XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display



With its industry-leading 9 mm profile and sleek black and silver design, the 15.6″ XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display is perfect for drawing on the go.

In the XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display box you get:

  • Power Adapters with plugs for other countries
  •  USB extension cable
  • 3-in-1 cable. USB-C to HDMI, USB-A and USB-A Power
  • Pen case with a cap that doubles as a pen stand and 8 replacement nibs
  • A stand
  • The Innovator 16 Pen Display
XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review

The pen design slightly differs from previous releases. It has a more tapered end, supports tilt sensitivity and 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity. This helps you to create natural and seamless shading. There is no battery, and the pen feels larger overall, making it a lot more comfortable to hold.

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review

They also included their AC 41 display stand. This is incredibly sturdy and has rubber feet to grip easily. I was a little disappointed to see it can only be open to one angle and not multiple angles.

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review

The Innovator Display 16’s convenient three-in-one cable frees you from messy bundles of wire, helping to create a sleeker creative space and inspire creativity on the go.

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Specs:

  • Model Number – ID160F
  • Dimensions – 443.27 x 256.45 x 9mm
  • Display Area – 344.16 x 193.59mm
  • Color Gamut – 92% Adobe® RGB, 88% NTSC, 125% sRGB
  • Display Resolution – 1920 x 1080
  • Mechanic Wheel – 1
  • Virtual Wheel – 1
  • Shortcut Keys – 8
  • Stylus – Battery-free
  • Tilt – 60°
  • Pressure Sensitivity – 8192 levels
  • Color Depth – 16.7M
  • Contrast – 1200:1
  • Resolution – 5080LPI
  • Report Rate – Max ≥ 220RPS
  • Accuracy – ±0.01 inch (center)
  • Reading Height – 10 mm
  • Interface Support – USB
  • Response Time – 16.4ms
  • Viewing Angle – 178°
  • Aspect Ratio – 16:9
  • Brightness – 250cd/m2
  • Compatibility – Windows® 10/8/7, Mac OS X® 10.10 (and higher)
  • Input – AC 110-240V
  • Output – DC 5V/2.3A
  • ON Mode – 8W (max)
  • Sleep Mode – 1.8W
  • OFF Mode – 1W

When I got this out of the box, I was surprised to learn there was a display built-in. At 9mm, this is so thin! The classic XP-Pen design is here again with black and silvers. Please be careful when removing the protective film, as I started to remove the matte protector as well. This is all highlighted in the big warning labels. The Innovator Display 16 features full lamination technology. This seamless combination of glass and screen creates minimal parallax.

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review

The stand provides a great drawing angle. I did end up having to use a couple of old DVD cases to prop up the stand a bit more. This would make a fantastic second monitor, but you’d need a better stand in that case. The display looks just amazing when turned on, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 the colours are bright and vibrant.

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review

There is very little space between the display and the pen tip, making it seem like you are drawing on paper. The anti-glare screen means you aren’t getting artefacts appears from the outside. I had no complaints about the viewing angles.

In my testing I measured:

  • 100% sRGB
  • 87% AdobeRGB
  • 82% NTSC
  • 92% P3

Overall, colour accuracy is good. The Innovator Display 16 delivers a diverse and vibrant spectrum of colours, allowing you to create vivid artwork enriched by lifelike hues and sharp details. 8 physical buttons can be customised as you want. They can be programmed to many different software programs, such as Adobe® Photoshop®, SAI®, and Maya®, helping you to realize your ideas and streamline your workflow. 

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review

The wheel is made up of an outer silver dial and an inner black dial. Each can be moved clockwise and anti-clockwise. There are also volume and brightness controls on the side along with the USB-C plug. The two pen buttons can also be customised via the XP-Pen software. Along with things like pressure curve as well.

XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display Review
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The Innovator Display 16 supports Windows® 10/8/7 and Mac OS X® 10.10 (and higher). It is also compatible with popular digital art software, including Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator®, SAI®, CDR®, GIMP®, Krita®, Medibang®, Fire Alpaca® and Blender® 3D.

The introduction to Innovator Display 16

I tested this on a couple of Windows drawing software and it performs amazingly. I found the pressure was spot on, and tilt sensitivity worked great. Everything came out as I intended. I found performance consistent across all the software I tested it on.

Overall, the XP-Pen Innovator 16 Pen Display is stunning. I didn’t have any glitches or installation issues. Compatibility was uniform and the physical build quality is solid and premium. You can grab this below:

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