10 Best Tablets For Graphic Design

Graphic design has improved from using a computer and mouse to having tablets that help you ease the work. The industry is still growing, and the designers are met with new demands every day. So, choosing the best tablets for graphic design means getting more than a tablet and stylus pen. 

We have covered the top ten tablets for you to choose from. Both amateurs and gurus are welcome since there is something for everyone below. 

Comparison of Best Tablets For Graphic Design

Tablet NameEditor's ScoreSizePrice
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S610/1010.5"
2. HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 9.9/1015.6"
3. GAOMON PD22009.5/1021.5"
4. Wacom Cintiq 229/1021.5"
5. VEIKK VK1560 9/1015.6"
6. Aibecy 16HDT Portable8.5/1015.6"
7. XP-PEN Artist12 Pro 9.5/1011.6"
8. Wacom Mobile Studio Pro8.5/1013.3"
9. Wacom Intuos Pro (small)8/109"
10. XP-PEN Artist13.3 Pro8/1013.3"

Best Tablets For Graphic Design in 2020

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

“The next best alternative after iPad “

Pros
  • Quality display
  • Standalone tablet with stylus
  • Long battery life
  • High processing power
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • One USB-C port only
  • Pen needs charging

We kick start the review race with a tablet that claims to give you the experience delivered by the iPad. Since the Apple devices are mostly not reachable, the Samsung S6 is closer, and it comes with an S-Pen. It’s one of the few standalone tablets that comes with a drawing tool, which is essential in this topic. 

Performance 

The S6 SM-T65 model is quite a performer. There is a 6GB RAM and an octa-core Snapdragon processor that achieves a speed of 2.84 GHz. So, whether you have a massive graphic design program or want the kids to play their games, this one will perform without any hitches. 

If you have more work and files to store, then the 128GB internal storage is expandable externally. Otherwise, the memory is ample, even with the presence of Android 9.0 Pie. You can upgrade the OS too to version 10. Working with the stylus is not a problem with this tablet. 

You can install the programs you need, but they have to be Android-based. After that, the pen will help you to gesture, make notes, draw even when tilted, and more. It’s rechargeable, though, and that is done by the tablet when you attach the pen magnetically. 

Portability 

At around 1.85 pounds, this is a tablet that you can carry easily and take your graphics work anywhere. The screen size may be small if you have already used bigger tablets to draw and color, but the 10.5-inch screen size suits the portability aspect. What you will love here is how it’s easy to carry the pen. 

It’s magnetically attached to the tablet for storage and charging. Bluetooth capability connects it to the tablet, which enables you to use the buttons on the pen freely as you work. For the battery life, Samsung will serve you for 15 hours before the next recharge. It also does not take long to juice it up since it has the USB-C port. 

Display 

The resolution on the 10.5-inch screen size is quite high, and that’s good for graphics. The small screen renders 2560 x 1600 pixels. Everything you draw and design is, therefore, vivid and clear. Due to its slim size and thin bezels, you may want to include a cover if you will be using it for long hours. 

The cover is also necessary if the kids will be using the tablet later. Due to its high capacity RAM and CPU, it can handle artwork needing high graphics use without any problem. That also means the S6 is perfect for gaming when you need to relax. 

Other Considerations 

What may make this tablet undesirable is the lack of the headphone jack. So, any connection to your ears has to go through the USB-C port, which is also the only port here. It works with the Bluetooth type, though, so we cannot complain much about that.

Also, if you are in places that it’s hard to find a USB-C, you may need to buy an extra cable in advance. If you need to connect the S6 to a keyboard, there is the DeX mode that facilitates it’s conversion to a small laptop. Apart from the pen, tablet, and a charger, this tablet does not come with many accessories. 

You also need to note that the Samsung warranty will not cover you if you are in the US. 

