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 XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro review: a pen display for professional digital artists designers Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

The professional-grade XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro ( £609.99 direct) carries on the company's tradition of offering the best PC- and Mac-based drawing surfaces on the planet. It's ideal for professional illustrators, cartoonists, graphic designers, and artists who prefer to sketch directly on the screen, instead of drawing on a gray tablet and having to look at a separate display while working.

The Artist 22E Pro as our Editors' Choice for interactive pen displays, thanks in part to the 22E Pro's improved LED-backlit display and wide-aspect ratio, but mainly because there's still nothing quite like a XP-Pen Artist display.

If someone was to ask me ďwhatís the best cheap graphics tablet in the world?Ē I would say ďI donít know for sureÖbut the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro comes pretty darn close!Ē
Technically I suppose itís not really a graphics tablet, but more of a hybrid drawing pad, canvas, computer and art studio all rolled into one. Whatever it is, itís stonkingly good!

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro 21.5 inch is a state-of-the-art sophisticated piece of equipment designed to maximize your productivity and make creating digital art easier. Boasting a large display, pen-tilt recognition, and proficient levels of pen-pressure sensitivity, the Artist 22E Pro is designed with the user experience in mind. With intuitive ExpressKeys and Touch Strips for easy shortcuts and multi-touch gestures to view your images from all angles, itís a powerhouse in the industry.

Higher Price Point

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro 21.5 inch clocks in at the higher end of the price spectrum, but donít let that deter you. Countless Amazon reviews have lauded the efficiency and reliability of the Artist 22E Pro and noted that while the initial sticker price shock was a little off putting, the results were fantastic. If youíre serious about your graphic art, this might be the product for you. You can find the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro in United Kingdom at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graphics-Drawing-Artist22E-Pressure-Sensitivity/dp/B07CP1LMHJ .

ExpressKeys, Touch Strips, and Radial Menu

Well, the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro has a solution. This model has 16 ExpressKeys that you can program to direct your keyboard shortcuts and modifiers that you use most often. That way, youíll avoid having to stop your work entirely to perform a function. ExpressKeys are a godsend for people working on strict deadlines.

You can keep the keys you use most often right on the screen for super-easy access. In addition to ExpressKeys, the Artist 22E Pro comes equipped with Touch Strips and Touch Strip toggle buttons that allow you to zoom and scroll seamlessly. Both systems are specifically set up to increase productivity and enhance the end-user experience.

While the 21.5-inch screen of the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch is certainly the main attraction, the bezel isn't there just for show. In fact, the bezel features numerous ExpressKeys that can improve productivity.

For both the left and the right side of the bezel, there are 2 sets of 4 ExpressKeys and one ExpressKey between them. That's 9 ExpressKeys on each side, for a total of 18 ExpressKeys. This allows you to set a variety of options and hotkeys. You can also set various hotkeys and shortcuts for a specific application (remember that button in the top right labeled with an "i"? Press that). Located behind the ExpressKeys, on either side, are the touch strips. The touch strips allow you to zoom in and out with precision. Also, the middle ExpressKey acts as a toggle for the touch strips, providing you with the ability to change their function, such as from auto-scrolling to cycling layers.

While not a physical button, the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch gives you an option for a radial menu. By default, if you press three fingers on the screen at the same time, you'll get a circular menu with a variety of options. You'll be able to customize the radial menu in the XP-Pen Tablet Properties menu to fit your needs.

Widescreen Display to Accommodate All Your Applications

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Pen Display Tablet 21.5 inch comes with a widescreen 21.5-inch HD display, perfect for viewing applications and programs with extensive menus. When youíre working with applications like Photoshop, Maya or Zbrush, their huge expanding menus can be unreachable on smaller screens, a constant bugbear of mine when using them on a laptop. With the Artist 22E Pro however, you wonít miss any part of the menu or application and you wonít need to scroll constantly to access the tools you need.

Previous Artist models had notably smaller screens, and became a common complaint among users, namely that although the interface was excellent, the screen was just too small. Thankfully XP-Pen has addressed the issue and this model fixes the problem.

