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  • 09/12/2022

The best Huion drawing tablets in 2022

With the best Huion drawing tablets, you get quality close to that of the top brands, at a fraction of the price. Many artists have embraced Huion as a low-cost entry route into the world of digital art, and its extensive catalogue of tablets and many years in the business serve as a testament to the effectiveness of its approach.

Huion has filled out its range enough that there’s something for pretty much everyone – whether you’re shopping for your first tablet or your fifth. The pro-spec pen displays are seriously impressive and up there with some of the best tablets from Wacom, but we also rate the cheaper graphics tablets if you need a simple, straightforward digital drawing surface.

+Beautiful screen+Responsive stylus-Goes in and out of stock-Upper end of price

If you want the best of the best, the answer is the Huion Kamvas Pro 24. This is the company at the top of its game, taking on the big boys from the likes of Wacom, and they’ve done a damn good job. The Kamvas Pro 24 boasts a glorious etched drawing surface, with a premium feel and perfect level of bite on the stylus. Its display is a QHD type, sporting 2560x1440 pixels to play with and a 178° viewing angle, and having 120% sRGB coverage means colours are splendidly vivid and accurate.

The Huion stylus provides a beautifully smooth experience, with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and ±60° tilt support. It moves smoothly along the etched glass surface, and basically provides an experience comparable to using a Wacom Cintiq – at a fraction of the price.

The Kamvas 24 series also includes other versions of this tablet – the basic Kamvas 24 is a similar deal but without the etched glass surface, while the Kamvas 24 Plus is a more expensive and higher-end version that boosts the contrast ratio and adds on-tablet programmable button (see further down our list for more on this one). There’s also a 4K version of the Kamvas 24 Plus, if QHD resolution isn’t quite enough pixels for your liking.

Our full Kamvas 24 series review goes into detail.

Active drawing area: 18.7 x 10.5inResolution: 1,920 x 1,080Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levelsConnections: USB-C+Anti-glare display+Amazing colours-Lower res than other Huions-No touchscreen

For a similarly premium experience to the Kamvas 24 series at a more affordable price, it’s definitely worth checking out the Huion Kamvas 22 Plus. The 21.5-inch screen is still a pretty sizeable drawing area – larger than the majority of tablets – and it has 140% sRGB coverage and Full HD resolution. When a screen is capable of displaying up to 16.7 million colours, you know it’s a seriously impressive artistic tool.

When drawing on the Kamvas 22 Plus, you can expect to enjoy minimal parallax – meaning distance between the tip of the stylus and the line that appears on the screen. Operability all over is generally very snappy and responsive, and while some users might bemoan the lack of a touch-responsive screen, it’s a very impressive tablet nonetheless.

While it’s priced to compete with Wacom tablets and high-end iPads, the Huion Kamvas 22 Plus also poses a threat to manufacturers at the budget end of the scale like XP-Pen, with its optimal balance of performance and price. Very impressive stuff across the board.

Read more in our Huion Kamvas 22 Plus review.

Active drawing area: 13.55 x 7.62 inchResolution: 1,920 x 1,080Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levelsConnections: HDMI/USB+Well-priced, high quality+Portable enough for travel-Not 4K-Slightly confusing product range

So far we’ve mostly covered the big boys of Huion’s tablet range, so it’s worth looking at the offerings at the other end of the scale. The Huion Kamvas 16 has a smaller screen than our previous two entries, but this can be an asset if you’re looking for a more portable tablet that won’t take up too much space. It weighs just 1.26kg, which is comparable to a large-ish laptop.

One of Huion’s more recent tablets, the Kamvas 16 is competing with similarly sized options from other companies, like the Wacom Cintiq 16 or XP-Pen Artist Pro 16. How does it fare? It acquits itself rather well. The pen is highly responsive, with no lag and 8.192 levels of pressure sensitivity. The screen, meanwhile, is a Full HD type, with 100% sRGB gamut coverage and a 178°viewing angle.

