XP-Pen Artist 22HD Review

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XP-Pen AC 19 Shortcut Faraway bought one at a time.

The XP-Pen Artist 22HD is a pill which has been out for a slightly very long time. I’m certain there are already relatively a couple of evaluations on it, however since I were given my palms on one as smartly, I made up our minds to do a overview on it too.

This can be my first correctly concept out overview of a drawing track (as I’ve best been reviewing screen-less capsules up so far) and I can check out my highest to hide all of the essential facets of the XP-Pen Artist 22HD as a pill, and as a track.

I make an apology upfront for the lengthy overview, however I imagine evaluations must quilt all of the facets of the product to present essentially the most data conceivable to any possible patrons, so I don’t intend to depart out anything else simply to make the overview shorter.
When you realize that I’ve neglected the most important facet of a drawing track, please be at liberty to ring a bell in me within the remark segment.

As a facet word, I used to be ready to get my palms on my XP-Pen Artist 22HD via XP-Pen’s Fb creativity problem right here: https://www.fb.com/xppen/footage/a.869716696438984.1073741830.838115022932485/1306636806080302/?variety=three&theater
You probably have the time and reside in some of the qualifying areas, I counsel you give it a check out because you truly can get a loose XP-Pen Artist 22HD out of it in case your access impresses XP-Pen.

Anyhow, onto the overview!

Please word, It’s not that i am a Mac or Linux person!! I best examined this pill on Home windows eight and Home windows 10.
Additionally word, costs can have modified since I wrote this overview.

Desk of Contents

How just right is that this pill?

Design: Respectable.
Construct high quality: Excellent!
Display high quality: Now not unbelievable, however adequate.
Pill drivers: Elementary, however adequate.
Drawing enjoy: Excellent!

Total: Profitable, however obviously an older pill.

My verdict:
-If you’re taking into account this pill, this is a utterly profitable possibility, on the other hand, the standard of the IPS display screen isn’t superb the use of present requirements (extra about that within the display screen high quality segment). You must additionally consider the quantity of table house that a 22-inch track will take in prior to selecting it.

Essential specs

Value: 479.99 USD (when this overview used to be written) Amazon.com
Energetic Space: 18.7 x 10.five inches, 21.five inch diagonal

Answer: FHD 1920 x 1080 (16:Nine ratio)
Show Kind: IPS
Pen Kind: Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 aspect buttons, no eraser
Pen Force: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Expresskeys: None
Multi-touch: No

What’s within the field?

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The XP-Pen Artist 22 is available in a easy brown field. It used to be shipped in every other shut becoming brown transport field.

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The issues that come within the field:

  • Pill
  • Pen x2
  • Pen stand
  • USB type-A to USB type-B cable
  • HDMI to HDMI cable
  • VGA to VGA cable
  • Energy cable
  • HDMI to Mini Displayport adapter
  • Pen charging cable x2
  • Pen nib replacements x8
  • Display protector (unnecessary)
  • Display cleansing material
  • Anti-fouling glove
  • Motive force set up CD
  • Consumer guide
  • Guaranty card
  • “Thanks” card

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Within the field comes… the pill! What a wonder!

Jokes apart, the pill is slightly heavy so watch out to not drop it whilst looking to pull it out of the field.
And as you’ll see from the photograph, the sleek glass display screen is very reflective. I had no issues of the reflective glass as a result of I attract a depressing room with minimum lights, however you must make sure you take a look at your personal room for brilliant lighting in case you are taking into account this pill, or consider purchasing an anti-glare display screen protector.

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The XP-Pen Artist 22HD wishes a USB cable for pen enter, a video cable equivalent to HDMI, VGA, or DVI to show the display screen (or an adapter in case your pc has a distinct port from the ones 3), and an influence cable to energy the show.
My energy cable is america plug variety, however the energy cable must be other in line with your area.

