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Huion HS64 Special Edition CHIPS & Co ~ Garansi resmi HUION Indonesia Sekarang sudah ada Graphic Tablet yang bisa dipakai gambar pada perangkat Smartphone Android, lebih nyaman untuk mobilitas para desainer, ilustrator, dsb Semua terpenuhi pada produk terbaru HUION HS64 Special Edition. Specification: 8mm thick, 258g in weight, slim and easy-to-carry operation on Android devices is supported battery-free electromagnetic resonance technology 266PPS report rate 8192 pressure sensitivity levels ±60°tilt support 4 programmable press keys compatible with Windows/macOS/Android More enjoyable drawing experience. PW100 battery-free pen frees you from the charging troubles; 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity and 5080 LPI pen resolution provides more accurate and smooth lines; 266 PPS report rate gives fast response to every pen movement, delivering almost no delay lines Work area. As a graphic tablet which can support PC/laptop connection and Android phone/tablet connection, its working area is different according to the different working mode you choose. In the PC mode, the working area is 160 x 102mm while in the phone mode the working area of HS64 will be 102 x 63.8mm. Compatibility For the operating system compatibility, it can work with Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.12 or later, and Android 6.0 or later. In addition, when connecting to an Android phone/tablet, you will need to use an adapter which is in the package. What's in the box? Pen Tablet Battery-free Pen Micro USB Cable Pen Nibs x 8 Pen Nib Clip OTG Adapter (Micro USB) OTG Adapter (USB-C) Quick Start Guide

Pen Display vs Pen Tablets for Digital Art. Which is better?

The best tablets with a stylus pen for drawing and note-taking in 2021

The best tablets with a stylus pen can be essential purchases for a digital artist. Stylus technology has come a long way, with the most advanced styluses now capable of detecting minute changes in pressure to offer super fine line control, and the tablets can allow you to bring your creations to life with the latest apps and programs.

There's a lot of choices available now. Some of the best tablets with a stylus pen are small enough to be taken anywhere, making them great for working on the move, while others have large, high-quality screens and are designed for desktop use. As a result, there's almost definitely one that suits how you prefer to work, whether art is your career or a hobby.

How to make the choice? Well, if you need a specialised tool for art and animation, it makes sense to look at specialised tablets from market leaders like Wacom. But if you’d prefer a tablet with a stylus that lets you do a lot of things other than drawing, like video editing, gaming or just chilling with some streaming TV, then it makes sense to get a more general-purpose tablet computer like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy. Note that these are no longer compromises – they offer excellent drawing experiences. If you're unsure, jump straight to our section on what to look for when buying a tablet with a stylus.

Below you'll find our selection of the best tablets with a stylus. Some come with styluses in the box, but not with others you'll have to buy a stylus separately. Meanwhile, some have their own screen displays, while others need to be plugged into an external display like a computer monitor or a smartphone. There are models for all budgets and skill levels, so wherever you are on your artistic journey, there'll be a tablet here for you.

If you want more choices? Check out our guide to the best drawing tablets overall. We also have a guide to the best tablets for photo and video editing if that's more your thing.

The best tablets with a stylus pen available now

01. Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M1, 2021)

The iPad Pro 12.9 2021 edition is a best-in-class tablet


Type: Tablet computer

Active drawing area: 11 x 8.4in (approx.)

Resolution: 2732 x 2048

Pen pressure sensitivity: : Not officially specified (but impressive)

Connections: USB-C

Reasons to buy

+Top-of-the-range performance+Backlit display

Reasons to avoid

-Very expensive-... and Pencil costs more

The latest  is flat-out the best tablet you can get right now. Powered by the M1 chip inherited from Mac computers, these tablets are basically portable computers in their own right. Blazingly fast in performance, even when undertaking intensive tasks like editing 4K video, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M1, 2021) is basically an unbeatable tablet.

For digital creatives wanting a good drawing display, the latest iPad Pro 12.9-inch will well and truly deliver. A mini-LED backlit XDR display that provides a superior viewing experience in all lighting conditions. In terms of colour accuracy, contrast and brightness, it's not only one of the best tablet displays, but one of the best displays, period.

As for the drawing experience, using the Apple Pencil 2 (unchanged from previous iPads) is really satisfying, with a weight in the hand that helps the whole drawing process feel premium. It has been kind of a game-changer in the drawing community, with many artists being swayed to iPads from dedicated drawing tablets like those from Wacom. Apple has never been specific on the exact pressure sensitivity of the Apple Pencil, but it's clearly very good, up there with the best.

The main disadvantage is that it's all very expensive. While pound for pound this is the best tablet with a stylus, it's worth considering whether you need the huge amount of processing power and functionality. If not, then a cheaper tablet may well provide more value. If you need the best, this is your tablet. Read our iPad Pro 12.9-inch M1 2021 review for more.

02. Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium Bundle

A real challenger to Wacom with expert design and competitive pricing


Type: Graphics tablet

Active drawing area: 10.33 x 5.8in

Resolution: 5080 lpi

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB

Reasons to buy

+Wireless+Great build quality+Fantastic drawing experience

Reasons to avoid

-Requires external display

The Xencelabs Medium Pen Tablet Bundle has added some serious competition for Wacom. The brand might be new to the scene, but this tablet is as user-friendly, and artist-friendly, as they come – and available at a very reasonable price. 

