I received Huion Inspiroy 2 L from Huion to review & give my opinion on. It has a slick & elegant design that looks very nifty on my desk (or my lap, when I place it there). It’s a medium-sized tablet, a size that’s suitable for someone starting at digital art for the first time (until they develop your own preference, of course).
The drawing surface has enough friction to help with drawing accurately, but without being too rough that you can’t make quick strokes or that it wears the nibs too fast. The initial activation force of the tablet (IAF) of the tablet is quite good, and close enough to some of the best tablets I used so far. Unless you’re really picky about IAF, you will be very satisfied with it.
Huion Inspiroy 2 L has 8 hot keys that can be program to do some of the common tasks you need. The tablet allows you to define 3 groups of hot keys, giving you a total of 24 shortcut at the tip of your fingers. The scroll wheel adds to that. I always liked to have a dedicated wheel for brush resizing (and other similar tasks). Having the wheel placed at the middle of the hot keys was a good choice. It made it accessible whether you chose to use the bottom 4 hot keys or the ones on the top.
The tablet doesn’t have any wireless connectivity. While this is one of the features I like to see in tablets. It’s not a deal breaker. Think of it the same way you think of wireless keyboards & mice. Some people prefer these features & would pay for them, while some others may not care about them at all, and would go for the cheaper price.
At the time of me writing this review. I didn’t face any negative issue worth mentioning.
As a bonus, I did a quick comparison between Huion Inspiroy 2 L & Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial at the bottom of this review. It case you are wondering about the latter.
Quickly go to:-
- An excellent tablet that provides a lot for the price.
- I like the scroll wheel.
- Hot key groups increases the number of things you can do with them. This is one of very few tablets I saw with such feature.
- Has a nice drawing surface. No so rough, and smooth enough to make drawing enjoyable.
- None so far
- Product Name:- Huion Inspiroy 2 L
- Model Number:- H1061P
- Color:- Black
- Pen Technology:- Battery-free EMR
- Hot keys:- 8 in addition to the scroll wheel.
- Has the ability to program 3 groups of hot keys
- Active drawing Area (PC):- 266.7 x 166.7 mm (10.5 x 6.56 inch)
- Active drawing Area (Android):- 166.7 x 83.35mm (18 X 9 inch)
- Pressure Sensitivity:- 8192 Levels
- Pen Resolution:- 5080 LPI
- Report Rate:- 260PPS
- Tilt Sensitivity:- ±60°
- Doesn’t support wireless connectivity (wired only).
- Connect to the computer using USB-C to USB-A cable (Or to another USB-C using the adapter if you’re using an Android device).
- Operating system support:- Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.12 or later, ChromeOS 88 or later, Android 6.0 or later, HarmonyOS 2.0 or later, Linux(Ubuntu 20.04 LTS)
- Tablet Dimensions:- 352.5 X 208.7 X 7.5~9.5mm
I started by unboxing the tablet. The box contained the following:-
- Huion Inspiroy 2 L tablet.
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- The PW110 pen
- Pen holder that doubles as nibs removing tool.
- 10 spare Nibs inside the pen holder
- USB-A to USB-C adapter (To connect the tablet to an Android device, or a PC with USB-C port).
- Quick Start Guide
Huion Inspiroy 2 L has a thin & elegant design. The metallic-like strip where the scroll wheel & the hot keys are looks particularly beautiful. While a good design isn’t strictly important in a graphics tablet, it adds to the fun of using it.
To set it up, I connected Huion Inspiroy 2 L to my test laptop using the USB-C to USB-A cable that came with it. After that, I usually download & install the driver from Huion’s website. But since I already had the driver installed back when I reviewed Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial a while ago, I didn’t have to do so. The tablet worked right away, with all of its features. Of course, if you’re installing it for the first time, you will have to download the driver from the website, then probably do some of the configurations, like disabling Windows Ink from the tablet settings (in case you use Photoshop). I still had to configure the hot keys and the pen buttons to suit the way I draw.
Now is the time to start drawing with Huion Inspiroy 2 L. So here comes the drawing experience.
Let’s start with the active drawing area, which is 266.7 x 166.7 mm (10.5 x 6.56 inch) on PC. While the letter L in the name makes you think it’s a large tablet, it’s a medium tablet based on the ones I tried. I classify tablets as very small, small, medium, large & very large based on all the models I am aware of. With the large & very large being a bit rare to see in the market. If you think Huion Inspiroy 2 L is a bit of a large tablet for you, then there are two smaller sizes of it, which are cheaper too. I will talk about that in a dedicated section shortly. Drawing on the larger active area was quite fun. If you’re used to medium-sized tablet, you will find yourself at home right away.
There is a healthy amount of friction on the surface while I was drawing with it. Enough to help you draw accurately, but while still being smooth to draw quickly. I doubt it will wear down the nibs too fast for most artists. This is one of my favorite drawing surfaces.
IAF (Initial Activation Force) is quite good with Huion Inspiroy 2 L. It requires you to apply very littl force on the tablet for strokes to appear. Which was similar to Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial (reviewed here). However, dragging the pen across the tablet surface with one finger still made strokes appear. This could be because Huion Inspiroy 2 L’s pen is a bit heaver than Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial’s.
