Huion GT190 Review – Budget Replacement for Cintiq
Are you looking for a Cintiq digital drawing pad review? You may have just gotten lucky, because Cintiq is no longer the only option on the market. The Huion GT190 is a budget alternative to the medium Cintiq, it’s a tablet that lets you draw directly on the surface and can also be used as a third monitor. Read on to find out the nitty-gritty details about this intuitive tablet.
The Huion GT190 looks a lot like the Wacom Cintiq. It has a 19″ screen, which is not offered by Wacom, who only offers a 13″ and 22″ size with no other sizes in between. It’s also extremely light for it’s size. Wacom’s Cintiq 13″ weighs in at around 8 lbs, while Turcom’s TS-7190 weighs a little under 10 lbs. Buyer be warned: the Turcom TS-7190 is basically a copy of the Huion GT190. This isn’t the first time either, Turcom has been known to blatantly steal designs from Huion. In some of their product ads and store listings, their employees sometimes even mistype the item name and name it the same thing as Huion does.
The GT190 has all the standard features of a direct draw-on-the-screen type tablet: video hookups (DVI, VGA, USB), adjustable leg/stand, position lock button/lever, and tilt adjustability. The design is quite nice and professional, with a two-tone black and silver color typical of electronics. It has a big vent area on the back top side for cooling and the stand is almost as wide as the screen for increased stability.
It comes in a regular cardboard carrying box with a handle. Not as cool as some of their mid-range tablet boxes, which have a minimalist, all-white, Apple vibe with sharp graphics. Basically the box for this product looks like a cardboard carton you’d get your flatscreen TV in.
The Huion GT190 is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10; Mac OS 10.8 and Mac OS 10.10. or higher. It works with many softwares like CorelDraw, Corel Painter, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Macromedia Flash, Manga Studio, Stratos3D Max, AutoDesk Maya and ZBrush. However, you should beware because the Huion company did not test out all these softwares properly. Your tablet may work with some versions of the software and not others.
As of now, there is no complete list with the versions that it is compatible or incompatible with. However, Huion has really good customer service and you can always drop them a line with questions and suggestions. (Yes, I tested this out, they responded to my message in a couple days. Customer service was very polite and professional).
Find the latest driver for the GT190 HERE.
Controls and Functionality
Alright, time to see if this baby really matches up to a Wacom Cintiq. I tested out this by breaking out my VGA cable and connecting it to my screen. Note: you need a computer with multi-screen capability to use this tablet. In my case, I ended up with three screens.
The first thing I noticed was the lack of hotkey buttons. The Cintiq comes with 4 hotkeys, and 1 scrollwheel. The GT190 doesn’t, so you’re going to need to remember those keyboard combos for this one. Drawing on the screen was a pretty standard experience, and that’s a good thing! I didn’t really notice any glaring errors or extreme differences in quality. The manufacturer claims 16.7 million colors. The human eye can see about 10 million colors, so I’m not even sure how to tell the difference between the extra 6.7 million, but I can say that the color quality was brilliant from the right angles. From some other angles… the colors start to get more saturated than usual, which can really throw off the accuracy of your work. If you don’t mind adjusting your tablet “just so” every time you want to paint, it’s not really a big deal. Other issues are with changing the brightness setting, which may only darken the colors instead of dimming the backlight like it’s supposed to.
The only thing that detracted from the colors was the glossy surface of the tablet. The bundle comes with a glove that covers the bottom part of your hand so you don’t leave oils on the screen, but even with that, I found it was easy to dirty the drawing surface with my hand. I’m kind of biased though, I really prefer a tablet without a screen for this reason, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
The tablet adjusts vertically and horizontally. Horizontally the viewing angle is pretty good at 170 degrees compared to Cintiq’s 178 degrees. I doubt you’ll even notice the difference. However, if you’re not sitting head on to it vertically (eyes perpendicular to the screen surface), you definitely notice some distortion. If you lean in really close you can see a bit of distortion between where the stylus touches the screen and where it actually thinks you’re drawing too. Depending on your setup, here’s something you might want to think about. The cables come out of the bottom of this unit, which sort of blocks it from tilting all the way to it’s max angle. There are some other tablets that don’t do this, the Cintiq and Yiynova MSP19U+ are two examples that have cables coming out from the side instead of the bottom.
Quality control seems pretty good, I got a good, functional unit and was drawing right out of the box with it. During my research I came across some people complaining about dust trapped under their screen right out of the box. If you get one of these and you aren’t in a hurry, just return it for a replacement.
The pen came with a pen holder, which is standard practice for many tablet manufacturers. The pen holder opens up and doubles as a nib keeper with 8 slots for spare nibs. The stylus is rechargeable and comes with it’s own power cord. For comparison, the Cintiq’s pen comes in a fancy box instead of the circular pen holder. The Cintiq pen kit includes several different types of replacement nibs, while the Huion kit only includes one kind of spare nibs. The Cintiq kit also comes with a color ring to mark your pen so that you know which is which (either for telling the difference between what nibs are installed, or for personal preference).
What’s in the Bundle?
Comes with the tablet monitor, pen, power adapter and cable, USB cable, VGA cable, pen holder, 8 extra stylus tips (all the same kind), and an artist glove that covers the bottom half of your hand. No drawing softwares bundled with it.
- serious artists
- realistic painting
- anyone who wants the most intuitive experience
- people who want a real painting tablet on a budget
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This is a great tablet for those who want to step up their game and paint seriously. I’ll be honest, it’s not a “professional’s” tablet. Most professionals shell out the big bucks to get the Cintiq, but this is a damn good replacement for the hobbyist painter who is experience level is Upper-mid or above. I don’t really like these direct-draw tablets as much as the simpler ones without the screen, but this one really won me over. It’s got 90% of the Cintiq’s functions at about a quarter of the price. If you don’t mind putting up with it’s few minor flaws, it’s a solid tablet that will serve you well.