Drawing tablet and pen combination reviews.

Drawing tablet and pen combination reviews.

We Look At Some Great Drawing Tablet and Pen Combinations

Graphic designers, artists, architects, engineers and many more love the ability to draw and interact with their screen via a digital tablet. It can give greater control, the ability to utilize pressure sensitivity and is generally considered far more accurate than either a mouse or touch screen when it comes to detail visual work on a computer.

We have put together a list of some of our favorites outside of the dominating Wacom brand. While Wacom generally is considered to be the market leader, there are other possibilities for the budget sensitive buyer. Below are several options that will be lighter on your wallet while still giving you a powerful and versatile alternative to mouse or touch screen based user input.

What You Should Look for in a Drawing Tablet

While the core of a tablet is simply to be able to use the familiarity of a pen while interacting with your screen, there are several other features you want to be considering when buying a draing tablet. You should also make your decision with regards to:

  • Usage type, is this more about drawing, pixel accuracy, graphic design, geometric shape manipulation? Different tablets for different uses.
  • Resolution. Does your tablet have fine point accuracy and the ability to recognize even the slightest of movements?
  • Pressure sensitivity. One of the most important features of a solid tablet is sensitivity. Especially if you will be drawing and want bruch stroke variation.
  • Table size. Do you want to be mobile and take your drawing table with you? Smaller may be better. Want a large surface to interact with and primarily at a single desktop? Go large.
  • Shortcuts. Whether by stroke shortcuts, button binding, keystroke binding and more, the ability to perform common actions simply is key.
  • Weight. If you are planning on moving the tablet regularly to fit your needs weight can matter.
  • Durability. Does the tablet handle the rigors of everyday use.

Here is a great video to help you think about the main decision points for buying a drawing tablet as well as some of the best tablets out there:

We Recommend the Huion Giano WH1409

Of the alternatives to a Wacom we recommend the Huion Giano WH1409 because of its wireless feature and the overall flexibility of the table.

Huion New 1060 Plus Graphic Drawing Tablet with Built-in 8GB MicroSD Card and 12 Express Keys

Category

computers, tablets

Price

$82.99

SKU:

B01FTE9HS2

Product Rating

4.3 / 5

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  • Difference with the original 1060PLUS in Appearance: Full-Area Surface Cover, Pen Carrier, and Thinner Border, which makes the drawing surface bigger
  • Difference in Experience: Quieter Express Keys, Better Linearity in art programs, Better pen pressure sensitivity
  • 12 Express Keys and 16 Soft Keys: The 12 physical express-keys on the left and 16 soft keys on the top of the drawing surface are all customizable, which provides you a plethora of ways to tailor your software experience and raise your work efficiency
  • Free Gifts: 1 carrying case that guards your Huion Tablet from scratches and scrapes, 1 glove that reduces the friction between your hand and the tablet surface
  • Resolution: 5080 Report Rate: 233 RPS

Five Stars By:
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Easy to set up on Mac By:
Really works well. Fair price. Easy to set up on Mac. Nicely packaged. Recommended. I have used Wacom etc This is as good.
Great tablet. By:
This tablet is great. I watched many reviews, and took my time deciding which tablet to buy. I am so glad I chose this one. Huge drawing area that is fully adjustable. All shortcut keys are flawless. This is well made and worth every penny. I just wish I could afford a screen tablet from Huion.
Superb tablet for Adobe CC By:
I am currently studying publishing and mass media, therefore we need to come up with lots of multimedia projects. This tablet has greatly increased my productivity and enabled me to express myself in ways not possible before. I don't know much about other tablets, but this one works flawlessly with Illustrator and Photoshop. Sturdy, great size, good pen and price, it's an all-rounder.
Worth the price! By:
For the price it is a worthy buy. I am still enjoying this tablet and love all the buttons you can bind. For those who can't get paint tool sai to work. Of you restart the computer a couple times and make sure you have the most updated driver it will work fine. Also, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT when you are downloading the driver to make sure you have all virus protection software TURNED OFF. after turning the virus protectore back on after installing, restart your computer, it worked for me! Pen preasure is wonderfull and the interface is gently on the hands. Personally, I would like to have the drawing pen just a tad longer, but that is probably just me. Love all the extra pen nibbs it comes with! Remember when storeing your tablet not to leave anything sitting on top of it to keep the pressure sensativity high! Anyways, all in all the tablet is wonderful and it just about as comfortable as drawing on papee, for those new to this type of drawing it can take a bit to get use to, but the tablets texture has a similar feel to paper making it a lot easier to cope with. I would recommend useing the glove it came with to not just add comfort, but also to keep your tablet clean. Have drawn on it for over 48 hours and so far no sign whatsoever of wear. Plenty nice and the cords stay pretty out of the way. Would buy again and recommend to both beginning artists and professionals! Good luck mates! :D
Great tablet, works perfectly By:
Couldn't have asked for more for the price point. Great tablet, works perfectly.
Great! Works great By:
Great! Works great, just get updated download from website.
The little I have played with it seems like it could be just as usable as my Wacom ... By:
I am a Wacom user and my son wanted a tablet. We purchased this as a cheaper option than Wacom. So far I am impressed with it. The little I have played with it seems like it could be just as usable as my Wacom Intuos.
Love it love everything about it yes By:
Love it love everything about it yes !!!!
Amazeballs. By:
Works really well. Had an issue with the PC coming out of standby mode but updated the software and it fixed the issue. Compared to my wifes Wacom, for the price and what it does, it's AMAZEBALLS !!

