Wacom Alternatives - Intuos Alternatives
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Published: February 25, 2017
This journal was last updated: Jun. 08, 2019

I made a blog which has these tablet lists as well as my tablet reviews. Please check it out!
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Table of Contents

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Information and Assumptions Section
Tablet Brands and Their Products
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Foreword

Please note: This post only covers graphic tablets, the ones without screens.
For drawing monitors (the ones with screens that need to be connected to a separate computer to work), check this post:
 Wacom Alternatives - Cintiq Alternatives
Wacom Alternatives - Cintiq AlternativesThis journal was last updated: Jun. 08, 2019
I made a blog which has these tablet lists as well as my tablet reviews. Please check it out!
https://digitalarttabletguides.wordpress.com/
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Table of Contents
*You can use the links here to jump to any section.
**You can click the title of any section to be sent back to the top of this journal immediately.
Information and Assumptions Section
ForewordThings to note before you read my journalAll tablet brands (that I have found)
My personal suggestions
Tablet Brands and Their Products
Wacom

If you are looking for Android/Apple tablets like the iPad Pro or 2-in-1 laptops like the Microsoft Surface Pro, you will have to look elsewhere. (Like here: www.parkablogs.com/tags/drawin…)

This journal is intended as a "first look" type of list.
This is NOT an in-depth review of every tablet. This post aims to show you your current tablet options and only lists products that companies still advertise. In other words, if the company has stopped advertising a product on their main site, I probably won't have it listed here! For example, tablets like the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch version, or the Wacom Bamboo series which is not listed on the US Wacom site but still obtainable through places such as Amazon.com will not be listed in this post.

Originally, I created this list because searching "Wacom alternatives" on Google would only net you search results of "Top 10 Wacom Alternatives!" lists with completely outdated tablets (half of which aren't even available anymore *cough designmodo.com and wacomalternatives.com cough*). I personally don't like the top 10 approach because it's always based on the opinions of the writer who usually value features different than the reader, so I instead opted for a "here are all the options, research the ones that catch your eye" approach.

I have some a relatively large amount of personal experience with Wacom and the alternatives, and I want everyone to know that the Wacom alternatives are completely use-able and are in no way incomparable to Wacom products. Rumours about customer service being horrible are also just rumours. I have not had bad experiences with Huion, XP-Pen, Ugee, Parblo, Artisul, and GAOMON's customer services myself. However, if you buy from some really hidden and shady company that I don’t even mention here, then don’t come back and tell me I lied about the customer service being acceptable..
If you put in the time and effort to find the right one for you, you could end up saving a fair bit of money.

Anyways, it’s a long read but I hope it’s at least somewhat informative for my fellow artists looking to buy new tablets! Please spread this to all your art friends as well!
*Also, if you're too lazy to read and consider your choices, just buy a Wacom. I don't intend to entertain people who aren't interested in saving money.



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Things to note before you read my journal

(!!!Make sure to read these so you know you're not going to end up wasting your time reading my journal!!!)

First, I want to start off with a few definitions so that you don’t get confused when I use words different from what you usually use.
-Graphic Tablets – This is the name Huion uses on their site for tablets that don’t have a built-in screen. I prefer this to the name “pen tablet” which Wacom uses on their site. It is also referred to as a drawing tablet, screen-less tablet, etc, but I will be referring to it as a Graphic Tablet whenever I’m talking about it in this journal.
-Drawing Monitors – This is the name I will use for tablets that have built-in screens and need to be plugged into your desktop or laptop to work. It is sometimes called a pen monitor, pen display, tablet monitor, etc, but I will be referring to it as a Drawing Monitor in this journal.
-Pen Computers – This is the name Wacom uses on their site for tablets that have a built-in screen and are a standalone computer. In other words, they don’t have to be plugged into your desktop or laptop to work, they work just on their own. I haven’t researched these that much so I have them excluded from this post. The decently high specification devices usually cost 1000 USD or higher, but you can find much lower specification devices for less as well.
-Pen Types – There are currently 3 pen types which companies use for their tablets: Alkaline, recharging, and battery-free. Alkaline pens use alkaline batteries to power them. Recharging pens use a separate cable to replenish their charge and do not require buying separate batteries like an alkaline pen. Battery-free refers to the pens which do not require any sort of charging for them to work with their tablet, the best examples being any of Wacom’s pens. There is no official name for battery-free pens (EMR?), so I will refer to them as battery-free pens throughout this journal.
-Active Area – This is the area where the tablet senses pen inputs. The bigger it is, the more control you have over your lines is an easy way to remember it. However, if you draw long enough on a tablet, you can get used to its active area size no matter how big or small it is.
Active area is usually given in inches so I have them all written down in inches. *Active area is always approximate when given in inches.
-Expresskeys – These are the buttons usually found on the side of tablets for shortcuts and such.
-Multi-touch – This is the term used for the finger touch function. If a tablet supports multi-touch, then it supports touch actions like pinching/panning. Currently, only Wacom has multi-touch for pen tablets and pen displays.
Update: Yiynova’s MVP22U+DT and MVP16U+DT has multi-touch functionality as well. I have found no other alternatives which have it however.
-Parallax – This only applies to drawing monitors and it is used to describe the thickness of the glass between the screen and your pen. If you look at the screen from the side, you might be able to see a noticeable distance between the pen and the cursor on the screen. That is the parallax.

