5 Stars By Andre Lawrence on 2017-06-13
Huion Inspiroy â€œQ11Kâ€ Pen Tablet: A Critical Review.
I have been using pen tablets for more than 10 years now and I have never looked back at the old ways of drawing with a mouse since.
I started with a Wacom Graphire-- the â€œbudgetâ€ tablet for non-professionals. And, eventually, I picked up a smaller Wacom Intuos a couple of years after that.
Using the Graphire every day, the connecting cable eventually wore out and there was no way to replace those cables, so you were forced to buy a whole new pen tablet.
I shopped on BTA-MALL actually looking for a sale on a Medium Intuos. It was here where I discovered that there were actually smaller, private companies making pen tablets at a fraction of the cost. For several days, I started reading the review of people whoâ€™d actually bought them left some feedback. The responses, on the whole, were very, very complimentary.
So, of the competitors to Wacom, I chose to buy a pen tablet from Huion.
I was not disappointed in my purchase. For almost half the price of the smallest Intuos, I got double the size of a pen tablet with the Huion.
Now, the Huion (and, I suppose the other competitors as well) didnâ€™t have all of the bell and whistles that you have with the Wacom such as tilt support and the â€œHot Keysâ€ (programmable short cut keys). But, to tell you the truth, I wasnâ€™t missing it at all. I believe I paid $55 for a pen tablet that had the working space of a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. I know this because I learned from othe graphic artists that you can attach a piece of paper to the sensitive area and draw on top of it and it feels like youâ€™re drawing on a piece of paper.
I put down the pen tablet, a few years after that when pen monitors became prevalent.
I have a couple of pen monitors and I prefer them over pen tablets. However, with these new pen tablets with almost 8200 lines of pressure sensitivity (lps) as opposed to the old standard of 2048-- there is much to gain for having a pen tablet for very detailed work.
The â€œQ11Kâ€ is a brand new (June 2017) edition of Huionâ€™s pen tablet offerings. It is a direct competitor to Wacomâ€™s own Intuous Pro â€œPTH860â€ and â€œPTH860Pâ€ ($499.95, $549.95, respectively)
At $119.95, the Q11K is more than appealing from a price standpoint.
The kit comes with:
+ Pen tablet- roughly 14.5â€ diagonal (12.5â€ x 7.75â€) drawing area from a 15.5 x 8.75 x .5â€ frame.
+ 8 programmable shortcut keys
+ On/ Off Switch
+ Lock switch
+ Pen, newly re-designed
+ Charging cables.
+ Pen holder, extra nibs
+ 8192 Levels of pressure sensitivity
+ Windows 7- 10 compatible, Mac OS X.11 +
+ 1 year warranty
The Q11K is considered a â€œwirelessâ€ tablet because it doesnâ€™t need to receive a hardwire connection to work. This works from a receiver that plugs into a USB port. This is not wireless as in Bluetooth wireless. So, youâ€™ll need to have an available USB port for this to work.
Aside from the instruction booklet, the kit also comes with a disk of drivers. Since this was just released, the latest drivers are already on the disk. However, if youâ€™re reading this review 6 months after itâ€™s posted, ignore the disk and go directly to Huionâ€™s site and download the most current ones.
I tested this on Windows and Mac OS X 12 (Sierra)
After I installed the drivers from the disk, it worked with Windows like a charm, Iâ€™ve provide a video demo for you see. But, for some strange reason, it would not work with my Mac, the first evening. Even after restarting the computer, the cursor would not move from the upper left hand corner. I sent Huion an email and they were kind enough to get back to me in a few hours. China is 12 hours ahead of us here in Miami. Their suggestion was to delete a certain file, if I had it installed, but after I came home and searched for this mysterious, I came to the conclusion that it wasnâ€™t there to begin with.
However, when I plugged the receiver into a usb port on the Mac tonight, the pen tablet worked flawlessly. (I donâ€™t know what happened, it may have been tired from jet lag)
I was fooling around with Sketchbook Pro in Windows because my forte is drawing, illustrations and the like. Tonight, I was editing photos in Photoshop on the Mac and the H11K was smooth.
