As a digital artist, drawing tablets are an essential tool of the trade. Over the years, I have used my fair share of tablets for drawing and graphic illustration—some tablets have been great, others have been duds, and a select few have been exceptional. I recently remarked to a friend that I was in the market for a new tablet, and he recommended trying something new: a drawing graphics tablet with screen, which can be used with a computer or laptop. While a drawing tablet transfers the image from your tablet screen to the computer screen, with a drawing graphics monitor you are drawing right onto the computer—essentially making this a drawing graphics tablet with visual display, rather than a “blind” regular drawing tablet.
Using this new drawing graphics monitor was a completely new experience for me, which is why I took the time to write this review.
Top Drawing Graphics Monitor Review
The Huion GT-190S is a drawing graphics monitor which is 19″ wide, providing a large drawing range and large display for viewing. The monitor displays over 16 million colors at a high contrast, which is an essential for any artist. This particular drawing graphics tablet with display comes with a GT-P80 stylus pen, which is rechargeable; this pen can detect 2048 different pressure levels and is designed to be comfortable in order to reduce hand strain from using it over long periods of time.
Everything has two sides. This drawing graphics monitor has both pros and cons—hopefully my experiences will be able to give you a better idea if this is the right drawing graphics tablet with display for you.
- Large Screen Size
- Compatible with Windows and Mac
- Adjustable Stand
The 19” monitor gives you a lot of room to draw, and is perfect for using illustrative and graphics programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, since it allows enough room for a large drawing space along with color blocks, layers, and other necessary tools. I found it much easier to use Photoshop directly while illustrating because of this extra space.
It is completely compatible with both Windows and MAC; it can work with Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000—so if you’re like me and haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you’re in luck. You can use this monitor with your computer still.
The adjustable stand allows you to move the monitor around to get just the right position for drawing.
- Stylus Pen is Picky
- Not Work With Paint Sai
I found that the stylus pen’s drivers tended to freeze if I tried to customize the hardness or softness of the tip. Fortunately I was able to work with the default setting, but not everyone will be able to do this. Also, you have to be careful with how much pressure you do put on the pen, since it sometimes jumps to 100% pressure too easily.
if you use the Paint Sai program (I don’t usually—but I tried it out at the request of a friend) then you are out of luck. The monitor isn’t compatible with this program at this time.
Despite some downsides, this is still one of the top drawing graphics tablets with screen display currently out on the market today.