Whether you are a graphic designer, illustrator or enthusiastic hobby artist, anyone who draws and paints a lot digitally on a PC, notebook or smartphone will need a drawing tablet at some point. With the Huion Inspiroy 2, the Chinese manufacturer offers a compact and affordable model in three sizes. In our Huion Inspiroy 2 size S test, we find out what this device has to offer.
|Huion Inspiroy 2 S
|246 mm x 152 mm x 9 mm
|160 x 100 mm (6.3 × 3.9 inches)
|6 scroll wheel (pen with 2 buttons)
|Windows (from version 7), macOS (from version 10.12), ChromeOS (from version 88), Android (from version 6.0), Linux (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS)
|PW110; battery-free; 8,192 levels
|€ 72.99 *
Huion Inspiroy 2 test: scope of delivery, design and workmanship
- Lots of accessories included
- Compact design; low weight
- High-quality workmanship
With over 12 years of experience, manufacturer Huion is one of the best-known names in the field of drawing tablets. With the Inspiroy 2, they are now launching what is perhaps the ideal solution for use on the move.
Let’s start with the scope of delivery. In the box of the Huion Inspiroy 2, in addition to the drawing tablet itself, we find a number of accessories. These include, for example, the PW110 digital pen and pen holder, which contains 10 additional pen tips – should the pre-installed tip wear out. In addition to a quick start guide, there is also a USB-A to USB-C cable and a USB-C adapter.
Huion offers the Insiproy 2 in a total of three sizes. We took a look at the particularly compact S model, which is especially handy with dimensions of 246 mm x 157 mm x 9 mm (width x depth x height) and weighs just 275 grams.
This means that the drawing tablet fits comfortably in a bag or backpack, making it a reliable companion when traveling. If you like it larger and with more additional keys, simply choose size M or L.
The device itself comes in a black color scheme and consists mainly of the drawing area on the top, while a total of six additional buttons and a scroll wheel can be found on the left edge. the non-slip back has four rubber feet that ensure a secure grip on all surfaces.
The pen requires no battery at all, is around 155 mm long and is very comfortable to hold thanks to its rubberized grip surface. It also has two dedicated buttons that can be used to quickly execute commands.
Despite the comparatively low price, there is absolutely nothing to complain about in terms of build quality. The tablet and accessories feel quite robust and of high quality, only the stylus seems a little questionable.
Setting up and operating the Huion Inspiroy 2
- Quick and easy to use
- Broad operating system compatibility
- Manual driver installation required
Once we have connected the Huion Inspiroy 2 to a PC or notebook, the drivers should first be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website and installed. Incidentally, the drawing tablet is compatible with Windows, macOS, ChromeOS and Android, as well as a whole range of software solutions.
When the drivers are installed, the companion app “HuionTablet” is also installed, which even comes with German-language texts. In contrast to some user reviews, the drivers did not cause any problems in my test – a recently released update may have already remedied this.
The software is primarily used for the settings. For example, you can reassign the side buttons and those of the pen, adjust the working area or regulate the pressure sensitivity.
The setting options leave nothing to be desired. You can even start apps, select tools directly or open individual quick menus at the touch of a button, which can be defined individually for each app.
The pressure sensitivity of the pen can be adjusted in five predefined curves, which can also be freely customized. Professionals can go wild here down to the last detail – or leave everything as it is in the app.
There is nothing else to set up with the Huion Inspiroy 2. As soon as the tablet is connected via cable, it is ready for use. However, during our test, there were errors with Windows Ink, which was not available despite being activated in the app. However, this problem could be solved by restarting the system.
Huion Inspiroy 2 in a practical test
- Works quickly and reliably
- Very precise pen recognition
- Minimal delay during implementation
Now, I’m not someone who is particularly good at drawing, nor do I have particularly beautiful handwriting. So just imagine the examples from a talented artist… or something.
But be that as it may. In practice, the Huion Inspiroy 2 does an impeccable job. I tested the drawing tablet with various drawing and image editing apps as well as with note-taking programs.
The stylus reliably implements all inputs. The pen’s pressure level recognition also works flawlessly in practice. However, it is difficult for me to say whether it can really recognize the full 8,192 levels.
The pen recognition works flawlessly and displays the cursor as soon as the pen is about one centimeter above the tablet. You can even work at an angle of /- 60 degrees and use the pen almost completely flat on the tablet – which is of course very practical for coloring in larger areas or drawing straight lines.
The pen on the Huion Inspiroy 2 also does the latter without any visible line jittering. The controls on the left-hand side are very practical for quickly switching between different tools or zooming in and out of the workspace.
However, as a left-hander, it is quite common to accidentally press the buttons, while I have also accidentally triggered the pen buttons several times. But since the functions can also be deactivated, I don’t think this is a problem. Especially as you have fewer problems with this as a right-hander.
The tablet itself offers very good gliding properties, allowing you to draw fine lines and precise details. However, I noticed in the test that inputs are digitally implemented with a minimal delay. However, this is still perfectly acceptable and didn’t really bother me.
Huion Inspiroy 2 test: Conclusion
The Huion Inspiroy 2 offers a comparatively inexpensive entry into the world of drawing tablets. The compact size S model in particular, with its small dimensions and low weight, fits into any backpack and is quickly ready for use thanks to the USB-C port.
The pen recognition, whether with Windows Ink or not, is extremely reliable and precise, allowing you to draw accurately, take notes and much more.
Another positive aspect is the wide range of compatibility with different operating systems. This not only appeals to Windows users, but also those who want to get creative with macOS, Linux or even on their smartphone.
Only the minimal input delay and the limited ease of use for left-handers are a little annoying. I was unable to verify the driver problems described by some users during the Huion Inspiroy 2 test; they did their job perfectly for me.
So if you are looking for an affordable and reliable drawing tablet, the Huion Inspiroy 2 is definitely worth a look.