Suggestion, if working with a pen tablet is frustrating because of the smooth surface-- try this hint: place a clean sheet of paper over the working area of any pen tablet, preferably scotch tape it to the tablet and work as normal. The paper functions as a non-slip surface as well as perfectly replicating the pen-paper feel.
I donâ€™t use and have never used any of the short cut keys, preferring the old fashioned way of working with software, but the only thing that I think is missing other than maybe a tilt function and maybe bluetooth is the fact that the set only comes with 1 pen.
The issue with having one pen is obvious, but waiting for that pen to fully recharge can set you back several hours. If youâ€™re in a time crunch situation, you may not be able to afford the luxury of a recharge time.
In the video as well, I show how Huion redesign the tablet as well as the pen. The pen in particular is nicer look and feel and the barrel is about 2-3 inches longer. This is great because it eases the hand from straining and fatigue.
The current models of Wacom are, as expected, are between $380- $420 MORE EXPENSIVE than this Huion, considering all of the features and premium material they used. But, dollar for dollar, this is the most cost effective way to upgrade your art-graphic design department with newer, quality hardware.
5 Stars By Angel on 2017-05-31
I used to own an older model of the Wacom Intuos Pro as I gave that to a friend. Then, I purchased the new 2017 Intuos Pro and I've been very unhappy about it. The bluetooth was extremely bad but the major deal for me was the nibs getting worn out quickly. I created pieces and hours later it wears out. I wasn't going to take out my money to keep buying nibs.
I discovered Huion's new Q11k and became interested as I did further research. Pre-ordered it and got 15% off, with very fast shipping. The tablet was in two boxes wrapped with plastic to prevent damage.
-Tablet active area is HUUUUUUUGE!
-Pen feels extremely light
-Nibs are long lasting
-8 custom shortcut keys
-Battery life for both the tablet and pen (the pen has not died on me since a full charge)
-Wireless & wired mode, NO LAG
-The tablet takes about 7 hours to be fully charged, you can still use it in wired mode
-It's not really a con, but in the manual / book it says that the pen is fully charged if the red light is off. If you see a bright red light, then it means its charging. If you see like a small red dot, then I assume its fully charged. (Left it on the charger for 7+ hours to see if it'll go off) Just don't be confused.
No matter what level you are in art, BUY THIS TABLET!
Also, I've uploaded the work I've done using this amazing tablet! THANK YOU SO MUCH HUION!
4 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-07-14
Great alternative to Wacom's newest Intuos Pro
For an alternative to the obnoxiously priced Wacom Intuos Pro, this tablet is a go-to, if you're willing to deal with some of its quirks.
The smooth surface is so much easier to work with than Wacom's Intuos Pro, where the rough surface drags on your pen, and if you have carpal tunnel or tendonitis like I do, this irritates it within minutes of use. Super grateful for the smoothness.
The boxing was super nice compared to the Intuos Pro.
Price: Huion is great with being affordable for the average artist.
The 8k levels of pressure do work wonderfully. I like that you can adjust it to lower levels as well.
The express keys on the side are easy to disable, which I had a hell of a time trying to disable on the Intuos Pro. The tablet is wide enough that your hands, when resting, donâ€™t even get to reach the keys to activate them in the first place [that was hell for the Intuos Pro, too].
Customer service: Huion responds very promptly to questions you have for them, as well as beyond just their tablet service. They made a mistake shipping out some gloves [I ordered two, only received one], and they got back to me as soon as possible with friendly conduct. :)
The pen is very lightweight, and that hefty 400 hours of charge will go a long way.
The drivers: Huion is known for wide differences between tablet drivers, some more customizable than others, but for this one, itâ€™s like they took away features, the main one I needed was to be able for the stylus output to register as right click [Iâ€™m using left handed mouse], but thereâ€™s absolutely nowhere to change that.
