With our computer, for most uses, we only need a mouse or a trackpad. However, in some cases, the mouse is not very practical to use.
For example to draw, on drawing software such as Photoshop or Gimp, or for processing photos under Lightroom or DxO. In these cases, if you want to make it advanced, the mouse quickly becomes the limiting factor. In this case, acquiring a graphics tablet can become interesting.
There are three types:
- The "classic" graphic tablets that are opaque with an active surface,
- monitor graphic tablets that are tablet screens
- and finally the graphics tablets that have their own OS on board and are therefore autonomous from any PC.
In any case, the graphic tablet is always used with a stylus. It's the way a PC is used that is closest to a pen and a sheet of paper.
For my part, I mainly use a graphic tablet to draw in Photoshop or for photo processing under DxO and sometimes Lightroom. Here I tested a large classic wireless graphics tablet, the Huion WH1409 brand Huion.
Content of the box and technical characteristics
- Huion Giano WH1409 Graphic Tablet
- 8GB USB receiver (including drivers and instructions)
- Rechargeable pen P-80
- USB cable to recharge and connect the tablet
- Style holder (with 4 spare tips for the stylus)
- USB stylus charging cable
- Microfiber fabric
- User manual (Mac and Windows in 12 languages)
- Technology: Electromagnetic Digitalizer
- Active zone: 350 x 220 mm (13.8 x 8.6 '')
- Total size 455 x 266 x 16 mm (18 x 10.5 x 0.6 '')
- Weight: 1.1Kg
- Resolution: 5080 LPI (Line by Thumb)
- Report rate: 230 RPS
- Pen Pressure: 2048 Levels
- Shortcut keys: 12 keys
- Reading height: 0.6'' (1.5cm)
- Wireless connectivity: USB Wireless 2.4 GHz
- Operating system: Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / XP / 2000, Mac OS X 10 8.0 and later
- LENGTH of USB cable: 1.5m
The WH1409 test of Huion
At reception, the package is well protected. The packaging is clean and neat.
The tablet is beautiful aesthetically, it is composed of a mixture of matte black and glossy. It's made of plastic. The plastic looks solid and with a weight of 1.1kg, it inspires confidence in solidity. However, its weight is not an obstacle to use. She stays nice even on her knees or lying on her couch.
The Huion WH1409 tablet is large, 45 x26.6 cm, with an active surface area of 35 x 22 cm. This makes it enjoyable to use to draw or any other task. The resolution and fluidity of the movement are improved by the size. With a resolution of 5080 lines per inch (i.e. lines of 5m), it can faithfully draw the lines drawn by the hand. The slightest movement of the hand is taken into account. This level of precision on such a large tablet makes it a very good precision tool.
In addition, it has a ratio rate of 230 per second. This means that it transmits 230 stylus positions per second. So the movements are fluid, the curves are not jerky. Even when drawing strokes very quickly, the drawing software takes longer to process the information than the tablet sent (see video below). In th
e box, there are 2 job notices, one for Windows and one for Mac, each translated into 12 languages. There is also a stylus holder that contains 4 spare tips for the stylus. Although it is not used as a pencil, the tip must be changed when it begins to show significant wear marks.
The stylus of the WH1409 has 2048 pressure levels. This allows for total control over the thickness of the line, the level of transparency and the color depending on the brushes selected in the drawing software. This experience allows to have natural traits, because imitating very well the strokes done physically with brush or other classical drawing tools.
The stylus also has a cap for the tip to protect the tip when not using it, if you ever drop it, etc. There is a USB charging cable in the stylus because it contains an internal battery that needs to be recharged from time to time. It can be used while charging the battery. The included microfiber cloth allows it to clean any fingerprints on the shiny black parts of the tablet, for example.
A second cable, USB – MicroUSB is provided for loading the tablet itself this time. Because this tablet contains a battery with a battery life of about 40 hours (battery of 2000mAh) to be able to use it wirelessly up to a range of 12 meters. Although 12 meters is not an option to draw, being able to use it wirelessly is an important asset. Without cable, you are free to go on your couch, outdoors, use your TV as a screen for example and any other usefulness you can find wirelessly. For my part, I really like this possibility.
The tablet's wireless receiver is a USB stick to add to its PC, it's a wireless USB receiver that communicates in 2.4 GHz. There are original drivers for Windows and Mac as well as the user manual. When you plug in the USB stick, the drivers install themselves on Windows (I haven't tried for Mac but I think it's the same). The key is 8GB, which allows you to use it as a receiver to use it as a work area! As it fits under the shelf inside. You can place your work files on the key. And when you're on the go, working on another computer without a problem, the key installs everything you need to connect the WH1409 tablet and if your work files are on it, just have an installation of your drawing or other software on the PC!!! This option can be very convenient in some cases!
For the PC configuration, once the driver and folder is installed via the USB stick, an icon appears in the system status bar that allows access to the admin configuration panel of the tablet. From there, you can adjust the function of the two buttons that are on the stylus, the sensitivity of the stylus as well as the screen used to transcribe the active area.
You can also reach a pressure test window, which allows you to see how a brush reacts with the settings set.
The advanced settings, on the other hand, allow the use of the tablet's 12 shortened buttons to be adjusted for repetitive actions depending on the software.
Like for example, under Photoshop switch from gum to brush, change zoom, save etc… All shortcuts are doable, up to 4 keys simultaneously!
A good configuration of these keys saves a lot of time by avoiding using the stylus to click buttons or keyboard for running keyboard shortcuts. The buttons are to the left of the tablet, and for me who is right-handed, when I draw with the right hand, clicking with the left hand on these keys, I gain in spe
ed. The 12 keys are divided into 3 groups of 4 keys, so you can group them by type of functionality for example. The biggest part of the job will be to memorize which setting you recorded on which key. But since they are large, if you feel the need it is always possible to annotate them.
The use of
In use, the tablet is very nice. Once you have taken it well and know the location of these shortcuts, it is a precise and effective tool! The active area has the same texture and feel of touch as Wacom tablets. The precision and quality of the design has nothing to envy the market leader and the Huion brand is a very good alternative for me with a very good value for mo
ney. After 15 minutes of inactivity, the tablet automatically goes to sleep to save battery power. To get out of the game if just switch the On/Off button on Off and then on On.
This WH1409 graphics tablet from the Huion brand is a good surprise for me. I did not know the brand a few months ago and I must say that I am not disappointed!
The tablet is very precise and responsive, giving very fluid and natural brush or brush movements in a drawing software such as Photoshop. It is nice to use. The Huion WH1409 tablet is large and therefore has a large design surface. It can be used wirelessly thanks to a USB stick that serves as a 2.4Ghz receiver as well as storage of our files and installer for tablet drivers. It's well thought out! All this is complemented by 12 programmable buttons for quick shortcuts depending on the software you use. The feel and quality of the design is similar to the leading tablets on the market. Except that there with a lower price, making it a tablet with a very good value for money.