For this post, I have put together a collection of the best drawing tablets available for purchase.
UPDATED: September 6, 2019.
MY TOP PICK:
If you are looking for the best overall, I recommend the XP-PEN Artist because it features a large 1920 x 1080 IPS 15.6” display with 4k support and the stylus does not require batteries or charging.
Unleash your creative side with these stunning tablets. Combining the flexibility of freehand drawing with a pencil in a sketchbook with the precision and power of digital design, these amazing tools are only limited by your imagination.
So if you are looking for a gift or something for yourself, you are sure to find something that fits your needs and budget.
NOTE: these all require a computer connection and do not operate as stand-alone units.
So here is my list of The 10 Best Drawing Tablets.
Cutting-Edge Design and Technology
Functions allow users to sketch, paint, design and edit directly from the tablet screen.
Enjoy the high quality glass design which gives you high precision and prevents dust build up.
Latest Passive Pen Design
Our PN03S stylus technology provides 8192 levels of instant pen pressure sensitivity.
15.6” 1920x1080 IPS 16:9 Display with 178° degree of visual angle
Delivers life-like colors, greater contrast, sharper, and vivid images.
Supports 4k Displays.
Features USB Type-C input design.
11mm thin design, 3 in 1 cable, and a new brightness adjustment button.
6 fully customizable express keys create a highly ergonomic and convenient work platform.
One-click toggle allows you to switch between Pen and Eraser instantly.
Adopted the newest F900 High Tech IC, to make lines flow smoother and perform better.
Compatible with Most Operating Systems and Applications
Windows 10/8/7, Mac OS version 10.8 or later, and major graphics software such as Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator, Clip Studio, and more.
Pen pressure levels offers a more accurate and precise movement of the pen-slider, makes your drawing line smooth and natural.
Embedded Signal Interface: Subtly avoid the issue of signal cable dropping easily during moving process.
10 express keys available to be customized according to your own needs.
5 Menus Button are placed on the left side of the display.
Find a perfect and comfortable position with the adjustable stand by dragging the switch to create your work.
The Wacom Cintiq 22 Drawing Tablet features the Pro Pen 2 which uses Electro Magnetic Resonance technology to draw the power it needs from the tablet so it does not require a battery.
Features 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and a low activation force, enabling it to detect even very light pen strokes.
Full 1920 x 1080 HD display
16.7 million colors and 72% NTSC
Includes anti-glare display and adjustable stand.
Compatible with Most Operating Systems and Applications
Adobe suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom), Autodesk Sketchbook, Paint Tool SAI, ArtRage, Krita, Artweaver, Rebelle, Clip Studio Paint., Corel suite (Painter, Draw, Paintshop Pro),
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New pen technology supports 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt-response and virtually lag-free tracking.
Large size is a super-slim tablet design with a more compact footprint (16.8” x 11.2”) and larger active area than previous models (12.1” x 8.4”)
Speed your workflow with multi-touch gestures.
Customizable Express Keys.
Utilizes Radial Menus and side pen switches.
USB port, Windows® 7 or later (64bit).
Mac OS 10.10 or later, Bluetooth Classic for wireless connection to PC or Mac.
Bluetooth LE for wireless connection to mobile devices (in paper mode).
Internet connection to download driver and Software.
Every stroke you draw on the tablet can be precisely and originally recorded by pen and tablet and immediately display on your computer screen. 13.8" x 8.6" large working area and 12 customizable express keys.
12 Customizable Express Keys set individual shortcut way to skip tedious typing and clicking time and improve efficiency.
Continuous use for up to 40 hours without power due to the 2000mAh high capacity built-in Lithium battery.
2048 Levels Pressure Sensitivity, 5080 LPI Resolution, 230 PPS Report Rate,
Includes rechargeable pen P80 providing professional drawing experience.
OS Compatibility: Compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS 10.8.0 or above.
Works 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.
The Huion H610 Pro Graphic Drawing Tablet features a versatile yet portable 10 x 6.25 inch working surface.
Includes 8 hard and 16 soft customizable shortcut keys for a range of software applications.
233PPS report rate to allow for smoother drawing.
Includes 8192 pressure P80 rechargeable stylus.
Weighs 14g and features an ergonomic design for long use.
Reaches full charge within two hours.
The Star05 features both wired and wireless USB capability: Simply plug the included USB receiver into your computer to draw wirelessly using the ISM 2.4G and FHSS, or connect to your computer with the included USB cable for standard wired use.
Built-in lithium battery charges quickly and conveniently during wired use.
2.5 hours provides a full charge that lasts up to 14 hours.
Battery-free stylus with 2048 pressure levels does not require charging.
Six touch-sensitive shortcut keys allow quick access to most commonly used functions.
8” x 5” working area provides ample room to draw and paint comfortably.
Compatible with Windows 10/8/7/Vista and Mac 10.7 or above operating systems.
Works with most currently available drawing software, such as Photoshop, Paint tool Sai, Clip Studio Paint, etc.
The Monoprice Graphic Drawing Tablet features a large 10 x 6.25-inch work area.
Features a 4000 lines per inch (LPI) drawing resolution, a 200 RPS report rate, and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Eight user assignable Express Keys on the left side of the drawing area.
Features sixteen user assignable Hot Cells along the upper edge of the drawing surface.
The Express Keys and Hot Cells can be assigned to input specific keystroke combinations, launch applications, open web pages, send email, or to emulate a specific mouse function (e.g., left-click).
Includes driver utilities for use with Windows® (XP and later) and Mac® OS X® (10.4.x and later).
The Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet is compatible with most applications including Corel Painter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, 3D MAX, Autodesk MAYA, and more.
Middle button on stylus allows the user to scroll down documents or websites.
Features three express keys - such as close current page, save current page.
Plug & Play design does not require an external driver.
Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 inches
Portable weight of just 132g (0.3 lbs)
The VEIKK A30 Graphics Drawing Tablet features a large 10 x 6 inch drawing area.
Includes four customizable touch keys for a variety of software functions.
Features a gesture pad allowing the user to zoom in and out..
Portable design is only 9mm thick and lightweight at 570g.
250pps read rate.
USB Type C port.
Includes the ability to adjust the pressure sensitivity, up to 8192 level.
Does not require charging.
Buttons can be swapped for the pen and eraser or mouse use.
I hope this list has been helpful, if I left out a drawing tablet you think is important, let me know in the comments below.
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