Huion GT-191 Versus Wacom Cintiq 22HD: Does It Hold Up?
I am a cheapskate, guys.
Seriously, if I had a million bucks, you would still find me in the clearance section.
To make a long story short, I needed a larger monitor to help with eye and back strain. I also knew that at some point I was going to be buying a tablet monitor for work. And I was certain that I did not want to shell out over $1,800 on a new Wacom Cintiq. Ouch.
When I was in school we used Wacom Cintiq 22HD's. Needless to say, they are nice. There is a reason they are the standard for tablet monitors. That said, I am not a digital painter and so I use my old Intuos tablet to clean up and edit my watercolor scans and create patterns etc. with them. In my eyes that meant I didn't need a $1,800 tablet. I knew someone in school who used another brand and I decided to do some research.
The three Wacom alternatives I found were Yiynova, Huion, and Ugee.
I don't want to get too in depth in the "techy" stuff in this post, but I will write a bit about the tech side of the monitors later. I am just going to give you the quick rundown of why I chose the Huion. Note: I did all of my shopping on Amazon, but I read reviews other places in addition to the Amazon reviews.
-The Ugee has nice photos of their products and reviewers said the packaging was nice, too. What I really cared about was that the model I was comparing, Ugee 1910B, had very few reviews and only 4 out of 5 stars. The real dealbreaker was the fact that the monitor was not IPS. In fact, I could not find any monitors by Ugee that were anything other than TFT.
-The Yiynova definitely caught my eye, and not in a good way. Their branding is just... well... terrible. The site is even worse. They did have an IPS model, which I liked, but that model was more expensive than the comparable size in Ugee and Huion. It also had a small number of reviews that averaged 4 stars.
-The Huion is what I decided to go with. The Kamvas GT-191 had 4.5 stars with double the number of reviews as the others. It was IPS and claims to have 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity as opposed to the Cintiq 22HD's 2048. I did a ton of research elsewhere and when I saw that Amazon was running a lightning deal on the Huion, I knew I had to buy it! The regular price is $499 and I paid around $399!
Cheap is great, but does the Huion really hold up against the Wacom?
Short answer: maybe. I will absolutely post again about the Kamvas once I have had more time with it. So far I love the feel of it. Everything is sturdy, high-quality, sleek, and clean. It was packaged really well. The display is fantastic, I can't believe how beautiful and clear the images are! So far the only hiccup has been pen calibration (which is actually a BIG deal.) Once I updated my OS everything resolved itself, but I did spend a good hour and a half banging my head against the wall while trying to figure out why it wasn't accurate.