The 7 best graphics tablets for beginners of 2021

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Art is becoming more and more digital. Getting into the world of design and digital drawing is a big leap, even if you should never give up your sketches on paper. Drawing with a beginner’s graphics tablet (the one you should choose if you have no idea) will completely change your life and the way you work.

You won’t have to spend a lot of money because you won’t need high levels of pressure or resolution and what matters most is that you have the knack for drawing on the tablet while you watch. the computer screen.

What’s the best digitizing tablet to draw on? There are some really good models with great features at ridiculous prices, for example the tablet we recommend you buy for the first time is the HUION New 1060 PLUS , why? because of its 8192 pressure levels which in case you have no idea what I’m talking about is a lot, and with it the tablet will perfectly define the line you make and the pressure you exert from such so that it looks like you have a pen in your hand.

Although if you’re looking for something cheaper and smaller, the XP-PEN G640 , has the same pressure rating and costs around $ 30 less depending on the time of year.

Anyway, let’s dig deeper into the prices with a comparison table with the best beginner graphics tablets around.

The 7 best graphics tablets for beginners

1. Wacom Intuos​

Sizes S and M
4096 pressure levels
2540 LPI
Bluetooth resolution

Wacom is undoubtedly the ultimate reference when it comes to buying a graphics tablet for beginners . Their Intuos model is a top seller among insiders and less insiders. The most characteristic is its great compatibility and the few problems that there are in the installation of its drivers and its configuration. It’s practically connecting and drawing.

The active area is perfect for drawing and retouching photos and the pressure sensitivity is more than enough to take your first steps into the world of drawing.

The quality of the material is quite high and you can tell by the touch that it will last a long time. Just what an artist needs and not something that breaks and becomes obsolete every year. Many digital artists have been using older Wacom models for over 10 years.

The feeling when drawing is very similar to that of paper because it has a particular roughness. This is something that a lot of users didn’t appreciate as they are used to the smoothness of a totally flat, unpolished surface, but Wacom wanted to maximize and match the same perception as with pencil and paper.

For me it is a total success and it is the first option that I recommend.

Benefits

  • Good value for money
  • Zero driver problem on MAC and WINDOWS
  • Bluetooth
  • 3 design / drawing programs included: Corel Painter Essentials 6, Clip Studio Paint Pro and Corel AfterShot 3
  • VERY EASY to install: Plug in, install drivers, reboot and start using.

Disadvantages

  • It could have more pressure levels to match other brands
  • It does not have multitouch, as if it had its previous model

2. Huion New 1060 Plus

8192 pressure levels
Resolution 5080 LPI
Large active surface
Refresh rate 233 RPS

If you are looking for something cheaper and a good quality alternative then yours is the Huion New 1060 Plus which has nothing to envy the Intuos Wacom.

In fact, it should be the other way around because the Huion has twice the pressure sensitivity, better LPI resolution, and better refresh rate. And why are people buying Wacom more? It is simply a matter of trust because it is the most famous brand. Wacom is the Nike of tabs. Everyone knows that they are good, that they work very well and that they don’t mind spending more money on them.

Better yet, it’s an Android compatible graphics tablet.

I can assure you that the New 1060 Plus is exactly the same in performance and very easy to install (unless you have a computer full of viruses).

Finally, its active area is perfect for cartoonists and illustrators and for photography, although I would be more in favor of something smaller, it is also a very good model for retouching.

Benefits

  • Large active surface for comfortable drawing
  • High pressure levels to achieve different thicknesses in the drawing line
  • High refresh rate of 233 pps, so if everything is calibrated correctly, the delay is nothing or imperceptible.
  • 12 shortcut keys for faster work
  • It is so good that it is super easy to install.

Disadvantages

  • Sometimes the drivers give problems, but fortunately there are few.
  • The pen is refillable. The good thing is you don’t have to keep buying and changing batteries. (minimal impact problem)

3. Ugee M708

8192 pressure levels
Resolution 5080 LPI
Refresh rate 230 RPS
8 quick keys

While Ugee isn’t as well known as Wacom or Huion, what he’s known for is his Ugee M708 model . A super recommended graphics tablet for beginners.

As usual in most alternative graphics tablets to Wacom, this M708 model is cheaper and has similar characteristics.

The strongest thing about the Ugee is the refresh rate of 266 PPS when drawing and that is that it is one of the most important in the market. In addition, with the sensitivity of 8192 pressure levels of its digital pen, the fluidity of the writing is almost assured. So I want to make it clear that the tip is a bit hard and you need to apply a little more pressure than normal for these pressure levels to work properly.

In general, the Ugee M708 graphics tablet is a robust, quality and economical option.