Bottom Line 

The S6 SM-T865 is a good tablet that can help you in your graphic design career. It’s quite expensive, but you also get many features in there. The best part is that you can use it as a phone too since it has the LTE capability. That is suitable for those who need the SIM connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 10/10
  • Processor: 2.84 GHz
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Display: 10.5 inches
  • Screen resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Graphics Card: Qualcomm Adreno 640 585 MHz
  • Weight: 1.85 pounds
  • Battery life : 15 hours
  • OS : Android 9.0 Pie

2. HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 

“Offers a good starter pack”

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Pros
  • Large graphics display
  • 3-in-1 cable included
  • Comes with accessories
Cons
  • Thunderbolt connection needs adapter
  • No stand

The HUION KAMVAS Pro 16 is not a standalone tablet, but you can still use it for graphics work. That means you have to connect it to a computer to work. It has quite a fast response rate, and it has everything you need for a start. While it might not be perfect, it’s comparable with the Wacoms in the industry. 

Performance 

You need to connect it to a USB and HDMI port for it to work with your computer. There is also a power port that also requires connection. Since that’s a lot of cable work, HUION solves that by giving you a 3-in-1 cable. After connection, it’s also advisable to let it load for 30 seconds to one minute. 

The pen is battery-free, and that offers the convenience needed when you just need to take a pen and draw. The manufacture equipped it with EMR technology and 266PPS. On the screen, it delivers 5080 LPI, which is within the standard range. While you can tilt it as you draw, the accuracy may not be the best. 

For others, you may feel that the response rate is too fast. Installing the drivers is not a problem if you follow the due process. To prevent crashing and other non-compliant issues, it’s advisable to uninstall the older drivers if you had another tablet. It’s easy to use the express keys and touch bar, although they may appear small for those with big fingers. 

Portability

It’s debatable on whether this tablet is heavy to carry or light. An aluminum alloy composes the outer structure, and that promotes the durability. On the other hand, it makes the KAMVAS Pro 16 to be 1.2 kg heavier.  One thing clear here is that the tablet does not have a stand or somewhere to hook one. 

So, you need to make use of your hands or the table as you work on your design. The only thick bezel here is on the button side, and that brings in the need for rotation to accommodate both left and right-hand use. For battery life, both the stylus and tablet are battery-free. That means the tablet needs a power connection at all times. 

Display 

The tablet has quite a large display. The screen is 15.6 inches, and that gives you ample space for the graphics work. The resolution is, however, low as it’s only 1920 x 1080. You may want to a higher value, but the color gamut takes over when it comes to color vividness. 

It renders 120 SRGB color gamut with 16.7 million colors. That may be less than the 90% NTSC specification that graphic enthusiasts would look for, but you don’t get any blurriness. The touch bar allows you to zoom the canvas as you wish and also scroll. One more thing, the screen is fully laminated to prevent the glaring issues. 

Other Considerations 

The pen has some buttons to utilize. The only problem with them is that the cursor on the tablet screen moves/flips when you click the buttons. If you need to store the pen while resting, there is a stand for it, which also acts as a nibs’ storage. There are other accessories to enjoy as well. 

They include a power adapter, the 3-in-1 cable, a plug, a nib clip, a cleaning cloth, and a hand glove. If you purchase this tablet, it offers you everything you need to kick start. It’s also compatible with Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.12 or later. 

Bottom Line 

The only thing that may annoy you when you purchase the KAMVAS Pro 16 is that it has no stand. You, therefore, need a proper way to dock it since there even no suitable cover for the tablet. Otherwise, it will serve you well whenever you need to work on it, and most importantly, you’ll appreciate the large screen size.

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9.9/10
  • Connection: USB, HDMI
  • Display: 15.6 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Stylus: PW507
  • Weight: 2.64 pounds (1.2kgs)
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.12 or later
  • tilt : ±60°

3. GAOMON PD2200 

“Big and cheap graphics design tablet” 

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Pros
  • Large and cheap screen
  • Includes a stand
  • Battery-free pen
  • Lockable express keys
Cons
  • Requires adapter for Mac with thunderbolt
  • Not portable

If you want a bigger space to work on your graphics at a low price, here is a GAOMON PD2200 that gives you a 21.5-inch space to draw. If you are tired of zooming to add more details, this one will just need a little of that to work. Since it’s quite large, it has the accessories to support that too. 