All popular illustration, photography, design and animation applications should be easily operative from the Artist 22E Pro.

The 21.5-inch HD screen is also an ideal place on which to view the evolution of your creative work. It renders 16.7 million colours and is super sharp and crisp.

Full HD 21.5-Inch H-IPS Display
With a 16:9 aspect ratio and Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution, the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch can display up to 16.7 million colors. Since the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch supports a variety of inclines, the viewing angle of the display has to be considered. Fortunately, the H-IPS display supports up to 178į (89į/89į for both horizontal and vertical). The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch is not a stand-alone tablet, and requires a connection to your Mac or PC computer. For video, you'll need to connect the 29-pin DVI-I connector to your computer, while an additional USB connection is required if you want to take advantage of the multi-touch capabilities of the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch.

The display features industry-standard color presets, such the default 4000K whitepoint. The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch also has a 77%-82% Adobe RGB color gamut.

However, the Artist 22E Pro does not have multi-touch capabilities and relies mostly on pen input. The Artist 24HD is also a pen-input-only display from XP-Pen, but it offers a larger 24.1" screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 native resolution. The 1920 x 1080 native resolution on the Artist 24HD offers more height, giving you an extra 120 lines of vertical pixels, making it ideal for multimedia applications, such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Adjusts for a Workspace that Fits your Body

Ergonomic workspaces are increasingly important these days and for good reason! Weíve learned that everyone works differently and in order to be effective and productive, we must discover our best working position. The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro 21.5 inch is extremely versatile in this regard in that it can move and recline as an easel would and rotate to match the way you draw Ė in other words, it moves, not you.

The Artist 22E Pro comes with modifying options that further customize your workspace and adapt it to your specific needs. You can purchase an articulating arm to further enhance the span of movement, or simply lay it flat on your desk if thatís your preferred method of working.

The Stand

A VESA-compatible desk stand is pre-installed and itís easy to raise or lower the angle of the display to suit your preferences. Because of the compact size of the display, I found myself cradling the Artist 22E Pro in my lap rather than leaving it on the desk. If I were to keep it permanently, I would probably remove the Artist 22E Proís fixed stand so I could use it more comfortably on my lap.its unique design allows improved angles for both viewing as well as utilizing the multi-touch and pen input.

With or without the stand installed, the Artist 22E Pro is pretty heavyweight. Three cables for power, video and pen all connect along the left side. While this is preferable to connections along the bottom of the display that tend to get caught and tangled with the stand, the protruding connectors are a little unsightly and might come undone if you work with the display off the desk.

Calibration and edge accuracy were excellent out of the box. I didnít have to change a thing to reach any corner targets. Parallax is also minimal while looking down at the display. From the side, the distance between the pen tip andthe cursor is no more than 1/16-inch, and I didnít have any issues compensating for it.

The hard pen nibs tend to squeak a little bit against the glass. Fortunately, the supplied matte screen protector dulls the squeaks and provides a velvety drawing surface.

The screen protector itself is an overlay that attaches to the top edge of the display. This is very easy to apply and avoids unwanted bubbles and blemishes.

Pricing

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro 21.5 inch is priced around £609.99 with the option to make monthly payments of $70 per month (if you buy directly from XP-Pen). The lofty price tag might give you pause, but this is top-of-the-line technology and the perks outweigh the negatives. If youíre serious about graphic design and taking your career to the next level, the Artist 22E Pro might be the best choice for you.

Cross Platform
The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch is compatible with both Mac and PC computers. While the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch has plug-and-play functionality, it's recommended that you install the drivers and download the manual from the included installation CD. While the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch is easy to install, it may take some time to transition from using a XP-Pen tablet off-screen to drawing on the screen itself. Take your time, to familiarize yourself with the controls and multi-touch gestures (both XP-Pen's and the operating system you're using, whether it's Mac OS X or Windows).

Professional Uses
The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch focuses on facilitating the digital workflow for professional photography, art, and design. By allowing users to draw, write, or edit directly on the screen, the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch offers a more natural way for photographers and artists to work.