Huion Giano WH1409 Wireless Digital Drawing Graphics Tablet Pen Tablet with 12 Express Keys for Windows and Mac

Category

computers, tablets

Price

$166.00

SKU:

B06XH3LC4R

Product Rating

4.6 / 5

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  • 13.8x8.6 inch large working area and 12 customizable express keys. It is the largest graphics tablet in our store that provides enough space to freely draw on the tablet borderless and boldly.. 12 Customizable Express Keys set individual shortcut way to skip tedious typing and clicking time and improve efficiency. Suitable for both right handed and left handed users, the default mode is right-handed Mode. You can set up the left handed mode through the advanced setting in the driver platform.
  • Support Wired and Wireless Working Modes: 2.4GHz USB receiver connect tablet and computer without any cable help to keep a clean and simple desk. It can be continuously used for about 40 hours without power cable connected due to the 2000mAh high capacity built-in Lithium battery. No messy cables trouble surrounded around computer.
  • 2048 Levels Pressure Sensitivity, 5080 LPI Resolution, 230 PPS Report Rate, comes with a rechargeable pen P80 providing professional drawing experience. Every strokes you draw on the tablet can be precisely and originally recorded by pen and tablet and immediately display on your computer screen.
  • OS Compatibility: Compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS 10.8.0 or above. Drawing Program Support: can work with major programs like Adobe Photoshop, SAI, Illustrator, Clip Studio, Krita, CorelPainter, Manga Studio and more.
  • 4 LED indicators show working status directly and obviously for you to adjust tablet into working status simply and quickly. Free gifts: 1 battery pen and 10 extra pen nibs. You have a replacement pen in case. The driver for WH1409 is in the USB receiver. 1 Year Warranty.

Still trying By:
I am still trying to use it.have been busy with other things so will try to attempt it next week.glad I bought it.will see Martha
Wonderful By:
This product is wonderful it works with all of the drawing programs that I use and it is wonderful with SAI. I would totally recommend this to artists for sure.
Great product! By:
Easy to use & a great item for the price! My daughter loves it!

GAOMON M106K-For both Windows and MAC- 10 x 6 Inches Painting Digital Graphics Pen Tablet with Rechargeable Pen

Category

computers, tablets

Price

$67.99

SKU:

B071JY98QL

Product Rating

4.3 / 5

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  • 12 Programming Buttons & Pen Jacket---There are 12 Express keys on the left and 16 Function keys on the top of tablet, available to be customized as you like, make the operation more efficient. A pen jacket on the right side of M106K that is convenient for you to carry the pen with graphics tablet, and avoid losing it when the pen is not used.
  • Left-hand and Right-hand Mode & Parameter---Default mode is right-hand mode. Left-hand mode can be set in the advanced setting of the driver control panel. 5080 LPI Resolution, 2048 Levels Pressure Sensitivity and 233 PPS Report Rate, the high-level parameters allow you to draw fluidly.
  • Big Size Working Area & Light Weight---10 x 6.25 inches optimum working area is big enough for you to create, and makes you enjoy your drawing. The net weight of graphics tablet is only 780g, very portable.
  • Rechargeable Pen ArtPaint AP20---M106K is equipped with rechargeable pen which can be used like a real drawing pen on paper or a wireless mouse for pc for 350 hours after charging. It is more economical and environmental than battery pen. Inactive for 3-10 minutes, the digital pen will go into sleep mode to save energy. Super light weight: 14g, hand will not fatigue after long time using.
  • Application & OS System & Drawing Software---Suitable for magazine illustrative painting, image editing, drawing, industrial architectural design, game/cartoon movie design, sketching, scenery creation, signature, handwriting recognition, online education and play games, such as osu! Work with Win 7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS 10.8.0 or later and can be compatible with most drawing software, such as PS, SAI, CorelPainter, Illustrator, SketchBook Pro, Manga Studio and so on.