Performance 

The PD2200 model also connects to the computer via the HDMI and USB. For those using Mac with the thunderbolt specification, you require a suitable adapter before continuing. That may not be a problem for many unless what you have is the multi-USB hub that also contains the HDMI. The resolution while on the latter is not the best. 

The pen delivered by GAOMON is battery-free, and it achieves the standard 8192 levels of pressure. The report rate is at 266PPS, which translates to 25ms report time. That may be too fast for some designers, but you’ll appreciate the no delay aspect. The pen also has the buttons for some quick operations, and as they say, it has 60 levels of tilt. 

On both right and left, there are button operations, but the right ones are for tablet control. The left has the express keys which you can use to customize the shortcuts. For better service, it’s advisable to read the manual or visit the website. The same also applies when installing drivers for the tablet on your computer. 

Portability 

When handling a 21.5-inch screen, you will not be moving with it at all unless where necessary. That is why the manufacturer has equipped it with a stand that can tilt from 85 degrees to 15. You will, however, enjoy the largeness as you draw and annotate. Being large also means it’s heavy. 

You need to connect it to power at all times for it to operate. The stylus pen is also battery-free, which gives you the convenience as you draw. The pen also has a stand to rest when it’s time for a break. 

Display 

The screen offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is considerably okay. Given the price range, you cannot expect any higher specifications. The screen is also equipped with full lamination to reduce the glare and parallax issues as you draw. When it comes to color, the GAOMON delivers 92% NTSC gamut.

When you combine that with the 178-degree viewing angle, everything is vivid to the despite the position. That is very useful if the screen is tilted down to almost flat. 

Other Considerations 

To improve on palm rejection, the express keys lock after some time of inactivity. You can always set the lock time and then wait for a few seconds for the menu to disappear. For the accessories, you get a power adapter and cable, USB and HDMI cables, a pen holder with eight extra nibs, and a two-finger glove. 

The PD2200 is compatible with Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.12 or later. It also works with most of the design programs available. So, it’s a matter of connecting, installing drivers, and loading your favorite program on the screen. 

Bottom Line 

If you have some cash to spend on a graphic design tablet within the $400 range, then this one offers more than the price. It may not be the best if you want something to move with, so you should get the PD2200 model if you’re going to sit down and perform some serious work. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9.5/10
  • Connection: USB, HDMI
  • Display: 21.5 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Active area: 476.64 x 268.11 mm
  • Weight: 12.3 pounds
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.12 or later
  • tilt : ±60°
  • Report Rate : 266 PPS

4. Wacom Cintiq 22

“Natural pen work on a large screen” 

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Pros
  • Large screen display
  • Natural pen flow
  • Comes with free design software
Cons
  • No extra nibs
  • May not be compatible with VESA

If you want a big screen that gives you a natural pen flow, then welcome the Wacom Cintiq 22. This is an upgrade from the DTK2200 that had some connection problems and pen detection issues. It’s also 21.5 inches, and it also comes with a pen. The only thing we wish they would add on are the needed accessories. 

Performance 

Working with the Wacom Cintiq 22 starts by connecting it to the tablet to your computer with USB and HDMI cable. That solves the issue of large screens needing VGAs and DVIs, but it comes at a price. As for the pen, it’s battery-free and gets its charge from the screen as you draw. 

You can tilt it to 60 degrees and still draw comfortably. Due to the large screen, you will also be enjoying a lot of space. The pressure level is at the wanted 8192 so, you get no lag as you work on your next design invention. There are no cases of dead pixels, and that’s a good thing from this Wacom. 

Driver installation is directly from the website, and it’s regularly updated. After installation and registration, you get two free drawing software packages to kick start the race. It’s also compatible with whatever you are using. 

