you install the drivers, an icon should automatically appear in your System Tray which looks like the above. You can access the tablet settings by clicking on that. (The System Tray is the area on the taskbar by the clock.)
If the installer doesn’t automatically prompt you to restart your computer after the drivers are installed, I recommend that you do anyways to allow the Windows files to properly integrate into your system.
In the Info tab, you have the option to hide the icon in the system tray and turn on/off Digital Ink (also known as Windows Ink).
If you accidentally hide the icon, you can find the tablet settings by searching for tablet settings, or looking for the tablet settings in the Control Panel.
The Digital Ink option is usually best left off, but certain programs such as Photoshop need it turned on for pen pressure to work. If your pen pressure isn’t working in a program, the first thing to try is turning on/off the Digital Ink option.
In the Monitor Setting tab, you choose which monitor your tablet is mapped to. That’s all.
In the Button tab, you can choose which functions your pen buttons are mapped to and the speed of double clicks.
Unfortunately, the buttons cannot be mapped to anything aside from right, left, middle mouse click, and the pen/eraser toggle.
In the Pressure tab, you can change the lightness or hardness of the pen pressure and test it.
The pen pressure starts at the lightest it can be though, so you can only increase the pen pressure to require heavier presses. I had no problems with the default light setting.
In the Calibration tab, you can calibrate the cursor using 4-point or 9-point calibration.
I personally do not see the point of calibrating the cursor on a drawing monitor as I find it is simplest to understand where the cursor will be by keeping the default machine calibration, in other words, cursor 90 degrees directly under the pen.
When you calibrate the cursor, you are basically forcing yourself to only be able to work with your head in a single spot so that the cursor appears directly under the pen from that angle. If you move your head even a little bit and look from a different angle, the cursor will no longer be where you expect it to be.
On the other hand, if you get used to the default machine calibration, you can draw the same no matter where your head is in front of the screen because the location of the cursor is constant in relation to the pen.
Overall, the drivers for the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 are quite basic, but they have everything you would need for drawing on the tablet.
The drawing experience!
The drawing experience on this tablet was quite good for a tablet that was released 2+ years ago. Drawing on a smooth glass screen was not a bad experience at all, and the pen input as well as the pen pressure were smooth and predictable.
I only truly test my tablets on Clip Studio Paint because that’s all I use. You should contact XP-Pen support directly if you want to know if the tablet is compatible with the drawing program you use, but most major drawing programs should be compatible. Their customer support is also very kind so there’s no need to be afraid of contacting them directly.
You can see an extremely slight wobble in the lines I drew with a ruler on the testing page. The wobble is extremely minimal so it shouldn’t have an effect on your drawing. The pen pressure is extremely smooth as well.
There were no problems regarding the tablets performance at all.
Regarding the temperature of the tablet, no parts of the screen become even close to unbearably warm. The bottom middle area becomes slightly warm compared to the rest of the screen, but that is all.
There were no problems regarding extended use of the tablet.
Another issue I had with the tablet was that FHD resolution of 1920x1080p actually looks kind of pixelated on a 15.6-inch monitor. FHD resolution is fine on a normal 15.6-inch monitor because your face is actually quite far from the screen while typing/working/gaming. However, on a drawing monitor, your face gets really close to the screen so the pixels become quite apparent, especially on a super clear glass screen with no texture like on the XP-Pen Artist 15.6.
The reason that this was never a problem with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD (which also has FHD resolution on a 22-inch screen) is because of the texture and how it blurs the actual screen below it. Because of the blur, no one sees the pixelation in the first place so no one complains about FHD resolution being too low for the Cintiq 15.6s 15.6-inch screen!
Overall, I couldn’t actually find an issue about the drawing during my drawing.
To sum it up, there are following pros (+) and cons (-):
+ the unbeatable price of £399.99(Mind that the cheapest Wacom Cintiq has the double price!)
+ almost 16 inches, which is a good size to draw on
+ feels like it has a good quality
+ so much accessoirs like adapter, glove, tissue,...
+ Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080
+ 8192 levels of pressure sensivity
+ passive pen that doesn't need batteries or charging
+ if your PC gives enough power, you don't need an external power source
+ light and compact device
+ 6 adjustable express keys on the device and 2 on the pen
There also are things, which I don't directly consider as cons, but you have to be aware of them before buying:
- pen is light and feels a bit "cheap" compared to a Wacom pen
- slight parallax of 1mm, can be corrected by callibration, but is still there
- Sometimes the pen doesn't react on the edged below (e.g. at the task bar) immediatly. Then you have to put the pen away from the edge and then it works again.
- The matte screen protector eats the nibs so fast!! Luckily, you can buy extra nibs quite cheap.
- different colors on the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 pen display tablet monitor than on my laptop monitor, needs a bit callibration
- no included stand, but you can buy from any other brand
- NO pen tilt
- NO eraser on the pen
- just one year warranty
But all in all, you get a solid drawing device for a fair price!
I personally like this display tablet because either I can live with the cons or I don't miss them.
I didn't use a Wacom Cintiq long enough for a proper comparison, but regarding the price difference, I would have compared apples with pears.
In my opinion, this is a good drawing device for hobby or semi-professional artists! Since I'm no professional artist, I don't know if it would match their expectations.
But I also wouldn't spend over $2000 for such a gadget.
The support is nice and helpful. I contacted them before because I was afraid of getting the same experience with a bad support again. But they are very nice and understanding!
Maybe there is no "Wow" feeling like when I first touched a Wacom Cintiq, but this is a matter of mind, I guess. You don't need an expensive tool to make great art, please remember!
In the end, it's the artist behind the device or tools!
I hope, this review helps a bit!
A drawing tablet, also known as a graphics tablet, uses a pen or stylus to translate your strokes from the tablet to your computer screen with an incredible degree of precision. It’s much more natural and comfortable to use than a mouse or touchpad, whether you want to paint, illustrate, animate in 3D, create a comic, or retouch photos.
I don’t recommend pro tablets—like an iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface Pro—or graphics tablets with a screen—such as the XP-Pen Cintiq—for beginners because they’re prohibitively expensive. If you’re dipping your toes into digital art, you should try an affordable graphics tablet first to see if it meets your needs.
What do you use it for? productivity!!
This is a question that I get asked all the time when I’m telling people about XP-Pen tablets. It’s generally accepted and understood that pen tablets are great for photo editing, but many people seem surprised that I use the tablet for everything, even just browsing the internet! When you first get a tablet like this there’s a definite learning curve that lasts a day or two, but after that, the pen just feels like a faster and more natural way to move a mouse pointer around a screen. Obviously brush-based editing in Photoshop or Lightroom is much more accurate and natural with a pen tablet, but even working through all the sliders in photo editing interfaces feels more nuanced and much, much faster. It’s hard to quantify these kinds of time savings, but I’m confident in saying that everything I do with a XP-Pen tablet is faster than doing it with a mouse or laptop trackpad. If I ever have to work without one, everything just feels glacial by comparison.
The other major thing that helps with productivity is the application-based ExpressKeys on the side of the drawing area. You can set these to have global functions, or you can set them to be different for every application you use. Many people quickly customize them for use with major programs like Photoshop, but I also set up keys for things like Google Chrome and my favourite writing app, Scrivener. If you decide to get yourself an DECO 02, do yourself a favour and set aside an hour or two in your first few days to do some major customization to the ExpressKeys and the Touch Ring, it will improve your workflow immensely.
The DECO 02 tablet has superior build quality , high precision and accuracy .The DECO 02 has 8 Express Keys down the its side, and a nifty touch wheel. Its workspace is 10 x 6.25 inches. It’s only about a quarter-inch thick. It works with Mac, PC, and Linux/Ubuntu. You can use wireless mice and keyboards with this tablet. The resolution is 5080 lines per inch. The battery-free, rechargeable pen has 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity.
