Drawing tablets come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but usually, they are limited to a solid-colored drawing surface that looks similar to the trackpad of a laptop. This is fine, but it also forces your eyes to the screen as your hand is somewhere else, which isn’t as natural as drawing on a piece of paper or painting on a canvas. Therefore it is a bit of an upgrade to switch to a drawing tablet that has a screen built-in, allowing you to draw directly onto the image itself. Something like the Veikk Studio VK2200 Pro Drawing/Pen Tablet.
This tablet has a built-in 1080p IPS screen, allowing for a crisp image that you’d expect from an IPS monitor. While providing a 21.5-inch drawing space, allowing you to work on large graphics with all of the space offered (or large sections of said graphics). It really takes drawing tablets to the next level and allows you to draw or paint using a more natural approach.
It really is a huge 21.5-inch IPS monitor that can be drawn all over on. It responds to just the pen so that the side of the palm of your hand doesn’t interfere with your work as you rest it against the screen. The company does give you a half-glove to wear as well, in case you want to avoid any handprints on the glass.
It is also familiar when it comes to having a number of controls on the side that allow the user to swap between favorite tools, rotate, zoom, or change tool size (ie, brush size). All with a tap of any of the multiple buttons or dials to the left of the screen.
These buttons can be configured to the user’s needs using the software, allowing them to take full control over the most commonly used functions while working on their creations.
The two scroll wheels have four functions each (with the ability to switch between them using the center button of each scroll wheel) and the eight keys can be assigned as needed. Leaving for plenty of customization.
The tilt of the screen can be easily adjusted using the built-in stand that is incredibly user-friendly. Simply reach behind the screen from the top and pull up on the latch (top-right of the top of the stand, as seen in the above image). The tilt can easily be adjusted and when you are happy, let go of the latch and it will lock into place.
It feels quite durable and holds tightly to the screen. You won’t have any issues with it slipping during use or sliding around. The screen rests on one leg and is supported by the other. All legs are protected with rubber to allow for it to maintain position on the surface you are using while keeping both the surface and the screen free from scuffs or scratches.
You get two pens with this screen and they don’t depend on any batteries. So there is no recharging or swapping of batteries unlike some of the active pens out there. These feel great in your hand and the rubberized coating helps to maintain your grip.
They feature 8,192 pressure levels and a 60° tilt function. Offering plenty of accuracies as you draw. The pens slide easily across the screen without any accidental slips. In other words, it does feel as though you are properly drawing on a surface and not sliding around a slippery layer of glass. So the experience does feel a bit natural.
Like most pens that come with swappable nibs (tips), this does come with a stand for the pen that pops open to reveal storage for them. The nibs already come neatly inserted into the foam inside and the two pieces come together with a twist.
There is also a supply of additional nibs in the box in case you need to refill these (you get plenty).
Like any monitor, you have your selection of buttons to control the various features of the screen. It connects to your system using an HDMI and USB cable (and comes with both).
In fact, it comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable and a USB-C to USB-C. Allowing you to connect the display to any system regardless of which USB port is available. Increasingly important as many laptops move toward replacing USB-A with USB-C in order to save space (allowing for thinner laptops). Like any monitor, it does require power to the wall, so it does come with a power brick/adapter.
The HDMI provides the video to the screen while the USB cable provides the data. It can work with virtually any system, regardless of the operating system (ie, Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, or Linux).
So far, we have found the screen to be quite responsive and incredibly friendly. A great companion to anyone who works within Photoshop, Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, or any similar creative application. Great for conceptual designs, as well as detailed art projects. From amateurs to professionals, it could easily fulfill the task.
The screen is large and looks great. The keys and dials are very helpful (as you’d expect on any drawing tablet) the stand is absolutely fantastic. It is both sturdy and friendly to adjust. It comes with plenty of accessories and so many extra nibs. The second pen is a nice touch.
As for the price, it does seem fitting. Although you have to shop around since it seems to jump all over for some odd reason. Some stores online have it for the $469 MSRP while others range as high as $629. So our review/score is heavily reflective of the MSRP cost and not the inflated values we have seen. So click/shop around (we have links/buttons below to help with this) so that you can make sure to find the best deal.
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- Model: VK2200PRO
- Dimension: 556(L) x 329(W) x 16.6(H) mm (Not including Stand)
- Active Area: 21.5 inch (476.64 x 268.11 mm)
- LCD Type: IPS
- Full Lamination: YES
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Brightness: 270 cd/
- Visual Angle: 178(H) – 178(V) (degrees)
- Support Color: 16.7M
- Color Gamut: 92% NTSC
- Pen: P05 Battery-free Pen
- Pen Pressure: 8,192 Levels
- Tilt: 60-Degree
- Pen Resolution: 5080 LPI
- Reading Height: MAX 15 mm
- Keys: 8 Shortcut Keys, 2 Quick Dials
- Interface: DC Power in, USB, HDMI
- Input Voltage: AC 100~240v 1.4A
- Output Voltage: DC 12V 3V
Co-Authors: Jeffrey B.
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