It's a solid, reliable pen tablet for illustrators, digital painters and photographers – easily portable, wireless and almost flawless in performance. The pens also have a nice weight, similar to that of an old fountain pen, and one comes included with the tablet. 

See our full Xencelabs Medium Pen Tablet review for more details.

03. Wacom Cintiq 22

The most affordable Wacom drawing tablet of its size – ever!


Type: Pen display

Active drawing area: 19.5 x 11.5in

Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: HDMI, USB 2.0

Reasons to buy

+Fantastic price+Satisfying drawing experience 

Reasons to avoid

-Lower resolution -No built-in shortcut keys 

There had to be a Wacom here of course. The company makes some of the finest drawing tablets on the market, and is deservedly one the biggest names in digital art. The Wacom Cintiq 22 is one of the most affordable, high-quality drawing tablets of its class. The physically large drawing area makes it comfortable and intuitive to draw on, while the anti-glare glass surface has been laminated to create a slight texture that gives some nice bite to your stylus movement.

Its resolution isn’t as high as the previous Cintiq 22HD, so the picture is a little softer, but the drawing experience is fantastic. The tablet comes with the Pro Pen 2 stylus, a fantastic tablet pen that gives you 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity to work with. It doesn’t need a battery, taking power from the electromagnetic properties of the screen, and its comfortable heft makes it satisfying to draw with. The Cintiq 22 may not be as affordable as some of its rivals, but for a Wacom tablet it’s incredibly well priced. See more in our Wacom Cintiq 22 review.

04. XP-Pen Deco Pro

The best budget tablet with a stylus


Type: Graphics tablet

Active drawing area: 11 x 6in

Resolution: 5080 LPI

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB-C

Reasons to buy

+Amazingly affordable+Sleek, stylish design

Reasons to avoid

-Some software jank-'Small' version is too small

When discussing the "best" drawing tablets with a stylus, it's easy to get carried away talking about highly sophisticated models that cost thousands. It's important to recognise that different users have different budgets, and not everyone can spend that much on a tablet. If you're working to a tighter budget, then we definitely recommend the XP-Pen Deco Pro. It comes in two flavours, Small and Medium, and to be honest, the price difference is minor enough that it's worth spending more to get the medium unless you really can't afford it. You'll be thankful for the extra drawing space.

The Deco Pro provides a comprehensively capable drawing experience, with a sophisticated stylus that boasts up to 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity. Which is good enough for anyone! Bear in mind you'll need to hook a display or other device to the Deco Pro to see the fruits of your labour; it's all easy enough to set up via the USB-C connection. The software that comes with it can be a bit of a chore to install, but once you're up and running, you'll be enjoying something pretty damn close to a premium drawing tablet experience, at a much lower price than you'd pay for one of the big boys from Wacom or Apple.

05. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

The best Android tablet with a stylus pen


Type: Tablet computer

Active drawing area: 11 x 7 in (approx.)

Resolution: 2800 x 1752 pixels

Pen pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels (S Pen)

Connections: USB-C

Reasons to buy

+Gorgeous display+Suite of Android apps

Reasons to avoid

-Expensive-S Pen can be temperamental

The latest in Samsung's impressive Galaxy Tab S range, the S7 Plus is the biggest and best of Android tablets right now. With huge battery life, an enormous, high-fidelity screen and powerful processing engines, it's more than equipped for everything artists need. Plus, the S Pen comes as standard in the box, so no hidden extra costs for artists!

This is a good thing as, frankly, the S7 Plus is not cheap. You get a lot of functionality for your money, but it's a lot of money by anyone's standards, and it is an inescapable fact that the overall experience is not quite as smooth as using the iPad OS. The power you get is undeniable though, and that gorgeous display with its better-than-ever refresh rate is a treat to draw on.

Larger than ever, but also razor thin, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the best Android tablet with a stylus for drawing, and one of the best tablets full stop. If it's just that bit too dear for you, scroll further down the list and have a look at its smaller sibling, the Tab S7...

06. XP-Pen Innovator 16

Great build quality at a bargain price, this is an excellent mid-range tablet


Type: Pen display

Active drawing area: 13.55 x 10 in

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: HSMI, USB

Reasons to buy

+Satisfying, responsive drawing+Great value

Reasons to avoid

-No adjustable stand-Screen slightly dim

If you're looking for a mid-range tablet – perhaps you already have an entry-level model and want to graduate up a little – then the XP-PEN Innovator 16 is a really smart choice that's well worth considering. Cheaper than many other 16-inch displays on the market from Wacom and Huion, this is still a really satisfying tablet to use for digital art, with the space to really express yourself.

It comes with a battery-free stylus, and with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, the Innovator 16 definitely feels like a tool for serious artists. The two programmable buttons allow you to switch to an eraser setting, or keep them on undo/redo for quick adjustments. The 60-degree angle of tilt gives a useful level of variance in the marks you can make, and the stylus can even be placed in a nifty holder, which is hardly a game-changer but is a nice touch. The matte surface of the tablet feels great to draw on. There's really very little to criticise in terms of the drawing experience, here. 