Second, here are a bunch of assumptions that I make.
  • I assume that you use a Windows system such as Windows 8/8.1/10. Most tablets will support Windows and Mac, but some of them don’t support Mac OS or older versions of Windows. I haven’t gone to check each tablet and whether it does, so those people will have to do a bit more research. Linux and Ubuntu people as well.
  • Some tablets have special features but I have not looked at those. For instance, the new Wacom Intuos Pro Medium and Large both have a special feature where they can store a certain number of pages of ink drawings that were drawn on top of them using the special inking pen. These kinds of features are very specialized so I did not include them for this general guide.
  • I assume every product has at least a 1 year warranty, but make sure you check about that before you purchase anything.
  • I assume you live in North America. All the prices for the products being sold on Amazon are taken from Amazon.com, the US version of Amazon. I have no way of knowing if they offer those same products outside of the US and I am sorry if they are not offered at the same low price in your region.
  • I assume the tablets work with most programs, but I only use Clip Studio Paint so I cannot guarantee you anything. Make sure you check reviews if you use other programs which may not be supported. Always ask the tablet company directly about compatibility if you are unsure.
And lastly, here are the specs that I think are important while leaving out the rest that is unnecessary and not part of the "deal breakers".
*This is also the order in which I list them under each product.
Tablet Specifications:
-Price
Price usually depends on the amount of features and the level of the specs.
I will only write down the "base" price from Amazon.com, ignoring sales.
-Active Area
I consider around 8 x 5 inches or 10 x 6 inches to be the "best" size for graphic tablets, and 15.6-inches the "ideal" size for drawing monitors. However, that is personal preference and you may prefer other sizes.
-Resolution (of the screen) (Only applies to drawing monitors)
HD (High Definition) is 1280x720p or above, FHD (Full High Definition) is 1920x1080p or above, QHD (Quad High Definition) is 2560x1440p or above, and UHD (Ultra High Definition) is 3840x2160p resolution aka 4K resolution.
I consider acceptable resolution 1920x1080p for anything smaller than 15.6-inches, and at least 2560x1440p or more for larger displays. Currently, no larger display offers QHD or higher resolution outside of Wacom.
-Display Type (of the screen) (Only applies to drawing monitors)
I simplify display types into two types of TFT LCDs (Thin-Film-Transistor Liquid-Crystal Displays) for drawing monitors: TN and IPS.
TN displays have faster response times, but have very bad viewing angles causing screen colours to look different from different angles. However, TN displays are much easier to manufacture, causing them to be much cheaper than IPS displays. TN displays are more meant for gaming where fast response times are key and colour reproduction is not as important.
IPS displays have slower response times than a TN display, but allows you to view the same colours from basically all angles. An IPS display is the better choice for a drawing monitor because of the importance of proper colour reproduction in art. Better versions of IPS include: S-IPS, AS-IPS, E-IPS, H-IPS, P-IPS. I will list the version under each drawing monitor, but I will not be detailing what the differences are in this journal. Please look them up yourself if you're curious!
Pen Specifications:
-Pen Type (Alkaline/Recharging/Battery-free)
Alkaline pens are less than ideal in my eyes, but that is personal preference. Only alkaline pens can offer pen weight which recharging and passive pens cannot.
Recharging pens are not ideal, but they are not a problem either as they last a relatively long time on one charge. The majority last at least a week on a single charge, and Huion’s pens last 800 hours (33 days) on a single charge. The con about recharging pens is that their batteries will degrade after 3-5 years of usage like a phone battery would. However, I feel that buying a replacement pen (~20 USD) is a justifiable cost after 3-5 years of usage.
Battery-free pens are the ideal because they require no maintenance such as recharging, but they are very light and people who wish for pen weight will not like it.
-Pen Buttons
Basically all tablet pens have 2 buttons on the side. Most non-Wacom pens do not have an eraser on the end.
*I personally believe that the eraser on the end is unnecessary because it’s a hassle to flip the pen every time to use it instead of just click the E key.
-Pen Pressure
I consider 2048 the standard at present. Most people cannot feel or see the differences between pen pressures above 1024 though so keep that in mind.
Extra Features:
-Pen Tilt/(Direction)/Rotation Sensitivity
Pen tilt and direction almost always come as a set, which is why direction is in brackets. The tilt reads the angle of the pen, and the direction reads which direction the pen is tilted. Pen rotation reads the rotation of the pen itself. Only Wacom has all three available to their newer products (separate pen needed to be purchased for rotation), while only Huion and XP-Pen offers pen tilt among the alternatives.
-Shortcut Keys
I'm not the type to use shortcut keys, but many people need them, so how many shortcut keys there are on the tablet is listed. I have however, become aware of how convenient it is to be able to depend solely on shortcut keys for some devices.
-Multi-touch
The only company which currently offers touch options on their tablets is Wacom. Having this feature for pan/zoom/rotate functions is helpful on drawing monitors as long as the palm rejection is decent.
Update: Yiynova’s MVP22U+DT and MVP16U+DT has multi-touch functionality as well. I have found no other alternatives which have it however.