A larger, cheaper option for beginners .It sells for £109.99 , FREE Delivery in the UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/XP-PEN-Graphics-Drawing-Shortcut-Pressure/dp/B07D6MNGY3 .
Large Tablet size:
Like choosing a monitor or a laptop, choosing a drawing tablet size depends on your preferences and needs. Small graphics tablets, like the XP-Pen Intuos Draw, are about the size of a mousepad (6-by-4-inch active area) and highly portable. They can fit beside your keyboard and can function as a trackpad if the tablet supports multitouch—Dickey mentions that many designers use only their tablet and ditch the mouse completely.
Medium (8-by-5-inch) and large (10-by-6-inch) drawing tablets are about as wide as a keyboard without a numberpad, so they’re better suited for dedicated graphics work.The active area is where you draw, and it’s mapped exactly to your display. That means if you click on the bottom left of the tablet, the cursor will jump to the bottom left of your screen. No matter what size your monitor is, when you move the pen on the tablet from the left edge to the right, it will move the cursor from the leftmost edge of your screen to the rightmost edge—even if you have multiple displays.
The smaller the active area, the less your hand must move to manipulate the cursor on the screen. This can mean less arm fatigue, but when working on large (or multiple) displays you may need to zoom in to work with fine details or map the active area to a portion of the screen. If you’re used to making large strokes or prefer to work fullscreen on a monitor larger than 20 inches, a larger tablet might be for you.
If you need more drawing space because you prefer making large strokes, or if you work full-screen on a monitor (or monitors) larger than 20 inches, the XP-Pen DECO 02 is the best large tablet you can get for less than $150. It has a 10 x 5.63 inch active drawing area.
Pen, Pen Functionality & Pressure Sensitivity
The XP-Pen DECO 02, uses the new Pen P06. It has a great ergonomical design that feels light in the hand. It has two programable buttons on the pen shaft and the typical eraser on the back.
It’s very responsive and allows for ease of use when doing detail work. The DECO 02 and the Pen P06 work together using EMR technology (Electromagnetic Resonance), which means the display is the active digitizer and the pen is the passive part. This is a good thing, despite some people suggesting AES is better, because here, the pen doesn’t need to be charged, it’s lighter, less expensive to replace, and unlike AES systems there is no delay in inputs so it feels immediate and natural. EMR jitter is also not a problem with this combination.
All of our experts agreed that the most important feature is pressure sensitivity. The higher the pressure sensitivity, the better you can control line weight (how thick and opaque lines are based on how hard you press down on the tablet with the pen).
The new Pro also boasts 8192 pressure levels compare to the outgoing model’s 8192, which is far more than you’ll need, and for retouching work you’d be a minority if you could really tell the difference. For 99% of photographers, the 1024 levels found in lower-end tablets of 4 years ago are fine. Animators and digital painters and so on may find this a welcome benefit though.
You may also notice that the pen base and stand has also be reworked. It’s weighted, and like the last generation, it houses the extra nibs which come in a variety of options.
Surface & Touch
The surface is mappable; you can decide how much of the tablet you want the pen to work on. The surface has a grip to it that eases drawing. It is hard plastic, not rubbery like the Wacom Bamboo. It feels not quite as slippery as glass, more like thick, smooth paper.
The surface of this DECO 02 Painting Drawing Pen Graphics Tablet is hard plastic, less prone to scratching than Wacom Intuos, partly because the pen nibs are rounded. If you are getting scratches it may depend how you are holding the pen, some people “sharpen” nibs as they draw. It also of course depends how much pressure you apply.
Most graphic artists I know like more drag and feedback and most photographers I know like them really smooth. You can even buy a clear overlay if you want a totally smooth feeling without inputting the time to wear down the surface – and your nibs while you’re at it.
Personally, I prefer a really slick surface so I tape down a plastic transparency sheet on top of my tablet, cut to the size of how I mapped my surface. My nibs also don't wear down that way. I can retouch as fast as humanly possible without any of the drag. To me, it saves time and that brings in more $.