The display looks great, and with a slim profile of just 9mm in thickness, the Innovator 16 is slim and attractive. It's easier to carry around than other tablets without being exactly what you'd call portable; it's longer and wider than will fit in most standard backpacks. Is it as advanced as an iPad, or as polished as a Wacom Cintiq? No, but it's more affordable than both, and has been designed to get the attention of the art community. See our full XP-PEN Innovator 16 review for more details, and consider also the recent XP-Pen Artist Pro 16, an upgraded version available for a slightly higher price. 

07. Huion Kamvas 24 Pro

A pro-grade tablet at a price designed to undercut Wacom


Type: Pen display

Active drawing area: 20.74 x 11.66in

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (16:9) QHD

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: HDMI, USB-C, DisplayPort

Reasons to buy

+Superb responsiveness+Excellent stylus with minimal parallax

Reasons to avoid

-Great value for pro tablet-No programmable buttons (keydial available)

One of the toughest barriers to get over for digital artists embarking upon a professional career is the fact that high-end pro tablets can be so darn expensive. Enter Huion, with its Kamvas 24 Pro that is specifically designed to offer a pro experience at a cheaper price. And it achieves that really well – the drawing experience on this 28.3-inch tablet is absolutely first-rate, with minimal parallax and excellent tilt sensitivity from the Huion PW517 pen.

This tablet is part of a three-model series – there’s also the slightly more expensive Huion Kamvas 24 Plus, which covers 140% sRGB instead of 120% on the Pro, and the cheaper Kamvas 24, which has a matte film surface rather than the etched glass of its pricier brothers. We’ve gone for the middle child for this guide, but depending on your budget you may want to consider the other two options. 

Our full review of the Huion Kamvas 24 series goes into more detail.

08. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

A spec bump with a punch


Type: Tablet computer

Active drawing area: 11 x 7.5 in (approx.)

Resolution: 2736 x 1,824

Pen pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels (Surface pen)

Connections: USB-C, USB-A, Surface Connect

Reasons to buy

+Faster than ever processing speeds +New and improved mics+USB-C port 

Reasons to avoid

-Battery not as good as Pro 6-Design remains the same 

The latest Surface Pro model, Surface Pro 7, is a small update over previous models, but it remains our top choice for a Windows tablet. Unlike Android or iOS devices, you’re getting a tablet that will run full-fat desktop software – so think Creative Cloud  apps such as Photoshop CC without any compromise on features or performance – and use it with Microsoft’s excellent Surface Pen stylus.

In fact the Surface Pro 7 has an Intel quad-core chip, of the same variety that you might find in a laptop. So you can expect it to sail swiftly through tricky filters and have no problem loading complex designs.

And being a Windows PC at its core, it will have no problem connecting to any peripheral you could think of. We'd just like to see a bit more innovation in the next Surface Pro. See our Surface Pro 7 review for more information.

09. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

A more affordable version of the S7 Plus, with impressive battery life


Type: Tablet computer

Active drawing area: 9.5 x 6 in (approx.)

Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels

Pen pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels (S-Pen)

Connections: USB-C

Reasons to buy

+Brilliant battery life+Display is excellent

Reasons to avoid

-Sometimes laggy-Not expensive, but not cheap

If you like the look of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus but worry it seems a little big and bulky, then the Galaxy Tab S7 might be right up your street. It's still got a gorgeous display and a powerful Snapdragon processor, but is a little smaller and about 80g lighter, making it great for slipping into a bag and travelling with for drawing on the go.

It still comes with the S Pen included, so you get your stylus in the box and don't have to shell out extra. The display is smaller and lower resolution than the S7 Plus: an 11-inch LTPS IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels, though you still get that impressive 120Hz refresh rate, so using and drawing on the screen is a hugely pleasant experience. The S Pen works pretty well, and having the suite of drawing apps for Android is no bad thing.

The only real downside with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is that it kind of sits between too worlds. It's not as expensive as the S7 Plus or the latest iPad Pro, but by no stretch of the imagination is it cheap. If you're looking for a cheap tablet there are more affordable options, and if you're looking for an expensive tablet there are better options. It's a great tablet, there's no question of that – but it's in a competitive world. 

10. XP-Pen G640S

A terrific budget tablet and stylus, especially for beginners


Type: Graphics tablet

Active drawing area: 6.5 x 4in

Resolution: 5080 LPI

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB-A (USB-C / Micro USB adapter included)

Reasons to buy

+Great price+Slim and portable

Reasons to avoid

-Smaller drawing area-No built-in screen

For a simple, affordable drawing solution that just works, we'd happily recommend the XP-Pen G640S. A straightforward drawing surface that can be hooked up to a computer, phone, tablet or other smart device, the G640S provides a smooth and sensitive drawing platform. The stylus/tablet combination offers up to 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, meaning you can get super-detailed and granular with your pen strokes. The tablet is also only about 9mm thick, meaning it's easy to throw in a bag and take with you wherever you're going. 

The downside of course is the lack of a built-in screen; you have to get used to drawing on one surface and seeing your creation come to life on another. This can take a bit of a co-ordination adjustment if you're not used to it. 

The six customisable ExpressKeys help with making things more intuitive, as you can map preferred settings to the keys to ensure the tablet operates how you want it to. Broad computer and software compatibility also makes it easy to slot the XP-Pen G640S into an existing workflow. Overall, while it can't compete with many other tablets here in terms of features and processing power, this is an absolutely fantastic way to get drawing on a budget.

