Is the Huion H950P WORTH IT?

Let me start off this article by writing that
I HAVE NOT BEEN SPONSORED BY HUION.

There, now that that’s out of the way. I bought my Huion H950P about two or three months ago and so far I’m pretty happy with it! I’m guessing that you already have an idea where this is headed.

Huion H950P - is it worth it?

So here’s the short answer – yes, yes it is totally worth it! Now if you want to learn why I believe that, keep on reading and I’ll see you at the end!

I’ve had my fair share of tablets for quite a while, most of them by Wacom. I’ve used the Wacom Intuos 3 Large (my first tablet), Intuos 4 Medium, Intuos 5 Large, Intuos Draw (CTL6100), Intuos 3D, iPad 2016 Pro and as of a few months ago the Huion H950P.

The comparison

In another post I’ve made about the Huion H950P tilt, I added a comparison chart between the Inspiroy and entry-level Wacom’s Intuos Draw (CTL-6100). In case you haven’t seen article, here’s the chart again:


Wacom Intuos CTL6100 M

Huion H950P
Size 264 x 200 x 8.8 mm
/ 10.4 x 7.8 x 0.35 in
322 x 192 x 5 mm
/ 12.6 x 7.5 x 0.19 in
Pen technology
Battery-Free Battery-Free
Pen Pressure 4096 8192
Resolution 2540 LPI 5080 LPI
Report rate133 PPS 233 PPS
Active area 216.0 x 135.0 mm
/ 8.5 x 5.3 in
221 x 138mm
/ 8.7 x 5.4in
Express Buttons 48
TiltNopeYes
Price
(currently 20/Oct/2018)
$169.95 $79.99 (without the $40 prepaid customs tax)
Supported OS Windows, Mac and Linux
Windows, Mac and Linux (sort of I guess)

* The specs were taken from the official Intuos CTL6100 and H950P websites.

You can clearly see (unless my formatting is way off) that the specs of the H950P in most areas are double what the Intuos Draw has to offer.

So given that the Huion H950P has a lot more to offer, why aren’t Huion getting more popularity?

I am pretty sure that it’s because they’re fairly new, don’t advertise that much and (as petty as it may sound) because they’re a Chinese brand.
Huion has been founded in the year 2000. In 2010, Huion’s domestic sales division was built, Huion entered China’s market.
Wacom on the other hand have been around since 1983, so they’ve had 35 years (as of current year) to establish themselves on the market. During those years they’ve managed to get on top of the food chain and become the standard for graphic tablets.

I believe that even though a company is considered a standard for something, if they slack off and just milk their clients, they will be outran by a competitor.


“Quality is the best business plan.”

John Lasseter

Impressions after using the Huion H950P.

As mentioned, I’ve been using the tablet for about two months now whenever I’m not at home.
Got a mini heart-attack when I first set it up and the tilt wasn’t working (as it was the primary reason to why I got it), but it turned out that I just needed to install some additional firmware update to the already installed drivers in order to get that working.
The transition from Wacom tablets to the Huion was pretty fast and smooth. The feel of the tablet and stylus are pretty natural and I easily got used to them. Drawing line-art with it feels buttery smooth. So much so that I thought that the tablet has some sort of a built-in stabilizer.

The Stylus

Huion Stylus

The pen is on the lighter side, it’s not as light as the Wacom Intuos Draw (CTL6100) but it’s lighter than the ones in the Intuos 3, 4 and 5.
The only thing that I don’t really enjoy on the Huion stylus is the tactile feel of the nib. I like drawing with the nibs staying static, but this one pushes back into the pen. Kinda reminds me of drawing with a ballpoint pen. It’s not really a big deal though, nothing to cry over.
The shape of the nibs kinda resembles a rocket launcher’s rockets. They have something like a big head and get thinner on the back. This means that if you’ve owned a Wacom tablet, you would not be able to use the nibs.
The stylus’ holder has kind of a cheaper feeling plastic but nobody really cares about those, so it doesn’t really matter.
You can unscrew the stand and get access to 8 extra nibs. Also on the bottom of the holder there’s a hole, which is intended for you to use in order to remove the stylus’ nibs.

The graphic tablet

The active area of the tablet is 221 x 138mm (8.7 x 5.4in), which is pretty okay for my taste. sort of reminds me of the Wacom Intuos 4 Medium. 
The surface of the active area feels (to me at least) somewhere between a paper texture and a slick/smooth surface. If I had to choose just one it’s definitely more on the smooth side.
The tablet has a bit of a weight (1KG according to Huion’s site), which gives it a more premium feel.

Express buttons

Express buttons

Well there are 8 plastic Express buttons, unlike the ones found on the Wacom Intuos 5. No touch strip or ring but you have a switch to turn off the Express keys if you want (lol)!
I’m guessing Huion decided that most of their clients will have the tablet below their keyboard and if they’re right-handed, their left hand could accidentally hit the Express keys (?). Perhaps it could be an attempt for a feature nobody asked for (?). No matter their reasoning behind it, it’s here and it’s here to stay (unless of course you buy another tablet).

That’s the Express Keys lock

Software

Huion Software

I’m currently using the software on my Windows 10 laptop and so far it’s pretty stable. In the two months I’ve used the tablet I’ve received one or two updates, which is pretty nice.
I have my Lenovo Y720-15IKB (1920×1080) hooked up to a second monitor, a Dell (1920×1200) and I’m plugging in the tablet into the monitor’s USB. The mapping of the tablet is pretty good, however there’s a small glitch which I’m not quite sure where it comes from. When I’m using my favorite shortcut in Photoshop – CTRL + RIGHT BUTTON + DRAG to increase the brush size, the preview of the Brush size shows way off the screen. Sometimes it’s on the laptop’s monitor if I’m near the middle of my external monitor. That’s quite unfortunate for me but either way I’m not using Photoshop to paint with that often anyway. If it’s a Huion driver bug, I do hope they fix it soon.
By the way if you’d like to learn more about that shortcut and additional ones that Adobe Photoshop has to offer, check out my article on the matter.

Who is this tablet for? Would it be right for you? I think so, whoever you are!

The low cost of the tablet puts it in just about everyone’s budget and its hardware specs will satisfy even the professionals.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, I’m pretty happy with the tablet and I plan on using it until I create a hole on the surface. Or at least until someone gives me a display tablet for free.

Beginners

Alright, so if you’re not one of those people who feel the need to have a Wacom tablet just for the sake of fanboyism, then there’s really no reason not to pick Huion H950P as your first tablet.
The Huion H950P is a good tablet which will help you get from point A to point B and that’s all you need from the hardware. Drawing or painting a great picture is up to you, the way you tell a story and the technique you use to do that. The most important thing for the hardware and software is to not get in your way.

Professionals

From what I’ve experienced, there are no hick-ups that could disrupt your regular workflow. Everything you’ve learned over the years, you will be able to apply with this tablet. If you’re in the market and looking to buy a new tablet, you might want to try this one out, because it’s cheap and it’s good.
In terms of support, Huion’s team seem to be eager to jump in and help out (especially if you’re contacting them about not having tilt).

Summary

Alright, this is the end of the article, if you’ve read the whole thing – I salute you!
So based on my experience I can say that the Huion H950P is very much worth it. I’ve used it for 8 hour drawing sessions and had no complaints.

Like I said above – the hardware’s job is to get you from point A to point B and not get in your way! The story and technique is up to you.
(I think that’s a pretty good quote!)

Hope that this article helps out someone somewhere, keep on painting and keep on creating!

Cheers!

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