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Digital drawing tablets are a great way to unleash your creative side in a modern and easy way. These highly convenient tools combine freehand flexibility with precision and accuracy. Now you don’t have to carry your entire drawing kit anymore to create great visual and fully express your creativity!

With the overwhelming number of digital tablets available to today, I know that choosing the right one in no easy task. This is why I have reviewed plenty of options to help you choose the best drawing tablet at all price points. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced user, and whether this for yourself or for a gift, this complete guide should help you make the best decision for this important purchase.

Here is my selection of the best drawing tablets in 2021.

Huion Kamvas 20 – Best Overall

The Kamvas 20 drawing tablet comes with high–quality HD graphics for exceptional detailing. This tablet comes with an 8192 pressure sensitivity, a battery-less pen, and an adjustable stand which can be adjusted from 20° to 80°

Summary of the Best Drawing Tablets in 2021

Tablet ModelPressure SensitivityDisplay Area (inches)Hot KeysCurrent Price
Huion Kamvas 208192 levels 19.5-inch -Check price
Wacom Intuos Pro (Large)8192 levels 12.1-inch 8Check price
Simbans PicassoTab8192 levels 10.0-inch -Check price
GAOMON PD16508192 levels 15.6-inch 10 Check price
XP-PEN Star G6408192 levels 6.0-inch 6 Check price
XP-PEN Artist 128192 levels 11.6-inch 8 Check price
Huion Inspiroy Q11K V28192 levels 11.0-inch 8 Check price
XP-PEN Artist 158192 levels 15.6-inch 8 Check price
Wacom Cintiq 168192 levels 15.6-inch -Check price
Veikk VK15608192 levels 15.6-inch 7 Check price

Product Reviews – Best Drawing Tablets in 2021

1.  Huion Kamvas 20 – Best Overall

Huion GT-191 KAMVAS Tablet Main Image

The Kamvas 20 drawing tablet comes with high–quality HD graphics for exceptional detailing. This tablet comes with a 8192 pressure sensitivity, a battery-less pen and an adjustable stand which can be adjusted from 20° to 80°. This is super convenient: comfort is key when you spend hours working on your graphic tablet, believe me!

Display19.5-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best forOverall | Keys OnboardNA |Wireless Capability: NA | Multi-Touch Technology: NA | Weight: 7.28 lbs 

IPS screen
The IPS screen of the Kamvas 20 is highly interactive and provides an exceptional response rate. It has a 19.5–inch anti-glare IPS display, gentle on your eyes during lengthy creative sessions. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is a great option for all types of users. It also features a 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution that helps you create those beautiful art pieces with great details.

Outstanding colors
This tablet comes with 120% sRGB color gamut as well as a 1000:1 contrast ratio.
With the ability to display 16.7 million vivid colors, this tablet will be ideal to create the artworks that you dream about with ease and accuracy in most cases. If you are a super advanced graphic designer, there is a chance you will need something even more accurate

Improved display effect
Huion has improved its display effect from the previous model and it comes with a 266 PPS reporting rate with 5081 resolution (LPI). Therefore, the tablet can recognize your inputs quicker and will provide you with better display effects when you are working on your projects.

Ergonomic digital pen
This drawing tablet comes with a battery-less 8192 pressure sensitivity digital pen. It is pretty lightweight (14g) and has an ergonomic design which makes it comfortable in your hand even after long hours. It comes with 8 replacement nibs (which are inside the pen if you are looking for them!)

This tablet is compatible with many software running on the most common platforms. It works well on Windows 7 or later and Mac OS 10.12 or later. You shouldn’t have any issues running the Kamvas 20 on any recent platform, Huion has made a great job with the drivers and your computer should not have any trouble recognizing the device when your first connect it.

It comes with a pen stand and 8 different square nibs.
You need to connect the tablet to your computer.
Good color gamut.
The surface is a bit rough so you need to replace the nibs quite frequently.
Includes an extra digital pen with ergonomic design and long battery life.
Large FHD display with IPS screen.
Great value overall.

