A Photographer’s Review: Huion Inspiroy H950P Pen Tablet

I spend a lot of time editing photos, so I’m always looking for anything that makes my job a little easier, faster, or more comfortable. I recently wore out my third Wacom tablet and was looking at my options for a new one when I ran across the Huion Inspiroy H950P tablet on Amazon, and I was really impressed at the features that it offered at its price point (only $68.00), so I thought I’d give it a try and see if it was as good as my trusty Wacom.

Matthew Gore | Light And Matter For a budget device, the Inspiroy H950P comes in high quality packaging.

About ten years ago, I started using Wacom pen tablets for editing, and I found that the pen is more comfortable and accurate than a mouse, and the fact that each point on the monitor is mapped to a point on the tablet makes it faster to navigate. I started off with a Wacom Bamboo, tried a larger tablet, then went back down to a smaller Intuos Pen & Touch, which I’ve loved… though I still use the pen from my original model. How does the Huion Inspiroy compare?

Matthew Gore | Light And Matter The Huion Inspiroy H950P with my trusty (and grungy) old Wacom tablet. The larger size of the Huion makes it easier to produce more accurate movement, but it’s not as fast for overall navigation, since it requires moving your hand rather than just your fingers.

The Specs

On paper, the Huion bests the Wacom in just about every category. Take a look at the table:

FeaturesHuion Inspiroy H950PWacom Intuos CTL4100
Price$68.00$69.95
Active Pad Size8.7 x 5.4 inches6 x 3.7 inches
Pressure Levels81924096
Resolution (LPI)50802540
Pen TiltYesNo
Custom Buttons84
Pen StandIncludedNone
Battery Free PenYesYes

In Practice: The Pros

If you only intend to use the Inspiroy while editing photos (and using a mouse the rest of the time), then the Huion is almost all Pros.

Matthew Gore | Light And Matter Using a pen rather than a mouse provides me with more comfortable, natural movements for using the airbrush and healing tools in Photoshop, though I haven’t started using the tilt functionality yet. After editing with a pen for years, now, I’d never go back to using a mouse. Only the background on this image is retouched.

Setup is quick and easy, with a standard driver download and install process (though you’ll need to un-install any other tablet drivers first). Customization of the tablet’s eight buttons and the pen’s two rocker-switch buttons are easy as well.

Matthew Gore | Light And Matter

Once that’s done, the user experience with the Inspiroy is really very good. The pen is large and comfortable with a rubber grip, and the touch sensitivity and tilt functionality are both excellent in real world use. The pen has no eraser on the opposite end, but it appears that Wacom has also jettisoned their erasers (and I never use mine anyway).

Additionally, the writing surface of the tablet has a very paper-like matte texture, making it smooth but not slick for writing, which is perfect.

In Practice: The Cons

The cons are not as significant as they appeared at first; it took me a while to figure out the quirks of the Inspiroy. For a while it seemed that the drivers would stop working any time that a Windows system message would appear on screen (when installing or updating programs, using the “Task Manager” to deal with unresponsive programs, etc). In those cases, I’d have to use keyboard navigation, which was a pain.

Matthew Gore | Light And Matter With a clever bit of engineering, Huion created a combined storage compartment and nib-changing tool inside of the pen stand.

Additionally, the “forward” button on Wacom pens can be set to “grab” the document/image that you’re editing, or it can grab the webpage that you’re browsing to drag it up or down as you read. This seemed impossible with the Huion Inspiroy, regardless of what key or function I assigned to the “forward” button.

However, it turned out that both of these problems disappear if you turn on Windows Ink (which I normally disable because it can cause problems in Photoshop).

So, it turns out that the only real “con” with the Huion is that its software isn’t sophisticated enough (yet) to allow you to automatically toggle “Windows Ink” on and off according to the program you’re using, which is possible with Wacom drivers. However, it is relatively easy to pull up the Huion drivers and turn Windows Ink off manually, when necessary, so it’s not a such a big deal.

Conclusion

In the end, this means that the Huion Inspiroy H950P is an excellent tablet for use while editing photos (or drawing), thought it will require better drivers to be considered perfect. It is comfortable, high quality, and inexpensive… an impressive combination.

Huion Inspiroy H950P Pen Tablet : Review
To Sum Up:
Although the drivers are not perfect, the tablet is a pleasure to use for editing photos, and is dramatically better than using a mouse for doing re-touching work, and the price makes it a steal.
Design & Quality
9
Pen Quality & Features
9
Tablet Quality & Features
9.5
Software / Drivers
7
Value
9
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
8.7
Excellent

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