XP-Pen Star G640 Review

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The XP-Pen Superstar G640 Comic strip is XP-Pen’s latest screen-less pill made to compete without delay with Wacom’s low-end Intuos collection pills (aka Intuos Draw/Artwork/Picture/Comedian). This can be very minimalistic and makes you are feeling positive that you’re not paying for the rest except for the options you requested for.

The XP-Pen G640 stuck my eye as it provides principally the very same features as a Wacom Intuos for most effective 40 USD. (It’s 30 USD on Amazon.com, however I purchased it for 40 USD off the XP-Pen Retailer.)
What this implies is if it’s as excellent as its specs display, it’s going to be the bottom priced pill with a battery-free pen and a suitable drawing space dimension. It’ll be the easiest “go-to” pill for any novice who simply desires to provide virtual artwork a take a look at run however doesn’t need to pay Wacom’s 80 USD access fee, and even skilled customers who need to exchange their Wacom Intuos!

I will be able to even be giving a snappy assessment of the XP-Pen Retailer and my ideas on it on the finish of the overview.

In any case, onto the overview!

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

Desk of Contents

How excellent is that this pill?

Design and construct high quality: Lovely excellent.
Pill drivers: Slightly excellent!
Drawing revel in: Slightly sufficient!

General: A in point of fact excellent purchase for 40 USD!

My verdict:
-In case you are making an allowance for this as your first pill, I will indisputably counsel it to you over a novice Wacom Intuos.  The XP-Pen G640 is an especially cast purchase which provides a drawing revel in nearly on par with the Wacom Intuos.
Alternatively! If you’ll be able to spare a little bit extra money to your first pill, then I might nonetheless counsel going with a pill that has a bigger drawing space. My opinion is this pill is very best thought to be whilst you aren’t positive whether or not you’re going to proceed virtual artwork or now not, and also you don’t need to make a larger funding when it will finally end up going to waste.
-In case you are skilled with pills, you almost certainly most effective need to purchase the XP-Pen G640 if it’s the dimension you might be used to.

Vital specs

Value: 29.99 USD (when this overview was once written) Amazon.com (40 USD on XP-Pen Retailer)
Lively House: 6 x four inches
Pen Sort: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 aspect buttons, no eraser
Pen Power: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Expresskeys: None
Multi-touch: None

What’s within the field?

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The field has an image of the pill and a pleasing drawing on it.

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The issues that come within the field:

  • Pill
  • Pen
  • Pill cable (USB type-A to Micro-USB)
  • Pen nib replacements x20
  • Person guide
  • “Thanks” card

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The pill is actually only a drawing floor with not anything else to it. The highest phase of the pill is thicker than the drawing space, however I suppose that is essential to suit the electronics within.

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The skin of the pill has a relatively tough texture which grip your pen nib a good bit. As it’s very tough, your pen nib can put on fairly briefly when you depart the pen drive on the default surroundings. When you alternate the pen drive settings, then the nib put on will lower tremendously. I will be able to duvet that within the Pill Drivers phase.

Even supposing the skin of the pill is fairly tough, it’s manufactured from an excessively difficult plastic so it does now not scratch simply in any respect. There aren’t any wiped out spaces even after spending two entire days drawing on it, and I used to be even being fairly heavy-handed with my pen drive.

The feel of the skin is fairly as regards to the paper-like feeling of the Wacom Intuos, however it’s not fairly the similar because it has a moderately extra plastic-y really feel to it. Alternatively, it does now not really feel dangerous to attract on in any respect.

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The again of the pill has 4 rubber toes and the standard data sticky label. The rubber toes do a excellent sufficient process of keeping the pill in position.

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The perimeters aren’t rounded like different pills, however the pill is so flat with its marketed 2mm thickness that you’ll be able to in reality use it with ease even along with your hand half of off of the pill!

The perimeters don’t seem like the cleanest edges you’ll be able to to find, however they don’t have an effect on your drawing revel in in any respect.

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While you listen concerning the 2mm thickness of the pill, you’ll perhaps marvel “received’t it spoil simply if it’s that skinny?”
However to not concern! The pill is in reality extraordinarily strong, and when doing a twist take a look at (the place you dangle each side and twist), it in reality feels even more difficult and extra cast than the Wacom Intuos Draw, which is fairly a large wonder making an allowance for how a lot thicker the Wacom is compared.

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This pill is terribly minimalistic and does now not have any shortcut buttons. It is a excellent signal as it manner you’re now not paying further for some shortcut buttons you’re perhaps now not going to make use of.

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The cable port is on the most sensible correct of the pill. There is not any particular groove across the cable port in contrast to with the Wacom Intuos, so you’ll be able to use any Micro-USB cable you may have when you lose the incorporated one, however I counsel a minimum of the usage of a excellent one when you’re going to try this.

Something I realized is that the port itself can wiggle a little bit. When you deal with the pill badly, it’s fairly conceivable that the port will spoil prior to the cable itself.

