The Huion H610PRO tablet is a beginners tablet by Huion aimed at artists looking to get a quality tablet with extra customization options without having to break the bank.
Let's see if the Huion H610PRO can take on similar models by competitors and if it has enough new features to be considered something worth looking into.
Huion H610PRO Specifications
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows XP or OS X 10.8.0|
|Model Number||H610 Pro|
|Size||36 x 24 cm|
|Active Area||10.0 x 6.25 in|
|Express Keys||Yes, 8|
|Function Keys||Yes, 16|
|Pen Reading Speed||233 rps|
The Huion H610PRO tablet has a similar design to most graphics tablets: black, thin and with a minimalist design.
However, the large number of buttons on the left side and the larger than average tablet surface makes me think that this is more than your run-of-the-mill tablet. The stylus that comes with the tablet has a nice feel and weight to it.
The setup instructions for the tablet in the box were a bit vague, but after a bit of fumbling around I was able to get the tablet working on the computer and ready for the review.
The best thing off the bat for me was the Huion H610PRO's size. The tablet offers a whopping 10.0 x 6.25 in drawing area!
Drawing on this tablet was a welcome change from having to squeeze into the smaller drawing areas that are now somewhat a staple for Wacom, even if the newer models are now more forgiving.
However, while the tablet does have a large drawing area, the surface has kind of a rough texture to it that can be a bit difficult to get used to.
It sometimes almost felt like the stylus was scratching into the tablet while I was drawing(This was just a sensation, the tablet surface was fine). The pen also made a distinct sound when making contact with the tablet surface and buyers who are used to having quieter graphics tablets may find the more noisy Huion H610PRO a little hard to get used to at first.
The tablet also had a plastic-y feel to it, but that is to be expected of tablets in this price-range.
Another thing I really like was the fact that the Huion H610PRO comes equipped with 18 hotkeys and 8 express keys. This allows for an insane amount of customization in your shortcuts that many tablets just don't have.
This is a lot more than most brands out there and for the price of the tablet I think it's a really big selling point.
If you're someone you likes using as many shortcuts as possible and loathes having to juggles between your stylus and your mouse whenever you want to execute an action, then this tablet is definitely worth looking into.
Lastly, the tablet has a wired connection which may not be a big deal to some but for me it was a bit of a disappointment. I was even more disappointed when I found that the Huion did not sell a wireless kit for the H610PRO. However, Huion does sell other tablets that are wireless such as the Huion DWH69. I'll be reviewing some of them shortly so if a wireless connection is a must have for you then keep on the lookout for that.
The stylus that comes with the Huion H610PRO is surprisingly robust for a tablet in this price-range.
The stylus itself feels great in your hand and if there wasn't the problem of the tablet surface as mentioned above I wouldn't really have anything bad to say about this stylus.
The pen does need to be charged and while this might throw some people off I have to say that the battery life on this thing is unreal.
After a few days of testing the stylus was still going strong and some buyers have reported the battery even lasting after two weeks of constant use. Just be sure to plug the stylus into your computer right when you unbox the tablet, as(at least in my case) the stylus didn't come with a charge.
Small gripe, but the pen holder that comes with the tablet and pen is a bit flimsy and like the plastic on the tablet there is a cheap feeling to the pen holder. It also holds the pen horizontally rather than vertically like a quill so it's easier for the pen to slip out if it's bumped around a bit.
The Huion H610PRO is a great tablet for artists that need(or want) more room to draw than the average tablet allows.
The extra customization with the express keys allows for a lot more freedom and can speed up editing time very efficiently.
The stylus has a great feel to it and while it has a battery, it seems to last so long that some in the community have dubbed the battery "the battery that never dies". An exaggeration of course, but man does it last a long time!
While the pen is great, the surface of the tablet has an odd texture and the loud sound of the pen hitting the tablet surface can take some getting used to.
All in All, the Huion H610PRO is a great alternative to similarly-priced Wacom models, it just depends what your priorities for a tablet are.
4.3 out of 5.0 - Fantastic