Today I am reviewing the Artist display 22inch HD tablet from XP Pen.
Like a lot of digital artists I had always dreamt of owning a Wacom Cintiq tablet, but their very high price makes this goal unacheivable for most. Fortunately there are companys that offer alternatives to the Cintiq range, such as XP Pen and their 22 inch HD Artist display tablet.
This tablet offers an on-screen painting experience at an affordable price.
Throughout my career as a digital artist I have used a number of tablets and I have to say that out of all of them this tablet is my current favourite, so lets take a closer look and find out why!
My tablet shipped from Hong Kong and was delivered very quickly by Fed Ex. For those who are not aware you will most likely have to pay customs tax when it arrives, in my case I got a letter about 2 weeks later asking for payment.
The tablets packaging in terms of design was minimal but it’s what is inside the box that counts!
Mine contained the following: the tablet, a hand glove, 2 stylus pens with stand and extra nibs, power and connectivity wires, instructions and the drivers on a CD. Also packaged was a screen wiper and a make up style brush to clean fingerprints and marks from the screen. These are great additions!
So my first impressions of the tablet were very good, it was large, beautiful and the material of all the products in the box felt high in quality.
This tablet has a large 22inch HD IPS screen which I would say is the greatest feature of this tablet, when I first plugged it in I was amazed by the quality of the display. The colours were vibrant, the contrast was just right and the brightness was even better than my laptop screen. My artwork is very colourful and vibrant so viewing it on this tablet’s screen was a joy!
The screen has a glossy finish but has minimal glare in most lighting conditions due to the brightness of the display. The glass is smooth and allows for your hand to glide across the screen with ease, the packaged hand glove also helps remove and prevent any fingerprints that can occur.
The adjustable stand at the back is strong and can be used to change the viewing angle of the tablet, I noticed that when I would lift the tablet sometimes the wires would move underneath the stand so I had to keep poking them backwards when adjusting the viewing angle. I did not find this a bother though as with a tablet this size your not really going to be moving it around a lot.
Although the tablet is fairly large you can actually work with it on your lap, when I first recieved this tablet I was staying in a small room with no desk, so I had to test it on my lap and with hours of use I was still comfortable.
The power and menu buttons are placed underneath the tablet which could be a pain to access if you had to keep tweaking your settings, but for me this was not an issue, the screen looked perfect on it’s first start up so I have not had to tweak any settings.
The pens are comfortable to hold and it took no time at all to get used to, in terms of design they actually have a similar weight and shape as my Wacom Intuos 4 pen.
This tablet offers 2048 level of pressure sensitvity which allows for realistic brush strokes, however the pens do not support tilt or rotation sensitivity features unlike some Cintiq tablets.
I was not expecting this tablet to ship with two pens so that was a great bonus, it’s really useful to have the spare one to use when the other is being charged.
Also I was really glad to see that the pens have led lights in them to indicate when they are charging or low on battery.
Drivers & installation
Installing the tablet took no time at all, the set up was really easy, I avoided the packaged CD driver and went to the website to download the latest ones.
Overall the drivers have been really great in comparison with other tablets, these drivers have been compatible with my wacom drivers which is great because I need to travel a lot and now I can switch between the two tablets without having to unistal and re-install the drivers each time.
My experience with this tablet has been very positive I have not encountered any downsides yet, but if I were to nit pick there are two things that could possibly be improved.
The first is that usb connectivity cable is coloured blue which some people could find annoying as most of their cables are probably black, but to be honest my desk is a mess of black cables and having a blue cable really stands out which makes it easier to find and unplug when needed.
As I mentioned before the postion of the cables and menu buttons is not great, if the cables connected from either the right or left side and the menu placed on top of the tablet it would make more sense. But these small issues have not affected the perfomance or my overal impression of this tablet.
Performance and value
The tablet has been perfect for digital drawing, painting, 3d sculpting, video editing and general web browsing. It has met all of my needs in my day to day client and personal projects.
It’s performance with my work has been very responsive and as said before just makes everything look beautiful on the 22 inch IPS screen.
This tablet is fairly basic when compared to some other tablets that can offer touch capabilities or express keys but for the majority of people it would certainly meet their needs.
This tablet currently sells for roughly £400 or $600 dollars which is a very reasonable price especially when you compare it with the 22 inch Wacom Cintiq which are normally at least £1000. With this tablet you are really getting you value for your money.
The 22HD XP Pen display tablet certainly met and exceeded my expectations, having used other tablets in the past I was impressed with how this one compared and like I said at the start it’s currently my favourite tablet. If you are looking at purchasing a display tablet at a fair price then the XP Pen 22HD Artist tablet would be an excellent choice!
If you have any questions about the tablet feel free leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Thank you for reading.
I received this tablet for free in return of an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of this tablet, I approached this review as if I had purchased this tablet with my hard earned money.