XP-Pen Artist 22HD Review

The XP-Pen Artist 22HD is a tablet display by XP-Pen that aims to provide a tablet display to artists who are looking to save a bit of money.

Let's see if this is a good bargain or if the cheaper price means there's a catch.

XP-Pen Artist 22HD Specifications

Minimum System RequirementsWindows XP or OS X
Model NumberAR22
Size20.5 x 12.7 in
Active Area18.8 x 10.5 in
ConnectionDVI, HDMI, USB, VGA
Express KeysNo
Spare Nibs8
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportNo
Resolution5080 lpi
Pen Reading Speed220 rps

Initial Impressions

The XP-Pen Artist 22HD came packaged with the tablet itself, stylus, DVI, HDMI, USB, VGA and power cords, mini-DVI adapter, cleaning cloth, cleaning brush, screen protector, pen stand and XP-Pen artist glove.

This tablet display has an unusual texture to its display.  I hope the stylus works well on this.

The Tablet

The XP-Pen Artist 22HD tablet has the feel of cheap plastic usually seen in lower-end tablets. This is a bit concerning, but not a deal breaker.

The tablet also has no express keys, which for a tablet display of this size and cost is very odd. You'll have to keep your keyboard handy if you want to be using any shortcuts while using this tablet.

I found the staXP-Pen Artist 22HDnd for the XP-Pen Artist 22HD to be a little useless personally. Don't get me wrong, it works great. It's just that with a tablet display this big I didn't exactly have many places to put it. I ended up paying for a mounting arm for this tablet and it worked out great. If you're wondering if you have enough room for a tablet of this size or just want more mobility then I'd suggest looking into one of these.

The tablet display of the XP-Pen Artist 22HD is made out of glass instead of plastic. This makes the display extremely reflective and cXP-Pen Artist 22HDauses a lot of glare. Make sure you place this tablet in a room without any intense lighting or you might find yourself going blind. That being said, it looks great and the colors on the screen are very rich and vibrant.

Lastly, you won't find that this tablet display is plug-and-play. It took several installs and looking online to find the right driver that worked. It seems that the drivers work differently based on what computer you're using so you may have to look around a little like me before it works for you.

The Stylus

The stylus that came with the XP-Pen Artist 22HD was a bit of a hassle to use.

Firstly, it was extremely difficult to program the two buttons on the side of the pen. The coXP-Pen Artist 22HDntrol panel is a bit confusing to navigate.

Speaking of driver issues, the pressure sensitivity on this thing is really wonky. I had to mess around with the settings in the control panel a lot and it still wasn't where I wanted it to be.

The pen had to be charged before use but I found that the battery life was good enough that you only really had to charge it every other day or so. Still this isn't as good as some other stylus' I've reviewed(aka Wacom).

Another issue was the fact that the stylus makes a distinct squeaking sound when being used on the glass tablet display. This can be very annoying but once you widdle away at the nib through use the squeaking goes away. I guess it just depends on whether or not you want to put with that or not.

Art's Assessment

The XP-Pen Artist 22HD is a tablet that has its flaws but also its strengths.

The tablet had a cheap-plastic feeling to it, which is odd for a tablet of this price. The tablet also had no express keys, which is really odd for a tablet of this price! I was really disappointed by this. The stand included with the tablet is great if you have space to set the tablet up but for more mobility you mXP-Pen Artist 22HDay want to invest in a mounting arm for your tablet display. The glass display of this tablet is extremely reflective and you may find yourself having a problem with glare if you place the tablet in a room with intense light. The display looks great besides that flaw and the colors were extremely rich and vibrant. The drivers for this tablet were very troublesome to get working and I had to try several different drivers to get the tablet to work.

The stylus that came with the XP-Pen Artist 22HD came with some issues as well. The stylus made a squeaking sound when coming in contact with the tablet due to the glass display. This was a little annoying but it gradually stopped as the pens nib wore down. The buttons on the side of the pen were hard to program, this is due to the previously mentioned driver issues. The pressure sensitivity was also a little off. I tried messing around with the settings in the control panel but it never came out perfect.

The XP-Pen Artist 22HD is a tablet display that fails to deliver in a lot of areas that I would normally expect for a tablet display to be able to deliver in. While part of me really wants to give it a lower rating due to the headache it gave me when I tried setting it up, when I actually did get it working it was pretty good.

It's not the best tablet display in the world, but if you're on a budget and don't want to shell out the money for a Cintiq, this might be what you're looking for.

3.9 out of 5.0 – Average

2 thoughts on “XP-Pen Artist 22HD Review”

  1. Terence says:

    Be careful when buying from XP-Pen on Amazon (and possibly other places); I bought one “brand new” yet they sent me a refurbished model, which I promptly returned. Plastic wrapping had been ripped open; cables were loose and their respective cable ties were lying inside the box; and the screen protector had already been applied, with moisture trapped between it and the screen, Maybe it was a mistake – or maybe they sometimes take their chances and hope people won’t notice or care to complain.

    1. Art says:

      I did not experience this with the tablet display I reviewed but I’m glad you shared it. I hope the return went smoothly.

      – Art

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