Review it – Not only have I come to appreciate Huion’s wide selection of tablet and display pens, but I also trust on them in my daily work. My computer has a 24 in. The writings of Huion-the Huion Kamvas 24 Plus and now, Huion Kamvas Pro 24 (4K). 24 Plus has proven to be a great pen for horses. I am very satisfied with the quality and resolution. And using a pen to draw and re-draw a picture is a first.
When Huion asked me if I would like their Kamvas 4K model (same size, but in 4K), I jumped at it. My goal was to try to see if there is enough difference between the Kamvas 24 Plus (on half the 4K screen) and the Kamvas Pro 24 (4K) to justify the price difference of about $500. The answer may not be what you think.
What is it?
The Huion Kamvas Pro 24 (4K) pen is a large, heavy-duty desktop monitor that can be drawn directly by a wireless pen (pen). The stylus can be used as a mouse for pointing and selection, a computer drawing brush, or a drawing pencil—all depending on the software being used.
Kavas Pro 24 (4K) is a hi-res 4K monitor with high color accuracy. They they should connected to a computer—it’s not a stand-alone device like an iPad. Color accuracy rated 140% sRGB—1.07 billion colors. The game sports HDR, which can adjust brightness, color, and contrast.
The Huion Kamvas Pro 24 pen has built-in legs that allow it to be raised at a drawing angle. The Huion adjustable stand is an affordable option ($30) – highly recommended. The back of the Pro 24 (4K) has a VESA mount that can work with many hands.
The painting is a fixed glass. There is a small “tooth” on the top that feels like paper when drawing, and is scratch-free, unlike most monitors with plastic covers. The cover is fully laminated, which will be explained in the review.
There are no internal keys as there are with most monitors. I don’t like any type of keys – simple, blank, cleanly designed screen. Huion also includes a remote shortcut key with the Huion Kamvas Pro 24.
The integrated pen has over 8,000 levels and a tilt of 60°. This is standard on the highest resolution. The pen has a fixed handle and comes with a stand that also holds 10 extra nibs for changing.
For this review, Huion sent a small 550S pen ($60). Some may appreciate a thinner pen than a “fat” pen that ships with a display – not me, I still prefer a regular pen.
- Color: Black
- Size: 23 in. x 14 in. x 1 in. (W x H x D)
- Work area: 20.7 inches x 11.5 inches.
- Weight: 13.8 lbs.
- Combined Legs: 20°
- Interface: HDMI, DP, USB-C, DC, USB-A (2), 3.5mm headphone jack
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (16:9) UHD
- Anti-glare etched glass
- Complete lamination:
- Contrast: 1200:1
- Brightness: 140% sRGB
- Note: Battery-free power supply
- Pen drive: 5080LPI
- Pressure sensitivity: 8192Levels
- Tilt support: ± 60 °
- Windows 7 or later, MacOS 10.12 or later, Android (USB3.1 DP1.2 or later), Linux
Design and appearance
As I said before, I wanted to see if the Huion Kamvas Pro 24 pen was about $500 more than the monitor I’ve been using for months, the Huion 24 Plus with its low 2.5K resolution. First, let’s get into what I like about this 4K display—and there’s a lot to like.
What you see when you open the Pro 24 (4K) Pen Display is its color. Display and tablet makers like Huion and XP Pen have come a long way in the past few years, now giving Wacom (the leader in tablet makers) serious competition.
Connecting the Display Pro 24 (4K) Pen is as easy as it gets, especially on laptops with USB-C. All I had to do to connect it to my MacBook Pro was to use a USB-C and power cable.
note that everything the script needs a driver – a program that says, “I’m in charge and let’s work together.” All drivers are not created equal. Although the Huion drivers are not without problems, there have been some issues, especially when using multiple displays. When the HuionTablet driver is running, it all the time it takes exactly two tries to get it right. Weird, but it’s weird I’m used to it. When it’s running the driver sits in the background and doesn’t conflict with any of the apps I use on a daily basis.
