Drawing tablet and desktop monitor in one
Scribble, detail, color and sketch: pen tablets give you tactile control over the digital world in which you produce. The VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro is one of the cheapest options for digital artists and stands out from some competitors in several ways. As we will explore in this VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro review, the device comes with an adjustable stand built right into the base architecture of the device. This allows your VK2200 to easily convert from a graphics tablet to an additional nearly 22-inch screen that can be used in mirrored or extended display mode.
This powerful graphics tablet packs a range of features too, with good colors and programmable controls, giving you a lot for the price. Read on to find out if the VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro is right for you.
VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro Review
— Resolution: 1920x1080p
— Submissions: Three
— System compatibility: Windows (11, 10, 8, 7), macOS 10.2 and later, Chrome OS 88, Linux, Android
— Work zone: 21.5 inches
The VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro is a pen tablet. By plugging it into your computer, the VK2200 Pro functions as a second screen for your system with a battery-free stylus, control wheels and buttons on its left front.
The VK2200 has a 21.5-inch workspace, adding 1.25-inch bezels to the top, right, and bottom of the screen, and about two inches to the left that includes the VK2200 controls. The screen is laminated with a plastic which adds a slight texture when in contact with the pen which I found pleasant to draw on.
The back of the display has a housing that the power and display cords plug into. This box also contains the lever that allows you to change the angle and positioning of your unit, by adjusting the tilt of a strut. Pulling on it makes it easy to adjust the tilt of the screen. This mechanism also allows the orientation of the screen to easily convert between a 15 to 85 degree angle (or anything in between).
The left side of the display features ten buttons and two handy spinner wheels with click buttons in the center, all of which are easily programmable from the device’s setup menu. By default, the device does not respond to finger touch and it is unclear if it can be configured to do so.
The VK2200 plugs into your computer using an HDMI input in tandem with a USB-C or USB-A (both are included). I use a Asus ZenBook which includes mid-power USB-C (transfer speeds around 10 Gbps), which is significantly slower than the roadrunner-class Thunderbolt ports you’ll find on a MacBook. Connecting the tablet via USB-C to my setup, I experienced a slight lag between my mark and the pen stroke when using the pen on the VK2200. However, this is similar to what I’ve experienced on other pen displays, such as the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 (which uses the same HDMI / USB-C connection). I mention these details regarding my USB-C and my laptop because on a system with a Thunderbolt port, there could be much less lag. This offset isn’t a deal breaker though, as it’s small enough that you naturally compensate for it as you draw. In most other applications, it is insignificant enough to be irrelevant.
The VK2200’s screen is a mixed bag. The workspace is big and spacious for the price you’re paying, no doubt, and it’s amazing value. If you want a large digital drawing surface that lets you paint like you’re working on a real canvas, this tablet definitely makes that art possible.
However, the disadvantages of the screen are also very real. These days, 1920 x 1080p resolution is pretty low for a 21.5-inch graphics tablet. Next to my 14-inch 4K laptop screen, the sharpness differential jumps out at you. The icons look pixelated, and taking the display for a run in Fresco, I found some of my charcoal marks to be hard to read up close. Because of this, I found myself zooming out to make sure I was detailing an edge correctly – which is kind of the opposite of what you want.
The color is correct on this screen. it hits 120% sRGB and 92% NTSC color gamut, which is just under 100% Adobe RGB. The VK2200 makes for relatively easy calibration and gets pretty bright with a slider adjustment. White balance feels a bit yellow with factory calibration, but maybe with a colorimeter it could get closer to truer white.
My version of the VK2200 in particular also suffered from a few unfortunate flaws. I could count a handful of dead pixels, and there’s also a fairly obvious light leak to the top right of the IPS screen, a type of LED panel. While this varies from monitor to monitor, it hints at a lack of quality control. Yet, for the affordable price….
I was particularly impressed with the viewing angle of this device. VEIKK boasts of having a viewing angle of 178 degrees on this pen display. When I moved the monitor between near-vertical and near-horizontal tilts, I found that the image didn’t distort and the contrast seemed decent.