*I'm leaving out Program Compatibility because there are far too many programs to cover. Most "major" programs are said to work, but check with the company to make sure beforehand.

(Just to make it clear, this journal is made from my inexperienced opinion, and although I do try to make sure I look at everything from many different views, I’m mostly biased towards the usefulness of the tablets with regards to anime style drawing in Clip Studio Paint.)



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Why I do not recommend the Wacom Intuos


March 6, 2018 update!
There is now a new Wacom Intuos (CTL4100) series which is replacing the previous Wacom Intuos (CTL-490) series. It is not an upgrade of the previous version. It is basically just a refresh.

Read why I think the Wacom Intuos isn’t worth your money here: Why I do not recommend the Wacom Intuos



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All tablet brands (that I have found)

Here is a list of all the brands I have found which sell tablets just in case you want to do your own research on them:
-Wacom
-Huion
-XP-Pen

-Parblo
-GAOMON

-Artisul *only drawing monitors are good
-Yiynova *only offers drawing monitors


The following companies are separate because they were confusing, had bad reviews, or had some other reason which made them not worth considering.
Monoprice has a few tablets, but they are not a tablet specific company so their software can have many issues. The biggest problem is that they haven't updated their drivers since 2013.
Turcom
 has options, but their graphic tablets all use a AAA battery for their pens and I’m not a particular fan of that. They are also not a tablet specific company so their products and drivers may not be as advanced. I don’t think they are worth considering compared to the other companies.
Fex Technology has bad reviews about its customer service, has basically no products, and they were so obscure it was really hard finding any information on them.
Adesso is overpriced for no apparent reason. They have a XP-Pen Star 03 look-alike which costs 50 USD more and their 22-inch drawing monitor costs way more than the other alternatives.
Bosstouch has some tablets that could be worth looking into, but there are far too few reviews to figure out whether they are trustworthy or not. You can also tell that their tablets are just rebrands of the tablets offered by Huion and XP-Pen, and the only difference is that the recharging pen is different.
PenPower offers some graphic tablets that seem good, but their prices are too high compared to the alternatives which are just as good in terms of specs. Perhaps their prices are lower in Asia.
Trust offers two graphic tablets and no drawing monitors. Both their tablets use battery powered pens and I do not think they are particularly worth mentioning. 
iBall is a non-tablet specific company which only has old battery-powered pen tablets. Their site also does not list their prices. I do not think they are worth mentioning as tablet specific companies are most likely better in both tablet hardware and software.
Acepen is a very obscure tablet specific company which has no company site as far as I know of. This means that you have no access to updated drivers. The simple fact that you will not be able to get driver updates when Windows inevitably ruins WinTab functionality with feature updates is reason enough for me to keep Acepen off this list. (Edit: They now have a website, but the fact that they were selling products without a site is a problem. I will consider including them in the future when they solidify themselves as a trustworthy company.)
Bosto has not released any new tablets for a year or so now, and their prices are higher than the other options available right now (due to their higher quality IPS screens). They are not a bad company so you may want to check them out, but they appear to not be making any progress at all so I will be removing them until they do something noteworthy.
VEIKK is too new a company for me to include in this list yet, although their A30 screen-less tablet is fairly unique with multi-touch capabilities which only Wacom has in the screen-less tablet category.
Ugee was a fairly competitive company until the start of 2018. Now they are inactive in the North American market which is why they were removed from this list. They are currently working with XP-Pen.