In the past, users would have to sketch their designs on paper and then use a scanner to import the sketches into their computers. Only after that were they able to trace or touch up their work in Photoshop or Illustrator. With the Artist 22E Pro Touch, XP-Pen allows you to skip the unnecessary step of scanning and allows you to draw directly into your preferred application. The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch makes tracing easier and much more natural since youíre working on the image itself. Sketching also works fairly well, allowing you to draw and erase your sketches without wasting paper.

We found that long strokes worked flawlessly, but short strokes took some getting used to. Itís possible that moving from a traditional XP-Pen tablet to drawing on the Artist 22E Pro Touch may confront you with a learning curve. The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch boasts all 8192 levels of pen-pressure sensitivity, allowing for a variety of stroke depths and intensities. We also found the touch strips on the back to be quite useful, because we were able to adjust brush size on the fly, without having to go into settings. We also found that certain multi-touch gestures facilitate navigating the workspace and kept our hands on the screen, not fumbling around for the keyboard. Overall, the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch can definitely make life easier for professional photographers, graphic designers, and artists.

Downloadable Software Bundle

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch is not a stand-alone tablet, and requires a Mac or PC computer. Since it doesn't have an operating system of its own, there is no preloaded software that comes with it. Instead, it's recommended that you install the drivers and download the manual from the www.xp-pen.com

Exceptionally Designed Pen with Sensitive Tip for Fine Detail

The XP-Pen P02S is truly an innovative piece of engineering, distinguishing between 8192 different levels of pressure, making it among the most accurate instruments you will use for digital graphic design. The pen is specifically crafted to allow you to make subtle and minuscule changes to your work and by simply adjusting pen pressure or tilt angle, you can change line weight and brush size, as you would with a paintbrush.

The pen is so cutting-edge that you can actually program functions into it yourself, making the user experience unique and tailored to what you need to get done in your workspace.

Programmable Shortcuts to Streamline your Workflow

Does it irritate you to interrupt your flow with unnecessary commands and clicks?

The supplied pens have a nice size. Theyíre lightweight plastic and coated in a rubberized material, with just the right amount of heft. Here too I found I preferred the Yiynova penís contoured body and slightly longer barrel.

The pen comes equipped with a rubberized grip that makes sure you donít have any cramps or marks after hours of use(lefties will know what Iím talking about).

The stylus almost felt like an actual pen in my hand, which is great especially for people that really like drawing with pen and paper. However, itís the tabletís display screen that allows the pen to move so freely that really makes it great.

The 8192 levels of pressure on the stylus really allows you to create detailed drawings with ease.

This coupled with the large drawing area and the smoothness of the display makes the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro arguably the best tablet in terms of accuracy and detail.

The company claims that the pen should last up to 100 hours on a full charge. To achieve this, the pen automatically goes into sleep mode after 20 minutes. To wake it, you tap it against the display.

The pen driver offers 4- and 9-point calibration. Neither of these reaches into the display corners, so if your device isnít well calibrated out of the box, you may be out of luck.

There are 17 Click Sensitivity stops from Light to Heavy in the Pressure control panel. I had to set my sensitivity to one stop above lightest to get the full range of pressure. Like all the other UC Logic devices Iíve tested, the middle range of pressure is the digitizerís biggest limitation. Itís really easy to blow past the middle levels. I also found that initial activation force was too high when I went above the third pressure notch.

In practice, pressure was very responsive in Clip Studio Paint using either Wintab or Windows Ink. I also had very good results in Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro and Sketchable.

You will also be able to purchase a Classic Pen separately, which is for users who prefer a thin pen. The Inking Pen allows you to sketch your ideas on real paper while capturing a digital likeness of your sketch that you can import to your computer via USB.

If youíd prefer to use a pen without a side switch or controls, the wide-bodied pen grip is for you. It comes with two in a pack.

Please note that while the Grip Pen is included with the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Touch, the Classic Pen, Inkling Pen, Airbrush Pen and Art Pen are all sold separately. If youíre happy with the Grip Pen, but have worn down the nib, you can purchase replacement nibs instead of having to replace the entire pen.