Five Stars By:
Love it!!

Huion INSPIROY Q11K Wireless Digital Pen Tablet Graphic Drawing Painting Tablet with 8192 Levels of Pressure 8 Express Keys and Vertically Stand Pen Holder

Category

computers, tablets

Price

$0.00

SKU:

B071JN86L3

Product Rating

4.2 / 5

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  • 8192 Levels of Pressure Sensitivity: 4 times increased for pen pressure from 2048 to 8192 which delivers the ultimate accuracy, advanced and better performance in drawing lines
  • Wired and Wireless Dual Working Modes: wireless USB connector 2.4 GHz gives you amazing cable-free working experience. 2000mAh high capacity built-in battery allowing to be continuously work over 40 hours.
  • Large Working Area: 11 x 6.87 inch huge drawing area provides enough space to work with. Comes with 8 customizable shortcut keys to improve work efficiency. Suitable for both left-handed and right-handed users.
  • Newly Designed Rechargeable Pen PF150: Handy and battery free. 2 pen buttons can set functions as you like. Drawing on the tablet surface provides pen-on-paper feeling. New designed pen stand allows to place the pen vertically and never be fallen.
  • OS compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 , Mac OS 10.11 or later. Drawing software support: PS, SAI, CorelPainter, Illustrator, SketchBook Pro, Manga Studio, Krita and more. 1 Year Warranty.

Amazing! By:
Amazing. A really beautiful and fun to use tablet for the price.
Great for those looking for an affordable drawing tablet. By:
The price and what you get is worth it if you have the patience to deal with minor fixable issues.The tablet will stop working every once in a while when plugged in, but to alleviate this I just use the wireless mode and it will work. Also there are times none of the buttons either on the pen or tablet, however with these minor issues (to me) I thoroughly enjoy using this as it is the first tablet I've ever used (not counting Note Pro devices). The tablet itself has great functionality overall and it has a substantially cheaper price than higher priced competitors, it has definitely got me doing better quality art on my computer with an above average pressure sensitivity though you can tweak the pressure sensitivity settings to make it operate at a lower or higher sensitivity.
My first digital pen tablet and I'm certain I made the right decision! By:
I've been using my Q11K pen tablet for a solid week now. 3-4 hours a day working on a project for a client. It was extremely easy to setup, download and install drivers from Huion's website, charge and sync to PC and work with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator which are the 2 programs I'm currently working in. The sensitivity/pressure settings are amazing and it really does give a true feel for the pressure applied. I've experienced no lag while in the wireless setting for work. This is my first digital tablet for my work and hobby and I plan to upgrade to a Huion design tablet later that incorporates the image on the tablet itself, but until then, the Q11K is perfect for the affordable price to get started in a large work area pen tablet.There are a few main reasons why I chose this over other tablets in the same market.1. Great price2. Size of work area on tablet3. 8000+ levels of for pressure sensitivity4. Wireless5. Slim and light weight6. Pen is smaller than other models, closer to size of actual ink pens, not too bulky in hand7. Back to price when factoring all of the above in compared to other models/competitorsHighly recommended for anyone looking to get started in digital drawing tablets or those who've been it in for a while and just want a solid, affordable digital pen tablet to add to your workforce.Highly recommended!No CONS for now...and hopefully I wont have any in the future.
Five Stars By:
we love it
Five Stars By:
Works great, and as expected. No cons here, I use it for my graphics.
Love it By:
Really great product. I thought that the pen having to be recharged would get annoying but it really isn’t. You don’t really need to charge it much but I would recommend doing so every two or three weeks to avoid it dying on you mid sketch.In short. A+ product would buy again
Nice and cheap! By:
Needed something to get the job done, but inexpensive. Drivers were a little difficult at first, but I've found a way to get around the issue.
Works well By:
Works well, no issues so far. Personally using it with GIMP atm.