XP-Pen Artist 16 Pen Display (2nd Gen) review

This combined display and drawing tablet hits the sweet spot for comfortable proportions and pleasing screen detail

XP-Pen Artist 16
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The XP-Pen Artist 16 Pen Display combines a screen and drawing tablet to great effect. It’s big enough to make painting comfortable, and precise enough to make editing selections a doddle. It lacks some of the usability details of other pen displays, but it’s a capable workmate for busy image editors.


  • +

    Useful accessories included

  • +

    Good size for painting and drawing

  • +

    Display hits the sweet spot for legibility


  • -

    Pen feels a little light

  • -

    No stand to angle the display

Why you can trust Digital Camera World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out how we test.

If you’re the sort of photographer who spends hours in your image-editing software, perfecting the look of your image, a drawing tablet is a must-have tool for your desktop. Editing with a drawing tablet feels far more natural than using a mouse: you draw with a stylus that responds to how hard you press on the tablet surface. The best drawing tablets provide a roomy, comfortable drawing area, a stylus with a nice heft to it, and a good supply of shortcut keys so you don’t have to switch between tablet and keyboard too often.

The XP-Pen Artist Series offers even more by integrating a display into the drawing area. Just like drawing on an iPad or Android tablet, you are working directly on the screen – except here, the photo and user interface are provided by the Windows, macOS or Linux computer to which the pen display is connected.