The (Minor) Drawbacks of the Huion GT-191 That You Should Know About
I am two months into owning my Huion tablet monitor and here is what I think:
I have a few more thoughts to share about the Huion GT-191 tablet monitor’s performance and the few ways where it is close, but not quite equal, to the Wacom Cintiq 22HD.
So far, I am still loving my new monitor! I haven’t had as much time as I would like to play with it because I have picked up some writing jobs on the side. When I have used it, I am still very impressed with the quality of the Huion. I am not a tech genius, but my husband works in I.T., so I have picked up a few things from him. In light of that, you can place this article in context as being written by someone with around average tech knowledge but more extensive knowledge of user experience, color, and utility for artists. You can read my first post on the Huion here.
In my opinion, the Huion GT 191 still completely holds up against Wacom Cintiq monitors. That said, there are a few differences that might throw hard-core Cintiq lovers for a loop:
-No shortcut buttons
-You have to charge the pen.
-The pen is significantly less substantial.
-The Huion does not rotate to portrait mode (to be honest, even after using Cintiqs for four years, I didn’t know they rotated. I don’t know who would even do that, but I thought I would let you know.)
-According to their prospective websites, the Cintiq has a 14 ms response rate while the Huion has a 25 ms response rate.
-The Huion weighs about 7.27 lbs, as opposed to the 18.8 lb Cintiq.
-The Huion adjusts between 20-80 degrees, and the Cintiq has a range of 10-65 degrees.
-There is a bit of parallax, even after a lot of messing around with calibration.
If you would like to take a look yourself, here are the Huion GT-191 specs and the Wacom Cintiq 22HD specs.
Luckily, the few aspects of the Huion that don’t quite hold up to the Wacom Cintiq don’t bother me. Here is why:
I never used the shortcut buttons: keyboards shortcuts are more natural for me. Initially, I didn’t like that I had to charge the pen (mostly because I wanted to use it right away), but after seeing that the charge lasts so long, I don’t mind. You also get two pens in the box, so you don’t have to worry about the pen dying and losing an hour or two of work. I do miss the Cintiq pen; it was lovely and very ergonomic. I am getting used to the Huion pen, and while it is pretty light, it doesn’t seem as cheap as other tablet pens I have used. I am thinking about experimenting with options for rigging a rubber grip- if I find a good solution I will definitely share it! As for the portrait mode thing- seriously, does anyone do that? I don’t get it.
The response time gap is pretty big.
When I looked at the specs, I was really surprised, especially after seeing how the Huion held up against the Cintiq in all other areas. I can’t really say whether or not I have been aware of the difference because I haven’t used the Cintiq in a year or so, and because I am running on 8 GB of RAM and need to upgrade because I am dealing with occasional lag, anyway. My instinct is to say that it may be a teeny, tiny bit slower than my computer without a tablet attached. My work isn’t created solely on the computer, so it isn’t an issue for me because I am not hyper-focused on it.
The Huion is less than half as heavy as the Cintiq, and I think if you are used to muscling a Cintiq around a desk it might be a bit odd-feeling. The stand is still very sturdy, and I work with it close to flat and with my arm on it. I haven’t felt it wobbling, and I trust it to hold up. As for angle- if you work with your Cintiq folded flat as far as it will go, you would notice the 10-degree difference. I work with mine at around 40 degrees, so again, not an issue for me. It is irrelevant to me how far up it tilts, but the Huion does go 15 degrees higher.
That leads me to the biggest concern with the Huion- the parallax.
Parallax: the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions. (dictionary.com)
This basically means that the pen tip and the selection tool aren’t in the exact same place. While I was not overly picky about the other flaws, this one got me. I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to fix the issue. Once I updated my OS, the parallax was much less evident. After that, I played around with it and my brain adjusted rather quickly. I had been using a pen tablet connected via USB to my laptop, so operating by sight first and touch second isn’t an issue. Once I used the monitor for around 30 minutes, I didn’t notice the problem anymore.
Overall, the Cintiq beats the Huion in terms of response time and pen accuracy. Still, minor parallax isn’t enough to make me regret buying the Huion, especially since I saved $1,200 by buying the GT-191 instead of the Wacom alternative.
Do you have any questions about the Huion? Post them in the comments, and I will gladly answer them!