Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Review

Update (Jul. 28, 2019): No progress on the calibration fixes. Since it’s been so long since I reported it, it appears it’s not on Huion’s list of urgent things to fix.
In other words, it probably won’t be fixed any time soon.

If there are no updates above this one, then that means it still hasn’t been fixed, or I haven’t been notified of a fix.

The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is one of Huion’s many new tablets in their Kamvas line of drawing monitors. In essence, the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is a 15.6-inch version of the previous Huion Kamvas Pro 13.
You should be careful not to confuse this tablet with the new Huion Kamvas 16 which is a tablet with a similar name but fairly different features and specifications. It should be clear enough which is which based on appearances alone though.

Since this tablet is basically a larger Huion Kamvas Pro 13, I had high expectations going into this review. Whether it lived up to expectations, read on to find out- just kidding, I’m not going to leave you hanging like that.
The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 completely lived up to my expectations and actually has some new and improved software features thanks to Huion’s efforts in improving their drivers since the Huion Kamvas Pro 13. The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is a very nice tablet and it makes me wonder if the rest of their new lineup of Kamvas tablets is just as good.

For this review, Huion was kind enough to supply me with the Huion Kamvas Pro 16. As usual, this review is based on my honest thoughts and opinions about the tablet and I will never agree to review a product if I am required to say only good things about it.
If you believe receiving a review product for free makes a review biased, now is a perfect time for you to stop reading.

Anyways, onto the review!

Please note!
-I am not a Mac or Linux user!! I mainly only tested this tablet on Windows 10 version 1803.
-Prices may have changed since I wrote this review.
-Check when a review was written. Some aspects may improve or change over time, so it is in your best interest to concentrate on reviews which are less than 1 year old.
-It is good practice to check multiple reviews to cross reference their information before you make a conclusion about a tablet.

Table of Contents

How good is this tablet?

Design choices: Mostly good!
-Nitpicks: Power button placement, function switch button placement, outlet is necessary for power, Huion stand lacks angles
Hardware quality: Really sturdy!
Screen quality: Very vibrant!
Tablet drivers: Quite complete!
-Nitpicks: No anti-ghosting on shortcut buttons, pen calibration tool is a pain to use, slight pen calibration issue on the bottom 1/5th of the screen
Drawing test results: Pretty fantastic!
Actual drawing experience: Very enjoyable!

Overall: An extremely impressive tablet!

My verdict:
-If you are considering this tablet, I think it is an amazing option and it certainly gets my recommendation.

The one nitpick which I need to point out is the issue with the “slight pen calibration issue on the bottom 1/5th of the screen”.
Huion has finally attempted a new pen calibration method which recalculates the cursor position using pen tilt (hurray!) and it works quite well. However, as with most new things, it still has a small issue with not being perfectly aligned along the bottom 1/4th of my screen.
With that said, it’s only a very slight offset and I was only able to notice it while doing my drawing tests. In all honesty, I didn’t notice it at all while drawing as I would normally.

Huion has already told me they are working on fixing it, so I’m very hopeful that it will be fixed by the time this tablet is sent out. Good on them if they fix it quickly, but like I said, it’s a really small issue that didn’t get in the way of my drawing at all. I still recommend this tablet either way.

Promo codes

Huion gave me a promo codes which give you 20 USD off the pre-sale price. They are:
JAZZA16 on (20 dollar off on the pre-sale discount price)
JAZZAK16 on other sites (20 dollar off on the pre-sale discount price)

I have put all the links and promo code information in the Places to buy the tablet section at the bottom of this review (there were a lot).

The pre-sale and code ends June 24th, 2019. Make sure you use the promo code if you buy this tablet before then!

Specifications at a glance

Price: 469.00 USD (when this review was written)
Active Area: 13.5 x 7.6 inches, 15.6 inch diagonal

Resolution: FHD 1920 x 1080 (16:9 ratio)
Display Type: IPS, gamut = 120% sRGB on product page
Pen Type: Battery-free

Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 6 buttons, touch strip
Multi-touch: No
Other features: Tablet stand included/not included depending on seller. Reduced parallax with a fully-laminated display.

What’s in the box?

2 - Box

The tablet comes in a simple black box with the tablet peeking in from the side.

3 - Contents

The things that come in the box:

  • Huion Kamvas Pro 16 tablet
  • Tablet stand (included/not included based on seller)
  • Huion PW507 battery-free pen
  • Pen stand
  • Combined cable (USB type-C to USB type-A, HDMI, and power)
  • Pen nib replacements x10
  • Anti-fouling glove
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • User manual
  • Driver installation CD shaped instruction card
  • Warranty card
  • Shortcut button function stickers
  • “Thank you” card

4 - Warm tips

When you first take out the tablet, it will have a little stick on it. You will want to pull on that sticker to take off the protective film which is protecting the screen during shipping.
This is not a screen protector for you to leave on. If you do not take this layer off, you will not get to experience the actual matte texture of the screen beneath it.

5 - Tablet overall

The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is a sleek looking device with an all black front with a shiny silver rim.

This tablet is actually quite small for its screen size due to having nothing beyond the bezels around the screen. It still won’t fit in a 15.6-inch laptop bag, but it should for sure fit in a 17-inch or bigger bag.

The tablet feels sturdy when performing a twist test, where I grab both sides of the tablet and try twisting the tablet a bit with just my hands.

6 - Tablet texture

The tablet comes with a etched glass anti-glare textured screen. This gives it enough resistance to not feel like you’re sliding around uncontrollably, and doubles as an anti-glare texture to prevent too much glare from light reflecting off the screen. It’s a really light texture, but it’s much nicer than not having any texture at all.

This texture has been applied directly to the screen and is not a screen protector so you cannot take it off.
However, it should be noted that I do not see any scratches or worn out areas on the screen despite drawing on it intensively for around 2 weeks.

7 - Tablet side profile

The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is very thin, so it is very portable in terms of weight. However, as I noted before, it is unable to fit in 15.6-inch laptop bags because it has more length than 15.6-inch laptops due to the shortcut button area.
If you intend to bring it around with you, you may need to get a new bag if you don’t have any larger ones.

8 - Tablet back

The back of the tablet is made of a silver material which feels hard and cool to the touch. According to the info on the product page, this is a type of aluminum alloy, meaning this tablet is made quite durably with a metal casing for the back.

On the back of the tablet there are 2 long rubber feet along the sides. There is also the usual information sticker with the S/N number on it

9 - Tablet shortcut buttons

There are 6 programmable buttons and 1 touch bar along the side of the tablet. The two bigger buttons at the top and bottom are unprogrammable with one of them being the power button, and the other being the function switch button (which doubles as the OSD settings button). I will talk more about how to access the OSD settings using this button in the Screen Quality section.

The buttons give a nice tactile click when pressed, and are not too hard to press. I like the shortcut buttons on a lot of Huion’s tablets, and these ones are very good as well.

One nitpick I have is that it’s somewhat bad design to place the power button directly beside the shortcut buttons. It hasn’t happened to me, but it seems completely possible that people will accidentally press the power button when going to press the very top shortcut button.
Personally, I think the power button should have been placed somewhere else, and that space should have instead been used for more shortcut buttons.

The other nitpick I have about the buttons is the location of the function switch button (the large button on the opposite side of the power button).
I think that there should have been a function switch button right beside the touch bar, rather than 3 buttons away from the touch bar. It would be much more convenient having a function switch button beside the touch bar that it controls. The extra space opened up at the bottom could also be used for more shortcut buttons.

Another thing to note is that none of Huion’s shortcut buttons have anti-ghosting capabilities (so far). In other words, you cannot use two buttons at the same time. This will not matter in most cases, but you should keep this in mind if you think it affects you.

10 - Tablet port&cable

The tablet has a single USB type-C connection port on it. This is a great design choice because this means that the L-shaped cable can be flipped for left-handed use. This is because USB type-C is a symmetrical design, meaning it can be plugged in either direction.

The port has a tunnel in front of it which is there to support the weight of the cable so that the weight of the cable doesn’t ruin the port over time.
I know there are many situations where having a tunnel in front of the port and forcing the user to use a proprietary cable is a bad thing, however, in this case, it is well worth using a proprietary cable to make sure the port lasts as long as it can.

11 - Tablet cable

The included cable is a combined cable which goes from the USB type-C on the tablet to a USB type-A and HDMI on the computer, and a longer cable to a power outlet. The cable must be connected to a power outlet or else the tablet will not power on.

It is a bit inconvenient that the power cable needs to be connected to a power outlet for the tablet to work considering that there are other 15.6-inch tablets which work through USB power alone, however, if you think about it a bit, this isn’t really a problem.
Unless you intend to draw without connecting your laptop to a power outlet, you should usually be able to connect your tablet to a power outlet too. If you intend to draw without a power outlet nearby, you should be getting something made for portability like an iPad Pro + Apple Pencil instead of a drawing monitor anyways.