Other art tablets/computers which I did not include in this journal:
-Microsoft Surface series
-Dell Canvas
-iPad Pro




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My personal suggestions

These are just the tablets that I personally think are the most worthwhile Wacom alternative options in each category. I chose these based on value per dollar (compared to all other available tablets), how "new" they are (which means longer driver updates and support), and uniqueness of the tablet. 
*I put (My review) beside the tablets that I actually own and drew on, the rest are my recommendations based on specs and other reviews. Aside from that, they're in no particular order.
**If you need both pen tilt+rotation or multi-touch, to Wacom you go.
***If you know a good reason to take a tablet off this list, please inform me!

For Graphic Tablets, I recommend looking at:
-Huion H640P (My review)
-Huion H950P (My review)
-Huion H1060P (My review)
-Huion Inspiroy Q11K (My review)
-XP-Pen Star G640 (My review)
-XP-Pen Star G640S
-XP-Pen Deco 01 V2
-XP-Pen Deco 02
-XP-Pen Deco 03 (My review)
-XP-Pen Deco Pro (My review)

For Drawing Monitors, I recommend looking at:
-Wacom Cintiq 16
-Huion Kamvas Pro 12
-Huion Kamvas Pro 13 (My review)
-Huion Kamvas Pro 16 (My review)
-Huion Kamvas Pro 20
-Huion Kamvas Pro 22
-XP-Pen Artist 12 (My review)
-XP-Pen Artist 13.3
-XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro (My review)
-XP-Pen Artist 16 Pro
-XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro
-GAOMON PD1560

For Pen Computers, look at:
-2-in-1 computers and laptops. There’s no need to stick to Wacom for this kind of thing if you’re looking for a pen computer.
Recently, there have been a lot of computers coming out with pen input as a feature. The Microsoft Surface Pro, for instance, has a lot of good reviews. Well, I don’t have much research done on pen computers so you’re on your own for that.
*My personal experience with a Surface Pro 3 is that it has a ridiculously small amount of parallax, so the Microsoft Surface stuff is surely something worth looking at (but I still hate the Surface pen).




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Wacom

Their Site: www.wacom.com/en-at
Their Store: Accessible from their site.
Driver Download Page: www.wacom.com/en/support/produ…
*But buy their products from your regions Amazon.com because Amazon actually has sales which the main Wacom site does not.

Wacom is the leader in terms of graphic tablets and drawing monitors, so much so that we call any alternatives "Wacom alternatives", but as you might already know, the prices they charge for their products are pretty high. I personally think that most people should not consider Wacom for their beginner tablets, and should only consider them for future "upgrades" to an Intuos Pro or Cintiq. However, even for future "upgrades", people should only consider Wacom if they absolutely need the features offered exclusively by Wacom (such as multi-touch, pen tilt, and pen rotation).

Personal Notes
-If you do not absolutely need multi-touch/pen tilt/pen rotation on your tablet, then I suggest you avoid Wacom.
-They are the most secure when it comes to software compatibility, meaning that any program which has pen pressure should work with it. Alternative tablets work with most "major" programs, but if you know you use a "minor" program, you may want to consider Wacom.
-No matter how many times I go there, Wacom's site is such a tragedy. Links that lead to nowhere, pages that don't load, store link sends me from the NA site to the EU store... It's horrendous, really. I honestly can't believe this is the site for the leading tablet company.

Is Wacom worth looking at for graphic tablets?
-Yes, but only the Intuos Pro.

Wacom Graphic Tablets

-Wacom Intuos Series-

The Wacom Intuos series of graphic tablets is meant to be cheap and accessible for beginners. Arguably, the price is actually kind of high for the small drawing area it offers, but the price takes into account bundled drawing programs. If you don't need any bundled drawing programs, you may want to consider Wacom alternatives where that extra money goes into the tablet itself, rather than on bundled programs you won't use.