2. Wacom Intuos Pro (Large)  Best drawing tablet with multitouch technology 

Wacom Intuos Pro PTH 860 Tablet Main Image

The Intuos Pro is the successor of the Intuos5. In addition to the new naming of this range, the first thing we notice is a much improved design. Like the previous version which was already great, it has a large and highly responsive display. One thing we also noticed is that the display is less prone to scratching than that of the Intuos5, which is great news! Apart from this, nothing really new – and we can’t complain, it remains a fantastic option at a reasonable price point.

Display: 12.1-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Multitouch technology | Keys Onboard|Wireless Capability: Yes | Multi-Touch Technology: Yes | Weight: 2.86 lbs

New pen technology
This drawing tablet comes with new and updated technology for its stylus : the Pro Pen 2 has 8192 pressure levels and a great tilt-response providing you with a better control when you draw.

This Wacom drawing tablet offers good compatibility. It is fully compatible with Mac OS 10 or above as well as Windows 7 or above. You can also use a Bluetooth or a standard USB connection for this tablet.

Super slim
The tablet does have a large display but its construction is super slim. You can conveniently hold it in your hand if you want. Due to its super slim structure, the tablet is pretty lightweight as well.

Multi-touch gestures
You can use the multi-touch gestures with the Express Keys that are fully customizable. The tablet also features radial menus. Just rest your finger on the Express Keys areas and the tablet will immediately show the current settings, super convenient! There are switches on the side of the pen as well.

Lag-free tracking
One of the best features of this tablet is its virtually lag-free tracking that allows you to draw your heart out without the frustrating lag your often feel on cheap tablets. You can work on various projects ranging in complexity without any breaks in the flow. In case you are new to graphic tablets, trust me when I say this is one of the most important thing to look for.

2 months of Photoshop and Lightroom offered
When you first register your Wacom Intuos Pro, you will be offered 2-months of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan for free! This includes Adobe’s two must have pieces of software for everyone into graphic design: Photoshop or Lightroom. This tablet being at a relatively high price point, I assume that its target users will already have it, but well, thanks Wacom!


Supports 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity.
There are some bugs in the driver of this tablet that make you reboot the tab at times. Hopefully Wacom will fix this soon.
Highly responsive to pen tilts.
The surface is a bit rough so you might need to replace the nibs frequently.
Tracking stays free of lagging with high-speed drivers.
Great value overall.
Supports Bluetooth connectivity for a wireless connection to PC or Mac.
Large screen and super slim construction.

3. Simbans PicassoTab Best drawing tablet for Android

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If you are a beginner looking for a drawing tablet that runs on the Android operating system, you probably don’t need to look any further. The Simbans PicassoTab is a well-rounded drawing tablet with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for you to draw and save anything that you like. However, if you are a more advanced user, you will most probably need to look somewhere else: with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity only, it is clearly dedicated to more casual users.

Display: 10.0-inch | Pressure sensitivity: 1,024 levels | Best for: Android drawing tablet | Keys Onboard– |Wireless Capability: Yes | Multi-Touch Technology: No | Weight: 2.91 lbs

Good for beginners
There is no doubt that the Android platform is designed to provide convenience to the users and it is one of the simplest to use. We think that the PicassoTab is the best drawing tablet running on Android. It does the job effectively if you are starting to learn how to draw on a digital drawing tablet.

The Simbans PicassoTab is a nice option for beginners who want to use it for drawing but also for most generic tasks you can expect on regular tablets, such as note taking. You can use it for a wide range of applications outside drawing, making it one of the most versatile options out there. Just hop on the Google Play Store and you will find of apps which will take advantage of its drawing capabilities.

Clean screen and powerful CPU
Drawing on this tablet is pretty effortless. This tablet boasts the relatively powerful Quad-Core MediaTek CPU which will take care of the graphics effectively. It also manages multi-tasking without trouble, offering you a smooth experience overall.

