I had the opportunity to try out the Artisul D16 and use it for digital painting in Photoshop. In this Artisul D16 Pen Display review I will share my honest opinion with you. That way you can find out if this graphic tablet is the thing for you!
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Artisul D16 – the specs
Let’s talk about the specs of this graphic tablet first, before we dive deeper into this Artisul D16 Pen Display review. A pen display is basically a screen on which you can use a special pen to draw (or use as a mouse). This means that you need to connect this device to your computer or laptop and run a digital art program, like Photoshop for instance.
The Artisul D16 has a 15.6″ inch screen, which gives you a lot of space to draw, but at the same time makes it easy to carry, since it’s not too big and only weighs 1.55kg. The graphic tablet has 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity. This makes the pen display very sensitive, which is great when you want a lot of control over your strokes. The stylus that comes with the screen is battery free, so you don’t have to charge and you can just keep on working.
On the left side of the screen you can find 7 buttons and a dial, which you can adjust and set to different short cuts. This can really speed up your workflow.
I don’t want to talk too long about the specs of this device though, I want to tell you about my experience! You can find these specs anywhere, but not my opinion about it 🙂
What I like about the Artisul D16 Pen Display
Let’s start off with the things I really like about this pen display. First of all, the price! You can get this graphic tablet for under $300, which I think is relatively cheap for what you are getting. The box looks very luxurious and the product looks solid.
I’m also a great fan of the battery free stylus, because I think having to charge your pen is a hassle. Especially with graphic tablets like this one. You just want to keep on drawing! The pressure sensitivity of the stylus is great, you can make very smooth lines and have full control over thickness or opacity (depending on your settings of course).
Another plus are the wonderful colors of the screen. It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a color gamut of 76% Adobe RGB. Basically, that just mean really nice colors 😉
The things I like less about the Artisul D16 Pen Display
There are also some things I like less about this pen display, but some of these are a matter of personal preference. Since I’m very used to the smooth surface of my iPad Pro for instance, I really dislike the sound the pen makes on the surface of the Artisul D16. I also really dislike most ASMR videos, so that might just be a personal thing 😉
The screen of the Artisul D16 also seems sensitive to scratches and tiny airbubbles can be seen around the edge of the screen.
Also installing the graphic tablet was quite a hassle. I run Windows on my computer and Windows Ink is a real pain when you want to use a graphic tablet to make digital art. Good thing the Artisul team was a great help, they helped me making the proper adjustments in my files to get the tablet to work properly with Windows.
Another downside, which is a thing with most pen displays I believe, is the slight parallax. What is parallax you ask? It means that the cursor isn’t exactly aligned with the tip of your pen, so there is a slight difference. Nothing too bad and I guess you can get used to it, but for me it is a reason I don’t like working with pen displays. Until you are used to this slight parallax, your strokes might not be as accurate as you would like.
Artisul D16 Pen Display review – CONCLUSION
So, should you get an Artisul D16 Pen Display? If you’re a beginner in digital art, or if you have a tight budget, then I think the Artisul D16 is a good option. If you already have a decent computer or laptop, then getting a pen display like this one is a small investment compared to getting an iPad Pro for instance. It would be a nice way to get started with digital art. Looking directly at your screen and hand at the same time, seeing what you are doing as if you are drawing on a piece of paper, makes it easy for beginners to start learning.
My personal preference goes to graphic tablets (without a screen) when I work on a computer though, since that way my hand won’t get in the way. Working on a graphic tablet like that takes more time to get the hang of though.
Finally, a little overview of pros and cons.
- Relatively low price
- 8192 Levels of Pen Pressure Sensitivity
- Great colors (76% Adobe RGB color gamut)
- Battery free stylus
- Big screen but light weight
- The sound the pen makes on the surface
- Slight parallax
- It was a hassle to install (the service of Artisul was great though)
- The screen is susceptible to getting scratches and little air bubbles