I’ve used several different graphics tablets over the past ten years that I’ve been doing graphic design.
I started off with a Wacom, and stupidly sold out to them for several years. I even bought a new Wacom tablet this year because I wanted to be able to use it in bed (sweet, sweet bluetooth).
But, I’ve been needing a Pen Display for the past ten years. And when I found out that I could get one, that wasn’t going to cost me £300-600… Of course I jumped at the chance.
I was saving up for the Wacom One, simply because it was sleek and new and one of the cheapest pen displays from Wacom. But then I found the Huion Kamvas 13 from a Huion Partner that shipped to the UK.
I pre-ordered it because the site was back logged, but it was totally worth the wait.
The Huion Kamvas 13 magnificent.
It was £209, which included taxes and postage. It came with a artist glove, the three in one cable, a pen that doesn’t contain a battery (why would you need a battery in a pen, c’mon!), 10 spare pen tips, a pen holder, and of course the tablet itself!
It’s a really good tablet, it has eight buttons that you can adjust to whatever shortcuts you want. It has a power light on the power button, which I kind of like…
Although the cables can look a little bulky, it’s actually not so bad when you plug the power cable into a socket instead of the laptop. It free’s up a port. But of course, if you have enough ports all you really need is a laptop!
It’s got a 13.3 inches in Full HD. It’s not too big but it’s also not too small. It’s around the standard size of a laptop screen.
It’s also laminated meaning that it’s a lot more accurate to where the pen and cursor meet. Which isn’t the case which most Wacom tablets.
So, my drawing experience!
I definitely have to wear the glove, mainly because as someone with sweaty hands while drawing – and the tablet gets a little warm when in use but that’s normal for any monitor – it helps to make sure your hand doesn’t cling to the screen.
It’s extremely accurate while drawing and honestly just feels like you’re drawing on paper. Especially because the lamination is matte so it feels like pen on paper.
The colours are vibrant on the screen, it’s very easy to use.
I think my only quarel with this tablet is that you can’t adjust the brightness of the screen.
Personally, as someone who deals with migraines, I would love to be able to turn the brightness down on the tablet or up if I’m in a bright room.
But that isn’t a feature, but it’s not a feature on most graphic/pen displays. So, it’s not a major issue. And let’s be honest, when drawing we really should be taking regular eye breaks!
Overall, for the price – the quality is superb. I’ve never used anything like it, it’s just perfect for what I need it for. And the fact that I can use it as a second screen so I don’t have to just duplicate my laptop screen – it makes it really handy while doing research and looking at reference images while drawing. Nobody likes a cluttered display!
I’m going to give the Huion Kamvas 13 an 8 out of 10.
The only things I wished for is that the USB-C cable came with the tablet initially – it’s an add on. And so is the stand. But it still leaves you with more money than the Wacom One.
After all, to get them to be the same – you need the Wacom One and the express remote. Which would bring you close to around £460, not including shipping.
While the Huion, with the stand and the USB-C on top of the original £209 price, would only bring you up to £285 including shipping.
I know it may be nice having a well known, well trusted brand, but honestly – take the dive and try the Huion Kamvas 13, or just a Huion product. It’s worth every penny.
If you’re in the UK, and interested in the Huion Kamvas 13 – you can get it from Huion.uk – they’re a company based in the Netherlands and an official UK/EU partner for Huion products. Save yourself the import fees!
Hey! I’m Teddy Gutierrez. I am a Non-Binary, Asexual, Panromantic Nerd from the United Kingdom. Let’s have some fun!