Before buying an expensive drawing tablet, It’s important to do some research on the features you will be using.
Each and every graphics tablet is different and can be classified on its own category.
For example, if you’re a traveling digital artist, size and weight are important factors.
If your work is stationary, pen precision and line quality are crucial components to keep in mind.
The following are the best drawing tablets over $200 we found that had the best features for their price.
Our Favorite Drawing Tablets for 2019
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- Analyzing the GAOMON PD1560 15.6 Inch Drawing Tablet
Why It’s Best to Spend More and How to Pick a Winner
Gone are the days of relying only on conventional equipment to create your digital masterpieces.
Why not try drawing with a mouse if you can grasp a pen and recreate exactly what your imagination dreams up?
That’s the advantage of living in this modern age where technology—such as drawing tablets—simplifies and improves many professional tasks.
While there’s a certain magic to working with real pen and paper, it’s obviously not viable in today’s tech driven society (this relates to timelines, efficacy and quality).
Luckily, quality products with state-of-the art styluses mimic what you’ll experience with a real pen in your hand.
Of course, the moment new technology transforms a certain function in society many manufacturers jump on the band wagon to claim some market share.
That means today’s shelves are filled with drawing tablets that will help you:
- Hand drawn images
- Create animations
- Design graphics
And to deliver the best versions of these, it’s better to opt for a high-end device costing at least over $200. Here’s why.
What Features Matter?
So what is worth spending that few extra dollars on? These will probably make you and your clients happier.
It’s the new buzz word in design, monitors and anything to do with visual imagery.
As 480p screens were replaced with 720p technology and then with 1080p tech, you now need 4K technology to produce prime images.
4K screens are 2160p (high) x 3840p (wide). Some professional units even have a width of 4096 pixels.
This results in pictures created with at least 8.3 million pixels which will be extremely clear, even if you zoom in close.
But to get this quality, your design tablet must have this 4K feature and the right inputs and outputs.
The same goes for your other devices and monitors that form part of your design setup, because VGA and DVI connectors aren’t reliable in producing this high quality of images.
You need HDMI, Thunderbolt or DisplayPort connections.
Here you have to find the balance between price and practicality.
If you invest in a larger size—which will be more expensive—you will get optimum work satisfaction.
Larger units often have more features so you can push your designing to a new level.
Reasons you may want smaller units:
- You travel with your tablet a lot
- You have limited space available on your work area
If you do need to settle for a small screen, it’s even more important to ensure other features are state of the art.
You want to invest in an established brand’s products.
These manufacturers have gone through countless upgrades and revisions of products to align tablets with consumers’ preferences.
That means you’ll enjoy your tablet from the get go instead of waiting for software upgrades or the next model.
How to Pick a Winner
Research brands’ histories and pick one that’s been in the business for a few years.
Of course the brand must have a recently released model so you know you’ll be working on new tech.
It’s the smallest part of the product, but one of the most important. Everything matters:
- You need a pen that’s not too light that it feels flimsy (this just makes designing uncomfortable) but not too heavy that it’s cumbersome to work with.
- The response time must be low
- If you can use it while it charges you waste less working time
- It should be ergonomic to enhance productivity and comfort
How to Pick a Winner
It’s good to practice with a few pens in real life before you make a purchase.
Visit a store and try them out even if you’re going to buy online.
You have unique preferences so find one that aligns with what you want.
This relates to many aspects of your functioning:
How will you showcase your designs to others? If you’re using it for work you don’t want to send the small tablet around the table for everyone to view.
It’s much faster—and more professional—to display it on a large monitor.
For this your table should be compatible with monitors whether it’s a TV, a PC or a laptop.
What do you enjoy designing on? The high end models will allow you to use any popular programs such as Photoshop, Blender and more.
Quality tablets will work with Windows and iOS. You may have a preference, but what if your client or boss prefers something else?
Make sure your tablet can work in all circumstances.
The best in the business will have excellent products, but also good customer support.
It’s worthwhile investing in a more expensive unit from a brand that provides 24/7 support, or at least easy methods of getting help.
You may need assistance with future upgrades or need features explained.
If you’re after those high-quality pictures it’s all about resolution, right?
And how your images will look doesn’t only depend on where it will eventually be published or printed.
With high pen pressure (such as 1024 or more, up to 8096) your images will have higher resolution than when this rating is only 256 or 512.
How to Pick a Winner
Simply look at the pressure level rating and pick on with at least 1024, up to 8096.
Why spend more later if you can get a package with all your tools included?
The angle of a tablet is essential for comfortable working so look for one with a mounting arm included.
- Additional pen nibs
- Color manager calibrator
Spending a little more is wise for two reasons: Firstly you’ll purchase something that will help you instead of frustrate you.
Secondly, it will deliver the quality imagery you’re looking for.
Use these tips as shopping guidelines and then view your purchase as an investment, not an expense. Let proper tech work to your advantage.