art is a vast world of many possibilities, and there is a plethora of
tools and technologies that digital artists can use to create beautiful
works of art. This variety is both a blessing and a curse, as anyone
that’s tried to shop for a drawing tablet will gladly tell you.
why we’re always looking out for the latest tablets on the market. When
we come across something notable, we make sure to write a thorough
review so you, our dear reader, can be better off for it, making more
informed decisions about your next (or even first) drawing tablet.
The XP-Pen deco Fun review
looks at yet another offering from one of the best tablet brands on the
market: XP-Pen. Fasten your seatbelt, settle in, and get ready for a
XP-Pen Deco Fun S is part of the Deco Fun series recently released by
XP-Pen. There are three available sizes in the series: the L, the S, and
the XS, which are large, small, and extra small, respectively.This
graphics tablet was built to be as versatile as possible and has found
applications in everything from writing to remote learning. It also
lends itself very well to sketching, painting, and other forms of
digital art, which our audience will be glad to hear.
comes with a virtually unlimited collection of brushes and colors, lots
of options, and an easy-to-use and intuitive interface. The pen has
8192 levels of pressure and support tilt functionality, giving artists
fine control over the quality of their strokes.
also interfaces well with Windows, Mac, and Android devices, making it
accessible to a wide audience. Whatever you want to do with this drawing
tablet, you’re bound to enjoy it!
particularly love how the tablet looks. It has nice pastel colors in
four different color options with interesting names: Space Blue, Carmine
Red, Apple Green, and Classic Black.
got the Carmine Red for the review, and the color was refreshing, to
say the least. There seems to be a trend among device manufacturers to
release pastel color options lately. Maybe they’re following Apple’s
Whatever the reason, we aren’t complaining.
the box, you get the Deco Fun tablet, the USB-C table for charging and
interfacing with devices, 10 spare nibs, as well as the one that comes
in the pen, bringing the total to 11, a nibs removal tools, the user
manual, and a quick start guide.
It’s pretty much no-frills, which makes sense considering the price.
Dimensions: 210.5mm X 159.8mm X 12.9mm | Display Area (Active Area): 6.3 inches X 4 inches | Item Weight: 15.9 oz. | Display Resolution: 5080LPI | RGB Gamma Ray: | Response Time (Report Rate): 220RPS | Connectivity Type: USB-C | Supported Software: Windows/MacOS/Android | Battery Power: N/A | Multi-Touch: No | Pen Pressure Level: 8192 | Express Keys: N/A | Customizable Express Keys: N/A
Who is this for?
XP-Pen Deco Fun series is built to fit comfortably in many different
use cases. It’s great for sketching, painting, taking notes, and
you’re looking for a versatile tool that will interface with virtually
any machine you’re using while providing an intuitive interface, it’s
hard to go wrong with this one.
Why we like it
starters, we love the colors. The different color options are
lighthearted and endearing, making the tablet fun to have around and
use. If you’d rather not have a color that stands out, you can always
opt for the Classic Black option.
It’s simple yet elegant and can hold its own in class, art class, or a business meeting.
also love the pen. No matter which size you choose, the Deco Fun comes
with the P01 stylus, which features 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity.
is well in line with what is offered by premium styluses in the market
today, so you won’t be missing out on anything by buying something a
little more affordable.
particularly love how the pen feels in the hand. It’s pretty light, so
you won’t get tired from hours of drawing. It’s also battery-free,
meaning you could go on working with it potentially forever in a single
user interface is very nice looking and easy to use. It interfaces well
with Windows, MacOS, and Android devices. Unfortunately, iPhone users
will not be able to use this tablet, but at least it connects to the
any rate, iPhones are known to be very selective with the drawing
interfaces they interface with. They’ve been known to be selective with
pretty much anything they interface with, so that should be taken into
Flaws but not dealbreakers
the Deco Fun is a great line of drawing tablets, there are some glaring
limitations to the tablets that you should at least know about.
one, these tablets do not have shortcut keys. Shortcut keys are
included on almost every drawing tablet in the market, so many artists
have got used to them. They will be missed here.
the other hand, you may configure keyboard shortcuts in the settings if
you want to. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your
keyboard has way more potential shortcut buttons than any tablet could
provide, which means you can do way more with it. On the other, it’s a
little clumsier to use keyboard keys for shortcut buttons.
silver lining here is that at least the stylus comes with the customary
shortcut buttons, so you can set those to your most important tasks,
triggering them from the stylus itself. The rest you would have to set
on the keyboard.
The next one isn’t a flaw on the Deco Fun S specifically, but it’s worth talking about.
smallest Deco Fun, the Fun XS, does not feature tilt functionality.
Apart from the small active area that comes with that tablet, you’ll
also have to contend with the lack of tilt support. The other two sizes
both feature 60-degree tilt functionality.
is part of the reason we decided to pick the Deco Fun S for our review.
