Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Xencelabs launches new 16-inch 4K OLED Pen Display 16

Xencelabs has launched the Pen Display 16, its “industry-first 16-inch 4K OLED pen display”.

The new model – a smaller, lighter, cheaper lighter sibling to Xencelabs’ Pen Display 24 – comes with a high-quality screen, a lot of bundled accessories, and native Linux driver support.

Xencelabs pen displays
Pen Display 16
Pen Display 24
Screen size 15.6 in 23.8 in
Dimensions 16.1 x 10.2 x 0.7 in
(410 x 259 x 12 mm)
24.4 x 15.3 x 1.4 in
(619 x 388 x 34 mm)
Weight 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg) 13.3 lbs (6.0 kg)
Panel type OLED IPS
Resolution 4K Ultra HD
(3,840 x 2,160)
4K Ultra HD
(3,840 x 2,160)
Active area 13.6 x 7.6 in
(344 x 194 mm)
20.8 x 11.7 in
(527 × 296 mm)
Color gamut 98% Adobe RGB 99% Adobe RGB
Viewing angle 170° 178°
Brightness 300 cd/m2 330 cd/m2
Contrast ratio 100,000:1 1,000:1
Pen pressure levels 8,192 8,192
Multi-touch? No No
Programmable keys 8
(On Quick Keys:
supports up to 5 sets)
(On Quick Keys:
supports up to 5 sets)
Includes stand? Yes Yes
Operating systems Windows, macOS, Linux Windows, macOS, Linux
Launch date 2024 2023
Recommended price $1,249 $1,899

A new player in the professional pen display market
Founded in 2019 by a team including former Wacom staff, Xencelabs is a new-ish player in the market, initially releasing a range of well-received graphics tablets.

The new model is its second foray into pen displays, following last year’s Pen Display 24, and its first OLED display: something that it claims is an industry first for a 16-inch pen display.

Key specifications and price
As with its 24-inch sibling, the Pen Display 16 has a 4K Ultra HD resolution, but its OLED display gives it a much higher contrast ratio, and should ensure deep blacks and more saturated colors.

Although screen burn-in is historically a problem with OLED displays, Xencelabs’ comments in its online FAQs that with improvements in the technology, it has “not been an issue” in testing.

Color gamut and brightness are similar, if slightly lower, than the 24-inch model, and as you would expect, it’s a much more portable device: at 2.7 kg, it’s less than a third of the weight.

As with the Pen Display 24, the Pen Display 16 comes with two alternative pen designs, with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, a Quick Keys unit, stand, cables, cases, and a drawing glove.

Another potential selling point for 3D artists is OS support: as well as Windows and macOS, the Pen Display 16 officially supports most common Linux distros.

At $1,249, it is priced midway between Wacom’s HD-resolution Cintiq 16 and 4K Cintiq Pro 16 pen displays, but more than double the price of Huion’s 2.5k Kamvas Pro 16 and XP-Pen’s HD-resolution Artist Pro 16. All four are IPS or QLED, rather than OLED, displays.

Price and system requirements
Xencelabs’ Pen Display 16 costs $1,249. Its drivers are compatible with Windows 7+, Linux (Ubuntu 14.04+, Debian 9.5, CentOS 7.0+ and RHEL 7.0+) and macOS 10.12+

Read more about the Xencelabs Pen Display 16 on the product website

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