GT-220 tablet monitor
double dipp er It’s a widescreen monitor. It’s a tablet device. And it’s cheaper than the equivalent Cintiq. We find out if it’s suitable for artists
It’s a widescreen monitor. It’s a tablet device. And it’s cheaper than a Cintiq. But is it good for artists?
Huion’s latest product is a 21.5-inch widescreen monitor that, with the help of 5,000lpi (lines per inch) digitiser technology, turns its surface into a tablet you can draw and paint on using its 2,048 pressure-level stylus.
The colour temperature on the display runs on the slightly cool side, but brightness levels are good and viewing angles solid. A small speck of debris was trapped under the glass of the review unit. This defect didn’t stop us from drawing on the GT-220, but marred an otherwise high build quality.
The rechargeable stylus is light in hand with a solid feel, but the lack of a dedicated eraser could prove a hindrance for some. The two side buttons can have mouse-click actions assigned to them. The battery lasted a week and a USB power cable recharges the stylus.
The USB and display connections are located at the bottom-front of the monitor, near desk level. This is an odd choice because you may crimp the cables with the adjustable stand.
The drivers make possible cursor calibration, hot-key reassignment and pressure level adjustment in Windows. Application-specific settings and finetuning of the pressure curve aren’t offered. OS X comes out worse: there’s no cursor calibration and fewer actions are assignable to the stylus buttons.
Drawing feels good in Windows. More jitter manifests during slow strokes than in Wacom’s products, but fast, confident strokes render well. In applications with stroke smoothing support, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference with a mark made on a more expensive digitiser display. Sadly, in OS X, drawing feels loose. The lack of a cursor calibration option makes for inaccurate strokes, while the pressure curve blows out to maximum quickly.
The GT-220 sells at a mid-tier price point that’s cheaper than Wacom’s Cintiq 13HD and Yiynova’s MVP22U. If you’re after a large display to draw on cheaply, it’s well made and performs adequately in Windows. A purchase is harder to justify to Mac users, where the unit’s pressure performance is subpar and drivers less robust.
The fit and finish is
comparable to Wacom’s Cintiq.