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Review: XP-PEN Artist 16 PRO IPS Graphics Drawing Monitor
IĎve been a Wacom user for many many years and they make some of the best pen tablets/displays on the market today. In my entire design/development career, Wacom is my go to brand when it comes to the ďdesignĒ part of my job. Started using their bamboo tablets when I was just starting out and immediately upgraded to their Intuos line after a year. After another year of working with their pen tablets, I decided to invest on their Cintiq pen display lineup which is one of the best decisions Iíve ever made (and also one of the most expensive ) Right now, I currently own their Cintiq 13 HD and their latest Cintiq Pro 16 (which costed me an arm and a leg .



My ďalways WacomĒ mindset towards pen tablets/displays began to change when the amazing people at XP-PEN sent over one of their latest products for me to test out. Iíve been hearing a lot about these 3rd party pen displays since last year (via ads and youtube videos) and honestly, Iím really skeptical if itíll be on par with the experience I had with Wacom over the years. XP-PENís pen display took roughly 3 weeks to arrive and used it for roughly a month in my professional and personal projects. Does it stack up with Wacom? Letís find out!

Please note that I will not be showing the unboxing part of this review nor will I showcase whatís inside the box. This review will focus on the actual Drawing Tablet itself, how it performs in real world situations, and if itís something thatís viable for professional work.

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Build

The overall build of the device is actually pretty good. Itís made out of high quality materials that doesnít feel cheap. The overall dimension is also small for a 16Ē pen display. They made it possible by reducing the bezel thickness around the display. This is a good design choice as it doesnít eat a lot of space in your desk. Also, upon unboxing it for the very first time, I did notice the screen has some kind of a screen protector installed. Aside from protecting the glass panel, this thin film adds texture to the drawing surface of the pen display which is pretty subjective depending on whoís going to use it. Some users want their pen display to have a smooth surface while others (like me) likes it to have some kind of texture for that pen and paper feel. Shortcut buttons installed on the left side of the display are also ďclickyĒ and not squishy (Iím looking at you Wacom Cintiq 13 HD). It would be better though if they included another set of shortcut buttons on the right side for left handed users.





The built in stand is a bit wobbly at times depending on the angle but itís pretty stable when youíre actually working on it.
The Artist Display 16 Pro also comes with a stand which is already pre-installed out of the box. The built in stand is flexible enough to support different angles depending on how you intend to work. It has an easy to use lever that you can pull whenever you want to change the angle of the display. The stand also has rubber feet and so far it does its job preventing the device from sliding on your desk when working.





The built in stand is a bit wobbly at times depending on the angle but itís pretty stable when youíre actually working on it. Try to experiment with the different angles as I find some angles are much more stable compared to others. Also, it looks like the display supports the VESA mounting standard since you can unscrew the stand at the back. I havenít tested it yet though.

Connections

Powering up this device is pretty straightforward. It comes with 3 cables that you need to ďcable manageĒ to get the cleanest setup possible. Thereís one cable for power, one HDMI cable for display, and one USB-A for data. I was actually expecting this device to have a single usb-c cable that will handle power, display, and data but maybe in the next version? (right XP-PEN?)



Screen

Letís now talk about the screen which is the main selling point of this particular model. XP-PENís Artist Display 16 Pro has a full 1080p display with 92% Adobe RGB. Now, Iím not a color guy and the only way for me to check this out is by comparing the screen of the pen displays I currently own. Based on my tests, the screen of the Artist Display 16 Pro is much much better compared to my Wacomís Cintiq 13 HD (which if Iím not mistaken, only has 72% Adobe RGB and is much more expensive to boot). Comparing it to my Wacom Cintiq 16 ProÖ wellÖ Itís not there yet but Iím not surprised since the Cintiq 16 Pro screen is 4k and costs three times the price of XP-Penís Artist 16 Pro.



Viewing angles are pretty good too. I tried working with some of my UI design projects using this pen display and didnít notice any major color shifts when looking at different angles. I also love how the textured film that covers the entire display makes the screen ďmatteĒ. It does diffuse the colors quite a bit, but Iíd rather have a matte screen than a reflective one since I use multiple monitors and glossy screens tend to reflect everything (including my face ).

Öthe screen of the Artist Display 16 Pro is much much better compared to my Wacomís Cintiq 13 HD.



One thing I noticed when I turned it on for the first time is the screen looks already calibrated. It means you wonít have to tinker with the display settings and you can already start using the device for work out of the box. In case youíre not happy with the ones you have, the Artist Display 16 Pro has configuration buttons hidden on the right hand side of the display. From there, you can adjust the usual parameters like the brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color temps. My only comment is the configuration UI looks dated and sometimes a bit confusing to to use.
You can also adjust additional display parameters via installing the driver/software that you can download on XP-PENís official support page. Please donít use the installer included on the package because thereís a chance that itís already outdated.





