GT-220 V2 tablet mon­i­tor

Draw­ing level Huion’s lat­est tablet comes at a mod­est price com­pared to its well-es­tab­lished com­peti­tors, but does it of­fer more for your money?

ImagineFX - - Reviews - Price £610 Com­pany Huion Web

The V2 is Huion’s lat­est ver­sion of its GT-220 pen dis­play, with the main new ad­di­tion be­ing over 8,000 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity from its new pen, which has a soft touch rub­ber coat­ing but re­mains a recharge­able one. A full charge takes just an hour and reg­u­lar daily use will see a charge last­ing three weeks, so there are no wor­ries about down­time.

The pen is the main in­ter­face be­tween the user and the tablet, so how the tool feels in the hand is crit­i­cal to the ex­pe­ri­ence. Huion de­liv­ers with a light­weight yet sturdy sty­lus, the nibs of which are hard, but not to the point of los­ing good feed­back lev­els. There are two pro­gram­mable side but­tons, although you might want to de­fine one of th­ese as an eraser, be­cause the USB charg­ing port is housed where other man­u­fac­tur­ers put a ded­i­cated eraser nib.

Although sty­lus feel is im­por­tant, the screen it­self will play the largest part in the cre­ative process, and it’s here where the GT re­ally ex­cels. Other man­u­fac­tur­ers use a matte coat­ing to en­hance the feel and pre­vent any palm fric­tion, but Huion has opted for a high-gloss fin­ish, which helps de­liver ex­cel­lent clar­ity, sat­u­ra­tion and con­trast at full HD res­o­lu­tion and is a plea­sure to look at for ex­tended pe­ri­ods. Video sig­nal can be sup­plied The Huion GT-220 has a pleas­ingly clean de­sign that’s rem­i­nis­cent of other big-name tech­nol­ogy brands. via HDMI or DVI ca­bles, and the GT even boasts worka­day speak­ers.

Where the lower price is more ob­vi­ous with the GT is the screen menus, which are more on a par with a stan­dard mon­i­tor of a few years ago than that of a mod­ern de­signer’s tool. This in no way holds back the tablet in use, and ad­just­ing con­trast, bright­ness and so on is still achiev­able, of course.

Re­turn­ing to the de­ci­sion to avoid a matte fin­ish on the screen, this could lead to sticky hands that smudge their way across the sur­face. Huion’s so­lu­tion is to sup­ply a glove that cov­ers the palm and lit­tle fin­ger, which

will work won­ders on many de­vices. We found it coun­ters any sur­face is­sues per­fectly.

A slim sil­ver bezel sur­rounds the screen, with menu but­tons at the bot­tom right. The tilt­ing ad­just­ments is a one-hand op­er­a­tion, with slip­page stopped by a thick rub­ber base. Heavy pres­sure on ei­ther up­per cor­ner can lead to a lit­tle move­ment, but not enough to ham­per pro­duc­tiv­ity. The main down­side to the GT-220 is a lack of short­cut but­tons on the de­vice, but at this price it’s a small sac­ri­fice.

The qual­ity on show here is very good, as is value for money. You might get a bet­ter all-round ex­pe­ri­ence with Wa­com’s Cin­tiq 22HD, for ex­am­ple, but that costs well over £1,500. Huion’s screen tablet de­vice has ex­cel­lent dis­play qual­i­ties, ac­cu­racy and a pleas­ing, sta­ble feel from a sty­lus that, although not the best, is very use­able and feels well bal­anced.

Huion’s screen has a high-gloss fin­ish, which helps de­liver ex­cel­lent clar­ity, sat­u­ra­tion and con­trast at full HD

The sup­plied sty­lus is a de­cent weight and bal­ance in the hand. It has a soft feel with­out be­ing too rub­bery.

The bot­tom edge of the dis­play has a thick, rub­ber strip that serves as a cush­ion and keeps the de­vice in place as you lean on it. The dis­play con­trol but­tons are easy to ac­cess and, although tra­di­tional rather than mod­ern-day slick, work well enough. The kick stand can be set from al­most flat to near ver­ti­cal and can be ad­justed with one hand. In­put op­tions range from VGA and DVi , to HDMI, along­side the USB con­nec­tion, as well as built-in speak­ers.

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