If you choose one of the tablets above that doesn't come with a tablet pen in the box, you can either take a look at our detailed guide to the best stylus for Android devices or head below for today's best stylus deals:

The best tablets with a stylus: what to look for

When you’re shopping for the best drawing tablet with a stylus, you are shopping for two things: the tablet itself, and its stylus. The first thing to establish is what type of tablet you want to use. To are large extent this will dictate the stylus that you'll use.

How do I choose the best tablet to use with a stylus?

The answer to this can depend on preferences, use and budget. A graphics tablet is the most simple type of drawing tablet – with no display. It requires a monitor or other display in order for you to be able to see what they’re drawing. This is usually done via USB or a similar connection, though some are wireless and can relay the image via Bluetooth.

While not all artists like the idea of drawing on one surface and viewing their art on another, graphics tablets are the most affordable kind of drawing tablet. They also tend to be the lightest and most portable. A smartphone can generally be used as a display if necessary, making them good devices for drawing on the go.

Graphics tablets do not have a resolution in pixels but in LPI, or lines per inch. This value simply tells you how many digital lines are capable of fitting in one inch of the device's screen. LPI values of 5,080 are common even among cheaper graphics tablets, so this is a good baseline to work from. 

Unlike graphics tablets, pen displays have their own display – the surface you’re drawing on is the same one you’ll see your creation come to life on. Unsurprisingly, this makes for a much more intuitive experience. Equally unsurprisingly, it means that pen displays are much more expensive.

When buying a pen display, it’s worth looking at the resolution, which tends to run from Full HD all the way up to 4K. Depending on the kind of art you’re doing, you may or may not need so many pixels. Just as with graphics tablets, it’s also worth thinking about the actual surface area you’ve got to draw on, and how much you’re likely to need; a smaller surface area gives you less working room, but also makes the tablet more portable (and cheaper).

The final type of device in our list above is the tablet computer. This is just another name for the most common types of tablets you see everywhere – iPads, Samsung Galaxies, etc. The drawing functionality of these used to be severely limited, but these days, they offer some of the best drawing experiences in the business – so much so that the iPad Pro is now at #1 in our list above.

With a tablet computer, you’re paying for a device that can do much more than just provide a drawing surface, so they’re probably only worth the money if you’re actually going to use these other functions. They may or may not come bundled with the relevant stylus, so you may need to factor that in when making your budget.

How do I choose the best stylus?

To an extent, the stylus you get will be dictated by the drawing tablet you buy. Wacom tablets, for instance, come with Wacom’s class-leading Pro Pen 2, which offers 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to art, the more pressure sensitivity you can get the better – 8,192 is the professional standard, and 4,096 is acceptable (the Microsoft Surface Pen offers 4,096 levels). 

Many tablet/stylus combos can also detect the angle of tilt, which means you can get really granular with the thickness and shape of your lines. It's also worth looking at the parallax, which refers to the distance between the tip of the stylus and the cursor that actually appears on the screen. Ideally, you want this to be as minimal as possible.

If you choose a tablet computer, then you may have to fork out for the stylus separately. The Apple Pencil is one of the best styluses in the business, providing a superb drawing experience when paired with a high-level iPad like the iPad Pro 12.9. Unfortunately, it’s not bundled in, so you have to add an extra $99 or so to the already considerable cost of the iPad. There are cheaper options though – we’ve compiled a list in our guide to the best Apple Pencil alternatives.

Users of Android tablets have a lot of styluses to choose from, but many of them aren’t pressure sensitive and are more designed for note-taking and sketching than serious art. This is why the best Android tablets for drawing tend to be from Samsung, as there are both Samsung and third-party styluses that provide pressure sensitivity with Samsung tablets. See our guide to the best styluses for Android for more on this.

Many styluses will also have function buttons that allow you to quickly switch modes or toggle certain settings. These tend to have batteries and require recharging, while simpler styluses are generally battery-free.

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Adam is the Editor-in-Chief of Subscriptions and Services at Future. As well as covering topics as diverse as antivirus software, VPNs, TV streaming, broadband and mobile phone contracts, he has also covered computing hardware for Creative Bloq.


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Top 11 Drawing Tablets of 2021!


What types of Drawing tablets are out there?

Tablets can be broken down into roughly three categories. Digitizer tablets (tablets without a monitor), monitor tablets (also known as display or LCD tablets – these are tablets with a monitor), and tablet PCs (PCs and tablets in one device).



Digitizer Pen Tablet

Pen tablets are input devices that connect to your computer. When you draw on the tablet with its pen, you can operate your computer like you would with a mouse. However, in addition to the usual mouse operations, you can also draw lines. If you choose software that supports pen pressure sensitivity, you can create art with lines that change in thickness and opacity as you draw.

Some of these tablets can be purchased for less than US$100, making initial investment costs lower than other options. For digitizer pen tablets, you will need to acclimate to looking up at your monitor while drawing on your tablet below. Despite this learning curve, many choose this type of pen tablet because their hand doesn’t cover their image as they draw, which makes it easier to see the whole illustration. Another advantage is the ability to draw while retaining good posture and without getting tired since your face is held in an upward position.