Airbrush Pen

This pen is designed to mimic airbrushing, with systems in place to account for spray distance, angle, and application of ink.The Airbrush Pen includes a finger wheel for an additional degree of control. With the proper software support, you will be able to simulate realistic airbrushing.


Art Pen

The Art Pen is designed to work with a traditional felt marker and you can use it in conjunction with the standard Artist 22 marker to have a range of drawing options.

The Art Pen is a specialty tool that reports pen rotation in addition to the tip pressure, pen location, and pen tilt to the application. With proper software support, you will be able to simulate flat brushes, markers, calligraphy pens, and other natural media tools.

Professional Pen Nibs:

Chisel Felt Nibs

Use these with the Art Pen to create calligraphic masterpieces on your Artist 22E Pro .


Stroke Nibs

The Stroke Nib lets you customize your brush strokes further and can be alternated with standard nibs in any pen.


Wide Bodied Pen Grip

XP-Pen Colour Manager

Intuitively calibrates your colour for cohesion in your work and less stress for you trying to match specific colours. Itís easy to use and maximizes your productivity and workflow.

Artís Assessment

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro is probably the best tablet for a professional artist that needs the most room to work with.

The tablet display resolution comes at 1920 x 1080 with an aspect ratio of 16:9, meaning that the picture will always be crystal clear. There were no pixel errors and even when running high-end games there was no lagging.

The only noticeable problems with the tablet display were the noticeable glare and the fact that it scratched fairly easily. This was easily fixed with an antiglare screen protector.

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro Display Drawing Monitor also comes equipped with 18 ExpressKeys that can be easily programmed to suit your needs.

The stylus that comes with the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro is on-par with the tablet itself. It has a fantastic rubberized grip and flows easily on the tablet allowing for great detail.

The XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro is great for professionals looking for a tablet display that has all the bells and whistles and will be a reliable tool for many years.

If youíre serious about your graphic design work, you need to seriously consider the XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro 21.5 inch . Itís a tool specifically created to boost your productivity, creativity and enhance the end product.

Conclusion

Recap Pros

+ Ergonomically designed for an ideal workspace
+ Several add-ons to customize and enhance user experience
+ State of the art pen for precise and artistic drawing
+ Large screen to accommodate all applications
+ Programmable Shortcuts
+ Precise tracking with no jitter and whatsoever, 5080 lines per inch (highest in class)
+ The textured surface feels natural better than any surface I have used
+ Plenty of useable shortcut keys to speed up workflow
+ The ability to toggle between displays, this feature is so important to me
+ Touch strip which can be set to zoom, cycle layer, change brush size and rotate project
+ Information button helps you remember what shortcut keys are set to
+ Tool button brings up tablet settings quick and easy
+ Nice OSD with all monitor settings in an easy to use front facing position
+ Solid well made tablet everything feels sturdy and thoughtfully constructed
+ Stand with a swivel function
+ Stylus is well made and has an eraser function
+ The tablet recognizes tilt
+ Various nib options in a well thought out base with plenty of replacements
+ Easy removable and replaceable cables in case of damaged cables
+ USB passthrough
+ Great ventilation
Cons

- Expensive, but itís best in class, so that is to be expected. Maybe upstarts in this field will drive this down someday.
- The textured surface scratches easily
- A huge footprint, not for every desk. Seems to me to be a lot of wasted space between the monitor and the shortcut keys
- Heavy, when I put this on my Ergotron LX arm it sags. The monitor weighs 18.8 pounds (8.5 kg) with the stand

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 Best Graphics Tablet XP-Pen Artist 16 pro for Drawing and Sketching in the UK Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

Graphics tablets are standard fare in a photographerís arsenal of retouching tools, but could a pen display make retouching even easier?

Iíd heard great things about XP-Penís Artist 16 Pro drawing tablet so imagine my excitement when it arrived at my doorstep.

And after some time with it I was not disappointed!

At a really reasonable price the 16 Pro packs enough punch to compete with much more expensive products on the market. Itís definitely a quality tablet for artists with lots of extra goodies to boot.

In this review Iíll cover my impressions of the tablet, what you get with it, and how well itíll work for digital artists of all skill levels. But first letís cover the main specs and what you get in the box.

