Post Reply For all you digital drawers, what's the most effective drawing tablet?
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Let's just say, what's the best drawing tablet under 1200$

So basically I have been using a Wacom intuos drawing tablet ( small) it's 8 1/4 inches wide by 6 5/8 inches, no larger than my actual tablet I use for everyday purpose. Since I just started to get into digital I didn't want to go too crazy, just test the waters a bit until I felt that connection


Now the thing is, yes my drawing has improved even on this small tablet. Yea it's cramp, the pen is absolute shit, but I have grown to like it somewhat, the nibs are a joke, the shortcuts were cool at first, but now I don't even use them.

I've been using it for about 4 months, and overall it's a great tablet to practice on going into digital, and for the price I got it at for just over $100, if I wasn't in Canada I'd be laughing for how cheap it actually is to buy it.

Wacom seems legit, especially for a cheap tablet like this, it can actually do a hell of a good job. It's just so cramp at times, I feel like I'm really limiting myself. Naturally I love to make huge pen strokes with pencil and paper because of the freedom and space, but with this tablet it does get frustrating, like elbow to elbow in a movie theater trying to grab your drink, like T Rex lol. Although I can still pull off something decent, and everything I have drawn on this tablet blows all of my previous drawings out of the water, maybe it's time to take things up a notch.

So in your opinion, what is out there that can satisfy even the most demanding artist for under $1200.
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I had an opportunity to try out a Wacom Cintiq before (I don't remember what model.) Speaking of GPX tablets explicitly, the Cintiq is the best I have ever used, so I would definitely recommend it if you need (or would prefer) a pen display tablet that can be swapped between devices. They come in at right around $1,000 for a 13HD.

That said, in that price range, I would actually opt for an iPad Pro (about the same price) and pencil (which I think runs around $100... or something like that.) The sensitivity on iPad is pretty far ahead of any other device--especially considering you can tilt the pen to get a more natural feel without sacrificing your time to the "where's my line" gods--and doesn't really take pressure at all to get a fine line. It can also apply gradation, has very little stroke latency, and next to no jitter.

In direct opposition to the iPad Pro is Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 (Surface 3 is also has very good graphics capabilities and is quite a bit cheaper.) What I like in this case is that it is a compact computer capable of running the full desktop versions of any software that runs on Windows PCs (ie: Photoshop.) It comes with a pen and the price varies enough that it might not even be as much as an iPad; for the sake of comparison, though, the tablet is about the same price with an i5 processor, 4GB memory, and a 128GB SSD. It also has a microSD slot and full-size USB port (if you have use for either as storage or for peripheral expansion,) higher resolution, and a very adaptable tilt stand. The back end of the pen functions as an eraser in graphics programs... which I think is pretty handy. The downside is that it is not AS good with graphics as the iPad. Strokes have noticeable jitter if you aren't moving the pen fast enough, there is a little more latency in the stroke, and it takes a bit of pressure to pick up (about as much as any standard graphics tablet.) By no means is it unmanageable--it just takes some getting used to--but you are kind of sacrificing performance for versatility in this case. I would rate the Surface somewhere between the iPad and Cintiq.

Now, on the budgetier side, the first to come to mind is the Huion GT-220 (back to purely graphics tablets,) which I wouldn't rate anywhere near as good as the Cintiq, but it is a very capable peripheral. As the display goes... well, it's friggin' huge--in comparison to the other three devices--at 21.5". The price point is under $700. There are other Chinese manufactured tablets as well, like Monoprice and Ugee--Monoprice is most often just rebranded Huion; I have one of their cheap-o graphics tablets and it gets the job done, in any case.

TL;DR

In order of what I think is best to worst, but still capable on the low end:

1. Apple iPad Pro (12.9") -- $850-$1,100 (pen included)
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (12.3") -- $700-$2500, depending on options
3. Wacom Cintiq 13HD (13.3") -- ~$700
4. Huion GT-220 (21.5") -- ~$600
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The cintiq does sound like a good buy, plus in terms of product I can trust it, and I know there will be no problems as far as setting it up. I think I was looking at some refurbished, so that definitely might save me a few dollars if I get lucky.

I just recently got a Dell inspirion with Windows 10, so I'm a little skeptical with looking at something like an IPad pro.

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Posted 8/16/16
Meh i use a cheapo small Wacom Intuos.
But thats if you have a small budget.

Cost: 500 NOK.
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