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Huion H1060 Pro+ Tablet - Unboxing & first impressions

Huion 1060 Pro + tablet review

imageI recently had the good fortune of being sent a brand spanking new Huion 1060 Pro+ tablet to review.

It arrived super-fast from Huion’s HQ in Hong Kong. So fast in fact I wasn’t ready for it and had to chase the delivery guy down the road in my pyjamas!

‘Who wears pyjamas?’ I hear you cry, well they weren’t actual jim-jams in the traditional sense, it was my jogging bottoms and hoody, or as I lovingly like to refer to them as – my ‘skanks’.

Anyway, enough about my bedroom attire and on to what has turned out to be a really really great tool for digital drawing – the 1060 Pro+.

I’ve had a few lap tablets over the years, from a tiny UC Logic thing, a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, and a Wacom Intuos that I use occasionally at work, and right from the get-go I can happily say that without a shadow of a doubt this Huion tablet beats all of them hands down.

In all honesty there’s not much else to say, and I could quite easily end my review here and just tell you that for the very modest price of $86.99 (somewhere in the region of just over £50) you can get yourself an absolutely superb medium sized tablet that does everything you’d want and expect of such a device – only better than its over-priced competitors.

But I know you guys kind of enjoy my ramblings, so I’m happy to carry on waxing lyrical about this lovely little (medium actually) black slate of wonderment!

So what is the tablet capable of I hear you ask? Well, to start with it has 2048 levels of pressure which is what you’d expect from anything half decent these days – by comparison, the Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch (which from what I can tell is what became of the Bamboo range, which itself is now not even a range of drawing tablets at all, just pads) only has 1024 pressure levels. Also, that particular range of tablets are made of really cheap horrible plastic and the pen is awful.

However, for those fans of eraser tips on the other end of your pen, you might want to sacrifice build quality for your hard earned cash and buy one of these Intuos tablets that look like a childs toy.

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Anyone with any sense however will shop smart and buy the Huion 1060Pro+.

Compared to the Wacom Intuous medium tablet that I use at work - one of the supposedly “higher end” models (and when I say higher end, in reality, I’m talking about the higher end of the money spectrum at somewhere around £400-£500!) the Huion 1060 Pro+ is not only as rugged in build (no cheap plastic here) but it’s also a heck of a lot lighter, thinner, and well… better.

The matt slightly rough textured drawing surface (10 x 6.25 inches) is the perfect size for a tablet in my opinion, and if you want to, you can change the active area size in the settings. I’m still not sure why anybody would want to do this, but each to their own, and I’m sure it’s handy for some.

The pen is exactly the same pen I got with my Monoprice 19” Interactive Display, save for it being Huion branded (nice touch!) and the nib being slightly more pointed - which I like very much, and I assume is probably because the nibs on this will run down a lot faster than the on the pen I use on my drawing screen due to the textured surface of the tablet and a little thing called friction. These pens are really light. Possibly a little too light due to the lack of internal battery, but again, it’s not something that bothers me personally – it’s one less thing to knacker my hand out! The pen is slightly rubbery in feel, and has the usual assignable barrel buttons where you’d expect them to be.

The tablet comes with a pen holder which contains spare nibs and the nib removing tool, the USB lead to plug it in (I believe you can go wireless if you buy an adaptor) and the USB pen charging lead.

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So how does it feel to draw with? Lush. I haven’t used that word for years!

It took me a while to readjust my hand/eye coordination and the way I draw, having to get used to finding an optimum (and comfy) drawing position again, but after a few minutes of fidgeting and drawing really bad things, I find it really really (did I mention really?) nice to draw with. So far I’ve mainly tested the tablet in Manga Studio, but immediately I noticed my lines were more precise and crisper than what I was getting out of my Monoprice Interactive Screen. That was a surprise, and somewhat annoying at the same time! Have I just wasted nearly £400 on that thing, when I could have simply boshed out fifty quid and got this awesome little beast? Well yes actually, it appears that that might be the case to a certain extent.

Anyway, I won’t dwell on that too much right now because I have more praises to sing.

So as I said, drawing with the tablet is quite frankly an amazing experience. It feels almost too easy. It has a 233 RPS report rate (something that even the lower end Wacoms don’t have) and so far has had no response issues. Even the distance between the tablet and the height at which the pen is responsive feels perfect – some tablets I’ve had in the past require the pen to be really close to the tab surface before it responds, or like my Monoprice screen it still picks it up up too high off the screen which often causes my cursor to wig out or drop blobs of ink where I don’t want them when I rest my hand.  I barely fiddled with the tablets pressure sensitivity settings and found them to be exactly right, and the level of detail I can get with very little effort is pretty astounding.