Portability 

Big screens are not portable, and you will want them to stay in one place. That is what applies to the Cintiq 22 model, and while you can use it flat on a table, there is an adjustable stand. The weight is, however, three pounds only, which makes it easier to handle. If you are VESA mounting, you may also need extra accessories. 

There will be three cables running behind the tablet, and you need to connect all of them for performance. Therefore, there is no cable-work reduction here. The pen is battery-free, but Wacom did not provide a stand and maybe extra nibs for it. So, you have to keep it well. 

Display 

You will be scribbling on a 21.5-inch that is deprived of resolution. It’s 1920 x 1080 pixels, and we always think that big screens can always do better, especially if you will coughing more than $1500 on this model.  The color gamut is also down to 72% NTSC. 

While it has the antiglare film, you will not like it if you are in bright light conditions. You also have to play around with the settings, too, depending on how your eyes like it. The good thing is that when drawing, you can feel the roughness, and the screen is scratch-resistant. 

Other Considerations 

There are no express keys on this tablet. So, it’s not possible to export any frequently used keys to the tablet. It also has no accessories apart from the cables and the pen. Any extra nibs, hand glove, clip, and other necessary accompanying tools need more budgeting. 

You can use it on both Windows and Mac. If your Mac does not have an HDMI port, you will require a suitable adapter to the port you have. 

Bottom line 

Wacom gives you a large screen that is quite recommendable in drawing via the Cintiq 22 model. The pen works fine, and it can be used for other purposes apart from the graphics work. The flaw is that despite the high price, there are no extra accessories such as nibs accompanying the package. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9/10
  • Connection: USB, HDMI
  • Display: 21.5 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Active area: 13.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows and Mac

5. VEIKK VK1560 

“Quite portable with no lag” 

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Pros
  • Comfortable to use pen
  • More color display
  • Comes with extra accessories
Cons
  • Quite heavy and large

The VIEKK VK1560 also joins the best tablets for graphic design review. It has the perfect size for a graphics tablet that applies to both drawing space and portability. The pen works wonders as you draw, and you can decrease the pressure level as desired. 

Performance 

It’s quite a small model that uses both USB and HDMI to connect to the PC. Every cable connected to the tablet is on the side, and that has an advantage on convenience. There are seven hotkeys and a dialing wheel to use, and you have to set them manually. Installing the drivers is from the main website. 

That’s also the place where you will be receiving the updates. If there are any older drivers installed on your computer, you need to get rid of them before installing the VIEKK-based ones. After that, the pen will be ready to draw with 8192 levels of pressure and a 250PPS report rate. 

If it’s too sensitive, you can change the pressure level. It also has two buttons, which you can use to change the pen from a drawing tool to a mouse. You can also use them to switch between the pen and the eraser. 

Portability 

At 15.6-inches, you can say the tablet is quite large, but it also depends on your comfort or size. Tall people will not have a problem switching it between the table and lap, but the same doesn’t apply to the short ones. It’s quite sleek, though, and it also comes with a stand if you need it more on a desk or table. 

When holding, you will be dealing with 3.96 pounds of weight. Since the buttons are on one side, you have to customize it for left or right-hand use. For the pen and tablet, they are both battery-free. While that’s good for the pen, the tablet will need a power connection at all times. 

Display 

The screen on this tablet has three layers upon arrival. The topmost one is meant for removal once it arrives. The other two are left there for one to serve as protection and the other one to be the screen itself. The color vividness is also excellent here, but there is no antiglare film. 

The color gamut rendered from the 1920 x 1080 pixel screen is 92% NTSC. To improve on the pen connectivity, the pen gives in 5080 LPI, which also within the required standards. All the 15.6-inch space gives you the active area so, you can use any point on the screen as you wish. 

Other Considerations 

The guide sent to you in the package does not have the installation guidelines. So, if you have any problems, visit the main site when it comes to that. On the other hand, you get a power cable and adapter, USB and HDMI cables, and a DP to HDMI converter. 

If you are using Mac, then you need to include the tablet’s driver in the whitelist. It’s compatible with version 10.6.0 and above and Windows 7 or later. 

