Update (Jul. 21, 2019): Unfortunately, there has been no progress from Huion on fixing this issue. Since it’s already been this long since I reported it to them, I doubt it’s on their list of urgent things to work on.
In other words, you probably shouldn’t expect this issue to be fixed any time soon.
I will update this again if they do give me a fix that works. If you see no updates above this, then there has most likely been no progress, or I have not been informed of it.
Update (Jun. 19. 2019): The new Huion driver version 220.127.116.111 released on June 10, 2019 did not fix the issue.
Current status (Jun. 05, 2019): Huion sent me a replacement PW100 pen to test, and it performed much better than my other PW100 pens on the Huion HS610 and did not have the massive leap in the middle of the pressure curve.
This new pen is technically supposed to be the exact same PW100 pen model as my other PW100 pens, but it’s clearly different because the spring of the pen nib is much harder on the newer one.
Probably due to this, the new pen doesn’t have the pen pressure leap issue on the Huion HS610 (or well, not as much of it). Instead, it has a different issue where it lacks the capability to draw really light pressures on the Huion HS610.
The below tests are done using the new PW100 pen on my Huion HS610 and Huion H1060P.
As you can see in the above test page, basically all the lines done with the Huion HS610 are unable to go as thin as the lines done on the Huion H1060P. And I will repeat again, these tests are both done with the exact same PW100 pen.
The fact that both my older and newer PW100 pens work objectively better on the Huion H1060P means that the Huion HS610 probably has some issue with reading the pen pressure information from the pen.
Of course, you may have noticed that I am using some rather large pens here (a 100px brush on a 3000x3000px canvas). If you were to use a smaller pen size, then you probably won’t see these issues at all with the new PW100 pen.
Even in the test page above, most newcomers probably wouldn’t be able to tell that there’s a problem with the Huion HS610 test page if I didn’t point it out.
In other words, yes, if the Huion HS610 you bought comes with this “new” PW100 model (maybe Huion changed out the pens after being told about this issue), then the issues are so minimal that you probably won’t have any issue drawing with the Huion HS610 since the pen pressure leap is basically unnoticeable with the new PW100 pen.
However, the pen performance is still clearly inferior to the Huion H1060P (using the exact same pen on both tablets), which is why I still can’t recommend the Huion HS610 until Huion releases an update to make the pen pressure work at least slightly better.
Is this tablet perfect? No.
Is this tablet viable now? Yes, it should be good enough for most people.
I just don’t want to let Huion get away with dropping their pen pressure standards. I want them to have the same amazing pen pressure as the Huion H1060P on their new products. That is the reason why I am still waiting for them to fix this issue and make the Huion HS610 better.
Current status (May 29, 2019): Still waiting.
Current status: My Huion rep has told me that they are working on the issue and will notify me once they have a firmware update.
The Huion HS610 is one of Huion’s two newest screen-less tablets, the other being the Huion HS64.
I saw the Huion HS610 and ordered it right away because: 1) The pre-sale was around 40% off, and 2) the hardware was similar to the Huion H1060P (which I love), but the Huion HS610 is 20 USD cheaper.
I figured that if the Huion HS610 for 80 USD had the quality of the Huion H1060P which is 100 USD, I could recommend it to everyone instead of the Huion H1060P, but as you can probably tell from the title of this post, it was not the “perfect” tablet which I had hoped it would be.
The issue with it is even so big that I need to write this warning post right away to prevent potential buyers from buying it.
Anyways, without mucking around anymore, let’s get straight to the issue.
The Huion HS64 interests me too (although I dislike the “Intuos clone” design), but I was only going to buy one of the two new tablets, so I chose the HS610 which had the possibly of becoming my new main tablet.
The Issue – Non-Linear Pen Pressure
The issue with the Huion HS610 is that it has a non-linear pen pressure curve.
This means that the pen pressure “blows out” in the middle of the pen pressure curve, making it extremely hard, if not impossible, to do smooth transitions at the problematic pen pressure level when doing slow strokes.
It should be noted that when doing quick and long strokes, the problem area is less noticeable because it is stretched over a longer area, making it much less apparent.
However, when doing any type of stroke which requires more precise control of your pen pressure, it becomes blatantly obvious that it skips over a certain part of the pen pressure curve.
The above image has my attempts to draw smooth pen pressure transitions on the Huion HS610. As you can see, the pen pressure clearly “blows out” at a certain point.
This means that the Huion HS610 fails one of the most basic and vital criteria of drawing tablets, which is the ability to draw predictable and controllable lines.
It should be noted that my strokes are drawn at a slow/medium speed in the direction indicated on the test page. This issue becomes less apparent when drawing fast+long strokes as the pen pressure becomes stretched over a longer area, which in turn makes the problem area much less apparent.
Some of you who are regulars to my site probably feel that you’ve seen this issue before, and you are correct. This is the exact same issue that the Huion H640P had for a whole year after release which was only solved fairly recently near the end of 2018 with a firmware update.
The above image is me doing the exact same tests on my Huion H1060P.
Just like the case with the Huion H640P, this is clearly a firmware issue in the Huion HS610 because I can use the PW100 pen which came with the HS610 on my H1060P and the pen pressure does not “blow out” like it does on the HS610.
I am rather disappointed that Huion has made the same mistake again after they finally fixed it on the Huion H640P, but hopefully, this time they don’t take a whole year to get around to fixing it.
Of course, I will still review the Huion HS610 eventually, but I decided that this issue was extremely important and needed to be pointed out right away to warn any potential buyers about this issue on the HS610, at least, until this issue has been addressed by Huion.
If you were considering the Huion HS610, I highly recommend that you spend an extra 20 USD to get the Huion H1060P instead as that is the best tablet I have drawn on so far, unless you were considering the Huion HS610 solely for the Android compatibility. It is certainly usable even in its current state, but there are better options if you are not getting it for its Android compatibility.
(And yes, just in case you were wondering, this non-linear pen pressure issue occurs on Android as well.)
To be clear, this issue will not affect most people as most people use quick strokes when drawing. However, the presence of this issue means that this tablet is not as good as Huion’s other tablets when it comes to the quality of the pen pressure curve.
If you’re looking for a tablet with “the best” drawing capability, I would suggest looking at other tablets until the HS610 has a firmware update fix.
In conclusion, I recommend that everyone avoid buying the Huion HS610 until Huion has a firmware update for it which fixes this issue. Please share this post to anyone who you see considering buying the Huion HS610 as well.