3 cables is the usual for a 22-inch show as it’s nonetheless unimaginable to energy a 22-inch show from simply USB equipped energy. Some capsules might mix the USB and video cables in combination, however the energy cable continues to be a need for 22-inch gadgets.

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The XP-Pen Artist 22HD comes with a loose HDMI to Mini Displayport adapter in case your pc makes use of that video output.



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This pill comes with two recharging pens which may be very handy for individuals who omit to fee their pens from time to time. Principally, although one pen runs out of energy whilst drawing, you’ll merely select up the opposite one and draw whilst charging the primary.

The pen is slightly pleased with a bulge close to the tip to catch your palms, even if the rubber grip must be sufficient to provide you with a correct grip.

There also are two charging cables when you lose or wreck one. The charging hollow is on the most sensible of the pen.

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The pill does include a display screen protector, however it’s actually only a sheet of plastic you lay on most sensible of the display screen. One fringe of the display screen protector has adhesive to carry it in position, however the remainder doesn’t in fact stick on.
The largest downside about this kind of display screen protector is that it makes large “oily” having a look patches which you’ll eliminate for round five mins via lifting the display screen protector off the display screen prior to it begins showing once more. It’s means higher to make use of the pill with out the integrated display screen protector on account of this.

I make an apology, however the second I spotted it used to be this shoddy display screen protector, I were given offended at it and threw it out, so I in fact don’t have any footage I will be able to display you of it except the package deal it got here in… Simply think that you just both have to make use of the pill and not using a display screen protector, or it’s important to order a separate one.
I used the pill and not using a display screen protector and there are not any scratches in any respect, so there are not any issues the use of it and not using a display screen protector in any case.

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The XP-Pen Artist 22HD comes with a cleansing material and anti-fouling glove integrated. The anti-fouling glove is particularly useful in letting your palms float easily around the glass display screen, and the cleansing material is a pleasing bonus.

The motive force set up CD must now not be used since the drivers on it are old-fashioned. You must be getting the up-to-date pill drivers without delay from XP-Pen’s website online as a substitute.

You’ll get an additional month of guaranty for the pill if you happen to like their Fb, Youtube, and VK. (I’m now not certain on the main points so that you must ask them without delay if you happen to’re .)

Design and construct high quality



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The display screen is made from an anti-scratch glass which turns out to reside as much as its title as I see no scratches in any way from the few days I spend drawing on it.

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Fortunately the buttons don’t seem to be positioned at the entrance of the track, and are as a substitute at the backside edge. Which means that they don’t get in the best way when drawing.

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The pill stand which comes with this pill may be very robust. The pill strikes whilst you press onerous at the outer edges of the pill, however the ones are puts the place you gained’t ever be drawing on. The pill does now not transfer in any respect when drawing within the middle space the place your canvas must be at the display screen.
The rubber toes at the pill stand are extremely just right at retaining the pill from sliding.

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The largest fear concerning the construct high quality of this pill is within the route of the cable ports that are dealing with downwards. Which means that the cables gets in the best way whilst you attempt to use the pill in its lowest perspective. When you readjust the attitude of the pill so much, then the cables might ultimately wreck, on the other hand, I doubt the cables will wreck readily if you don’t transfer the pill regularly.

I had no issues of the location of the ports at the backside of the pill just because I exploit the pill at a ~40 level perspective, however it will for sure be preferable if the cables got here out from the aspect or most sensible to cause them to more uncomplicated to control.

Total, the construct high quality of this pill is not anything to scoff at.

Display high quality

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The display screen colors in this pill don’t come calibrated, so I counsel that you just run Home windows Color Calibration a couple of occasions to manually calibrate it, or use a colorimeter. I used a ColorMunki Show with DisplayCal to calibrate mine.



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To switch the track colors throughout the track settings, it’s important to move to the Colour tab within the track settings, click on Colour Temperature, and scroll all the way down to Consumer and make a selection that. Differently, the person RGB adjustment sliders are greyed out and now not adjustable. You should more than likely simply use the sRGB mode within the track settings if you’ll’t be to take a look at calibrating it.

