XP-Pen Artist10S Review

The XP-Pen Artist10S is a tablet display by XP-Pen that aims to offer artists a high-end tablet display at a low-end price.

Let's see if that's really the case or if XP-Pen cut corners to get this tablet display down in price.

XP-Pen Artist10S Specifications

Minimum System RequirementsWindows XP or OS X 10.6.0
Size11.4 x 8.3 in
Active Area8.5 x 5.3 in
Express KeysNo
Spare Nibs3
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportNo
Resolution5080 lpi
Pen Reading Speed200 rps

Initial Impressions

The XP-Pen Artist10S came packaged with the tablet display itself, battery-free stylus, pen holder, nibs clipper, cleaning cloth, HDMI to Mac and USB cables, power adapter, drivers and tablet documentation.

XP-Pen has also included XP-Pen Artist10Sone of their artist's gloves so you won't have to worry about getting smudges all over your display when drawing.

Installation was fairly easy and the drivers worked as intended. Just make sure to delete any old drivers from past tablets you may have owned before installing these new ones!

Alright, let's get onto the review.

The Tablet

The XP-Pen Artist10S came with an active area of 8.5 x 5.3 inches, which I would say is a fairly decent size for drawing.

The tablet display itself was very thin. Most tablet displays areXP-Pen Artist10S fairly clunky, but the XP-PEN Artist10S breaks that convention.

It was great if XP-Pen released a wireless version of this tablet display as I feel like it would be popular with artists looking for that portability.

Speaking of the display, the display on this tablet is reflective to the point of being a mirror so it would be best to avoid using this tablet display around harsh lights.

The wiring for this tablet is simple and I'm sure many buyers with cluttered desks will be thanking XP-Pen for this simplicity. A lot of tablet displays have problems with having too many cables but XP-Pen has managed to simplify this in this model. Bravo XP-Pen. The cables are fused together so you won't haveXP-Pen Artist10S to worry about having cables everywhere when using this tablet on your computer.

The XP-Pen Artist10S came with six programmable express keys that can be programmed using the provided drivers. These are always helpful and while eight express keys would have personally been more ideal I feel as though the six included express keys should be enough for the average person. The express keys were easy to reach when drawing and weren't at all "in the way". This is always a plus.

The Stylus

The stylus that came with the XP-Pen Artist10S had great accuracy with 2048 levels of pressure at your fingertips.

There were no problems with jitter at all and I found that my lines XP-Pen Artist10Shad an elegant "smooth" quality to them. Just get your tablet display calibrated correctly using the included drivers and you should have no problems drawing with this tablet display.

The stylus also requires no battery so you won't ever have to worry about your stylus having no charge when you pick it up to use it. It seems that a lot of manufacturers are catching on to the fact that battery-free is the way to go. I've seen more and more tablets with battery-free pens and I have to say, I'm all for it!

Art's Assessment

This review may have been a bit short, but that's because there's not much conjecture to say about the XP-Pen Artist10S. It's just a good tablet display.

The tablet display came with an active area of 8.5 x 5.3 inches, which is fairly decent. The tablet display is also very thin, so you should be able XP-PEN Artist10Sto move it around with ease. However the display is very reflective so you may want to avoid using this tablet display in areas with harsh lighting. The XP-Pen Artist10S came with six programmable express keys that were easy to use and well-placed.

The stylus that came with the XP-Pen Artist10S came with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and had no problems with jitter or lag when drawing. The stylus was also battery free so you won't have to remember to charge it before use.

XP-Pen really hit it out of the park with this new tablet display and if they keep this up we may see a stronger battle between them and Wacom for market superiority.

4.8 out of 5.0 – Fantastic

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