Buying a new graphics tablet can seem like a daunting task, especially since you only seem to come across one name – Wacom. Sure, their products are reliable and top quality, but are there any Wacom alternatives that work just as well?
Enter, Huion. This is another Chinese brand is offering very similar products, often for a lower price. Let’s see which one proves worthy of your hard-earned money in this Wacom v/s Huion comparison.
Why are we comparing them?
Both brands specialize in graphic tablets and have similar products with similar designs. Here’s what they offer:
Smart pads are drawing pads that turn your work from physical to digital. The actual drawing is done on paper.
LED Light Pad
An LED Light Pad is like an illuminated board to place under paper for drawing, tracing, designing, etc.
Inkspace and Bamboo Paper are drawing apps developed by Wacom for their pen displays.
For those who don’t know:
- Pen tablets, graphics tablets, and drawing tablets all refer to the same category.
- Pen displays are just pen tablets with a screen.
- Pen computers are standalone pen displays (that do not need to be connected to a computer).
All of these products come with a digital pen, and Wacom wins in that category. Our second best pick in terms of pens would probably be XP-PEN. So in that case, XP-Pen v/s Huion might be a fair competition.
Huion and Wacom in Comparison
This is what some of their most popular products look like side by side:
Huion H610 Pro v/s Wacom Intuos
Huion H610 Pro
13.9 x 9.4 x 0.5 in (352 x 238 x 12 mm)
7.9 x 6.3 x 0.3 in (200 x 160 x 8.8 mm) (small), 10.4 x 7.9 x 0.3 in (264 x 200 x 8.8 mm) (medium)
10 x 6.3 in (254 x 158.8 mm)
6.0 x 3.7 in (152 x 95 mm) (small),
1.4 lbs (635 g)
0.51 lbs (230 g)/ 0.55 lbs (250 g) (small), 0.90 lbs (410 g) (medium)
Pen reading height
8 (on left-hand side)
4 (at the top)
Windows 7 or above, Mac OS 10.12 or above and Android 6.0 or above
Windows 7 or above, Mac OS 10.11 or above
The Huion H610 Pro comes with a rechargeable pen (PEN80), USB Cable, pen charger, pen holder, and replacement nibs in the box. This device:
The PEN80 stylus that comes with it has a matte body that is quite comfortable. It’s not the brand’s best though. Since it is battery-powered, you will need to charge it. The battery life is pretty long, so it’s not much of an issue.
As an alternate option, you can also check out the Huion Inspiroy H640P which is very similar. So it is also quite cheap and has great features.
The Wacom Intuos has been one of the most popular drawing tabs since it was released. It comes with a Wacom Pen 4K, replacement nibs for the pen, and a USB cable in the box. It is:
The Pen 4K is a comfortable stylus to use that holds the replacement nibs at the back. So you don’t have to worry about carrying extras. A lot of users enjoy the stylus but it’s nothing too special. Wacom has a variety of great styli that are all compatible with the Intuos – so you can check those out too.
Verdict: Between these two, the Huion tab is cheaper, larger, more pressure-sensitive, and has more express keys. Although the Wacom Intuos has gained more popularity mostly because of the brand name, the H610 Pro looks much better. Also, Android is one of the Huion H610 Pro compatible software, which is not common for graphic tabs.
Wacom has also launched an updated version, the Intuos Pro, at a much higher price range (currently more than twice the price of Intuos). This is a premium product that has a larger working area and better pressure sensitivity. Unfortunately, it received mixed reviews from users. You can get a decent pen display for a lower price. If you consider Huion H610 Pro v/s Wacom Intuos Pro, the latter seems like a more upgraded device but the difference in price between the two is not justified by the difference in features.
Huion Kamvas GT-191 v/s Cintiq
18.7 11.7 x 1.4 in (474.98 x 297.18 x 35.56 mm)
Cintiq 16 - 16.6 x 11.2 x 1.0 in (422 x 285 x 25 mm),
17.1 x 9.4 in (434.88 x 238.68 mm)
Cintiq 16 - 13.6 x 7.6 in (344 x 194 mm),
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
7.27 lbs (3300 g, with stand)
Cintiq 16 - 4.19 lbs (1900 g, without stand),
Cintiq 16 - 176 degrees
Windows 7/8/8.1/10, Mac OS X 10.11 or above, and is compatible with all major programs
Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X 10.12 or above
The Huion Kamvas GT-191 is a large pen display with an IPS LCD screen of 19.5 in (495.3 mm). It comes with a digital pen (PE330), pen holder and replacement nibs, charge for the pen, power adapter, USB cable, and a stand. This device:
The battery-powered pen (PE330) that comes with this display has no tilt support. However, it is highly sensitive, so the drawing experience is quite flawless. Although you won’t get used to it right away, it does not have an eraser but two buttons on the side to switch to and from eraser mode.