Bottom Line 

The VK1560 model allows both left and right-hand use, but you have to perform the settings manually. It also allows you to adjust the pressure level, and that’s good for those who don’t need an extra-sensitive pen. It’s also within an affordable price range, which means it’s not a disappointment right from acquisition. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9/10
  • Connection: USB, HDMI
  • Display: 15.6 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Active area: 15.6 inch
  • Weight: 3.96 pounds
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.6.0 or later
  • Report Rate : 250pps

6. Aibecy 16HDT Portable 

“Simple connection and extended compatibility”

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Pros
  • Loaded with accessories
  • Easy connection
  • Compatible with a wide range of OS
Cons
  • Low color gamut
  • Quite heavy
  • Pen rechargeable

If you want a graphics tablet that offers easy ways to connect and use, then the Aibecy 16HDT should be among your choices. It may be hard to find in the large crowd of Wacom and XP-PEN among other renowned brands, but when you get it, the rest will never be an issue. 

Performance

The choice we have here has the touch effects, and you need to know what you are getting since there is a model under this brand with no touch capability. It also has four buttons for the menu, brightness, and return. You, however, don’t get any hotkeys here to export your shortcuts. 

Connecting to your computer is via the HDMI and USB-C. If your computer does not have a USB-C, the tablet comes with an adapter to connect the usual USB types. Not many graphic tablets will offer such a move, and the presence of USB-C makes Mac users happy. 

If you have any driver problems, there is a site you can visit via the provided manual for assistance. For the driver installation, it comes with the package in a USB disk. That prevents the issues that other brands encounter when customers are visiting their main website for the driver. 

Portability 

Its 15.6 inches only on the screen, but this is one of the heavy models we are reviewing. It’s quite thick on the side to accommodate the buttons, but that also contributes to the 7.81-pound weight. Also, since there are no express keys, the only thing you can depend on is the pen. 

You have to charge both the tablet and pen. The later will draw for five hours after a 5-minute charge. You can move it from one place to another, but what you may enjoy more is the adjustable stand attached to the back of the screen. 

Display 

The whole 15.6-inch space is the active area. Here, the pen delivers 8192 levels of pressure, and the report time is 8ms. The tablet can sense the stylus when it’s 15mm away from the screen. For the report time, it’s quite low since the acceptable figure starts from 14ms. 

The color gamut is also on the lower end since it at 72% NTSC. There is a high color depth and contrast ratio, but it still doesn’t match what we have seen above. The viewing angle stands at 178 degrees, and that’s good if you are drawing with the tablet slanted. 

Other considerations 

This tablet is compatible with a wide range of operating systems on both Windows and Mac. Therefore, if we still have people on the XP end, you are good to go if you choose it. It also works with all the major drawing software packages. For the accessories, the 16HDT starts with a stand that has 20 extra nibs. 

There is also a pen charging cable, a 2-in-1 cable, a U disk with the drivers, a hand glove, cleaning cloth and a protective casing. You don’t get that much from most of the tablets we have already reviewed. 

Bottom Line 

If you are looking for a graphics tablet with accessories, then this one has everything you need. It favors the Mac users due to the presence of USB-C. If you don’t have this type on your computer, there is an adapting cable to connect to USB-A. The only flaw is that you have to charge the pen, but it’s a charge keeper. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 8.5/10
  • Connection: USB-C, HDMI
  • Display: 15.6 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Active area: 15.6 inch
  • Weight: 7.81 pounds
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7, and 8 and macOS
  • Report Rate : 8ms
  • Accuracy : 0.25mm
  • Pen Resolution : 0.005mm/point (5080lpi)

7. XP-PEN Artist12 Pro 

“Animate with extended portability”

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Pros
  • More express buttons
  • High resolution on small screen
  • 3-in-1 cable reduces clutter
Cons
  • Low color gamut

The XP-PEN Artist12 Pro is an upgraded version of the Artist12. It’s quite heavy but still portable due to the size. What we appreciate here is the inclusion of a stand despite the size and the level of accuracy as you design. 

