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XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP VS XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 Comparison:- Which pen display is the best for you?

Let’s Compare XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP & XP-Pen Artist Pro 16, The Latest Pen Displays From XP-Pen

I recently reviewed both XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP & XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 pen displays, and while I liked both of them. The two provide different sets of features. XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 provides all the main features you would want from a pen display, but at a good price. While XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP is for those who want more, like 4K display, touch & multitouch features (XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 has 1080p screen & no touch). Despite the lower price, XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 have 8 hot keys, as well as a dial with dual functionalities for inputting shortcuts. This can compensate for the lack of touch, and I bet some artists would like them more.

The anti-glare screen in both are good, and makes it easier to use without them turning into a mirror (something glossy screens to suffer from), but is better in case of XP-Pen Artist Pro 16. Although XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP has better screen colors from what I perceived.

Despite the fact that XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP is cheaper, its pen only have one button on the side. This may not be a deal breaker, but you need to keep that in mind if you’re willing to buy it.

You can check out the price or buy them from XP-Pen store below:-

For detailed information about each pen display, you can check out my detailed reviews on them:-

Screen Comparison

The most obvious difference between the screens of both tablets is the resolution. XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP features a 4K display, while XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 has a standard 1080P display. Most artists would be fine with 1080p, but some artists would feel more comfortable with 4K, specially if you plan on creating artworks with high resolution.

Here’s a quick comparison between the color gamut of the two:-

  1. XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP 
XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 
Adobe RGB 92% 99% Adobe RGB
NTSC 88% 94% NTSC
sRGB 124% 133% sRGB

With both pen displays, there’s a shift in color when you look at them from an angle, but since you will likely look at them from an angle. I think this would be fine.

Touch & Multitouch Features

XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP features touch & multitouch functionality, which makes it easier to zoom in & out or rotate the canvas. If you are the type who don’t like touch & think it gets in the way, you could easily disable it from the driver program. Touch works well on Photoshop, it’s not the same as the iPad, mind you, but it’s close enough. It didn’t work the same way with some other programs like Krita, Pain Tool Sai, GIMP, Clip Studio Paint & Adobe Illustrator

XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 doesn’t have touch functionality at all, but the dial on the side compensates for that. When I tested it on various drawing programs, the dial also worked well with Photoshop, but didn’t work out of the box with other drawing programs. You could get around that to a good degree by changing the shortcuts of the dial in the driver options.

Connectivity Options(Connecting The Pen Display To Your Computer)

Since XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP has two USB-C ports, there are many ways you could connect it to your computer. The standard way is to use one USB-C port for power, and the other to connect it to your computer via the 2-in-1 cable.

There are quite many other ways to connect XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP to your computer. I wrote about them in detail in my review of it:-

    • Using The 2-In-1 Cable, And USB-C For Power From The Wall
    • Using the 2-In-1 cable, and the other USB-C port to get power from the computer instead of power adapter
    • Using The 2-In-1 cable, and using a USB-C to USB-A cable for power
    • Using 2 USB-C cables (using the power adapter for power)
    • Using 2 USB-C cables connected to the computer
    • Using 1 USB-C cable
    • Using 1 USB-C cables, to a computer with 1 USB-C port

There’s only one way to connect XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 to your computer, which is done via the 3-in-1 cable that comes with it. It’s a long & flexible cable, but I would have preferred if we had the option.

Pen Buttons

One of the things I didn’t like about XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP’s pen is that it only has 1 button. I mean, almost every pen display pen I know tend to have 2 buttons, so that was a step backward. XP-Pen Artist Pro 16’s pen does have two buttons.

Hot Keys

XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP doesn’t have any hot keys, so you will have to either use the touch functionality to resize the brush, select tools & move around the canvas, or you could use the keyboard or some other device for that. On the other hand, XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 has 8 hot keys, as well as a dial with two functionalities.

Initial Activation Force (IAF)

From testing the two pen displays, I found that both of them have low IAF, with XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP being the best among the two.

Anti-Glare Screen

Both pen displays have anti-glare displays. Which mean the screen won’t reflect a lot of light & turn into a mirror like many glassy screens. When comparing the two, I personally found XP-Pen Artist Pro 16’s anti-glare to work much better, as it reflects less light.

And Finally

Both pen displays in this comparison are a solid choice for creating artwork for anyone who want to draw directly on screen. Either to replace a regular graphics tablet, or to get into digital art for the first time. XP-Pen Artist Pro 16TP gives you more high-end features, while XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 gives you all the basics & some additional features.

You can check out the price or buy them from XP-Pen store below:-

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