Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price

Huion H610 Pro Review – 6 x 10″ workspace

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Huion H610 Pro Review: lightweight, heavy on features

by Tablets for Artists


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Huion H610 Pro Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet

 

 

The Huion H610 Pro is a graphics tablet made by a Chinese animation company. The 610 has a generous 6 x 10″ active drawing area and features that rival the Intuos Pro while being cheaper than even the lower-cost Wacom Intuos series. But what about the quality?

 

TYPE OF TABLET

It’s a graphics tablet that connects to a computer via USB. It is not a screen that you draw on–if you want that, please consider a tablet PC or tablet monitor such as Cintiq or Yiynova. For more on tablet types, please see this post.

 

FEATURES

The H610 has 8 Express Keys down the its side, and 16 hot cells on the tablet screen. Its workspace is 10 x  6.25 inches. It’s only about a quarter-inch thick. It works with Mac, PC, and Linux/Ubuntu. You can use wireless mice and keyboards with this tablet. The resolution is 5080 lines per inch. The battery-free, rechargeable pen has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

 

PORTABILITY

 

It’s lightweight and easy enough to carry.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

It comes with 4 replacement nibs and one inside the pen, for a total of 5. The nibs are all the same. Also included are two USB cables, one for the tablet and one for the pen, as well as a pen, pen charger, pen rest, and paper user manual. Their site, huion-tablet.com, has all the up-to-date driver.

 

FOR LEFTIES

This tablet now has a left-handed driver, so you can choose to draw in left-handed mode.

 

TABLET

The surface is mappable; you can decide how much of the tablet you want the pen to work on. The surface has a grip to it that eases drawing. It is hard plastic, not rubbery like the Wacom Bamboo. It feels not quite as slippery as glass, more like thick, smooth paper.

The surface of  this tablet is hard plastic, less prone to scratching than Wacom Intuos, partly because the pen nibs are rounded. If you are getting scratches it may depend how you are holding the pen, some people “sharpen” nibs as they draw. It also of course depends how much pressure you apply.

 

STYLUS

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The stylus is lighter and thus easier to handle than previous version. The company says the rechargeable pen lasts 800 hours after every 2-hour charge, though some say it lasts for far less time. The pen rest is not a pen holder per se, just something to balance the pen on.

The pen’s buttons let you right click, left click, or double right or left click, as with a mouse. They don’t let you add further commands.

When drawing with the Huion pen, the pressure curve is slightly harder than it is in Wacom. It does not create a “blob” as easily (unless your Huion driver is acting buggy). You can adjust pen sensitivity until you find a comfortable place; the default around the middle is good. Setting it high makes it too stiff. The 610Pro does not feature pen tilt or rotation recognition.

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CONTROLS

The 16 programmable hotcells on the tablet allow you do macros, things like Photoshop operations like “tone/color adjust.” They are easy to program, though they only work with one software application. You would have to reprogram them if, say, you switch over from Photoshop to Illustrator.

The hotcells are right on the tablet surface along the top, and have the same texture, so if you are using the entire tablet rather than mapping part of it, remember the keys are there or you may end up drawing on them. The express keys on the left of the work area can zoom, scroll, erase, undo or whatever you want, but they don’t allow as many operations as the Intuos does.

The surface is mappable, so you can just pick part of the tablet to draw on. An LED indicator light lights up in the pen when you are drawing, though this is annoying to some and may only happen with some computer systems. If you find it annoying you might want to put opaque tape over the light!

 

SOFTWARE

You can use this tablet with any software your PC uses, such as Photoshop, Word, Toon Boom etc. At this date, the driver does not provide pressure sensitivity in Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, though you can use the tablet with those without pressure. Huron says they are working on this.

The resolution, 5080, is the same as the Wacom Intuos Pro. The driver lacks some features of Wacom’s, such as screen mapping, radial menu, and the ability to customize by program that’s available in the Cintiq and Intuos Pro.

