Huion Giano Wireless Graphic Drawing Tablet with 13.8-by-8.6 Inch Huge Work Surface and 8GB MicroSD Card - WH1409
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Huion is a nationally supported and promoted high-tech enterprise which has the core technology and ability to research and develop independently. Huion tablets are designed to inspire people's creativity with our patented pen so that you can naturally draw as you would with the real pen and paper
Huion Giano - Bigger and Better
Huion Giano WH1409 is the largest graphic tablet in the Huion lines with a gigantic active area 13.8 x 8.6'' that you can draw freely on, ensures greater productivity
Wireless/USB Mode Available
Enjoy freedom in work with the wireless connectivity (up to 39 feet) and weight of only 1.1kg; The battery of 2000mAh will run for more than 40 hours and if that's not enough, it works with a power supply cable as well
12 Time Saving Express Keys
12 express keys on the left are all programmable, set them as keyboard combination shortcuts to your own preference and you'll enjoy the convenience of never using the keyboard and mouse again when creating artwork in drawing programs
Built-in Card Reader
Comes with a 8GB MircoSD Card just like the DWH69 and 1060 PLUS tablet, making it more convenient to save and bring your artwork along
Full 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
All Huion products are built to the highest quality standards and we stand behind our products with a full 1 year manufacturer's warranty
What's in the box
Huion Giano WH1409 Graphics Drawing Tablet
USB Wireless Receiver (on the back of the tablet)
USB Cable (4.92 feet, 1.5 meter)
Rechargeable Pen P80
Charging Cable for P80 Pen
Pen holder(4 Pen tips and 1 Removal Ring inside)
User Manual (Mac and Windows)
Most helpful customer reviews
109 of 114 people found the following review helpful.
Huion Giano WH1409
My first Huion tablet was purchased approximately two years ago. While impressive for its drawing capabilities and competitive pricing, the few driver/hardware compromises made it hard to recommend. That was the Huion 1060Pro+ (the first generation with seemingly 12 buttons but only 8 were functional) (yeah, that one). And while it's still functional, I've been given the opportunity to review this newer unit, the Huion Giano WH1409 at a discounted price for my honest review. This will lean more towards a comparison review but nonetheless, here it is:
This tablet is HUGE!!! The 1060Pro+'s entire body fits within Giano's surface area (pic included). I assumed a larger tablet would limit drawing speed, but not so. The Giano's surface is smooth which allows swift and effortless strokes. It almost feels like there's no limit to how far you can reach, which makes drawing very fun and unrestricted. The 1060Pro+ was the complete opposite: It would drag and scratch the surface due to its rough, toothy texture. And because of that texture, the nib would require monthly/bimonthly replacement (the chiseled/depleted nib would still work but felt awkward). Some may prefer paper-textured tablets, but it causes a major compromise for digital artists. You can only sharpen a pencil so many times before it becomes inoperable, which is the harsh yet fitting analogy to 1060Pro+'s nib and drawing surface. I ultimately had to stick with chiseled nibs since I used all my spares.
Fortunately, the Giano's nib hasn't chiseled at all! Even the drawing surface is scratch-free from my first month of use. And on the topic of looks, this is probably Huion's most aesthetically pleasing tablet to date (some of their earlier tablets looked kinda... goofy. Just being honest). In short, the Giano's surface area is an absolute pleasure to draw on and an excellent upgrade from their previous tooth-textured models. It encourages broad brush strokes while enforcing good drawing habits.
Which leads to my next mini-point: I tend to draw with my wrist (aka this is bad form and can lead to carpal tunnel), but because of Giano's large drawing area, I'm forced to use my entire arm to illustrate. I never thought this would happen but sure enough, my wrist feels a lot better from having a massive tablet. Pretty cool!
Next is driver and hardware/connectivity. The 1060Pro+, like many Huion tablets from that era, occasionally disconnects due to its loose USB port or driver stability. It would literally stop working mid-drawing, and the only fix was to manually disconnect/reconnect the cord, restart the pen tablet driver, and hope it doesn't crash again. This would get rather annoying if you use your rear USB ports (I use my front ports for this very reason). Giano's case is the exact opposite: Both wired and wireless mode (I'll get to that later) did not disconnect AT ALL in its first month of use. It's still connected right now, even! That was the biggest compromise for 1060Pro+ and the main reason I couldn't recommend it to friends. Anything from a slight nudge of the port or moving the tablet around would render the 1060Pro+ useless. This is fixed with Giano's unique block-shaped USB cord (micro-USB this time); it ensures a very tight and secure fit. The port is actually nested within the tablet so it's not possible to nudge or disconnect in use. I even lifted and jiggled the Giano around to ensure stability. It's probably not a good idea to do that but regardless, Huion finally fixed the main issue plaguing their earlier tablets. I can respect a company that actually listens to customer complaints and acts on it. Well done!
