XP-PEN Innovator 16 review

The XP-PEN Innovator 16 is a reliable digital drawing tool that holds its own.

XP-Pen innovator 16 review
(Image: © Ben Brady)

Our Verdict

Sleek design and good build quality makes the XP-PEN Innovator 16 feel and look like a bargain for the price. The drawing experience itself is pretty slick, in terms of responsiveness and pressure sensitivity. It also comes with free drawing software Artrage 5, and its pared down interface allows more surface area for drawing.

For

  • Free drawing software
  • Slim and portable
  • Very reasonably priced

Against

  • Not touch screen
  • Could be brighter
  • Lack of adjustable stand

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The XP-PEN Innovator 16 is a great example of a mid-range pen display that sits snuggly between Wacom’s Cintiq 16 and Huion’s Kamvas Pro 16 at a more than reasonable $529.99 / £449.99. 

How does it stand out? In terms of build quality it is slimmer and more compact than either of the previously mentioned tablets, has marginally better colour gamut (meaning colour reproduction), and is equal if not slightly brighter, too. If I were upgrading from smaller tablet, or were weighing up the options on this best drawing tablets list, I’d give the XP-PEN Innovator 16 serious consideration.  

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

XP-PEN Innovator 16

Sleek design and good build quality makes the XP-PEN Innovator 16 feel and look like a bargain for the price. The drawing experience itself is pretty slick, in terms of responsiveness and pressure sensitivity. It also comes with free drawing software Artrage 5, and its pared down interface allows more surface area for drawing.

Ben is an artist and illustrator based in Bristol. He works in traditional woodcut, drawing and digital mediums. For Creative Bloq, he reviews drawing tablets and styluses, as well as the latest and greatest digital software for artists. His artwork has been exhibited across Bristol, and his words have also appeared in ImagineFX magazine.