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XP-Pen versus Huion – It’s like Choosing between Red Apples and Green Apples [2020 Update]

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Remember when you wanted a graphic tablet and only two or three of them were available at the store? You may have thought it sad at the time, since there weren’t more options to choose from. Or maybe you couldn’t find what you wanted. Guess what? Times have changed, and it is no easier to shop for a drawing tablet. You have too many options now – each one better than the other.

If you’re not interested in Wacom (the one everyone keeps talking about), we’ve got more choices. Check out this comparison to find which suits you best – XP-Pen versus Huion.

Who are these people?

Huion and XP-Pen are both Japanese manufacturers of graphic tablets, and two of your best options. Whether you want a tablet or a pen display, both these brands can provide you with some great products. Here’s an overview of what you can expect from each:

XP-Pen

Graphic tablets – Deco Series, Deco Pro, Star series. The Deco series has four models right now and Deco Pro has just the one. There are about seven different models in the Star series.

Pen displays – Artist series. This series currently has ten different models, each with some different features. They come in various screen sizes starting from 11.6”(294.64 mm) - Artist 12 up to 21.5” (546 mm) - Artist 22E Pro and Artist 22R Pro.

Huion

Graphic tablets (they call it pen tablets) – Huion didn’t create a specific series for their tablets; all the models are named by model numbers. They have twenty-two different models! So you will find a vast variety of sizes, technology, and features.

Pen displays – Kamvas and Kamvas Pro series, GT series. Combining all three, they have sixteen different devices with multiple different features and of course, screen sizes. The screen sizes range from 11.6” (294.64 mm) - Kamvas Pro 12 up to 21.5” (546 mm) - Kamvas Pro 22 and GT-220 V2, just like XP-Pen.

Pen computers – Kamvas Studio Pro 22. These are standalone pen displays. This is the only type that does not need to be connected to a computer to function. So far Huion has only bestowed this power to one device.

Which one should you get?

Before you jump into picking your brand,  decide which category you prefer. You can check out additional features and compare, but for starters, just decide on these two things:

  • Graphic tablet or pen display – In a graphic tablet, you just need to draw on the tab and everything appears on your computer. A pen display has a screen so you can see what you are drawing, like on a touch screen device. Both need to be connected to a computer.
  • Size – Display size/working area as well as the actual size (and weight) of the tablet. This will also help you find a portable device in case you plan to carry it with you.

If you are looking for a pen computer, between XP-Pen and Huion, you only have one option – the Kamvas Studio Pro 22.

XP-Pen versus Huion

As mentioned above, both brands have a large number of products. You can compare features all you want but a lot does depend on your ease and preference while working. We have found some similar items from each brand and made a side by side comparison.

Standalone Tablet 

Kamvas Studio 22 is the only standalone tablet Huion has launched to date. It is a large 21.5” (546 mm) pen display that can operate entirely on its own. It has an Intel Core i5 processor and large RAM of 8/16 GB. The device specs are quite impressive:

  • Dimensions – 23.19 x 13.54 x 0.82 inches (589 x 344 x 21 mm) - without stand
  • Weight – 10.47 pounds (4750 g)
  • Working area – 18.76 x 10.55 inches (476.64 x 268.11 mm) display
  • Resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time – 8 ms
  • RAM – 8 or 16 GB
  • Processor – Intel Core i5
  • Internal Memory – 1TB HDD + 120 / 240 GB SSD
  • Express keys – 20 programmable keys, dual touch bars
  • Pen pressure sensitivity – 8192 levels
  • Viewing angle – 178 degrees
  • OS support – Windows 10 professional

The display is laminated and looks pretty great. The response time is significantly shorter compared to what you find in other pen displays and when that is paired with the processor, it means quite a fast and powerful performance. However, for such a high-end device (or so it seems), the display resolution is not that high.

The number of express keys is much greater but that might also make it confusing to remember which key is assigned to which shortcut, since they are all customizable and they all look the same. It does come with a battery-free pen, as well as replacement nibs for the pen, pen holder, cable, adaptor, drawing gloves – things you will find with most pen displays.

The device is quite expensive, even for a standalone tablet. As a limited offer, you will be getting a wireless keyboard and mouse if you buy it from the official website. Yet, it is very difficult to justify the price with any accessories, given that there are cheaper alternatives for a drawing tablet (pen displays and other commercial tablets).


Star G640 Sketch v/s HS64

Tablets Without Screen

XP-Pen Star G640 Sketch is currently (as of April 2020) the bestseller at Amazon. With a similar size and features, Huion gives you the HS64, and they both fall into a similar price range.


These are one of the smaller (not the smallest) sizes you will find. Both these products are small, slim, and portable with a minimalist design.


XP-Pen Star G640 Sketch

Huion HS64

Dimensions

7.5 x 6.38 x 0.31 inches (190 x 162 x 8 mm)

7.87 x 6.53 x 0.31 inches (200 x 166 x 8 mm)

Working area

6 x 4 inches (152.4 x 101.6 mm)

6.3 x 4.02 inches (160 x 102 mm)

Resolution

5080 LPI

5080 LPI

Weight

0.4 pounds (181.4 g)

0.57 pounds (258 g)

Pen pressure levels

8192

8192

Reading height

0.39 inches (10 mm)

0.39 inches (10 mm)

Express keys

None

4 (customizable)

Connectivity

USB

Micro USB

OS support

Windows 7 and above, Mac OS X 10.10 and above

Windows 7 or above, Mac OS 10.12 or above, Android 6.0 or above

They both come with battery-free digital pens and extra replacement nibs in the box. The Huion tablet is only slightly bigger and hence, slightly heavier than the XP-Pen. They give you the ease of using shortcut keys, and the tab is currently going for a slightly lower price than the XP-Pen tablet.