Huion Inspiroy 2 L has the standard features you see in graphics tablets nowadays, like the 8192 pressure sensitivty levels and ±60° tilt sensitivity. Pressure sensitivity worked quite well. Tilt sensitivity also worked for me.
For some time, I had Huion Inspiroy 2 L on the top of my test laptop. Which turned it into a small drawing studio (Nihaha~).
Huion Inspiroy 2 L has 8 hot keys in total. These keys can replace the keyboard & mouse to an extend. Allowing you to program 8 different shortcuts to do various common functions, like mouse clicks, keyboard shortcuts, running an application, multimedia functions & so on.
In addition to the 8 hot keys, you can quickly change between 3 groups of hot key configurations, and switch between them using the 3 group buttons on the left to the hot keys. This gives you 24 functions in total. That can help you to have multiple sets, like one for drawing & another for painting, and a yet one more for images retouching. You can program the groups from the driver settings. to change the group you’re programming, you have to press the corresponding group key on the the Inspiroy 2 L itself, then program the hot keys just like you do with any tablet.
All the hot keys are application specific. So you can have the top hot key in group 1 do one thing in Photoshop, while doing something else in Illustrator. There’s also a default profile for the applications you haven’t created a profile for. It’s the only one you have the first time you set up the tablet.
At the middle of the hot keys, there’s a scroll wheel, which counts as a continuous hot key. The scroll wheel can make certain tasks easier, like resizing brush size or zooming in & out the canvas. You can also use it to scroll down while browsing. You can literally program it to continuously do any two shortcuts you want. For example, you can set it up to increase & decrease the brush opacity.
Since they can enhance my work flow, and since they are quite nice to have, I tend to view having wheels, touch wheels & scroll wheels features as a pro in general.
Huion Inspiroy 2 L comes with the PW110 pen. A gray pen with a rubber grip & two programmable buttons on the side. The two buttons work just like any of the 8 hot keys on Huion Inspiroy 2 L itself. the pen is battery-free, so you don’t have to worry about charging it.
In addition to the pen, you get a small pen holder with 10 spare nibs inside. Giving that Huion Inspiroy 2 L’s drawing surface isn’t that rough, I estimate that the 10 nibs, in addition to the 1 you get inside the pen, can last you for many many hours of drawing (but that also depends on how you press the pen against the tablet).
The pen holder doubles as a nibs removing tool. If you turned it upside down, there’s a hole where you insert the nib for easy removal.
Huion Inspiroy 2 L is available in 3 sizes. The one I received & had the chance of reviewing is the large one (L). If Huion Inspiroy 2 L’s drawing area (266.7 x 166.7 mm or 10.5 x 6.56 inch) is large for you, there are two smaller sizes you can pick from. So let’s take a quick one at them.
The medium model comes in black (just like the L model) or Pine Green. It has the following working areas:-
- PC Mode:- 221 x 138mm (8.7 X 5.4 Inch)
- Android Mode:- 138 x 69mm (18 X 9 Inch)
The Inspiroy 2 M has 8 hot keys, as well as the scroll wheel. It supports the 3 hot keys group I talked about earlier.
The small Inspiroy model comes in black or Sakura Pink. It has the following working areas:-
- PC Mode:- 160 X 100mm (6.3 x 3.9inch)
- Android Mode:- 100 X 50mm (18 X 9 Inch)
The small model only has 6 hot keys, as opposed to the 8 the other two models have. It doesn’t support hot keys groups. It’s also the cheapter model among the 3.
At a closer look, Huion Inspiroy 2 L looks quite similar to the Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial I reviewed a while ago. It has the exact active drawing area of 266.7 x 166.7 mm (10.5 x 6.56 inch). But the two are not quite the same. Here’s a quick comparison between the two:-
- Huion Inspiroy 2 L doesn’t work wirelessly. As opposed to Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial, which works wirelessly via Bluetooth, or can be used with wire if you like to.
- Despite the fact it’s the cheaper tablet, Huion Inspiroy 2 L has the hot keys groups feature.
- Huion Inspiroy 2 L has 8 hot keys (on the L & M models). Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial has 6
- Huion Inspiroy 2 L only comes with one scroll wheel. Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial comes with two dials that are more flexible in how you can set them up
- Huion Inspiroy 2 L’s pen is thinner than Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial’s
- The pen holders of the two tablets look different. I like Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial’s pen holder more.
Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial comes with 2 kinds of nibs (5 standard + 5 felt), while Huion Inspiroy 2 L comes with 10 standard nibs.
Generally speaking. Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial has more nice features than Huion Inspiroy 2 L that makes it more of a joy to use. But Huion Inspiroy 2 L gives you the important features you will need at a good price.
For the fun of it. I tried Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial’s pen on Huion Inspiroy 2 L to see if it work, and it worked.
From what I can see. Huion Inspiroy 2 L is a tablet with a good value for the price. I have reviewed another tablet around the same price point ( Gaomon M1220), and Huion Inspiroy 2 L beat it for the most part (the design, the hot wheel… Etc). Both are good tablets, but I recommend Huion Inspiroy 2 L more.
When comparing it to the Huion Inspiroy 2 Dial, Huion Inspiroy 2 L provide you with all the important features of the Dial (plus the hot key groups), but at a much cheaper price. I recommend the Dial if you can pay its price & want the extra nice features like wireless connectivity & the two dials. But you won’t go wrong if you picked Huion Inspiroy 2 L.