Hey all, I wound up getting a Kamvas 22 Plus and it showed up last week! I've had a chance to spend about 15 to 20 hours drawing on it so I thought it might be helpful in case someone else was also eyeing it or trying to decide on an upgrade down the road. It's this one here.
I'm coming from using an XP-Pen Pro 15.6" 2018 model. My main complaints with it had to do with the distance the pen tip was to the screen, and coming from using the iPad it was so much less responsive comparatively. All in all it's not a bad product, but it got frustrating at times. Oddly, the XP-Pen is definitely more responsive on Windows than Mac, which I'm assuming is a driver thing.
What I was agonizing over what whether or not to upgrade to an off brand again, or bite the bullet and upgrade to a Wacom. The biggest problem I had was that it seemed like no matter what I was in for a huge amount of money going for a Wacom, and then there these weird trade offs - like spending $2k on a 24" Pro and it doesn't even come with a stand except for the foldable feet. I mean, WTF is that?? The Wacom 22 comes with a bloody stand at $1200 brand new.
And going from a 16" XP-Pen to a 16" Wacom seemed kind of like a waste.
I also was agonizing over going with an iPad Pro, but at the end of the day I'm using the $329 iPad right now and it works fine for Procreate, so going for the Pro for almost 2x as much as the Huion or XP-Pen Pro 24" or 22" models, I think I in the end thought if my current iPad becomes obsolete I think I'd rather have a much larger stationary drawing experience and then just buy a new baseline model.
So here are some thoughts:
- First off... WOW the drawing experience from the off brands has improved a ridiculous amount in the last 2 years. The Kamvas 22 feels insanely responsive compared to the 2018 XP-Pen. I can say confidently it feels pretty darn close to the iPad. Personally I've never used a newer Wacom, so I imagine it's better, but this is pretty darn good.
- The distance from pen tip to where it draws is pretty much non-existent. I opted for the "Plus" model that had the laminated screen for that reason, and it definitely delivers.
- The footprint of this tablet is immense. I mean, you really have to consider your space. I have a 27" iMac at my office, and it's pretty close to the same footprint on the desk. So it's basically like having 2 27" iMacs side-by-side in terms of real estate.
- I was a bit worried about the lack of express keys, but so far despite the size I'm not having an problems reaching my keyboard. I can attribute that to having such a flexible stand. It's a lot easier to get this to a comfortable drawing position and still reach my keys. I still think I'd rather get a small programmable bluetooth keyboard setup so there are definitely options there.
- Another concern was the resolution. It's a 22" but it's running at 1920x1080. The Wacom 22 was the same resolution, so was the used Cintiq I was considering as well, so I think in the end that was a luxury more than a need.
One thing I'll mention - depending on your desk real estate, a 16" tablet might be a better choice for most people. I can say that I didn't have much to complain about with my 15.6" XP-Pen in terms of size. Sometimes I wished I had more real estate, and after using the 22 I can definitely say it's a luxury. But the fact that the new Huion was 22", had a laminated screen with better contrast ratio and also came with a fantastic adjustable stand for $550 just seemed like the best value overall. I feel like I'd be perfectly happy on a 16" screen for the long haul.
I think if I could do it all over again, before I got my XP-Pen, I might have invested in the 16" Wacom Cintiq and bought a really nice adjustable stand or arm for it. I'd watch the Wacom refurb store until it came up for sale for about $550.
If you have any questions feel free to ask away.