It’s been just over a year since I bought the Huion H610Pro. When I ordered it I was weary yet optimistic. The main selling point of this graphics tablet was the price point after previously owning a medium size Wacom Intuos Touch 5. The H610Pro is significantly less expensive and has a large 10 x 6.25-inch surface area. But would it be as functional as it’s competition or at least tolerable?
Before I get into my review, I will say that I mainly use the tablet in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC. I use it to create vector icons, edit photos, and to paint and draw illustrations. I don’t often use any of the customizable side buttons or hotkeys. I understand they have the potential to make your workflow more efficient, however, I’m used to keyboard shortcuts in conjunction with the tablet.
One of my initial concerns was how well it functioned across dual monitors. I found that when I use it with a Windows dual monitor setup I don’t have any issues. However, I’m only able to map to a single monitor using my MacBook Pro with an additional monitor connected to it (Note: I assume not everyone has this issue though). I would mirror my MBP screen to the monitor as a solution. That being said, I’m not using that setup anymore since I recently upgraded to a 27-inch iMac.
One of the biggest hassles I’ve had with this tablet is lagging response times. Sometimes it can take anywhere from a few seconds to minutes for a click to be recognized. It can be frustrating, but I like to use it as a sign that I need to take a 10-minute break.
This April I had an interesting experience with my tablet. When I applied pressure to the tablet, the pen would glitch. On my MBP, it caused the computer to toggle between the "All Applications View" and the program I was attempting to work in. While on PC it would select everything in the document or page.
I wanted to give the tablet the benefit of the doubt, so I contacted Huion’s customer service. I also charged my pen for an extended period of time to see if it would help. Their customer service responded the following day with several questions and solutions to diagnose or solve the problem. Unfortunately, none of the things they recommended worked.
That's when they asked me to send a video of what was happening on-screen and of myself using the tablet. I used ScreenFlow and my cell phone to capture the problem on video. After that, Huion’s customer service determined the pen was defective. They offered to send me two replacement pens after providing my product serial numbers and paying for shipping. When the pens arrived they actually sent me three pens and I have not had the same problem since. Overall, communicating with their customer service department and getting my tablet functioning again was a relatively smooth process.
Despite the issues I’ve experienced with the Huion H610Pro, I would recommend it as a starter tablet or a tablet for a designer, illustrator or hobbyist on a budget.