Specs
Dimensions: 16″ W x 10″ L x 1.1″ D (without stand)
Active area: 13.5″ x 7.6″
1920 x 1080 resolution
8 Express Keys
Response Time: 14ms
Whatís in the Box
Artist 16 tablet display
Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter
USB cable
HDMI cable
2x Stylus pens
2x Pen charging cables
8x Replacement nibs
Stylus penc ase
Power brick
Cleaning cloth
XP-Pen drawing glove
Manual + flash drive with drivers

Availability
You can find the XP-PEN 16 Pro drawing monitor tablet on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Artist16-Graphics-1920x1080-pressure-Adjustable/dp/B07BLVW598

The Artist 16 Pro by XP Pen is a 1080p, 15.6" display that has a 178į viewing angle, with a color gamut that is up to 92 percent Adobe RGB accurate. It comes with two rechargeable stylusesócomplete with eight additional pen nibs and holderóan adjustable display stand that was pre-mounted (less work for me,) a partial glove for your working hand to keep the monitor clean, a cleaning cloth and all the requisite cables including an adapter for Mac. The kit also includes a USB thumb drive with the software driver, but the quick start manual mentions also being able to download the latest drivers via the website, which is what I did. The color of the display wasnít quite right out of the box, so I calibrated the screen for color and contrast after installing with my X-Rite ColorMunki, and went right to work.

The Good Stuff
The screen is matte, which means I donít have to deal with any reflections from windows or room lighting. I work in my basement, and the windows can throw some distracting reflections on my iMac screen at certain times of day. The XP Pen display handled my downstairs lighting and windows like a champ. The matte screen made a big difference.
The screen has a texture like fine-grained paper, which feels natural beneath the pen nib and allows for that little bit of Ďgrabí that stops the stylus from sliding around on the screen.
The eight customizable express keys make using the display apart from the keyboard much easier. The express keys make basic actions, like zooming in and out or changing brush size, much faster, but I still needed the keyboard close by for things like cloning.
The adjustable stand gives me room to change up the angle Iím working at, which is handy for keeping me from becoming stagnant and allows me to change things up when I adjust my desk from standing to sitting.
If I needed to look at my larger iMac screen or give my neck a break from the angle of looking down at the screen, I could treat the Artist Pro like a tablet and work from my monitor.
No lag. The pen worked in Photoshop as smoothly as anything else Iíve ever used.
Pen pressure made doing things like drawing in eyelashes or hair easy and quick. Unlike dodging and burning where I needed to see the skin beneath the nib, being able to place the pen nib exactly where I wanted to draw in a hair was helpful.
The size of the display is a nice balance between being big enough to work on, but not so big that it stresses my arm from making too many large movements.
The price point is pretty outstanding for what you get.

Initial Impressions
While XP-Pen offers two 15.6Ē pen displays (the Standard and the Pro), the Artist 16 Pro has a higher quality display with stronger, more vibrant colors.

It also has a custom anti-reflective coating designed to reduce glare. This means you can work easily under bright light or in direct sunlight.

The tablet boasts an HD display of 1920◊1080 and comes with an improved, rechargeable pen that supports 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The Artist Pro 16 ships with an HDMI cable, a reachable pen in a travel case with 8 spare nibs, a USB cable, an artistís half-glove, dust cloth, and a power brick.

Thereís also a mini display adapter just in case your computer doesnít have an HDMI port. Very convenient.

The tablet comes mounted on an adjustable stand so thereís no need for assembly.

The first thing I noticed when I pulled the XP-Pen out of the box was the weight. Itís much lighter than you would expect for a tablet of this size.

It has 8 Express Keys on the front that can be easily programmed using a drop-down menu within the Tablet software that installs with the drivers.

I found that all the defaults worked well for me, but they are super easy to change.

I rely heavily on hotkeys for digital painting and having these is a big plus. They really streamline the workflow and keep me from having to switch back and forth between the tablet and the keyboard.

The Express Keys are flush with the surface of the tablet and unobtrusive. I was worried that these buttons would feel cheap and be noisy, but thatís simply not the case.

