The Huion GT-220 is a tablet display from Huion aimed at professional artists on a budget who still want the features of a Cintiq at an affordable price.
Let's see if that's the case or if Huion has made a few too many cuts for this to really be considered a "Cintiq killer".
Huion GT-220 Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.8.0|
|Size||20.5 x 12.6 in|
|Active Area||18.7 x 10.5 in|
|Connection||DVI, HDMI, USB, VGA|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Pen Reading Speed||233 rps|
The Huion GT-220 came packaged with the tablet itself, rechargeable stylus, pen holder, pen charging, VGA, HDMI, USB and power cables and tablet documentation. Huion has also included two free "gifts": a Huion Artist Glove and screen protection foil.
The tablet was for the most part easy to set up but there was a bit of a tangle with all the cables that needed to be plugged in. I was able to get everything plugged in and working but I suspect that these cables may get in the way when drawing.
Another issue was the fact that(like usual) the drivers that came with the tablet display were outdated. I had to download the updated drivers from Huion's site. I would recommend you do the same.
I had read some reviews that said there were many problems with the drivers but they must've been updated since once I downloaded the drivers from the site the tablet worked fine.
Alright, let's get onto the review.
The Huion GT-220 came with a nice active area of 18.7 x 10.5 inches and a display that was fairly good as well.
The colors were all good and I didn't get any glare issues that you sometimes see in lower-priced tablet displays. There was some bleed on the edges of the screen when using darker colors but it was only brief.
I also notice that the bottom of the tablet display got a bit hot after some use. However it was nothing major and didn't stop me from being able to use the tablet.
That cable issue I mentioned in the initial impressions ended up being even more of an annoyance for me than I had initially thought they would be. The cables were all over the place and I eventually gave in and attached the tablet display to a mounting arm. This solved the issue for the most part with the added bonus of giving the tablet more mobility. If you feel like you might have the same issue I'd recommend investing in one. Just look at all those ports!
However, if you're fine with cables all over the place the stand that came with the Huion GT-220 was fairly decent. It did its job fine and I found that it held the tablet display in place while drawing very well. You'll just have to make sure you have room for this tablet as you'll obviously have to rest it on a surface.
I should mention that this tablet display does not come with any express keys. I know that a lot of people(including myself) love using them for shortcuts so the exclusion of express keys in this tablet may be disappointing to hear for some of you. Huion has another tablet display model: the Huion GT-185HD, that does include express keys.
This tablet may be worth looking into if express keys are an important feature for you.
The stylus that came with the Huion GT-220 was fairly on-par with other Huion stylus' I've used in the past.
The pressure sensitivity was fairly good, with only a few instances of lag during the time I spent using this tablet display. The nib at the end of the stylus also wiggles a bit during use, which can be a bit of an annoyance.
Like other stylus' this pen came with two programmable buttons that can be programmed using the Huion Control Panel on your computer to execute certain commands on press. These are easy to setup and I don't imagine even a person with limited computer experience would have much trouble setting it up. As usual the options for commands were a bit spare but they're only meant to be basic commands anyway.
The stylus also came with a pen holder which acts as the storage for the 8 extra nibs that come included with the tablet and a holding place for the stylus when not in use. The pen holder was decent but like I've said in other reviews I prefer that the pen holder hold the pen vertically like a pen in an inkwell rather than this pen holder does, horizontally. Definitely not a make-or-break feature but it's a little detail I thought was worth mentioning.
This stylus also requires charging but a single charge can last you weeks. If you just plug the stylus in whenever you're not using it you shouldn't have a problem with the battery running out on you.
The Huion GT-220 was an alright tablet to work with but I felt that nothing really stood out for me.
The tablet had a nice active area of 18.7 x 10.5 inches and had a good display with only a brief instance of bleed while using darker colors. The tablet display also got a bit hot at the bottom of the display but it was not enough to be totally distracting or uncomfortable. The amount of cables that the tablet has coming out of it may be distracting for some buyers. You may want to look into a mounting arm if you feel like you might be in this group. The tablet also has no express keys but there are alternative Huion tablet displays out there that do.
The stylus that came with the Huion GT-220 had good pressure sensitivity with only a few instances of lag. There was also the issue of the pen nib wiggling around while drawing, which was a bit annoying. The pen stand for the stylus was decent, but held the pen horizontally instead of vertically, which I feel is less secure. The stylus also requires recharging but you'll only really need to charge it every few weeks.
While the Huion GT-220 may fill the needs of many artists shopping for a tablet display, this thing ain't no Cintiq.
3.8 out of 5.0 – Average