Monitor Tablet

This is a tablet with a built-in monitor. When connected to a PC, you can operate it with the pen from the screen of the tablet. It’s easier to start using this kind of tablet since you can draw while looking at your hand like you normally would when drawing traditionally with paper and pen. However, the price point for monitor tablets is higher than digitizer tablets, so it costs more in the outset if you go this route.

Small products of 10 inches or less can be purchased from around US$300. For products larger than 10 inches, expect to spend about US$400 or more. You may be able to purchase one at a lower price during a sale.


Tablet PC

This is a PC with a touch screen. A tablet PC that supports pressure sensitivity and in which you can draw on the screen with a pen, allows you to forego connecting a pen tablet altogether entirely. Like the monitor display, you can draw while looking at your hand, which is convenient.

Tablet PCs that support pen pressure have recently started to be available at a lower price point, about US$500 and under, so this is a compelling option for those looking to purchase a PC as well.



With the Apple Pencil (sold separately), you can create illustrations and manga using pen pressure. The iPad (7th generation) or iPad Air (4th generation) supports pen pressure drawing with both the Apple Pencil or the Wacom Bamboo Sketch. You can also take advantage of unique features, such as taking and instantly importing photos.

Please note that Tablet Pcs and iPads have different operating systems, and drawing software apps available to each vary. For example, Clip Studio Paint is compatible with iOS (iPad), but SAI, however, is not. Among the apps available for color illustrations, Procreate, and Ibis Paint X are popular choices.

The iPad is a good option because its performance is the same as a laptop. It can also have a similar price point. Furthermore, depending on the model and generation, an iPad and the Apple Pencil can both be purchased for about US$500.



How to choose the right tablet for you


Think of the following points when choosing the best device suited to your needs.


・Pen tablet compatibility

Check that your pen tablet’s driver and the PC it will be connected to are compatible.


・Mapping area

The mapping area is the active area that can be interacted with by either pen or by touch (if your device supports touch). It is also called the “Tablet area” or “Screen area.”



・Product dimensions

When using a pen tablet, you will need a stable surface, such as a desk, to place it on when in use. Monitor tablets, in particular, tend to be large. Make sure to double-check that you have the right amount of space for the size you want.

For more on pen tablet and monitor sizes, refer to the “Match your hand movements with the movements on the screen” section in the article “Must-Know Tips to Improve Your Tablet Drawing Experience!”


・Pen pressure sensitivity

This is the amount that a pen tablet registers pressure. For example, for 2048 levels, the pressure applied to the tablet will be registered as one of these 2048 levels. The standard pressure sensitivity on a tablet is 4096, but there are not many people who can see the difference between tablets of higher or lower levels. So, if you are drawing as a hobby, you don’t have to worry about this too much.


・Screen size and resolution

When purchasing a tablet PC or monitor tablet, also check its screen size and resolution. The screen size is the area that can be drawn on. The resolution is the number of vertical and horizontal dots that can be displayed on the screen. Even with the same screen size, the higher the resolution, the sharper the display.


・Video cable

Monitor tablets have a video cable in addition to the PC and USB connector cables. Since a computer treats it as a second monitor, you will have to check your OS display settings. The latest pen tablet models are increasingly using USB Type-C cables, but you should still make sure that your computer has an HDMI port.


・PC specifications

When purchasing a tablet PC, be sure to check its specifications as it directly equates to its performance level. Also, check its product dimensions and pen pressure sensitivity.

Tablet PCs may have multiple lineups depending on performance. For example, the Surface Pro allows you to choose from devices with different storage capacities: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. However, the better the performance, the higher the price. For more information on PC specs for drawing, please see “Tips for beginners! Getting Started in Digital Art.”



Pen Tablets

Let’s take a look at some tablets recommended for beginners. These are all available for both Windows and macOS.



The above tablets were tested using the following specifications:


  • OS: Windows 10
  • Drawing software: Clip Studio Paint
  • Product purchase period: 2017 ~ 2019
  • The device had the most updated tablet driver and used with its default settings.


Line weight will fluctuate depending on personal preference, but we recommend the “light and thin” option to start. You can always adjust this later. You can also adjust your drawing weight and line thickness by adding a pen cover or a small weight to the pen stylus.



・ Wacom Intuos S with Bluetooth

An introductory model drawing tablet that comes bundled with Clip Studio Paint PRO!



Wacom’s Intuos series is a high-quality line of pen tablets that covers a wide range from beginners to advanced users. The pen is about the same thickness as a mechanical pencil or ballpoint pen, so it fits comfortably in your hand. Additionally, there is no need to insert batteries into the pen, making it light and easy to handle.

In the spring 2018 models, the pen pressure sensitivity was raised to 4096. You need to change your driver settings to take advantage of this.

The tablet’s overall size was also reduced, although the drawing area remains the same.  It can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth, which frees up vital desk real estate. When you aren’t using the pen, you can place it in the grove above the express keys, allowing you to forego the traditional pen stand.

The benefit of the Wacom brand is that large electronic retailers often have samples displayed in stores that you can try out before purchasing them. After you do buy one, you can then download the drawing software you prefer, such as Painter Essentials 8 or Clip Studio Paint PRO. In the case of the Wacom Intuos S, which does not support Bluetooth, the drawing software that can be downloaded is limited, but the purchase cost of the pen tablet is cheaper. If you have already purchased drawing software, we recommend choosing this pen tablet option.


This pen tablet comes in three colors: Black, Berry Pink, and Pistachio Green.




