7P notes: Large pen tablets compared


Large pen tablets have an active area diagonal size of about 15".

Even if a tablet has "large" in its name, it doesn't mean it us truly a large tablet. A perfect example is the Huion Inspiroy 2 Large which is more of a medium sized tablet. Same with the XP-Pen Deco L/LW.

Key considerations

Using a large tablet is very different from using a medium size tablet. There are many things you have to adjust to. More here: Using large pen tablets

Large tablets in market as of May 2024


In terms of drawing performance the best of the three is the Intuos Pro Large (PTH-860).

Second is the XP-Pen Deco Pro XLW GEN2 (MT1592B). The things to note about this tablet is the excellent design and vastly improved pressure handling coming from its X3 Pro pen.

Third, the Huion Giano overall is very good. It's a very close third to the XP Pen Deco Pro XLW GEN2 because the PW517 pen does not handle pressure (smaller pressure range for example) as well as the X3 Pro pen.


Intuos Pro LargeDeco Pro XLW GEN2Giano G930L

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Release year





Pro Pen 2


X3 Pro


Retail Price




Common On-Sale Price




Used on eBay

$150 to $250

Product pages

Active Areas

TabletLength x WidthDiagonalAspect ratio

Intuos Pro Large

12.1" x 8.4" 311mm x 216mm



Deco Pro XLW GEN2

15" x 9" 381mm x 228.6mm


5:3 (1.67)

Giano G930L

13.6 x 8.5 345.4mm x 215.9mm


16:10 (1.60)

None of these tablets have an exact 16:9 (1.78) aspect ratio.

So, you should ensure you match aspect ratios with your monitor before you start drawing.

Pen pressure range info

The Wacom Pro Pen 2 is the clear winner, but the XP-Pen X3 Pro is good. The Huion PW517 is just OK.

In my experience I see that the PW517 units vary quite a bit in their maximum pressure. The average of my tests is about 200gf.

PenIAFMax pressure

Wacom Pro Pen 2



Huion PW517



X3 Pro




Tablet age - don't let the fact that the Intuos Pro Large was released in 2017 dissuade you. It's still better than the most recent tablets put out by the competition

Pen replacement cost - Keep in mind the Pro Pen 2 is very expensive ay $80. It's a significant cost if you need to replace it. The PW517 is $50 and the X3 Pro is $40.

Nib wear - the Intuos Pro comes with a surface that (at least initially) has a lot of texture and can wear down nibs fast.

Wireless - All three support Bluetooth wireless connectivity

Touch - only the Intuos Pro supports touch.

Auxiliary inputs

  • Intuos Pro Large - 8 total buttons

  • Deco Pro XLW GEN2 - no buttons

  • Giano G930L - 6 buttons


  • Intuos Pro Large - no remote

  • Deco Pro XLW GEN2 - comes with remote

  • Giano G930L - no remote

Diagonal wobble

  • Intuos Pro Large - Low (good)

  • Deco Pro XLW GEN2 - some wobble at slow speeds OK

  • Giano G930L - Low (good)

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