Performance 

You need both the USB and HDMI port in addition to power for the tablet to work. Well, it’s not a standalone, and for better working, you need to connect the power cable to a socket. That way, your pen will be working fine, and you have no problems with the display. 

The Artist12 Pro has eight express keys and a dial wheel as opposed to the touch bar in the predecessor. For the pen, it has its holder and the buttons you need to toggle between eraser and pen, and between pen and mouse. The pressure level from the pen is the usual 8192 for the high-standard tablet types. 

Installing the drivers is from the XP-PEN website, and it’s also the upgrades source. You have to remove the older ones if you already have them. For Mac Mojave ad Catalina users, you have to refer to the FAQ for further installation guidelines. 

Portability 

The screen is small, so you will not have a problem handling the 3.3 pounds every time you need to draw. Long hours of use bring in tiredness, and that’s why this tablet comes with a stand. There are more express keys here for the shortcuts, and there is a pen holder too.

If you want extra nibs, they are in the holder. Both pen and tablet are battery-free. For the pen, that is what most designers would like. For the tablet, it means you have to connect it just like a desktop computer. 

Display 

The 11.6-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That can be too much for such size, but the more, the better. The screen has the full lamination specification, which reduces the reflection and parallax. The Artist12 Pro has thicker bezels, and that’s good for holding. The thickness is only 9mm, making it less bulky. 

The color clarity is, however, lower since it gives 72% NTSC color gamut. For the pen, it has a report rate of 200RPS, which may be considered slow. On the other hand, it has 60 degrees of recognition, and that promotes the shading capability. 

Other Considerations 

The pen holder also stores the extra nibs for replacement. Other accessories include a portable stand, 3-in-1 cable, USB extension, adapter, cleaning cloth, and a drawing glove. That is enough to start your drawing and maintain the pen and tablet. 

For compatibility, the Artist12 Pro works with Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.10 or higher. One more thing, you will also appreciate the extended support that XP-PEN has towards its products. 

Bottom Line 

XP-PEN products are backed up by their full support. Therefore, they address any issues you encounter after purchasing the Artist12 Pro. This tablet is recommendable to all beginners and rising stars in the graphic design niche. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9.5/10
  • Connection: USB, HDMI
  • Display: 11.6 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Active area: 256.32mm(H) x 144.18mm(V)
  • Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows 7, and above and macOS 10.10 or higher
  • Report Rate : ≧200
  • Accuracy : ±0.01inch(center)
  • Tilt : 60 Degrees

8. Wacom Mobile Studio Pro

“Standalone graphics tablet” 

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Pros
  • Standalone tablet
  • High processing power
  • Ample storage space
  • Battery-free pen
Cons
  • Limited accessories
  • Quite expensive
  • Needs Wacom Link Plus for connection

Most of the tablets we have reviewed demand connecting to the computer for that to work. Apart from the S6 at the top, here is a Wacom MobileStudioPro 13” that comes with Windows 10. So, you can carry your files and creative designs wherever you go without having to switch. 

Performance

It has a CPU and a graphics card, not to mention the installed OS. For the processor, it’s from Intel, and it’s a quad-core i7-8559U that works well with Windows 10 in it. The graphics card is also from Intel, and it’s responsible for bringing all the light and color without compromise. 

Since you may be using it to work on pictures and drawings for long hours, the 16 GB RAM makes sure everything runs smoothly. There is also an ample memory space to store your drawings and other files too. In fact, with a 512GB SSD, you will seldom need any expansion. 

You have to install the software you need to draw. Since it’s a standalone tablet, everything will happen on it. There is a problem with connecting this tablet with your computer due to the thunderbolt port. To solve it, you have to use the Wacom Link Plus adapter, and Wacom support does not talk about it. 

Portability 

The MediaStudioPro 13” version is quite small given that it has a 13.3-inch screen. But it’s quite heavy since it’s around 9.83 pounds. The need can excuse that for some breathing space due to its massive computing power. The body is also one of the sturdy ones, and that explains why you need more than $2000 for this tablet. 