Turning on Gamma within the track settings additionally is helping to reinforce the colors on display screen. Gamma used to be became off via default once I gained it.

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I discussed this within the “How just right is that this pill?” segment prior to, however the IPS display screen is not so good as it might be at the XP-Pen Artist 22HD.

The promoting level of an IPS display screen is that you’ll view the very same colors from all viewing angles. The colors on display screen must glance the similar whether or not you take a look at the display screen from without delay in entrance or from the aspect.
On the other hand, the XP-Pen Artist 22HD display screen colors glance washed out whilst you transfer your head to view the display screen from slightly shallow angles in spite of being an IPS display screen. You’ll see the colors getting washed out within the photograph above.

I will be able to for sure perceive why it’s now not highest taking into account it used to be launched round 2+ years in the past, however for artists I might counsel a correct all-angle IPS display screen for correct color replica, so this pill moderately fails in that regard.

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Pushing aside the moderately elderly viewing angles, this pill has a good color gamut of round 92% sRGB and 70% Adobe RGB the use of DisplayCal and a ColorMunki colorimeter. Not anything specifically particular, however for sure not anything to scoff at both.

Total, the display screen high quality isn’t unhealthy, nevertheless it feels just like the age of this pill is beginning to display with the subpar viewing angles. Undoubtedly use-able, however now not splendid.

Pill drivers

The pill drivers are beautiful simple to put in. Simply move obtain the newest model from xp-pen.com and take away all different pill drivers you might have to your pc prior to putting in it.

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When you set up the drivers, an icon must mechanically seem for your Gadget Tray which looks as if the above. You’ll get entry to the pill settings via clicking on that. (The Gadget Tray is the realm at the taskbar via the clock.)

If the installer doesn’t mechanically suggested you to restart your pc after the drivers are put in, I like to recommend that you just do in any case to permit the Home windows recordsdata to correctly combine into your gadget.

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Within the Information tab, you might have the way to conceal the icon within the gadget tray and activate/off Virtual Ink (often referred to as Home windows Ink).

When you by chance conceal the icon, you’ll to find the pill settings via in search of pill settings, or searching for the pill settings within the Regulate Panel.

The Virtual Ink possibility is typically highest left off, however sure methods equivalent to Photoshop want it became on for pen drive to paintings. In case your pen drive isn’t running in a program, the very first thing to take a look at is popping on/off the Virtual Ink possibility.

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Within the Observe Surroundings tab, you select which track your pill is mapped to. That’s all.

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Within the Button tab, you’ll select which purposes your pen buttons are mapped to and the rate of double clicks.

Sadly, the buttons can’t be mapped to anything else except proper, left, heart mouse click on, and the pen/eraser toggle.

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Within the Force tab, you’ll exchange the lightness or hardness of the pen drive and check it.

The pen drive begins on the lightest it may be although, so you’ll best build up the pen drive to require heavier presses. I had no issues of the default gentle surroundings.

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Within the Calibration tab, you’ll calibrate the cursor the use of Four-point or Nine-point calibration.

I in my opinion don’t see the purpose of calibrating the cursor on a drawing track as I to find it’s most straightforward to grasp the place the cursor can be via retaining the default gadget calibration, in different phrases, cursor 90 levels without delay below the pen.

Whilst you calibrate the cursor, you’re principally forcing your self to just be capable to paintings together with your head in one spot in order that the cursor seems without delay below the pen from that perspective. When you transfer your head even a bit of bit and glance from a distinct perspective, the cursor will now not be the place you are expecting it to be.
Alternatively, if you happen to get used to the default gadget calibration, you’ll draw the similar regardless of the place your head is in entrance of the display screen since the location of the cursor is continuous in the case of the pen.

