Huion H610 Review – A Solid Mid-Range Drawing Pad
|Drawing Area:||10 in x 6.25 in|
|Price Range:||Under $100|
|Recommended for Experience Level:||Beginner - Lower Mid|
|Features:||wired tablet, AAA battery powered stylus, 2048 levels of sensitivity, 2.8 lbs weight, 8 hotkey buttons and 16 soft expresskeys, compatible with many drawing softwares|
Looking for an honest review of the Huion H610? It’s hard to find graphic tablet reviews out there for new brands. Most of the reviews are for Wacom tablets, which are high quality but may not be for everyone. The Huion H610 might be the best drawing tablet for you if you’re on a budget and don’t mind sacrificing a bit of quality to get a cheaper drawing tablet.
On the outside, the Huion H610 looks almost like the Wacom Intuos Pro (used to be Intuos 4/ Intuos 5). At first I thought it was incredibly similar to the Turcom TS-6610, but then I found out these two tablets are exactly the same. Don’t be fooled though, one of them is definitely better than the other. Whereas Turcom basically stole the boards from the H610 and slapped their own logo on it (and is known for cutting corners), Huion is known for creating their own brand as a budget product in response to Wacom’s super expensive tablets.
The box for this particular model is kinda shoddy compared to other tablets. It doesn’t make a good impression, but the contents of the box are what matters. In my opinion, Turcom actually does a much better job of making their product boxes. I have seen some incredibly nice product boxes come out of Huion for their more expensive models lately, perhaps the difference is which market they’re aiming at.
Here’s a shot of the front and back of the box, the back is pretty cool, but the front is… meh.
The Huion H610 is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10; Mac OS 10.8 and Mac OS 10.10. or higher.
The Huion works with most graphics software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, Autodesk Sketchbook, Manga Studio, Clip Studio, Zbrush. A word of warning though, some of these units have defects, so that the pen settings don’t really register inside the software. I’m primarily a photoshop user, and I’ve seen it happen with the pressure sensitivity options for size jitter, transfer, etc.
As with other electronics, forget about the driver CD and get it straight off the website HERE, under the download tab.
Controls and Functionality
This tablet resembles the Intuos Pro (used to be Intuos4/5) the most. Makes sense, since it was probably intended as a challenge to their mid-range line. The drawing area on this is 10 in x 6.25 in, which is very, very good at the same price point as a Wacom bamboo, which only has a 5.8 in x 3.6 in drawing area. This size active area is good for monitors around 15″-17″. I have the same criticism for this tablet as I had for the Turcom TS-6610: not enough inactive area to put your hand on! I have small hands but the edge of my palm kept sliding off the edge of the tablet, and I don’t want to spend hours drawing with my hand off the tablet like it was a whiteboard. Chances are most of you have bigger hands than me, so this is something to consider. It has 2048 levels of sensitivity and I have not noticed any difference between the sensitivity of this and my Wacom. The tablet is wired and hooked up to your computer by a USB-mini connector (the little USB shown in the photo).
Since it’s a mid-range tablet aimed at those who draw digitally, it has a pretty good variety of hotkeys. 8 of them: undo, change brush size, pan, zoom and erase. The middle two that are set in a yin-yang pattern are for zooming. I’m not a fan of buttons for zoom because it makes photoshop either zoom in really fast or out all the way with no control for in between. It does kind of work better when your canvas area is really big though, like in the thousands of pixels. Still not the same feeling of control as a scroll-wheel. I zoom in and out very quickly to check my composition and rough values, so it was a big hassle taking my hands off the tablet to reach for the keyboard hotkeys. This is probably the #1 thing I dislike the most about this tablet. If they had just changed it out for a scroll-wheel or sliding control strip, something with incremental zoom, it would have been perfect.
There are 16 soft expresskeys on the top of the tablet, which can be programmed with any combination of keys, alphanumeric and special characters. That means you can key in any hotkey in your software plus any special combos for your custom macros. These softkeys can be turned off, but as my stylus never goes all the way to the end of the drawing area, I just use them and keep them on. The calibration of these keys and pen sensitivity is actually better that Wacom. I hated how I could mess with the Wacom sensitivity all day and it would be too sensitive or too non-responsive. I always ended up putting it as not so responsive and then pressing so hard on my tablet surface that I ended up with scratches. In that regard, this tablet driver is pretty good. It’s not flashy, and doesn’t have polished graphics like Wacom’s driver utility, but it gets the job done.
The pen itself is the same as other tablet brands, it has a nib that has a bit of play up and down that controls your ability to make thick or thin lines, two button on the pen grip that is keyed to left click and right click in default. The pen is powered by a AAA battery. I haven’t used it too much to see battery life personally, but some of your fellow Graphic Tablet Guru readers sent comments and said that the battery in their pen lasted a long time before it needed to be replaced.
The pen can be rested in the pen holder, a cylindrical plastic device that only lets your pen stay in it one way (horizontally). The later Huion tablets have pen rests that let your pen rest horizontally in two different directions. The Wacom ones have a hole in the center so you can stand your pen vertically, but this one doesn’t have that option. It’s made pretty well, with good quality control, when you screw it closed, there’s a satisfying “closed” feeling which means they did the plastic molding right. If it was wrong, you’d notice the El-Cheapo quality, either too tight and screw threads all messed up or too loose and no thread engagement. The holder itself is lighter than the Wacom one and doesn’t have a rubber grip at the bottom. The reason for the higher weight in the Wacom one is that the bottom half of the Wacom pen holder is basically just a hollow shell filled with a weight. Keeps it from tipping over and makes the customers think it’s a more premium item.
What’s in the Bundle?
The Huion H610 comes only with the tablet, stylus, USB cord, stylus holder, 4 extra pen nibs and 1 nib changing ring. It also does
not have wireless capacity and cannot be upgraded to a wireless tablet. It has no softwares bundled with it.
- young adult artist
- your first drawing tablet
- anime drawing
- photo editing
- entry level realism painting
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Not a perfect tablet by far, but probably the best you’re going to get for this price. Great performance that rivals the Wacom Bamboo (entry level wacom), but has a lowered grade because of it’s various quirks like spotty compatibility with software and the choice of hotkey configuration. This used to be an A- but I came back and changed the grade because Huion has since come out with a much better tablet for the same price: the Huion 1060Plus.