Some art programs have their issues with this tablet; some work fine like SAI, others, like Photoshop, you may find irritating to reconfigure. But if you're willing to work through these issue with the tablets, you'll find so many good things about this tablet, you'll be hard-pressed to move on to any other tablet.
Granted I've only been drawing with the tablet for a couple of days, more issues may pop up, but for the time spent thus far, it has been wonderful.
4 Stars By LJM VO on 2017-05-26
I am still learning to use this product but I ...
I am still learning to use this product but I have to say that the people at Huion are very responsive and helpful. Before I had purcased it, I told them what I would be using it for (editing the freqency spectrum of audio files). They inqured about the software I was using and went to the trouble of acually downlloading said software to test it. That's custommer service!
4 Stars By Jayms Bowman on 2017-07-09
It arrived on time and is packaged very nicely. The fit and finish is very good and ...
I'm a 3d Character Artist who works mostly in Zbrush and other 3D applications. I have always used Wacom products for my work and all throughout school. With the last new generation from Wacom I have felt that their quality issues and prices have just not meet the expectations.
I wanted to see how this Huion would stack up compared to my Wacom Intuos Pro medium. Many of the reviews out there are mostly coming from Illustrators and hobbyist and do not show how 3D use will perform. The new Huion with a large work area and an 8K pen are features that I was very interested in.
From the start, the shopping experience was smooth and hassle free. It arrived on time and is packaged very nicely. The fit and finish is very good and feels spot on. In comparison to my Wacom, the tablet has 8 hot keys and is only missing the dial. I use the keyboard, so for me this is a non-issue.
The pen is where it becomes a personal taste. It doesn't feel too cheap but for me falls short for some key features to the Wacom. The flute of the Huion pen is not a wide as the Wacom's and it lacks the rubberized grip. Those two features are actually quite important to me. My fingers feel more relaxed and stable with the Wacom design.
The Huion pen lacks the eraser but I honestly don't know anyone who really uses that feature instead of the keyboard. This time around the Huion wins points with the pen buttons being fully programmable for all shortcuts and hotkeys.The drivers installed easy and all hot keys are fully programmable as well.
The active area is nice and is a good fit for in between a medium and a large tablet. I use a 27" monitor so I like less acceleration and prefer a larger tablet. The Huion worked very well inside of ZBrush. The strokes were very smooth and I did notice the pen pressure levels. With Huion's 8K pen it seemed to give lighter strokes as well as much heaver strokes compared to Wacom.
I put these two in a head to head test. What I found was that the Huion was very good and only had a tiny difference in performance. Oddly the Wacom felt just a little smoother and a little more direct in accuracy. This maybe due to Wacom's smaller work area and hence a bit more acceleration. I had my wife test it and she concurred that the Wacom felt a bit smoother.
I will however give the credit to Huion as the new range of pressure levels may take a bit to getting use to. I also did test it out in other applications including Photoshop and the Huion performed great. There were no issues and I could not find anything wrong with it. In Photoshop I did notice that I could get a larger range of strokes light and heavy just like in Zbrush.
I will say that if your new to getting into digital art this is the tablet I will recommend hands down. Compared to my Wacom this Huion is 250.00 USD cheaper and has everything one would need and want in a tablet. The Huion is by far the most cost effective drawing tablet and works great for 3D Artist.
Times have changed and I see Wacom's grip on this market starting to wane as companies start to step up there game. So far I would defiantly recommend this for professional use but I will also need to see how it holds up over 80+ hours of use per week.
I would have like to see that it come with a drawing glove, as I do use them with tablets and tablet monitors. The battery life for both the Huion pen and tablet is very good and the wireless work without issues.
In the future I still would like to see a pen without the need to charge to go with this new progress. This new Huion tablet as it stands is as good as my current Intuos with the price being a total win for Huion.
5 Stars By S. Rowley on 2017-08-18
[UPDATE] Raising the review from 4 stars to 5. I've been using this tablet for a few months and absolutely love it. Adding the extra star for the insane value over Wacom.
This is a great tablet and a great option for those of us who have been burned by Wacom. I'm glad I stuck with Huion and tried another tablet.