Total, the drivers for the XP-Pen Artist 22HD are relatively elementary, however they’ve the whole thing you could possibly want for drawing at the pill.

The drawing enjoy!

The drawing enjoy in this pill used to be relatively just right for a pill that used to be launched 2+ years in the past. Drawing on a easy glass display screen used to be now not a nasty enjoy in any respect, and the pen enter in addition to the pen drive have been easy and predictable.



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I best in reality check my capsules on Clip Studio Paint as a result of that’s all I exploit. You must touch XP-Pen enhance without delay if you wish to know if the pill is suitable with the drawing program you utilize, however maximum main drawing methods must be suitable. Their buyer enhance may be very type so there’s no want to be frightened of contacting them without delay.

You’ll see an especially slight wobble within the strains I drew with a ruler at the trying out web page. The wobble is very minimum so it shouldn’t impact your drawing. The pen drive is very easy as smartly.
There have been no issues in regards to the capsules efficiency in any respect.

In regards to the temperature of the pill, no portions of the display screen develop into even as regards to unbearably heat. The ground heart space turns into rather heat in comparison to the remainder of the display screen, however this is all.
There have been no issues referring to prolonged use of the pill.

The one downside I had in regards to the pill used to be understanding some way to make use of it with a keyboard. On my 15.6-inch Ugee HK1560, I may just simply achieve my keyboard in the back of the pill, however with the 22-inch XP-Pen Artist 22HD, it used to be unimaginable to succeed in over it to variety on a keyboard in the back of it. Putting the keyboard to the aspect brought about me to have to succeed in too some distance to the aspect with my left arm whilst drawing, and striking the keyboard in entrance of the pill is unimaginable for me as I position my pill proper at the fringe of the desk.
To handle my factor, I ordered an XP-Pen AC 19 Shortcute Faraway and used it along a loose program known as RadialMenu (right here: http://radialmenu.weebly.com/), and that used to be ready to do the process of changing my keyboard for drawing purposes.

After I had the keyboard factor discovered, I had a slightly easy enjoy drawing at the pill.

Some other factor I had with the pill used to be that FHD answer of 1920x1080p in fact seems more or less pixelated on a 22-inch track. FHD answer is ok on a standard 22-inch track as a result of your face is in fact relatively some distance from the display screen whilst typing/running/gaming. On the other hand, on a drawing track, your face will get truly as regards to the display screen so the pixels develop into relatively obvious, particularly on an ideal transparent glass display screen and not using a texture like at the XP-Pen Artist 22HD.
The explanation that this used to be by no means an issue with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD (which additionally has FHD answer on a 22-inch display screen) is on account of the feel and the way it blurs the real display screen under it. As a result of the blur, nobody sees the pixelation within the first position so nobody complains about FHD answer being too low for the Cintiq 22HDs 22-inch display screen!

Total, I couldn’t in fact to find a subject matter concerning the drawing all through my drawing.


I will be able to suggest this pill to any person all in favour of it. The IPS display screen now not exhibiting colors completely the similar when seen from other angles is for sure a con for an artwork pill, and the truth that the cables pop out from the ground is just a little of a nuisance, on the other hand, all of the different facets of it are nice. Someone who’s truly intent on getting a 22-inch drawing track can for sure believe the XP-Pen Artist 22HD, particularly for its low worth compared to the opposite very equivalent 22-inch drawing screens introduced via the opposite Wacom choices.

I in my opinion would counsel that you just persist with more moderen 15.6-inch drawing screens as they’ve higher color replica, take in much less table house, and are greater than sufficiently big to paintings on. On the other hand, if you happen to truly need to have a 22-inch drawing track for your room it doesn’t matter what, the XP-Pen Artist 22HD might be the only.

Puts to shop for the pill

XP-Pen Retailer | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Other folks dwelling in different areas must take a look at their areas Amazon or see if the XP-Pen Retailer ships to them.

You probably have any questions concerning the pill, be at liberty to invite me!

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