TOP FIVE AFFORDABLE GRAPHIC DRAWING TABLETS UNDER $100

Top Five Affordable Graphic Drawing Tablets
Most graphic designers know that graphic drawing tablet are an extremely useful tool and can make any project just a little easier to accomplish. Drawing tablets are input devices also know as a digitizer with a drawing pen-like stylus that hooks to your laptop or desktop and allows for digital drawing in the designers graphic program of there choice.

When it comes to Graphic drawing tablets designer flock to the more commonly know Wacom brand and for good reason. Wacom is a japanse company which headquartered in Kazo Saitama and the specialize in graphic tablets. Wacom is know for their battery-free, cordless design and pressure-sensitive stylus.

Now eventhough Wacom tablet has dug it’s claws into the mind of many graphic designers and has become a brand that is more commonly used for graphic design production I want to take the time to mention other brand drawing tablets that are worthy of the title “TOP FIVE AFFORDABLE GRAPHIC DRAWING TABLETS”.

WACOM INTUOS DRAW

The Wacom Intuos Draw is perfectWacom Intuos Drawct for anyone just starting out in digital arts and looking to replace the more tradition mouse. The intuos is no different from what designers expect from the Wacom brand with it’s battery-free design and pressure sensitive pen for thicker and thinner lines depending on the pressure applied by user. The drawing tablet is 8.25 by 6.7 inches so is small in size and can easily be transported within a mobile graphic design lap for projects at remote locations. READ THE FULL REVIEW…

 

 


HUION H610PRO

Huion H610 Pro Drawing TabletThe Huion has a decent drawing surface so you don’t feel confined to small working space and because of the tablets 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity your lines will transition from tin to thick fluidly. There are 8 customizable buttons and 16 hotkeys to create shortcuts to utilize your more used functions to increase productivity speed. READ THE FULL REVIEW

 


TURCOM TS-6610

Turcom TS-6610 Graphic Drawing TabletThe Turcom TS-6610 also has a pen pressure sensitivity of 2048 levels and allows the artist to create precise line widths, opacity  and unique brush effects in your graphic design program of choice. The drawing tablet comes with a wireless stylus that uses 1 AAA battery and a pen holder. The drawing surface is 10 by 6.25 inches and the resolution is 4000 lines per inch. Read Full Review…


UGEE M1000L

Ugree M1000L Graphic Drawing TabletThe UGEE M1000L is suitable for left and right handed users as is all the tablets in this list today. The drawing tablet as a surface area of 10 by 6 inches, 2048 levels of pressure which seems to be the norm, 4000 LPI resolution and 200 RPS reading rate. There are 8 different user customization function keys and the P51 pen which simulates drawing with a pencil. Read Full Review…

 


WACOM BAMBOO SPLASH

Wacom Bamboo Splash Drawing TabletIt to be expected that I would have another Wacom drawing tablets on this list and wacom bamboo tablet is a know name when it comes to Wacom tablets and the splash earns it right to be one this list because it is one of the most popular models on the market. The tablet is mid-range model but offers great specs such as 1024 pressure level, 2540 lpi resolution and a max data rate of 133pps. The bamboo drawing tablet can simulate pencil, chalk,oil and watercolors.   Read Full Review…

January 16, 2017 Salvatore Jenkins Jr. Uncategorized 14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Andrew G

    January 19, 2017

    I think the The Turcom TS-6610 looks like the best model that I would choose for the surface space, functionallity of the wireless stylus and overall look and feel of this model, look like it is solid to hopefully last a longer time as well. The top five all seem to be great values though.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      January 20, 2017

      The Turcom does have a decent working space and should last a rather long time. The Turcom and the HUION have a very similar design but offer different options. All the graphic drawing tablets on this list are a great value and will get the job done. It is nice to see someone felt a tablet other then a Wacom was the best model and offer just a little more to the user!

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. David

    January 20, 2017

    Hi Salvatore,

    Great content for any graphic designer trying to make a decision on a new drawing tablet.

    In your opinion how would you rank these tablets in order?

    Not sure how possible it is for you to expound on my next question, but would you be able to do a size comparison, screen versus complete surface area & weight?

    To better assist decision making process, for someone looking for more physical mobility out of the tablet.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      January 22, 2017

      Before I get into answering your question I’d like to mention don’t forget to bookmark the page because the reviews of each tablet will be up shortly and that will help further compare the tablets so an educated decision could be made of which tablet it right for you.

      I aim to provide valuable information to help others make an educated purchase… I not sure if I could rate these from 5 to number one because I believe that would be personal preference and the experience level of the user. If I had to rate them it would go as follows from five to one:

      Wacom Bamboo Splash, Urgee M1000L, Turcome TS-6610, HUION H610 and last but not least is the Wacom Intuos Draw. Now I know the Wacom Intuos Draw has a smaller draw surface, for those who don’t want to feel confine this is a down fall but I just feel the tablet work well straight out the box and takes up limited space.