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The pen is known as the XP-Pen PN01 and is manufactured from a easy matte plastic with a bulge close to the tip to catch your hands. This can be a relatively mild battery-free pen but it surely feels fairly sturdy and loyal.

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Retaining the pen may be very at ease regardless of the pen being manufactured from all plastic, and it does now not really feel imbalanced in anyway. The buttons protrude from the skin of the pen making it simple to spot and use them with no need to look at your hand.

The highest of the pen has not anything.

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Many of us have this false impression that every one of Wacom’s pills have a prime quality pen just like the Wacom Intuos Professional or Cintiq, so I want to indicate right here that the Wacom Intuos (CTL-490) pen is only a plastic stick, identical to the pen that includes the XP-Pen G640.

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I discussed prior to that the nib does put on fairly a little bit, however that shouldn’t be a lot of a concern in any respect as a result of this pill comes with TWENTY substitute nibs. Sure, you heard me correct. Twenty.

Pill drivers

The XP-Pen G640 makes use of the latest XP-Pen pill drivers and they’re extraordinarily simple to put in! You don’t even wish to have your pill plugged in to put in them! Simply move obtain the most recent model without delay from XP-Pen’s website online and take away all different pill drivers you may have in your pc prior to putting in it.

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While you’ve put in the motive force, it will have to create a desktop shortcut so that you can simply get admission to the pill settings. When your pill is plugged in, the XP-Pen icon driving force icon will have to seem within the device tray within the backside correct. You’ll additionally get admission to the pill settings via clicking on that.

If the installer doesn’t suggested you to restart your pc after it finishes, I wholeheartedly suggesting restarting your pc anyhow to permit Home windows to correctly replace the recordsdata essential for the motive force to run easily.

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The brand new XP-Pen driving force is an easy one web page driving force with the entire necessary settings on simply the only window. Right here you’ll be able to set the pen buttons and pen drive, and select which observe the pill maps to.

Chances are you’ll wish to test the Home windows Ink checkbox on the backside left for positive systems equivalent to Photoshop, however maximum systems will paintings higher with Home windows Ink became off. In case you are having issues of a program, take a look at toggling the Home windows Ink possibility.

Something to notice is that there’s no integrated cursor prolong like what you might have with the equivalent sized Wacom Intuos or Huion H640P. Which means the cursor will transfer along with your pen without a prolong. It is a excellent factor, on the other hand, it is very important use the stabilization equipment for your artwork program or third-party stabilizers like Lazy Nezumi when you would not have a gentle hand or draw with sooner motions.

Some other factor to notice is that you’ll be able to attach more than one XP-Pen pills to the similar pc and they are going to paintings! You’re going to realize that on the most sensible of the drivers, it has a drop-down menu that claims “Superstar G640”. When you attach different XP-Pen pills that use the similar drivers, they are going to all be modifiable and useable thru that drop-down menu. I will attach my XP-Pen Superstar 05 and XP-Pen AC19 Shortcut Faraway similtaneously the XP-Pen G640 and so they all paintings and are utterly programmable.
In fact, the one catch here’s that most effective the XP-Pen gadgets which use the brand new drivers can do that. I consider the present appropriate merchandise are the Superstar 05, Superstar 06, Superstar G430, Superstar G430S, Superstar G540, Superstar G640, Deco 01, Artist13.three, Artist15.6, Artist16 Professional, and AC 19 Shortcut Faraway.

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Ranging from the highest left, the Barrel Button Settings phase controls the purposes set to the pen buttons.

You’ll set principally all keyboard or mouse shortcuts that you can imagine the usage of the serve as key possibility, however you can not mix mouse clicks with keyboard keys in the similar serve as.

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The Click on Sensitivity phase controls the pen drive curve of the pen without delay. That is an important phase within the pill settings as it is very important alter this to cut back how onerous you must press for upper pen pressures to cut back pen nib put on.

The default surroundings of the graph is a directly diagonal line, however to get a lighter pen drive surroundings which is extra not unusual, you will have to transfer the highest dot to across the center, and transfer the center dot someplace close to the highest center as I display within the above photos. This gives you the texture closest to what you get from maximum different pills, and it’s going to additionally assist to tremendously scale back pen nib put on, however you will have to mess around with it your self to determine what fits you very best.

One worry I’ve in regards to the default pen drive is the truth that freshmen is not going to know to regulate the graph in the event that they haven’t noticed or learn a overview like mine which talks about it. If they may put into effect the extra not unusual “Mild to Heavy” keep an eye on bar along the graph, it might be more uncomplicated on new customers who won’t know how to use a pen drive graph.

One cool factor to notice is that the one different pill drivers with this tradition pen drive graph is Wacom’s Intuos Professional and Cintiq drivers. Wacom’s low-end Intuos pills don’t provide you with the pen drive graph, and not one of the different Wacom choices be offering it both!

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The Present Display screen phase controls which observe your pill is mapped to, and what space of your pill is used. For the most productive effects, pick out the observe you’ll draw on the usage of the drop-down menu on the most sensible, then click on the Show Ratio button to compare the drawing space of your pill with the side ratio of your observe.

