HUION Kamvas Pro 16 – Review


HUION Kamvas Pro 16
HUION Kamvas Pro 16

HUION Kamvas Pro 16

| Graphics Drawing Tablet / Pen Display | Full HD 1080p | 15.6″ | 120% sRGB |


HUION Kamvas Pro 16, a mid-tier, mid-sized pen display from HUION.





The HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 is part of the 15.6″ graphics drawing tablets from HUION and, specifically, belonging to their PRO series.

The HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 is, actually, a full series of products that have the same name but offer 3 different screen resolution variants:

• HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 1080 Full HD
• HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 2.5K QHD
• HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 4K UHD

This specific model of the Kamvas Pro can also be found as HUION GT-156.

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HUION Kamvas Pro 16 Review

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HUION Kamvas Pro 16 Scores

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ACCESSORIES & PACKAGING
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The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 comes inside a dark colored packaging with an elegant design and good internal protection.

With the pen display you will get:

• Pen
• Adjustable stand
• 3in1 cable
• Power supply
• Pen holder
• Replacement nibs
• Glove
• Soft cleaning cloth



The adjustable stand of the Huion Kamvas Pro 16 has a fairly solid but light construction that combined metal, plastic and rubberized sections – the stand offers in total 10 inclination positions.


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DESIGN
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The HUION Kamvas Pro 16 has a substantially thinner body than most other 15.6″ pen displays (you can see below a photo next to a modern smartphone) and a lighter weight than some – the pen display weights 1.35Kg and is as thin a 11.5mm.

Having a touch strip bar instead of the all-time classic wheel/dial, we thought that we would find it awkward or breaking the natural workflow but we were surprised to see that the strip touch bar felt naturally intuitive and we did not need much time to re-adapt to it.

Moreover, the touch strip was always responsive and snappy to any sliding input – the sensitivity of the touch strip can be adjusted but we found that the default setting to be the more natural one.


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CONSTRUCTION & BUILD
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Despite the slimmer case, an all-metal bottom case plus the glass screen makes the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 a much more rugged pen display than most others on the same category.

On this bottom metal section, the graphics drawing tablet is equipped with 2 huge rubberized strips that have the same height of the device – the large size and grippy build do a superb job keeping the pen display in place.

The power connector of the pen display is well-reinforced thanks to an L-shaped cable and a deep recessed connector on the device to avoid any accidental damage to the connector.


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DISPLAY SCREEN
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The Huion Kamvas Pro 16 variant that we are reviewing has a 15.6″ screen with a resolution of 1080p running at 60Hz and with 8bit depth.

The panel is an IPS display with a gamut coverage of 120% sRGB, 220cd/m2 of brightness and 178 degrees visibility – in comparison to other displays with similar specs, the Huion’s looked brighter, with better angle visibility and excellent contrast, saturation and black levels.

Unlike many other pen displays, the screen of the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 is made of glass and not plastic.

To be more precise, the screen has an AG (anti-glare) etched-glass with matte finish and full-lamination.

The display offers an OSD in-menu to get deep into the settings, color calibration and customization of the panel. With all the available options through the in-menu we found the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 to be one of the easiest pen displays to color calibrate.

On top of that, through the OSD menu you can enhance the panels definition when combining the “Sharpness” and “Ultra Vivid” options. If done right, you could boost the 1080p display to appear to have a sharpness more inline with a 2.5K panel than a 1080p – unless you are doing fine work with unsharp masks and sharpening tools you will gain a massive pseudo-resolution upgrade by applying this panel’s boosts.

HUION Kamvas Pro 16
HUION Kamvas Pro 16

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PEN
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The pen of the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 offers 8192 pressure sensitivity levels and tilt support on a range of up to 60 degrees.

On top of that, the pen provides a resolution of 5080 LPI and a report rate over 220 PPS while remaining a modern EMR pen that does not need batteries to work.

The pen inherits the remarkable ergonomics seen on all Huion pens and a large rubberized part near the buttons area; the buttons offer audible and clicky feedback.

The exact pen model is the PW507, which looks nearly identical to the pen of other HUION pen displays and graphic tablets that we have reviewed but it is actually not the same pen model of the HUION Kamvas 13 nor of the HUION INSPIROY Giano G930L – which use the PW517 pen model.

A note on these pen models, devices that use the PW507 will only work with this pen model and are not compatible with the PW517 pen (and vice versa)


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CONNECTIVITY
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The HUION Kamvas Pro 16 uses a single USB-C connector on the device side and a 3-in-1 on the PC end.

The 3 bifurcated cables include an HDMI for video signal, USB-A for I/O communication and a power connector to combine with the bundled 12v 1A power supply.

 


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USE

GRAPHIC DESIGN
4.75/5

With a quality mid-sized 15.6″ screen and 1080 resolution combined with accurate color reproduction and snappy performance, the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 is a highly-competent pen display for designed on a tighter budget.