This cable is the same cable as the one that the Huion Kamvas Pro 13 uses, but I noticed that the Huion Kamvas Pro 16’s is noticeably thicker and seems to be created with more durability in mind. Is it actually more durable? Who knows, but it sure seems like it is.

There are many people who voice complaints about proprietary cables like this one, but I believe it is not a bad thing in this case.
In this case, the proprietary cable is made specifically so that the USB type-C cable is properly supported by the area around the tablet port. I would argue that supporting the cable weight and protecting the port from gradual cable weight damage is important enough to warrant using a special 3-in-1 cable.

12 - Tablet cable lengths

Above is a rough diagram I created to show the lengths of each part of the cable which came with the Huion Kamvas Pro 13. The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 uses the same cable, so I have reused the diagram here.
The cable is ~142cm from the USB type-C to the 3-way split, then ~37cm from the 3-way split to the USB type-A and HDMI. The length of the power cable from the 3-way split is ~193cm.

As you can see, the USB type-A and HDMI can reach around ~70cm apart from each other. This length should be able to accommodate most normal workspaces and reach all the way around most laptops, even if the HDMI and USB type-A ports are not right beside each other on your computer.

There is also a Velcro strip on the cable to help tie it up neatly when you need to. This is a non-painful type of Velcro which is actually pretty soft when you touch it.

The tablet stand which comes with tablet is a bit lackluster (note: the tablet stand is optional and is included/not included based on the seller).
The stand has a good build with a front metal plate and plastic base, and it also keeps a good grip on the table and tablet with its rubber pads. However, the variety of angles that it is capable of are just pathetic.

The way this tablet stand is designed, it supports 7 “different” positions using 2 metal arms and 3 slots. I put “different” in quotes because the rough angles this stand can achieve are only: 0, 15, 17.5, 20, 42.5, 43.8, 45 degrees.
I usually use my tablets at around a 35 degree angle, and this stand just so happens to skip right over that angle. The lower angles hurt my neck, and the higher angles point into my chest. The stand just feels useless because it’s so limited in the angles it can do.

I instead ended up using the XP-Pen AC18 stand which I have from another tablet review since that one can actually do lots of angles between 0 and ~70 degrees.

The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 comes with the PW507 battery-free pen, a premium looking pen with a nice rubber grip, plastic body, and silver accents.

The pen has a subtle taper towards the top, and a bulge near the tip which makes it very comfortable to hold and use.

The pen buttons protrude slightly from the surface of the pen which makes them very easy to find and use. They are very nice to use because they have a nice tactile click and don’t require too much effort to press.

The top of the pen does not have anything.

This is the pen stand which comes with this tablet. It can hold the pen upright, or sideways by wedging the pen in the indent on the top. It has a rubber base so it does not slide or move around at all.

The replacement pen nibs are inside the pen stand, and the pen nib remover is the metal ring held snugly in the middle. Although there are 10 replacement nibs, I have yet to see any wearing on my first one after roughly 2 weeks of use.

Screen quality

16 - Screen

The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has decent screen colours out of the box. As expected, the colours are not calibrated, but the default settings are okay albeit a bit strong on the blues.
Although the default calibration is somewhat off, once you calibrate the display using a colorimeter, the colours displayed become very accurate as expected.

17 - OSD settings

To access the OSD settings for this tablet, you have to press and hold the bottom shortcut key (the touch bar function switch button) for about 2 seconds until the button lights up and the OSD settings appear on screen. From there, you can navigate the options using the 4 shortcut keys closest to the touch bar.
To return the shortcut keys to their normal functions, press and hold the function switch button again until the light on it turns off.
(If that description didn’t make sense, refer to the user manual book as it is explained there.)

There are a lot of OSD options such as: backlight, brightness, contrast, sharpness, gamma, color temperature, hue, saturation, etc. I believe it has everything necessary for editing your screen colours.
If you change some settings and don’t like them, you can always return the settings to default by going to Other>Reset in the OSD settings.

The settings I have right now are: Backlight=50, Brightness=50, Contrast=50, Sharpness=2, Gamma=Off, Color Temperature=User (Red=129, Green=115, Blue=115).
Please note that all monitors are different and require their own individual settings to be calibrated, so the settings for my monitor very likely do not apply to yours. You can go ahead and try them though.

As a side note, Huion also allows you to adjust the OSD settings through the newest Huion driver version (this experimental feature is currently only available for the Huion Kamvas Pro 16).

18 - IPS viewing angle

The IPS screen on this tablet has fairly good viewing angles, although the colours can look a shade darker when viewing them from an extreme angle, most likely due to the texture of the glass.
However, this is a non-issue as you most likely won’t be looking at the screen from any extreme angles while drawing.

There are absolutely no problems with colours display by the IPS screen when looking at it from a “normal” angle in front of it.

19 - Colour measurement

Huion advertises this tablet as a 120% sRGB monitor, and from my measurements, this appears to be a truthful claim.

The above results are from my calibration using my X-Rite ColorMunki Display with DisplayCAL, and I measured that the tablet has a ~128% sRGB gamut volume, clearly reaching their claimed gamut volume.
These results are fantastic as this means that this tablet is suitable for use with colour accurate work (if you calibrate it). This means that the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 certainly lives up to its name of being a “Pro” tool in terms of its colour capabilities.

One thing to note is that 120% sRGB does not always equate directly to 92% AdobeRGB as claimed on the product page.
The way colour spaces work, some of the 20% extra sRGB in this case actually applies to the reds of the DCI-P3 colour space which is not a part of the AdobeRGB colour space, and this is why the AdobeRGB measurement is ~88% rather than the advertised 92%.
Well in this case, I think it’s close enough to the advertised value to not be an issue, but they should really just figure out how to measure it themselves and advertise measured numbers instead.

20 - Colour Measurements - Uncalibrated

The above chart are my results from using the Spyder colour accuracy checker available on DisplayCAL. I performed the above colour accuracy check with my Huion Kamvas Pro 16 at default settings (uncalibrated). The far right Delta-E’s are better the closer to 0 they are.

As you may be able to see, these are some rather lackluster results with most of the colours being too bright in comparison to what they should be. It’s certainly usable at default, but the colours are clearly bright than they should be.
(I think you can address this a bit by reducing just the Backlight setting to around 50 instead of the default 80.)

21 - Colour Measurements - Calibrated

This second chart has the results from using the same colour accuracy test after the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has been properly calibrated to sRGB. This second chart reflects the actual quality of the tablet screen, and how accurately it can display colours when calibrated.
As you can see, the Delta-E’s are very close to 0 (closer to 0 is better) after the display has been calibrated, showing that the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 certainly has the capabilities of displaying very accurate colours.

A Blurb About Colorimeters

If you are an aspiring digital creative working with colours, I highly recommend investing in a colorimeter. Even factory calibration can only last so long before the monitor colours start to drift and become less and less accurate, so it is extremely beneficial in the long run if you invest in a colorimeter. Even Wacom’s factory calibrated tablet monitors are no exception to this and their colours will drift over time because colour drift is an unavoidable aspect of monitors as they age.
Having a colorimeter to calibrate your monitor every month or so is vital if you want to have complete confidence in your colours at all times.

My recommendation for the best cheapest option is the Datacolor Spyder5 Express paired with the free software DisplayCAL. I do not recommend the cheaper X-Rite ColorMunki Smile because it is an old type of colorimeter which loses its reliability very quickly, whereas the Spyder5 Express and pricier models will work for many years to come.
You can read great reviews of these colorimeters at this site:
And here’s a really simple guide on how to calibrate with DisplayCAL:
As well as how to get the Spyder5 colorimeter to be detected by DisplayCAL:

22 - Parallax

One of the most important features of the new Kamvas Pro tablets is the use of fully-laminated displays which combines the glass with the screen, effectively reducing the thickness of the glass between the pen and cursor. This gets rid of the “parallax effect” commonly found on standard glass panel drawing monitors.

As you can see in the picture above, the pen tip is quite close to the cursor, even when viewed from the side. The glass is thin enough on this tablet that it almost feels like you’re drawing directly where you point your pen.

Just like many other fully-laminated displays, due to the thinness of the glass, you can cause ripples to appear on the screen when pressing harder. These ripples only happen when you press around 100% pen pressure or harder, and are only slightly noticeable on a very dark colour background. I believe this is not a problem as you will most likely never notice it and it will not affect your drawing.

23 - Backlight bleed

The easiest way to see backlight bleed is by full-screen a black image. As you can see, there is only some extremely faint light bleed along the sides, but everywhere else appears to completely black. The backlight bleed on my tablet is so faint that I even had to turn off all my lights to see it.

It is fairly typical to have some backlight bleed in monitors, but if your tablet has extremely noticeable backlight bleed (especially when it’s noticeable on all colours, not just pure black), then you may want to contact Huion support to get it replaced as your display may be defective.

Tablet drivers

The tablet drivers are extremely easy to install. You don’t even need to have your tablet plugged in to install them! Just go download the latest version from and remove all other tablet drivers you have on your computer before installing it.