IPS HD screen
The Simbans PicassoTab has a bright IPS HD screen which will display crystal clear images. This will really help you draw anything with great details.

The PicassoTab essentially works just like your regular Android tablet. You do not need to plug it to your computer to start drawing. If you want, you can plug it to your monitor or TV via HDMI, which is a nice option to have.


Super versatile as it runs on Android Oreo.
Not for the design experts or pros.
Convenient HDMI port to use it with your TV.
Not the most durable option.
Crystal clear display with high resolutions.
Smooth protective screen on the display.
Fantastic value overall.

4. GAOMON PD1650 Best drawing tablet with shortcut keys

Gaomon PD1650 Tablet Main Image

If you are interested in buying a tablet that comes with multiple customizable keys, Gaomon PD1650 is probably the best drawing tablet for you to put your hands on. With 10 customizable shortcut keys, it will allow you to adapt the experience to your own creative workflow. It is an easy to use tablet which you can use even without being an expert.

Display: 15.6-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Shortcut Keys | Keys Onboard10 |Wireless Capability: No | Multi-Touch Technology: No | Weight: 3.48 lbs

FHD IPS screen
This drawing tablet comes with a 16:9 FHD IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (5080 LIP). The reporting rate of this tablet is 233 PPS and it also has a large viewing angle of 178-degrees.

Protection film
There is a thin protection film on the surface of this tablet that keeps the screen of your tablet well protected. This film also makes the surface of the tablet extremely smooth. Now you can draw on it as if you were drawing on paper.

Shortcut keys
For those of you who are looking for a tablet that comes with plenty shortcut keys, this drawing tablet is definitely one to consider. There are 10 customizable shortcut keys available for you to personalize your experience. You can reprogram them according to your creative habits and needs.

Monitor stand
The monitor stand is fully adjustable. You can tilt it according to your needs and preferences. Drag the switch and make adjustments to the angle for the display.

Program support
This tablet is extremely comfortable to use with all versions of Windows 7 and above as well as Mac OS 10 or later. The drivers are running well and you should not have any issues using it with your usual create software.

It comes with a tiltable monitor stand.
Less maneuverability due to the cables connected with your laptop.
The wide viewing angle of 178-degrees.
Colors could be more accurate.
10 customizable shortcut keys.
Highly sensitive and responsive screen with 1920 x 1080 resolutions.
Fully compatible with Windows 7 and above as well as Mac OS 10 or its later versions.

5. XP-PEN Star G640 Best cheap option

XP-Pen StarG640 Tablet Main Image

The XP-Pen Star G640 tablet is the best drawing tablet for those who are looking to spend less. At a very accessible price point, it offers plenty of must-have features.

Display: 6.0-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Price | Keys Onboard|Wireless Capability: No | Multi-Touch Technology: Yes | Weight: 1.30 lbs

This multipurpose drawing tablet connects with your PC and allows you to work on many different projects besides drawing. You can use it for games and it is also a great option for e-signatures.

No need for drivers
The best part about this drawing tablet is that you don’t need to install any drivers to use it with your computer. The plug-and-play feature of this tablet makes it appropriate for users who are looking for a smooth experience right off the box.

High reporting rate
This drawing tablet offers a good response and a reporting rate of 266 RPS. The flow of your lines and strokes will be smoother and quicker. It will improve your overall performance.

Battery-free stylus
The P01 stylus which comes with the Star G640 is battery-free. Now you can work on your project as long as you want without worrying about it dying in the middle of your creations. A single button click allows you to switch between the pen and eraser functions easily.

High–pressure sensitivity and good active area
This tablet can handle 8192 pressure sensitivity levels and it provides you with a nice work area of 6×4 inches. With this kind of fluidity and available work area, you can expand your output significantly.


Only 2mm thick and offers great portability.
Not the most durable pen.
The active area available is 6x4 inches with the pressure sensitivity of 8192 levels.
The surface accumulates dirt quickly.
Battery-free pen.
Designed for multipurpose uses.
Compatible with the latest versions of Windows and Mac operating systems.