PHOTOGRAPHY
4.75/5

The HUION Kamvas Pro 16 is the first under 16″ 1080p pen display that has allowed us to do commercial photography editing without having to be constantly zooming in/out and panning to trace dust spots and dead pixels – this was only possible, though, by applying a more aggressive over-sharpening of the panel through the OSD menu (Sharpness max. + Ultra Vivid)

DRAWING / SKETCHING / 3D DESIGN
4.75/5

The stellar responsive and accurate operation of the pen display makes drawing and sketching a delightful experience while the wide-gamut coverage, precise color reproduction, saturation and contrast add up to become a pen display that can even fulfill the needs of more advanced graphic artists.

MOBILE
3.75/5

Unfortunately, despite the excellent performance and features of the HUION Kamvas Pro 16, this model might be less “pocketable” and friendly for on-the-go use as the device is not compatible with single full-featured USB connection, requiring also to be connected to a wall outlet through the 12V power supply.

VIDEO EDITING
4.75/5

If you are editing at Full HD 1080, the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 can be a smart move to improve your video editing workflow and ease up your work; while remaining a reasonable investment that will not require a bank loan.

OFFICE / NOTE TAKING
4.5/5

As a note taking addon device, the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 can provide a smooth and pleasant experience, though the multi-cable connection might limit the potential of being a companion for lectures note taking.


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PERFORMANCE
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All tests in this performance section were done with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Adobe Illustrator, Corel PaintShop Pro, MediBang, Krita, Clipstudio, Affinity Photo 2, Affinity Designer 2, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Office Suite.

Pressure & Tilt

Huion provides one of the most natural and pleasant pen pressure calibration right out of the box; the Kamvas Pro 16 is no exception to this rule.

This pen display provided a highly accurate and detailed response to pen pressure allowing fine control of the 8192 pressure levels.

Tilt was also working flawlessly out of the box, while both pressure and tilt were always recognized and enabled by all tested software without any problems no cumbersome troubleshooting.

Lag

Overall the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 was snappy and responsive with no workflow-affecting pen lag; some visual lag could be seen between the pen and the cursor if you are moving your hand in an unnaturally lightning-fast speed from corner to corner.

Jitter

With normal use, the Kamvas Pro 16 did not show jitter but putting it through the tough test of tracing slow diagonal lines aided by a ruler, the pen display did exhibit some jitter – this is a common issue with pen displays and that we have seen on all except 1 of all the models that we have reviewed.

Tracking / Parallax

The brand rates this model with a parallax tolerance of up to 3mm on the corners but the results of our tests (and without any manual calibration), the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 showed stellar performance regarding parallax and tracking with pin point precision on both center and extreme corners.

 

Examples of pressure response, tilt and jitter on diagonal lines

Comparison

HUION Kamvas Pro 16 vs Gaomon PD156 Pro

Despite having the exact same screen size, the HUION Kamvas Pro 16 has an smaller overall dimension of the unit.

The Gaomon has 10 express keys and a dial while the HUION has 6 and a touch strip but the quality of the express keys and buttons of the HUION is way better.

In general, the HUION feels like a more premium and rugged product than the Gaomon.

HUION Kamvas Pro 16 vs VEIKK VK156 Pro

The HUION showed a substantially better overall performance mainly with parallax over corners and a screen sharpness and effective detail/resolution that the VEIKK is simply unable to reach.
The VEIKK has more express keys and a classic dial/wheel.


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Specifications

HUION Kamvas Pro 16 Technical Specifications

Model
Kamvas Pro 16 / GT-156

Color:silver black
Dimension:437.8 x 251.2 x 11.5mm
Working Area:344.16 x 193.59mm
Net Weight:1.35Kg
Touch:touch bar
Stand:Foldable Stand ST200/ST300 20°/45°
Video Interface:USB-C

Resolution:1920 x 1080(16:9)
LCD Type:IPS
AG Glass:Anti-glare etched glass
Full Lamination:YES
Contrast Ratio:1000:1
Brightness:220cd/m2
Response Time:25ms
Viewing Angle:89°/89°(H)/89°/89°(V) (Typ.)(CR>10)
Gamut Volume:120% sRGB
Display Color:16.7M(8bit)

Digital Pen:PW507
Pen Technology:Battery-Free Electromagnetic Resonance
Pen Resolution:5080 LPI
Pressure Sensitivity:8192Levels
Tilt Support:±60°
Sensing Height:10mm
Report Rate:>220PPS
Accuracy:±0.5mm(Center) ±3mm(Corner)
Press Keys:6 Programmable press keys

Input Voltage:100-240VAC,50/60Hz
Output Voltage:12V 1A
Power Consumption:≤9W
Standby Consumption:≤0.2W
Working Temp. and Humidity:0-40°C, 20-80%
Storage Temp. and Humidity:-20°C~60°C, 10-90%

OS Compatibility
Windows 7 or later
macOS 10.12 or later
Linux


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HUION Kamvas Pro 16

9.2

SCORE

9.2/10