In the field of digital art and graphic design, two brands come up as contenders for the best tablet for artists. When comparing the 2 brands of drawing tablets, Huion vs Wacom, we need to consider the factors artists need to consider when choosing a drawing tablet that fits their needs.
First of all, there is a small history of the 2 brands. Through the years, Wacom has been the main player in the field producing high-quality drawing tablets.
Huion came in later and started off with cheap tablet options for beginner artists. As years went by, Wacom also came up with beginner-centered drawing tablets that were cheaper and rookie-friendly.
Huion on the other hand also grew to make high-quality professional devices that matched up to the high-quality standard set by Wacom.
Huion Vs Wacom: Design Body and Build
Both Huion and Wacom drawing tablets have concentrated on getting the maximum screen size that can be achieved on a device.
For example, Wacom Studio 16 has a full product dimension of 16.45 inches in length and 10.3 inches in width. The tablet has a screen size of 16 inches.
This means that a very small area of the tablet is not covered by the screen.
Similarly, Huion Kamvas studio, which is a similar device to, Huion, has a 22 inches screen size. The product dimensions are 23.2 in length and 13.5 inches in width.
Most tablets from the 2 brands have this common minimal approach for the screen to maximize the working area. Both tablets need a stand but you will have to buy the stand separately for both of them.
Short Cut Keys
Most Huion tablets have shortcut keys on the body of the tablet and more on the stylus pen. Wacom tablets either lack or have fewer of them on the body.
To make up for this you will need to buy a separate device if you go for Wacom.
A good comparison is between Wacom Cintiq 16 vs Huion Kamvas 16. Kamvas 16 has 4 Shortcut Keys plus a Touch bar.
Wacom Cintiq 16 has no shortcut keys on the body and you have to buy a Wacom shortcut remote that will add to the price.
Huion Vs Wacom: Price
Wacom tablets are relatively more expensive compared to Huion. The best comparison for this is the earlier Wacom Cintiq 16 vs Huion Kamvas 16, where you have to add more money for a shortcut remote for Wacom than Huion while the other specs for both are more or less the same.
Huion Vs Wacom Drawing Tablets
If you are a beginner both Huion and Wacom brands have perfect drawing tablets for your level. What is great is that they are some of the cheapest drawing tablets you can buy. Under this category, we will review, Wacom Intuos vs Huion HS64.
Wacom Intuos: Best Wacom Drawing Tablet no screen
Wacom Intuos for beginners is a great cheap entry-level tablet. The tablet is small and compact with a 6.0” x 3.7” inches of working area. You can easily carry it from place to place but it must be connected to a computer to use.
The Wacom Intuos Stylus pen comes with a large 4K, 4096 Levels of pressure sensitivity that ensures a natural drawing feel. The pen comes free with the tablet.
As mentioned earlier, Wacom Intuos is not a standalone tablet. It lacks a screen and computer. When it comes to connectivity, you can either opt for a USB connection to your computer or the Wacom Intuos wireless Bluetooth connection which is not so common in this price range.
It is compatible with Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook, and Android.
Finally, you will get 4 customizable buttons on the tablet for quick navigation. The great price and easy usage makes this tablet one of the best.
Huion HS64: Best Huion Drawing Tablet no screen
Huion has not been left behind when it comes to the cheapest drawing tablets. Huion HS64 takes the spot for Huion. Just like the Wacom Intuos, this tablet lacks a screen and computer and must be connected to one for use.
What is great is that it has a slightly larger working area than Wacom Intuos at 6.3x4inch and almost double the pressure sensitivity at 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity and 5080LPI pen resolution.
All this comes at almost half of Wacom Intuos’s price. You will still get 4 customizable buttons that you can set to your preferred shortcuts to speed up your workflow.
It is compatible with Mac/Windows/Android. One shortcoming however is the lack of wireless connectivity available on Wacom.
Huion Vs Wacom standalone Drawing Tablets
Wacom and Huion do not have many standalone tablets in their portfolio. However, the ones available, pack a lot of power compared to most tablets.
A standalone drawing tablet has both a computer and a screen and does not depend on a computer for anything. For this category, we will compare Wacom Mobile Studio and KAMVAS Studio 16.
Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 13: Wacom Drawing Tablet that does not need a computer
Wacom Mobile Studio Pro is a highly professional standalone drawing tablet from Wacom. You have a couple of options depending on your budget.
Display and Color Quality
The Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 13 comes with a perfect size screen at 13 inches, but if you need a larger working area, you can go for the Wacom Mobile Studio 16 pro at 15.6 inches.
You will view your work in crisp and clear high detail on the 2540×1360 pixel resolution screen. However, you can enjoy a 4k 3840×2160 pixel screen resolution if you go for the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16.
Speed and Storage
Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 13 comes with a powerful Intel Corei5 processor that allows you to easily Multitask. Additionally, 8 GB of RAM makes the tablet run software fast and easily. These are good for any 2D or 3D artist.
However, you can enjoy faster speeds with the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16 which has a more powerful Corei7 processor and double the RAM at 16 GB.
The Mobile Studio Pro can easily play most games due to an additional Intel Iris Graphics 550 graphics card for the Wacom Mobile Pro 13 and the powerful 4GB NVIDIA Quadro for the Wacom Mobile Pro 16.
You have a wide choice when it comes to storage space from Wacom Mobile Studio 13 at 128 GB, 256 GB, or the Mobile 16 Pro with 512 GB.
With these specs, you can easily work on art illustration or image editing with ease. For animation and motion graphics, however, we recommend Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16 over Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 13.
