Graphics tablet (sometimes also called ‘digital art board’) enables to draw and write directly on its surface with special stylus. It is similar in appearance to standard tablet, though it doesn’t have display and is a peripheral device plugged into computer. Graphics tablet are very convenient tool for digital artist, webdesigners, graphical resources makers, because it allows to sketch directly on tablet and get much better results than clumsy drawing with a PC mouse. As other computer peripherals, they mostly are made in China, so you can buy excellent and affordable graphics tablets in Chinese online stores. We’ve compiled list of most popular, affordable and capable devices that you can find on GearBest, so read our review and pick one that suits you best. Being a digital artist may be easier than you think!
Why are Graphics Tablets So Useful?
- Graphics tablet will immensely speed-up your painting effort. You can quickly draw and erase anything you want and see immediate results on PC monitor. Drawing tablets are also very precise and can sense as much as 2048 pressure levels.
- Drawing tablet allows you to digitally paint with any tools you want: do you want to draw with graphite pencil, calligraphy brush or maybe with watercolors? No problem, you can switch it freely in your software to perform painting i any style.
- Starting with less than $50, these devices are cheaper than full set of artists tools, brushes, pens and canvas. Plug it into computer, download free software and you can unleash your inner artist without spending much! Not to mention, that you don’t need artist atelier – you personal computer is completely sufficient.
- Graphics tablets are straightforward and easy to use and are favorite tools of professional and amateur artists alike. Have fun with you digital paintings and if you take some time, you might become professional illustrator.
- Drawing tablets can be also used to ‘digitizing’, plotting shapes drawn by pencil or brush. This way you can transfer your traditional painting into digital vector or bitmap file.
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XP-Pen G430 is perfect tool for beginners and can be bought for about $25 – perfect if you are starting your journey with digital painting and don’t want to overpay for more expensive devices. It’s rather small, with 3×4 inches board, but it’s quite sensitive and precise. With 2048 pressure sensitivity levels and 5080 lines per inch resolution, it can be used to draw and design in Corel Painter, Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop. Buttons on the front allows quick switching between pen and eraser mode.
Software driver and user manual are not included in the package, but you can download it from manufacturer’s website. Pen is very light, so your hand won’t tire even after long session of work and there are 10 additional pen nibs included, intended as replacement. Available in black or white colour, this is portable and inexpensive tablet for beginners.
A610 is quite large graphics tablet, 21 cm x 36 cm long, so it is bigger than A4 sheet, and you can comfortably draw anything you want. Pressure sensitivity and resolution is typical, with 2048 pressure levels and 5080 LPI. Drawing board is made from layers of materials that imitate paper in touch, so writing and drawing feels almost like working with real canvas or paper. Eight buttons are very convenient and productive way to speed-up your drawing and can be remapped to any functions you want, like zooming images, erasing and changing brush size.
It is available with English manual and with CD containing drivers and also with 8 replacement pen tips. Seller has warehouses in China, Germany and US, so you can conveniently choose where you want to ship it from, to avoid duty tax and ensure that shipment will be delivered quickly. Great features and large drawing size makes it a perfect drawing tablet for everyone.
Huion 1060 Plus
This is even larger, 36 x 24 cm wide tablet, so it will take up a lot of space on your desk, but with such large size, work comfort and drawing precision is excellent. 1060 Plus features 5080 LPI resolution and 2048 levels of pressure. It has even more, 12 express keys that can be easily defined to any drawing action you want and if those weren’t enough, you can set up additional 16 software keys, that are located at the top of drawing board. Cool feature, not always found in graphics tablets, is Micro-SD card slot, that allows you to store drawings in the device, which is useful if you work on different computers.
There are many accessories available in the box, which includes English manual, 2 pens, replacement nibs and nice looking woolen bag for the device. A bit more expensive, but excellent tablet with large drawing surface for digital painters and designers.
Ugee M708 is large sized, 36 cm x 21 cm graphics tablet, with standard 2048 levels of pressure and 5080 LPI. It’s rather heavy and it weighs more than 0,5 kg. Pen is powered by AAA battery, turns off automatically to save energy, and allows for very precise drawing. There are 8 user defined keys on the cover and additionally, eraser can be turn on by the button on the pen. Other than that, it’s similar to other standard models. English user manual and CD with drivers included. This graphics tablet will serve you well for all your drawing needs and can be bought for less than $50.
Huion GIANO WH1409
GIANO WH1409 is advertised as graphics tablet with “world’s largest active area”, and while we are pretty sure that’s a bit exaggerated, its size is really impressive. This is biggest from all of drawing tablets reviewed here and it is 45,6 cm x 26,6 cm large with actual drawing space measuring 35 cm x 21,9 cm. It is also fully wireless, with fast Wi-Fi connection so it’s very convenient and easy to use. Pen is super light and weighs only 14 g, so even after few hours of hard work, you shouldn’t feel fatigue from using it. This is new model, so driver was optimized to Windows 10 (it works with Win 7, 8 and Mac 10,8 or later) and you can be sure that it would work perfect on any PC. Built-in memory allows you to store files up to 8 GB. Though it costs $112, it is still at least 50% cheaper than comparable devices from big brands like Wacom, so buy it on GearBest to get this great deal. This is professional wireless tablet with large drawing board for professional and amateur artists alike.
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