As of November 2019, The Wacom Intuos S models are now compatible with select Android smartphones and tablets that use Android OS 6.0 or later. You can connect one using a compatible USB OTG adapter.
For details, please check the official website:



・ H430P (HUION)

Handy little tablet for your life on the go.


The H430P by Huion is the cheapest pen tablet we introduce in this article.

Portability-wise, if you want to carry a pen tablet for use with a laptop with a small screen, this might be an option for you, however, due to its small size, you may find it difficult to draw on when using a large display when you’re at home.

It has drawing capabilities as well as a pen pressure sensing function. The pen tablet’s drawing surface is very smooth, and the pen tip sinks into the pen as you apply pressure. The depression in the tablet’s surface results in a strong pen pressure deflection.

This is a Chinese product, but the manual and driver are both available in English. You can only purchase it online via sites such as Amazon. While this little tablet will be easy on your wallet, please be aware that it isn’t made from highly durable materials, and it also cannot be tested out in-store.

We recommend this model for those that want a cheap pen tablet.


  • Product dimensions: 186.6 x 139.2 x 6.3 mm
  • Drawing area: 121.9 x 76.2mm
  • Pen pressure sensitivity: 4096
  • Price: US$33.99 (tax included, as of Feburuary 2021)
  • Official website:



・ Intuos Pro M PTH-660 (Wacom)

Step up to the next level with 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity!



The Intuos pen tablet model has 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity. This is four times the levels found in IntuosDraw and IntuosComic and allows for smoother drawing. Its high-precision allows for nuanced line work, such as calligraphy or comic book inking. With an Intuos pen tablet, you can adjust line strength and depth using pen pressure. It also supports pen tilt, so you can sketch using the side of the pen stylus in drawing programs that also support this. This is a tablet that an artist of any level would feel confident in purchasing.

The surface of the tablet has a moderate amount of friction, mimicking how it feels when you draw on paper. This model also has wireless Bluetooth capabilities, which helps keep the area around your desk less cluttered, even if the tablet itself is large. Like the Intuos Comic small, large electronic retailers often have a sample displayed in stores that you can try out before purchasing it.




Monitor Tablets

Introducing Monitor tablets at affordable prices.



Tested using the following specifications.


  • OS: Windows 10 except when noted
  • Drawing software: Clip Studio Paint
  • Product purchase period: 2017 ~ 2019
  • Unless limited in some way, the pen is used with default settings.



・ Wacom Cintiq 16 (DTK1660K0D) (Wacom)

A simple and inexpensive monitor tablet with the same Wacom pen tablet quality.



This is a simple Wacom monitor pen tablet model specialized for drawing.

It has a low price point without sacrificing drawing comfort and quality of a Wacom pen tablet. The parallax between the pen tip and the cursor is minimal, which allows for accurate drawing. The pen slides with ease, producing long natural pen strokes. It has 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity and supports pen tilt so you can draw intuitively. The pen itself is also durable, so you don’t have to worry about applying force to it when drawing. Its cables are bundled into a single cable, with the end of the cable split into multiple plugs, which helps to reduce desk clutter. Overall, its structure is very solid and durable.


However, it may be necessary to additionally customize it. For example, there is no button on the main unit to register shortcuts. If you want to access these buttons, you need the optional ExpressKey Remote or left-hand device to do so. Furthermore, it does have a stand but is attached to the body of the tablet, and the angle is fixed at 19 degrees. If you purchase the optional stand (scheduled for release in February), you can change the angle anywhere from 19 to 68 degrees. So, if you are particular about your drawing set-up, you may need to make additional investments.

The screen color accuracy isn’t as good as Wacom’s top models, but it is still more than enough for hobbyists. If you want to draw color illustrations professionally, however, we recommend the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 model.




Wacom One LCD Monitor tablet 13 (DTC133W0D) (Wacom)

Expand your Android device!The perfect monitor tablet for first-time digital artists!



The Wacom One is a monitor tablet developed and sold by Wacom. Price-wise, it is one of the more affordable of its type, even for first-time digital artists.

While this affordability comes at the cost of slightly lower image quality and color accuracy, a slight delay in strokes and 4096 levels of pen pressure, the tilt detection and pressure are very accurate, allowing for linework comparable to high-end models.

The tablet can be connected to Android devices as well, and with a smartphone and drawing app that supports pen pressure, you can start drawing with a monitor tablet even if you don’t own a PC.

While high-end stylus pens such as the pro pen are unavailable, the pre-packaged Wacom One Pen is exceptionally lightweight, easy to use, and doesn’t need recharging. In addition to the Wacom One Pen, stylus pens with EMR technology from renowned art supply manufacturers such as Staedler can be used, allowing you to experiment with a variety of pens.




・ Coast10 (Parblo)

A 10-inch monitor tablet with a low price tag.



This is a small sized-monitor tablet made by a Chinese manufacturer. It’s great for those with limited desk space.

The pen is thin, light, and comfortable to draw with and there is a pen holder grove on top of the monitor to hold it when not in use. It has good pen pressure, and you can change the drawing angle of the tablet as needed. The downside is that the pen is so thin and light that it’s hard to add force with it when drawing. If you are the type who draws with a heavy hand, you might need to work out an alternative. Also, the parallax, or displacement between the pen tip and the drawing point on the screen, is large.