If you watch my unboxing and first impressions video you’ll also see that the icing on the cake for me was the fact that it has a Huion logo that glows green (my favourite colour yay!) when the pen touches the tablet surface. What more could I ask for? :)

Macro SD card support perhaps?  Well how about that! This model even comes with Macro SD card support AND a 4GB Macro SD card already in it so you can save your work to it. Another nice touch there Huion (although it is a bit fiddly to get out so you’ll need to find a macro sized poking tool!).

The final thing I need to waft under your nose if what I’ve told you so far is somehow not tempting you to buy it already, is that the Huion H1060 Pro+ comes with a nicely placed set of six (double sided) hot keys and sixteen programmable hot spots along the top of the tablet surface. How cool is that? A big time saver for undo’s/redo’s and whatever else you would need to set the buttons to do. I’m yet to assign my keys, but their default settings already worked fine in Manga Studio. In fact, my tablet probably knows more shortcuts in it than I do at the moment!

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So… have I convinced you to let go of them (pretty much literally) pennies yet? I hope so. You really won’t be disappointed in any way that I can think of with this tablet – other than if you were expecting it to rub your back or fetch you a beer. In which case you’d be stupid, and spending your money in the wrong place.

Wacom need to up their game and drop their prices as always, but right now I’m thinking… no they really don’t. Let them get on with it. You’ve got your new king for digital art tools that are (as a massive bonus) affordable, right here in Huion.

In fact, I kinda want Huion to send me something that turns out to be awful – if that’s even possible – as I’m not used to saying so many good things about anything! :D

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Tablet tested on a Win7 Laptop, with 8GB RAM

Works great in Manga Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator, TV Paint, and I’d assume everything else.

Here’s the tech specs:

Huion 1060 Pro+

  • 2048 Levels of pressure
  • 10 x 6.25 inch active area
  • 5080 LPI resolution (line per inch)
  • 233 RPS report rate
  • 6 Assignable hot keys
  • 16 assignable hot spots
  • Supports Macro SD card with 4GB SD card included

BUY IT HERE

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Here are some doodles I’ve done with the Huion 1060 Pro+ so far…

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Check out my last review of the Monoprice 19” Interactive Pen Display

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

astrowagon:

Today I filmed an unboxing and first impressions review of the new Huion H1060 Pro+ tablet.

I’ll post it as soon as I’ve managed to edit it - unfortunately my brain wasn’t in gear when I did it and didn’t think about the aspect ratio so I have to flip all the clips the right way up (unless you want to watch the whole review of me sideways?!) it’ll be up soon, either tonight or tomorrow.

So far I’m loving the tablet, it feels amazing to draw with, and I’m getting much better lines out of it than my Monoprice screen, but more on that when I post the full fat review in a few days.

Here’s a couple of doodles i did with the tablet today.

Today I filmed an unboxing and first impressions review of the new Huion H1060 Pro+ tablet.

I’ll post it as soon as I’ve managed to edit it - unfortunately my brain wasn’t in gear when I did it and didn’t think about the aspect ratio so I have to flip all the clips the right way up (unless you want to watch the whole review of me sideways?!) it’ll be up soon, either tonight or tomorrow.

So far I’m loving the tablet, it feels amazing to draw with, and I’m getting much better lines out of it than my Monoprice screen, but more on that when I post the full fat review in a few days.

Here’s a couple of doodles i did with the tablet today.

Miss Muggleson waits for a bus in the rain. More doodling with Manga Studio’s Milli Pen.

Miss Muggleson waits for a bus in the rain. More doodling with Manga Studio’s Milli Pen.

A fishy little guy I doodled yesterday, I love Manga Studio’s Milli Pen!

The waiting game. Todays #SHARKZ *birthday edition*

The waiting game. Todays #SHARKZ *birthday edition*

Anonymous said: Thanks for getting back I really appreciate it. I'll send you a pic soon as I have a tablet to scratch it out on, be it the Monoprice or it's pricey contemporary. N.

No problem! Looking forward to it! I’ll be reviewing the new Huion H1060 Pro + very soon, it’s not a screen tablet, just a normal one though. Exciting :) I guess I need to get some video reviews on the go really… ugh I hate being filmed haha!

Anonymous said: Hey there, I'm not too good at the internet so I'm not really sure how you would answer this but here goes, I read your review on the Monoprice 19 inch drawing tablet and was thinking of ordering one myself and I noticed that you mention some hidden costs and was wondering how much it cost you in the end door to door? Nice review by the way, N.

