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I bought this tablet for 3D jewellery sculpting (in blender). I mainly use it for sculpting flat objects such as broaches. I deliberately bought this tablet because it had been out for a couple of years already, taking advantage of the low price and high reliability. And I'm glad I did. It works flawlessly with no bugbears or gripes. I use a Mac Mini and the driver installed and connected perfectly. It's very natural to sculpt with a pen directly on the screen rather than use a mouse. But I have to admit that I don't know how well this performs compared to other tablets. Only 2 things I'd mention for anyone thinking of buying this. First is that there is a bit of displacement between the pen tip and where it registers. When drawing in the center of the screen, the displacement is undetectable, but when pressing the edge of the screen to change tool settings you have to adjust to it and press the screen slightly off to trigger the buttons and sliders. Not a problem for me, but it might bother some people. Secondly, the colors are a bit off compared to my monitor, and the picture on the tablet is noticeably darker. You can dial up all the settings to maximum brightness, contrast and gamma and the picture becomes acceptable. It's not a problem, and I'm only saying it because it means you wouldn't really want to use the tablet as your only screen. It's really only suitable as an adjunct. All in all though, I'm perfectly happy with the product and it performs perfectly well for my needs and expectations. Lastly, I live in regional Australia, the tablet had to travel a fair way through a few sets of hands to arrive, but fortunately it was packed really well.
Bought this for my daughter as an upgrade on her drawing tablet.
My main concern was some possible delay between the pen and screen (based on other reviews I've read/seen) however if there is actually any delay then it is so minor as to not make and noticeable difference.
Overall great product that I would highly recommend as a cheaper alternative to the other brands.
Context: I am a professional artist who has been using a Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition for the last 2 years, and Procreate on iPad for the past year. I have barely touched any of these devices since getting the XP-Pen.
Pros: - Easy to setup - Sturdy and stable stand with multiple angle configurations - Surface doesn't feel slippery (at least not compared to the iPad screen) - You can really feel the 8000 levels of sensitivity - More affordable than other brands with similar features - Comes with an extra pen (nibs are quite durable too)
Cons: - Unlike the Wacom styluses, the XP-Pen stylus needs to be charged. However, this isn't a big deal because it charges so quickly, and lasts for ages. You can alternate between the 2 pens to have 100% work up-time. - Noticeable parallax (about 2 to 3 millimetres?). After some testing, I think this is something I can become accustomed to after a few hours of usage. - Doesn't come with DPI cables or DPI adaptors (though it does come with VGA and HDMI cables). - The chunky design requires a lot of desk space. The workable screen is 22 inches, but the tablet as a whole feels more like 30 inches. If you have a small work-space, you'll have to pass on this model.
Drawing on the XP-Pen is the closest I've gotten to the feeling of drawing with pencil on paper. I think this is a good alternative to more expensive brands out there like Wacom. For reference, I got this on sale for $700 AUD all-up, which is pretty good considering my Wacom Intuos Pro had cost roughly $600. I was pretty dead set on getting a Cintiq but after discovering the XP-Pen and taking a chance, I couldn't be happier for saving myself $2000.
Conclusion: 8.5/10 - Great for the price. I would recommend this for people looking for an affordable and competitive mid-range alternative to more established brands out there. I have not had any issues with the device itself, and don't expect to.
P.S. Make sure your graphics card has enough display ports to support the XP-Pen, especially if you're already running multiple monitors.
Arrived well packaged and pretty fast. No major complaints except that it sometimes disconnects the pen from the screen when not in use. I found this a non issue though, really more of an irritation but the fix is just to unplug/replug a cord at the back.
It’s huge. This thing is BIG. 22”. Take the size of your iPad Pro and double it. You have a LOT of room.
The stand. The stand allows you to adjust it to and from any angle. Nuff said.
Pressure sensitivity levels. There are 8 thousand levels. It’s insanely liberating to be able to use this many and have your artwork look flawless.
Express keys. 16 of them! I don’t even use two of them.
Price. For what your getting it’s a great price.
Bad yet minor gripes?
The pen needs to be recharged. I’ve never had it die on me, and it lasts something like 100 hours, but it would still be nice to not have to worry about something so important.
Parallax. I’ve never had a screen display before, but the parallax here is definitely noticeable. A few calibrations and a good sitting position can dramatically improve it, so it’s ok by me.
Motion Blur Jeez, this is annoying. The only thing stopping it from getting 5 stars, too. The blur when something moves is so noticeable. The best way to describe it would be to take a low shutter speed photo of stars. You see these weird streaks following any light source appear out of no where. It’s barely noticeable until you look for it, but it’s unseeable afterwards. When drawing, this doesn’t affect anything, but when playing games or editing it really is. :(
First let me say that I am happy with this tablet. The screen is amazing and the pointer doesn't 'drift' when it reaches the edges like some other tablets. The brightness on the screen appears to control the backlight and it can be set super bright for well lit rooms, which is great. You get 2 pens which is nice. mapping 16 keys to the front panel is GREAT, i've stuck stickers over the top and drew icons for what i mapped them to which helps. The color is very nice too.
Some people have mentioned a thick nib, and also that the nib moves a bit. Compared to my old Wacom this is a non-issue during drawing. I've also seen people criticise the amount of force for really light or really heavy strokes. Firstly, i'm pressing really really lightly and it still picks it up and draws a very thin line. You can also calibrate the 'full' pressure in the driver so you don't need to press hard, though i haven't needed to. I wouldn't worry about people saying things like that.
The only real issue is the parallax, and lag. Coming from a wacom device, I didn't even know this was a thing. It took at least 20 calibrations to get the cursor to sit where I would think acceptable under the nib. Once you've got it sitting where you are happy with, it becomes tolerable and I have been able to transition fine.
The lag is harder to transition to. When you use a mouse on the screen, the lag isn't there, so it's something to do with the pen input. If you make quick strokes or just hover the pen over the screen and move really quickly, you can see the cursor will fall behind. if you make multiple quick strokes with the pen like hatching, you'll see a hook on the lines. This is because of the lag. The arrow is still catching up from the previous stroke so when you press down you actually start drawing out the return lag of the cursor. You just need to draw slightly slower to compensate.
Once i transitioned past these differences, I really love the tablet. This is coming from a Wacom 12ux. It probably helps I never used a 22HD. I would recommend this device for others considering the price makes it a very capable device.
PS: Photoshop 2017 will only work with this pen properly when set to compatibility mode windows 7. Took a while to work that one out.
Was previously using the Wacom 13inch but found myself having issues with the small screen and crowded interfaces in programs like Zbrush and Blender. Decided to try this as an alternative to a more expensive larger Wacom thus far has been a good experience for the price. For what it is works very well and has had very few issues.