Veikk Voila L Pen Tablet: Key Specifications
Dimensions: 326 x 206 x 9 mm
Work Area: 10″ x 6″
Reference rate: 290 PPS
Analysis: 5080 LPI
Pressure Sensitivity: 8,192 points
Reading Height: 10 mm
Grow old: 60°
Compatibility: Windows 11/10/8/7, Mac OS 10.12 (or later), Chrome OS 88 (or later), Linux (Ubuntu/elementary OS/Pop!OS/ezgo/debian/mint/mageia/centOS/Arch) , Android 6.0 (or later)
Warranty: 18 month limited hardware warranty
The Veikk Voila L is part of Veikk’s new line of design tablets, launching alongside the VK220 Pro and VK1060 Pro. Veikk has been producing drawing tablets for the past 10 years, though they haven’t made as much of a splash stateside as competitor Huion.
A drawing surface rather than a screen tablet, the Veikk Voila L Pen Tablet is extremely portable, easy to use and unlike its more expensive screen cousins, sturdy enough to slip into a backpack. My time with the Veikk Voila L Tablet was mostly spent in Clip Studio Paint with some vector work in Inkscape and I was impressed.
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The Veikk Voila L Pen Tablet has a lot going for it. As a drawing surface, it’s a pleasure to use and the lag between tablet and screen is almost non-existent, even on phones. Given the Veikk Voila L’s low price, I was expecting much longer lag and a much cheaper-feeling tablet. It also worked instantly, which isn’t always the case with tablet design. the pressure sensitivity was there immediately on both my laptop and phone.
One unfortunate element was the lack of controls for using the phone on the tablet. with no way to get into the software, I couldn’t get the hotkeys or dialing to work on my phone, although they worked like a dream on my laptop. While this was a shame, I was very impressed with the different levels of pressure and responsiveness when using the tablet with the Clip Studio Paint phone app. It also didn’t drain the phone’s battery, which was a pleasant surprise.
Veikk use almost identical pens across their range and, on the whole, they are a pleasure to use, although they are a little light. The pen doesn’t need a battery, so it doesn’t require charging, and it has two buttons (and no eraser tool on the end, which is pretty standard with budget designs). It comes in a small felt carrying case, which should keep it relatively secure if you chuck it in a backpack, although the lack of permanent storage for the multiple tips provided is disappointing.
Design & manufacture
The Veikk Voila L Pen Tablet comes as a pretty bare-bones package, although there are some nice surprises included. Inside the box – which is a bit more obviously branded than the recently reviewed Veikk VK1560 Pro – packed the tablet, USB cable and also multiple adapters (USB-A to USB-C and USB-A to micro-USB) . a drawing glove, several replacement pen nibs, and alternate color keys for the hotkeys, allowing for some fun visual customization.
The design of the Veikk Voila L is compact and streamlined. It has a clean, matte design, with a pleasant surface for traction and satisfactory resistance. The rubber feet underneath kept it steady on the tabletop without slipping, but weren’t too much of a nuisance when I sat it on my lap on the couch.
The most unexpected element for a tablet of this size was the dial, which was solid, functional and pleasant to use, and in the Veikk desktop app, it was easy to program. I also appreciated Veikk Voila L’s approach to hotkeys. While most other tablet access keys are thin and unobtrusive, Veikk Voila L’s keys are mechanical, compact and satisfying to press.
As the Veikk Voila L’s pen needs no battery and the tablet is powered by a single USB cable, the whole package is very quick and easy to set up, with just one cable to connect, unlike the Veikk VK1560 Pro’s slightly awkward wiring. The socket may be a bit of a nuisance for left-handed users who wish to use the tablet on a swivel, though not that much. the cable is rectangular so it doesn’t stick out too much.
There is no doubt that the Veikk Voila L comes at a reasonable price. But how does it stack up against its similarly priced and specced rivals?
Most tablet companies offer similarly sized tablets at a wide range of prices, but they vary greatly in terms of what you get for your money. The XP Pen Deco Pro Small also has a dial – two, actually – but at $129.99/£103.99 it’s more than double the price. If you’re looking at what Wacom can offer, there’s the older Wacom Intuos Small, (with four express keys but no dial) at $59.95/£89.99, or the bare-bones One by Wacom, which at $49.95/ £35.99 it’s just a pen tablet with no hotkeys. From Huion there’s an ample range of tablets, including the $79.99/£69.99 Huion Inspiroy H950P, which again lacks a dial but has eight shortcut keys.
Should you buy Veikk Voila L Pen Tablet?
If you’re looking for a rugged, versatile tablet that’s easy on the wallet, simple to use and pleasing to the eye, the Veikk Voila L Pen Tablet could be the perfect purchase for you. It’s worth buying as a secondary tablet for portability, a primary tablet for designers who don’t like tablets with a screen, or as a first tablet for budding artists, and at £44.95/$44.95, it’s extremely affordable yet powerful enough for to survive being carried around and battered by everyday use.