Xencelabs Pen Display 16 review: a great value, accurate and compact 4K OLED drawing tablet

A serious Wacom alternative.

Xencelabs Pen Display 16 review; a pen display on a wooden desk
(Image: © Future / Xencelabs)

Our Verdict

A striking large but lightweight drawing display aimed at professional artists, the Xencelabs Pen Display 16 performs wonderfully, but you will need the Bundle package as the Quick Keys Remote is essential to get the most from this drawing tablet.

For

  • Beautiful display Excellent stylus Good design choices

Against

  • Lacks touch control Quick Keys Remote is required

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I had the chance to get an early hands-on with the Xencelabs Pen Display 16 earlier this month, and have been using it for four weeks now, to really get to grips with how his new drawing tablet really performs. This tablet is pitched between Xencelabs large Pen Display 24 and the traditional Pen Tablet Medium. This is a lightweight, smooth and smart looking display aimed at anyone who splits their time between the home and a studio or college, or needs a smaller display.

The eye-catching 16-inch 4K OLED is aimed at digital artists but can also be used as a second screen for anyone that needs a vibrant design-focused display. At 12mm slim and weighing 1.21kg this pen display is certainly portable, and indeed comes complete with a carry bag. Like all Xencelabs drawing tablets you get everything you could possibly need in the box, which I'll go into more details about below.

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The Verdict
9

out of 10

Xencelabs Pen Display 16

A striking large but lightweight drawing display aimed at professional artists, the Xencelabs Pen Display 16 performs wonderfully, but you will need the Bundle package as the Quick Keys Remote is essential to get the most from this drawing tablet.

Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.