Left-handed other folks don’t wish to click on the Left Hand Mode possibility because the XP-Pen G640 is already useable for each left and right-handed other folks in Proper Hand Mode.

When you spotted previous, there was once a serve as known as Transfer Track some of the purposes you might want to assign on your pen buttons. That serve as cycles thru the entire to be had screens within the drop-down listing on the most sensible of the Present Display screen phase when used.

The drawing revel in!

This pill gave me a in point of fact excellent revel in for a 40 USD pill. The skin of the pill is relatively tough and you’ll have to alternate the pen drive settings so your pen nib doesn’t put on out too speedy, however the pen drive is in point of fact easy and correct. I will fortuitously counsel the XP-Pen G640 as a half-price choice to the Wacom Intuos.

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I most effective actually take a look at my pills on Clip Studio Paint as a result of that’s all I exploit. You will have to touch XP-Pen beef up without delay if you wish to know if the pill is appropriate with the drawing program you employ, however maximum main drawing systems will have to be appropriate. Their buyer beef up may be very type so there’s no wish to be scared of contacting them without delay.

To start with, I used to be a little bit stunned via how onerous I needed to press the pen to get darker strains, however when I adjusted the pen drive curve, the stroke keep an eye on felt extraordinarily excellent. When doing sluggish will increase and reduces in drive, the strains pop out utterly as anticipated and there aren’t any skips or jumps within the drive in any respect.

The gradual diagonal strains I did with a ruler have some small blips which I suppose occurs between the rows of sensors, however they don’t seem in any respect when you use stabilizers and/or sooner strokes. I by no means bumped into them whilst I used to be drawing, however you will be other if you don’t use stabilizers and/or sooner strokes to attract.

The roughness of the pill was once being concerned in the beginning, however the truth that they provide you with 20 substitute nibs in point of fact places your thoughts relaxed when drawing.

Like I discussed prior to, for the reason that pill itself is so skinny, you’ll be able to nonetheless draw with ease despite the fact that your hand strikes off the pill, so there will have to be no downside with the scale of the pill even for other folks with higher palms.


I will in point of fact counsel this pill for any freshmen who need to check out out virtual artwork with a in point of fact low beginning fee, or simply don’t have the funds to have enough money the rest larger. Alternatively, if you’ll be able to spare extra money to your pill, I might counsel that you just attempt to get one thing with a larger eight×five to 10×6 inch drawing space just like the XP-Pen Deco 01 for the moderately extra at ease and regulated revel in of a bigger pill.

In my view, I consider that the 6×four inch drawing space of the XP-Pen G640 is the naked minimal dimension that any one will have to get, so if you’ll be able to get the larger dimension, I might counsel you accomplish that.

Ordering from the XP-Pen Retailer

The XP-Pen Retailer is XP-Pen’s reputable on-line retailer. To this point, I’ve ordered two merchandise the usage of it; the XP-Pen AC19 Shortcut Faraway and the XP-Pen Superstar G640.

The nice phase concerning the XP-Pen Retailer is that they’ve unfastened delivery to principally all areas international, so that you received’t need to handle some ridiculous 20 USD delivery rate in your 40 USD pill.
Alternatively, the dangerous factor concerning the XP-Pen Retailer is that the costs for each and every product indexed on it’s upper than what’s indexed on their Amazon retailer. They’re perhaps giving “unfastened” delivery via having you pay further for the product to hide for the delivery within the first position. So consequently, you’re in reality simply paying for delivery, you simply don’t are aware of it!

Some other dangerous factor concerning the XP-Pen Retailer is that their delivery is gradual and unreliable, a minimum of, that’s the way it has been for either one of my orders.

For my XP-Pen AC19 Shortcut Faraway, they shipped it out on December 26, 2017 and it arrived on January 15, 2018. In order that took round 20 days.

I may fairly settle for the gradual delivery velocity as it was once round New Years and I used to be positive that might gradual financial system delivery. Alternatively, I had ordered the Huion H430P from huiontablet.com after New Years and it shipped out on January four, 2018 the usage of the similar China EMS -> Canada Put up direction as XP-Pen, and bet what? It arrived in simply four days on January eight, 2018. It arrived a complete week prior to the XP-Pen AC19 Shortcut Faraway which had already been shipped out every week prior!

In fact, I may have mentioned that was once simply dangerous good fortune with delivery, a minimum of, till they shipped my XP-Pen Superstar G640 on January 19, 2018 and it arrived on February eight, 2018. That’s 20 days once more!

So principally, except you’ve in point of fact were given no different possibility, I utterly counsel towards purchasing from the XP-Pen Retailer. Keep on with Amazon when you’ll be able to and also you’ll pay much less to your pill and likewise get your pill a lot sooner than when you have been to shop for it from the XP-Pen Retailer.

In any case, that’s all I needed to say concerning the XP-Pen Retailer.

Puts to shop for the pill

XP-Pen Retailer | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Folks dwelling in different areas will have to test their areas Amazon or see if the XP-Pen Retailer ships to them.

When you’ve got any questions concerning the pill, be happy to invite me!

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