Xp Pen Deco 01 Pen Tablet Review – Drawing Tablet Guide

XpPen deco 01

Xp Pen Deco 01 is the cheapest Xp Pen tablet and is a part of xp pen Deco series which consists of deco 02 and deco 03 tablets. One of the best things about the whole “Deco” lineup is all the three tablets are the best in their respective price categories. If you are low on budget or not willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a drawing tablet than Deco 01 may be the perfect tablet for you.

Xp Pen Deco 01 Features

  Xp-Pen deco 01
Active Area 10 x 6.25 inches
Pen Pressure 8192 levels
Pen Battery Needed No
Buttons on Pen 2
Buttons on Tablet Eight
Tablet Resolution 5080 LPI
Report Rate 266 RPS
OS Support Windows, Mac
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Design and Build Quality

The Xp-Pen Deco 01 has a very minimalist and modern design. The drawing area lies at the right side with the buttons at the left. This is an ideal arrangement as you draw with your right hand your left hand naturally rests at the left side where the buttons are present.

In case of left-handed people, you can simply rotate the tablet such that the drawing area lies at the left and shortcut keys at the right-hand side. The internal driver also allows changing from right hand to the left handed mode.

The rear face of the tablet has four big rubber pads to avoid slipping on the smooth surfaces. The device has a USB port at its sides to connect it to the computer.

Deco 01 is one of the slimmest tablets in the market with the width being the only 8mm. The tablet is made of high-quality plastic which adds to its lower weight. Considering its slim profile and light weight it is very convenient to carry around and can easily fit into your backpack.


xp pen deco 01 pen

The stylus is the most important part of a drawing tablet, some even consider it more important than the tablet itself. A good stylus can make your drawing experience better at the same time a bad stylus can be very annoying.

Having a bad or inaccurate stylus in the cheaper tablet is a common issue. Luckily that is not the case with the Xp Pen Deco 01 stylus.

The Deco 01 pen comes with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity. It is a passive stylus which does not have batteries inside and does not need to be recharged ever. It gets its power from the tablet itself wirelessly with the help of EMR (electromagnetic resonance). The strokes made by it are smooth and the pen does not suffer from lag, jitter or any other weird issues.

The pressure curve, that is how smoothly it makes the transition from low pressure to high-pressure curve. The pressure curve of the Deco 01 is well balanced and feels natural and predictable, which is a great thing. Overall it has got a very capable pen which will give a very smooth drawing experience.

In terms of design, the whole body is made of plastic with a glossy finish at the surface. It is super light and weighs just 10 grams which makes it easy to hold and work for prolonged periods. The pen has two buttons at the sides which are very helpful especially for digital painting. The buttons are clicky and very easy to access as they are raised above the surface. The two buttons are set to right click and eraser by default. But you can change the default settings to any shortcut of your choice.

Pen Stand (holder)

Xp pen deco 01 pen holderThere is a nice pen stand which comes in the box of Deco 01. The stand is bottom heavy and made of plastic with metal base. It helps to keep your pen organized while using. The pen can be kept horizontal and vertical position which really helps as the pen is round in shape and can easily fall off the surface.

Other than working as a pen stand it also works as a storage space. The metal base can be twisted to reveal a hidden compartment. The hidden space has a nib remover hole at the center and eight extra pentips organized neatly in padded shelves.

Shortcut Keys

The Xp Pen Deco 01 comes with a large number of shortcut keys. There are a total of eight shortcut buttons arranged in two groups of four. Some drawing tablets have the position of the shortcut key at the top which is very inconvenient to use and most of the people end up using their keyboard instead.

With Deco 01 your shortcut buttons are placed at the left-hand side which is the correct position as it is the natural position to rest. Another advantage of having the eight buttons is you will almost never have to touch the keyboard for the shortcut as eight buttons are sufficient for all your shortcut needs.

All the eight buttons are made of plastic but have a nice feedback and treble on clicking. The buttons sit snug and do not wobble, overall making them feel high quality. The buttons have patterns made on them which makes it easier to recognize them. With the help of the driver, you can change the buttons to any shortcut of your choice.

Drawing Surface

Almost all the drawing tablets in the market coat their drawing surface with some special material. These special coating helps with scratch resistant and keeps your tablet in good condition over a long time. These textures surface also provides resistance while drawing and makes a bit of pleasant sound which makes you feel you are drawing on paper.

Many tablets use some cheap quality coating on the surface which ends up wearing up. Xp-Pen Deco 01 uses a high-quality material which lasts for a long time. The texture and sound are well balanced and is neither too aggressive nor too subtle. In practical, uses it was very satisfying to draw on this surface.

One very unique feature of the DEco 01 which you would not find in any other tablet. The four corners which indicate active drawing area lights up to show the boundary. It looks very cool and futuristic, especially in dark.


Xp Pen Deco 01 connects to your computer with the help of a USB cable. The cable is quite long and seems to be of high quality. Other than the cable you also need Driver to get it working which is quite easy to get and install.

Xp Pen Deco 01 Driver

A driver is a software which allows the drawing tablet to communicate with the computer. It helps your computer to better understand pen pressure data which improves the performance of the pen tablet.

The official driver is free to get and easy to install. It is available for both the Windows and Mac devices. You can download the Driver for Deco 01 from the official Xp-Pen website.

Other than communicating with your computer the driver gives you additional customizations and settings. You can change the pressure settings of your tablet as per your own preference. You can also change the eight buttons to any shortcut of your choice. You can also change the buttons on the pen to any shortcut.


Xp Pen Deco 01 comes with a lot of accessories. Other than the tablet you also get the stylus, USB cable, pen holder and a Drawing glove. The drawing glove could be really helpful as it reduces the friction from your hand. It is made from the soft fabric and feels comfortable.

This tablet could be a great choice if you are looking for something which costs less and gives more. You would be having a really nice drawing experience with this.

you can also check our list of top beginner drawing tablets.

Shubham Singh

Shubham Singh is an Adobe Certified graphic designer and 3D artist and has worked on a variety of company, contractual and freelance projects.

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