Hey! Thanks, hope the review helped! I think the price of the unit has gone up very slightly since I bought it in April, but only by about $10 or so… it cost me around £295.41 which included postage, nobody along the way mentioned the import charge that the UPS guy took on delivery which was an extra £67. Which was annoying, but all in all, it’s still a bargain. I think Huion’s GT190 (which is essentially the same screen and runs the same drivers) is a bit more expensive so I’d still say to get the Monoprice one.

Let me know if you go for it and I’d be interested in seeing what you create with it! Gimme a shout if you need to know anything else!

Drew

reimenaashelyee:

felitomkinson:

okay I think this covers the basics of the way I do my lineart, hopefully it’ll be helpful enough! if something’s unclear don’t be afraid to shoot me an ask about it.

enjoy and dON’T GIVE UP it might get really frustrating at times with all the control z-ing and re-drawing lines but the more you do it, the quicker it’ll get to get them right the first time around and the better you’ll become at it so yes, good luck friends.

Reblogging this because people keep asking about my lineart and how I achieve it, and well, here it is! This artist is doing EXACTLY what I normally do, and this technique really works

Great tutorial on digital line art and getting that wrist fast and accurate!

(via alliweller)

Dog & Dave sort of save Christmas - animated gif showing my colouring in process. This is just the flat colours, no shading or highlights or effects yet. Seems to take me about 2-3 hours to colour a page. And it hurts my arm.
But fun fun fun! Just glad I’m finally getting to see my comic book in colour.
Once I’ve done all the flat colouring I’ll be adding the speech and do a clean up and move on to shade/highlights/effects.

Dog & Dave sort of save Christmas - animated gif showing my colouring in process. This is just the flat colours, no shading or highlights or effects yet. Seems to take me about 2-3 hours to colour a page. And it hurts my arm.

But fun fun fun! Just glad I’m finally getting to see my comic book in colour.

Once I’ve done all the flat colouring I’ll be adding the speech and do a clean up and move on to shade/highlights/effects.

Final Review: Monoprice 19” Interactive Pen Display - My final thoughts on the Wacom alternative.

I’ve been asked by a handful of people if I managed to sort out the issues I was experiencing with the Monoprice 19” Interactive Pen Display, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a final review now that I’ve been using it solidly for a couple of months.

If you want to skip the rest of my waffling, I can sum it all up very quickly for you: I did (thanks to the help of the awesome Christine at Huion) get it sorted, and it now works like a dream, and I completely recommend spending your (literally) pennies on it.

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Here’s the more detailed answer…

When I bought the screen, it was a complete nightmare, and took A LOT of faffing around to get it anywhere near useable.

By now you’ve no doubt read about problems with the viewing angles, the pen/cursor having fits and splodging or drawing random straight lines and much much more if you’ve been anywhere near the customer review section of the product page on the Monoprice website.

After a lengthy back and forth with Monoprice’s support team - who I have to say were really nice to deal with - it did eventually become apparent they were out of their depth in supporting the product and could only go so far before writing the screen off as a dud and recommending I send it back. I can’t even begin to imagine how much money they must be losing by doing this, and it’s a shame they can’t support their products properly.

I had gone above and beyond in trying to figure out what was causing all the issues, and was absolutely determined that it couldn’t be a dud screen. I even went as far as taking the very drastic steps of doing a full operating system reinstall (twice! Argh!) and although it did help because it cleared off all previous tablet drivers I’d had installed that I otherwise couldn’t find as the pesky things were hiding in my system somewhere – unfortunately it didn’t resolve all my problems, and I was about ready to admit defeat and return the screen to Monoprice.

Google is definitely your friend when it comes to trying to figure out these types of things though, and I did a lot of trawling the web to see if anybody else was having the same issues, and how/if they sorted them out.

Some things worked, others didn’t, but I tried them ALL!

Eventually I decided to try the Huion GT190 driver - as it’s essentially the same product, and this very nearly solved all the issues. Hoorah! The screen was now what I would consider to be useable.

I decided to contact Huion directly to explain the remaining issues I was experiencing: No calibration, memory spiking causing the pen to wig out, and one or two other annoyances with how it worked.

Huion were totally on the ball and provided me with an updated driver within a day – amazing! Monoprice however, still haven’t cottoned on and are still to update the drivers on their site. They uploaded one new driver back in April, but it was just as bad as the one prior to that.

I had a few back and forths with Huion suggesting tweaks and what-not and they continued to bat back new drivers really quickly, eventually leaving me with a version that I believe is for an upcoming new version of the screen itself. This is now close to perfect.