TIP:

Before installing the drivers, you should disable any other Wacom drivers and mouse drivers, then the Huion, then restart. Turn off Internet and don’t turn it on again until after the tablet is connected and working, or else the computer’s plug and play driver may automatically be installed. Plug the tablet into the USB port of your computer only after you boot up the computer.

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You can the pressure sensitivity using the driver.

You should install as Administrator. Shut off any antivirus programs. If you’re reinstalling, delete the old drivers. More discussion of the drivers at this post about the Turcom TS-6610 tablet, which can use this same driver.

 

PROS

Can recognize multiple monitors and you can choose which ones to use.

Value

Thin (just about 1/4″ thick)

Sleek design

Large work area (make sure you have enough desk space)

Lightweight pen

 

CONS

Edges get jitter, just as Wacom digitizers do.

Delicate USB ports (also a common complaint regarding Wacom products)

Makes a bit of noise when drawing on the tablet due to the hard plastic surface

Buggy drivers

Have to press hard at times

No wireless option in this model

 

CONSUMER REVIEWS AND RATINGS

Most customers were pleasantly surprised by the quality and the many features this tablet offers. Many  really liked the way the pen felt, though a few did not. The worst thing about the Huion is that the drivers are a bit fussy and sometimes buggy.

More than one Huion H610 Pro Review complained about these oversensitivity and the pen making marks even when not touching the surface, such as when hovering half an inch over it. I have not experienced these problems myself. You should keep other electronic devices, even if they are not turned on, at least a few feet away, as they can cause interference.

It’s advisable to get the Amazon service plan. You should deinstall all other tablet drivers before installing this one. If you can get pressure sensitivity in one program but not in another, such as Photoshop CC, check to see if you have the Wintab (Wacom Feel) driver installed. If you do, delete it. You can use this graphics tablet with a tablet PC.

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Helpful and responsive, and they stick with you til the problem is resolved. They sometimes ask for videos of problems you report.

 

THE VERDICT

If you are patient and have some computer savvy, this could be a great art tool. But with quite a few reports of buggy drivers, many users end up being frustrated and spending time talking to customer support. So, when coming to a conclusion while writing this Huion H610 Pro review, we cannot give a 100% recommendation–the tablet is for those who have some patience and ability to troubleshoot. Remembering to remove other drivers on the system beforehand would save trouble.

Other than that, the quality of the product is solid. A couple of reviewers state it is superior to Monoprice. A tablet is something you may use for years, so, if you want top of the line, then going with Wacom is recommended. But,as long as you have a bit of tech know-how, this is  a strong choice that has the features of the Wacom Intuos Pro line, except for tilt and rotation sensitivity.

If you’re looking for a professional-quality drawing tablet  that’s a great value, the Huion 610 Pro is worthy of consideration.

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES:

Huion’s soft carrying case will protect your tablet.

Manga Studio 5 is truly versatile, affordable drawing software.

See our review of the Monoprice graphics tablet.

See our article about choosing a Wacom graphics tablet.

Read about the Turcom tablet, similar to the Huion H610 non-Pro.

 

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Summary
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Huion 610 Pro graphics tablet
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16 thoughts on “Huion H610 Pro Review – 6 x 10″ workspace

  1. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price Linsay

    I can’t seem to find the current driver that allows for left handed drawing or customizing the mouse. I also can’t figure out how to scroll. I downloaded the Mac driver from the website and the PenTable Setting folder was locked and said I didn’t have permission to open it. I then installed the driver from the CD and this is obviously an older version. Do you have suggestion.

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    1. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price [email protected] Post author

      The left-handed drawing should be in the tablet settings. The drivers are for the pen, they don’t support a mouse, if it says “mouse mode” it only affects the cursor but not an actual mouse. It should be set to tablet mode. I think the best thing you can do is to contact Huion and ask them to walk you through it via a Skype call (or phone, but they’re in China), here is their contact info. Tell them which Mac, which Huion, and which driver.

