More Than Just a Tablet: We Review the Huion Inspiroy Dial 2

It’s one thing to have a graphics tablet dedicated to editing and a whole world of convenience to have a versatile editing console. Let’s see why the Inspiroy Dial 2 can be considered more than just a tablet.

Pen tablets allow us to make more precise inputs and adjustments when editing or retouching photos. For a very long time, the emphasis has been on precision and flexibility. However, what if a tablet could provide that and also give you better efficiency and ergonomics while editing, saving you the effort and time of switching between hardware devices, even on the most tedious projects?

The new Huion Inspiroy Dial is a 15 inch pen drawing tablet with Bluetooth 5.0 convenience and functions far beyond its surface. This update to the first version of the Inspiroy dial adds more functions from a slight physical change, making it more than just a pen tablet, but a tool that can increase your efficiency when drawing. editing or retouching.

Build and design

Undoubtedly, before seeing the implications on functionality, this new tablet has a sleek two-tone design, which I think makes it more appealing to have on your desk. Not that it affects your creativity and output, but feeling good about nice tools never hurt anyone.

The Inspiroy Dial 2 has a 13 x 7.5 inch body with an effective area of ​​11.6 x 6.5 inches. On the remaining surface is a side panel where you can find six customizable buttons and two customizable dials. The bezels make the side thicker while maintaining the tablet’s overall thin and portable design.

On the side is a USB-C port that fits the included USB-A to USB-C cable for charging the tablet or using wired connectivity. Next to it is a power button for simple operation and initial pairing. Right next to the effective surface of the tablet is a tiny little indicator light that tells you the tablet’s connection status.

The tablet comes with a stylus that is seemingly similar to previous models, but with a few improvements. This plastic pen that is thin at one end and tapered towards a bulky handle has a more stable pen tip, supposedly has less latency and better durability, as well as improved accuracy. Along with the pen comes a similar pen holder, which opens as storage for the five extra plastic nibs and five extra felt nibs with the nib removal tool inside.

Functionality and configuration

The Inspiroy Dial packs a 2300mAh battery that can last up to 18 hours of continuous use. This leverages Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity which uses considerably minimal power while maintaining very low latency. The tablet’s improved effective surface also gives the tips more friction, which feels similar to writing on paper with a pencil. This tablet has a resolution of 5,080 lines per inch and the pen has 8,192 pressure levels and can be used tilted up to 60 degrees to either side. This tablet is compatible with Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Linux, as well as Android phones or tablets via Bluetooth or wired connectivity.

Setting up the Inspiroy Dial is remarkably easy. You can either start by plugging in the cable or by Bluetooth pairing, which automatically initializes as soon as you press the power button. Bluetooth pairing is as simple as pairing a new mouse or keyboard via Bluetooth, and the device is automatically detected and connected at subsequent times of use. Once paired, the initial default customization settings can be automatically used if you know them well. Of course, to customize the buttons and dials, you will need the driver, which can be downloaded for free from the Huion website.

Once downloaded and installed, the installation process is quite simple. You can simply click on the button or dial you want to customize and select from the available options or enter a keyboard shortcut or combination. It’s that easy for one of six customizable buttons. For both watch faces, a drop-down list appears, showing the three alternative functions you can use and toggle by tapping on the watch face itself. You can either set it to various linear functions, such as zooming in or out or adjusting brush size and opacity. At the same time, you can assign different effects for clockwise and counterclockwise rotation, respectively. With three switch functions on each of the dials, you get virtually six setting shortcuts at your fingertips without having to use a mouse or keyboard.

The pen also has two customizable buttons, which can be configured via the pen tab with the pressure sensitivity curve. On the same app, you can also adjust the effective area and the corresponding area of ​​your window that the tablet will have an effect on. This allows users to rotate and use the tablet with a vertical orientation and it also allows left-handed users to rotate the tablet and customize it as needed.

Application

The Huion Inspiroy Dial 2 comes in a relatively portable large size with a lightweight body. This makes it easy to carry around to work with your laptop or tablet without taking up so much space. This pen tablet provides just enough surface area without taking up too much desk space. Overall, the experience of using the pen is similar to other tablets we reviewed, especially the Huion H610x and Huion Giano tablets. What sets this new one apart is the presence of the two dials that switch between six combined functions. Along with the convenience of Bluetooth 5.0, this practically gives the user a tablet with an editing console that has six buttons and six dials without having to fill the panel with too many physical dials. This makes all functions at your fingertips when using the tablet and eliminates all the work of switching between tablet, keyboard and mouse.

What I liked

  • Sleek two-tone design
  • Two modular dials with switch functions
  • Bluetooth 5.0 and long battery life

What can be improved:

  • Dial surface needs more texture for better grip

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