Quick NavigationThe Top 5 Best Drawing Tablets!1)Wacom Cintiq 13HDOverviewProsConsSpecifications2) XP-Pen Artist 22OverviewPros:Cons:Specifications3) MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOKProsConsSpecifications4) Ugee 2150OverviewPROSCONSSpecifications5) Huion KAMVAS GT-156HDOverviewPros ConsSpecifications
The Top 5 Best Drawing Tablets!
1)Wacom Cintiq 13HD
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 packs an entire studio full of powerful creative tools into a slim, lightweight package – including the even more accurate Wacom Pro Pen 2. From 2D to 3D, you’ll have what you need to create at your studio desk to anywhere you please. The 13HD comes with a crystal-clear screen display using a satin-style finish for simple drawing. The active drawing area measures about 12″(one foot) wide by 6.75″ tall. This is definitely a lot smaller than most tablets in this guide. However it is possible to create stunning concept art even on a smaller screen. But you’ll want a quality tablet that can detect input over the entire drawing surface. The drawing experience is surprisingly accurate even with the smaller screen. You’ll find no jitters in the work and the outer corners are still just as sensitive as the center LCD area. Every mark you make will instantly translate onto the screen with no lag time. Since this is a smaller unit you’ll only get four express keys. But this sacrifice might be worthwhile if you need a portable tablet. One potential downside is the tablet’s lack of friction while lying flat. While the 13HD stand does have rubber feet, the actual tablet does not. So if you lay the tablet flat on your desk you’ll need to make sure it’s positioned well or it can accidentally move in any direction. If you hold the tablet or work in your lap this won’t be an issue. And the stand is fantastic so there’s no reason not to use it! This is one of the best tablets you can get for this size and it’s brilliant for concept art.
In conclusion, if you want a portable display tablet then the Cintiq 13HD is your best choice. It’s lightweight, sturdy, and built to the best specifications you can get from Wacom’s display tablet lineup.
- Great display
- Best-in-class stylus
- Customisable express keys
- Optional RealSense camera is great for 3D work
- Relatively slow SSD
- Battery life should be slightly better
Screen Size: 13.3 inch
Response Time: 25ms
Screen Resolution: 1920 X 1080
Resolution 5080 LPI
Contrast Ratio 700:1
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048
Tilt Range: 40°
Displayable Colours: 16.7 million
Active Area: 299 x 171mm
Compatible OS: Windows 8/10, Mac OSX Yosemite
2) XP-Pen Artist 22
The XP-Pen Artist22 which measures a full 21.5″ has a diagonal HD display. This uses a 1080p resolution and a 9-point calibration so it’s incredibly accurate. All XP-Pen devices tend to be on the better side when it comes to durability and drawing experience. Even their cheaper models hold up for a while. So the Artist22 is a great choice if you know you’ll be using it for the long haul. This tablet comes with a stand built into the back that you can unfold to varying degrees. It uses strong rubber legs spread horizontally so it covers a wider base. This limits shaking or any mobility while in use. The screen itself is brilliant with LED lights and a strong 1920×1080 resolution. This can both mirror your PC or it can work as a secondary monitor. When you make a mark on the screen it loads fast. The response time is incredible for this model and it’s much better than other XP-Pen devices. You can draw from any angle and still keep a strong view of the screen. There’s no major glare but there is a thin coating that makes the surface super smooth. Opinions vary on screen textures but I think this smooth screen works great. XP-Pen ships this unit with an optional screen protector which can add some texture if you need it. You’ll also get a free artist glove along with two stylus pens that both include a toggle button to switch between pen & eraser mode. Both pens do use batteries and they’ll need to be charged every so often. But XP-Pen is nice enough to include 2 so if a pen dies you can always swap to the other while charging the first. This tablet does not have any hotkeys or express keys on the display. You do have a button on the stylus but it’s not for running actions in your painting software. The only buttons on the display are towards the bottom for adjusting brightness, resolution, and other display settings. The pens have 2 express hot keys located on them that can be customized to about 9 assignable shortcut keys. This monitor has HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports for all of your output needs. Cables that are included in the standard package are USB, Power, DVI, HDMI, VGA. Also included is a mini-DVI adapter, cleaning cloth, a brush, screen protector, a pen stand and extra nub holder, and a XP-Pen artist glove. There is more technical terms and more specifications that could be listed above, but these are the ones I find most important.