They make almost no noise when pressed and feel good to use in a regular workflow. The two buttons in the middle have raised nibs so that your fingers can easily navigate without taking your eyes off your work.

Besides the Express Keys, the drawing tablet has a row of buttons along the side just like a normal monitor.

With these you can adjust the brightness, color, contrast, and other settings. I love this because I tend to find a lot of screens are too bright for my taste. It was easy to bring the brightness down to a comfortable level with the press of a few of buttons.

These buttons, however, do feel a little clunky. But seeing as you shouldnít need to use them very often I donít think itís an issue.

The tablet is mounted on a heavy-duty adjustable stand. Thereís a small lever that you pull to unlock the stand which allows you to set the tablet to any angle between 15 and 85 degrees.

Whatís great are the rubber grips on the feet that keep it from sliding across the desk. Iíve heard some artists complain that the stand would slide on them as they worked, but I didnít have this problem.

The stand is, however, quite bulky and raises the tablet a few inches from the surface of the table.

Depending on your set up this may or may not be comfortable for you.

The good news is that the stand is removable in case you want to lay it completely flat on the table. Itís held in place by a few easily removable screws.

And because the cables plug into the side of the drawing tablet you can lay it flat without a problem.

Installation
The setup process was painless.

In the box was a flash drive with instructions for downloading and installing the necessary drivers.

I noticed that XP-Pen had recently updated their drivers for this product. Thatís usually good sign as it means a well-supported product thatís kept up-to-date.

I plugged in the power cord, the HDMI and USB cables, and connected the tablet to my Windows computer. I should add Iím running Windows 10.

I downloaded and installed the drivers right from the XP-Pen website.

This installed the PenTablet software that lets you calibrate the pen, adjust the sensitivity of the pressure, and program the Express Keys.

Quick Note: if you already have another tablet driver installed you will need to uninstall those drivers and restart your machine before you install the new ones. Itís at least a safety precaution to make sure it all gets installed properly.

The Drawing Pen
After installing the correct drivers I configured the resolution and calibrated the pen. I opened Photoshop to give it a test run and was pleasantly surprised to find everything worked perfectly!

The pen is very responsive and the sensitivity is fluid, but itís hard to imagine that anyone could really sense the 8,192 levels of pressure that XP-Pen claims for this product.

The pen has two customizable buttons on the side and is battery powered. Donít worry, the pen is quickly rechargeable with the USB cord that ships with the tablet.

Thereís no indicator for how much energy is left in the pen but it can go weeks or even months without needing to be re-charged.

Iíve been using it daily for a week and the pen is still going strong.

My tablet came with two pens and two USB chargers which is super convenient.

Even if one pen does die Iíve got a backup ready to go so I donít have to miss a beat.

The pen itself is lightweight and has a nice comfort grip. The two buttons on the pen are themselves customizable too.

By default the front button is set to right click and the back is set to toggle between the brush and eraser tools.

The Drawing Experience
Drawing on the tablet feels good. The matte coating gives a slight texture to the drawing surface which is good news because some tablets can feel too much like drawing on glass.

That little bit of resistance when you slide the pen goes a long way towards an organic drawing experience.

On the other hand, if youíre one of those artists who dislikes having the ďbiteĒ of texture when youíre drawing, donít worry. The matte coating is removable.

It peels off easily and can even be replaced if you change your mind.

Itís easy to get consistent line widths and smooth transitions along the pressure curve with this product.

In some tablets the pressure isnít smooth and the line width will suddenly jump unexpectedly or feel difficult to control, but the Artist 16 Pro doesnít have that problem.

I will say that initially, the calibration was in desperate need of adjustment. It was easy to fix using the PenTablet software though. Just click ďcalibrateĒ and then tap the four corners of the drawing surface with your pen.
Also I found that the default sensitivity curve was too heavy for my taste.

I like to use a light touch with very little pressure and I found myself having to push down a little too hard to get pen to activate. Luckily it was an easy problem to fix.

Thereís a sliding curve that you can adjust to change the sensitivity in the PenTablet software. Pulling that curve down a little gave me the result I was looking for.