That concludes my comparison between the older 1060Pro+ and the latest Giano WH1409. A tablet with a smooth drawing surface, no more disconnects, improved drivers that work with all my art applications: that's really all I've ever wanted from a budget tablet. And yes, several hundred dollars less than the competition with a vastly larger drawing area is definitely budget-friendly and an awesome deal. With these features alone, I can definitely recommend this tablet. But the review isn't over yet!
Before I get to wireless functionality, here are some of the art programs I use with Giano (Huion likely has a full-fledged compatibility list but these are the only ones I can verify) Clip Studio Paint EX/Manga Studio EX 5 (I've included four Clip/Manga Studio illustrations drawn on this tablet in the picture section), Krita 3.0, Toon Boom Harmony Essentials/Advanced/Premium, Spine Essentials, OpenToonz, Photoshop CS5, and Drawpile. Fully compatible on Windows 10. On that note, if you have tablet issues with any application, you can contact Huion and they'll likely fix it in their next driver update. Even with my lukewarm 1060Pro+ experience, Huion was committed to updating their drivers on a regular basis. Drawing accuracy improved with each driver with less frequent disconnects/crashes. (trust me, these drivers came a long way in these past two years)
And finally: WIRELESS FUNCTIONALITY
I thought wireless was a fad for graphic tablets; I'm not the type to draw on my lap or hold it in the air like a palette. So I simply had no need for wireless... or so I thought. The 1060Pro+ (okay this will be the last comparison) wasn't exactly small either. I couldn't move it out of the way for physical media, such as a sketchbook, because as stated earlier, it would disconnect due to the loose port. The Giano doesn't face this issue, but it's not ideal to move such a large tablet while connected through USB. This is where wireless comes in.
To actually lift up the Giano, place it somewhere else, and use all that extra space for physical media, reviewing documents, or eating lunch at my desk (yeah...), it feels AMAZING!!! The Giano's size becomes a non-issue since you can literally move it anywhere you want. If you're so inclined, you can draw away from your desk and on a couch/bed; I've tried it! (you'll need a pretty large monitor to see what you're drawing, which is why I don't do that) (okay it actually feels kinda nice to draw on one's lap...). In short, the wireless functionality is phenomenal and it's my primary connection method. Top points for making me a believer!
Before I discuss the only negative (yes, there's one compromise!), I'd like to explain how to charge your tablet. It's... different. There's an ON/OFF switch near the top-left (bottom-right in left-handed mode) corner of the Giano. Interestingly enough, you can still use the tablet in OFF mode while connected through USB, which led me to believe ON was only for wireless. I also assumed OFF was the best way to charge your tablet since activating wireless mode would deplete the battery, right? WRONG! It turns out the Giano will NOT charge in the OFF position; you have to switch it "ON" to active charging mode! The tablet detects when the cord is connected so it won't activate wireless. I can only blame myself for not reading the two-line instruction earlier... so just to review:
Charging: Plug USB cord to PC/Mac. Switch ON (drawing while charging is possible)
Wireless: Disconnect all cords and plug wireless receiver to PC/Mac. Switch ON
Wired-mode without charging: Plug in USB cord and leave OFF
Another important note: the low-battery indicator blinks while charging. This is normal operation and simply an indicator for low-battery or charging mode. Wireless lasts approximately 40hours so it's a good idea to charge every two days or so. Drawing time varies per person, but in my experience, it runs a solid 3 days. The tablet will jitter/drop accuracy on the third day (towards midnight) (again, just my experience) which is why I recommend charging at the end of the second day. The device will not overcharge (verified by Huion) so if you want to charge it overnight while sleeping, you can do so with a separate USB outlet/hub. It should be more than enough time to fully charge the Giano (which I believe is 5-7 hours).
And now for that one compromise! The wireless USB receiver also serves as an 8gb flash drive. I already have multiple high-capacity drives/storage devices but it's a nice gesture for those who need it. Unfortunately this nice gesture becomes a slight hindrance because the actual USB receiver/flash memory (aka not the tablet itself) will heat up. I have another flash storage that does the same, namely the Sandisk Ultra Flair 128gb, and I haven't had any issues with that device (personally the Sandisk gets a lot hotter than this wireless receiver). As another comparison, smartphones and routers get pretty hot but that doesn't affect their wireless capabilities. With that reasoning, I don't think the heat will affect Huion's wireless in any way for the time to come. And just to reassure, if I should ever come across an issue with wireless, I'll update this review. If I forget, feel free to contact me in a year or so (by then you'll probably want the latest Huion tablet :P).