Once you’ve installed the driver, the icon shows up in your taskbar, and the driver also creates a shortcut on your desktop so you don’t have to go searching for it in your apps.

Although the installer doesn’t prompt you to restart your computer after it finishes, I wholeheartedly suggesting restarting your computer anyways to allow Windows to properly update the files necessary for the driver to run smoothly.

25 - Driver

In the driver, you can configure your tablet expresskeys, pen buttons, pen pressure curve, and work area.

There’s also an option to save different profiles manually using the import and export buttons in the “About” section.
Huion’s newest drivers now have a feature for automatically switching profiles based on your currently open application, and I will talk about this further down in this section.

The Press Keys tab allows you to customize the functions mapped to your expresskeys. As you can see above, the hotkeys menu has keyboard shortcuts, pen clicks, and some “switch” functions available. You should also be able to assign basically any keyboard shortcut you can think of.
They also give you the option of giving custom names to your shortcuts.

Like I mentioned before, the Huion shortcut keys do not have anti-ghosting capabilities. In other words, you cannot use two buttons at the same time. This will not matter in most cases, but you should keep this in mind if you think it affects you.
Every button will work at the same time as the pen nib though, including the pen buttons.

27 - Driver touch bar

The touch bar is also customizable and is able to switch between 3 up/down functions. You can switch between the functions using the function switch button opposite the power button.
One very small limitation of this touch bar is that you cannot disable any of the 3 up/down modes. Even if you only have 2 up/down functions to assign to the touch bar, you cannot disable the third one. You just have to double click the function switch button to skip over the useless third function.

It is important to note that the ‘Enable Touch’ option is referring to the touchbar, not finger touch functions. This tablet does not have finger touch capabilities.

28 - Driver digital pen

The Digital Pen tab allows you to customize the pen buttons and the pen pressure curve. The pen buttons have the same amount of configuration as the expresskeys.

Usually you will want to uncheck the “Enable Windows Ink” option to prevent Windows Ink from messing with your drawing. With that said, some programs such as Photoshop usually do not work if Windows Ink is not enabled, so play with that option as you see fit.

29 - Driver work area

The Work Area tab allows you to customize the monitor your tablet is mapped to, the pen calibration, and the orientation of your pen inputs.

To use this tablet in left-handed mode, right-click on your desktop and select ‘Display settings’, then scroll down and change the Orientation to “landscape (flipped)’. Then go into the Huion driver and go to the Work Area tab, and select 180 degrees under the Rotate settings.

As a note for Windows 10 users, the default scaling in the Windows Display Settings is set to 150%, so you should go and change that to 100%.

30 - Driver pen calibration

The pen calibration for this tablet is a 9-point calibration. However, the default calibration is already pretty good with the fully-laminated display, so for the first while, I did not use the calibration tool.

I tried out the pen calibration tool later on and it was quite a pain because you had to do it once, figure out where it was off, then do it again while pressing slightly off of the dots to compensate, then rinse and repeat.
Basically, you can’t just press the dots in the middle and expect the calibration to be perfect. You have to test, then recalibrate based on the offset, then test again, and repeat until it’s correct.

Of course, once you do this and get it right, there are no problems. Make sure you save your profile after you do this, because you don’t want to lose all that calibrating work later.

As I noted before, there is a slight issue with the pen calibration being very slightly off on the bottom 1/5th of the screen. This is due to Huion trying to implement a new pen position calculation method which takes into account pen tilt/direction to recalculate the pen nib location.
Everywhere else on the screen was very accurate no matter which way you pointed the pen because of this new pen calibration which uses pen tilt, but it was slightly off along the bottom edge.
Huion has told me they are working on fixing this, and it wasn’t a big enough issue to affect my drawing at all, so I’m just mentioning it in passing. It doesn’t take away from how good the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is.

31 - Driver other settings

A new feature which was implemented with the newest Huion drivers is the option to create automatically switching profiles for different programs. This was a very requested feature and I’m glad Huion has decided to implement it for those who needed it (and couldn’t be bothered to manually switch profiles).
You can access this by pressing the gear button in the top right corner of the Huion drivers. To edit the profiles for each program, just select the program and click the edit button and it will show you the settings which are set for that specific application.

You can also access the OSD settings from the drivers on the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 by clicking the same gear button.

This is not a new feature, but I should mention that you can also check for driver updates from here.

32 - Huion firmware updater

Huion has also introduced a new firmware updater program alongside these new driver changes to simplify the process of updating your tablet firmware. This program is separate from the Huion drivers, and you can download it from at

Previously, you would have to contact Huion support directly to ask if there is a new firmware update, but with this new updater, all you have to do is run the updater to see if there are any new firmware updates for your device.
This updater is still new and only supports a few of Huions tablets at the moment, but I am extremely thankful that they are doing their best to simplify the firmware update process for everyone.

Drawing tests

These pen tests are all done with the same settings for both the canvas and the pens. These tests are only done in Clip Studio Paint as that is the only program where I totally understand how to remove all unwanted variables.
If you are worried about whether this tablet will work with your art program, don’t be afraid to contact support to ask them directly.

-The canvas will always be a 3000x3000px 300dpi page (the above test page is a 3000x6000px 300dpi page, so just two pages stuck together).
-The test pens are mostly all 100px linear pressure curve pens. Pen pressure for size and/or opacity is enabled based on the test.
-The slow ruler line test uses a 10px no pen pressure pen to clearly show wobble and jitter. I also use a 50px pen pressure enabled pen to see the visibility of wobble/jitter with pen pressure is enabled.
-The IAF (Initial Activation Force) test uses a 300px linear pressure pen to show the thinnest lines possible, as well as demonstrate the IAF of the tablet.

Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Test Page-1

1) Scribble Test – Grade: Pass
Test pen 1 – 100px – pen pressure: size
Test pen 2 – 100px – pen pressure: size+opacity

For my pen tests, I always start out with a few pen pressure scribbles to see if I can do some nice squiggly lines with increasing pen pressure. I also do some back and forth shading and some spirals with increasing pen pressure.

With the Huion Kamvas Pro 16, I had no problems doing my little scribbles going from thin to thick. I didn’t have any problems controlling my strokes and making both thin and thick lines was relatively easy. This tablet gets an easy pass here.

Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Test Page-2

2) Slow Ruler Line Test – Grade: Pass
Test pen 1 – 10px – pen pressure: none
Test pen 2 – 50px – pen pressure: size

The slow ruler line tests done with a no pen pressure pen were very good at all pen angles, even when holding the pen as far tilted as I could. You can see that there is basically no wobble in any of the pen angles tested, which is quite an amazing result.

This tablet gets a pass here.

Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Test Page-3

3) Quick Hatching Test – Grade: Pass
Test pen 1 – 100px – pen pressure: size

The quick hatching test is to check whether the tablet keeps up with pen inputs. Usually, the only way to fail this section is if the pen is noticeably laggy and causes unwanted inputs like fishhooks at the beginning or end of the line.

As you can see, this tablet appears to have no problems with fishhooks. I also never noticed the cursor lagging so far behind the pen that it was a problem, so it gets a pass here.

Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Test Page-4

4) Short Release Taper Test – Grade: Pass
Test pen 1 – 100px – pen pressure: size

This test is meant to see the smoothness of the pen pressure taper when going from max to min pressure quickly. Basically, you press your pen down hard then flick to the side to see how smoothly the stroke tapers.

With the Huion Kamvas Pro 16, the tapers happen very nicely and appear to have no problems with jaggedness. This tablet gets an easy pass here.

Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Test Page-5

5) Pen Pressure Control/Transition Test – Grade: Pass
Test pen 1 – 100px – pen pressure: size+opacity

This section is to test the smoothness of the transitions in pen pressure.
-The circles at the top are one of Youtuber Brad Colbow’s tests. It is used to check if you can properly control the pen pressure all the way around a circle. If there is a pressure jump, some circles will feel impossible to control due to that jump.
-The lines at the bottom are slow strokes done with smooth increases or decreases to pen pressure in mind. The arrow points in the direction which the stroke was done, and the smoothness of the gradients show how smooth the pen pressure transitions.

In terms of the pen pressure control circles, I had no problems doing all the different circles smoothly. They showed no signs of pen pressure jumping.

I will give this tablet a pass here since there don’t appear to be any noticeable issues in the pen pressure transitions either.

6) Initial Activation Force & Lightest Pen Pressure Test – Grade: Pass
Test pen 1 – 300px – pen pressure: size

This test tries to demonstrate the IAF of the tablet, and also shows the lowest possible pen pressure the tablet is capable of producing consistently.
IAF is the amount of force necessary to cause the pen to output a line. Ideally, your tablet will have an extremely low IAF where the pen will output a line with the least amount of force possible.
A high IAF causes issues such as light pen taps not registering as clicks, and the inability to sketch very lightly, both of which become quite annoying the more you experience it.

