Online learning and working from home are more important than ever. But without the right tools, trying to teach, learn, design or draw can also be a frustrating experience. On the flipside, any tool that can make virtual learning or creating easier is worth its weight in gold, and that’s where XP-PEN comes in. Its professional and reliable graphics tablets, pen display monitors and stylus pens can transform the way you work and learn, whether you’re a student, a 2D or 3D artist, designer, illustrator, cartoonist or CG enthusiast.
Ahead of its virtual booth at Vertex 2021 (opens in new tab) – the event for 2D and 3D artists – XP-PEN (opens in new tab) took us through some of its most exciting and innovative products, and explained how these tools enhance your creative process, and help you learn better online.
01. Artist 24 Pro(opens in new tab)
The Artist 24 Pro (opens in new tab) is the very first 23.8-inch 2k QHD display. With its gorgeous 2560 x 1440 resolution screen, it not only looks stunning, but it also supports 90% Adobe RGB, ensuring your work always looks its best.
The 20 express keys allow users to tweak the tablet to suit their individual needs, while the included stylus pens’ 60 degree tilt function and 8,192 pressure sensitivity levels mean the experience is as natural and straightforward as drawing with pen and paper. The advanced handwriting technology also enables students to easily make the switch to digital, even at primary school age – and there’s reliable and professional support for higher art education, too, allowing students of all ages to better experience the online interactive classroom.
02. Artist 22 2nd Gen(opens in new tab)
The Artist 22 2nd Gen (opens in new tab) has an immersive 21.5 inch display with 1080p resolution, and excellent colour accuracy to boot, with 86% NTSC (Adobe RGB≥90%,sRGB≥122%).
With its super-quick 8ms response time, the Artist 22 2nd Gen has no lag, making it a delight to work with. Digital design and drawing feel super-intuitive, as the included stylus pen tilts to up to 60 degrees, and has 8,192 pressure sensitivity levels, meaning it picks up every stroke.
You can connect your Android devices to it via a USB-C connect, blowing up your phone's screen to the larger tablet size. And you can even listen to music while you work via the headphone jack. It also supports a USB-C to USB-C connection, so you can easily connect to your Mac, iMac or Windows machine.
The Artist 22 2nd Gen is also ideal for home learning, as it can be used as an interactive whiteboard to hand-draw images, graphics and diagrams. This helps maintain interest and foster an interactive learning atmosphere, even when learning virtually.
03. Innovator 16(opens in new tab)
The Innovator 16 (opens in new tab) – as the name suggests – is ideal for the true innovators among you. Its sleek fashionable design will be the envy of the virtual classroom or studio. It has a fully laminated screen, a 60 degree tilt function and a double dial that allows you to zoom in and out and make adjustments such as brush size. Having this degree of control makes a huge difference to your digital art, as you can easily tweak your work from your tablet until you’re happy with it – cutting out the need to make adjustments later on. You can also customise the eight keys as you see fit, programming them to fit with your software of choice and speeding up your workflow.
Best of all, it’s just 9mm thick – or should we say thin. This makes it ideal for learning or working on the go – whether that’s moving around the home to different work areas or for travelling to and from school, work or university.
04. Deco Pro
The Deco Pro (opens in new tab) won a Red Dot Design Award in 2019, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s the most affordable tablet on this list, making it a cost-effective solution for home learning or for budding artists and designers. With its groundbreaking dual wheel and trackpad, you can navigate your drawings and tweak your designs with ease. It’s also super-intuitive and fun to operate, integrating the best of traditional and new teaching media to allow for interactive and effective home learning or work.
Connectivity is easy too, as it boasts a USB-C to USB-C connector, as well as Android connectivity. The only problem is deciding between its two sizes: will you go for the small 9 x 5-inch or the medium 11 x 6-inch tablet?
XP-PEN continues to build on its world-leading reputation by innovating and enhancing its product capability, as well as providing its users all over the world with more timely, efficient and customer-oriented service and support. With online learning here to stay, there really is no better time to check out XP-PEN’s rich offerings. Visit the XP-PEN website (opens in new tab) to explore its products, and buy your ticket to Vertex 2021 (opens in new tab) today to get exclusive access to XP-PEN’s virtual booth on 25 February.