The Huion GT-221 Pro review reveals the features of the professional tablet with hotkeys for multiple settings, huge matte screen, and cordless stylus with a wide range of pressure levels. This affordable device is compatible with modern software for making sketches, fine arts, comics, etc.
This gadget comes with a micro CD to install software, but it’s also possible to download it from the Huion official website. Then, connect the main monitor to the tablet via a USB, HDMI, and power cables. This model works only by being connected to a computer. It’s compatible with Mac and Windows systems.
First, the Huion GT-221 Pro specs include a large active area of 18.7 x 10.5. The response time is 14.5ms, but it might fluctuate depending on the drawing software used. The tablet itself doesn’t have a pen delay. However, this issue is possible because of a computer’s low speed.
One can animate with this tablet if the relevant software is downloaded. The GT-221 Pro is even compatible with 3D programs (ZBrush, for example) and music notation software like Sibelius or MuseScore.
There’s no need in a screen protector for this model since it has a matte finish screen coming with a plastic sheet for a dust cover. The screen is not as sharp as a regular computer monitor and it has a soft blur. The colors are adjustable, but the corrections are basic. The screen surface feels smooth in general with some noticeable resistance that prevents the pen’s skidding. The tablet doesn’t heat even after several hours of using it.
It’s possible to set the buttons on the pen. There are a touch bar and 10 customizable hotkeys on both sides to make a wide range of settings. One can enlarge or reduce the image’s size via the zoom slider button, and the pressure sensitivity works well for fine lines. That’s why it’s easy to draw small details accurately. However, it's hard to handle light, small, and thin strokes of small areas.
The side buttons can be programmed to rotate the screen in order to choose a natural position for any drawing angle. There is a menu button on the bottom of the tablet to calibrate the color. No parallax is noticeable while drawing, meaning that the cursor is directly positioned under the point of the pen on the monitor.
This model features 8192 pressure levels. The stylus’ lower pressure levels aren’t accurate. Some soft nibs in the box would be helpful (the package comes only with the hard nibs). The battery-powered pen lacks an eraser and tilt function.
The tablet has a large 21.5-inch IPS monitor, thin bezels and low overall thickness. All the outputs are on the side. It has a penholder built into the back of the tablet and a pen case. On the rear panel, there’s a scheme of mounting a stand.
The unit has a strong and reliable stand for the table and besides, the tablet can be mounted on an arm to re-position and move the unit around. The package also includes a USB, AC, and HDMI cables, two pens, extra nibs, a nib remover, a pen charger, and even screws, and a screwdriver to attach the stand.
The GT-221 Pro is a professional high-end product for an affordable price. Some minor issues are easy to fit in and they won’t affect the tablet’s performance. 10 hotkeys and a great range of usable pressure sensitivity offer wide prospects for any artist.