Because the drawing surface lies slightly above the screen, there is some distance between the pen tip and the position of the cursor when you draw.

This offset is known as parallax and itís a common issue with budget tablets.

I barely noticed it after a few minutes of work but I could see how some artist might have an issue here.

I rely on hotkeys for working digitally and so having the 8 Express Keys was a big plus to me. I spent some time customizing these to my liking. I set them to zoom in & zoom out, increase & decrease brush size, select, eye dropper, and move tools.

I had the brush and eraser tools hot-keyed to the pen itself and this meant I hardly even needed to use the keyboard. Thatís exactly what I was going for.

Now this did produce some problems. First, the tablet is very lightweight and the stand only grips on the back.

When I was pushing the express keys the tablet would rock on the stand. I had to grip it from behind and use my thumb to work the express keys to prevent this from happening.

Artist16 Pro tablet on stand
Another problem with the hotkeys is that they donít seem to register if I press and hold them.

Meaning that, for instance, If I wanted to increase my brush size I had to click the button several times instead of just pressing and holding.

This combined with the rocking problem that I described above got rather annoying. I found myself still using the keyboard for certain commands.

I worked with the display at a roughly 45-degree angle which I found very comfortable. It does make a huge difference being able to work upright. I was able to draw for hours without feeling any discomfort.

I tested the product in Photoshop, Krita, Gimp, and Aseprite. It worked well in every single program.

I also discovered that the drawing tablet will function even when the tablet monitor is off so long as the USB cable is connected. A big plus.

Pros
The Artist 16 Pro drawing tablet with screen has a truly beautiful HD display with 92% percent color accuracy.

This is a huge bonus for illustrators and other artists looking to print their work. I was really impressed with the vibrancy and the clarity of the color.

Installation was easy.

Thereís a lot of options for customization. The display has its own controls for color, contrast, gamma, brightness, etc.

The PenTablet software that installs with the drivers grants control over the sensitivity, Express Keys, and offers quick calibration options. It only took a few adjustments to get the settings I wanted.

XP-Pen offers good support for their products and updates the drivers often.

Also the stylus pen is highly responsive. Thereís a smooth curve that you typically donít find with budget tablets. The drawing experience is the most important aspect of a pen display in my opinion, and the Artist 16 Pro really shines in this area.

The tablet is lightweight and comes mounted on an easily adjustable stand making it a great addition to your permanent desktop setup.

This tablet works for both left-handed and right-handed artists too.

Cons
The parallax is not great. I got used to it and able to use menus, but I can see it being annoying to some artists who want more accuracy between the cursor and the pen tip.

The calibration gets a little off around the edges of the monitor and this is common with many tablets.

Itís not a major problem but something to watch out for.

And thereís going to be some wobble when youíre working with the tablet on the stand, even when itís laid down flat. This is especially true if youíre using the Express Keys.

Final Thoughts
I found the Pen Tablet Monitor Artist 16 Pro to be a truly solid product that shines in all the right areas.

The display is vibrant with a high level of color accuracy. The drawing experience was honestly better than I had expected. The pen is responsive and the pressure curve is smooth.

With a textured drawing surface and the adjustable stand this tablet is very comfortable to work with. Installation was easy and itís exactly what you would expect for a product like this.

The tablet itself has a very sleek design that looks as good as it feels.

Both the pen and the display are highly customizable which is something I look for in a product like this.

Because the XP Pen Artist 16 Pro works as a pen display and has the same functionality as a graphics tablet, itís like having the best of both worlds. I can look up at my larger monitor when I need to, or work directly from the screen.

When doing fine detail work (outside of dodging and burning) or drawing on an image, the Artist 16 Pro really shines. The unit feels well-made and is simply designed. Having two pens lets one charge while I use the other, and the ability to adjust pen pressure in the software menu seems like it will make it easy save nibs in the long term. While using a laptop, having the larger display to work from makes retouching much easier.

There were some issues like pen parallax and a wobbly stand that might be a problem for some users. But if you can get used to that and if this fits within your budget then the XP-Pen Artist 16 Pro is a strong product and well worth its price tag.

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