Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I trust your reviews?
I’ve been using graphic tablets to draw for more than 10 years and have used many, many tablets from the very expensive Wacom Cintiq, to the cheapest no-name, knockoff tablets. If you read my reviews, you’ll find that I review them in detail with lots of relevant technical specs and personalized recommendations, unlike other sites which only review the tablets on a shallow level, and are written by people trying to make money. The authors of those sites are not art enthusiasts or tablet users, and you can tell by the sparse content on their site and lack of specific information.
Where do you get your tablets?
I buy them, or I use my friends’ tablets since many of my friends are professional artists. There are some expensive tablets that I don’t own, but have used briefly at Expos, which I sometimes comment on in my reviews.
What kind of art do you draw?
I started with manga/ anime style when I was 14 and progressed to serious figure studies as I got older. I now draw realism almost exclusively, mostly characters and environments.
Are you a professional?
No, I’m a very serious hobbyist. I take my studies seriously and continually attend advanced art classes, do life drawing, practice concepts etc. I practice about 4-5 hours a day after coming home from work. I have friends who are professionals though, they give me a lot of great advice that I never would have gotten since I’m not in the industry and didn’t go to art school.
What rig do you run for digital painting?
I have an Asus Republic of Gamers GL752VW-DH71, you can see the full specs HERE. With this rig, I haven’t seen any lag in my brushstrokes at all, so if you have the money, I would recommend it highly. It’s a big improvement over the older ROG gaming laptops and is a great deal lighter too. The battery life is not so good though, since they made the battery smaller to lighten up the total weight. You can really only use it for a desktop replacement.
Why do you like Wacom so much?
My first tablet was a Wacom and I’ve used many of their products. They were the only one to sell graphic tablets for a long time and still have 85% market share even with all these competitors popping up everywhere. I’m guessing it’s because of their great design (technical and aesthetic), and good customer service, which other companies are lacking. They are expensive though, and if you don’t have the money to spend on one, there are other good tablets you can go with.
What brand should I buy?
Many brands have good and bad tablets, so you should decide on a case-by-case basis. Let’s say that a manufacturer started making tablets a few years ago, they probably still sell the first tablets they designed, but those are likely to be trash. On the other hand, the tablet they developed just last year could be really great. Definitely look a little closer before deciding on a particular brand, as even companies will a great track record will have duds.
How much money should I spend?
That’s all up to you! If you’re a professional artist or art student about to go pro, buy a professional level tablet for sure. It will ensure that you get used to a tablet with proper color calibration and allow you to produce commercial level work. For casual and hobbyists, it’s not so important. Get the best that you can or are willing to afford.
I’m a beginner, does that mean I shouldn’t buy a tablet you rated as Mid or above experience level?
Nope, buy it if you want! That experience level is just a guideline in case you are a beginner on a strict budget and are wondering if a tablet is overkill or not. It will have more functions than a tablet I rated as beginner, but the quality will probably be better as long as you know how to use it properly.
But, I read this other website and they said ______
Every artist has their own opinion and you should take everyone’s advice with a grain of salt, even mine. I have my biases because of my personal preferences, my work flow and general life habits. If you see that the other person’s site shows proof that they know what they are talking about, then take their advice into consideration too. If it looks like their site has very thin content, and the review doesn’t have a lot of details, it’s probably a site made by advertisers and not by an experienced artist.
Can you answer this question about Macs?
Sorry, I’ve only ever run Windows so I have no experience with Macs.
Can you answer this question about Photo Editing?
I know a little bit about photo editing, but my knowledge is not that deep. Ask away and I’ll see if I can answer, if not, I’ll honestly tell you I don’t know. In general, for photo editing, you can get away with a much cheaper tablet than what you need for digital painting. The only exception is if you’re getting a tablet where you can draw directly on the surface. You want to be careful since some of the cheaper ones don’t have good color fidelity.
I’m a _____, and I want to do _____ with my tablet. What kind should I get?
Please go to the home page for a full guide on how to select the right tablet for you.
Do you ever give a rank of D or F?
I haven’t taken the time to review one of these trash tablets yet, but I have used them and boy, were they GARBAGE! I will put up the D/F reviews sooner or later so I can warn more people off these terrors.
Is this an Amazon site?
Yes and No. Amazon does not own this site, I do. However, I do get a small commission (really small, just a few percent) if you click on my links and buy something from Amazon. I’m not trying to make money off this site at your expense, if you read my reviews you can see I have reviewed the products honestly and in detail. The commissions help to cover the cost of running this site and to buy new tablets to review. You may have noticed that these tablets are very expensive and the software that goes with it is in the hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars range. Art is super expensive, and I would really, really appreciate it if you would help support this site so that I can afford to buy these things and fill the site with more information for you.