For this test page, the squiggly lines should begin right on the start line.
-If the line begins right on the start line, this indicates that the IAF is extremely low (low IAF is best) and the line just appears naturally without effort.
-On the other hand, if the line does not begin on the start line and instead begins further along the stroke, this means that the IAF is high so I needed to search for the IAF by increasing my force little by little until I finally started outputting a line.

An example of the ideal test page is the Huion New 1060 Plus (2048) IAF test page which I included above for comparison. Almost all the lines begin right on the start line meaning it has extremely low IAF, and the lines are almost transparent showing that the tablet is capable of drawing extremely light pen pressures.

The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has a fairly low IAF which I could find almost right away. As you can see, I was able to get a lot of the lines to start on the start line, and even the ones which did not start on the start line, I was able to start almost right beside it.
Basically, the IAF is low enough that I don’t consider it an issue. I never noticed it when tapping options or sketching lightly.

In terms of the lightest pen pressure, I could get decently thin lines with the 300px IAF test pen. The thin lines on this tablet are not amazingly thin, and I had trouble consistently getting the thinnest lines possible, but this thinness is more than acceptable.
You have to take into consideration that these lines were done with a 300px pen, which is the size of the circle in the top left. When using a “normal” size pen, it felt like I could draw fairly thin lines easily.

Overall, the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has fairly low IAF and is able to draw decently thin lines consistently. This tablet gets a pass here.

Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Pen Tilt Tests

7) Pen Tilt Test – Pass-ish
Test pen 1 – 100px – pen tilt: opacity
Test pen 2 – 100px – flat pen – pen tilt: direction

This test shows the smoothness of the pen tilt by gradually tilting the pen while slowly moving the pen to the side. This section also includes scribbles using the pen direction determined by pen tilt.

As you can see in the smoothness test, the pen tilt transitions on the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 are not perfectly smooth at times.
There are certainly places where the gradient goes up in clear steps, and others where it’s fairly smooth. It’s not perfect, but it seems to be quite good around half of the time.

This tablet gets a pass-ish here.


So all in all, the drawing test results are:
1) Scribble Test – Pass
2) Slow Ruler Line Test – Pass
3) Quick Hatching Test – Pass
4) Short Release Taper Test – Pass
5) Pen Pressure Control/Transition Test – Pass
6) Initial Activation Force & Lightest Pen Pressure Test – Pass

Non-Vital Drawing Tests:
7) Pen Tilt Test – Pass-ish

Ideally, all the above tests should have at least a “Pass-ish” for their grades because the most vital function of a drawing tablet is to draw properly and predictably. Failing any of these tests means that it doesn’t do that.

The drawing experience!

The drawing experience on the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 was quite enjoyable, and I didn’t feel like I was being held back in any way by the tablet. I’ve come to a point with tablet reviews where I get bothered by small issues that affect my drawing experience, but this tablet didn’t bother me at all and I really did enjoy drawing with it.

This new pen calibration which takes pen tilt into account is actually really nice since the cursor always stays under the pen nib even when using the pen from a different angle than usual.
Although I mentioned a small pen calibration issue in the bottom 1/5th of the screen, I repeat again that it absolutely didn’t affect me while drawing.
The only other places where I noticed that the pen calibration was off was in the absolute corners of the screen, and in a ~0.5cm area right along the top/right/bottom edges.

Using the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 was also a pleasure thanks to its fairly smooth but slightly textured screen. It gives you enough tooth to feel some texture, but it’s smooth enough that it doesn’t feel like you’ll quickly wear out the screen or pen nib while drawing.

The temperature on the tablet stayed consistently cool over long drawing sessions. The only part which gets warm is the upper middle edge (in right-handed mode), but even that small area is only slightly warmer than my body temperature.


I recommend this tablet to anyone interested in it.
It has a really good screen with great colours and basically no parallax. Along with that, the battery-free pen is comfortable and has pen tilt functionality.
This tablet might not be the best in terms of portability because it won’t fit in most “normal” size bags, but it’s still really slim so you can probably bring it around with you easily if you get a slightly bigger bag for it.

The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is actually a decent bit pricier when compared to its “budget” competitors, but I believe it justifies its price with its high quality features and drivers.
I also believe it’s a step above most of the “budget” competition simply due to its new pen calibration which actually takes into account pen tilt/direction to calculate cursor position.

If you’re looking for an all-around great drawing monitor, I think the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is a fantastic choice. This will be especially true once Huion gets the pen tilt/direction pen calibration perfected.

The one thing I wouldn’t recommend is Huion’s tablet stand though because it doesn’t really have many choices for angles.

Places to buy the tablet

Huion Store | | | AliExpress
People living in other regions should check their regions Amazon or see if the Huion Store ships to them.

If you have any questions about the tablet, feel free to ask me!

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Author: Nikage

I am a hobbyist artist. Ever since I bought my first Wacom alternative tablet, I've become interested in finding out what other alternative tablets are good, and trying to guide people to see that there's more than just Wacom on the market.

58 thoughts on “Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Review”

  1. Wow, most reviews for this tablet have been pretty good, that’s amazing for such a new tablet. I’ve already heard issues about the well-liked Xp-Pen 15.6 Pro from this video ( that kind of held me from getting it, may I know if your unit have the same problem too?
    There’s also the Wacom Cintiq 16, but despite all the praises it got from being “Wacom”, I still don’t like the fact I’ll have to add another 100$ to get the Wacom Express remote, more if I want a stand for it.

    Your review is also the only one that mentioned about the new driver settings, hopefully they’ll roll it out to other drivers soon and make an announcement regarding it so people can know about this update. I’m happy to hear that Huion is slowly improving on their stuff.

    Thanks to yours, I may consider getting this instead of the Wacom Cintiq 16 or Xp-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro, but I might wait until the end of the year just to hear more opinions regarding this device and for the holiday sale. 🙂


    1. Hey there,

      With regards to the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro, I have not experienced the same problems as the Youtuber you linked. The issues she mentioned are the pen/brush function issue, missed strokes issue, and random line showing up between two strokes.
      Based on what I myself experienced, I feel like these issues she mentions are things specific to: 1) the XP-Pen MacOS drivers, 2) setup issues on her computer, or 3) a defective tablet.

      I think we can rule out that it is a XP-Pen MacOS driver issue due to the fact that Brad Colbow’s review is also done using MacOS, yet he did not report these same issues. Of course, this is assuming Brad does not unfairly ignore the flaws of the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro in his review, but I trust that he does fairly objective reviews based on all his past reviews.

      I personally know about the pen/brush function issue as it’s a design flaw in XP-Pen’s drivers, but all she had to do was press the pen/brush function one more time to “cancel” eraser mode, and it would no longer jump back to the eraser tool every time she tried to draw. At least, I remember that’s how the pen/brush function works in Windows, and I can’t be sure if it works the same in MacOS.
      I do not believe the pen/brush function issue has anything to do with broken drivers or defective hardware, it’s just bad function design in XP-Pen’s drivers. If she experimented with the tablet a bit more, I’m sure she would have figured that out, so let’s ignore that one as it’s a different problem from the other two issues she mentioned.

      Interestingly, Capturist Er replied to a comment saying that she would be receiving a replacement pen from XP-Pen support as they wanted her to try that, but she has not posted an update regarding that and that was roughly 3 months ago.
      Personally, I can only see a replacement pen fixing the issue with missed strokes as that could possibly be related to a high IAF caused by a defective pen spring or sensor.
      On the other hand, the issue with random lines appearing between two strokes seems like a software related issue. Unfortunately, I can’t really tell for sure if it’s a software issue due to my lack of knowledge about MacOS + Photoshop, but I most certainly didn’t run into that issue in Windows + Clip Studio Paint.

      Personally, the only issue which I noticed about the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro is the pen tapering issue which I mention in my review (Brad Colbow also mentions it slightly in his review, although he doesn’t delve deeper into it).
      The pen tapering issue doesn’t completely ruin the drawing experience and I did actually enjoy using the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro because every other aspect is quite good, but the issue is present and I’ve been urging XP-Pen to fix it since it affects all their tablets, not just the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro.

      I’m glad my review was useful, and I’m hopeful too that Huion continues improving their drivers even more.
      That’s a very good idea to wait for more reviews. If you’re not dying to get your hands on a tablet right away, waiting for all the consumer reviews to come out and get a good sale is most certainly the smartest thing to do!



  2. Thank you for the nice and very in-depth review! I am currently contemplating on whether to get this or Wacom Cintiq 16. Will you be reviewing Wacom Cintiq 16 anytime soon?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hey there,

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you like my review!
      I would certainly love to review the Wacom Cintiq 16 myself, but unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to get my hands on one anytime soon, so I don’t think you should expect a review on it from me. Sorry.



  3. Would you recommend this tablet over the XP Pen Pro 15.6? How do the resistance of the screens compare?
    Thank you in advance.