Another strong point of this tablet is that it only needs a USB port to connect it to a PC. This makes it compatible with PCs that only have a limited amount of graphic output. While drawing is doable, 3D data can cause PC to lag since the graphic memory isn’t being used. Some computer skills are needed to adjust driver settings. Another point to note is that the monitor isn’t capable of adjusting brightness, contrast, or RGB values, so its color reproduction isn’t very good. We suggest frequently checking the color on your PC display instead.

If you are just drawing as a hobby, this tablet is a good option. If you are moving to a monitor tablet from a digitizer tablet, this might be a good in-between model as it’s cheap, and it can help you get used to using a monitor tablet before you take the plunge and purchase something more expensive.


Note: this monitor tablet does not support macOS.


  • Product dimensions: 290 x 210 x 18.5 mm
  • Drawing area: 10.1 in model (Resolution: 1280 x 800)
  • Pen pressure sensitivity: 2048
  • Price: US$259.00 (as of Feburuary 2021)
  • Official website:



Tablet PCs

Here, we will introduce several tablet PCs we recommend. We chose products that can be tested in-store before purchasing.



The above tablets were tested using the following specifications:


  • OS: Windows 10 except when noted
  • Drawing software: Clip Studio Paint
  • Product purchase period: 2017 ~ 2019
  • The pen is used with default settings.



・Wacom MobileStudio Pro

Wacom’s unique tablet PC that focuses on drawing.


This is Wacom’s tablet PC. Drawing software is not included, so you need to purchase it separately. It runs Windows, so you can use graphic software such as Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, and SAI. It sports 8192 levels of pen pressure and has excellent responsivity. This tablet PC is highly recommended for those transitioning from paper to digital as it also supports pen tilt, so if you sketch with a program that also supports this feature, such as Clip Studio Paint, you can draw digitally using the side of the pen as if you were drawing traditionally with pencil and paper. Drawing with Clip Studio Paint’s watercolor brush also makes it easy to create shades that match pen pressure, making drawing incredibly intuitive.

The main unit has function keys in which you can register keyboard shortcuts on. It’s also convenient when transferring from a Wacom tablet as it too has function keys. Furthermore, if you connect a keyboard and mouse to it, you can use it as an ordinary PC. It can also be connected to an existing PC like a monitor tablet.

Getting a high-end model like this allows you to draw illustrations with a lot of layers or comics with many pages without worrying if your PC can handle the workload. The 15.6-inch model weighs about 2.10 kg or 4.6 lbs, which is a bit heavier than other tablet PCs, but still a good choice if you want to carry it outside and draw.




・Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Models from entry-level to high-end models! Select your PC according to your budget and purpose.



The Surface Pro isn’t a tablet PC solely for drawing. Rather, it is a tablet PC that can also draw. By purchasing optional peripherals, you can tailor it according to your needs. For example, Word and Excel come with it, so if you purchase an optional keyboard, you can use the Surface Pro for creating business documents and reports. If you want to draw with it, then you’ll want to purchase a Surface Pen (sold separately) and install drawing software so that you can take advantage of its full pressure sensitivity capabilities.

What makes the Surface Pro excellent as a tablet PC for drawing is that the dedicated Surface Pen can draw at up to 4096 levels of pen pressure and also supports pen tilt. It does a good job a recreating a traditional drawing experience digitally. Connecting the Surface Pen to the tablet can be easily done by simply pressing and holding the pen button. The Surface Pen is battery-operated, so we recommend keeping extra AAA batteries on hand in case it runs out of power. The Surface Pen tip refill kit comes in a multi-pack with three types of tips.  If you only use one type, you cannot purchase just that type.

The original kickstand attached to the device is well made and helpful for artists because it allows you to angle your device as needed without having to purchase any additional peripherals. Microsoft also took into consideration those who draw while at a desk when designing the Surface series. The Surface GO, for example, has a 10 inches display, which is a good size for drawing on the go. The specifications for it aren’t as high end as the SurfacePro, but if you want to keep your start-up costs low, it is a good option to consider.





We will review the following iPad with iPad pencil options:



The above tablets were tested using the following specifications:


  • OS: iOS
  • Drawing software: Clip Studio Paint
  • Product purchase period: 2017 ~ 2019
  • The pen is used with default settings.



 ・iPad 10.2 inch 7th generation  + Apple Pencil (1st generation) (Apple)

Small tablets for beginners for around US$500.



The 7th generation iPad released in October 2019 has a larger screen size than its 6th generation predecessor, but with its release, older generations become even more affordable. These can be purchased with an Apple Pencil for under US$500.

The color gamut and parallax aren’t as good as the iPad Air, but this doesn’t interfere with drawing, and overall, it’s cost-performance ratio is high. The same Apple pencil can be used on either model, so both devices feel the same when drawing on them. It also supports the Smart Keyboard.

The cheapest model will have the least amount of storage capacity, but if you use Clip Studio or an external cloud storage service, you can draw without worrying about space. Also, please be aware that there is a risk that OS upgrades might eventually be phased out as it is an older generation model.


  • Product dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm
  • Drawing area: 10.2 in model
  • Pen pressure sensitivity: Unspecified
  • Price: US$329.00 ~ (tax included),
    Apple Pencil (1st generation) US$99.00 (tax included, as of February 2021)
  • Official website:



・ iPad Air (4th generation) + Apple Pencil (2nd generation) (Apple)

A simple, lightweight, and easy to use digital drawing set!