As I learned during this VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro review, the stylus used by this monitor is quite similar to what you’ll find on a Wacom Cintiq Pro. It uses a plastic tip, for which VEIKK provides you with many identical replacements (I counted 17), and has a button on the side. They claim 8,192 pressure sensitivities, and it looks like that number might be right. In Fresco I felt like the pen could be more responsive when I held it low and used it in a rubbing motion as a shader, but it sometimes seemed to clip when I tried to make such marks . That said, the device did a good job of sensing pressure and marks otherwise. Oddly enough, as I drew with the pen and applied more pressure, it seemed to subtly distort the coloring of the area of the screen just around the mark, creating a kind of purple aberration in the way the device displays color. While it didn’t bother me while I was working, it did worry me a bit about the long-term quality of this display.
The programmable buttons on the side of the screen are quite excellent though. Although they made little noise when I used them, they had a satisfying click. The bottom zoom wheel is particularly nice, as its inner button let me switch between zoom and scroll by default, as well as a stylus zoom. With a little programming, the side controls should have enough control for the most serious Adobe users or ZBrush heads.
In Fresco and Photoshop, where I tested the VK2200, I missed some of the touch controls available in Procreate on my ipad air. I still think Procreate’s intuitive pinch zooms and touch rotates are top of the pack for digital painting, however, the VK2200’s interface does a good job overall and offers better value for money than the many more expensive. Wacom Cintiq Pro 16.
During this VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro review, I found my favorite thing about the VK2200 was its ability to go from a horizontal graphics tablet on your desk to a large second monitor. The back box for the moving joints and the lever that locks them together feels a bit cheap to me and I was worried about their longevity, but so far they’ve done a really good job and added a new dimension to this screen at stylus. Switched to extended display mode, the VK2200 is a solid productivity addition to your computer network, which then transforms into a capable studio pen display at the push of a lever. For this reason, people who don’t use their pen display every day can integrate it into their desk as a second monitor, sliding it down when they want to draw, rather than having to make room for a monitor that they turn on and off. the office when they would like to work.
Although the VK2200’s resolution isn’t the best, colors are good, and in vertical mode, I find myself enjoying it for video, gaming, and entertainment, as well as for work. That puts it in a bit of a different class than something like the Cintiq Pro, which is relegated to digital art tasks purely because of its low angle on the table (unless you invest in one of the Wacom’s expensive mounts).
For digital drawing and painting, however, I think the VK2200 isn’t as good as the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16, or an iPad Air or Pro. Its resolution is simply too low for detailed drawings on a large screen, and the image isn’t as sharp as the Cintiq Pro. And while it does a good job, the stylus doesn’t seem to track as well as Wacom’s. Compared to an iPad, it lacks some of the intuitive touch gestures that make drawing and painting in Procreate so smooth. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good. The resolution can be circumvented, and I could see that a very good job was done on this device.
Final thoughts on VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro
The VEIKK STUDIO VK2200 Pro can be thought of in many ways. As a “pro” level drawing tablet, it does a mediocre job, offering good value for money with decent colors, solid control and a large responsive workspace, albeit with mediocre resolution and a few quirks and omissions. I wouldn’t really call it a “professional” drawing tablet, although pros can use it and do a good job.
However, if you’re looking for value rather than pro-grade technology, the VK2200 is actually pretty awesome. This pen display isn’t cheap on its own, but it competes with Wacom displays that cost around $1,000 more and can beat them in a few areas. And while I don’t think it surpasses an iPad Air in terms of digital painting control, it syncs right into a desktop workspace for software an iPad can’t touch. So users who want full control over the entire Adobe suite or want to use the tablet with ZBrush will immediately see the benefits.
Ultimately, the VK2200 Pro is an excellent mid-to-low-end pen display that can serve as a solid second monitor for a laptop or desktop computer. The VK2200 could use better quality control when it comes to dead pixels and light bleed, and it could definitely benefit from better resolution. But, if you’re looking for a bargain on a great pen workspace, then this is it. At the price of the VK2200, its few flaws are more than made up for by its huge screen, good colors, easy tilt controls and solid stylus.
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