    1. Hey there,

      The advantages the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has over the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro:
      -Better pen tapering when doing high to low pen pressure (mostly only noticeable if you know what you’re looking for).
      -Better pen calibration which uses tilt to recalculate the cursor position to match your pen tip (which is still being perfected, but is quite good even in its current state). The XP-Pen pen calibration doesn’t take into account pen tilt.
      -Slightly better pen tilt. The pen tilt on the XP-Pen has less smooth transitions and has less levels compared to the Huion.
      -Better cable angle. The L-shaped cable used on the Huion is much safer and less in-the-way (so less likely to be broken by accident) compared to the cable which sticks straight out of the XP-Pen.
      -Built with an aluminum alloy back, whereas the XP-Pen is built with all plastic.

      The advantages the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro has over the Huion Kamvas Pro 16:
      -Lower price.
      -Can can be powered with only USB and HDMI. Doesn’t need to be connected to a power outlet if your USB ports can provide enough power.
      -2 more shortcut buttons compared to the Huion. This may matter if you don’t intend to use a keyboard.
      -Comes with one angle stand.

      The XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro is more than usable how it is and is quite a great tablet, however, I personally feel that the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is better because it has slightly better drawing capabilities (no tapering issue, pen calibration with uses tilt, and slightly better pen tilt), and it is also built and designed better (L-shaped cable which has good weight support, and aluminum alloy back).
      Of course, this comes at a higher price, so it really depends on what kind of budget you have. Both are great choices, but if you want the “better” tablet with less emphasis on price, I would say the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is better.

      Also, with regards to your question about the resistance of the screens, both tablets have around the same “fairly smooth but has some texture” roughness. The XP-Pen’s texture comes from its pre-applied anti-glare screen protector, while the Huion’s texture comes from its etched glass.

      I hope that helps,


  4. Hi again Nikage,

    “Huion has finally attempted a new pen calibration method which recalculates the cursor position using pen tilt (hurray!) and it works quite well. ”

    I’ve been kind of missing this from my Kamvas 13. K13 is a fantastic tablet but due to the way I hold the pen the cursor gets offset no matter how I calibrate it. This tilt calibration setup would really help me get more accustomed to drawing with graphic tablets.

    Do you know if this going to come to the K13? Or is it specific to the K16? Do you still use your K13 btw?



    1. Hey there,

      I am also unsure whether the new pen calibration will become available for the Huion Kamvas Pro 13 or not. I believe you should ask Huion directly about this instead of me.

      With regards to the tablet I currently use, I use the Huion H1060P because my sweaty palms make using a drawing monitor way too much of a hassle.
      With a screen-less tablet, it doesn’t matter if the surface gets fairly dirty since it won’t block my view of the screen, so I can draw for weeks at a time without any hassle.
      On the other hand, with a drawing monitor, I have to clean the screen and switch drawing gloves every single day, and sometimes I even have to take a break to clean it in the middle of a long drawing session. The pains of having perpetually sweaty palms. Yuck.



      1. Yeah, I sent Huion a mail. Hoping for a positive reply- the 16 & 13 both use the same pen and digitizer, so it should be a software thing.

        Yeah, sweaty palms are a menace. My palms are fine, instead my forearms and wrists sweat. Using a drawing glove really helps with the issue though.


  5. Hey Nikage;
    A product that I have been considering and have been following for a long time. I’ll place an order this week. you wrote the most detailed review I have ever read, thank you very much for that. I have no questions left in my mind 🙂 don’t have a device to calibrate, can you share the calibrated color profile file?


    1. Hi there,

      I’m glad my review was helpful.

      My calibration method requires me to manually set my colours as close to sRGB as possible using the OSD settings before calibration, and then the calibration only makes extremely small adjustments here and there. This means you should be able to get sRGB using the settings for Backlight, Brightness, Red, Green, and Blue which I listed in the Screen quality section, and there is no need for my colour profile which is specific to my monitor.
      Unfortunately, I have found that the colour settings on monitors are often different for each individual monitor, so if the settings I listed do not look right on your tablet, then there is nothing else I can do and the colour profile will not help.

      I suggest finding a place which rents a colorimeter, buying a colorimeter, or doing your best to eyeball the colours using Windows Color Calibration or a site like
      Even the default settings may be enough for you to draw without issue.



  6. At this date, did you finded it some new issues or glitches?
    I want to give a second chance to Huion but before expend 500 bucks on his Kamvas Pro 16 I would to ask you a question…

    My question is…Huion have durability through the years?
    I hear that the Cintiqs are forever (lol) and at least on pen-tablets, my intuos CTL-480 is still opperational even after 4 years and my PTH-651, even being a 2nd hand, too. By the contrary, on Reddit a lot of people complain about this aspect about Huion(Wacom too, but in a low level).

    Thaks again.


    1. Hey again,

      I have not found any new glitches or issues involving the Huion Kamvas Pro 16. The issues I mentioned in this review are everything that I have noticed up until now.

      With regards to the durability, I can only give you my opinion because I only test most of my tablets intensively for around 1-2 weeks before releasing a review. Clearly, this is not enough time to gauge long-term durability.
      With that said, the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is one of my favourites out of everything I currently own. Because of this, I have been using it fairly often over the last 3 months and it has shown no signs of durability issues or wearing, so I can’t imagine it breaking anytime soon. But again, that’s just my opinion based on 3 months of non-intensive usage.

      My opinion on Huion’s durability is that some of their older tablets are bad, but most of the newer ones are not. Personally, I feel that most of the tablets they currently offer are good (most of the bad old ones have been phased out and are no longer offered on their online store), however, a few older ones like the Huion H610Pro (8192) and Huion 420/H420 are still offered. As far as I have seen, those appear to be made with lower quality standards and are usually the ones people complain about breaking down (at least, based on what I have seen on Reddit and such).

      In terms of the tablets I mainly use, I have been using my Huion H1060P for around 1 year and a half, and it still works perfectly fine. My previous Huion New 1060 Plus (2048) also still works perfectly fine after around a year of usage. As I previously mentioned, I have also been using my Huion Kamvas Pro 16 for the last 3 months without any hardware failures.
      Honestly, the only hardware issue I’ve had with my Huion tablets is the 1 defective pen that came with the Huion HS610, whereas I’ve had like 3 defective pens with my Wacom tablets (2 with the horrible cheap plastic pen that came with the low-end Wacom Intuos CTL490, and 1 with the newest Wacom Intuos Pro PTH-660 which I fixed by melting the pen a bit with a heat gun).

      In this regard, I think it’s all about how much “risk” you’re willing to take.
      Currently, you have the option of a decently priced Wacom option in the Wacom Cintiq 16 which is priced at 650 USD, whereas the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is only slightly cheaper at around 400 USD. If you can’t convince yourself that Huion is worth the “risk” even with its lower price, then you should consider saving up more to get the Wacom which you might feel is more trustworthy.

      It might be worth noting that the warranties for both products are the same unless you live in certain regions. Huion has a 1 year warranty for the Huion Kamvas Pro 16, and the Wacom Cintiq 16 also has a 1 year warranty for most regions as written on its product page:
      “Wacom Cintiq 16 and Wacom Cintiq 22:
      1 year in USA, Canada, Latin America, Japan, Asia Pacific and China
      2 years in Europe, Middle East and Africa”

      Honestly, buy what you are comfortable buying. Before the release of the Wacom Cintiq 16, I would always say Huion is well worth the risk because they were much much cheaper than the 1000 USD Wacom Cintiq Pro 13, but since the new Wacom Cintiq 16 came out at only 650 USD, it’s a reasonable enough price that you should take it into serious consideration, especially if you feel it is risky choosing a Huion again.

      I hope that helps a bit,


      1. Thanks for the very detailed response.

        The problem in my region is the amazon prices.
        Here, the Cintiq 16 costs $1000.00 USD.
        By the other hand, the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 costs $500.00 USD.
        Both selling by

        So, in terms in price, there are 500 bucks of difference…The risk worth it.

        Thanks again for your time.


  7. After almost three days of an intense search for information about the Kamvas Pro 16 on Reddit, YouTube and reading your review several times, I decided to buy the Kamvas Pro 16.

    I have compared it to the Cintiq 16 and apparently in benefits, they are slightly on par. I taked advantage of a promotion in (an online shopping platform) and I bought it for 430 bucks. The seller assures that it includes the base to place the tablet.

    I will not lie to you, I feel slightly tense about this purchase. Beyond the money, because they offer me the same guarantees as Amazon or ebay (Mercadolibre is the Latin American equivalent of Ebay), it is the fear of taking another disappointment as I had with the H950p.
    Even so, I hope it will last at least a year and avoid me having to pay the obscene prices Wacom has.

    Something that concerns me in part is that most of the reviews are carried out in PS or CSP. In my case, I only use Paint Tool Sai 1 and 2 (Both legally acquired).
    Do you know anything about it?

    I will send you some photos and if everything goes well after a couple of months, a video.



    1. Hey there,

      With regards to your question, I have Paint Tool SAI 1 installed on my computer and I tried scribbling in it just now on my Huion Kamvas Pro 16. The pen pressure appears to work perfectly fine and I don’t see any issues with it.