6. XP-Pen Artist 12 Best drawing tablet for value

XP-Pen Artist12 Tablet Main Image

This is the best drawing tablet for all those who are looking for the best value. It comes with a decent set of features as well as a pretty cool design and it will not break your wallet. It has a pretty convenient touch bar as well as 6 customizable keys.

Display: 11.6-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Value | Keys Onboard|Wireless Capability: No | Multi-Touch Technology: Yes | Weight: 2.18 lbs

Display and resolutions
This drawing tablet has a FHD display (resolution of 1920 x 1080) displaying 16.7 million colors. With a color gamut of 72% NTSC, this tablet can produce high–quality pictures with a stunning display. You can use it to create top–notch artwork flawlessly.

Active area and pressure sensitivity
The pressure sensitivity of this tablet can handle 8192 different pressure levels and it has an active area of 11.6-inch. This is good enough for you to work on different art projects with ease. You won’t have to break the flow of your strokes and lines.
Shortcut keys
There are six different shortcut keys available on this tablet, which you can reprogram according to your own needs. This will enable you to be faster in your workflow and you can get your jobs done swiftly.

Anti-reflective coating
The tablet also features an anti-reflective coating on the screen to allow you to work in various lighting environments without being annoyed. Glares can be pretty disturbing but with this tablet, you won’t have to deal with them. I also noticed that the coating does a nice job at keeping dust away.

The XP-Pen Artist12 works nicely out-of-the-box with Photoshop, SAI, Painter, Illustrator, Clip Studio, CDR and many more pieces of creative software.

Wide range of colors to deal with and create different types of artworks.
Not many connectivity options are available.
8192 pressure sensitivity level with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Initial setup is not the most straightforward.
6 customizable shortcut keys.
Paper-like feel.

7. Huion Inspiroy Q11K V2 Best for battery life

Huion Inspiroy Q11K Tablet Main Image

If you are looking for a larger active area and great battery life, then the Q11K will not disappoint you. It has an active area of 11-inch which is a huge surface area for you to work on. The newly released V2 version of the Inspiroy Q11K features a nice 60° pen tilt recognition which allows you to draw with great accuracy and use a wide variety of pen styles such as brushes, pencil and markers.

Display: 11.0-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Battery life | Keys Onboard|Wireless Capability: Yes  | Multi-Touch Technology: Yes | Weight: 1.94 lbs

Pen pressure and tilt response
The surface of this tablet can respond to 8192 different levels of pressure sensitivity. Moreover, it has an innovative tilt control system which allows you to draw with the stylus at virtually any angle (up to 60° which is great!) for more creative options.

Newly designed battery-free pen
The new PW500 stylus pen that comes with this tablet is highly responsive and ergonomic. It is also pretty lightweight your hand will not get tired holding it for long hours. It is also battery-free, which is highly convenient.

Wireless connectivity
This tablet features wireless connectivity. Say goodbye to cables: just plug in the USB dongle to your computer and enjoy a cable-free experience. Moving freely while working on your projects and keeping the desk tidier is a game-changer for me.

Active area
The active area available on this tablet is a whopping 11-inch. This means that you don’t have to scroll up and down while drawing your strokes and lines. It gives you the freedom to flawlessly draw without any hiccups. Huion also made a good job replicating a paper-like feel.

Great battery life
This tablet also has a good battery life and you can continuously work on it for 40 hours if you want. You don’t need to worry about your tablet running out of juice anymore.

Great tilt recognition.
Tedious driver installation.
Huge active area and paper-like finish.
Excellent reporting rate with a highly responsive screen.
Ergonomic and battery-free stylus.
Ergonomic and battery-free stylus.
Extended battery life.