ALRIGHT that was a lot of text! Here's the tl;dr version:
-Ultra affordable tablet with twice the active-drawing area of overpriced competitors
-Smooth surface area protects nib from depletion/chiseled-effect (millage may vary from hand/grip pressure)
-Promotes healthy drawing habits by encouraging full use of arm as opposed to wrist
-Stable and improved drivers/firmware for accurate drawing (I've had their previous tablet for two years now; I can assure you the drivers work fine now)
-12 physical hotkey buttons
-Wireless functionality offers multiple placement options
-Improved USB cord/port for stable connectivity
-Aesthetically pleasing compared to previous Huion models
-2048 pressure sensitivity (totally forgot to mention this but most Huion tablets have this standard so I didn't feel the need to include it in the review.)
-Massive size can be daunting (you can resize the active area in the tablet settings if you'd like)
-Wireless USB receiver becomes hot in use (not sure if this is a problem yet. Will be beneficial in winter tho...)
Things not included in the review but would like to see improved:
-While 12 buttons are great, it'd be nice to set different profiles for each program. 12 buttons could easily become 144 and would absolutely bring Huion to the big leagues and further encourage my recommendation.
-Left-handed mode does not re-map hotkey configuration (this is confusing so let me explain). In right-hand mode, the very top-left button is called "K1" and goes all the way down to K12. In left-handed mode, our top button is K12 and goes all the way down to K1. Assigning the keys is confusing because left-handers have to map their shortcuts in reverse (aka, our K1 is labeled K12, K2 is K11, K3 is K10, etc). I understand left-handers are a small percentage of the world but it bares mentioning. Hopefully this can be easily fixed (I'll likely email them about it soon) In short, right handers have an easier time remapping keys because the software labels each button correctly but not in left-handed mode.
The Huion Giano WH1409 is phenomenal. It improves everything offered in previous models while greatly enhancing drawing speed, connectivity, and accuracy with improved drivers. Much of that is thanks to a company that listens and responds to customer feedback. It's a gesture I can truly respect. And we can't forget about price. Several hundred dollars less than the competition is a service to the illustration and animation community. I'm not sure where I'd be without their products and pricing, and I'm certain others in a similar monetary situation would agree. The Giano is, without a doubt, the current Budget-King of Massive Wireless Tablets. Thank you, Huion, for sticking around and improving your craft.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
1/2 a year later, still performing perfectly :D
Ok, here's my UPDATED review on this tablet. I've been using it for a while, and I gotta say, 97% of the time it works GREAT. No bugs, no mouse glitches, nothing.
The other 3% is when it's low on battery, the pen kinda glitches out and doesn't recognize on the computer, but it's easily fixed by charging the pen (by the way, you can charge the pen and use it at the same time! Granted, it's harder to draw, but still it works). Also, after long periods of use the tablet kinda stops working in my drawing program (FireAlpaca), but I don't expect it to be running perfectly during the 2-4 hours I use it.
The battery on the tablet is suprisingly good, lasting reaaaalllly long. I've only had the charge the tablet like 3 times. The pen on the other hand, lasts a couple hours, lasting ~10 hours (remember I use the tablet & pen in long stretches, then don't really use it again from a few days to a few months).
Wireless is awesome, letting me put it in my lap while I draw, which I find more comfortable. Even if the tablet is charging, the cable is pretty long and I can still move it around with ease.
So yeah, that's my update on this tablet. Even if it's a bit pricey ($140), it's pretty much worth it.
OH BTW there's a picture I drew in like 20 minutes up there. I've gotten slightly better... I guess...
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful.
A Massive Tablet on the Cheap That Hits Above Its Price
By Tommy Oliver
(You can watch my video review if you prefer here.[...]
The Huion Giano WH1409, which I’ll just be referring to from now on as the Giano because damn, is the latest non-display tablet from Huion and good lord is it MASSIVE. With 2048 levels of pressure, 12 hotkeys, wireless or wired connectivity, and a stupidly large active area for drawing, is this the perfect tablet for you? Let’s find out.
The last tablet I looked at by Huion was the DWH69, and was a big fan of that in nearly every way. The Giano takes everything that was great about that device and improves basically the entire package. The build quality of the Giano is fantastic, a sturdy mix of matte and piano black plastics that don’t give or flex, and with a fit and finish to the build that goes beyond it’s $159 price point. It’s worth noting that this is FAR below the asking price of $499 that a similarly sized and specc’d Intuos Pro sells for, while having a larger active area than the Intuos to boot. Huion’s claim to fame is its value proposition and here it’s once again proving to be insanely aggressive with its value per dollar.
