It would be unlikely if your daily social media feed isn’t filled with lovely and eye-pleasing arts, especially if you’ve followed accounts of your artist friends or if you’re a sucker for artworks like us.
Art is a vast world, and with technology ruling the world for the last 2-3 decades now, it has become even more vast. MS paint was a revolutionary introduction and marked the start of an era of digital arts.
Consequently, today the world is filled with millions of digital artists who accept the aid of technology to give the world some of the most amazing artworks it has ever witnessed.
There sure were some who thought of digital art as a threat to traditional art, but with time they also learned that digital art is equally valuable, and it takes equivalent effort as well.
There are several forms of digital arts, and the one practiced the most across the globe is made on a drawing tablet via a stylus pen.
In this article, we’ll be learning about two of the most dominating brands in the market of drawing tablets and stylus pens, Wacom and Huion.
We’ll go over a number of common aspects both of them share in their products while comparing them on several bases, so you can come to a conclusion of which one of them is better for you.
Wacom vs Huion – A Brief Overview
As mentioned earlier, Wacom and Huion are two of the greatest rival competitors in the market of drawing tablets and stylus pens and have won the hearts of many artists worldwide with their quality products.
A few years back, when digital art was still being recognized by the world, Wacom was the most favorable choice for artists.
Back then, it was the only brand that manufactured most drawing tablets, and that explains its dominance in the past.
However, some years later when digital art gained ample recognition, many other brands jumped into the market of drawing tablets and one of them was Huion. Today, Wacom and Huion are the two brands that rule this market.
Behind good digital art, stands an artist who was dedicated and gave all they had for that art. However, saying that the tools they used didn’t matter at all wouldn’t be entirely true. Yes, that’s right.
Tools and gadgets used in the process, especially when it comes to digital arts are quite important, and that is precisely why an artist should be able to differentiate between a good set of digital art tools and an average set of digital art tools.
Listed below are some of the features you should be aware of while choosing a drawing tablet for yourself, and we’ll also compare the best products from Wacom and from Huion, as that’s what our topic of discussion is.
Wacom vs Huion – Display
The display is simply the most important aspect when it comes to drawing tablets. A good display means good visual feedback of your work. There are certain further aspects of a display that include resolution, display size, and color reproduction.
These aspects and their impact on digital arts need to be understood by artists. Both Wacom and Huion offer a great variety of displays, especially on their higher-end drawing tablets. Now, both of these brands offer great performing drawing tablets with displays meant for both beginning and experienced artists.
As for recommendations, the Wacom One tablet is a great device for artists who’ve just begun exploring the world of digital arts. With a slightly smaller yet great display, the Wacom One tablet is an ideal choice for novice artists all across the globe.
Wacom One comes in two sizes, a small-sized drawing tablet, and a medium-sized drawing tablet. Most people prefer the prior one as it is compact and a great value for money. It has a vibrant display that is rare to find in the price range this tablet is available for.
At the same time, novice digital artists also have the option of going for the Huion KAMVAS Pro 13 GT-133 that is a rival competitor to the Wacom One tablet.
Huion tablets are known for their beautiful color reproduction and crisp display, and it is a great example of that. It offers a display size of 13.3″ with great color reproductive feedback.
Both of them are a great choice for beginner digital artists and are ideal devices for them to polish their skills and improve.
The Huion KAMVAS Pro 13 GT-133 is priced higher than the Wacom One tablet, and despite its features justifying the higher price, most people prefer Wacom One anyways, and the reason behind that is the exceptional value for money Wacom One provides.
What do we Recommend?
Since we’re talking about bigger displays here, our recommendations would be the Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet and the Huion KAMVAS Pro. The Wacom Cintiq is a premium drawing tablet with a display size of 15.6″ and a lot more features that we don’t see in lower-budget drawing tablets.
The Huion KAMVAS Pro also has the same display size that it offers at a lower price than that of Wacom Cintiq. Digital artists who are quite experienced and skilled usually prefer these high-end tablets that offer a lot more than just bigger and better displays that we’ll discuss further in this article.
Wacom vs Huion – Design
Design is something most people shouldn’t be concerned about when it comes to drawing tablets, as simply it has got nothing to do with the performance of drawing tablets. This is one of the main reasons why most drawing tablets out there don’t boast a very stylish and eye-catching design.
Both Wacom and Huion drawing tablets have a minimal design to their drawing tablets, and not all of their drawing tablets have functional buttons on either side of the screen or the display.
The low-end drawing tablets of Wacom and Huion have bezels that some people may find unpleasant, but drawing tablets with bigger displays and low screen bezels cost a lot more than what most novice digital artists can afford.