8. XP-Pen Artist 15 Best drawing tablet for work area

XP-Pen Artist15 Tablet Main Image

This is an upgraded version of the Artist 12 that we reviewed earlier in this list. This tablet offers a wider active work area (15.6-inch) as compared to the 11.6 inches of the Artist12. Apart from this, it has more accurate colours with a colour gamut of 88% NTSC and 120% sRGB, making it a great option for the more demanding amongst you.

Display: 15.6-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Work area | Keys Onboard|Wireless Capability: No  | Multi-Touch Technology: Yes | Weight: 3.20 lbs

Massive active area
With its 15.6-Inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display, the Artist15 is a huge tablet giving you plenty of freedom to unleash your creativity. This truly gives you greater comfort to work on your project with greater details.

Glass screen
The glass screen of this tablet ensures that you don’t have to deal with any rough surfaces while you are drawing. This guarantees smoothness in your strokes and allows for greater precision while preventing dust accumulating on the display.

6 customizable Express Keys
With 6 fully customizable shortcut keys on one side of the tablet, you will be able to easily create your own ergonomic setup that fits your own needs and workflows. On the other side you also have a brightness adjustment button which is super convenient.

Connectivity and compatibility
This tablet is designed to be plugged in to your computer. It uses a Type-C USB cable which is becoming the new standard. So great call by XP-Pen here!
Apart from that, the tablet is fully compatible with the newest versions of Windows and Mac. So you can work with any programs and software you want and create artworks like a true professional.


Huge 15.6-inch active area.
No wireless connectivity option available.
HD resolutions with 16:9 aspect ratios and 178-degrees wide viewing angle.
The pen is sometimes unresponsive on the edges.
USB Type-C connection.
6 different customizable shortcut keys.

9. Wacom Cintiq 16  Best for premium features

Wacom Cintiq 16 Tablet Main Image

The Cintiq 16 by Wacom is a high-end option featuring a large 15.6-inch display. If you are an intermediate or advanced user looking for a drawing tablet with great, this is definitely a great option you should look into. The drawing experience is great thanks to a nice paper-like finish and amazing responsiveness.

Display: 15.6-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Premium quality | Keys Onboard: – |Wireless Capability: No  | Multi-Touch Technology: No | Weight: 4.19 lbs

Reduced parallax
With reduced parallax, you can draw smoothly even at high zooms. The Wacom Pro Pen 2 is truly awesome and almost feels like a real pen. This is one of the best drawing experience you can expect from a tablet.

Anti-glare scratch–resistant touchscreen
This tablet also comes with a scratch-resistant and anti-glare touchscreen you can directly draw on. You won’t feel any roughness on the screen no matter how slow you draw those lines.

Vibrant colors
The HD display of this tablet has 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution as well as a 72% color gamut. The colors are great even out of the box.

This tablet is compatible with a variety of programs and software. It should work smoothly with any versions of Windows 7 or higher and Mac OS 10 or later.

This tab is designed to work plugged in to computer. The only connectivity option available here is a 3-in-1 HDMI cable though.


A large active area of 15.6 inches.
Only one connectivity option (HDMI).
Accurate colors out of the box.
Needs to be plugged to a computer.
Great pen.
Natural drawing feel.
Built-in screen.

10. Veikk VK1560  Best drawing tablet for color accuracy

Veikk VK1560 Tablet Main Image

If you work on highly detailed drawings and animations then this an amazing option for you given its 92% NTSC color gamut and 15.6-inch display. This means vivid colors and great details allowing you to create stunning visuals. The design of the Veikk VK1560 is also very slim and sleek. We found the penholder directly on the screen to be a nice decision by Veikk too.

Display: 15.6-inch | Pressure sensitivity8,192 levels | Best for: Color Gamut | Keys Onboard: 7 |Wireless Capability: No  | Multi-Touch Technology: Yes | Weight: 3.97 lbs

High color gamut
This is the best drawing tablet on our list when it comes to color accuracy. Indeed, it has 92% NTSC which means rich and sharp colors. Personally, I think that the colors are better on this tablet than on the XP-Pen 15.6 which is already doing great.

