Huion Kamvas 13 review: an entry-level pen display ideal for photographers

The Huion Kamvas 13 provides precise and tactile photo editing control for a competitive price

Huion Kamvas 13 on a wooden surface
(Image: © James Abbott / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Huion Kamvas 13 is a budget-friendly digital pen display that comes in at a size and weight that allows it to be comfortably used at home or out and about when paired with a laptop running your favorite photo editing or illustration software. Overall performance can’t be faulted, but the 1080p screen resolution does produce some chunkiness of the software interface while the image being edited is fine.


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    Reasonably priced

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    Provides precise editing control

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    Software-specific profiles


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    1080p screen is fine but a higher resolution would be better

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    The pen is light but also bulky

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    No carry case available

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Graphics tablets have long been the preference of digital artists and photographers thanks to their precise input and comfort when compared to a mouse. Pen displays, which are essentially graphics tablets with a built-in screen, allow you to work directly on the image and are traditionally extremely expensive. Prices have, however, come down drastically in recent years, and the Huion Kamvas 13 is one of the more affordable options available.

The Kamvas 13 costs $239 without a stand or $265 / £209 with a stand (the UK version is only available in a stand bundle). As the name suggests, the Kamvas 13 offers a 13-inch display in a 16:9 ratio alongside a pen that provides many tilt and pressure sensitivity levels for a more natural drawing experience.

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Colour gamut120% sRGB
Contrast ratio1000:1
Pen sensitivity8192 levels
Screen dimensions11.56 x 6.50in / 293.76 x 165.24mm
Dimensions14.43 x 8.56 x 0.46in / 366.5 x 217.4 x 11.8mm
Weight34.56oz / 980g
XP-Pen Artist 10 Pen Display

If you’re in the market for a pen display but have an incredibly tight budget, take a look at the XP-Pen Artist 10 Pen Display. While Huion occupies the mid-range and Wacom the higher-end of graphics tablets, XP-Pen covers the entry-level with respectable performance considering the low cost of its tablet devices.


If you’d like a much larger and higher-resolution pen display that’s the size of a monitor, the Huion Kamvas Pro 24 4K is a stunning pen display that comes in at a reasonable price considering the size and quality of the display. It is quite a beast though, so it’s far from portable and requires a desk or table for use.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.