Designs of drawing tablets aren’t something that is paid much attention to, but there is an important part about it, and it is the stand of these drawing tablets.
Both Huion and Wacom drawing tablets come with a stand that allows them to stay stable at a desired height or position for the ease and convenience of the artist.
Their angle of adjustment is a feature to look out for. Generally, the angle of adjustment of the stand-in Wacom drawing tablets can be anywhere between 20°- 80°, and in the case of Huion drawing tablets, it is anywhere between 16° – 82°.
However, there can be differences in the quality of the stand of a drawing tablet depending on the price it’s available for. Regardless, both Wacom and Huion are known to manufacture strong and durable stands that last for a long period of time.
Besides this, there isn’t anything else important to discuss with the designs of these drawing tablets.
Wacom vs Huion – Color Reproduction
This is a crucial feature of drawing tablets that people need to be aware of, especially if they’re considering buying a drawing tablet for digital arts.
Color reproduction, as the name suggests is basically how well the input colors get reproduced on the display of our drawing tablet. Digital art won’t be as charming if the color reproduction of the tablet used was not on point.
Now let’s talk about how well the two brands, Wacom and Huion deal with color reproduction in their tablets.
What do we know about Huion?
Huion honestly has a slight edge over Wacom when it comes to color reproduction, and the credit for that goes to their new Quantum Dots tech, which also helps the tablet offer a great contrast ratio. The Huion KAMVAS tablets rule the market if we talk about the tablets having the best color reproductions.
The two of the highest-grossed tablets in terms of color reproduction are the Huion KAMVAS 22 plus and the Huion KAMVAS 16 pro, where the sRGB color gamut/coverage they offer is 140% and 120% respectively, and that is definitely hugely impressive. The Huion drawing tablets also allow room for manual color calibration by artists themselves according to their preferences.
What do we know about Wacom?
As for the drawing tablets of Wacom, their case is a bit different. Although they do come below Huion tablets in terms of color reproduction and calibration, they follow a plug-and-play kind of rule.
They come pre-calibrated out of the box, which makes them convenient for beginners who aren’t much aware of what color reproduction is or how it works.
Wacom vs Huion – Pressure sensitivity
Now we’re tapping into the features that have a direct relationship with the art. Digital drawing tablets have a lot of features that have a direct effect on the art being made on them, and pressure sensitivity is one of them. Pressure sensitivity is an example of the latest cutting-edge technology.
In traditional art forms, the applied pressure of artists’ hands (brush, pen, pencil, etc.) determines the thickness of a line or a stroke being drawn on the canvas or a paper.
Greater the applied pressure, the thicker the output. Digital drawing tablets have advanced over time and have culminated in the feature of pressure sensitivity.
Why is Pressure Sensitivity an important feature?
Pressure sensitivity is basically the feature where a drawing tablet can make the lines being drawn on it thicker or thinner, depending on the amount of pressure being exerted on the screen by the artist. This is a feature of utmost importance to both beginner and expert artists.
It is a feature that brings the digital and traditional arts closer in terms of similarity. Pressure sensitivity is measured and compared by using simple numbers as levels. Higher pressure sensitivity means picking up a greater detail on the basis of applied pressure.
Wacom and Huion both are known to manufacture drawing tablets with high-pressure sensitivity levels, and thus aiming at catching the smallest possible details.
As for recommendations and comparison, there is no point in mulling over that as almost all of the drawing tablets being manufactured today have a pressure sensitivity level of over 1000.
And that means we won’t be able to point out the differences between them anymore, as any pressure sensitivity level beyond 1000 implies that the tablet is able to pick up almost each and every detail on the basis of applied pressure.
The Wacom Cintiq and the Huion KAMVAS Pro both have a pressure sensitivity level of 8192, and that honestly is more than enough. Both Huion and Wacom drawing tablets don’t pull any hands when it comes to making their drawing tablets really good at picking up minute details.
Wacom vs Huion – Resolution
The resolution we’re going to discuss here isn’t the resolution we generally consider while talking about displays.
Resolution of drawing tablets is measured in LPIs (lines per inch), and just like pressure sensitivity, this is also a feature used for determining details of digital art. We detect a drawing tablet’s quality by looking at its capacity of capturing lines per inch.
This feature of a drawing tablet is a lot similar to pressure sensitivity. Wacom and Huion, both of the brands manufacture drawing tablets with over 5000 LPI in today’s date. The thing about drawing tablets is that even a tablet with LPI over 1000 will provide incredible details.
Considering the price ranges at which Wacom and Huion offer their drawing tablets, it is a given that there might be some differences between their LPIs.