      I hope it lasts you a long time!



  8. After one month of purchase, my pen no longer works… sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. If i try wacom pen, it works but buttons dont work. I tried to uninstall drivers and reinstall, older version driver and another computer.


    1. Hey there,

      If you only bought the tablet 1 month ago, then you should be covered under the 1 year warranty. This means that you should be able to get your pen replaced if it broke under normal usage (and not user misuse).
      You should contact Huion support right away and consult them about the warranty coverage.



  9. Hello, at this point of the year in November 2019, do you recommend this tablet? I am doubting whether to buy the xp-pen 15.6 pro or the Huion Kamvas 16 pro, and from what I see you say that with this huion I will have a better drawing experience … do you still have your opinion? I am currently drawing from artist 12 and star 06 from xp-pen, I am looking for the best tablet to draw now in a range of 300-400 euros (I am from Spain)

    I’m waiting for 11 of 11 to get any of these tablets with the offers and discounts of the single day on AliExpress

    My priorities are:
    – Precision and comfort with the pencil.
    – good colors
    -that does not hurt my eyes after working several hours

    -the one that best draws the lines and generally has a more comfortable or professional experience of both

    I wanted to end up asking how the texture of this tablet feels compared to artist 12? Is it annoying to be more rugged? my artist 12 was quite easy over time and I would not like it to happen again, is the pencil desing and ergonomy worse than artist 12? and the funcionality?

    I also used an artist 16 pro that I took xp-pen almost 2 years ago and I didn’t like how it hurt my eyes so I changed it to the artist 12, I didn’t like that the parallax was very noticeable in artist 16 pro, and that to draw the experience of drawing and pencil was worse than artist 12 …

    when putting the pencil on the screen in artist 16 pro it touched a lot and was stained, something that did not happen with artist 12

    a last question ¿ is noticeable the more time of response in the model of huion respect to xp- pen?
    xp-pen artist 15.6 pro= 14 ms.
    huion kamvas pro 16= 25 ms.

    Thanks for answering my comment in advance 🙂


    1. Hey there,

      I personally like the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 more than the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro because the pen performs a slight bit better on the Huion than on the XP-Pen (I am referring to the small Pen Tapering issue which I mention in my XP-Pen review). I also like how sleek and “modern” the Huion looks.
      However, I think the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro is better than the Huion if you want to use the shortcut buttons on the tablet, because the XP-Pen has more buttons, allowing you to assign more shortcuts for a more versatile workflow (although, with that said, the difference is only 8 buttons+wheel vs 6 buttons+touchbar).

      So for your priorities:
      -Precision and comfort with the pencil.
      I personally felt that the Huion pen was slightly better in terms of pen pressure control, but the precision and comfort were about equal between the two.

      -Good colours
      Both have really good colours, although I suppose that changes depending on whether you’re going to calibrate it or not.
      If you are not going to calibrate the display and are just going to use it as-is, then the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro had more accurate colours out of the box.
      However, if you are going to calibrate the display, then the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has slightly better calibrated results.

      -That does not hurt my eyes after working several hours
      In terms of whether they hurt your eyes after working several hours, I have no idea of knowing. I have never experienced eye pain from looking at a monitor, so I have no way of knowing if either of them will hurt your eyes or not.

      I haven’t had any problems with regards to “rugged” textures with these two tablets. I suggest taking a microfiber cloth, dampening it a bit and wiping the whole screen once before starting to draw on it. I’ve noticed that it sometimes feels better after doing that.
      It also helps to wipe your screen clean with a microfiber cloth after every long drawing session if your palms sweat, since your hands will leave grime on the screen which could distort what you see from the screen.

      Yes, I believe I can notice the difference in response time if I concentrate very hard on noticing it. However, while drawing, neither is so slow that it really affects you. I don’t think the response time is an issue in this case.

      I hope that helps,


  10. thanks for your answer.

    I forgot two doubts and questions. I have the support of xp-pen ac18 and I wonder if I should use it with the Huion
    tablet or if you recommend me buy the one that comes with it.

    I also wanted to mention that Huion launched the Huion Kamvas pro 16 premium in September with improvements such as 150% of srgb(120 % in your pro model) and raise the contrast to 1200 compared to 1000 of the pro model, and includes support. Do you think it is worth the disbursement of more money for this model?

    Its price is approaching in my country at the price of wacom cintiq 16 and I don’t know if it is still worth it or if I should opt for wacom.

    I don’t have a color calibrator and is expensive to me so the most I can do is copy your color settings from your review (will it work on the premium model?)

    I asked Huion and it seems that Black Friday will have discounts, I hope they lower the premium model because I don’t know if it is worth getting so close to the price of wacom cintiq 16

    I leave you THE link of the new model HUION KAMVAS PRO PREMIUM:


    1. Hey again,

      With regards to the tablet stand, the XP-Pen AC18 is the best stand I have used up to this point. None of the other tablet stands that come included with Huion/XP-Pen tablets are as versatile as the XP-Pen AC18 because of how many angles it can be set to.

      Personally, I think that the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Premium is not enough of an improvement over the base Huion Kamvas Pro 16 to allow it to be sold at the same price as the Wacom Cintiq 16. If it’s just improvements to the screen colours and contrast, then I think the base Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is more than enough in those aspects.

      The reason why the Wacom Cintiq 16’s higher price is acceptable is because it is objectively better than Huion when it comes to pen/cursor tracking where it keeps the cursor almost perfectly under the pen nib at all tilt angles and directions, whereas holding the Huion pen at odd angles can sometimes cause the cursor to not stay directly under the pen nib.
      If Huion hasn’t improved the pen calibration on the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Premium compared to the base Huion Kamvas Pro 16, then I don’t think it has enough improvements to be around the same price as the Wacom Cintiq 16. (Of course, this is assuming Huion hasn’t improved the pen calibration. I don’t know if they have for the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Premium because I haven’t tried it myself.)

      Copying my settings will not work (for either version) as I mentioned in my review because every screen is manufactured differently and is almost never made the exact same.
      One of my readers previously tried the same thing as you, but my settings were completely wrong for their screen, so I suggest that you try to manually calibrate your screen with your eyes using Windows Color Calibration, or a site such as instead.

      If there’s a good enough deal on Black Friday, the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Premium will probably be a good choice. However, without a good deal, if it’s the same price as the Wacom Cintiq 16, then the Wacom Cintiq 16 may be a better choice in this case.



  11. hehe this will be my last message because I don’t want to bother anymore:
    – Is the stand ac18 from xp-pen(that i have now) also suitable for the cintiq 16 or is it not possible except to buy an official stand? why cintiq 16 is better than huion if its color range is really smaller and has more parallax by not having a laminated screen?
    From what I have seen in some reviews, only the pencil is really better than its alternatives, so I was surprised that you think that at the same price the natural choice is wacom.

    thanks for the help


    1. Hey again,

      I believe the XP-Pen AC18 should be able to hold the Wacom Cintiq 16 up based on what I can tell of its shape from looking at images of it. If it doesn’t, then you can use the pop-out legs on it until you get a new stand.

      You bring up a good point about how the Wacom Cintiq 16 has more parallax due to not having a laminated screen. I have not tried the Wacom Cintiq 16 myself, so I cannot speak about it with absolute certainly, however, fairly reputable reviews (such as this one by Lisa from MobileTechReviews: say that the parallax on it is very small and is comparable to the bonded glass designs that Huion and XP-Pen have been using. This is why I didn’t really mention the laminated screen as an advantage for the Huion vs the Wacom.

      Also, with regards to the colour range, I consider anything with roughly 100% sRGB as good enough. Most people who look at art online don’t use amazing monitors which have higher than 100% sRGB anyways, so the colours you see on your 100% sRGB or higher monitor are often not seen by the general audience since their own monitors aren’t capable of seeing it.
      If you’re going into printing or photography, then maybe you want a higher colour% to be able to see every last colour detail possible, but generally, I think that 100% sRGB is more than enough for general showcasing. (However, that’s just my opinion as someone who hasn’t done printing or photography.)

      I agree that it’s a bit weird that I naturally consider Wacom to be better without even trying it myself. It’s just that I haven’t heard any major issues with the Wacom Cintiq 16 that would say otherwise.
      I remember the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13/16 came with problems so their prices were ridiculously overpriced, but I haven’t seen any big problems for the Wacom Cintiq 16, so its prices seems quite competitive for what it seems to offer.



  12. Thank you for everything, in the end assessing everything I have decided to go on insurance with wacom.

    in spite of having thicker glass as you say the parallax of wacom cintiq 16 is minimal and from what I see its pencil is the best in the market, and if the pointer on the screen coincides with the tip of the pencil and this gives a superior drawing experience respect xp-pen and huion competitors, I think I can sacrifice a little more color or laminated screen for this, I will save for 29 on black friday and buy wacom 16 with its support.

    currently from my country wacom cintiq 16 + official support can now be purchased for 560 euros, so it is already very good price very close to kamvas pro premium and sure that in the black friday it drops from 500 euros the whole package


  13. Wow your reviews are literally the most comprehensive out there. I just received this tablet and I’m having the same offset issues at the edges and bottom of the screen as of version 14.8.33. Thank you so much for this review.