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    2. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price Sergey

      Hey Linsay!
      I have same problem but i can tell you how i solved this.. Click on folder ( HUIONDriver ) and with right click mouse choose Get info.. Under Sharing & Permission unlock this folder! After you unlocked you can open folder ( HUIONDriver ) and start TabletDriverPanel Apps or PenPressureTest.. Thats all.
      Sergey

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  2. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price Cartoon

    After reading and watching reviews I decided to get Huion H610Pro as long as you can return the product if it doesn’t work. I am absolutely surprised because it is awesome!

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    1. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price [email protected] Post author

      Great!:-D

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  3. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price Don Pittman

    Will this work with inkscape? I have read everything I can find and no one says anything about inkscape.

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    1. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price [email protected] Post author

      Hi,
      Huion’s own testing confirmed that Inkscape does not work well with their driver on Windows. It leaves jagged edges. They did not test on Mac, but I think it would be unlikely to be any better. Users have gotten jagged edges in other programs as well, but Huion offers fixes for those. If you happen to be running Linux, which most people are not, there are drivers here that should work with Inkscape.

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    2. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price [email protected] Post author

      Hi, I have been discussing this with Huion, and they have offered to do additional testing! Can you tell me your specific operating system and specific version of Inkscape? Thanks.

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  4. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price Hrobjartur Thorsteinsson

    For configuring Huion or other graphics tablets with dual or multiple monitor setup on Linux people should try this GUI: http://wenhsinjen.github.io/ptxconf/
    It’s a new project but should work for most distros, so long have xinput, xrandr, python-gtk2 and python-appindicator installed. Send us a feedback if you have problems and we’ll post a fix ASAP.

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  5. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price Stephen

    I’m having a lot of problems with my Huion tablet that kind of snuck up on me. It wasn’t always like this, but the problems came up one by one over time.
    I’ve had this tablet for about 5 months now. I use it on my MacBook Pro, with Photoshop, and Flash.

    The biggest problem I have is while I’m drawing the tablet will seem to stop working for no apparent reason. The only way to turn it back on is to unplug, and replug it into my MacBook. While my tablet is ‘offline’ I can’t use it at all. The buttons won’t work, and the pen’s movements will not register. The light remains off the entire time until replugged.

    The next problem is that it will stutter. If I’m lucky it will stop stuttering, and only do minimal damage to my art, but every now and then it will stutter, and then glitch out. The cursor will remain in the top left corner of my screen, and my movement with the pen will be severely hampered. If I move my pen to the very bottom right corner of my tablet, the cursor will move maybe 5cm away from the top left corner of my screen.

    This has gotten so bad that I can no longer use my tablet without having these problems.
    Everything is up to date, and I cannot figure out the problem.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    Overall I enjoy my tablet, and would definitely recommend it to other artists.

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    1. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price [email protected] Post author

      Hi, which tablet? Do you have any third-party mouse drivers installed? Try deinstalling those. Here’s an example. If you have other from other companies, deinstall those too. Are you using the tablet wirelessly?

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  6. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price Robert

    I’m receiving my H610Pro in the next day or so. But I was curious about one thing. When mapping express keys is it possible to use more than one letter (ie Express Key 1 -> W&A)? The software I’m planning on using with it has two letter shortcuts that I want to take advantage of if possible.

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    1. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price [email protected] Post author

      Hi, yes you can do more than one letter/character.

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  7. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price A Tiny Poltergheist

    Hello. I recently bought a Huion H610 tablet and works like a charm but I realized that when I hover the pen a few inches away from the tablet it self the pressure goes off and starts left clicking whenever I move it. I hope I get a response soon. Please.!

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    1. Huion H610 Pro Review: A drawing tablet high in features, low in price [email protected] Post author

      Hi, sounds like a defect in the tablet or the pen. You will need to contact Huion. Here is their support page with contact info. First, try moving anything with metal, or other electronics away from it, as those can cause problems.

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