You can continue to draw for the next 5.5 hours before recharging it. That is quite low coming from an expensive Wacom, though. For the drawing pen, it’s battery-free, and it’s has a holding place on the right side. Since it has Thunderbolt 3 ports, charging is quite fast. 

Display 

The resolution is one of the highest regardless of the screen size. It has 2560 x 1440 pixels on the 13.3-inch space. The left side has some six express keys and a dialing wheel, and that’s why the screen stretches more on the right. The color gamut is, however, low since the tablet achieves 82% Adobe RGB. 

If it had the NTSC specification, the percentage would drop. The pen works well though with no lag, and it has the tilt support. Using it on the stand in different angles does not affect the view. That’s mainly due to the lamination on the screen and graphics card put in place. 

Other Considerations 

What we may wish for Wacom to talk about is if you can connect this tablet to a computer via Bluetooth. Since it also comes with thunderbolt 3 ports, and not many cables work with this type of connection, how about including the Wacom Link Plus. It’s the only adapter that works exceptionally well with this tablet. 

Also, you don’t get any extra nibs, and other accessories such as a glove and clip. Being an expensive tablet, Wacom should do more on this part. 

Bottom Line 

With this Wacom, you can carry your work wherever you want to go without worrying about a computer connection. The presence of Windows 10 in it and an ample memory space will suit many graphic designers who also need to travel for inspiration. If you, however, need to connect it to a computer, you need to buy the Wacom adapter. 

The same also applies to any other accessories you also require. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 8.5/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8559U
  • RAM: 16GB DDR
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Weight: 9.83 pounds
  • Display: 13.3 inches
  • Graphics : Intel Iris Plus 655
  • OS : Windows 10
  • Connection : Thunderbolt 3
  • Resolution : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Battery life : 5.5 hours

9. Wacom Intuos Pro (small)

“Dedicated to pen work” 

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  • Slim tablet design with the most compact...
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Pros
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Comes with extra nibs
  • Rough surface suitable for design
Cons
  • Nibs’ quick wear and tear

This Wacom has no screen, and it’s also smaller than the one above, which means it’s a cheaper alternative. If you just want a touchpad to use a scribbling surface as you work, then this is another Wacom that will just serve you right. 

Performance 

The Intuos Pro has a rough surface that gives you the paper feeling. If that is what you are looking for, then here is a not-so-smooth Wacom model. Due to the roughness, too much pen use causes wear and tear, and that means you will need extra cash for the nibs. Using it is, however, never a problem. 

The pressure level is at the desired 8192, and that’s great for those who need great sensitivity even with the slightest pen touch. The active area’s largeness is debatable since some will see it as very small. It’s, however, at the center, and there are small indicators on the panel to show you where it exists. 

Depending on preference, you can make it smaller or larger, depending on the computer screen you are using. The pen tilt’s to 60 degrees as you draw, and there are no hitches at all. The drivers you need for this tablet are readily available on the internet. You also get some drawing software packages to start with if you don’t have any yet. 

Portability 

You can connect this device to your computer via Bluetooth, and that increases its portability. It’s also quite light when carrying it. The pen comes with a stand to rest as you work and pause, but it has nowhere to stay when it’s time to move. For the stand, it also acts as the nibs’ carrier. 

There is no information about the battery life, but it’s usable for days after charging via the USB cable. There are express keys too on it, and you can customize them according to the graphics design program you are using. 

Other Considerations 

If you have trouble connecting the Wacom via Bluetooth, just long-press the center button until the blue light starts blinking. After that, you can link it to the PC. For the pen, it has the two buttons you need to change from pen to eraser and mouse. Apart from a few nibs, pen stand, and a USB cable, you don’t get anything else. 

The Intuos Pro is compatible is Windows 7 or later and macOS 10.12 and above. 