It has all the features the L has, is cheaper, and has a reasonable
size on which to work.
- Great build quality and design
- Four different colors to choose from
- Tilt functionality
- Batter-free pen
- 10 extra nibs
- Can interface with most of the major operating systems
- No shortcut buttons
- Does not work with iOS
XP-Pen Deco Fun features and benefits
Design & build quality
Deco Fun S is made of quality plastic that feels sturdy in the hand.
Just about everything about this tablet screams stylish, from the box
that it comes in, to the tablet itself and its accessories. It comes in a
white box with a cartoon of the tablet. Inside is the tablet itself, of
drawing area is clearly marked with 4 ‘corners’. Atop it is a 1-inch
strip with a faint light that comes on whenever the pen is close to the
surface and the tablet is reading it. Underneath are 4 rubber feet to
keep the tablet steady when on a flat surface.
And that’s pretty much it! Overall, it’s a simple design but highly versatile.
XP-Pen Deco Fun drawing tablets come with the P01 stylus, which is one
of the best styluses to come from XP-Pen. The mix of pen and tablet
jacks up the sensitivity a serious amount. The tablet will register the
presence of the pen as long as it’s within 10mm, making it highly
pen itself is very light and easy to handle. It comes with 2 buttons.
You can configure right-click functionality, as well as the toggle
between pen and eraser mode, making these buttons handy for quick,
mentioned earlier, the pen has 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity,
which puts it on par with most styluses on the market today. For the
Deco Fun L and S, it also has 60-degree tilt functionality.
comes in at a neat 5080 LPI, and the report rate is greater than or
equal to 220RPS at any given moment – both industry standards.
pen comes with a nib attached out of the box, as well as 10 spare nibs,
which means it will likely be a very long time before you have to go
shopping for nibs. There’s also a nib removal tool in the box for when
you’re swapping them.
noticed that the nib has a bit of a give to it when pressed against the
drawing surface, but it doesn’t really affect the drawing performance.
Performance and Cool Features
you can start using your XP-Pen Deco Fun S, you’ll have to plug it in.
Before doing that, however, you’ll also need to update software drivers
on your device. To do this, delete older drivers and then download the
latest drivers from the XP-Pen website.
Once you’ve installed them, you can simply plug your tablet in via the USB-C and start working straight away.
plugging your device in for the first time, you may want to fiddle
around with the settings and find settings that work for you. Depending
on how hard you press down when you work, you can alter the pressure
can also map the monitor to the screen you use most often for your
work, especially if you have multiple monitors in your setup.
In terms of performance, this tablet works perfectly well with just about any software you can think of. We work a lot with Adobe Illustrator on Windows PC and we didn’t experience any issues.
pressure sensitivity was on-point, and we could produce lines of
varying thickness and intensity. Correcting mistakes was easy as a quick
click on the shortcut button on my stylus.
selection of brushes is virtually infinite. You can use the ones that
come out of the box and also create your own by changing the settings
up. We have created quite a few that work perfectly for us.
else that we really loved in this drawing tablet was its ability to
interface with Android devices. That opens it up to a world of many
USB adaptor that comes in the box is more than enough for hooking it up
to your smartphone or tablet and start drawing straight away. iOS users
don’t get to enjoy this feature, unfortunately, as it doesn’t interface
with those devices.
If that’s a dealbreaker, you may have to get a device that can interface with an iOS.
Huion Inspiroy H640P
The Huion Inspiroy H640P is another affordable tablet in
the same ballpark as the XP-Pen Deco Fun S. They have roughly the same
dimensions and other features. Both have styluses with 8192 levels of
said, the Inspiroy 640P does not have tilt sensitivity, losing out to
the Deco Fun S. This is balanced with the fact that the Inspiroy 640P
has 6 shortcut keys. They both interface with Windows and MacOS, but the
Inspiroy H640P does not work with Android devices.
particular device seems more geared to beginning digital artists who
don’t mind the lack of tilt functionality or Android connectivity. On
the other hand, if shortcut buttons are something important to you, then
it’s definitely a worthy buy.
The Gaomon s620 features
shortcut buttons and a complimentary artist’s glove, so it starts ahead
right out the box. It also has an attractive price tag under $50, which
is very hard to find in the world of quality drawing tablets.
said, the stylus doesn’t feature tilt support. It also comes with 8
replacement nibs – 2 fewer than what you’d get with the Deco Fun S.
also won’t be able to connect it to Android devices. We would recommend
this tablet only if anything over $50 is beyond your budget. Otherwise,
we believe the extra investment is worth making to get a more
Conclusion… Should you buy it?
The XP-Pen Deco Fun S is
an excellent drawing tablet with a lot of versatility to it. We love
that it comes with a full-featured pen and Android compatibility. It’s
also quite affordable!
miss the shortcut buttons, but it’s not a dealbreaker for us. If it’s
not for you either, then this drawing tablet is worth having.