There have been 3 versions of Wacom Intuos up to this date which should NOT be mistaken with one another.
-CTL-480/CTH-480/CTH-680 version: This is the earliest version with a silver and black design and a rubber grip pen. Loved by all who bought it.
-CTL-490/CTH-490/CTH-690 version: This is the second version with many colour variations around a black drawing area and a black plastic stick for a pen. The cheap plastic stick pen made it debatable whether its higher price was worth it or not. It was a clear downgrade from the previous version.
-CTL4100/CTL4100WL/CTL6100WL version: This is the newest version which comes in black or pistachio colours and has a rubber grip pen. The rubber grip pen is the exact same shape as the previous plastic pen, but it has a hard rubber grip now. It's more of a refresh of the previous version than an upgrade.

***I do not recommend buying the Wacom Intuos. Refer to the section near the top of this post about why if you haven't already.***

-Wacom Intuos 2018 without Bluetooth (Size options: Small (CTL4100))
(My review: Wacom Intuos 2018 Review)
*Comes with Corel Painter Essentials 6 (value of 50 USD) and Corel AfterShot 3 (price unavailable, estimated value of 20 USD).
**You can only redeem 1 program. (US Amazon offers all 3 programs.)
Price: 79.95 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6.0 x 3.7 inches

Pen Type: Battery-free

Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 4096
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 4 buttons
Multi-touch: No

-Wacom Intuos 2018 with Bluetooth (Size options: Small (CTL4100WL), medium (CTL6100WL))
*Comes with Corel Painter Essentials 6 (value of 50 USD), Corel AfterShot 3 (price unavailable, estimated value of 20 USD), and 2 year Clip Studio Paint Pro (value of 50 USD for a full license). Clip Studio Paint Pro downgrades to Clip Studio Paint Debut at the end of the 2 year license.
**You can only redeem 2 programs with the small version (US Amazon offers all 3 programs), and all 3 with the medium version.
Price: 99.95 USD (Small) Amazon.com (Black) Amazon.com (Pistachio)
    199.95 USD (Medium) Amazon.com (Black) Amazon.com (Pistachio)
Active Area: 6.0 x 3.7 inches (Small)
    8.5 x 5.3 inches (Medium)
Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 4096
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 4 buttons, bluetooth button.
Multi-touch: No
Other features: Bluetooth wireless

-Wacom Intuos Pro-

This tablet replaced the Intuos Pro Pen & Touch which was the previous Intuos Pro. This tablet has some crazy specs of 8192 pen pressure, but it's basically just a beefed up version of the Intuos Pro Pen & Touch. The tablet surface is also replaceable so you can swap it out once it gets rubbed off, but it'll probably eat through your pen nibs like no tomorrow if you do that.
There is also the option to get a specialized inking feature for people who wish they could ink on paper and have that transfer over to digital (costs an extra 50 USD), but you'll have to read about that yourself on the Wacom site if you're interested in that feature.
I suggest not buying this unless you need the pen tilt/rotation (requires separate pen purchase for rotation) which no other graphic tablet currently offers.

-Wacom Intuos Pro (Size options: Medium, large)
(My review: Wacom Intuos Pro 2017 Review)
Price: 349.95 USD (Medium) Amazon.com
  499.95 USD (Large) Amazon.com
Active Area: 8.7 x 5.8 inches (Medium)
  12.1 x 8.4 inches (Large)

Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, eraser on end
Pen Pressure: 8192, both pen tip and eraser
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons, 1 Touch ring
Multi-touch: Yes
Other features: Bluetooth wireless, pen rotation (buy separate 100 USD pen)



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Huion

Their Site: www.huion.com/
Their Store: www.huiontablet.com/
Their Amazon Store: www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID…
Driver Download Page: www.huion.com/download/driver/
*Note: The prices on Amazon are often lower than the prices they have listed on their main site, so I suggest buying from Amazon when ordering one of their tablets. The shipping speeds and return policy are also better on Amazon. I use the Amazon prices instead of the prices listed on their main site here wherever I find that it is lower.

Huion is one of the names you hear the most often when people talk about Wacom alternatives, and they have really come a long way over the last 3 years with the quality of their products. They used to only offer tablets which use recharging pens, but now they have quite a large selection of tablets which use battery-free pens instead. 
Honestly, the success of Huion could be one of the main reasons why Wacom had to finally release a Cintiq with a much more affordable price. 
If you want a good tablet, I can wholeheartedly recommend checking out Huion. (Check lots of reviews though because some of their products aren't as good as the others.)

