There are a lot of drawing tablets out there,but which one is best for you?I've made that decision as easy as possibleby creating a list of the top five tablets to buy in 2018.
That's coming up next.
Thanks for joining me today, I'm digital artist Aaron Ruttenand it is my mission to help folks like you enjoy digital artand learn some new skills along the way.
I've used and reviewed a lot of tablets.
UC-Logic, Huion, Ugee, Microsoft, Wacom, Apple.
I've used the least expensive tabletsand I've used the most expensive tablets.
As a professional artist, I use a tablet all day every day for work.
I use tablets to create illustration, graphic design, 3D,photo editing, video editing and more.
So you can feel confident that my top five choicesare based on hands-on experiencewith a background in professional art and design.
But even though I'm currently a full time artist,I haven't forgotten what it's like to be a beginner or a starving artist.
That's why I'm going to start with some inexpensive tablets without screensand I'm going to work my way on up to the most expensive display tablets.
Quick disclaimer, this video is not sponsored,this is my honest opinion about what I would recommend.
So let's go ahead and take a look at the top five tablets of 2018.
Starting with number five, we have the Intuos Art medium.
This is the previous generation of the Intuos,but it's still a great tablet, and you mightbe able to find one for pretty cheap.
So this is a great option for budget-minded artistsor beginners.
The Intuos Art comes in two sizes, small and medium.
Now, in my opinion the small is too small for large-gesture drawing.
It is adequate for small-gesture tasks, such as photo editing, 3D, and note taking.
There are some differences between the Intuos Art and the newer Intuos 2018 model,but I'll talk about those in just a second.
Moving on to my number four pick,this is the 2018 edition of the Wacom Intuos.
It's very similar to the previous generation with a few key differences,but basically they look about the same,they have about the same pen, about the same surface.
The difference is that the previous Intuos Arthad touch where you could zoom in and outand pan your page around and things like that.
This version, the 2018 version, does not have that.
However it has over 4000 levels of pen pressureand it has built-in Bluetooth wireless, depending on which model you get.
If you're a beginner or someone who's on a budgetwho's looking for a great entry-level tablet, this is it.
And again, you want to get the medium versionif you're going to be doing a lot of drawingbecause it's nice to have a lot of gesture space to be able to draw.
You'll feel very cramped and confined on the smaller version.
Moving on to number three, we have the Intuos Pro.
This is a more professional version of a tablet without a screen.
It has a better pen that can support pen tilt.
It can also use other types of Pro pens that can sense rotation.
You can use a lot more different kinds of nibs.
There are more express keys than the entry-level tablets.
Express keys can invoke commonly used shortcuts and commandswhich is very helpful and time saving.
There's also interchangeable surfaces,since some people prefer smooth or rough surfaces.
Now I will mention that there's a lot of complaintsabout the Intuos Pro eating nibs.
And I want to clarify that nib wear is normal.
The nibs are the tips of your penand are going to wear down just like they would with a regular pencil.
Some tablets wear down nibs faster than others,but that's because some tablets intentionally have tooth or grainso that the surface isn't too slick.
A lot of artists prefer drawing on canvas or paperbecause there's a bit of friction.
And unfortunately, because friction is a property of nature,something has to wear down when you rub two surfaces together.
Either the nib has to wear down or the tablet has to wear down, so which would you prefer?This is why there's an option for interchangeable surfaces,and if you prefer the smooth surfaceso that your nib doesn't wear down as quickly you can choose that.
You can also get Flex Nibs which wear down a lot less quickly as well.
So you do have a lot of options if nib wear is your primary concern.
Now again, you're going to want the medium or the large sizebecause it's going to feel a lot more comfortable to draw on.
There's also an Intuos Pro Paper Editionwhich you can draw on with a regular ink pen on paper.
And it can collect all that information and convert it to digital,and then you could color it on your computer.
So it really bridges the gap between traditional and digital drawing.
There are two generations of the Intuos Pro,there's the first generation and second generation.
The second generation has built-in Bluetooth and a few other differences.
Moving on to my number two pick we have the Wacom MobileStudio Pro.
This is a display tablet with a built-in computer,so inside of this display is a Windows 10 computer.
It can run anything that Windows can run.
Photoshop, Krita, Clip Studio Paint,Corel Painter, ZBrush, you name it.
This is perfect for artists who like to work outside the studio,and personally I absolutely love it for painting outdoors.
Similar to the Intuos Pro,you can use Wacom's professional pens that can sense rotation and tilt.
It also has touch so you can control zooming in and zooming out,and moving your page around.
Some applications even allow you to tilt the canvas and let your paint dripin different directions.
There's an optional stand that you can get for the back.
It has express keys on the side.
It has a 4K resolution screen,which is one of the highest resolutions you can geton a display tablet.
And the pen has over 8000 pressure levels.
However, due to the relatively small screen sizeand hardware that will eventually become outdated,this is not the absolute best option.
That's why my number one pick is the Cintiq Pro.
Now the Cintiq Pro comes in a 13, 16, 24, and 32 inch model.
There are also previous generation Cintiqs, such as the Cintiq 27QHD,which is what I'm using.
The Cintiq is awesome because it's large,and it gives you the ability to harness the power of your desktop or laptop computer,making this the best drawing tablet experiencethat money can buy.
