10 Best Drawing Tablets To Upgrade Your Painting Experience

If you’re thinking of buying a drawing tablet for the first time and trying to explore your options, then chances are you would get perplexed. There are a lot of established brands which are offering some great products, but for a first-time buyer, all these might become a tad too confusing.

Hence, to help you out, here is a detailed article about different types of drawing tablets.

What is A Drawing Tablet?

In very simple words, a drawing tablet lets you digitalize your artwork. You can sketch, draw, paint and that too with the help of 3D software. A drawing tablet contains an artboard and a digital pen (also known as a stylus). A stylus works far better than a mouse and lets you draw anything and everything on the touchpad. In a way, the drawing tablet brings back the lost days of our childhood, when we used to draw on our drawing books with so much enthusiasm.

Some renowned brands who manufacture drawing tablets are, Wacom Co., Huion, Ugee, XP-PEN, etc.

How to Select A Drawing Tablet?

drawing tablet

Before choosing your graphics tablet (another name for a drawing tablet), make sure it holds the following features:

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Stylus

The stylus is the most important apparatus for a drawing tablet, because without it, how would you draw? Some Styluses even come with a rubber-made outer surface, to give you a strong grip and to make you feel as comfortable as you’re when you use an actual pen.

There can be two types of Styluses. The first type is AAA battery operated and the second type works via Electro-Magnetic Resonance (EMR) technology.

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The TouchPad

The TouchPad or the Active area is the portion where you draw. This region of any drawing tablet is pressure sensitive, and it should be kept safe. This section receives the input signals from the Stylus.

Generally, a drawing tablet’s total size is 3-5 inches more than its active area. Size is a noteworthy criterion for choosing a drawing tablet. Always choose a drawing tablet with a larger size, so that you can get more space to draw and more shortcut keys to choose from.

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Pressure Sensitivity

The third essential measure of the quality of your tablet is its pressure sensitivity. Pressure sensitivity is measured on the basis of the weight of the lines you draw on your tablet. Thicker lines naturally require more pressure and narrower lines demand less pressure.

The more pressure sensitive your tablet is, the better it is. 1024 is the most common pressure level. But some recent drawing tablets work in 2048 pressure level as well. They are incorporated with some newer and highly efficient technologies.

Pressure sensitivity gets affected by the use of your Stylus and the quantity of friction produced on the touchpad.

Apart from the above three points, you need to consider some additional facts as well, like, your budget, tilting capability, screen size, etc.

Top Drawing Tablets to Buy in 2018

I’m suggesting you some leading drawing tablets, in this section, depending on the criterions discussed above. Take a look.

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Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16

Wacom Drawing Tablet
First Drawing Tablet Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16

Wacom is an eminent name in the field of drawing tablets. The latest edition of their offering is Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16” drawing tablet along with Wacom Pro Pen 2.

Key Features:

  • Skillfully designed for experts, this drawing tablet comes with some innovative 2D, 3D, and CAD software.
  • With the 4K resolution, larger drawing space and 94% color accuracy, it becomes easier to paint or sculpt. Add to that, the multi-touch gesture makes zooming and rotating of your painting much easier.
  • The Wacom Pro Pen 2 is a great addition to more pressure sensitivity, more accurateness, better tilt support and all these without charging.
  • This device owns Noteworthy clarity with resolution as high as 3840×2160.

Price-$3000

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 15.6”
Pressure Sensitivity 8192 Levels
Weight 4.85 Pounds
Resolution 3840×2160
Color Black

 

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XP-Pen Artist 16

Drawing tablet with screen
Second Drawing Tablet XP-Pen Artist 16

The next drawing tablet on my list is XP-Pen Artist. If painting is your passion, then this tablet can help you in ways you can’t even imagine. This tablet supports Windows and MAC operating systems and is well-suited with some versatile drawing software, like, Adobe Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, 3D MAX and so forth.

Key Features:

  • With a 15.6 FHD IPS screen and 178° viewing angle, you can paint or sketch literally everything you want.
  • It comes with 8 apt express keys and adjustable display stands which let you draw directly on the surface of your PC screen.
  • This drawing tablet provides you a pressure sensitivity of 2048. Which makes it a must for an incredible pictorial experience. Also, the Stylus is rechargeable.

Price-$490

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 344.16×193.59 mm
Pressure Sensitivity 2048 Levels
Weight 8.82 Pounds
Resolution 1920×1080
Color Black

 

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Turcom TS-6610

Best drawing tablet
Third Drawing tablet Turcom-TS-6610

This graphics tablet coming from Turcom is a must to satisfy your creative needs. It is a handy gadget for artists, students, designers and everybody interested in painting.

Key Features:

  • Supported by Windows 7,8,8.1 and 10 as well as Mac 10.8, 10.10 operating systems, the Turcom TS-6610 is pairable with drawing software like SAI, Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, 3D MAX and many more.
  • It has a pressure level of 20148, an active area of 10”x6.25” and resolution of 4000 LPI (Lines Per Inch).
  • The Stylus is rechargeable and comes with a holder. it is also one of the cheap drawing tablets.

Price-$62

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 10”x6.25”
Pressure Sensitivity 2048 Levels
Weight 2.3 Pounds
Number of Keys 8
Color Black

 

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UGEE M708

drawing tablet for PC
Fourth drawing tablet UGEE M708

The UGEE M708 is a user-friendly digital drawing tablet which is perfect for the artists, designers, students and other professionals and even the rookies. It comes with a Stylus, a pen holder, anti-fouling gloves and many other relevant accessories.

Key Features:

  • This tablet is supported by Windows and MAC operating systems and is compatible with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, etc.
  • It has an active area of 10”x6”, pressure sensitivity of 2048 levels and resolution of 5080 LPI.

