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XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro Drawing Display 2020 Detailed Review

XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro Drawing Display 2020 Detailed Review.

XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro Drawing Display: If you’re a digital artist, you know how frustrating it can be to get just the right tool. Sure, you could use a mouse to navigate your favorite program. But a mouse lacks the natural feel of a pen, brush, or stylus. 



The XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro Drawing Display is designed as a solution to all of these problems. It’s a dedicated display that’s designed specifically for artists. It’s made to respond to your stylus just as it would respond to a pen or a brush. This ensures that you’ll have a much easier time creating your digital art. Keep in mind that this is not a standalone device; it needs to be connected to a computer to work. We’ll talk about the overall design, the connectivity, and the quality of the screen. We’ll also talk about how it can be used. 


The XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro Drawing Display might not be a standalone device, but it’s built like a tablet. The screen measures 15.6 inches on the diagonal, large enough for most purposes.

It’s relatively slim, at just 11mm in thickness, or less than half an inch. And it weighs just 3.3 pounds, which makes it easy to transport in a laptop bag. The case itself is constructed from sturdy hardened plastic, with an easy-to-clean gloss finish. And the outer frame is beveled, which eliminates any sharp edges. 

Along with the XP-PEN unit itself, you’ll also get a stand. The stand itself is essentially a black plastic frame with a little adjustment foot. It measures 8.78 inches tall, and 13 inches wide, just slightly larger than the XP-PEN.

In all, the stand can be used in three possible configurations. First off, it can be used flat, simply elevating it slightly off of your desk. Secondly, the adjustment foot can be kicked out to prop the Artist 15.6 Pro up at a 20-degree angle.

For most people, this is the ideal angle to alleviate hand and eye fatigue. If you prefer a 90-degree angle, the bottom of the frame can be extended out to hold it vertically. It would have been nice to see a few more options, but this is more than you get from most tablets. 

Connectivity & Ease of Use

Connectivity & Ease of Use 

The Artist 15.6 Pro is compatible with most modern operating systems. It can be used with versions 10.10 or later of Mac OS X, as well as Windows 7 and later. Similarly, it’s compatible with almost any digital art suite. Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, and Clip Studio just scratch the surface of what it can work with. 

Unfortunately, the XP-PEN falls short when it comes to ease of connectivity. Instead of standard cables, it uses an octopus cable that connects to the proprietary port on the right side.

The three ends of the cable are HDMI and two USB-Type-A’s (one red and one black). As a result, you need to have all three of those ports available on your machine for operation.

Furthermore, if one of the cables or tips because damaged, the entire octopus cable will need to be replaced. It’s readily available, and not terribly expensive, but this is still a bit frustrating. 

Screen Technology 

One disadvantage of working on a digital screen is that you need to be concerned about color accuracy. With a low-quality screen, the art you see may not be what others see. With the XP-PEN, this is not a concern. It offers 120 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which works out to 88 percent of the NTSC color gamut.

This is more than sufficient for just about any purpose. In addition, the Artist 15.6 Pro provides 178 degrees of angle for visibility. This is great for collaborative projects. If multiple people are crowding your desk, they’ll all be able to see the same thing. And with 1080p resolution, you’ve got more than enough pixel density for a screen of this size. 

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Final Verdict 

Final Verdict 

So, how well does the XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro Drawing Display stack up to the competition? By most metrics, it’s the best drawing display you’ll find on today’s market. To begin with, it’s exceptionally sensitive.

You can angle your stylus freely and adjust the pressure, and the on-screen brush will automatically adjust. It feels like you’re drawing with a pen or a paintbrush, not a digital stylus.

In addition, color accuracy is exceptional. It’s comparable to most high-end professional monitors, so you won’t see any drop-off in quality. And the 178-degree viewing angle is a significant added benefit.