Huion Tablet Pen Won't Reach Max Pressure


Your pen is broken. Either the nib is bad, or the pen itself is.


I recently picked up a New 1060 Plus drawing tablet made by Huion. It's a really nice tablet! Well, it was, until I realized there was an issue with the pressure. No matter how hard I pushed the pen down, I couldnt reach 100% pressure. This is bad, as many programs like Photoshop do not let you adjust the sensitivity within the software itself.

Furthermore, the tablet driver settings do not let you heavily modify the sensitivity curve. You can only select how hard (+) or soft (-) you want it to be. Check out the example below to see what I'm talking about:

Left is default curve, right is softest. If it was working correctly, you wouldn't see the box on either side.

As a result, I found myself getting inconsistent shades and having to double down on all my strokes to put out completely opaque colors. Great way to wear your wrist out.

Anyway, after reinstalling the drivers no less than 500 times, I finally realized it was the pen itself that was giving me issues. I lucked out because I also bought a Giano (WH1409) at the same time which happens to use the same pen. I tried the Giano pen on the 1060, and bam, it worked.

To be 100% sure, there's a little test in the driver settings that lets you monitor the pressure as you push the pen down. Basically, max-pressure point in the meter went from this:

To this:

Notice how the meter fills all the way. This is proper behavior. If it doesn't fill completely then something is wrong. Anyway, I'm not sure the exact point of failure in the pen, although I have a suspicion. Somebody on a message board suggested I take out the nib and re-insert it. This didn't work, but their advice inspired me to try inserting one of the other nibs supplied with the tablet, which did work! But then I tried another new nib, and... it didn't work. So either:

  • Some of the nibs provided were warped/damaged at some point or weren't manufactured properly
  • The pressure-sensing spring in the pen is faulty (more likely this)

At least, those are my assumptions. Whichever it may be, I'm not sure, as I'm a software dude, not a hardware dude. At any rate, you should try switching the nibs. And if that doesn't give you long-term success, I'd say get a new pen altogether.


Huion's tablets are very nice, but I wish Wacom would just produce the Intuos 3 again, AKA the greatest screenless tablet ever made. I suppose one can dream.