Huion GT-220 – Review & Testing

Posted on 2014/08/23 at 21:48 by daarken 5 Comments

The Huion GT-220 is a 21.5″ tablet monitor with an IPS display. It has a resolution of 1920×1080 and 2048 levels of pressure. At half the price of a Wacom 22HD, this is going to be a real contender once they fix some minor issues.

Update 8/27/14 – Huion has told me that the stylus trigger bug is being addressed and should hopefully be fixed in the next driver update.

Update 9/2/14 – Huion released new drivers on Aug. 28th that were supposed to fix the calibration issues. I downloaded and installed the drivers and it completely broke my GT-220. It no longer recognized the stylus at all. I rolled back to the previous drivers.

Update 9/9/14 – I purchased the Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter for my Mac. The trigger buttons can only be mapped to either left or right click and you can’t calibrate your stylus. I would NOT recommend the GT-220 to any Mac users. Here is the short video update.

Update 9/11/14 – New PC drivers again. This time the drivers actually work, but they didn’t fix any of the problems I had before. Calibration still doesn’t work properly and the stylus trigger button still doesn’t work either.

Update 9/13/14 – I was given a firmware update that was supposed to fix the stylus trigger button. I installed the update, but the trigger button still doesn’t work.

Update 9/18/14 – The new drivers (PC) helped with the calibration, but alt still doesn’t work in Photoshop.

Update 11/4/14 – Huion asked that I return the unit because I had problems with it, even though the deal they had with me was that I would be allowed to keep the unit if I did a video review. Multiple times I told them that returning the unit wouldn’t fix the problems since many of them are driver and firmware related. They said if I returned the unit, they would send me an updated unit that had fixed some of the issues I had in my review. I also did not want to pay for shipping. They agreed to reimburse me for shipping if I sent back the unit. I bought tracking and paid around $26 for shipping to California. They received the unit on Oct. 20th. After several unanswered emails, they have yet to pay me back for shipping, even though they received the unit 15 days ago.

Update 11/5/14 – After publicly posting about not hearing back from Huion yesterday, I received an email saying they will reimburse me once I send them the receipt.

Update 2/28/15 – I still have not heard anything from Huion since November and I still haven’t received a replacement unit like they promised.

Update 11/29/16 – It has been two years since I returned the unit to Huion. So far they have not sent me a replacement. They had told me they would send me an updated version of the GT-220 which had fixed a lot of the problems with the original GT-220. I noticed that the GT-220 v2 came out, but I never heard anything from Huion. I sent Huion an email on 11/25/16 about sending my replacement unit, but so far they have not responded.

Update 12/28/16 – So far I have emailed Huion 5 times over the past month, tweeted them several times, and messaged them through their Facebook page. I never received any replies. I decided to take it public and Tweet about how they aren’t answering me. The very next day Huion responded saying they never received any of my emails and they have asked me for my order ID three times. I told them three times that I don’t have an order ID but that I had a deal with Huion to receive and keep a GT-220 in exchange for the video review. They have again not responded.

Update 12/29/16 – Huion replied to my Facebook message. They said it was their “free will” to send or not send me a replacement unit. They said they would help me apply for a new test unit, but that they can’t guarantee that they will send me one.

Update 1/12/17 – Huion messaged me and accused me of trying to sell the GT-220 on eBay. I shipped the unit back to Huion on October 14th, 2014. I have the receipt, tracking number, email confirmations with Huion, and the receipt from PayPal when Huion reimbursed me for shipping. I presented all of this information, including photos, but Huion has not yet responded.

Price – $899
Technology – Electromagnetic Digitizer
Type – IPS Monitor
Screen Size – 21.5″ (Diagonal)
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Display Area (H x V) – 476.64 mm x 268.11 mm
Pressure Sensitivity – 2048 Levels
Viewing Angle (Typical) – H : 178° V : 178°
Pixel Pitch (H x V) – 0.2485 mm x 0.2485 mm
Native Resolution – 1920×1080
Hand Input Resolution – 5080 LPI (Lines per Inch)
Reading Accuracy – 0.12mm 2048 PPI (Pixels per Inch)
Brightness – 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (Typical) – 1000 : 1
Number of Colors – 16.7 M
Report Rate – 220 RPS (Revolutions per Second)
Response Time – 5 ms
Video Interface – VGA DVI HDMI

For more information, visit the Huion site.

Huion GT-220 Review from Daarken on Vimeo.

5 Comments on "Huion GT-220 – Review & Testing"

  1. kyle · 2014/10/10 at 07:54 · Reply

    Hey Daarken! I was just following up and wondered if you had experienced any additional updates to this unit that made everything work the way it should. I’d really like to own a tablet like this, but the wacom ones are out of my range for now. this seems like the best alternative?

    Thanks, man. I appreciate your blogs and videos


    • daarken
      daarken · 2014/10/13 at 08:19 · Reply

      I just added some more updates in the description. The calibration is better, but you still can’t bind alt to the trigger in Photoshop. I would also avoid this unit at all costs if you plan on using it with a Mac.

  2. Andrew · 2015/03/08 at 14:50 · Reply

    They said you could keep the unit if you did a review then asked for it back when the review was not favorable to them? Sounds like they tried to bribe a good review. I know when people do reviews they sometimes get to keep a sample of the product but i’ve never heard of a company that said you could keep the item then get mad and take it back when it doesn’t go their way. Think I will stay away from Huion.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2015/03/10 at 09:01 · Reply

      Yeah, I was pretty upset about that. Plus they weren’t even going to pay for shipping. I had to argue with them about it. Their reasoning for wanting the unit back was because it was “defective” and because I was “unhappy” with the product. Supposedly they are going to send me a replacement unit, but I haven’t heard a single word from them since November, so I’m guessing I will probably never receive that replacement unit.

  3. Nick Viton · 2022/06/02 at 02:47 · Reply

    Thanks for the info.
    Huion has some amazing tablets.
    When I started looking into using a tablet, I was considering a Wacom. Then I discovered Huion and XPPen. Only a fraction of the cost of a Wacom.
    I just bought the XP-Pen Artist 22 (2nd Generation). What a great tablet! USB-C connection, super Precise battery-free stylus with 21.5-inch large screen. less than a quarter price of Wacom cintiq.

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