As with most Wacom tablets, this is one of a series of slightly confusing, similarly named tablets – there’s a Kamvas 16 Pro that has better colour accuracy and a laminated display to reduce parallax. Then there’s also the Kamvas 16 4K with higher resolution, and the Kamvas Pro 16 Premium with even better colour accuracy… it’s a lot. For most users, the generalised Kamvas 16 will probably be the best choice.

Active drawing area: 11.56 x 6.5inResolution: 5080 LPIPen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levelsConnections: Micro USBOS: Windows or macOS+Large anti-glare surface+Pen tilt sensitivity+Great depth of colour-Smaller screen

Significantly smaller in terms of display size than the more heavyweight tablets we've listed above, the Huion Kamvas Pro 13 still impresses in terms of features and functionality. You still get the 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, the high-quality screen with a textured drawing surface, and the customisable function buttons that make it easy to get the tablet working the way you want it.

The best Huion drawing tablets in 2022

The smaller display also makes the Kamvas Pro 13 much more portable; if you want a drawing tablet that you can pack into a bag and carry with you for drawing on the go, this is a good choice. With a sleek and slender build, it'll fit into basically any average laptop bag.

The anti-glare surface on the Kamvas 13 Pro (which you don't get on the vanilla Kamvas 13) is also a nice touch, further extending the tablet's usefulness for on-the-go drawing, where lighting conditions may not always be optimal.

Active drawing area: 526.85 x 296.35mmResolution: 2560 x 1440 (16:9) QHDPen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levelsConnections: HDMI/USBOS: Windows, macOS, Android+Excellent display+Very little parallax-Newer, so more expensive-Goes in and out of stock

While the name of a tablet normally indicates its screen size, the new Huion Kamvas 24 Series tablets actually provide a larger screen than advertised, at 28.3 inches, with a viewing angle of 178°. The Huion Kamvas 24 Plus is the most high-end model in the range, which also includes the Kamvas 24 Pro (our #1 pick) and the Kamvas 24.Our full review of the Kamvas 24 series goes into detail.

The real MVP of the setup is the included Huion PW517 pen. Power via electromagnetic resonance, meaning no need for charging cables, this pen delivers excellent drawing performance and control. It’s smooth and satisfying to use, working up to 10mm from the screen surface, with virtually no parallax.

While the Kamvas 24 Plus is still relatively new, and therefore highly priced, it does provide serious competition to its Wacom rivals in price terms. Professional artists and illustrators will find this tablet does everything they need it to and more. The only real issue is that it can be hard to find; the stock issues affecting much of the wider tech industry have also affected Huion tablets. If you spot it, and your budget stretches far enough, the Huion Kamvas 24 Plus is worth its sizeable price tag.

Active drawing area: 10 x 6.25inResolution: 5080 LPIPen pressure sensitivity: 2,048 levelsConnections: Micro USBOS: Windows or macOS+Very good performance+Great choice for beginners+Useful expresskeys-Too basic for advanced users

The Huion H610 Pro is a brilliant graphics tablet and our choice for the best overall Huion drawing tablet. It's a versatile device with a nice range of features – including eight express keys and 16 soft keys, and a 10 x 6.25-inch working area for a PC (3.9 x 6.25-inches for mobiles). It doesn't quite have all the functionality more expensive drawing tablets offer. For beginners, however, the Huion H610 Pro is an excellent option to start with, especially at this price.

Active drawing area: 10 x 6.25inResolution: 5080 LPIPen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levelsConnections: Micro USBOS: Windows or macOS+Great stylus+Built-in microSD card+Good Intuos alternative-Not the best at large drawings

The Huion 1060 Plus is an excellent drawing tablet if you're looking to get serious with your digital art but unable to splash loads of cash. It offers a great balance of responsiveness and features, while keeping the price low. It's not quite as accomplished as Wacom's finest, but it is much cheaper and comes with a responsive battery-free stylus, too. It closely resembles Wacom's Intuos line, and is a good choice if you're tempted by those tablets but would prefer something a little more affordable.