Accuracy and Resolution
But the accuracy of the tablet surface and the pen do feel noticeably better than the last generation, and reverting back makes it all the more obvious . This is perhaps due to a myriad of things, like the re-worked pen being slimmer, and better performance of the edge coils sending their signal back to the digitizer. But beyond that there’s the matter of resolution.
Resolution determines how many lines you can draw per inch (lpi), which translates to how much detail you can draw in the tablet’s active area.
While ‘resolution’ isn’t something we typically associate with a device without a screen, it exists in a manner of speaking. In regards to tablets, it refers to the number of lines that can be drawn per inch (LPI) on the active area, and on the XP-Pen DECO 02 it’s about 5,080 versus the 2,540 of other smaller ones.
Customizability | Express Keys
Like the outgoing model, the Express Key and Wheel orientation is a major plus compared to lower-end models, if for no other reason than if just makes sense. Some other tablets have the buttons on the top of the tablet which tends to require breaking a stream of actions in order to activate them, but a hand can be dedicated to hover over the keys on the pro without any interference of the active tablet area. And that’s either a right or left hand, because the location of the keys allows the tablet to be flipped for use by both right handed people and southpaws. Again, something that cannot be done with the others.
Suffice to say, having the buttons and wheel here just make sense of movement, as you set the buttons to an appropriate selection and then it’s just go, go, go.
There are 6 buttons to be depressed and 2 on the Pen, and lightly touching the keys but not pressing them will bring up a translucent screen that will show you what it does, if you like. But of course the touch wheel can be configured many different ways to control brush size to cycling layers, and then there’s the option of setting up a Radial menu for even more functionality.
The level to which this tablet can be customized is truly vast, and in time it tends to evolve, so it’s great that it allows the space to do so. And you can do it all from the preferences menu, in which you can make different set-ups for different applications. I’ll use something different for Photoshop, Capture One, Lightroom, and Affinity.
Driver stability, program compatibility, and input lag:
The driver affects how well the drawing tablet works with your computer, It’s super-important.Before installing the drivers, you should disable any other XP-Pen drivers and mouse drivers, then the XP-Pen, then restart. Turn off Internet and don’t turn it on again until after the tablet is connected and working, or else the computer’s plug and play driver may automatically be installed. Plug the tablet into the USB port of your computer only after you boot up the computer.
You should install as Administrator. Shut off any antivirus programs. If you’re reinstalling, delete the old drivers. Make sure to download XP-Pen’s customized driver directly from their site. Install it before plugging your tablet in for the first time.
I downloaded the latest driver on XP-Pen's website .With the tablet driver, you can change things like keyboard shortcuts to the buttons on the tablet and stylus, pressure sensitivity and mapping area of the tablet (best left at default).
The drawing tablet XP-PEN Deco 02 supports Windows 10/8/7, Mac OS versions 10.8 and above. Also compatible with many major designer software such as Photoshop, SAI, Painter, Illustrator, Clip Studio, and more.
Thinner, Lighter, and Stronger
Another size change is how thin it has become. It's about 9mm thick and more compact. It feels much lighter as well. You’ll notice with said cable that this time around XP-Pen has gone for a USB-C type port, but it does supply cables that are backwards compatible for computers without that port type. This contributes to the slimness of the device,One issue people had on the previous tablet was the connector not being resilient. The USB-C connector is really strong and doesn't budge at all. It doesn't wiggle and isn't as prone to breaking or having connection issues.
I don’t have a number of hours for battery life, but you won’t run out of juice after a full day of editing.The base also has those rubber strips at the bottom that let the tablet sit with a clean stance. It hasn't moved much no matter how aggressive I use it. I can also tell in the long run, it won't wear out easily.
Drawing experience is great.The drawing surface is around 10-by-5.63-inch size but slightly wider because it's designed for wide-screen monitors. The drawing surface is matte and when the nib is on it, there's a tactile feel to it, again very similar to XP-Pen stylus on their own tablets.
The 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity works well. The stylus is very sensitive. Strokes taper well. Basically, the stylus works as expected, except when it comes to certain applications . There's no tilt sensitivity though.