  14. I’ve been reading reviews all over the place and only just got to this one after buying a Pro 16 and googling for answers for a driver question, and wow…. this is the most thorough review I’ve seen in months.

    Would you recommend using the Beta drivers over the regular ones? Some of the extra options look kind of vital for me but I don’t know if they’re stable.
    Also I’ve seen mentioned around that apparently this tablet has built in forced tilt recognition (?) I do use tilt functionality on certain tools but is it an always-on deal with this model? I guess if the calibration can help mitigate the cursor offset it doesn’t really matter, but I’m still wondering why would they do that.

    Thank you very much for this review, I’ll be sure to pass it around to a few friends interested in jumping into digital art.


    1. Hey there,

      Personally, I have found that the beta drivers are usually very stable and are worth using. If you install it and it works without quitting or causing issues, then there should be no problem using it over the previous “stable” version drivers.
      However, if you notice that it’s not working properly, then you should uninstall it and try the other versions.

      With regards to forced tilt recognition, as far as I know, yes, all tablets with tilt have forced tilt recognition and you can only disable/enable them in the settings of your drawing software/brush settings, not in the tablet drivers themselves.
      If I recall correctly, I haven’t seen any company with a tilt disable option yet, not even Wacom.

      I believe this is because no company has found it worth their time to put a “disable tilt” option in their drivers because any art software which makes use of tilt will have the option to disable tilt for their brushes in their settings. Basically, they have no need to do extra work and make that option because others have already done it for them.

      Thanks for reading. I’m glad you found it helpful!



      1. Hey thanks for the response!
        I ended up doing some testing the last few days and settled on the beta drivers (there’s a new version out by the way, it improved my calibration just a tiny bit but I’ll take it)

        The tilt offset thing still appears to be there though, and I found it more noticeable as a left handed user, it corrects itself if I lift the pen off out of detection range and lower it back, but the cursor will eventally end up about 1 to 2 mm shifted from the tip even in the center of the display if I move my hand fast around the edges.

        Also it does appear that I need to invest in a colorimeter (fingers crossed that my screen isn’t defective), my OSD settings are wildly different and I had to spend hours each day (resting my eyes in between) tinkering with every option available. Managed to get everything looking almost perfect, but I can’t get reds to display correctly, they appear considerably more vibrant than any other color and more on the pink/purple hue.

        It’s still a great looking device, and it performs really well so far, it’s fast and the glass screen is great.
        Hopefully it’ll endure my painting as well as my old Intuos did.


  15. I’m finding your reviews – and Brad’s – extremely helpful in researching screen tablets. I’m currently stuck in deciding between the XP Pen Artist 15.6 Pro and the Huion Kamvas Pro 16, and since there are plenty of deals flying around at the moment because of Black Friday, the price difference on Amazon is down to £10, so it’s virtually a dead heat.

    I’m actually looking to replace my old Wacom CTE-640 (very old, in fact – I got it back in 2005/2006!). How much does pen tilt affect the position of the cursor in relation to the pen on the Huion Kamvas Pro 16? I’m not familiar with pen tilt, and have no idea if I’d use it that much to be honest, and if it doesn’t affect the off-set between the pen and cursor unless you start moving the tilt of the pen all over the place, it probably doesn’t really matter that much.

    How does the parallax compare between the XP Pen Artist 15.6 Pro and the Huion Kamvas Pro 16? Based on what I’ve read, it looks like there’s a slight bit more on the XP Pen. Of course, not having had any real-world experience with these two tablets, I’m probably fixating on and over-thinking tiny differences that will make no difference in the long run. And, from Brad’s reviews, it looks like there’s a bit more line wobble/jitter to XP Pen than Huion, or has this since been fixed from earlier in the year when the latest XP Pen was released (I am aware that there were issues with Huion earlier this year, particularly with the Pro 13, but firmware corrected that)?

    Finally – shortcut buttons. I’ve read that you have to re-set the shortcuts on Huion compared with XP Pen. My question is, can you set up shortcut presets that work for each specific program (so you only have to select the correct preset when switching program), or do you have to re-do shortcuts from scratch every single time you switch program? Or am I getting my wires crossed and this is the XP Pen that has this issue?

    Many thanks.


    1. Hey there,

      Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m glad it’s been helpful.

      With regards to the pen tilt cursor off-set, it’s just as you said. It’s not a very big deal unless you tilt your pen is all directions like some people prefer to do. I personally think it’s a very traditional artist thing to tilt the pen in all directions, and since you’re already used to digital art on a screen-less tablet you probably don’t have a habit of tilting the pen in all directions.

      It felt like the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 had less parallax, however, when comparing the pictures I took of the parallax on both tablets they’re so similar that I really don’t think one or the other is better in that regard. And even if one has slightly better parallax than the other, it’s so slight that it’s not noticeable.

      With regards to line wobble, just like Brad, my tests also showed that the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro had noticeably more line wobble than the Huion Kamvas Pro 16. I have not heard of any significant releases or upgrades for the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro, so I assume it is still the same as it was when I reviewed it.
      On the topic of the Huion Kamvas Pro 13, yes, the line wobble issues were addressed by a firmware update after Huion received lots of complaints about it. I was able to confirm with my unit that the firmware update fixed the issue as well.

      For shortcut buttons, both Huion and XP-Pen have settings in their drivers for application specific profiles (which will switch automatically based on which program you currently have active on your screen).
      For Huion’s application specific profiles, it’s a bit hidden and hard to find because it is in the Settings button (the gear in the top right by the X in the Huion drivers). I’m pretty sure most people wouldn’t ever find that without being told about it.
      For XP-Pen, it’s in the Express Keys options along the top.

      In my opinion, I prefer the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 because of how it looks, and because the cable is L-shaped (therefore doesn’t stick straight out of the tablet and get in the way of things). It also has slight advantages in terms of drawing, such as less line wobble and better pen tilt smoothness. It’s also a fair bit smaller overall than the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro because it has less material around the screen.
      One situation in which I would prefer the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro is if I wanted to draw just using the tablet and its shortcut keys, since the XP-Pen has a few more shortcut keys than the Huion. The XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro is also fairly useful in situations where you don’t have any power outlets available, since it can be powered through USB alone. Used with a keyboard and at home though, I prefer the Huion Kamvas Pro 16.

      I hope that helps,


      1. Thank you for the reply. I do like the look of the XP Pen a bit better, and the extra shortcut buttons are appealing, but the line wobble/jitter is concerning (and I’m still thinking about the parallax, no matter how non-existent the difference is). Still a bit concerned about the effects of pen tilt on the Huion, as I’m only just getting back into drawing so I’m not entirely sure how my handling of the pen would affect accuracy – is the XP Pen any better, or does it suffer in a comparable way when tilting the pen? My only other real concern is calibrating the colours correctly, as I’m not one to tinker about too much with settings.


      2. Hey again,

        With regards to the pen accuracy, I think both are around the same right now and aren’t better than the other. Both has problems when tilt in all directions, with Huion having a slightly better (but still off) cursor.

        With regards to colour accuracy out of the box, I believe the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro was a lot more accurate straight out of the box. If you have no confidence in being able to calibrate your colours, then the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro is better in that regard by being decently calibrated.



  16. Hi again,

    Thank you for the last reply. It’s a tough call because both tablets are so close together. I do think I’m over-thinking it a bit re the pen accuracy, as the off-set/parallax difference is probably in the single digit pixels, and only noticeable if you use both very soon after the other, but other than that, it’s something anyone would adapt to in no time at all. I’ve also been looking at reviews by Teoh Yi Chie, and it doesn’t seem like pen smoothness/jitter and waviness is really that big an issue on the XP Pen as I fear. Something else I picked up was sensitivity, and how Teoh highlighted that, on the Huion, it’s harder to achieve a consistent line quality at lighter pressures.

    Looking to make my decision today or tomorrow, and the discounts on Amazon UK put both at around £300, give or take £20. The decision might be easier if the prices were significantly different…serves me right for looking into this for when the sales were on!


    1. Hey again,

      Yes, just as you’ve surmised, the difference in their pen accuracy is probably unnoticeable.

      With regards to the pen smoothness/jitter, my pen test results certainly show the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 to have better results, but you can clearly tell that it’s not something that massively impacts drawing performance as you don’t see any of that in my actual drawing.

      With regards to sensitivity at lighter pressures, I honestly didn’t feel a difference between the two, so I have no comment on that.

      Haha, I hope you’re able to come to some sort of decision before the sales end.



  17. Based on your review I decided to go for the Huion but went for the Premium version, not sure if that is just a updated version of the Pro, only difference I could see was the claim on Gamut: 150% sRGB.

    I did debate for quite a while and even missed out on the Black Friday sales, I loved your tests, it clearly does show a slight better performance than the XP-Pen. I also looked at the Huion KAMVAS Pro 20 (2019) .