Stylus Pen Performance
Wacom Pro 2 Pen
Wacom Studio Pro prides itself on a top-of-the-range stylus pen made with artists in mind. It is the same technology that was borrowed to make the Samsung S Pens. Check out our article on that Samsung Galaxy tab with s pen.
The stylus pen is excellent with 8192 pressure levels and awesome tilt recognition. This allows a natural feel when drawing, basically like drawing on paper. The Wacom Pro Pen 2 is highly sensitive and eradicates unnecessary lags found in cheap drawing tablets. You also have 2 customizable buttons that help ease your workflow.
Compared to previous Wacom Tablets, the Pen is 4 times more sensitive and accurate.
Battery Life and Portability
Up to this point, you already know that the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro tables are great for artists and Animators. Finally, you may be wondering, do Wacom tablets need a computer or are they standalone?
Yes, Wacom Mobile Studio Pro tablets are stand-alone and have their own computer and screen. Additionally, they are light in weight and easy to carry making it easy to express your creativity when traveling or away from the office.
Unfortunately, the battery life is short at 6 hours, not even a full average of 8 working hours. However, battery life is dependent on usage so may vary depending on your needs.
KAMVAS Studio 16: Huion Pen Computer Tablet
- Screen Size: 15.8 inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Pixels (16:9)
- Contrast Ratio: 1200:1
- Brightness: 400 nits
- Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7
- RAM: 16 GB DDR4
- Storage: 512 GB SSD
- Connectivity: Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
- Camera: 5.0MP (Front-facing), 8.0MP (Rear)
Kamvas Studio 16 comes with a very large 15.8-inch screen size, with a 2560 x 1440 Pixels resolution. The resolution is good and clear and matches up compared to Wacom Mobile Studios’ 2540×1360 pixels.
The screen aspect ratio is perfect for landscape viewing at 16:9, just like the Wacom Mobile Studio 16.
The Intel Core i7 processor is more modern and better compared to Wacom Studio Pro 13’s Intel Corei5 which is older and slower. Additionally, the Kamvas Studio 16 comes with a 16 GB RAM which is double the size compared to Wacom’s 8 GB. Overall Kamvas Studio Packs more power.
The storage space matches up to Wacom Studio Pro 16 with a 512 GB SSD storage space.
Huion Stylus Pen Performance
Huion Studio Pro comes with a highly sensitive 8192 pressure sensitive. The pen is battery-free so you do not have to charge it. The + or – 60 tilt recognition makes for an easy natural feel when drawing. The pen is highly accurate and precise so combined with the fully laminated screen is perfect.
|Wacom Mobile Studio 13
|KAMVAS Studio 16
|Resolution: 2540×1360 Pixels
Screen size: 13 inches
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB Memory Card slot
Pressure Level: 8192 Levels
Processor: Intel Corei5
|Screen Size: 15.8 inches
Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Pixels (16:9)
Contrast Ratio: 1200:1
Brightness: 400 nits
Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7
RAM: 16 GB DDR4
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Connectivity: Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Camera: 5.0MP (Front-facing), 8.0MP (Rear)
Huion Vs Wacom Drawing Tablets with a screen
Some tablets need a computer connected to use. They need the computer either for a screen or a computer platform to install software or both. In this category, we will compare drawing tablets with a screen but without a computer. For Wacom, we will look at Wacom Cintiq 16 vs Huion Kamvas 16 for Huion.
Wacom Cintiq 16 is a great drawing tablet for starters or entry-level users although it is a bit expensive keeping in mind that it is best suited for amateurs. However, it does possess great features like a perfect stylus, and a working area not forgetting the pressure sensitivity of 8192 levels.
This tablet is also compatible with other devices like Windows and macOS. Wacom products are known to be of good quality and superb build and thus Cintiq 16 is no exception. The display is superior and it has impressive responsiveness.
With its Pro Pen 2 Stylus, the drawing experience is simply amazing making it worth every coin.
Looking to upgrade from pen-paper to creating projects directly on the screen? This is the best upgrade for professional artists/designers.
The Wacom Cintiq has all the features of high-end tablets and yet the price is so affordable. This drawing tablet has an HD resolution (1920×1080) and superb levels of pressure sensitivity (8192) making it a great choice for pros.
The 15.6-inch size and 1920X1080 pixels resolution produce a crisp HD display which is awesome. When drawing, you will notice a paper-like feel on the screen that makes for a natural drawing experience basically like drawing on paper.
Huion Pro 16 is a premium tablet. It is great and enjoyable to use plus quite easy to set up.
The tablet is precalibrated on purchase and already displays standard-quality color.
The tablet has 6 customizable keys you can set to your preference. An extra slider key ensures you do not interrupt your workflow by making navigation super easy. Huion Drivers and programs make the tablet simple and easy to use.
However, please note that it is not a standalone tablet and you need a computer to use it.
Pen pressure was superb and 8,192 pressure levels and tilt recognition. Overall a great drawing tablet especially for its budget range.
When it comes to the features, both tablets almost nearly match up. However, one differentiating factor is the price, with the Huion Pro 16 being cheaper than the Wacom Cintiq 16. The lack of support in the Wacom tablet is also a major disadvantage. Both fall short for not being standalone drawing tablets and are dependent on a computer to use.
Is Wacom better than Huion?
Huion is more economical and offers more value for money. However, Wacom is better than Huion when it comes to overall performance and power.
Is Wacom or Huion better for beginners?
Huion is better for beginners because it offers a wider range of budget-friendly options to choose from.
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.