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The tablet is definitely very affordable when compared to Wacom Intuos Pro. The drawing surface is large and that's a comfortable size to draw on. It's priced under £120. For XP-Pen Intuos at this size (medium), they usually sell for twice the amount.
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First, it is the different texture of the surface. The updated one Star06 has a slippery- proof texture which would allow you to feel more comfortable like drawing on a real paper.
Huge Active Area -11 inch of drawing area made with high end materials giving you a large working space as well as a paper-like finish. High Capacity Battery: A 2500mAh built-in battery provides over 40 hours battery life, no need to worry the digital drawing tablet shutting down or running out of juice.
Second, it is the different stylus.The new pen is elegantly designed with the perfect size and weight, providing a better grip and a more natural drawing experience. You can also simply unscrew the pen stand to use the built-in nib extractor.
There is no battery in Star06 stylus. Thanks to XP-Pen’s latest battery-free Electromagnetic Resonance Technology, all the Three XP-Pen Star models will be matched with a battery-free pen.No more charging cord, no need to worry about the charging issues anymore.You may ask that what the development of the battery free one. Of course, the rechargeable stylus has a better sense and response.
And to your comfort, we have also updated the design of the new pen and add a silicone rubber grip to the pen, not only does the new grip presents a more stunning hold but it also greatly reduces the fatigue caused by holding the pen for a long time.
Next, it is the different reporting rate. The reporting rate of Star 06 is 250 resolutions per second while wireless electronic drawing is 200 RPS. It is well-known that if the report rate is more, the line or the picture drawn would be more similar to the profile drafted by the pen.The upgraded report rate will give you a fast response, reduce possible lagging, and present all your line work without any delay.
8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity for precise pressure control,
New pen tip sensor technology lowers activation force and captures every nuance of pen pressure
A revolutionary upgrade delivering the ultimate accuracy and advanced performance; Wispy hairlines or thick strokes, precise as you intended.
Wireless connectivity gives you an amazing cable-free work experience making for a tidier desktop environment at work. 8 Customizable Shortcut Keys: New easy to use press keys to keep your favorite functions close to you for more efficiency.
Finally, it is the different resolution which decides the exactness of the picture you drew. Of course we can comprehend it as the more the better. The resolution of Star06 is 5080LPI.
Ergonomic Design - smooth surface, Star06’s ergonomic design aims to provide extra comfort to our customers. You can comfortably rest your arm on the edge, reducing all the tiredness caused by long working hours and let yourself concentrate on your work.
Being a dedicated manufacturer of digital art input devices and as the third largest consumer digital graphic tablet brand in the world, XP-Pen is always devoted to bringing our customers better products and better user experience.
After testing it, I found I fell in love with the sleek design, the ultra- comfortable, light rechargeable pen, and the smooth (but still textured) drawing surface. Before I thought it may be my beautiful unachievable dream to test a so perfect tablet. But now, the dream came true.
One more point I want to mention, the price can’t be beat for £79.99 . My last tablet was about $50 with half the levels of sensitivity, a battery powered stylus. In my opinion, the tablet with the quality of XP-Pen Star06 Graphic Tablet might be extremely expensive. However, XP-Pen has met your need for purchasing one with first- rate quality and reasonable price.
-The size. For the fact that I enjoy drawing on large active area, 10" x 6" is a great choice for me;
-The hotkeys make things more convenient.
-The pen sensitivity is amazing; the transition from thin to thick lines is fluid;
- The surface texture you write on prevents your pen from slipping from here to there.
- The charging cable might be short for some customers; and the USB port might be fragile.
- The sockets for the pen and micro USB seem very flimsy so if those break, the tablet will be useless.
Although there are cons existed, this product has far exceeded my expectations.
In the process of installation, here are two points for you:
- Get rid of all other drivers (NO other model drivers, disable windows tablet driver, etc.)
- Do not plug in tablet until XP-Pen’s drivers are completely installed.
All in all, it is worthy to own the XP-Pen Star06 , my dear friend.
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