In this review, I am going to have a look at the Huion Kamvas Pro 13, an in-display drawing tablet. As implied by its name, the screen measures 13 inches diagonally.
One of the standout features of the Kamvas Pro 13 is its use of a fully laminated etched glass screen. This is usually limited to higher-end models such as the Cintiq Pro line by Wacom. Providing reduced glare, it also gives the screen a nice matte, paper-like finish, while the full-lamination reduces parallax to a minimum.
Another thing I like about the Kamvas Pro 13 is the touch bar, which you can set to either adjust the brush size, zoom in and out of the canvas or use as a scroll wheel. You can quickly switch between these three options using one of the buttons on the side.
The screen is a wide-gamut display able to reproduce up to 120% sRGB – plenty enough for most users. It also boasts viewing angles up to 178 degrees, letting you use it anywhere from on your desk or even on your lap.
The pen is of a battery-free variety, with 8192 levels of pressure and tilt support.
Depending on your region, an adjustable stand is also included. I found it was perfectly adequate for most use cases.
The drawing performance of the Kamvas Pro 13 is good, with little to no line jitter.
Nikage goes into more detail with the drawing performance in their review.
Something that bugged me however was the screen calibration. In the Huion settings panel a calibration tool is present, where you touch dots around the screen. When holding the pen at the same angle you calibrate it, it performs as you would expect with the cursor right below the pen tip. Hold your pen from a different angle however, and the cursor will deviate from where it should be. I found this most noticeable when angling the pen from more extreme angles and when using finer brush sizes. With regular use though I didn’t find it to be as much a problem as I thought.
Apparently this was fixed through a software update. And yes, updating to the latest release in addition to re-calibrating the pen did in fact reduce this problem, although it is still present to a small degree. If this is something that you think will bother you, it might be worth saving up for a Cintiq instead.
- Anti-glare glass etched screen
- Slim body
- Sturdy aluminium build
- Wide gamut display
- 3-in-1 cable is bulky
- Requires a constant power connection
- Finnicky calibration
Find out more on how to purchase at the official Huion store.
Compared to the Kamvas 13
Huion released the Kamvas 13 in 2020 with a brand new feature: USB-C compatibility. Although the Kamvas Pro 13 has a USB-C connector, it unfortunately doesn’t allow using a single USB cable to connect to your computer – you are forced to use the included 3-in-1 cable which requires an HDMI output and access to a power socket, seriously reducing its portability. If you are someone who wants to use their tablet out and about, the Kamvas 13 may be worth considering.
Other than USB-C, compared to the Kamvas Pro 13 the aluminium build is downgraded to a plastic body, with the screen using a matte screen protector rather than a glass etched screen. Additionally, the scroll wheel is absent in this model.
You can see more about the Huion Kamvas 13 at the Huion store link below.