    In the end I opted for the Huion purely on the test and build quality (again from other reviews but mainly yours as your reviews are amazing).
    The XP-Pen has some really great deals direct from their website and AliExpress. For anyone interested in the XP-Pen instead. Go for the Holiday Edition, cheaper and you get ore

    If it helps anyone else these were my negatives:

    XP-Pen Artist15.6 Pro:
    Plastic Build
    Pen Lines and Preassure

    Huion Kamvas Pro 16:
    Cannot find any Replacement Nibs PN05 for PW507. (I managed to grab a spare PW507 + Nibs from Amazon for £24)
    Less Shortcut Keys


  18. Hi,
    Im considering buying either this tablet or the Xppen artist 16 pro. Since you have reviewed both pretty in-depth (thank you!), would you mind telling me which one you think takes the edge?
    Thanks in advance!


    1. Hey there,

      Personally, I think the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is the better choice between the two. It has slightly better drawing performance, more solid build quality with its aluminum alloy back, a sleeker look (subjective), and the cable coming out of the tablet stays out of the way because it’s L-shaped.

      However, the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro does have an advantage in terms of the number of shortcut keys on it, so if you intend to use those, it may be worth taking that into consideration. It’s also worthwhile to note that the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro has a lower price than the Huion Kamvas Pro 16, so that’s another advantage for the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro.

      So overall, the two tablets are very comparable in performance, it’s just that the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has a slight edge in its drawing performance and build quality. So if the number of shortcut keys is important for you, or the higher price of the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 is too much for you, then the XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro is certainly a viable choice.



  19. Hello, Nikage,

    I am so happy to find your website.

    I read bad things about the 3-in-1 cable for the Huion Kamvas Pro 16.

    The cable does not last long. It breaks down quickly.
    Static electricity. Cheap quality.

    It is the only thing stopping me from purchasing it on Amazon.

    Hoping for your thoughts on this. After much research, I want to make a decision.

    All best to you.
    Thank you.



    1. Hey there,

      Thanks for checking out my site. I’m glad you like it.

      With regards to the 3-in-1 cable, I used the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 regularly for around 3 months and had no problems with the cable. It looks exactly like it did when I first got it, but perhaps that’s because I didn’t take it out with me too often and mostly only used it at my desk at home.

      If you see many people complaining about the cable breaking on them, then there’s the possibility that it’s true and the cable might be made poorly. However, if you only saw a few people (something like only 3-4 people), then I doubt it’s a widespread problem and it’s either: 1) they got a defective cable, or 2) they use it at a bad angle which causes it to break quickly.
      To me personally, the cable doesn’t seem like it’d break that easily, but perhaps it’s weak to being put in/pulled out daily? All I can do is suggest that you look at the reviews again and see how many people have the same issue and make your decision off of that.



  20. Hi
    I’m considering purchasing this tablet.
    However, in my country there is no official Huion marketer/retailer, so I will be ordering it from their official website.
    My concern is that if I encouter any problem in the future – I won’t be able to easily use my warranty as I will have to pay the expensive shipping costs, which makes it not worth it.
    My only alternative in my country is Wacom One, which I know is a downgrade from this one.
    Do you think I shouldn’t worry too much about using the warranty?
    Thank you


    1. Hey there,

      Personally, I think that being able to use your warranty (without extra fees) is important. This is because it is possible to unluckily get a defective product (it can happen with any company).

      I recommend contacting Huion support directly about your concerns. Ask them about their warranty and see if they will cover shipping fees for warranty returns.
      If they say they will pay the shipping fees, then you can go ahead and buy from their site. If they say they won’t pay the shipping fees, then it may be safer to get the Wacom One since shipping fees are quite expensive as you said.



  21. Hello, thank you so much for doing this detailed review! I’m still on the fence on choosing this tablet vs the new Wacom One, but your review has definitely confirmed a lot of my thoughts.

    That being said, I’m very slightly concerned about the cursor offset. Although I do understand that you had no problem with it (the part on the 1/5th bottom of your screen) because you weren’t affected at all while drawing, I have 2 more questions on it:

    1) Is the pen nib springy/spongy? As in, it pushes in/retracts when you draw while pressing down the pen
    2) Does disabling pen tilt mitigate the cursor offset problem? I’ve never owned a screen tablet before so I don’t know how tedious it is to calibrate a pen. That being said, I really am not fond of the idea of re-calibrating the pen every 10 minutes or so… just seems too tedious and delays work flow :<

    Thank you in advance for your answer!


    1. Hey there,

      Thanks for checking out my review. I’m glad it’s useful.
      Take your time and consider your options since from what I know, neither are “wrong” choices.

      With regards to the cursor offset issue on my Huion Kamvas Pro 16, it is very possible that it is an issue with my model specifically and it is fixed on the newer batches which have been released because I have not seen any other review mention it.

      For question 1) Yes, the nib is springy. It is much springier compared to a Wacom pen. Personally, I prefer the springy pen nibs since it feels like I can control my line thickness more precisely, but it’s very subjective.

      For question 2) There are no options for disabling pen tilt on any of the tablets I have tried so far (Wacom, Huion, XP-Pen, etc).
      With Wacom’s tablets, they have pen calibration pretty figured out thanks to their years of experience making tablets, so the cursor stays almost perfectly under the pen nib no matter what angle/direction you tilt the pen. This means that you should have no reason to try and disable pen tilt on their tablets.
      With Huion’s tablets, their pen calibration doesn’t account for pen tilt/direction as well as Wacom’s, but they’ve started including it. The cursor will be directly under the pen nib when holding the pen how you “normally” would, but then it’ll stray a bit away if you start tilting the pen in different directions.
      I haven’t had problems with this, but your mileage may vary depending on how you draw.

      Also, pen calibration is a thing which is done once (spending like 10-30 minutes trying to get a “perfect” setting for yourself), and it does not need to be done again, so there should be no situation where you will be re-calibrating the pen every 10 minutes on any tablet.

      I hope that helps,


      1. Thank you for the informative reply! I’m more or less set to get a Kamvas Pro 16 after watching more reviews on YT. The reviews on my local online platform for Huion tablets (there’s 60+ of em) are all really good too, no one there mentioned about this model breaking/is defective yet (surprisingly). Several did complain on the pen calibration but it wasn’t severe to the point it hugely disrupted work flow based on their experience (which is good!).

        That being said, I saw a new beta driver came out on the 6th of June this year for this model on Huion’s site, what are the chances that you’ve installed and used it? Is it possible to share your experience with it? Or do you know what exactly the new driver fixed?

        Thank you once again in advance if you reply!


      2. Hey again,

        As far as I can tell, the new June 6th, 2020 drivers on Huion’s site were released to include support for the new Huion Kamvas Pro 24. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to change anything that I can notice with regards to the Huion Kamvas Pro 16.



  22. Thanks so much for these incredibly in depth reviews! ❤ I've been looking to buy a tablet as a gift and it was so difficult to figure out what to get as someone who doesn't draw, this saved me a lot of headaches.
    Do you have a donation button or something? I wasn't able to use the links/codes in the post, and wanted to support the reviews as thanks.


  23. So I have this tablet and I have two qualms with it.

    One, when I set it to 180, it makes the cursor go to the opposite side of the screen from wherever I put the pen down.

    Two, if I calibrate the pen after changing the rotation, it doesn’t work at all. The pen doesn’t do anything or move the cursor, so I have to do the calibration first, but then I keep it on 0 degrees anyways because of my previous statement.

    Any advice on this?


    1. Hey there,

      The first point you mentioned is how the 180 function in the Huion driver is supposed to work.
      180 means 180 degree rotation of pen inputs, so by theory, it will make the cursor show up on the opposite side of the screen from where you put your pen. To use left-handed mode, you are also required to rotate the screen 180 degrees in Windows settings. On Windows 10, this is done by right-clicking the desktop, clicking ‘Display settings’, and changing the ‘Display orientation’ section from ‘Landscape’ to ‘Landscape (flipped)’. By doing this, you should be able to use the tablet in left-handed mode with the shortcut keys on the right instead of the left.

      As for the second point, I believe the calibration did not work simply because the display orientation was not setup properly from the previous point.
      However, if you were talking about how the cursor does not move during the calibration process, that is completely normal behaviour and you should ignore the cursor and continue the calibration process by tapping the red dots with your pen. The cursor does not follow the pen during calibration because the cursor may get in the way of the user accurately pressing the red dots. The cursor will not move, but the points where the pen is tapped during calibration are still recorded to calculate the calibration offsets.

      I apologize if that is not the problem you were describing, but that was the best guess I could make from your description.
      If what I described was not the issue you were facing, then you may want to contact Huion support directly for more technical and in-depth support.



  24. Hello Nikage (:
    Thank you for all your reviews, they have been really helpful ❤

    I have a question, is a good idea to buy a screen protector for this pen tablet, or is not needed at all?


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