Considering the amount of drawing tablets available in the market today, it is becoming more and more difficult for artists, logo designers and graphic designers everywhere to determine which drawing tablet will make the best use out of it for them. Below we have explained few key points which you should consider before buying your new drawing tablet.
Below is a table of the tablets that we have reviewed today:
Key Points to consider before buying the best drawing tablet:
What is a drawing tablet?
A drawing tablet is an input device made specifically for artists to draw, design, sketch or 3d sculpt on the tablet itself and then transfer it to the computer. A drawing tablet is basically a replacement for your normal mouse but with a lot of features which cannot compete with a normal mouse at any cost. It is designed like a touch-pad but it is much more than that. A drawing tablet has a pressure-sensitive touchpad/screen on which the artist’s draw with a stylus or 3d pen which comes with the tablet.
Technical aspects you should consider before buying the best drawing tablet:
Visiting an online shopping store searching for a drawing tablet and buying it should not be your approach you should know what you are getting for the price you are paying. You should know if all those features are even useful for you or you are just paying an extra price for no reason. In this category, we will guide you about the basic technical aspects which you need to know before buying any drawing tablet. So let’s start.
Size is one of the important things you should look for before buying a drawing tablet. You should know what type of drawing you are going to do and how much space is required for you to draw. A bigger sized drawing tablet will make your drawing easier and it will provide more workspace. In some cases, you might get some extra shortcuts because of the larger size. But you should keep in mind the portability of the tablet. You should pick a size which is suitable for both drawing and portability.
All of you might know that drawing tablets have an important feature called pressure sensitivity. This means that when you draw using the pen/stylus the screen detects how much pressure is applied to the screen and the thickness of the drawn line is based on the pressure applied. Most of the tablets come with 1024 or 2048 pressure levels. This is a simple rule the more pressure level is equal to more precise pressure sensitivity.
Connection with the computer:
You should know how your tablet will connect to your computer. Whether it uses HDMI or USB. You should know that your computer supports the provided connectivity method.
Lastly, you should know about the accessories which come with the drawing tablet. Whether it has a stylus pen or you need to get one yourself. Is there any protective case etc provided or you need to buy it yourself.
Being one of the biggest names in professional drawing tablets market, Wacom is always sure to provide an excellent user experience keeping in view any of their tablet products.
The Wacom Intuos Draw is the perfect option. If you are looking for a quality artist tablet designed especially for beginners, then this tablet should be your first preference. This tablet is compatible with all major operating systems and can be used with graphics related programs such as Adobe Photoshop with ease.
The Wacom Intuos Draw ships with a free drawing pack which includes tutorials as well as the Artrage Drawing software. The drawing pen that comes shipped with the tablet is battery free which is a great feature for those looking for a low maintenance device.
- Pen Pressure Sensitivity: 1024
- Response Frequency: 133 PPS
- Pressure Resolution: 2048 LPI
- Stylus/Pen: Battery-Free meaning no need of external power.
- O/S Compatibility: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS 10.8 and above.
The Artist 16 is a drawing tablet by XP Pen which features an extra-wide viewing angle and a host of creative features that makes it an excellent all-rounder choice for most artists.
The Artist 16 comes with a 1080P Full HD Display which will surely give your creation new life by providing a Vivid Color range on an amazing HD Display and an Extra-Wide 178-degree viewing angle. This gives you the canvas you need to realize your design with 2078 levels of pressure sensitivity.
This tablet will work for drawing, painting, editing, designing, sketching and animating without any trouble.
- Product dimensions: 44.3 x 28 x 12.6cm
- Active area: 34.4 x 19.3 cm
- Screen: 15.6 inches with 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Panel type: IPS
- Colors: 16.7 million
- Input: USB-C
- Graphics ports supported: HDMI, miniDisplay
- Pen does not require battery
- Pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels
Huion another well-known name in drawing tablets really hit the mark with the H610 Pro V2 featuring 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The Huion H610 Pro V2 is one of the best drawing tablets you can get in this price range. The Huion H610 Pro V2 includes a rechargeable drawing pen which is a nice feature for those who do not wish to keep replacement batteries around. This tablet also comes with 16 customizable hot cells as well as eight express keys making it perfect for beginners and pros alike.
This device is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems making it versatile enough for most users, although some users have claimed that the drivers were more difficult to install than other tablets of its kind.
- Active Area 10 x 6.25 Inch
- Pressure Sensitivity 8192 levels
- Resolution 5080 LPI
- Report Rate 233 RPS
- Function Keys 16
- Express Keys 8
- Weight 2.5 lbs
Apple is always known for their premium build quality and fast fluid running experience, although Apple products are priced on the higher end, however, the latest gen iPad truly justifies its price.
In the past, Apple released the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. It was incredibly expensive however it was inevitable that Apple will release a cheaper version with the Apple Pencil Support which resulted in the launch of latest gen iPad, commonly known as the 6th Gen iPad.
The main selling point of this iPad is its compatibility with the Apple Pencil. The 6th Gen iPad provides great battery timings, powerful stereo speakers and an 8-megapixel camera which is enough to capture images for reference.
The drawing experience on the 6th Gen iPad with Apple Pencil is very smooth due to its amazing palm rejection technology and tilt sensitivity. Overall it’s a great drawing/sketching tablet which truly values the money you spent. The only bummer is that you need to buy the Apple Pencil separately with this iPad if you don’t have one.
