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?
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.