When I connect the Huion Kamvas Pro 24 Pen Display, I use the old 24 Plus pen as a second monitor placed next to the new display. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to make the driver detect it all of them the pencil is displayed immediately. Remember, as a second monitor, the 24 Plus is great, except if it only monitors the current – it’s not pencil display. Yes, it’s rare for anyone to put two 24-inch markers side by side. I just want to point out the problem to those who can upgrade and keep the previous look.
Along with the requisite USB-C and power ports on top, the Pro 24 (4K) Pen Display sports two additional USB-A ports, HDMI, a display port, and a headphone jack — none of which I use. It’s great that there are multiple ways to connect the Pen Pro 24 (4K), but if you have USB-C, it’s a better connection.
Although I’m not a fan each one the wires coming out of the top of the Huion Pro 24 (4K) Display, all the power and USB-C cables are not as confusing as I thought. I still don’t understand why a tablet manufacturer makes the necessary ports above the display. It is inelegant at all.
Huion includes what it calls a Mini Keydial—a portable keyboard that provides shortcut keys that can be used across the computer or for any application. It can be wired to the computer or wirelessly using a USB-A dongle. Each key can perform different functions depending on the program that is opened. There are 18 keys in total. There are also dials that can be set up to run web pages or import/export in Photoshop—whatever you need! The Mini Keydial can be placed on the desk next to the trackpad or mouse pad for easy access. Because the keys are variable for each program, they are unrecognizable, so a learning curve is required. The keydial is a good size, comfortable to use, and consistently responsive – but I don’t use it. As I’ve said in other comments, I’m old school and continue to rely on my trusty Apple keyboard for my keyboard shortcuts. Sorry, Huion. I’m sure many professionals appreciate the Mini Keydial for all it can do.
What is it like to paint on a fixed glass screen? Although glass or plastic coverings may look the same at first, over time, areas covered with plastic will show signs of wear and tear. This does not happen with regular glass. It is an additional cost.
When I’m in Photoshop, either selecting, painting/recoloring, or using multiple tools, Kamvas Pro 24 (4K) responds immediately and with great precision, thanks to its parallax-free screen. This means that the curser—whether it’s a brush or an arrow—is exactly when the pen touches the screen. Only an expensive laminated screen will allow that. The good news is that most displays are now laminated. It is more common than a few years ago. You have to love it first. “`
Forgive me for being a bit shy here, but let’s talk about the 4K picture. This is where it gets difficult. The 4K screen is razor sharp amazing look. However, a 4K screen (3840 x 2160) has more pixels than a smaller monitor, such as the 24 Plus 2.5K (2560 x 1440) or, to a lesser extent, the Kamvas 22 (1920 x 1080). This means that 4K pixels are spictures growth than other managers. So, if you’re looking at an image that’s 1,000 x 1,000 pixels, it’s going to look smaller on a 4K display because the pixels are smaller. It’s math. The only reason I bring this up is that everything you see on a 4K display will be smaller. When you try to read the tools or text on Adobe tools, some of them are too small to read for those of us with old eyes. Windows PCs may have a fix for this, but not Apple (of course). My way around this is to increase the resolution in the MacOS prefs to match 24 Plus—which defeats the reason for buying 4K in the first place! Correct?
Not so fast. Even when the resolution is enlarged to match 2.5K, the image is much sharper than it appears on a 2.5K screen. Not much, but a little. That’s the paradox. Are you willing to pay an extra $500 for a photo that needs to be enlarged to a smaller size? If it were my money, I’d be forced to pay the difference, unless the project has more to offer than a nice canvas.
Which I like
- Image quality
- Cheap (for 4K)
- Great size
- No fan noise
- Includes Mini Keydial
- Optional parking is not expensive
What I would change
- Too expensive for most people
- Adjust the straps away from the top
- Stands not included
There are two ways to check if the Huion Kamvas Pro 24 (4K) pen is for you. If you work with hi-res video or want to add more quality to your work, then there is no problem. Kamvas Pro 24 (4K) is yours. However, if your work is mainly drawing using the Adobe Creative Cloud software, I recommend saving a little more money and getting the best Kamvas 24 Plus (2.5K) pen. You can’t go wrong, but your wallet can breathe easy.