Benefits

  • Bring lots of accessories such as gloves, spare tips and wipes to clean
  • 8192 pressure levels
  • Among the models with the highest refresh rate, 266 PPS.
  • 8 customizable shortcut keys
  • Digital pen that works without batteries

Disadvantages

  • A little hard on the pressure

4. One by Wacom

2048 pressure levels
2540 LPI of resolution
Refresh rate 133 RPS
Sizes S and M

The One by Wacom is Wacom’s cheapest graphics tablet and is a good solution for those who want to buy their first graphics tablet.

It is not a graphics tablet that stands out for its characteristics, but quite the contrary. It has enough stuff to get you started without leaving a package in the making that a newbie won’t use and doesn’t care about at first.

It is available in two sizes, size S which has an active area of ​​15 x 9 cm and size M with 21.6 x 13.5 cm. Both are large enough for drawing, retouching photos, and doing 3D modeling.

Benefits

  • Wacom’s cheapest option
  • High precision in the line
  • Not late
  • 100% MAC and Windows compatible

Disadvantages

  • You should be more sensitive
  • No hot keys

5. Huion Inspiroy Q11K V2

8192 pressure levels
Resolution 5080 LPI
Refresh rate 266 RPS
8 Bluetooth hot keys

The Inspiroy Q11k V2 isn’t much of a beginner’s graphics tablet like Wacom’s Intuos or Huion’s new 1060 Plus, but it’s for people looking for something more superior. So why include it in this list? Because it is quite cheap for everything it offers and I think it is a very interesting model even for beginners who will be using it more than drawing twice a week.

On the one hand, it is one of the few graphics tablets without a screen that recognizes the tilt angle up to 60º and it is very interesting. On the other hand, the active area is quite large and allows working with designs very comfortably without wasting more space.

And lastly, it’s wireless, so any tugging of cables and blockages to turn the tablet are at least solved.

In conclusion, if you have a budget of around 100 Euros, I think the Huion Inspiroy Q11k V2 is a very good investment for beginners as well as for more advanced people. And you’re going to have a pill for a while. For a long time.

Benefits

  • Among the best options for drawing and illustration
  • Large active surface of 27.9 x 17.2 centimeters
  • 8192 pressure levels
  • Recognition of the 60º tilt, of the few tablets without a built-in monitor that can do this.
  • Wireless

Disadvantages

  • Wireless option over MAC may give problems
  • Minor setup issues with some programs

6. XP Pen Artist 12″

11.6 ″. Perfect size for beginners.
8192 Levels Pressure
1920 x 1080 HD
NTSC at 72%
Contrast: 700: 1
6 shortcut keys

The XP Pen Artist 12 ″ is the best option for those looking to buy a graphics tablet with a display without spending a lot of money . It’s a mid-range model but it looks high-end. It has a pressure sensitivity of 8192 and a good color gamut so everything looks pretty crisp.

On the other hand, it has the main essential features that any novice graphics tablet should have, like the refresh rate of 266 RPS so that there is no lag between the pen and the screen or like the 5080 LPI. to further improve the resolution.

And finally, it has pen tilt recognition up to 45º and many additional accessories to draw like a professional.

Benefits

  • 45º tilt recognition
  • The cheapest option
  • Good resolution
  • 25.6 x 14.4 cm active area
  • Perfect for children

Disadvantages

  • Does not recognize tilt

7. HUION Kamvas Pro 13 »

8192 pressure levels
60º pencil inclination.
Resolution 5080 LPI
120% sRGB
Refresh rate 266 RPS
4 quick keys

Huion is Wacom’s main competitor and the best alternative to Wacom’s graphics tablets , and they are doing very well. The Huion Kamvas Pro 13 ″ is one of those graphics tablets with a screen to start drawing that any newcomer to illustration (and with little money in their pocket) would like to have to take their first steps in drawing.

If you are one of those people who have made it clear that you want a graphics tablet with display if or if, buy this model or in its default, the Parblo Coast10 which I mentioned earlier.

The Kamvas Pro is not only available in 13 ″ inch screen sizes, but you can buy it in its 12 ″, 16 ″, 20 ″ and 22 ″ version, but at a premium on the investment.

This is the model I am using at the moment and after a long setup (beware, it can make a lot of people dizzy, but all graphics tablets with screens have a difficult setup) to leave it as I like it , I couldn’t be happier. It is a brown beast.

Benefits

  • Quality / price ratio of the best on the market.
  • One of the best options for beginners.
  • 8192 pressure levels.
  • Recognition of the 60º slope.
  • Adjustable stand included

Disadvantages

  • It’s a bit complicated to set up, but once you get past that it’s flawless.
  • It heats up after 5 or 6 hours of use but this is normal.

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