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 best-priced options out there for digital artists and stands out from some of the competition in a number of ways. As we will explore in this VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro Review, the device comes with an adjustable kickstand built into the base architecture of the device. This allows your VK2200 to easily switch from a drawing tablet to a nearly 22-inch supplemental display that can be used in dual or extended display modes.
This powerful drawing tablet also packs in a range of features, 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 for you.
VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro Review
— Solution: 1920x1080p
— Inputs: Three
— System Compatibility: Windows (11, 10, 8, 7), macOS 10.2 and above, Chrome OS 88, Linux, Android
— Field: 21.5 inches
The VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro is a pen display tablet. By connecting it to your computer, the VK2200 Pro functions as a second display for your system with a battery-free pen, dials and buttons on the left front.
The VK2200 has a 21.5-inch workspace, with 1.25-inch bezels on the top, right and bottom of the screen, and about two inches on the left, including the VK2200’s controls. The screen is laminated with a plastic that adds a slight texture to the contact with the pen, which I found pleasant to draw on.
The back of the display has a box to which the power and display cables can be connected. This box also includes the lever that allows you to change the angle and positioning of your unit by adjusting the slope of one strut. If you pull it, you can easily adjust the tilt of the screen. This mechanism also makes it easy to switch the screen orientation between an angle of 15 to 85 degrees (or anything in between).
The left side of the screen has ten buttons and two handy casters with click buttons in the middle, all of which are easy to program from the device’s settings menu. By default, the device does not respond to finger touch and it is unclear whether it can be set up to do so.
The VK2200 connects to your computer via an HDMI input in combination with a USB-C or USB-A (both are included). I use a Asus Zenbook that includes a medium-power USB-C (about 10 Gbps transfer rates), which is significantly slower than the roadrunner-class Thunderbolt ports you’ll find on a MacBook. When I connected the tablet to my setup via USB-C, I experienced a slight lag between my highlighting and 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 about my USB-C and laptop because on a system with a Thunderbolt port there could be significantly less latency. This delay isn’t a deal breaker, though, as it’s small enough to compensate for it naturally as you draw. In most other applications, it’s not substantial enough to be irrelevant.
The VK2200’s screen is a mixed bag. The workspace is large and spacious for the price you pay, no doubt about it, and it’s an incredible value. If you want a large digital drawing surface on which you can paint as if you were working on a real canvas, this tablet certainly makes that artistry possible.
However, the screen’s drawbacks are also quite real. Today, the 1920 x 1080p resolution is quite low for a 21.5-inch drawing tablet. Besides my 4K 14 inch laptop screen, the difference in sharpness jumps out at you. Icons look grainy and on a run in Fresco I noticed some of my charcoal signs were hard to read up close. Because of this, I found myself zooming out to make sure I was detailing an edge well – which is about the opposite of what you want.
The color is decent on this screen. It touches 120 percent sRGB gamut and 92 percent NTSC, which is just under 100 percent Adobe RGB. The VK2200 makes for relatively easy calibration and gets quite bright with a slider adjustment. The white balance feels hairy yellow with factory calibration, but maybe it could get closer to a truer white with a colorimeter.
My version of the VK2200, in particular, also had a few unfortunate flaws. I could count a handful of dead pixels, and there’s also a pretty obvious light bleed from the top right corner of the IPS display, which is some sort of LED panel. While this will vary from monitor to monitor, it does indicate a lack of quality control. Yet for the affordable price….
I was particularly impressed with the viewing angle on this device. VEIKK boasts of having a 178-degree viewing angle on this pen display. When I moved the monitor between near-vertical and near-horizontal slopes, I noticed that the image is not distorted and that the contrast looks good.
As I learned during this VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro review, the pen used by this monitor is quite similar to the one you use on a Wacom Cintiq Pro. It uses a plastic nib, for which VEIKK supplies you with numerous identical replacements (I counted 17), and has one button on the side. They claim 8,192 pressure sensitivities, and it feels like that number could be reasonable. In Fresco, I felt the pen would respond better if I held it low and used it as a crosshatch in a scrubbing motion, but it seemed to fall off sometimes when I tried to make such marks. That said, the device did a good job of detecting pressure and other markings. Strangely, as I drew with the pen and applied heavier pressure, it seemed to subtly distort the color of the screen area around the marker, creating a sort of purple aberration in the way the device displays colors. While it didn’t bother me while working, it did worry me a bit about the long-term quality of this display.
However, the programmable buttons on the side of the screen are quite excellent. Although they made little noise when I used them, they had a satisfying click. The lower zoom wheel is particularly nice, as the internal button allowed me to switch between zoom and scroll by default, as well as a pen zoom. With a little programming, the side controls should have enough control for 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 zoom and touch rotations are leading the way for digital painting, but the VK2200’s interface generally does a good job and is a better value than the much more expensive Wacom Cintiq Pro 16″.
During this VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro review, I found that my favorite thing about the VK2200 is the ability to move from a horizontal drawing tablet on your desk to a large second monitor. The rear housing for the moving joints and the lever that locks them in feels a bit cheap to me and I was concerned about their longevity, but so far they have really done a great job and added a new dimension to this pen display. Swapped into extended display mode, the VK2200 is a solid productivity addition to your computer array, which then transforms into a capable studio pen display with a simple pull of a lever. This allows people who don’t use their pen display every day to integrate it into their desk as a second monitor, and slide it down when they want to draw, rather than making room for a monitor that they turn on and off the desk. if they want to work.
While the VK2200’s resolution isn’t the best, the colors are good, and in vertical mode I find myself enjoying it for videos, games and entertainment, as well as work. This puts it in a slightly different league from something like the Cintiq Pro, which has only been relegated to digital art tasks due to its low table angle (unless you invest in one of those). Wacom’s expensive mounts).
However, for digital drawing and painting, I don’t think the VK2200 is as good as the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16, or an iPad Air or Pro. The resolution is simply too low for detailed drawings on the large screen format and the image doesn’t come close to being as sharp as that of the Cintiq Pro. And while it does a good job, the pen doesn’t seem to follow 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 though, it’s still good. The resolution can be bypassed and I could see a very good job being done on this device.
Final Thoughts on VEIKK Studio VK2200 Pro
The VEIKK STUDIO VK2200 Pro can be viewed in a number of ways. As a “pro” level drawing tablet, it does a mediocre job, offering good value for money with decent colours, solid control and a responsive, large workspace, albeit with poor resolution and a few quirks and oversights. I wouldn’t really call it a “pro” drawing tablet, although professionals can use it and create great work.
However, if you’re looking for value rather than professional tech, the VK2200 is actually pretty good. This pen display isn’t cheap per se, but it competes with Wacom displays that cost about $1,000 more and can perform better in a few areas. And while I don’t think it beats an iPad Air in terms of digital painting control, it does sync directly with a desktop workspace for software that 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 see the benefit immediately.
Ultimately, the VK2200 Pro is a great mid-to-low-end pen display that can be used as a solid second monitor for a laptop or desktop. The VK2200 could use better quality control when it comes to dead pixels and lightbleed, and it could certainly benefit from better resolution. But if you’re looking for a great deal on a large pen workspace, this is it. At the price of the VK2200, the few shortcomings are more than made up for by the massive screen space, good colours, easy tilt controls and sturdy pen.
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