An Amateur’s Review On The Huion NEW 1060PLUS Pen Tablet
I remember the first time I received my pen tablet, it was Huion’s New 1060PLUS model. I read a lot of reviews and watched dozens of videos of people’s first impressions before deciding that this was the product that I wanted to buy. You see, I was an aspiring artist back then – young, excited, and full of ideas that I wanted to share with the world. So, I figured that the most appropriate medium was through digital art, and that’s how I ended up asking (more like begging) my sister to buy me a pen tablet of my own.
That leads me to my own personal thoughts and opinions relating to my experience with this tablet. I will be sharing to all of you what I’ve learned from using this product, as well as my review on the hardware.
Let’s start with the unboxing. When opened, you’ll find that the box houses everything a beginner artist needs – a rechargeable pen and it’s charging cable, a generous amount of extra nibs for when the one you’re using on your current stylus eventually breaks, a thin glove designed solely for protecting the surface of your tablet and keeping your hand from transferring any oil or gunk on it, and of course, there’s the tablet itself, along with its USB cables for power and data transferring.
The device has a 10×6.25 inch surface of working area, with 12 shortcut keys on the left side (really helpful when it comes to undoing your mistakes, and it saves you the torture of awkwardly reaching for multiple keys on your keyboard.) As for the pen, it’s light, has 2 buttons on the side, and has 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity (although, pressure sensitivity is pretty overrated in my opinion. Around 4000 is perfectly fine.) The glove is quite nice, it covers my pinky and ring finger, leaving most of my hand exposed, and it fits well.
Booting it up, it did require some software fidgeting, downloading the appropriate drivers from Huion’s website and adjusting the sensitivity according to my personal preference. So far, it was alright. I didn’t have any difficulties with the device. So, I started sketching. It took a lot of time for me to adapt to this new and foreign instrument. Yesterday, I was sketching with my pen and paper, and now I’m drawing on my tablet while simultaneously keeping my eyes on my laptop’s screen. If it wasn’t obvious by now, this tablet does not have a display (those ones were a bit too pricey), so I had to train my brain to get used to this different form of painting.
A couple of months have passed and I start experiencing some slight hardware issues. There would be occasions when the tablet’s cable would disconnect, cutting me off from my uninterrupted flow of painting. And random moments whenever I press a shortcut key (specifically the button I assigned “ctrl+z” to) would execute two inputs instead of the single one that I originally intended it to. Seems as though that the button had an issue, because when I assigned the command “ctrl+z” to a different shortcut key, it worked perfectly fine. Perhaps the constant pressure of being pressed was what caused it. I mean, it’s fine and all, I just didn’t expect it to have that problem so early.
More time passes and I start noticing how annoying it is to use a chargeable pen. I keep finding myself in situations where I am unable to use it simply because it was out of power. Granted, it does charge rather quickly, a few seconds spent while being plugged in will last you about an hour in rare occasions. But still, I would prefer to not have that hindrance at all. It kills my motivation to draw most of the time.
WAS IT DIFFICULT TO USE?
- No, not at all. I only had a hard time using it when I first got it since I’ve never drawn digitally before. I have, however, painted using an app on my phone, but it was never as complicated as using the tablet. So, it was mostly my inexperience to blame.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PEN TABLET SPECIFICALLY?
- From the research I did, prior to purchasing the product, I gathered that it offered most of what you need from a pen tablet. It really wasn’t missing anything, it was created by a very well-known brand and it wasn’t expensive. How can I ignore that?
All in all, it’s an okay tablet. I mean, what did you expect from an entry-level product? I’ve been using this tablet since 2020 and, despite it’s glaring issues, I can totally say that it is a satisfactory device. It got the job done and it helped me ease my way into the world of digital art. I wouldn’t feel guilty recommending this product to a beginner or someone who’s interested in dipping their toes in digital art.