Huion Kamvas 13 Review: Very Cheap Drawing Tablet

Huion released the Huion Kamvas 13 in 2020 as a follow-up to cover flaws found in its previous Huion Kamvas 13 Pro that had been released in 2018. For instance, Android support and the less accurate PW507 in Kamvas 13 pro were major concerns among artists.

In this article, we will share our findings after testing and reviewing the Huion Kamvas 13 to see what it has and if the issues were solved. If you like comparing top drawing tablet brands such as Wacom and Huion, then the perfect comparison for Huion Kamvas 13 is Wacom’s Wacom One pen display tablet.

If you are a beginner artist looking for a good and cheap pen display tablet, the Huion Kamvas 13 is one of the best options you can get. You can also check out Wacom Cintiq 13 vs. Huion Kamvas 12.

Huion Kamvas 13 Honest Review

Huion Kamvas 13 is a very affordable pen-display tablet. Here are some of the main Huion Kamvas 13 Specs that stand out.

  • Very fast 266PPS Report Rate
  • 2 Type-C Ports result in an easy and fast connection
  • Realistic rich colors with 120% sRGB color Gamut
  • Supports Windows, macOS, and Android connection
  • Direct Power USB Laptop connection
  • Battery-free Pen PW517 with PenTech 3.0
  • 8 on-body Programmable Press Keys
Huion Kamvas 13 review
Huion Kamvas 13 review

Size and Built

The Huion Kamvas 13 comes in attractive 3 color varieties you can choose from. You can either pick the Midnight Green, Violet Purple, or Cosmo Black.

Although it is not a standalone tablet, the Kamvas 13 is easily portable for outdoor drawing thanks to its 366.5 mm x 217.4 mm size, ultra-slim 11.8 inches body thickness, and light 980 grams weight.

The Kamvas 13 body is made of plastic which can raise durability questions especially compared to its predecessor Kamvas 13 pro which came with an Aluminum built back. This can however be solved by a Kamvas 13 cover that you can buy separately.

For left-handed artists, the Kamvas 13 has an option to swap to a left-handed or right-hand option.

Screen and Display

Huion Kamvas 13
Huion Kamvas 13 screen

It comes with a large 13.3-inch screen measured diagonally, and a 293.76 × 165.24mm working area. This is slightly bigger than an iPad pro. The screen is crisp and clear with up to 1920×1080 pixels HD display.

You will not have reflection problems interfere with your view even in high light environments thanks to a 178 degrees wide viewing angle. This means that no matter from which angle you view it, the image quality remains crisp and clear.

For durability, the screen is protected from damage and scratches by a Fully laminated antiglare screen. This is better than Wacom One which only has a protective film.

A laminated screen means that the screen is covered by an extra layer for protection. On a normal laminated screen, there is a layer of air between the screen and the layer that can cause air bubbles to form, limiting accuracy.

A fully laminated screen leaves no air between the screen and layer, improving durability while at the same time eradicating the air bubbles problem.

The screen has perfect color accuracy and can display up to 16.7 million colors thanks to a wide color Gamut at 120%  sRGB.


One of the most important things you need to consider when buying a pen display tablet is connectivity. This refers to what devices your tablet will be able to connect to and how easily. For example, the earlier Kamvas 13 pro was not compatible with Android. This means that you could not connect it to your Android phone and devices.

The Kamvas 13 scores well when it comes to connectivity. First of all, it is compatible with Android so you can easily connect with Android devices with a simple type C cable.

If your computer supports type C input, connecting to Kamvas 13 is easy and simple without using a type C to HDMI adapter. Additionally, it also supports connection with Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.12 or later, and Android(USB3.1 GEN1). You will get a free 3-in-1 cable for computer connection too.

Stylus Pen PW517

Huion Kamvas 13 review
Huion Kamvas 13 pen

The great display works great for viewing. However, for creators, the pen is another important factor that makes a drawing tablet worth it. Huion Kamvas 13  comes with a battery-free PW517 stylus pen.

First the pen has large 8192 pressure levels that make a drawing or note-taking feel natural. Additionally, plus or minus 60 tilt recognition technology allows you to draw a variety of lines.

PW517 stylus pen
PW517 stylus pen

This Pen is great especially compared to the less accurate PW507 that came with its previous version of Kamvas 13 pro. It was less accurate and this one is a great improvement.

The pen has 2 customizable shortcut buttons that you can use to speed up your workflow. You can set them to your eraser or any other regular tools you use in your drawing.

Fast reaction time at 266 Pps and Huion’s Pentech 3.0 technology sets apart the PW517 pen as a top pen in the industry. Finally, the Pen comes free in the box on purchase.


As mentioned earlier the stylus pen comes with 2 customizable buttons. Apart from these 2, the Kamvas 13 comes with 8 more fully customizable keys next to the screen that can help speed up your workflow.

Is the Kamvas 13 worth it?

A great display size, color accuracy, and fantastic pen make the Kamvas 13 surely worth it, especially for its very affordable price range. Additionally, you will get a host of free stuff that comes with the tablet. These include a tablet stand, 10 replacement Nibs and a Nib remover, a 3-in-1 cable, a USB extender, an AC adapter, a Drawing Glove, a Cleaning cloth, Huion PW 517 stylus Pen, and a free pen holder.

Does the Huion Kamvas 13 need a computer?

Kamvas 13 is not a standalone tablet so the answer is Yes it must be connected to a computer to use.

Huion Kamvas 13  vs Huion Kamvas Pro 13 vs XP Pen 13 2nd Gen

Huion Kamvas Pro 13 is very similar to Huion Kamvas 13. However, unlike Huion Kamvas 13, it has only 4 buttons instead of 8. However, it comes with a touch bar. The Pro 13 display comes with a good fully laminated screen while the Kamvas 13 only has a laminated film.

The Kamvas Pro 13 has one big connectivity downside. Although it works well on Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.12 or later, and ChromeOS 88, it does not support Android. It uses an older less accurate PW507 stylus compared to Kamvas 13 faster PW517 pen that has PenTech 3.0.

XP Pen 13 2nd Gen

If you want a very similar sized tablet but from another brand, the XP Pen 13 2nd Gen is your best option. Here are some of its top features.

  1. Screen Size: 13.3 inches
  2. Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  3. Texture: Matte Textured
  4. Lamination” Fully Laminated Screen
  5. Brightness: 220 cd/m2
  6. Contrast: 1000:1
  7. Color Gamut: 30% sRGB, 96% Adobe RGB and 92% NTSC

Huion Kamvas 13 Specifications

  1. Working Area 11.5×6.5 inches
  2. Body Material Plastic
  3. Color options Cosmo Black, Midnight Green, Violet Purple
  4. Weight 980 grams
  5. Body Shortcuts 8 buttons
  6. Stand Free Stand
  7. Display Size 13.3 inches
  8. Screen Resolution 1920×1080 pixels
  9. Color Accuracy 120%RGB
  10. Contrast 1000:1
  11. Response Time 25 ms
  12. Laminated Screen Yes plus extra Anti-glare film
  13. Stylus Pen Battery-free, 8192 Pressure Levels, 60 degrees sensitivity, 2 pen shortcuts
  14. Brightness 220cd/m2
  15. Price: Huion Store
  1. Does the Huion Kamvas 13 need a computer?

    Kamvas 13 is not a standalone tablet so the answer is Yes it must be connected to a computer to use.

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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