Bottom Line 

If you want this tablet to be your main drawing area, be prepared to buy nibs after a few weeks. The rough surface is, however, great if you want a real paper feeling. What we like about it is that it’s simple to move with and it’s Bluetooth-enabled. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 8/10
  • Connection: USB, Bluetooth
  • Display: 9 inches
  • Active area: 6.3 x 3.9 inches
  • Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows 7 or later and macOS X 10.12 and above

10. XP-PEN Artist13.3 Pro 

“Bigger drawing space and extended compatibility” 

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Pros
  • 3-in-1 cable
  • Comes with accessories
  • Small and portable
Cons
  • Needs adapter for Mac users

The last graphic design tablet on our review is from XP-PEN. It’s the Artist13.3 Pro that has quite a large drawing space, and it’s portable too. The only problem is having to find the right adapter for your computer if it does not have the needed ports. 

Performance 

There are no connection issues to the computer unless you are using a Mac computer. The USB-C needs a proper adapter, but after that, everything else will run smoothly. The Artist13.3 Pro does not have Bluetooth, but it reduces the cable clutter by including a 3-in-1 cable. 

The pen delivers 8192 levels of pressure on the screen, and there are no lagging issues. You can also tilt it to 60 degrees as you draw, and that’s good when you want to shade or fill a color. The number of express keys here is eight, and there is a dialing wheel that brings the smart-brightness setting near you as you draw. 

Driver installation and maintenance comes directly from the XP-PEN website. In Mac, you have to include the driver in the whitelist after installation. For both Mac and Windows, uninstall any previous graphic tablet drivers before installing for the Artist13.3 Pro. 

Portability 

At around 4.4 pounds, it’s not the heaviest graphics tablet we have reviewed. It’s therefore moveable even when you have a laptop to handle during transit. If you are left or right-handed, this tablet permits both users, but you have to play with the settings before commencing. 

If you need to use a stand, there is one provided in the package. The tablet needs a power connection as long as you are working on it. The pen is also battery-free, and its stand also acts as a pen holder. 

Display 

The 13.3-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which considerably excellent due to the screen size. To enhance color clarity, the manufacturer suited it with 88% NTSC color gamut. The screen is also fully laminated to reduce the parallax effects. You can use it, whether standing or seated in a slanting position. 

The viewing angle goes all the way to 178 degrees. Its thinness and bezel thickness makes it easy to hold as you draw. The Artist13.3 Pro is only 11mm thick. 

Other Considerations 

You can use this tablet with Windows 7 and above, both 32 and 64 bits. It also works with macOS X 10.10 or higher. What we like about this model is the accessories included in the package. The pen has eight extra nibs for replacement. For the tablet, you get the 3-in-1 cable, an extension, a power adapter, and a cleaning cloth. 

Other inclusions are a cleaning cloth which is necessary during these strange times. 

Bottom Line 

If you are still undecided on what to pick, the Artist13.3 Pro offers an excellent way to start by including everything you need while using the tablet. There may be trouble if you don’t have a proper adapter for the Mac, but once it’s in use, it’s compatible with every program you wish to use. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 8/10
  • Connection: USB, HDMI
  • Display: 13.3 inch
  • Active area: 293.76mm(H) x 165.24mm(V)
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Pressure sensitivity : 8192 levels
  • OS : Windows 7 or later (32/64 bit) and macOS X 10.10 and above
  • Resolution : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Accuracy : ±0.01inch(center)
  • Report Rate : ≧220
  • Tilt : 60 Degrees

Conclusion 

Reaching this far means you have already met a few interests in the course of reading. Due to that, we would like to know what you chose in the comment box below. On the other hand, if you are still confused, we would advise you to go back to the drawing board. 

Don’t take a tablet worth more then what you can afford. Next, don’t go a device you cannot maintain. Revise your needs and then look for a graphics tablet that meets those requirements. 

Last update on 2020-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Jeff Finder is a Digital Nomad who travels around the world and blog about technology, and gadgets at 10monster.com. He’s also an international speaker and love to persuade youth to find their voice online and make it count.

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