In conclusion grab the Artist22 if you like the design and can live without any express keys. This tablet is huge and it’s a little smaller/lighter than the UG-2150. They’re both very comparable models so if you have a brand preference then go with this one.
- Priced at $499.99 USD currently on Amazon and is an amazing deal
- Screen size, Resolution, and Color reproduction quality
- All of the outputs you could want. And all cables !
- Glossy Screen and slight Parallax
- Cable placement at bottom of monitor
- Stand can make it uncomfortable, but VESA mount compatible
- No express keys
- Display Area:476.64×268.11mm
- Display Resolution:1920×1080 pixels
- Response Time:14ms
- Support Color:16.7M
- Contrast Ratio:1000:1
- Viewing Angle:-89°~89
- Pressure Sensitivity:2048 Level
- Resolution:5080 LPI
- Reading Height:15mm Max
3) MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK
Hybrid, powerhouse, and influencer are but a few words that describe the Surface Book, the first-ever laptop. With the screen attached like a laptop it behaves just like any other Windows 10 laptop with an interesting hinge. Press the detach key and the screen pops off, turning into a full tablet PC with up to five hours of battery life. But you can also turn the screen over and re-attach it to the base to either have the screen facing away from the keyboard or folded down to make an angled drawing pad.
Since entering the market in October 2015, it’s seen not only success both critically and commercially.The 3:2 aspect ratio may be alien to some, but Apple users will feel right at home while using the Surface Book, and it won’t take long for Windows veterans to get the hang of it either.
As mentioned already, the Surface Book has an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio so it’s an odd thing at first when you’re used to 16:9 or even 4:3. The PixelSense display is 13.5in in size and uses a 3000×2000 resolution resulting in a crispy 267 ppi. It’s a stunning screen with all sorts going for it including great viewing angles, color reproduction (100 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut) and brightness.
Microsoft says it’s an IPS panel that uses a ‘negative photo-aligned liquid oxide display’ which essentially means that during construction, the layers are carefully aligned to increase contrast and image quality. It’s a technique used in TVs and also the iPhone 6 but the downside is that the display on the Surface Book is very reflective. That brightness (more than 400 nits) will be needed to combat this.
- Distinctive, well-constructed design
- Impressively light as a tablet
- Gorgeous screen
- Pen input works well
- Comfortable keyboard
- Fast performance
- Best-in-class battery life in laptop mode
- Lots of configurations to choose from
- Short battery life for just the tablet
- High cost of entry
- “Fulcrum” hinge makes the laptop appear fatter when shut
- Feels heavy compared to some other flagship laptops
- Screen wobbles a bit in laptop mode
- 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6600U (Skylake).
- 16GB of RAM.
- 13.5-inch PixelSense Detachable Display.
- 3000 x 2000 Screen Resolution (267 PPI).
- Dedicated NVIDIA GPU.
- 1TB SSD.
- USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, SD Card Slot.
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0.
- Surface Pen Included.
- Windows 10 Pro.
4) Ugee 2150
Based on the great price and the brilliant display I have to personally pick the Ugee UG-2150 as the best tablet for concept artists. Everything that you get for this price is phenomenal and this tablet will last for years of consistent use. Right away you’ll notice this is a big unit. It’s definitely a desk-only tablet since you won’t want to lug around a 20 lb tablet screen anywhere.
But it’s also huge measuring almost two feet in length. Thankfully the display takes up the majority of the tablet which makes drawing a breeze. The screen is tuned well for digital painting with 5080 LPI resolution and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity(all great specs). This runs on DC power so it does need to be positioned near an outlet. But if it’s on your computer desk then it can likely plug into the same outlet or power strip. It also offers many different inputs for video including VGA, DVI, and HDMI. Perhaps the best aspect of the UG-2150 is the display functionality. It never really gets hot even after hours of use. And the display settings can be adjusted with little buttons in the bottom-right corner. The display is really what sells any great tablet. And this is one hell of a display which makes it perfect for detailed digital artwork. And Ugee includes a bunch of freebies like a cleaning cloth & cleaning brush along with an antistatic glove to keep the screen free of smudges. The manufacturers really went above & beyond with this tablet so if you have room on your desk I think you’ll be pleased. You get so much with this tablet that it seems insane. The price tag is super reasonable and the display is crystal clear. Unfortunately, it is pretty heavy and it uses rechargeable pens which means you’ll need to charge them every so often. But if you can overlook these things then the UG-2150 is a great tablet for all concept artwork.