      The Wacom Intuos Draw comes in small as well as medium which the manufactuer states the weight is 290g +-50g for small and 480g +-50g which is really light weight. The Wacom dimention are 8.25 x 0.4 x 6.7 inches and a drawing surface of 8.25-by-6.7 inches .The Wacom Intruos Draw is probably the most portable small factor drawing tablet on the list that seems to stay out of the way of your other devices but that also comes with a down fall in making the drawing surface feel a little confined.

      The Huion H610 Pro has a 10-by-6.25 inches drawing surface so you don’t feel as confined as the Wacom Introus Draw, however because of it’s larger size you will have less desk space and not much room for a keyboard if your someone who likes to use keyboard shortcuts. I’m working on a 15” laptop so it covers most of my workable art board… The Huion has a weight of 1.4 lb so it weighs quite a big more then the Wacom but it is still pretty light weight and thin.

      The Turcom TS-6610 is pretty similar in specs to the HUION and I would say they are the same graphic drawing tablet with a different name,but it weighs 2.1 lbs. which is almost a pound more then the Huion. The drawing surface space is 10 by 6.25 inches so I could cover more of my art board space on a 15 inch laptop.

      The Urgee M1000L has a drawing surface of 10 by 6 inches which is plenty if your have a large screen and dimensions are as follows 14.25 x 10.23 x 0.31 inches so it is a rather large tablet and it weighs in at 1.2 lbs.

      Last but not least the Wacom Bamboo Splash which is the smallest tablet on this list and would be more suitable to someone who is looking for a drawing tablet for design on the go. The dimension are as follows 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches and the surface drawing space is minute 5.8 x 3.6 inches which make it the smalls working area as well!

  3. Tar

    January 22, 2017

    Hello Salvatore,

    I did not know there is a terminology for drawing tablets themselves. I like the name. It sounds like one of James Bond cool, advanced gadgets. By the way, Wacom seems sleek in design. I like how their product features are. In depth, is it quite a nuisance to have a pressure sensitive pen for Intuos Draw?

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      January 22, 2017

      The Wacom intuos draw has the sleekest design amongst the graphic drawing tablets on this list and is probably the most travel friendly. When it comes to graphic drawing tablets I believe it’s not so much about the pressure sensitivity as it is about how they are calibrated and as far as the Wacom Intuos is concerned it’s spot on. When drawing with the tablet it almost feels and sounds like your drawing on paper. Straight out the box as soon as I hooked the tablet up the pressure was what I expected, gave me the desired effects and worked quite well without fiddling with any of the settings.

      If your someone who is just starting out with graphic drawing tablets this is the best option, easy to use, functions pretty close to pen and paper which will make any first time user feel extremely comfortable drawing with this tablet!

  4. JT

    January 25, 2017

    Salvatore, thank you for the info. I’ve seen these around but have never really taken the time to look into them. Would you say these are more for graphic designers using illustrator or Indesign, or could they come in handy for someone who does quite a bit of work in photoshop?I’m just not sure of the practicality of the tablet for photo editing or enhancing, but if it could be used to help eliminate having to use a mouse to erase extremely fine lines, such as flyaways from people’s hair, then I might actually be interested.

    Let me know your thoughts. I’d appreciate it.

    Best,
    JT

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      January 29, 2017

      Graphic drawing tablets are great for editing photos… The tablet and pen are more precise since you can use all the motion of your hand which gives you more control that a mouse doesn’t. The pressure sensitivity works really well when dodging or burning photos and if you do retouching using a tablet it will get you the best results out of the clone stamp tool in Photoshop!

  5. Ryan

    January 25, 2017

    I know you were trying to convince me that there were other brands besides Wacom but I think I’m more convinced to give them a try for my first drawing tablet.
    Does it work with all graphic design softwares? even free ones like GIMP and OpenToonz? I’d hate to have to upgrade my software to just to use one of these tablets.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      January 29, 2017

      Graphic drawing tablets such as Wacoms will not work with Gimp right out the box, you must go through a configuring process and you can find all sorts of help by doing a google search or on youtube. As for OpenToonz I have never used the software but when I did a little research it seems you can use a tablet but it’s not without it’s issues.

      Overall it is possible with a little configuring and tinkering.

  6. Bonto

    January 25, 2017

    Great! Every graphic designer needs to read this post. Your review is really helpful considering how you outline those 5 affordable graphic drawing tablets below 100 bucks. This investment is worth it for every graphic designer as being able to digitally draw in a graphic software of your choice as a graphic designer will definitely make you more efficient and effective hence more profitable. thanks for sharing.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      January 26, 2017

      I couldn’t agree more and I am happy to see you found the post to be informative!

  7. Same

    April 12, 2018

    Great recommendation. These days new brands have emerged and making more impact on this category. One of them I bough recently is COAST16 from Parblo. Most of their reviews says they are alternate for Cintiq. Did anyone get chance to try Parblo tablets or monitors?

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      June 29, 2018

      New Brands are emerging and I am open to trying them but personally, I have always been partial to Wacom!

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