Huion GT-190S Review

The Huion GT-190S is a tablet display from Huion that aims to offer a lot of the same features of other tablet displays at a substantially lower price.

Let's see if that holds true or it Huion has cut too many corners to make this tablet worth the price.

Huion GT-190S Specifications

TypePressure-sensitive, battery-free
Minimum System RequirementsWindows 2000 or OS X 10.8.0
Model NumberGT-190S
Size17.8 x 12.1 in
Active Area16.1 x 10.0 in
ConnectionDVI, USB, VGA
Express KeysNo
Spare Nibs8
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportNo
Resolution5080 lpi
Pen Reading Speed220 rps
Warranty1 year

Initial Impressions

 The Huion GT-190S came packaged with the tablet itself, rechargeable stylus, pen holder, pen charging cable and VGA and USB caHuion GT-190Sbles.

Huion has also included their Artist Glove which is a great accessory to have if you plan on using this tablet for long hours at a time.

The setup was fairly easy for this tablet and the drivers worked out of the box which is fantastic, especially since Huion has had problems with this in the past.

The tablet display was also fairly large, which is great for the price that Huion is selling this for.

Alright, let's turn this baby on and get into the review.

The Tablet

The Huion GT-190S comes with a generously-sized 1440 x 900 display at a 16:10 aspect ratio. While that resolution isn't necessarily the best the 16.1 x 10.0 inch active aHuion GT-190Srea on the display at least somewhat makes up for that.

Like with most tablet displays there is the problem with having so many cables to keep track of. As you can see in the picture below there's a lot of ports to plug things into! That being said a good ol' zip-tie will keep everything nice and organized so you won't find yourself getting tangled up in a mess of wires while you work.

One of the first things I noticed when I started drawing on the Huion GT-190S is the fact that the colors are a little off on the screen. When you try to adjust the color settings you end up getting something that's tHuion GT-190Soo bright or too washed out. I tried for a long time to find a good medium ground but I ended up constantly looking at my monitor screen to make sure I was getting the right colors.

On top of this the display screen is very reflective and I found that it was very distracting, especially when drawing with darker colors. You can adjust the screen with the included stand but the viewing angles sometimes distort the picture. You'll have to mess around with this tablet display for a while before you get something tHuion GT-190Shat's workable.

Something else worth mentioning about the Huion GT-190S is the fact that it has no express keys! I personally love express keys but if they're not important to you then this may not be as big of a deal. After all you can still use your handy keyboard to execute all those shortcuts.

The cheap price(well, compared to other tablet displays) means that things like this will unfortunately be cut to save on the price but if you're on a tight budget this could be attractive to you.

The Stylus

I've used many Huion stylus' before and this seems to give me an experience similar to most of the other pens I've used.

Like other Huion pens the stylus that came with the Huion GT-190S came with two programmable buttons that can be used to execute certain commands to speed up your drawing. The options are a bit limitHuion GT-190Sed but it's still nice that we have some options for speedy shortcuts even with the exclusion of express keys in the tablet display itself.

The stylus was fairly responsive when it finally came time to begin drawing. There few instances of lag and the 2048 levels of pressure meant that my strokes were accurately portrayed on the tablet surface. I should note that the pen stopped functioning one time while I was drawing, but when I turned the tablet display off and on again it magically began working again. Other than the previously mentioned few instances of lagging there were no problems. I was very pleased with how the pen functioned. Other models I've reviewed have had issues with responsiveness and pressure sensitivity.

I had gotten used to this when reviewing other Huion models as previously mentioned, but I still let out a sigh when I saw the charging cable for the stylus. While the pen has a great battery life(it took about a week of continuous drawing before I needed to recharge it), it's always a bad moment when you realize you haven't charged your stylus and you have work to do. Just make sure you always plug the pen in(I sHuion GT-190Should take my own advice) after each use and it should be fine.

The stylus also came with a pen holder. I usually just call these the "spare nib holders" because of how flimsy they usually are. The one that came with the Huion GT-190S is no exception.

It's not a big deal but I prefer being able to rest my pen vertically. I think it is not only more sturdy but it makes me feel like an English writer pulling his feathered quill out of his ink pot when I go to draw. And let's be honest, that's why were buying these tablet displays in the first place.

In the end, the pen that came with the Huion GT-190S is better than most Huion stylus' but is still not as robust as the Wacom pens. You'll have a fine time drawing with it though and I think you'll find that the tablet display will give you more problems than the pen itself.

Art's Assessment

The Huion GT-190S is a sturdy tablet with a few flaws that may draw the more particular buyer away.

The tablet came with a 1440 x 900 display at a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is pretty good for a tablet in this price-range. Unfortunately the tablet display has problems with color accuracy. Colors range from being too bright to being washed out. You'll have tHuion GT-190So mess around with the settings a lot to get something usable. The tablet also has a reflective surface, which intensifies the above problem. There are also no express keys on this tablet, but you get what you pay for!

However, the stylus that came with the Huion GT-190S was fairly responsive and had only a few instances of lag. It also needs to be charged every few days. Just make sure to plug it in every night! The Huion GT-190S is a good tablet display for artists that need the bare essentials of a tablet display but can deal with a few quirks.

If you're willing to squeeze a bit more out of your wallet, however I'd still recommend a Wacom tablet.

3.7 out of 5.0 – Average

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