The Apple Pencil has excellent line tracking and draws smoothly on the 10.5-inch iPad Air. It also supports pen tilt, so if you sketch with a program that also supports pen tilt, such as Clip Studio Paint, you can draw digitally using the side of the pencil as if you were drawing traditionally with pencil and paper. Apple Pencil pairing and charging can be set up simply by connecting the Lightning connector to the iPad Pro, making it extremely simple to use. The Apple Pencil produces lines that are the thickness of a pencil, and despite being heavier than one, it is still easy to use. There are no variations of the pen body and nib. (as of February 2021)

The iPad Air fits in an A4 size bag (standard copy paper size) and weighs only 456g, making it ideal for those on the go. It’s cheaper than the iPad Pro, and it is compatible with the first generation of the Apple Pencil only. Both of these factors help keep the initial price low. For even lower prices, you can combine the 7th generation iPad with the (1st generation) Apple Pencil.


  • Product dimensions: 174.1 x 250.6 x 6.1 mm
  • Drawing area: 10.5 in model (Resolution: 2224 x 1668)
  • Pen pressure sensitivity: Unspecified
  • Price: From US$599.00 ~ (tax included),
    Apple Pencil (1st generation) US$99  (tax included, as of  Feburuary 2021)
  • Official website:



・ 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) + Apple Pencil (2nd generation) (Apple)

This version of the Apple Pencil is easier to use, and the iPad screen size is also bigger!



The combination of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil is extremely smooth, and it is now even simpler than ever to use. The way it connects to the iPad when not in use has been upgraded. It can now be attached to the iPad Pro via magnet, which allows it to both pair and charge. However, this makes grip customization tricky as it might prevent it from being paired or charged. Because of this, there are now some grips that leave the area that connects to the iPad unobstructed, so we recommend looking into those if you want a customized grip for your Apple Pencil.

The iPad Pro is bigger than the iPad Air, but still a good portable size for using it around the house or in a cafe. It has a large screen for a tablet that gives a nice, big drawing surface. The specs of the iPad Pro are good enough to be used in professional settings. There are professional illustrators and manga artists who create works only with iPad Pro.


  • Product dimensions: 214.9 x 280.6 x 5.9 mm
  • Drawing area: 12.9 in model (Resolution: 2732 x 2048)
  • Pen pressure sensitivity: Unspecified
  • Price: iPad Pro (3rd generation) US$799 (including tax),
    Apple Pencil (2nd generation) US$129 (including tax, as of  Feburuary 2021)
  • Official website:



Final Recommendations


Overall, we recommend a Wacom brand digitizer or monitor tablets due to their functionality, track record, stability, and support.

There is a sense of security when buying one because you can try them out at electronic retailers before purchasing one.

Although the price point for a Wacom tablet is higher compared to many other manufacturer’s tablets, pen refills and stylus replacements are readily available and easy to buy. It is also safe in terms of maintenance, allowing the tablet to be used for a long time before it needs replacing. It’s hard not to go with a top brand and leader in drawing tablets!



It’s also easy to try the comfort of drawing with the Surface Pro and the iPad Pro!


The Surface Pro and the iPad Pro are also available to try at many consumer electronics retailers. However, they may be located in different sections of the store, as apple and windows products are usually separated. At some stores, you can even draw with software such as Clip Studio Paint. However, unlike a drawing tablet, it is not a device developed exclusively for drawing, so even if you can use a pen with it, some stores may not offer this option.



Fully laminated display screens can reduce parallax.


If you’ve tried using a pen monitor but are still wondering about purchasing because you can’t draw as you’d like, let’s focus on parallax.


Unlike drawing with a pencil on paper, a monitor tablet is made up of multiple panel layers. These layers cause a gap between the physical pen tip position and the digital line input location. This is the most common cause of the inability to draw lines when drawing with a pen monitor for the first time. You may be able to improve the situation by getting used to your monitor tablets particular parallax or by calibrating your pen’s position.


For this reason, we recommend checking whether or not the display screen has been fully laminated when you are looking to buy a new tablet. Fully laminated screens merge the multiple layers that make up the display, reducing the gap between each layer, which in turn reduces parallax to almost zero. If you are used to a non-laminated monitor tablet, you may feel uncomfortable switching to a fully laminated tablet, so be careful when buying a new one. If you are considering a replacement, and your current monitor tablet is fully laminated, you may want to make sure that your next tablet is also fully laminated.


The following products are fully laminated:

Artist 15.6 Pro (XP-Pen)

Kamvas Pro 12 (HUION)

iPad Pro 11 inches & 12.9 inches (Apple)



Final words


Digitizer and Monitor tablets are essential factors when creating digital illustrations with a PC. A tablet’s comfort impacts how easy it is to draw on. Your best strategy is to try out all the tablets you are interested in in-store. If there isn’t anything in your area or you are interested in a tablet that is only sold online, we recommend thoroughly researching it before purchasing it.

Here’s to finding the right drawing tablet for you!


(Written by Art Rocket)


For more information and the latest comparison of drawing software, see “Best Drawing Software and Apps in 2021 (Free & Paid).”

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