Wacom Cintiq is one of the most popular and was considered one of the best quality pen displays in the market (until better versions showed up). They come in two sizes – Cintiq 16 and Cintiq 22. They vary in screen size, dimensions, weight, and price. Other than that, a Cintiq tab:
The Cintiq tabs come with Wacom Pro Pen 2 which is one of the best this brand has produced. The dimensions and grip on the pen are good with a very balanced weight. It has two buttons on the side that are customizable. The stylus feels smooth and easy to work with and even with slow strokes, there is almost no jitter. It has tilt support and feels natural.
Wacom also offers an upgraded range with more size options – the Cintiq Pro. In this range, you get four sizes – 13, 16, 24, and 32. These are premium products with high-resolution displays and high price tags. With the Pro range, you also get an ExpressKey remote in the box (that we talked about earlier).
Verdict: As far as the drawing tablet comparison is concerned, it is a close call. However, Wacom does win by a small margin. The Cintiq 16 is quite a solid performer, albeit a little expensive, minus the lack of express keys. The larger one, on the other hand, is overpriced despite having almost the same features. If you have a budget constraint, you can consider the Kamvas GT-191 – you will not regret it.
Huion Kamvas Studio 22 v/s Wacom Mobile Studio Pro
Kamvas Studio 22
Mobile Studio Pro
23.2 x 13.5 x 0.8 in (589 x 344 x 21 mm)
MobileStudio Pro 13 - 14.4 x 9 x 0.7 in (229 x 367 x 17 mm)
MobileStudio Pro 13 - 3.2 lbs (1440 g)
21.5 in (546.1 mm) (diagonal)
MobileStudio Pro 13 - 13.3 in (338 mm)
1920 x 1080
MobileStudio Pro 13 - 2560 x 1440
8 and 1 touch ring
8 or 16 GB
120 or 240 GB
MobileStudio Pro 13 - 170 degrees
Pen pressure sensitivity
Windows 10 professional
The Huion Kamvas Studio 22 is a big, heavy graphic tab that can run without a computer. It has a great 21.5 in IPS LCD display that looks big and bright. Although the display resolution is HD, it’s not all that great for the size of the screen. However, the screen is laminated and that does reduce the parallax quite a bit.
It comes with Intel Core i5 8th gen processor. You get to choose between 8 or 16 GB of RAM and internal storage of 120 or 240 GB. That is enormous for a tablet. Since it is a computer itself, you can use the device for playing games, watching movies, and many other activities. It also has Bluetooth and dual speakers.
You also get 20 programmable express keys and two touch bars on each side. Now, this sounds great, but you might have a hard time remembering so many shortcuts and end up not using most of them. The battery-free PW500 pen that comes in the box is quite an upgrade on Huion’s previous styli. It has two buttons on the side as well as tilt support.
The Wacom Mobile Studio Pro also comes in two sizes like the Cintiq – Mobile Studio Pro 13 and 16. Both have pretty good Wacom features like high-pressure sensitivity, a nice IPS LCD screen with a high resolution, and overall great design. Both have similar features but the larger version comes with a few upgrades, for example, higher resolution, better viewing angles, etc.
Both sizes come with an Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB RAM. There is also an 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. The tabs have 8 programmable express keys and a touch ring, all aligned on one side. To add to that, there is a fingerprint reader that you might not have expected. There is a dedicated micro SD slot, although you probably don’t need to expand the 512 GB internal memory. However, the battery life is not great. Given the specifications of the device, the battery is somewhat small.
The great Wacom Pro Pen 2 comes with this device as well, which is the best. However, the device is quite expensive.
Verdict: Between these two, Wacom has the upper hand.
A pen computer may not be the best idea these brands came up with. These are large and bulky devices designed to serve as drawing tablets mostly. The only benefit is that they can run on their own. Connecting a graphic tab with a computer is not much of a hassle. It is convenient in many ways. It is easy to store your work directly on the computer. You can use several different applications and just unplug or disconnect the tab when you are not using it.
For standalone tablets, devices like Samsung Galaxy and iPads have improved their digital pen technology. They can now be used for high-quality art, including the other functions of a regular tab. So if a standalone tab is what you want, these are great options.
Both Wacom and Huion have plenty of products that come in a variety of price ranges. They differ in features but all have something special to offer. These specific comparisons should give you an idea of what to expect from each brand.
As a brand, Wacom might be the better choice. They have put a lot of effort in their hardware design and constantly keep improving. But is Huion a good brand overall? Yes. They have pretty decent products and they offer you budget choices. If you have already used Wacom, we would definitely support giving Huion a chance.
For a first-time buyer, Wacom is a safe option. But if you’re a full-time illustrator, Wacom or Huion are not your only choices. There is Gaomon, there is XP-Pen, which is also great. This industry is booming, so feel free to explore alternatives.