The new tablet from XP-Pen is cheap enough to keep up with the much more expensive offers on the market. It is a high quality tablet for artists and photographers with many additional extras.
Founded in Japan in 2005, XP-Pen is a developer of graphics tablets, pen display monitors, pen pens, and other tools for creating visual content.
Why edit with a graphics tablet?
Graphics tablets offer an enormous amount of control and precision in retouching. You can also speed up your workflow significantly. If you’ve never used a graphics tablet for photo editing, you may be wondering if you need one.
But I’m going to say this is one of those devices that you will wonder how you ever got along without it after using it for a week.
A graphics tablet speeds up your workflow and enables faster and more precise strokes. The result is improved, faster retouching (and happier customers!)
With such a device, you save and save a lot of money and time as a professional digital artist. More precise, controlled results mean your retouching performance is improved, while the time you spend can be reduced by hours each week.
Graphics tablet vs. Display tray
Graphics tablets and drawing monitors are designed to work with pens to create works of art by digitally mimicking drawing or painting on traditional media.
They were developed with the technology to capture the pressure or tilt the artist put on the pen to create the line width and digitally replicate a pencil, brush, etc.
Tablet PCs are generally designed as mobile mini-computers that are similar to cell phones and behave like miniature laptops.
Advantages of the graphics tablet:
- Express keys (mechanical keys to which you can assign functions such as delete or fill)
- More affordable
- Long service life (years and years)
- You are built to last
- No parallax
- You never block your view with your hand
- Active pen
About the Innovator 16 “
The Innovator 16 is the thinnest pen display that XP-Pen has ever produced. This is the first pen display of the new Innovator series and the third 15.6-inch pen display after XP-Pen Artist 15.6 and XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro.
With its industry-leading 9mm profile and sleek black and silver design, the 15.6-inch Innovator Display 16 is perfect for drawing and editing on the go.
Please note, however, that the Innovator 16 is not an independent drawing tablet and must therefore be connected to a computer.
- Dimensions: 443.27 × 256.45 × 9 mm
- 125% sRGB, 92% Adobe RGB, 88% NTSC
- 8 express keys
- Battery-free pen
What’s in the box
- 1x 15.6 “graphic display
- 1x batteryless pen
- 1x 3-in-1 USB cable
- 1 x extension cord
- 1x power supply
- 1x portable stand
- 1x pen holder (comes with eight pen tips)
- 1x quick start guide
- 1x cleaning cloth
Innovator 16 vs. Artist 15.6 Pro
Perhaps these could be the most comparable models that XP-Pen produces, with the Innovator being the latest version.
The Innovator 16 is supplied with a fully metallic housing from both the front and the rear. Even the shortcut dial and the power and brightness buttons on the side are metallic – for a premium feel.
Both tablets have a very similar design, with the drawing area on the left and the shortcut buttons on the right. The buttons on the Innovator 16, however, appear more sophisticated and minimalistic and have better tactility. The Innovator 16 also has smaller bezels, making it 24 mm shorter than the Artist 15.6 Pro. However, both tablets have the same screen size. As I said before, the newest model is the thinnest.
On paper, the Innovator 16 offers a slightly better color accuracy of 125% sRGB compared to 120% RGB in Artist 15.6 Pro. The latest model generally offers better user experience.
The XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro comes with a single rotating mechanical dial. The Innovator 16 has a mechanical dial as well as a touch-based virtual wheel. The touch-based virtual dial of the Innovator 16 works the same as the rotating dial, but instead of rotating it, you have to move your finger over it in circular motions.
The pen is very responsive and the sensitivity is smooth, but it’s hard to imagine anyone could feel the 8,192 pressure levels that the XP Pen thinks ¯ _ (ツ) _ / ¯
The Innovator Display 16 comes with a battery-free pen that never needs to be charged and allows you to draw continuously for hours. The pen supports a tilt movement of up to 60 degrees and helps you achieve natural and seamless shades.
The machining experience
Drawing on the tablet feels good. The matte coating gives the drawing surface a slight texture, which is good news as some tablets can feel too much like drawing on glass.
This slight resistance when pushing the pen goes a long way towards creating an organic drawing experience.
On the other hand, if you’re one of those artists who don’t like the “biteDon’t worry if you are drawing. The matt coating is removable. It comes off easily and can even be replaced if you change your mind.
It’s easy to get consistent line widths and smooth transitions along the pressure curve with this product. With some tablets, the pressure is not even and the line width suddenly jumps unexpectedly or feels difficult to control, but this is not a problem with the Innovator 16.
The laminated display has no gap between the pen tip and the line below. As you draw, the lines look like they’re just below the pen tip.
The anti-glare matte screen protector creates white haze when light is reflected from it. If there are no reflections, there is no problem. Viewing angles are good. Colors don’t shift much, even when viewed from different angles.
The Innovator 16 has a really nice HD display with a color accuracy of 125% sRGB. This is a big bonus for visual content creators and other artists looking to get their work printed. I was impressed with the vibrancy and clarity of the color.
There are many options for customization. The display has its own controls for color, contrast, gamma, brightness, etc.
In addition, the pen reacts very quickly and the tablet itself is quite light. This tablet works for both left-handed and right-handed users.
The maximum brightness could be brighter as the brightness tends to degrade over time. The other disadvantage does not concern the pen display, but the stand. It’s sturdy, but also limited to just one angle. This can hinder using it as the main monitor unless you want to contract yourself all the time.
I found the Innovator 16 to be a really solid product that shines in all the right areas. The Innovator 16 is a beautiful pen display with fantastic drawing performance. I did not experience any major glitches or problems.
The driver works well. Although it’s thin, the build quality is solid. It certainly has a top notch appearance. More importantly, this is a quality product with a very affordable price.
Given all of these factors, it is easy to conclude that the XP Pen Innovator 16 is an absolute bargain and great value for money if you are looking for a mid-sized drawing tablet.