The huge screen gives you lots of room to view your work,it leaves lots of room for palettes without things getting too cluttered,there's also a very large gesture areaso you can draw more easily.
Now, the MobileStudio Pro is essentially a Cintiq, it's just portable,but you can make the Cintiq Pro portable as well.
There's actually a module you can add to it called the Cintiq Pro Enginewhich will allow you to turn your Cintiq Pro into a fully functional computer.
Of course, it's not as portable as the MobileStudio Pro would bebecause you'd have to lug around a large Cintiq and a computer,plus find outlets to power the devices.
So if you're choosing between the MobileStudio Pro or the Cintiq Pro,you'd really have to ask yourselfhow much painting you want to be able to do outside the studioand how much performance matters to you, because obviouslya desktop computer with better specs than the MobileStudiois going to outperform the MobileStudio.
The good thing is, Cintiqs last forever.
So if you invest in a Cintiq, there's a good chanceit's going to be around for years, maybe even decades,there are people who are still using really, really old Cintiq 21UXs.
So those are my top five tablets for 2018,but now you're probably wondering,which of these tablets is best for you?I've made it as easy as I possible can to determine which tablet is right for youby creating kits for different types of artists.
Kits are just collections of tablets, software, and accessories,so hopefully these kits will point you in the right direction.
Now I do want to mention that some of the questions I get the most are,"Will this tablet work with a certain kind of software, like Photoshop or Krita?"or "Will it work for certain tasks like drawing, photo editing, or note taking?"And the answer is: All of these tablets that I've recommended will workfor all of these different kinds of tasks.
The tablets all do basically the same thing,they just have different features.
So what's most important is the size of the tablet,the features that it offers, and the quality of the product.
What you're looking at here is a website called kit.
comand this is kit.
com/aaronruttenthat has all of my recommended product kits.
So you can see I have this organized,there's a whole list of drawing tablets,digital art software,and tablets with a screen, such as the Cintiqs.
If we scroll on down, there are tablet computers like the MobileStudio Pro,and then there's my digital artist kit,which are the tools that I use.
Wacom pens and accessories, and so on.
But if we scroll on down, then we can see the kits that are for specific types of artists.
This is the most affordable kit, so in my opinion this is the cheapest tablet and softwarethat I would recommend.
Moving on we have the digital art beginner budget kit,which is a little bit more advanced,if you want something that's more current you could go with thisand it's still pretty affordable.
We also have the digital art beginners kit, which is again a bit more expensive,and then moving on down we have the digital art pro budget kit,this is for a professional that's on a budget,a digital art professional kit,which is for a professional who's not on a budget and wantssomething that's really, really good.
And then we have the outdoor digital painter's kit,this is for people who want to specificallypaint outside the studio or outdoors.
And then a couple of other kits which we're not going to look at.
So we'll scroll on back up and we'll take a look at drawing tablets,and you can see, here are all the drawing tabletsthat I would recommend.
We have the new Intuos 2018 model,we have the number five pick, which was the Intuos Art medium,but there's also some options that I didn't mention in the videolike the Intuos Draw small,which is the small version of the Intuos Art,and that didn't make it on the list just because it's too small,but it doesn't mean that it's a bad tablet,and if this works for you, you could certainly check it out.
If we scroll on down, we have the Intuos Pro models.
Now, if you're interested in purchasing one of these tablets or learning more about ityou can always click here on more,and I've written a description for most of these.
In some cases there might also be a reviewthat you can play by going to play video up here.
If you want to purchase the tablet or read more about ityou can click on view on Amazon,and that'll bring up the Amazon page for that product.
Now, I do earn affiliate revenue from purchasesthat are made here on kit.
This revenue allows me to continue to create free digital art videos like this,so if you found this video helpfulbuy your tablet with my links.
It won't cost you anything extra,I'll just get credit for referring you to the product.
So what about Wacom alternatives, aren't they just as good?In my opinion, no.
And there are many reasons why I'm not recommending Wacom productsin this video.
I've tried a lot of different tablets,and I feel that quality is more important than cost in the long run.
I don't want to recommend something that I don't stand by 100%.
However, this is my opinion, and it's just an opinion,so don't let my opinion stop you from getting what you can afford.
If you can only afford a Wacom alternative like this,that's totally fine,you're still going to be able to enjoy art.
I encourage you to research videos that are for and against the tablet that you're interested into get a feel for how that tablet really performs.
I've been told that the quality of Wacom alternatives has improved,but I'm still skeptical.
But I am willing to review some of these tabletsif that's what you want to see.
You can learn more about how to make that happenby checking out patreon.
There's a link in the description of this video.
But come on, there have to be some good Wacom alternatives, right?Well, there are.
There's the Dell Canvas 27, there's the Microsoft Surface Pro and the Microsoft Surface Studio,the iPad Pro.
these are all better options than the really cheap brands like Huion, Ugee,XP Pen, Monoprice, et cetera.
However, Wacom is still the best because their products are designedwith artists like you and me in mind.
So that's my list of the top five drawing tablets to buy in 2018.
If you'd like to see more in-depth reviews of these tablets,subscribe to my channel now and check out my review playlists.
I'll put a link to those down in the description of this video.
And don't forget to buy your tablet from kit.
Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time.