Huion Inspiroy H1060P review | creative block
The Huion Inspiroy H1060P is a fairly basic model. However, this pen tablet offers the beginner user a good amount of good basic features, namely a generous drawing area, plenty of shortcut keys and a battery-free pen with competent sensitivity levels. Huion Inspiroy pen tablets are comparable to Wacom’s Intuos range and XP-PEN’s DECO series.
Size/design 10 x 6.25 inches
pen pressure 8192 levels
Style without battery
Express keys Yes, 12 hard and 16 soft
Compatible Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.11 and later
Supplements included Glove, feathers and pen holder
Although the Huion Inspiroy H1060P might offer more in terms of size and buttons than a Wacom Intuos, it is of course not as smooth in terms of drawing experience – although the Inspiroy H1060P is no slouch . Being a few years old now doesn’t mean it’s still delivering performance, and anyone with more user experience will also find this to be a more than capable unit.
Already listed in our best drawing tablets, the Huion Inspiroy H1060P deserves a closer look, to see if it still lives up to the respected digital art tool it’s generally considered to be. For this review, I played around with the Huion Inspiroy H1060P using a number of art programs, including Affinity Photo and Designer, Krita, and MediBang Paint Pro.
Below I test this budget tablet, but take a look at our guide to the best Huion tablets to see where this one ranks, or if you’d rather spend more to get a high-end tablet for drawing.
Huion Inspiroy H1060P review: In the box and configured
The beautifully illustrated box contains everything you would expect, including the stylus, a drawing glove, some connectors for an Android phone and USB-C, a pen holder with spare nibs and a nib extractor, and a guide quick start.
Once the tablet is connected (micro USB to USB-A), it’s a quick driver download and setup. Not much to report here, the basic tablets only require basic setup, and it’s done before you know it.
Huion Inspiroy H1060P review: the drawing surface
The large drawing area (10 x 6.25 inches) provides great freedom in gestures and mark making, and it doesn’t feel restrictive at all. The surface itself is quite smooth, and not as “greedy” as some other tablets, although it is textured enough for better drawing control.
Overall I found the drawing surface to be about right and certainly fit for purpose. I’ve used it in various applications to get an idea of how it can fit into my workflow and was happy with how the Huion Inspiroy H1060P stood up.
Huion Inspiroy H1060P review: Pen performance
This battery-free stylus fits very well in the hand, weighing only 13g. Its rubber grip is comfortable for longer drawing sessions and sports two customizable shortcut buttons on the stem.
In terms of sensitivity, the 8192 levels are fairly standard for most styluses, regardless of manufacturer, and are comparable to an Apple Pencil, and this one delivers. You can define how sensitive it is in terms of how much pressure your hand exerts when setting it up, making it more or less sensitive depending on how heavy or light you are.
I found the 60 degree tilt function of the pen, for this creation of calligraphic gesture marks, depending on the brushes you are using, works and reacts smoothly. The Huion Inspiroy H1060P’s stylus is about as good as you’d expect.
Huion Inspiroy H1060P review: Design and build
Design-wise, it looks like a solid unit. Yes, it’s plastic, but you’d expect that for a tablet in this price range. It’s sturdy and with angled edges it’s also easy on the wrists during extended use. It is also very elegant and rests on a desk thanks to its 4 rubber feet.
What is generous is the large number of customizable shortcut buttons. You’re offered 12 hard buttons – which feel a little loose and plasticky – and 16 soft buttons. Having them as an option to fully customize your setup, for each artistic program as well, makes the overall experience much more personal and intuitive. This makes it a tool that you may take some time to learn – the drawing experience is already very good, so the ability to ‘tweak’ yourself on the tablet and create the most comfortable setup for you is a plus.
It’s also easy to configure for left-handed use in the setup screen. The only annoying thing really is the fact that it’s not cordless – that cord always seems to be in the way, left handed or not!
Huion Inspiroy H1060P review: Price
To $99 / £59.99 it definitely seems like a worthwhile buy. There are varying degrees of Huion Inspiroy Tablets and although the H1060P is a bit older, it still presents itself as a main competitor (which is why there are so many with such minor differences is confusing – Huion’s ingenuity and attention would surely be better focused on less and better tablets).
Huion Inspiroy H1060P review: Should you buy it?
Wacom tablets in this price range will offer less in terms of size and buttons, but will undoubtedly be better made and provide a better drawing/surface etc experience. But, the Huion H1060P gets the job done (actually works perfectly well) and is generous in size.
A first-time buyer will be well-settled with this tablet and will undoubtedly enjoy many hours of creation, as would anyone wanting a modest upgrade from something smaller. All in all, this is a well-made, budget-priced pen tablet that should last the test of time.