XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) review

The XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) is affordable but doesn't skimp on the tech, so is there a catch?

XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) review; represented by a photo of a drawing tablet on a wooden desk
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Our Verdict

The XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) is the generational follow-up to last year's XP-Pen Artist 16 and features some neat new touches over that older model, including use of XP-Pen's new X3 Smart Chip tech to power its battery-free stylus, which is excellent. This 2nd-gen model also boasts support for ChromeOS and Android alongside Windows and Mac – but you'll need to buy the USB-C to USB-C cable separately, which is a pain. Overall, once up and connected, which can be erratic, the XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) is a neat and affordable pen display.

For

  • Excellent stylus technology
  • Vibrant, glare-free screen
  • Now compatible with ChromeOS and Android

Against

  • You need to buy the USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Can be cumbersome to setup

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The new XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) is an update of the brand's popular XP-Pen Artist pen display range, and aims to bring some high-end tech to everyone who's looking for a budget-friendly tablet – it's roughly $250 / £230 less than a Wacom Cintiq 16 and $20 / £56 lower than a Huion Kamvas 16.

To find out where the XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) fits into the burgeoning lineup of pen displays, take a look at our guides to the best drawing tablets and the the best tablets with a stylus for drawing and note-taking. There's some crossover, and you can get an idea of where this upgrade from XP-Pen sits.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen)

The XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) is the generational follow-up to last year's XP-Pen Artist 16 and features some neat new touches over that older model, including use of XP-Pen's new X3 Smart Chip tech to power its battery-free stylus, which is excellent. This 2nd-gen model also boasts support for ChromeOS and Android alongside Windows and Mac – but you'll need to buy the USB-C to USB-C cable separately, which is a pain. Overall, once up and connected, which can be erratic, the XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) is a neat and affordable pen display.

Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.