In conclusion the Ugee 2150 is a spacious tablet monitor you use with Mac or Windows (or Linux, made by third parties). It’s well built, and colors are bright and clear. The stand doesn’t jiggle, and it’s highly adjustable. The pen gives good accuracy. The drivers are very easy to install. You have to be sure to remove other tablet drivers and their remnants though. If you use Sketchbook Pro, the XP-Pen driver seemed to work better with it in Windows.This tablet is especially good for students, beginners, artists on a budget, and those growing their art career. It’s simple, affordable, and does the job.
- Solid build quality and feels sturdy
- Minimal attractive design
- 2048 levels of pressure (the range of pressure feels better than the Huion due to the pen)
- No noticeable lag, feels fantastic
- Supports HDMI, DVI-I, and VGA
- Unbeatable price, almost 4x cheaper than the Cintiq
- Attentive customer service via email
- Even better with a monitor arm
- No Express Keys
- Pen needs a charge (though it will last literally months)
- Glossy, reflective screen
- Some parallax because of the distance between the glass and LCD
- Limited driver/stylus customizability
- Flimsy but functional adjustment stand
- Unit may not be air-sealed, so dust may creep in behind glass over time
- No tilt sensitivity for tilt-sensitive brushes
- Type: Pressure-sensitive
- Minimum System Requirements: Windows XP or OS X
- Model Number: B00V5QS1CC
- Size: 23.8 x 19.2 in
- Active Area: 18.9 x 10.7 in
- Connection: DVI, HDMI, USB, VGA
- Express Keys: No
- Multi-Touch: No
- Tilt: No
- Spare Nibs: 8
- Pressure Levels: 2048
- Wireless Support: No
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Pen Reading Speed: 220 rps
- Warranty: 15 months
5) Huion KAMVAS GT-156HD
The GT-156HD comes with express keys along with two quick touchbars for radial settings like brush size. These express keys can transform your workflow making this a wonderful companion for modern digital painting. This tablet stands out for its unique design and express keys. Also the GT-156HD only needs one cable input which simplifies wire management. You still need to plug in three different cables(USB, HDMI, and AC) but they’re all attached to that one input. Any display tablet with this feature already gets an A+ in my book. The entire drawing surface is coated with a super thin 15mm glass cover designed to reduce/eliminate glare. It has a slight frosted design but it doesn’t skew any colors on the screen. Much like other tablets in this style you can also adjust the back stand to move from completely flat to basically vertical off the table. The stand doesn’t feel like much but it’s a lot stronger than other stands found on comparable models. Overall the inputs are quick and accurate. The frosted screen has a bit of texture but it shouldn’t slow you down. The biggest feature is the anti-glare coating that place nice with indoor lighting. Also it’s worth noting that the newest edition comes with updated drivers and a new stylus that can hold a charge for well over a couple months. I was really hoping for a battery-free stylus but you can’t have everything. In conclusion the Huion GT-156HD is probably their best display tablet. It’s sleek, thin, and uses an anti-glare screen. Plus it’s built with the newest Huion drivers & their newest rechargeable pen that can last over 60 days without charging. The price is steeper on this one but if you like the design then it’s worth nabbing.
- Comes with express keys along with two quick touchbars for radial settings like brush size
- Anti-glare screen
- Newest rechargeable pen that can last over 60 days without charging
- Sleek Design
- The tracking of the pen does get offset towards the edges
- Poor customer support
- Modest production materials.
- Display Area 15.6-inch (Adjustable)
- Pressure Sensitivity 2048 levels
- Accuracy 0.25mm
- Resolution 1920 x 1080
- Response Time 5ms
- Support Color 16.7M(RGB 6-bit data + HiFRC data)
- Contrast Ratio 800:01:00
- Weight 3.3 lbs