I still can’t calibrate, but the default calibration is absolutely fine – and the only problems I’m having now are all down to my ageing laptop which struggles if I am running Photoshop, Illustrator, a music program and a browser all at once. Not all the time, but sometimes. And I’ve learnt that I definitely can’t be working on a file I have saved in my Dropbox where I store most things, it has to be saved locally otherwise it really struggles and I start to get a lot of pen lag. But that makes sense really.

I have an 8GB Win7 laptop, and for all intents and purposes, it’s getting on a bit. Only a couple of years old, but in computer terms that’s pretty much the start of the decline, and to be fair, I have put it through its paces and all the time I’m home, it’s on.

Something else I must touch on is that I switched from using the screen with a VGA connection, and bought a DVI to HDMI lead for the laptop. This made such a difference to the viewing angle issues and it’s now barely an issue at all for me.

You’re still going to get a bit of screen colour wash due to the quality of the screen itself, I mean, it’s not HD and the resolution isn’t huge, but angle wise, it’s now close to as good as the angles I get from my laptop screen, and for colour checking, I simply switch over to the lappy to check things if I need to. I don’t need to do this much though as I tend to pick my swatches out on my laptop screen before I start on a piece of work now and then don’t need to worry about it.

So… the question I’m being asked; “should I spend my hard earned cash on this screen?” – My answer is that if you want a decent budget screen to draw on and get the ball rolling on your digital art whilst saving up for something bigger and better in the future like say a <bleurgh>Wacom</bleurgh> (if that’s your bag) then definitely definitely definitely.

This screen is now genuinely a pleasure to use. It took a bit of work to get it to this stage, but it was worth it for sure.

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Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones that doesn’t experience any issue at all from the get-go. If you’re not quite so lucky, I’d say persevere. Having to fiddle around to get it working properly could be considered a small price to pay for the small price you pay for the screen.

However, Monoprice take note: Customers shouldn’t have to persevere. The product should work out of the box, and if for whatever reason it doesn’t, you should be able to support the product to the point that it does work as it should.

If you’re still not entirely convinced, I’ve heard great things about the Huion H610Pro tablet, which is also a sexy bargain at somewhere around the £50-£60 mark, and almost all of the reviews I’ve read about it say that it beats Wacom Bamboo tablets (which I used to own and have now been rebranded as Intuos Pen & Touch) hands down, so it’s one I plan to buy myself. Some people even say it beats the “higher end” Wacom Intuos tablets.

In my opinion, something that beats the Bamboo is going to beat an Intuos just on its price alone. A tablet can only do so much and in the end it comes down to ergonomics and cosmetics, and for me, Huion are going to be the company I now look to for digital drawing tools – Wacom won’t even enter the picture now unless they drastically drop their prices because I can’t see what Wacom tabs have over these alternatives that can justify their cost. I personally have never used a Wacom screen (only tablets), so my opinion is solely based on what the internet has told me – maybe I’m completely wrong and they really are amazing. I guess I’ll never know until I get to play with one someday.

Note to Wacom: Feel free to prove me wrong and send me one to play with!

I guarantee a Wacom tab will be as prone to all the issues you could potentially experience from other brands tabs anyway, because at the end of the day, your computer set up plays a big part in how smooth everything runs anyway, as I have learnt. But as I said, I could be wrong.

Even though I’m never wrong of course. *ahem*

So yeah, buy the Monoprice 19” Interactive Pen Display (or it’s Huion equivalent, the GT190) Or, wait and see what the next version of it has to offer - I’m hearing that hot keys are going to be put onto the next version, if you like that kind of thing. Ooh buttons!

I’m hoping to be reviewing some other tablets in the near future, and will hopefully get some video reviews up for them.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll leave this thread open, and you can also get hold of me on Twitter @Drewvis_UK

I use this screen with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Manga Studio 5. I’d like to just say that it works particularly splendiferously in MS5 which is my new favourite art program!

Thanks to:

Ray Frenden (@Frenden) for his advice and thorough reviews - you should follow this guy on Twitter and Tumblr.

Huion (@HuionTab)for the brilliant and lightning fast support

Rick Rodriguez (@SurfaceProArtist) for joining me in the battle to get this screen working well and comparing notes! Check out his latest review here: http://surfaceproartist.com/blog/2014/6/24/monoprice-interactive-pen-display-now-worth-a-second-look

Message me if you have any questions, or ask below.

Here’s my previous 3 reviews which run through the issues I had initially:

Part 3: http://astrowagon.tumblr.com/post/84444093147/monoprice-19-inch-interactive-pen-display-re-review

Part 2: http://astrowagon.tumblr.com/post/82327845670/review-update-monoprice-19-inch-interactive-pen

Part 1: http://astrowagon.tumblr.com/post/82281905072/review-monoprice-19-inch-interactive-pen-display

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