Call it graphic tablets, graphic pads or digital drawing tablets they are all one and the same and becoming increasingly popular day by day. With graphic designers switching over to the digital world, the switch from paper and pencils to digital drawing tablets was inevitable. But with so many drawing tablets taking over the market, how do you know which one is the right one for you?
From Apple to Wacom to Microsoft; each of these tech giants have launched different products boasting features that are a dream come true for graphic designers out there and yet at the same time, it has created a bit of confusion, especially for those who are purchasing a drawing tablet for the first time. But that’s where we come in! We have rounded up some of the best drawing tablets and will be guiding you on which drawing tablet is suitable for you based on your skill set and budget.
Having said that, let’s take a look at drawing tablets that are budget friendly and good for designers who are just venturing towards the digital side and want to try creating digital art. For them, we recommend going with the Wacom Bamboo tablet line which comes in three different sizes and ranges between the price tag of $80 – $200 depending on which size you go for.
However, if you have are searching for a product that is a little more technical and boasts more advanced features, try the Wacom Intuos models. With the Intuos 4 ranging between the price tag of $200 – $800 boasting 2048 pressure levels and the models before that packing 1024 pressure levels, they are perfect for designers who want to try their hand at a more advanced drawing tablet.
But if you are serious about transitioning into the digital realm, then we recommend trying the iPad pro, Wacom CINTIQ or even the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Each of these are packed with features that are a dream come true for graphic designers and though come with a hefty price tag, they are the perfect drawing tablet for you. The fact that these all come with amazing screen sizes and high resolutions just makes it even better for designers because they are not tablets – rather they are pressure sensitive monitors and though these products can range from around $1000 – $2500, they are the perfect choice in drawing tablets for professionals.
Well, there you have it – a guide to get you started in your quest to find the perfect digital drawing tablet. One thing that we do recommend is that you do your research before you go out and purchase one because even though we have listed these down to experience, budget and use; everybody is different and what we might consider as product fit for one might not work for the other so do plenty of research.