High definition display
This tablet boasts a 1920 x 1080 HD display. The active area of 15.6-inch should be enough for most users. The screen protector is matte and feels great to draw on.

Unique passive pen
The tablet comes with a great passive pen that is free of battery and is therefore very light. It can respond to 8192 levels of pressure. And there is a single toggle key that allows you to switch from pen to erase with just one click.

Reprogrammable shortcut keys
There are seven different reprogrammable keys on this tablet and you can customize all of them according to your needs and requirements. The configuration is very easy using the drivers provided by Veikk.

This tablet comes with a range of different accessories. Your purchase will include an adjustable stand. You can tilt it according to your requirements while working on a project. At the highest angle, you can position the device almost vertically. Additionally, you will get 10 different pen nibs, an artist glove, a DP-HDMI cable as well as a cleaning cloth.

92% NTSC color gamut.
The buttons present on the back of the tablet are not very convenient to use.
Good viewing angles (178-degrees).
Built-in pen holder.
7 customizable shortcut buttons.
Battery-free pen.

Different Types of Drawing Tablet

Non-screen drawing tablets: This is a blank interface that serves to be a platform for your stylus to draw. As you draw on the surface of the tablet the response is going to be displayed on the monitor. These are the cheapest of all drawing tablets. You will need some practice to work on these tablets.

Full-fledged drawing tablets:: The pen displays are pricier than the graphics tablets. You will use a stylus to draw on the screen directly. These tablets are a lot more practical and they provide you with much better drawing experience. These tablets offer greater portability.

Tablet computers: These are the traditional tablets (e.g. iPad, Android tablets) that have built-in screens and that can also be used as a drawing tablet. They are less precise than a dedicated drawing tablet but on the other hand offer more versatility. Note that the iPad Mini is actually used by many professional designers nowadays.

Buying Guide – Things to Consider When Choosing a Drawing Tablet

Drawing tablets come in various sizes and features. As there are loads of choices available on the market, finding the right option for you might seem to be a daunting task.

Therefore, we have developed this buying guide to help you make the right buying decision and don’t end up overspending on a tablet that is not corresponding to your needs. Below are some critical features that you need to consider before buying a drawing tablet.

On-Screen or Flat Model

There are basically two types of models that are very popular. One is on-screen while the other one is flat.
The on-screen models are those where you draw directly on the screen of the tablet.
In flat models, you are drawing on the tablet and see the response on your monitor.
They both come in similar resolution options and you are free to make your choice according to your preferences. However, a tablet for drawing with the screen makes the job much easier to handle. Therefore, a drawing tablet with screen is useful for a beginner.


Drawing tablets are available in two connectivity options: wired and wireless. Some more advanced models are also available with both these options.
Wired variants don’t provide you with much freedom of movement. But while the cable-free experience of wireless tablets is awesome, some inevitable connectivity loss can be frustrating. With modern tablets I would not worry to much however. Personally, I like to move a lot when working on my projects so wireless tablets are a much better option for me. But if the tablet is destined to stay at the same spot on your desk at all times, then I would not make it a big decision factor.


For a smoother experience, hotkeys are essential. They allow you to save plenty of time and really tailor your workflow to your needs. Some models feature hardcoded hotkeys with configurations that you cannot alter. Therefore, you need some time to get used to these hotkeys.
Nevertheless, you can also find tablets that feature custom hotkeys. You can set the configurations according to your preferences.

Pen-nib replacements

To work on a variety of projects over time you will need different types of pen nibs. These nibs will provide your creativity with more versatility. Different models come with a range of pen nibs for a stylus. With these pen nibs, you can draw sketch paint and literally do anything you want.

Response per second

RPS or response per second is arguably the most important factor that you must consider when purchasing a drawing tablet. It is the ability of the tablet to respond as you draw on it. With better RPS your work efficiency is going to increase significantly.