Large drawing area
Quality stylus - slightly longer than most which is good for a paintbrush feel
Weighted vertical/horizontal stylus holder
Pressure sensitivity is great
Solid construction, nice packaging
Tablet is nice and thin
Very responsive customer service
No mouse acceleration mode
Programmable buttons don't light up and are hard to find.
Pressure sensitivity wouldn't work in wireless mode at first. Not sure how it fixed itself, but it's fine now
Some minor during installation process (drivers not registering tablet at first)
If you're in the market for a great medium sized wireless tablet, I highly recommend the Q11K Wireless. It's a fraction of the cost of a comparable Wacom tablet.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-11-02
Unbeatable value/price ratio, unflappable battery, undeniable quality
I'm writing this to help people who might be scratching their scalps raw over whether or not this product is worth the purchase. I've been there, I know how you feel. The price is unbeatable, right? How can you compete with a new drawing tablet for around $120???? You can't, but does it work? That's the question rebounding around your skull right now, isn't it?
It does. It does work.
Ok, it's a tad glitchy, sure, but what tablet isn't? My last tablet from Wacom was pobably just as functional, i.e. suffering from a few minor glitches every now and again, but it was puny compared to this one and I think I paid nearly as much for it (and this was several years ago).
Anyway, as a customer once quite recently racked by the Wacom v. Huion toss up, let me reassure all others out there: this is a great tablet. The battery life is impressively long. I've used for 5 distinct, multi-hour sessions and it STILL hasn't needed a charge! Not once! I didn't even charge it after I opened it. Seriously! I charged the pen but not the tablet, I recall explicitly. I have literally not charged this thing a single time since purchasing it, my usage is moderate to often, and it's still kicking. That's just insanely good in my view.
Oh yeah, not to forget, it's massive, totally lightweight, absolutely portable since it's wire-free.
A great product. Totally competitive with Wacom.
on 2017-09-08 Hardware is pretty awesome, software/driver could be better
While I was researching I didn't find a lot of information on the Q11K, most likely it is the latest from Huion. I don't usually write a lot of reviews, thought I'd share some my experience with this awesome tablet and provide some information that others might find helpful deciding between this and WacomWacom Intuos Art Pen and Touch digital graphics, drawing & painting tablet
. The Q11K is way better for $20 more, no doubt.
This thing have good build quality, definitely feels like it's worth more than the price. The pen stand is the awesome, metal base and holds the 8 spare tips (included) AND wireless dongle. Everything works as expected/advertised, I would suggest download the driver from site instead of using the disk. Only some rare minor loss in connection but that could be interference from other wireless devices I have around. Not a big fan of the charging, but the pen does work well and precise. I experienced no noticeable lag in wired or wireless mode, pen glides smoothly over the large surface.
I had the small Intuos and no experience with the Intuos Pro (which is my next choice if things didn't work out with Huion). The Q11K is almost 4x the size and have no lag. I was getting some bad lag with the Wacom in wired mode, the lag along with the small tablet size (I am only using a 1080p monitor) makes the Wacom a serious pain to use. I am glad that I purchased the Q11K.
5 Stars By Vince on 2018-06-15
Perfect tablet for artists
I've been drawing digitally with tablets for about 5 years, and this is my second tablet. I ordered this just a couple of months ago, and I am very satisfied. If you want a big drawing area and want to get away from Wacom, this is the tablet for you.
I had a Wacom One, which I'd have to say was a horrible tablet. I'd never had pen pressure, was constantly plugging it back in to gain connection, and only had like a few inches of active area (only less than half of the tablet was usable!). So when I pulled my Q11K out of the box, I almost cried when I realized I had pen pressure. It's amazing.
Also, this tablet is wireless, and takes less than 5 minutes to install the driver. For my Wacom One, it took me all night because it kept on crashing. This took me about 2 minutes to install. So you get something to plug into your laptop/computer, and your tablet is wireless. But you do have to charge it either every 3 months or whenever the battery gets low. The pen is the same way.