Parallax

Not really good at explaining stuff but a parallax is the distance between the pen tip and your mouse cursor which is basically being separated by a glass panel that covers your pen display. The thicker the glass, the larger the space between your pen tip and cursor. This creates an annoying effect where the strokes you generate are not matching with your penís position and is somewhat ďoffsetĒ. Parallax are sometimes a normal thing when it comes to pen displays and it all comes down to how small that spacing is between your pen tip and your mouse cursor. My Wacom Cintiq 13 HD has a mild parallax while my Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 has virtually zero parallax because the glass is as close as possible to the actual drawing surface Ė but itís also much more expensive.

XP-PENís Artist Display 16 Pro does have parallax and itís not that bad in my opinion. You will only see it if you try to look for it.
XP-PENís Artist Display 16 Pro does have parallax and itís not that bad in my opinion. You will only see it if you try to look for it. Itís more obvious if you check it at certain angles, but if youíre actively working and have consistent strokes, you wonít really notice it. Iím used to my Wacom Cintiq 16 Pro which have virtually zero parallax and though I immediately noticed some parallax when I switched to XP-PENís Artist Display 16 Pro, it didnít really affected my overall drawing experience. For the price your paying for this device, a bit of parallax is something I can live with.



Pen

XP-PENís Artist Display 16 Pro includes 2 pens which is not very common for pen displays. The second pen is marked as a ďgiftĒ so Iím not really sure if itís the same for other people. The pen is also battery powered (yeah you have to charge it). So far, Iíve been using it for like a month now and I havenít charge the pen yet. The pen is also very comfortable to hold because of the soft rubbery grip. Itís very similar to Wacomís pen design in terms of overall looks :P I sometimes get confused when picking up the pen on my desk because they look almost the same. Unfortunately, the pen lacks tilt support and it can be a deal breaker for some.


It has 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity (same with Cintiq 16 Pro). My Wacom Cintiq 13 HD has 2048. Could you tell the difference? In my opinion, yes you can.
Iíve been using the pen for a month now and I havenít charge it yet.

It has 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity (same with Cintiq 16 Pro). My Wacom Cintiq 13 HD has 2048. Could you tell the difference? In my opinion, yes you can. The pressure sensivity is evident specially if youíre a light sketcher like me. Itís easy to get thin controlled lines and pen activation requires the least amount of force on the displayís drawing surface. The increased pen sensitivity allows you to create more controlled strokes without having to mess with the pen pressure settings using the the software.

Thereís some slight ďwobbleĒ in my diagonal lines specially if I draw it slowly. It disappears if you do it quickly though.

I tested the pen further by drawing diagonal lines (using a ruler) and I did notice some slight wobble. The wobble will only appear if you try to draw your diagonal lines slowly and disappears when you try to do it quickly. I think this is one of the drawbacks of battery powered pens compared to the non-powered ones. I draw fast so this isnít really an issue for me.



XP-PEN included a very nice cylindrical carying case for your pen which also contains your extra pen nibs. The left part of the case is where your pen is located. The cap that covers it also functions as a pen stand. On the far right side is where your extra pen nibs are being kept. There are 8 extra pen nibs and the cap that covers it also has a pen nib remover built in. I havenít changed pen nibs even with my old pen displays, but extra pen nibs are always welcome.



Drawing Experience

Using the pen display on actual work is not really that different compared to my Wacom pen displays. It works wonderful on both Windows and macOS. I was able to churn out and finish the same type of work I do with my Wacom. The textured drawing surface also makes sketching much more enjoyable because it feels like real paper. Be careful though as the film gets easily scratched by sharp objects Ė and nope, it doesnít get scratched when using the pen. For the best possible experience, make sure to to calibrate your pen using the driver/software before using the device. The calibration is straightforward and very similar to Wacom where you need to click (via pen) crosshairs that appears on the screen.

It works wonderful on both Windows and macOS.
Thereís one minor issue I experienced when Iím using the device. Sometimes the cursor ďjumpsĒ if you try to hover/point it to one of the displayís four corners. This usually happens when I have to click something that is located on the bottom left or bottom right of the screen or if a window is maximized and i have to close it. Doesnít really happen every time but I just thought Iíd mention.



Verdict

XP-PENís Artist 16 Pro Pen Display is a great alternative if youíre looking to improve your current drawing work flow. The build is great and the displayís not-so-thick bezels improves the pen displayís overall aesthetics. It has a small footprint for a 16Ē pen display so you wonít have any problems making it fit in your work desk. The drawing experience is almost identical to the more expensive Wacom though it has a few shortcomings like the penís lack of tilt support which might be a deal breaker for some people.



Overall, if youíre looking for a great pen display but is on a budget, I highly recommend XP-PEN. I was really skeptical at first with these 3rd party brands since Iíve been using Wacom for many years. Turns out, they deliver the same experience for like a third of Wacomís price! Yes, it does not have the same premium feel and 4k screen like Wacomís latest offering, but if youíre goal is create amazing artworks without breaking the bank, then the Artist 16 pro Drawing Monitor will not disappoint you. Deadpool approves!

For more information about this particular model, you can visit their official website.
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