Wacom’s entry-level drawing tablets have a resolution of 2540 LPI, whereas Huion gains a slight edge in this case by offering an LPI of more than 4000, even in its entry-level and affordable drawing tablets.
As mentioned earlier, LPI over a mere 1000 is enough and detects a lot of details, and that is precisely why it isn’t a very significant factor in deciding the better brand between Wacom and Huion, although Huion does offer more LPI in its lower-priced drawing tablets when compared with Wacom.
Wacom vs Huion – Stylus Pen
There are generally two types of stylus pens out there, battery operated and the ones without a battery. The battery-free stylus pens are usually considered slightly more durable than battery-operated ones.
Both Wacom and Huion have a set of stylus pens of both types for sale. Now, here is the interesting part. Wacom includes their stylus pens along with the drawing tablets and you don’t have to worry about buying them separately.
However, in the case of Huion, their stylus pens are only included in a box with the drawing tablets that belong to the KAMVAS series.
They share similar functionality and also are similar in terms of specifications. Wacom Pro Pen 2 and Huion PW517 are two of the best styluses/stylus pens out there that these two brands offer with their drawing tablets.
What do we Recommend?
Both of these stylus pens are quite similar to each other when it comes to their on-paper specifications. They both have a pressure sensitivity of 8192 levels, and ±60° of pen tilt support.
Erasing is usually accessed by pressing the express keys or the keys present on the side of a pen, and with Wacom’s stylus pens allowing the access to erasing just by turning the pen upside down, nothing seems more convenient than that for now.
Wacom vs Huion – Prices
As mentioned earlier, drawing tablets come in a wide variety and are available for all price ranges. That being said, we all know by now that the market of digital art tools is dominated by Wacom and Huion.
At a time, Wacom was the only brand that ruled the market of drawing tablets, but now Huion is giving tough competition to it by manufacturing great drawing tablets and selling them at an affordable price. Wacom’s flagship tablets are quite expensive, and Huion aims at offering flagship features at a lower price.
On the other hand, Wacom also has started to provide quality entry-level drawing tablets at a fairly affordable price. Both of these brands are now tough rivals to each other, but Wacom’s true flagship tablets are still considered the best in the market.
From the Wacom One tablet that just costs roughly around 60$ to the Wacom Cintiq flagship drawing tablet that is a lot more expensive, Wacom offers a wide range of quality tablets. The same is the case for Huion tablets, but they tend to be more affordable.
Pros & Cons of Wacom and Huion
Wacom and Huion are two of the leading brands in the market of drawing tablets. They have their products available for sale in almost every price range and are a tough competitor to each other as well.
In this section, we’ll be going over a few pros and cons of both Wacom and Huion products known so far, so you can come to a better understanding of which one of them would be the right choice for you.
Pros of Wacom:-
- Wacom drawing tablets are versatile in a lot of ways. They support a wide range of programs and software.
- They have a wide variety of product ranges that come in all price ranges, giving a customer a lot of choices to choose from.
- Wacom drawing tablets have an overall greater functionality, mainly because of the extra control options.
- All Wacom drawing tablets have a pen pressure of over 2048 levels minimum.
Cons of Wacom:-
- The flagship sector of the drawing tablets market is dominated by Wacom, and some of its products can be really expensive.
- The medium and large-sized drawing tablets are usually a lot heavier than one expects it to be, and as a consequence, it is not easily portable.
Pros of Huion:-
- Huion Drawing tablets are greatly sensitive, and that is because of the high-pressure sensitivity they provide in their products.
- Huion drawing tablets are a great value for money deal and are available at a much lesser price than Wacom.
- Stylus pens of Huion are quite light and easy to use.
Cons of Huion:-
- The customer service isn’t the most efficient.
- The drivers for Huion drawing tablets have been reported to be buggy in many cases.
- It supports lesser programs and software when compared to Wacom.
In this article, we discussed the crucial features of a drawing tablet while comparing two of the leading brands, Wacom and Huion. Both of these brands offer some of the best drawing tablets available in the market and cover all price ranges, so there’s a really high chance of getting confused.
In this article, we attempted to present to you the major differences between both of the brands along with their pros and their cons.
While Wacom is known for quality products at a slightly higher price, Huion has made drawing tablets accessible and affordable to all. Both of them share a lot of common elements when it comes to their on-paper specifications, and their customers’ feedback is quite positive as well.
The aim of this article was to give you a better understanding of both brands and their products, so you can determine the one which suits you and your needs the most. With that being said, we’ll be wrapping this article up with hopes that this article was of help to you.