I went from a battery-free pen to a rechargeable pen, and the change is big! It has pen pressure, and so much may I add! The only downfall is that the battery doesn't last but maybe a week or two? Which is still good! But I have a roommate now who doesn't like me drawing, and it seems to die right when I'm in the middle of doing something, and it takes 1-2 hours to charge completely.
Going off of the pen charging, don't try to use it while it's on low battery or charging. It will lag and not register your lines unless you scribble or press down really hard. So if your pen needs to charge, just save your work and come back when it's done. It will be worth it.
This tablet is HUGE! And that's a very good thing for digital artists. This tablet is the size of my lap, and I'm a 5'6" guy. It's perfect for drawing.
And the pen holder. It is weighted at the bottom, so you're fine leaving your pen in it. You can put the pen in horizontally or vertically, and it holds 8 nibs! You actually receive 9 nibs (I believe), and the holder unscrews to hold the other nibs.
You also have hotkeys on your tablet, 8 of them. I don't use mine because I'm still wrapping my head around that idea (lol) but it's very useful if you like to work quickly or have twitchy hands like I do.
Anyways, this is a great tablet for beginners and professionals and everyone in between. Because of my experiences with Wacom and Huion tablets, I would definitely choose Huion over Wacom anytime.
If you have any questions, feel free to reply and I can try to answer.
4 Stars By Emorie on 2018-06-21
For the price, it is absolutely amazing
This is an amazing tablet for its price.
Let me start by saying that this is my first tablet, but I have messed around with a Wacom bamboo at a friendâ€™s house. Based on that small experience, and how Iâ€™ve felt about the Huion so far, these are the proâ€™s and conâ€™s
â€¢ the price!! This tablet is dirt cheap compared to a Wacom with this size and pressure sensitivity
â€¢ the size. I didnâ€™t realize how big 11 inches was until I opened the package. To put it in perspective, the drawing space is about an inch longer than a piece of standard paper and maybe a half and inch less wide.
â€¢ the sensitivityâ€” itâ€™s above 8000 levels, so as you can imagine, itâ€™s pretty stellar
â€¢ extra nibs and pen holder! I like that it came with 8 extra nibs and that they all fit inside of the pen holder. It added an organized and professional touch. The holder has a weighted bottom so it wonâ€™t topple over when the pen is in it, and the holder has a mechanism to remove worn out nibs as well. Itâ€™s just nifty
The quick keys seem like they would be convenient but since this is my first tablet I havenâ€™t thought to do anything with them really. I like the shortcut buttons on the pen a lot however
â€¢ as everyone has mentioned: the drivers. Really, itâ€™s not a huge setback given the low price and the fact that once itâ€™s working, it is WORKING, but I have a frequent problem where the pressure sensitivity will not work when I boot things up. Sometimes the fix is as simple as opening the huion tablet application, sometimes I have to reinstall the drivers. Itâ€™s a pain
â€¢ the speed. Once I had been drawing with it for a bit it wasnâ€™t nearly as noticeable as at first, but there is a bit of a lag with hand movement and the movement of the cursor on screen. There are also times when it will skip when Iâ€™m using it as a mouse, but when drawing, so far no skipping. (I use it with an Intel i5 powered Lenovo Ideapad 330 on Krita)
â€¢ if you have the pen plugged in, like someone else said, you canâ€™t have it in the pen stand. Itâ€™s just a little odd though, not a real con
â€¢ it has a very smooth slightly papery finish on the drawing area.
â€¢ my laptop is 17.3in and I can lay the tablet on my keyboard and have it almost match the width.
â€¢ it easily gets little greasy marks on it, I guess from hands.
The box it comes in is pretty nice, everything is in its own chic black box and itâ€™s all packed down neatly. It seemed padded enough as well.
â€¢ there is a USB plug for your computer to enable a wireless connection and there is no place within the set to store it, so Iâ€™m afraid of losing it, make sure you either keep it plugged I to your computer, or have a safe place for it.
Should I have any more thoughts as I continue usage, I will update