- 9.7-inch Retina display
- IPS display 2,048 × 1,536 resolution
- 2GB of RAM
- A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture
- Touch ID fingerprint sensor
- 8MP camera with 1080p video and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Two speaker audio
Wacom Cintiq 13 HD is for Artists with a relatively larger budget. Very few tablets can top the Wacom Cintiq 13 HD. This tablet comes complete with a fully interactive display on a large screen.
This tablet combines the sensitivity of a drawing tablet with the display of a tablet computer making it the ultimate drawing tool for artists of any level.
The interactive display works as a functioning second monitor allowing the user to essentially draw directly into programs as if they were drawing on paper. For those looking to make a long-term investment in a drawing tablet, the Wacom Cintiq 13 HD should definitely be taken into consideration.
- 13.3-inch 1080p IPS screen
- 2,048 pressure sensitivity levels
- Pro Pen stylus
- 3-position stand
Own your skills on this entry-level graphics tablet before you invest hundreds of dollars in a professional level drawing tablet.
The screen is 10 by 6.25 inches giving you a sizable surface area to draw while the resolution of 4000 lines per inch translates well to the picture on your monitor. The pressure pen has 2048 levels pressure sensitivity giving you precise control over brush effects and line width while you draw.
The tablet is compatible with all major design software and has eight express keys to streamline your workflow.
- Pen Pressure Levels: 2048
- Response Rate: 220 rps
- Resolution: 4000 LPI
- Stylus/Pen: 1 AAA Battery
- O/S Compatibility: Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10/ Mac OS 10.8.0/10.10.0 or higher.
The Yiynova MVP22U is a Cintiq alternative, mimicking nearly every capability of the more expensive product. Complete with a larger screen, some even find this tablet to rival as pricier companion.
The only concern we had with this model is that it is still relatively unknown which could lead to worries about reliability in the long run.
- Active drawing area (H x V):- 476.64 x 268.11 mm
- Screen size:- 21.5 Inches
- Aspect Ratio:- 16:9
- Tablet Resolution:- 4000 LPI
- Tracking speed:- 200 PPS
- Pressure sensitivity levels:- 2048 levels
- LCD screen colors:16.7M
- Screen resolution:- 1920×1080
- Response rate:- 14ms
- Contrast Ratio:- 1000:1 dynamic 50000:1 Contract
- Has 8 assignable keys.
- Compatible with Windows & Mac OS X
- VESA mounting:- 75 x 75 mm
Samsung equips their galaxy tablets with the best stylus available on mass-market devices. The S-Pen offers true to life pressure and sensitivity that rivals pens designed exclusively for drawing tablets.
The pen never needs to be recharged and can operate as a variety of drawing styles and devices. In addition to having the best touch-pen, The Galaxy Tab S3 is an excellent all-rounder tablet. It has a vivid Super AMOLED display for deep contrast and extraordinary colors.
It also comes with powerful quad speakers tuned by AKG and a feather-light keyboard, which can be attached to the tablet that operates like a laptop for word processing. It has a powerful 12-hour battery and a speedy Snapdragon quad-core processor.
- Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat
- Display 9.7-inch Super AMOLED, 2048×1536
- Processor Snapdragon 820
- Quad Core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz
- Storage 32GB (U.S.)
- Expandable microSD card
- RAM 4GB
- Rear Camera 13MP, Auto-focus, Flash
- Front Camera 5MP
- Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, USB Type-C 3.1, GPS
- LTE (optional)
- Charging USB-C
- Battery 6000mAh
- Fast charging
- Water resistance No
- Input S Pen
- 4096-level pressure sensitivity
- Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
- Dimensions 237.3 x 169 x 6 mm
- Weight 429g (Wi-Fi)
- 434g (LTE)
- Colors Silver, black
The XP-Pen Deco-03 is one of the best graphics/drawing tablets you can buy at such an affordable price. The Deco-03 is wireless and powered by an average sized battery, but it can still work while charging.
The tablet itself comes with a nice stylus, which has the nib on one end, hidden under a cover and a set of 8 replacement tips and the USB receiver on the other end. The build quality is quite good and has weight to it. Talking about the tablet itself, it is completely made up of plastic but it still looks and feels very good.
The pressure sensitivity is also good and gets the job done quite well. Some people face trouble installing its driver/software that comes with it, however, I’d always recommend downloading latest software/driver from XP website or you can also install and use Wacom Intuos drivers.
- Work Area 10 by 5.62 inches
- 5080 lines per inch
- Pressure Sensitivity: 8192
- Connection port: USB C
- Wireless: Yes
- Pen: Passive, does not require battery
Huion is a very well-known brand in the graphic designing industry. The Huion Inspiroy Q11K V2 was not popular among many in the start but a huge percentage of sales increased after day by day purchases.
The tablet looks like a laptop due to its tilting functionality. It has eight buttons on the top and a button on the right side for on-off functionality. The great thing about this tablet is that it is comparatively big in size which provides a great working surface, considering the size it provides its fairly lightweight.
One of the eye candy features about this tablet is its wireless capabilities as it pen also supports wireless charging. You can connect it to any Windows or Mac computer via USB without any difficulty. It provides decent sensitivity and smooth display to make your designing experience even better.
- Active Area: 279.4 x 174.6mm (11 x 6.875 in)
- Resolution: 5080 LPI
- Report Rate: 266PPS
- Pen Pressure: 8192Levels
- USB Connectivity
- 8 Programmable Express Keys
- Stylus Included
- Slim and Compact Design
- Windows and Mac Compatible