October is here, and many artists are taking part in the Inktober challenge. Since its inception, this challenge has grown in popularity, and all kinds of artists have adopted the challenge for their own medium, i.e., Painttober. Creating a work of art every single day for 31 days can be difficult, but most artists say they reap significant rewards from the process. Just about anything goes for Inktober, from traditional materials like fine-liners and brush pens to digital mediums. For those of you who prefer to work digitally (or want to give it a try), we’ve rounded up the best artist’s tablets for your money.
Best Budget Artist Tablet
The UGEE M708 Graphics Tablet: The name isn’t catchy, but the quality and the price tag are. For just $59.99, you get a sturdy tablet with a massive 10 X 6 inches of workable screen space and 8,192 levels of pressure. To top it off, the included stylus is battery-free, and the hotkeys are compatible with Windows 10/8/7 and Mac OS software.
Lefties will appreciate the drawing glove that fits either hand and the left-handed button options for the screen. You won’t be limited in your choice of creative software either. The UGEE supports a wide variety of programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Comic Studio, and many more. Did we say this was our best budget pick? It might just be the best overall.
The only downside for some is that this device (like most artist’s tablets) does not have its own display (you draw on the tablet while looking at the computer screen). See our next pick for a tablet with its own display.
Best Mid-Budget with Display
The Wacom Cintiq: Wacom has had a good name in the digital art industry for years. They offer several types of drawing tablets for everyone, from beginners to pros. The Wacom Cintiq would be perfect for a hobbyist who cares about the quality or a pro on a budget. It retails at $649.99, while most high-quality tablets with displays will cost you over a thousand dollars.
So what do you get for your money? An intuitive drawing experience with 8,192 levels of pressure and a battery-free stylus that feels like a real pen in your hand. The vibrant 15.6-inch screen gives you accurate color and has an anti-glare feature. This tablet connects to your computer, and the battery-free stylus charges off of the tablet while you work, so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice.
Best Mobile All-in-One Drawing Tablet
The iPad Pro– This powerful computer and tablet in one is perfect for the professional artist on the go. The stylus is sensitive, and artists like the fact that there is no lag. You can run the Adobe suite using the hardware and software it was created for or choose any other program compatible with OS. Choose between an 11 or 12.9-inch screen. Both are light and portable. One of the most important features when considering a stand-alone tablet is battery life. The iPad Pro has excellent battery life that beats out all its competition. That said, there are cons as well. The iPad Pro doesn’t come with a matte screen option, and some say that the stylus is not as ergonomic as they’d like.
Our honorable mention in this category is the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro. It has a more ergonomic pen that is also battery-free and a matte screen. Still, the battery life of the tablet itself is less impressive. It comes down to your personal preferences. Of course, both of these tablets will be a bit harder on your wallet than our other picks. The iPad Pro runs from about $800 to about $1000 depending on which features you pick, and the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro will set you back around $2000.
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