Speaking of active area, the drawing portion of the Giano dominates the face of the device as one would expect, measuring a whopping 13.8” wide by 8.6 tall”, meaning your work area is similar in size to the average 15” laptop’s screen. Flanking the device on the left is all the input options for the tablet, a simple on off switch that enables the wireless connectivity, LEDs for monitoring pen activity, wireless status, and battery life indicators when in wireless mode. The dongle to plug into your PC conveniently can be stored in the bottom of the Giano itself, meaning you’d have to try pretty hard to lose it while on the move. Interestingly, the dongle is also an 8GB flash drive, allowing you to store work files with the tablet itself if you jump between machines, a very handy feature. Powering the Giano is a 2000 mAh battery that’s rated for 40 hours of use and charges in around six, which I’d say is pretty solid, but would still prefer something a bit longer, if you’re a freelancer pulling 8 hour days you’re probably going to be charging more than you’d like. That being said I’ve been working off the factory charge for the last couple days I’ve been testing, so for more casual use you shouldn’t have much of a problem. Under the LEDs are twelve hotkeys separated into three groups of four, thankfully swapping out the awkward capacitive buttons from the DWH69 for more traditional physical buttons. They’re a little mushy feeling but work just fine, and having a dozen to work with means your keyboard can take a break while you work.
Something that leaves little room for surprises is the pen included with the Giano. It’s the exact same pen Huion has shipped with both other devices I tested from them last year. A simple battery operated pen with a spring tip to bring it out of sleep mode, a rocker on the side for two functions, and a proprietary charger where the eraser would be on a Wacom. Normally having a subpar pen experience compared to Wacom has been the prime caveat to saving a significant chunk of change when looking at alternatives. However, the market has started to shift since last year, with Microsoft’s new Surface pens having eraser functionality, and even a $500 pen display from Monoprice having both tilt and eraser functionality, bringing it perfectly in line with Wacom. These deficiencies are going to become more jarring the longer they’re ignored and competitors begin to bring their A game. As it stands Huion isn’t falling behind the pack, but it's clear that this space is starting to shift. I don’t think this pen will be acceptable come next year.
So that’s the design, but that’s only half the story. How does the Giano actually perform?
My first surprise and a good sign of things to come came from driver installation. While not having the best of luck with Huion driver installations in the past, I had zero issues getting the Giano set up on my test rig. Ran the exe and was good to go. The Giano doesn’t come with an installer disc but instead has everything stored on the flash drive built into the wireless dongle.
At first I was having a lot of difficulty drawing with the Giano and couldn’t figure out why, only to eventually realize that it was completely my fault: the active area was a 16:10 aspect ratio, not 16:9 like most modern displays. The only computers nowadays that still use 16:10 are MacBook Pros though, so considering the target audience for this thing that was probably a good call, but for most PC users you’re gonna be weirded out at first. Luckily a quick jump into the driver settings and checking off the option to scale the active area to your display’s aspect ratio clears that problem up without any headaches.
Speaking of the driver there aren’t any surprises here either, the driver features basically identical to the other Huion devices I’ve tested. This is the other prime area that lags behind a Wacom device, features like the shortcut wheel having nothing analogous here, but if your primary concern is merely making marks on your canvas it has all the essentials you’d need like pen pressure adjustments, calibration, and a scratchpad to test your settings.
A device like this lives or dies by it’s pen performance, and I’m happy to say in this regard the Giano delivers. With a full 2048 levels of pressure getting dynamic strokes is a breeze, able to get clean, dynamic lines without much issue at all. The texture on the active area is smooth, but with just enough bite to allow you to be confident in your mark making. Maybe the texture is a bit smoother than an Intuos, but a far cry from glass. It’s pretty comfortable.
I apologize for not having that much footage of me using the device in action, but even after a couple days of testing I personally found drawing with the Giano a challenge. Not due to any fault of its own, it's every bit as great a performer as the DWH69, but because I tend to draw so small I continually underestimated the space I had and didn’t draw my strokes large enough. Whether this is a hangup of mine personally or something others will encounter I cannot really say. I will say that this is a great option for people who feel cramped with their current tablet. That however, has never been me, even with my tiny Intuos and Bamboo’s of the past because, again, I draw microscopically by default. So the Giano really isn’t the product for me, but from a purely technical perspective it works fantastic, and is far and away my best experience with a Huion product, outshining even the DWH69, which I really enjoyed. Driver installation issues seemed to have been finally ironed out based on my painless setup, the hokey touch buttons of the last tablet have been swapped out for actual keys, and the display, which assuredly was robbing the DWH69 of battery life, has been replaced with a more pedestrian set of LEDs, which just seem more practical given the fact that this thing can run on a battery.
Overall I’m really impressed what Huion has brought to market here with the Giano WH1409, convoluted naming aside. While the Giano lacks the multi touch options, eraser, and tilt functions of the Intuos Pro, and has a comparatively sparse feature set in its driver, I think most would find it hard to argue that those additions warrant the additional $340 the large Intuos Pro is asking for. If you just want a big space to draw on, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value than Huion’s latest offering. Just because it doesn’t mesh with my personal drawing habits, doesn’t mean it’s not a stellar offering from the company. If it sounds like it’s something you’ll like, you almost assuredly will.