Huion GT-185 HD graphics tablet review

huion gt 185 hd review

Huion GT-185HD Review – First Impressions

I have owned a number of graphics tablets during my career as a digital artist. I started with a cheap £20 tablet, then a Wacom Bamboo and finally a Wacom Intuous 4 which has been my trusty tablet for the past 4 years, it has never let me down.

I was looking to upgrade again and was initially attracted to the Wacom Cintiq range for an on-screen painting experience. The problem was they are very expensive, luckily a number of companies have created much cheaper alternatives to the Cintiq models. After a lot of research I decided that the Huion 185GT HD would suit me best due to it’s large 18.5 inch screen, HD resolution, 2048 pressure sensitivity levels and low price point.

So I went ahead and purchased the tablet as a pre-order for £350, saving myself about £50. The tablet took about a week to arrive & for those who are unaware, you will have to pay import taxes when it arrives. For myself in the UK it was £48.60

So in total my tablet came to roughly £400 which is still cheaper than the smallest Cintiq model.

First impressions

The tablet arrived safely in a well packaged box, I was informed my tablet would be shipped with a UK plug adapter which it was, so I was very happy with that.


How the tablet arrived.

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Huion Pen with holder which contains 8 spare nibs.


Hot keys!

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The tablet!

The tablet itself is beautiful, the quality of material is very high and neither looks or feels cheap. From other videos I had felt that the Huion pens looked flimsy compared to the Wacom pens, but this was not the case, it certainly is lighter but it still feels and more importantly performs great.

The only thing I did not like was the attached screen protector, it just looked bad in my opinion, so I removed mine.


Installing the drivers was super easy, for some reason mine did not come with an installation CD so I had to download the drivers from the website. I had to uninstall all of my Wacom drivers because I encountered an error during the first attempt.

Using the Huion 185 tablet for the first time

Using the Huion 185 tablet for the first time

But once I did it took about 5 minutes to get everything set up and then I was ready to go. I had to re-calibrate my display colour settings a few times both with the tablet monitor and with the windows calibration test, I still have not got things exactly how I like it, but for now it’s not a problem.


The transition from a traditional graphics tablet to a on-screen experience was strange at first, I felt a little uneasy resting my hand against the screen, the packaged glove helped as it allowed my hand to glide across much easier. The tablet has not heated up at all, I have it on for at least 8 hours a day and it has been fine. When working in Photoshop I have experienced no pen lag, the brush strokes have been super smooth and have been excellent for digital painting, line art, photo editing and even for other tasks such as video editing and general web browsing.


Line art exercise with the Huion 185HD


Digitally painting with the Huion 185 HD

The screen size is perfect for my desk, I was going to purchase a Wacom Cintiq 13HD but am glad I didn’t now as I would think it would have been far to small.

The express keys are a nice addition and I am sure some people will enjoy them, I however still prefer to use a keyboard when working so mine will not be getting much use.

So overall it has been a joy to work with, here are some examples of artworks I have created with this tablet so far!
Crystal-piece radiant-illumination sketch-piece


I have had no real issues so far, sometimes there will be a squeaking noise when the pen interacts with the screen, I think this is due to the tablet being new, maybe this will happen less often with time. Also on the very far right hand side of the screen, it rarely picks up pressure which can be annoying when trying to scroll.

So would I recommend this tablet?

Absolutely, after two full weeks of use I am now completely comfortable using this tablet and would not go back.
I am keeping my old Wacom for when I need to travel but otherwise I will be using the Huion from here on out.

So Whether this is your first tablet or an upgrade like in my case, the Huion 185HD is an amazing graphics tablet.

I was uneasy about moving away from Wacom, but Huion’s customer service and high quality product has proven to me there are Wacom alternatives out there that are worth your attention.

I would be excited to see if Huion make a tablet to compete with the Wacom 27 inch Cintiq but for now I am content, you can purchase the tablet from Huion’s website here

Thanks for reading!

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21 replies
  1. Dave Shaw
    Dave Shaw says:

    Hi there, what a great review, been thinking about buying a new tablet for some time now, the cintique is way out of my budget I am using the Intuos 4 at the moment which is really good , but I love the look of this one, could you tell me where you bought it from please.
    many thanks

  2. Tom Kovacs
    Tom Kovacs says:

    Hey there Dave. I’m in the UK and contemplating buying a new pen monitor. Are you still using this one? Is it holding up against time? Did you encounter more issues over time? It would be great if you could do a little update on your status with this particular model. Great review though, keep up the good work.

    Kind Regards

    • digitalvisionaryart
      digitalvisionaryart says:

      Hey Tom!

      Yes I am still using this tablet and everything is still great, the company however has sold out of this model a long time ago! They have just re-stocked it though but it no longer has a HD screen which might be a deal breaker for you.
      I am also using an xp pen 22HD tablet at the moment and it’s very good as well, I will be posting a review of it soon.
      Hope that helps,


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