Active Area

RPS is not going to help you much if your tablet doesn’t come with a good active area. The thing is, when you are working on a project you don’t want to scroll up or down a lot.
Therefore, a tablet for drawing with screen that has a large active area is almost always better option. With a wide active area, you can draw without interruption. Frustration is the number one enemy of creativity: almost try to minimize it.


This is really a big factor you have to consider when buying a graphic tablet! This basically indicates the number of pixels which will be displayed: for example, a 1920 x 1080 tablet will display 2073600 pixels. If you are looking to produce detailed artworks, high resolutions are necessary as they will add more finesse. In general, you don’t want to go below the 1920 x 1080 resolution (which is the most standard resolution you will find out there anyways).

Pressure Sensitivity

Pressure sensitivity and active area go hand in hand. With better pressure sensitivity, you can vary your strokes and lines and it will give you a similar feel as if you were drawing on paper or canvas.
Thicker lines will come with more pressure and it will allow you to work in different dimensions with great details. This is a very useful feature in sketching and painting for more realistic impressions and effects.

Driver stability, program compatibility, and input lag

Compatibility is critical because you will be working on a variety of projects using different programs. You will use a range of different programs and software to create your artworks. Therefore, your tablet needs to have good compatibility to allow you working with them with no lags or glitches. When you buy a tablet and find out that it lags a lot, it is going to negatively impact your work. So always check that the tablet you are contemplating to purchase works well with your programs of choice.

Stylus quality

The pen-nib replacements are not going to be useful if your stylus lacks quality. A stylus is a tool that you will be using to work on different projects. It works as your pencil or brush so it needs to be of top quality.
With a good quality stylus, you will be able to create the drawings that you want and transform your imagination into reality. A good stylus can really make drawing with tablet a whole lot convenient. Today, a lot of tablets come with a battery-free pen which are lighter and won’t die in the middle of a creative project. Also check the shortcut keys they have as those can drastically improve your experience.

Tablet buttons

Tablet shortkeys are handy as they allow you to quickly access some menus or tools as you draw. It is advisable to go for the keys that you can customize so you can build your optimal workflow. Most modern tablets allow you to change the configurations and reprogram them according to your requirements using the provided drivers. You will be able to create your artworks with less effort and pain.

Multitouch and tilt recognition

The multitouch feature comes in handy for zooming and rotating your images. However, many drawing tablet advanced users do not like this feature and it can sometimes activate by mistake and prefer to turn it off and use their keyboard instead.
You can use different nibs and different pressures to create different types of strokes and lines. A tablet and pen combo with good tilt recognition will be crucial if you want to have a natural drawing feel. This makes drawing with tablet a lot closer to what you do on paper.

Frequently asked questions when considering a drawing tablet 

What do digital artists use to draw? 

Digital artists tend to favour large drawing tablets (15 inches and more) with high resolutions and great color accuracy. Nothing is more frustrating than completing a project on a tablet with poor color gamut and then realise it looks completely different on another device. The Viekk VK1560 and the Wacom Artis15 are two of best options for any digital artist to consider. Both these tablets have great color accuracy and resolution on a wide active area.

Do drawing tablets need computers? 

This is not mandatory. However, it is advisable that you only use a tablet that connects with your monitor only if you have plenty of experience working on drawing tablets.

What tablet does Jazza use? 

For the professional projects, Jazza uses Wacom Cintiq that was originally most real back on 22nd January 2015 as it is a beast and one of the most powerful drawing tablets that ever entered the market.


Finding the best drawing tablets can be a daunting exercise so we hope this guide helped you identify the one that’s most suited to your needs.

Now it’s time to declare a winner of the best drawing tablet in 2021 and the award goes to the Huion Kamvas 20!

Overall, the Kamvas 20 offers an outstanding drawing experience thanks to its 19.5 inches anti-glare screen, high pressure sensitivity and adjustable stand that provides extra convenience while using the tablet.

So which one of these tablets have you used before? Do you agree with our ranking or do you think that we have missed your favorite tab? Have your say here by leaving a comment below!

Have fun drawing!