Active drawing area: 6.3 x 3.9inResolution: 5080 LPIPen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levelsConnections: Micro USBOS: Windows or macOS+Small and light+Good drawing experience-Bit on the small side

The Huion H640P is a brilliant cheap Huion tablet, offering a great drawing experience and a decent set of shortcut keys for a very reasonable price. It's small and compact, which makes it easy to carry around with you as well. (A drawstring bag is included.) It measures just 10.2 x 5.8 inches – no thicker than a smartphone. Speaking of phones, the Huion H640P is compatible with most Android devices.

Active drawing area: 11 x 6.9inResolution: 5080 LPIPen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levelsConnections: Wireless, Micro USBOS: Windows or macOS+Wireless+Large drawing area-Fiddly set up on Macs-Feels a bit plasticky

If you're looking for a large Huion drawing tablet, then the Huion Inspiroy Q11K Wireless is worth considering. It boasts a generous (for the price) 13-inch diagonal size, and since it's wireless you have more freedom to roam if you don't want to be tethered to your computer. The build quality can feel a little cheap, but this is an excellent value Huion tablet that's worth checking out, especially if you like a clean setup that's not dominated by cables.

Active drawing area: 4.8 x 3inResolution: 5080 LPI Pen pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levelsConnections: Micro USBOS: Windows or macOS+Brilliant starter tablet+Four shortcut keys+And two pen buttons-Small and basic

If you’re just starting out with digital art, then it's understandable if you don't want to spend a lot of money. That's exactly why the Huion H430P is the best Huion tablet for beginners. It has all the basics you need to get started, but without the high price tag.Having a few customisable keys is a useful touch for improving workflow, and the battery-free pen also has two buttons. It's a little on the small side, but it's a great – and affordable – beginner option.

Huion drawing tablets: which type to choose?

When picking out your Huion drawing tablet, more or less the first thing you need to do is decide which type you want: a pen display or graphics tablet. As you can see, we've divided our guide above into those two sections, but if you're new to the world of digital art, you may not be all that familiar with the difference. So here's a quick rundown of pen displays and graphics tablets.

Pen displays: As the name implies, the key feature of a pen display is that it has its own display. Like an iPad or Android tablet, a pen display comes with a screen that shows you what you're drawing as you're drawing it – though unlike these tablets, many pen displays have touchscreens with surfaces specifically optimised to replicate the drawing feel. It's the digital drawing experience closest to drawing on actual paper, and many pen displays take advantage of advances in screen technology to deliver high resolutions and superb line sensitivity. All this tech makes them especially good for specialist drawing applications, like animation or technical drawing.

The other side of the coin, of course, is that pen displays come at a higher cost than graphics tablets, which we'll get to shortly. As such, you tend to see fewer pen displays oriented towards beginners, as the initial cost outlay is high enough to deter new users. At the other end of the scale, professional pen displays are the standard tools of many creative industries, and tend to be where the most exciting developments are happening. Huion pen displays are much more affordable than their counterparts from the likes of Wacom, and are well worth looking into if you want a professional-level tool for a budget price.

Graphics tablets: Graphics tablets operate in essentially the same way as pen displays – you use a stylus to draw on the surface, and your movements are recorded digitally. The key difference, however, is that graphics tablets don't have their own displays, and therefore need to be plugged into a monitor or laptop in order that you can see what you're drawing.

This does immediately alter the drawing experience, as you have to look in two places rather than one, and your setup is much less self-contained. However, forgoing a screen means graphics tablets can be much cheaper, especially in the case of Huion, who are arguably the market leader in cheap but high-quality graphics tablets. For less than the price of a meal out for two, you can pick up a sophisticated digital drawing tool!

And graphics tablets aren't just for saving money. If you are in another line of creative work that has necessitated buying a high-end monitor, such as video editing, then buying a graphics tablet to hook up to it may make more sense than shelling out big bucks for another high-quality display.

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