With Wacom dominating the tablet market for digital artists, it sometimes seems that there is no other option.
But some smaller brands have proven to be worthy competition. One of them being Huion, a Chinese brand that offers good quality tablets that are relatively inexpensive.
Especially the Huion graphics tablet called “H610 Pro” has been gaining a reputation for being a professional drawing tablet for an affordable price. It’s a good drawing tablet for beginners for people that don’t have the money to buy a more expensive Wacom model.
In today’s Huion H610 Pro review, we will go into more details and give you our opinion if it’s worth buying.
First Impression – Unboxing A Huion Graphics Tablet
The Huion H610 Pro graphics drawing pen tablet comes in a pretty simple box. Nothing super fancy like some of the other brands. It seems like some of the Huion tablets at a higher price-point get impressive packaging but maybe they try to keep the price as low as possible for the H610 Pro.
Inside the box, you will find the Huion tablet, chargeable pen, pen holder, replaceable nibs, tablet USB cable, USB cable for the pen, manuals and installation CDs. Depending on where you buy your tablet, you sometimes also get a free carrying bag and artist glove by Huion.
It all fits neatly into the box. The Huion H610 Pro actually looks surprisingly similar to the Wacom Intuos Pro.
Active Drawing Surface
The first thing you will probably notice about the H610 Pro is its big drawing area of 10-by-6.25 inches. While at a similar price point you can buy a Wacom Bamboo tablet which only has a 5.8-by-3.8 inches drawing area. The area also has 2048 sensitivity levels which is comparable to other high-end drawing tablets.
However, some of the Huion H610 Pro reviews mentioned that although there is plenty of active area, there isn’t much inactive area. This might seem a strange complaint because you only need the active area for drawing. However, while drawing it is nice to have plenty of inactive area as well to rest your hand on. Since the H610 Pro doesn’t have much inactive area, your hand might frequently slide off the edge of the drawing tablet.
A Closer Look At The Stylus
The grip area is covered with a matte surface, so it’s pretty comfortable to hold and work with for long periods.
Using tablet settings, you can map keyboard shortcuts to one of the two programmable buttons on the stylus. By default, they are keyed to the left and right mouse click.
An internal battery powers the stylus and needs to be charged through the USB cable that comes with the tablet. Huion claims that the stylus lasts 800 hours after a 2-hour charge, so you don’t need to be worried about having to charge it all the time.
Unfortunately, the charging port is at the back of the stylus, which means there is no eraser button. But if you really need the eraser, you can map it to one of the programmable keys.
The holder that comes with the Huion H610 Pro keeps your pen in a horizontal position. Some other tablet models by Huion and Wacom come with holders that can keep your pen in either horizontal or vertical position but that’s lacking in the H610 Pro version.
Just like the stylus, the holder is pretty lightweight and doesn’t come with any rubbers at the bottom. If you detach the holder, you will find the 4 replacement tips and a metal nib remover you can use when the stylus breaks down.
Tablet Shortcut Buttons
Being a professional drawing tablet, the Huion H610 Pro has 8 programmable buttons on the left side of the tablet. By default, they are used to the Brush tool, hand, Brush Size, Zoom, etc. in Photoshop. Each button has a small logo on it which indicates what they do. But if you prefer a different setup or use a different drawing software, you can change it to suit your liking.
For left-handed artists, the buttons on the left might be a little difficult to work with. But by changing the orientation in the tablet settings menu and rotating the tablet you can fix most problems.
Although most of the buttons are fine, the zoom in and zoom out buttons are tricky to work with. The problem is that they only zoom in discrete amounts. So for example, if you are working on a pretty small digital canvas and press the zoom out button one, you will suddenly be zoomed out way too far. A scroll-wheel or sliding strip would have provided more accurate control.
Besides the physical buttons, there are also 16 soft keys at the top of the active area of the drawing tablet. Just like the other buttons, you can program them with any combination of keys, special or alphanumeric characters.
However, they do slow down your work since they are pretty small so you have to look at them to select the right one. It is best to use the physical buttons for your most used tools and use the soft keys for the rest. Or if you want to, you can opt to turn the soft keys of completely.
Regardless of how amazing your tablet is, it’s useless if it isn’t compatible with your computer or drawing software. So you should always check if your graphics tablet is compatible with the rest of your equipment.
Fortunately, this particular Huion tablet works fine with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10; Mac OS 10.8 and Mac OS 10.10. or higher.
If you used to be a Wacom user, make sure you disable all the Wacom drivers before you install the Huion software, or else you might run into problems.
I personally haven’t been able to test this tablet with every single drawing software out there. But I have made a small list of programs that were claimed to be compatible in other Huion tablet reviews.
Compatible Windows Digital Art Programs
- Paint tool Sai
- Manga Studio/Clip
- Corel Painter
- Sketchbook Pro
Compatible MAC OS Drawing Software
- Photoshop CS5
- Sketches Pro
- Illustrator CS5
- Krita v3.1
- Medibang Paint Pro v8.1
The Huion H610 Pro seems to be the perfect affordable drawing tablet that doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of quality. It has an active area that is similar to a sheet of A5 paper which is big enough for comfort, and much bigger than similarly prices Wacom tablets. It also doesn’t weigh much so you could even travel with it if you wanted to.
There are plenty of shortcut keys and it measures pen pressure fairly well. And if your stylus ever breaks, you even receive 4 spare nibs as well.
Unfortunately, the stylus doesn’t have an eraser at the back like most other models and is powered by an internal battery. Although the batteries last a long time, you can’t escape charging it on a regular basis if you use it a lot.
Additionally, the tablet needs to be connected to the computer through a USB cable and as far as I know, they are no additional accessories you can buy to make it wireless.
Finally, some people (mainly MAC users) reported some problems with the driver and compatibility with the drawing software. But if you are using standard Windows and Photoshop set-up you don’t need to worry.
Should You Buy A Huion H610 Pro?
The Huion H610 Pro is not the best tablet out there. But considering the price point, it might very well give the most value for money, especially if you are looking for a drawing tablet for beginners.
Wacom tablets might have a more polished design and better drivers. But if you are on a budget, a Wacom tablet is probably too expensive and the cheap Huion H610 Pro can be the perfect solution.