Artist v/s Kamvas

Pen Displays

Screen size is probably the most important feature of a drawing tablet. A screen too small makes detailed drawing difficult and too big – you cannot move it around.


The XP-Pen Artist 12 is one of XP-Pen’s most popular devices. It also has an upgraded version – the Artist 12 Pro, and to compete with it, Huion has Kamvas Pro 12. These have the smallest display size and hence, are comparatively portable.


XP-Pen Artist 12

XP-Pen Artist 12 Pro

Huion Kamvas Pro 12

Dimensions

14.33 x 8.62 x 0.31 inches (364 x 219 x 7.8 mm)

13.84 x 8.87 x 0.51 inches (351.5 x 225.4 x 12.9 mm)

13.78 x 7.82 x 0.43 inches (350 x 198.6 x 11 mm)

Working area

10.07 x 5.67 inches (256 x 144 mm)

10.09 x 5.67 inches (256.3 x 144.1 mm)

10.09 x 5.67 inches (256.3 x 144.1 mm)

Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

1920 x 1080 pixels

1920 x 1080 pixels

Weight

1.98 pounds (900 g)

3.31 pounds (1501 g)

1.69 pounds (765 g)

Pen pressure levels

8192

8192

8192

Response time

14 ms

14 ms

25 ms

Reading height

0.27 - 0.47 inches (7 - 12 mm)

0.39 inches (10 mm)

0.39 inches (10 mm)

Viewing angle

178 degrees

178 degrees

178 degrees

Express keys

6 (customizable) and 1 touchpad

8 (customizable) and 1 roller wheel

4 (customizable) and 1 touch bar

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

OS support

Windows 7 and above, Mac OS X 10.10 and above

Windows 7 and above, Mac OS X 10.10 and above

Windows 7 or above,
Mac OS 10.12 or above

All of them have the same display area and very similar features. They all come with their own styli and other accessories (stand, pen holder, replacement nibs, gloves, etc.) The Kamvas Pro 12 is significantly lighter (if that is a concern). It costs just as much as the XP-Pen Artist 12 at the moment, whereas the Artist 12 Pro is more expensive.

While professional artists and illustrators may prefer the larger 15” or 19” sizes, 13” screens have been popular among both professionals and amateurs – not too big, not too small. Huion has two devices in this size with very little differences. All three have very similar features overall.


XP-Pen Artist 13.3 Pro

Huion Kamvas Pro 13

Huion Kamvas 13

Dimensions

15.37 x 9.84 x 0.51 inches (390.4 x 249.98 x 12.9 mm)

15.27 x 8.62 x 0.43 inches (388 x 219 x 11 mm)

14.43 x 8.56 x 0.46 inches (366.5 x 217.4 x 11.8 mm)

Working area

11.56 x 6.5 inches (293. 7 x 165.2 mm)

11.56 x 6.5 inches (293.76 × 165.24 mm)

11.56 x 6.5 inches (293.76 × 165.24 mm)

Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

1920 x 1080 pixels

1920 x 1080 pixels

Weight

4.4 pounds (1995 g)

2 pounds (910 g)

2.16 pounds (980 g)

Pen pressure levels

8192

8192

8192

Response time

14 ms

25 ms

25 ms

Reading height

0.39 inches (10 mm)

0.39 inches (10 mm)

0.39 inches (10 mm)

Viewing angle

178 degrees

178 degrees

178 degrees

Express keys

8 and 1 roller wheel

4 shortcut keys and 1 touchpad

8 (programmable)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

OS support

Windows 7 and above, Mac OS X 10.10 and above

Windows 7 or above
Mac OS 10.12 or above

Windows 7 or above, Mac OS 10.12 or later, certain Android devices

Needless to say, each tablet comes with a stylus. If the one in the box is not to your taste, you can always purchase another one – most of their styli are compatible with any display you pick.


XP-Pen (the one that comes with Artist 13.3) – The front of the pen is slightly wider and that allows a good grip. There is a button on the side to switch between pen and eraser mode.


Huion – The pens that come with Kamvas 13 and Kamvas Pro 13 are different models that have a very similar design. The front half has a rubbery texture and provides a good grip. The shape and size are comfortable to hold, with two buttons on the side.


The XP-Pen Artist 13.3 is bigger and hence, much heavier. So it isn’t exactly portable. But it does have a shorter response time compared to the other two. The Kamvas Pro 13 has a laminated screen. They all have a similar price range, but the Huion Kamvas 13 is currently priced a little lower than the other two. Confused? They all have some perks – it’s up to you to decide what you need most in your tablet.

Stylus

Both XP-Pen and Huion have a variety of battery-powered and battery-free styli to suit their tablets. They come in different shapes and sizes, and have replaceable nibs. Some have buttons on the side, while others have an eraser at the back. There is a wide variety and almost all of them are pretty good quality. XP-Pen is generally preferred by artists when it comes to these digital pens.

Final Thoughts?

Huion and XP-Pen both have some great devices. XP-pen has been especially praised by users because of its accessories. So if you think you can do without some features, the XP-Pen won’t disappoint.

If you don’t have a specific feature you’re looking for and feel like the overall device should work well, you are back to square one. Write down a list of requirements and see which product fulfills them most. That should help.

Does it seem like both brands are in tough competition with each other? Or are they just copying each other? We would love to know your views. Leave a comment below!


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