Review unit provided by Huion
The Huion Inspiroy Giano G930L is one of the biggest pen tablets currently in the market, and it's wireless (Bluetooth). The drawing surface area is 13.6 by 8.5 inches with a diagonal of 16-inches.
The biggest drawing tablet, by the way, is also from Huion and it's the Huion Giano WH1409 which is 13.8 by 8.6 inches released in 2016. And the third biggest is the Huion Q11K which is 11 x 7 inches.
This new upgraded model has improved pressure sensitivity, tilt sensitivity and Bluetooth wireless functionality.
Huion has designed this huge tablet to pair with huge monitors that are so common nowadays. My usual size recommendation for pen tablet size is 10 by 6 inches because it pairs well with monitors of various size. But hey, if you want a really big tablet, now you have the option, again. Just make sure you have enough table space for it.
Official retail price is USD 199.99.
The price is higher than most pen tablets because it's larger. And the price is quite close to pen displays, such as the Huion Kamvas 12 which is USD 219, or the Huion Kamvas 13 which is USD 239.
So why get a pen tablet when you can get a pen display which is more intuitive to draw on since you can see the line appear directly beneath the pen?
The main selling point of this pen tablet is for people who, for whatever reason, prefer not to have another display. It pairs well with a large monitor that you may already have. And using a pen display allows you to sit with your back straight while drawing so it's more ergonomic. Whether you choose a pen tablet or pen display really depends on your preference and budget. Ultimately, it's good to have more options to choose from, and Huion has so many pen tablets and pen displays to choose from.
Items included in the box are:
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Huion PW517 pen
- Pen stand with nib remover and 10 replacement nibs
- Quick start guide
- Artist glove
If you have a computer without Bluetooth functionality, you will have to buy a Bluetooth receiver. There's no USB wireless receiver included because the pen tablet only connects via Bluetooth.
The Huion Inspiroy Giano G930L is a good looking pen tablet with solid built quality and a premium feel.
The tablet is thinner than the included pen.
At the top left is a LCD display that shows the battery and connection status.
The six shortcut buttons are customisable and work well, and have firm clicking feedback.
There's a not-so-obvious piece of plastic covering the area where the buttons are. I only noticed that because there are scratches on the plastic which you can peel off if you want to.
The included Huion PW517 pen is also used by other Huion pen tablets and pen displays. It's well built, has a large rubber grip and is comfortable to hold.
The pen supports tilt sensitivity and 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity. The two side buttons are customisable.
The pen stand can hold the pen horizontal and vertically.
There are 10 replacement pen nibs and the nib remove inside the pen stand. These are plastic nibs. If you want a more tactile drawing experience, Huion has the PN05F felt nibs what sells for USD 10 for ten pieces.
To pair the pen tablet, you just look for the Bluetooth connection via your computer settings. It's Bluetooth 5.0.
Shown above is a weird pairing of a small 13-inch laptop with the pen tablet which is larger than the laptop. Ideally, you should pair this pen tablet with a monitor that is at least 20 inches or larger. Even with a 20-inch monitor can still work very well together with a 10 x 6 inch pen tablet.
If you pair the tablet with a small display, your hand movement will translate to a smaller movement on the display. It feels weird. Imagine moving your mouse and the cursor can only cover smaller distance on screen than your hand's movement.
Here I've paired the tablet with a 17-inch display. The 16-inch diagonal of the tablet isn't too difference from the 17-inch display, and hence your hand movement is translated to almost the same distance covered by the cursor. It's very easy to get used to the hand-eye coordination when the tablet and display size difference is smaller.
The matte textured drawing surface provides a nice tactile drawing experience with the default plastic pen nibs so you may not even need to buy the felt pen nibs.
Battery life is rated to last for 18 hours. The tablet will go to sleep after a period of inactivity (default 15 minutes) to conserve battery life so in practice the tablet last for many days.
The tablet can still be used while its battery is charging. The pen does not use any battery so no charging is required.
Windows and MacOS drivers are available. Huion has been adding Linux support for some of their products but there's not Linux driver for the G930L, yet.
Windows and MacOS drivers have almost similar functionality, except Windows has the additional Windows Ink functionality, and there's a "game mode" to increase the pen speed.
This is where you can customise the six shortcut buttons.
You can input your own keyboard shortcuts or choose from the pre-programmed shortcuts for the buttons.
The two side buttons on the pen can be customised. There is mouse mode.
Pressure sensitivity of the pen can be customised by moving three control points for finer adjustments.
If you're a left-handed user, you can change the orientation to 180 degrees so that the physical shortcut buttons are on the other side. The orientation of the LCD on the tablet will also change.
Drawing performance is fantastic. The PW517 pen is sensitive and accurate.
1. The pen has minimal initial activation force. Lines can be drawn by applying almost no pressure as long as the pen tip is touching the drawing surface.
2. The strokes can start thin, become thicker and taper smoothly.
3. Line transition from thin to thick is smooth. And the pen is sensitive enough to detect minor changes in pressure when drawing with minimal pressure.
4. It's easy to maintain consistent pressure to draw lines with consistent thickness.
5. Dots can be drawn by tapping on the surface.
The quality here is definitely good enough for professional artists.
Here's a quick sketch I drew with Medibang Paint Pro. There are no surprises when drawing. Drawing performance is predictable and consistent. The lines always come out the way I expect them to. My overall drawing experience is very positive.
The Huion Inspiroy Giano G930L is a beautiful looking tablet with solid build quality and fantastic drawing performance. I did not experience any glitches or issues while drawing, and didn't have to spend any time troubleshooting, so it was really easy to create this review.
I don't really have any major complaints.
The price of USD 199 is pricey. But you can decide whether it's worth the money based on the findings I've presented. This is a well designed and well made tablet that performs as expected.
Pros and cons at a glance
+ Beautiful design
+ Wireless convenience
+ Bluetooth 5 connection with no lag
+ 6 physical shortcut buttons
+ Support for tilt and 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity
+ Pen stand included
+ 10 replacement pen nibs are included
+ Fantastic drawing performance
+ No driver glitches with Windows and MacOS
+ 18 hours battery life
- Working on this huge tablet can be tiring
- No eraser on back of pen
- No USB wireless receiver
You can find the Huion Inspiroy Giano G930L in Huion online store.
Coupon code for $10 off: GIANO (valid from May 25 - June 25, 2022)
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