XPPen Artist Pro 14 (Gen 2) review: a marked improvement for XPPen’s flagship

XPPen Artist Pro 14 (Gen 2): One-minute review

XPPen Artist Pro 14 (Gen 2): Specs

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XPPen Artist Pro 14 (Gen 2) review unit specs
Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.6 x 0.75 inches / 359.30 x 268.57 x 19.31mm
Active drawing area: 11.8 x 7.4 inches / 298.94 x 186.84mm
Display resolution: 1080 x 1200
Screen featires: Fully laminated
Resolution: 5080 LPI
Pressure levels: 16,384
Color gamut: 99% sRGB, 85% Adobe RGB (coverage)123% sRGB, 91% Adobe RGB (area)
Stylus: X3 Pro Smart Chip Stylus
Connections: 2x USB-C
Compatibility: Windows 7 (or later), macOS 10.10 (or later), Android (USB3.1 DP1.2), Chrome OS 88 (or later), Linux.

XPPen Artist Pro 14 (Gen 2) on a table

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XPPen Artist Pro 14 (Gen 2): Design

  • Cleaner bezel than previous models
  • Inbuilt stand isn’t great; no VESA mount
  • Cool pen holder and compact keydial

The last XPPen tablet I tested was the XPPen Artist 15.6 Pro, and boy, does this feel like a change for the better in terms of design. Where the older, first-generation Artist 15.6 Pro felt tacky and bulky, the Artist Pro 14 is svelte and sophisticated, with lots of lovely features showing real attention to detail. 

Its 11.8 x 7.4-inch / 298.94 x 186.84mm active drawing area is no longer bounded by the tacky protruding plastic bezel seen in older models, with XPPen opting instead for a more slick border that’s built in to the display. At the bottom of the screen is a sloped edge, providing some wrist support that makes the tablet fairly comfortable to use over long periods.

On the back edge of the unit are two buttons for powering the device and adjusting the brightness, as well as two recessed USB-C ports for connecting the device to the power supply and to the device you’re drawing on. The underside is home to the inbuilt stand, which is my main bug-bear with the XPPen Artist Pro 14, as it only offers a 178-degree viewing angle, and there’s no VESA mount, which means it’s not going to be right for every studio. You can, of course, buy a stand separately – XPPen sells a few – but it would have been nice to see one included.

XPPen Artist Pro 14 (Gen 2) keydial

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It’s just shy of 0.75 inches / 20mm at its thickest, meaning it’s portable and lightweight, and thanks to the included stylus case you won’t need to worry about loose accessories rattling around in your bag. This case is actually one of my favorite aspects of the Artist Pro 14; simply click its base and a tray will satisfyingly glide revealing the included accessories which fit snugly into a rubbery lining. Another really nice touch is the nib remover, which is built in to the case.

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