Price-$60

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 10”x6”
Pressure Sensitivity 2048 Levels
Weight 3.05 Pounds
Number of Keys 8
Color Black

 

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Apple iPad Pro

Digital drawing tablet
Fifth drawing tablet Apple iPad Pro

Though not exactly a drawing tablet, this iPad coming from Apple comes with some cool drawing features. If you’re a brand freak, then this one has quite a lot to offer.

Key Features:

  • Available in four vivid colors, namely, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, this tab has a 10.5” retina display and 2224×1668 resolution.
  • It supports the Apple Pencil, which works like a Stylus here and lets you draw whatever you want.
  • Additionally, it has a 12MP rear camera and battery life of up to 10hrs.

Price- Price varies with color.

Hardware Specifications

Screen Size 10.5”
Wireless Type 802.11abg
Weight 1.04 Pounds
Resolution 2224×1668
Color Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray

 

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Wacom Cintiq Pro 16

Graphics tablet
Sixth Drawing Tablet Wacom Cintiq Pro 16

Another gem of a graphics tablet coming from Wacom is the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16. The best thing about Wacom drawing tablets is that they re-create the nostalgia of painting in pen and paper.

Key Features:

  • With a screen size of 15.6’’ and a highly pressure sensitive Pro Pen 2, this drawing tablet makes sure you gain a topnotch experience while creating your artwork.
  • Supported by both Windows and MAC operating systems, this tablet has a resolution as high as 4K which offers better clarity.
  • Other important features of this tablet are, multi-touch gestures, convenient control keys, etc.

Price-$1300

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 15.6”
Item Dimensions 0.7 x 16.14 x 10.43
Weight 3.3 Pounds
Resolution 2560×1440
Color Gray

 

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Huion Inspiroy G10T

Best tablet for drawing
Seventh drawing tablet Huion Inspiroy G10T

The next position in this list of top drawing tablets is occupied by Huion Inspiroy G10T. This cool drawing tablet is supported by Windows 7 to 10 and MAC 10 or above. This one is a smart choice for both beginners and experts.

Key Features:

  • This is a skillfully designed drawing tablet with 10”x6.25” active area and a smoothly designed aluminum coated outer surface. There is a multi-touch panel to avoid unplanned or accidental touches.
  • It provides Wi-Fi support and comes with 6 customizable control keys so that you can operate comfortably.
  • With a pressure sensitivity of 8192 levels and resolution of 5080LPI, this drawing tablet is a tough competitor to all drawing tablets in this list.
  • Add to all these; the battery life is approximately 40hrs, which is great for a drawing tablet.

Price-$139

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 10”x6.25”
Pressure Sensitivity 8192 levels
Weight 3.29 Pounds
Resolution 5080LPI
Color Black

 

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Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition

Drawing tablet for PC
Eighth drawing tablet Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition

As I have already said, Wacom is the number one manufacturer of drawing tablets, and the third one on this list from Wacom is the Intuos Pro Paper Edition. Quite obviously, what makes this tablet special from its competitors is its ability to digitalize your paper sketches.

Key Features:

  • The first and foremost feature of this tablet is its ability to digitalize your simple paper painting. This tablet comes with removable paper clips and 0.4 mm gel pen along with the Wacom Pro Pen 2. By using these, once you draw something on the paper, it would directly be copied in the tablet, even without internet connection. Hence if you still love painting in your drawing book but want to showcase your creation on various social platforms, then this is the best option for you.
  • It has a larger active area, 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity and 8 control buttons for your convenience.
  • Like any other Wacom model, this tablet has a strong multi-touch technology and supports both Windows and MAC.

Price-$400

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 12.1” x 8.4”
Pressure Sensitivity 8192 levels
Weight 1.54 Pounds
Express Keys 8
Color Black

 

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Parblo Island A609

Cheap Drawing Tablet
Ninth Drawing Tablet Parblo Island A609

The next name in my list is Parblo Island A609 drawing tablet. This one is a smart buy at low price.

Key Features:

  • This drawing tablet has a comfortable design, a non-rechargeable Pen and 9”x6” of active area.
  • It has a pressure sensitivity of 2048 levels, resolution of 5080 LPI, 60° tilt angle, and 4 control keys.
  • All and all it is a nice choice for beginners as well as artists and a cheap drawing tablet as well.

Price-$52

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 9”x6”
Pressure Sensitivity 2048 levels
Weight 1.9 Pounds
Resolution 5080 LPI
Color Black

 

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Huion INSPIROY Q11K

tablet for drawing
Tenth drawing tablet Huion INSPIROY Q11K

The final name in this list of drawing tablets is Huion INSPIROY Q11K. Supported by both Windows and MAC platforms and compatible with software like SAI, Adobe Illustrator, SketchBook Pro, etc. this drawing tablet can be a decent buy for any professional.

Key Features:

  • This tablet has 8192levels of pressure sensitivity, 8 customizable switches and an active area of 11”x6.87”.
  • It holds a battery standby of over 40hrs.
  • The Stylus has some cool features and comes with a pen holder.

Price-$120

Hardware Specifications

Active Area 11”x6.87
Pressure Sensitivity 8192 levels
Weight 3.85 Pounds
Shortcut Keys 8
Color Black

 

So, this was our list of best drawing tablets for you to buy in 2018. It is true that some of them are a bit too costly, but if you’re a true art enthusiast, then you would definitely go for them. But don’t rush. Read. Think. And then buy.

And don’t ever stop your artwork, as you must have heard the quote, “Art enables us to find ourselves and to lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

 

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