Update, Huion now offers a fair number of battery-free pens with tilt functionality!

Personal Notes
-Huion is a fairly established company now, so they are quite trustworthy.
-Their older graphic tablets have lower build quality than their newer ones. To list most of them, I suggest avoiding their Huion 420, H420, 580, 680S, 680TF, H610, and H610 Pro as they are built to a lower standard than their more recent tablets.
-Their older monitors are cheaper because they use TN screens which are not ideal for art and colour reproduction. For this reason, I suggest avoiding their Huion GT-190, GT-190S, and GT-185SD. 
-I have heard that the Huion GT-156HD v2 and Huion GT-191 often has problems with PaintTool SAI, but only SAI. There are also cases with Nvidia drivers messing up resolutions. Aside from those, I have not heard of any other "common" problems.

Is Huion worth looking at for graphic tablets?
-Yes. However, their older tablets are not as well built as their newer tablets.

Huion Graphic Tablets

There is no series to classify their tablets by, so I'm just sorting them by their sizes.
The prices of their tablets are mainly decided by the type of pen the tablet uses, the size of the tablet, extra functionalities such as expresskeys, and then any other extra features.
*I excluded the 4 x 2.23 inch pen tablets because I believe that size is much too small for anybody to comfortably draw on.
**I included the Huion H430P because it's just barely big enough to be acceptable for drawing. It mimics the Wacom Intuos' look, but is even smaller.

-5 x 3 inch Graphic Tablets-

-Huion Inspiroy H430P
(My review: Huion Inspiroy H430P Review)
Price: 33.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 4.8 x 3.0 inches
Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 4096
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 4 buttons
Multi-touch: No


-6 x 4 inch Graphic Tablets-

-Huion Inspiroy H640P
(My review: Huion Inspiroy H640P Review)
Price: 49.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6.3 x 3.9 inches
Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 6 buttons
Multi-touch: No

-Huion HS64
Price: 44.98 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6.3 x 4.0 inches
Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 4 buttons
Multi-touch: No


-8 x 5 inch Graphic Tablets-

-Huion Inspiroy H950P
(My review: Huion Inspiroy H950P Review)
Price: 79.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 8 x 5 inches
Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons
Multi-touch: No

-10 x 6.25 inch Graphic Tablets-

-Huion H610PRO (8192)
*Uses newer version of tablet drivers than the 2048 edition.
Price: 59.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: 
Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons, 16 soft keys
Multi-touch: No

-Huion H610PRO V2
Price: 69.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: Battery-free

Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons, 16 soft keys
Multi-touch: No


-Huion NEW 1060 PLUS (8192)
Price: 82.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: 
Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 12 buttons, 16 soft keys
Multi-touch: No

-Huion Inspiroy H1060P
(My review: Huion Inspiroy H1060P Review)
Price: 91.98 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: Battery-free

Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 12 buttons, 16 soft keys
Multi-touch: No

-Huion Inspiroy HS610
Price: 79.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: Battery-free

Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 12 buttons, 1 touch wheel, 16 soft keys
Multi-touch: No


-11 x 7 inch Graphic Tablets-

-Huion INSPIROY Q11K
(My review: Huion Inspiroy Q11K Review)
Price: 99.99 USD Amazon.com 
Active Area: 11 x 6.875 inches
Pen Type: Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons
Multi-touch: No
Other features: Wireless


-Huion INSPIROY Q11K V2
Price: 143.99 USD Amazon.com 
Active Area: 11 x 6.875 inches
Pen Type: Passive
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons
Multi-touch: No
Other features: Wireless


-Huion INSPIROY G10T
Price: 77.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: 
Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 6 buttons, touch pad
Multi-touch: On touch pad
Other features: Wireless

-13.8 x 8.6 inch Graphic Tablets-

-Huion WH1409
Price: 159.00 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 13.8 x 8.6 inches

Pen Type: 
Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 12 buttons
Multi-touch: No

-Huion WH1409 V2
Price: 179.00 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 13.8 x 8.6 inches

Pen Type: 
Passive
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 12 buttons
Multi-touch: No




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XP-Pen

Their Site: www.xp-pen.com/
Their Store: www.storexppen.com/
Their Amazon Store: www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID…
Driver Download Page: www.xp-pen.com/download/index.…

XP-Pen is an artist specific company which only makes artist supplies such as tablets and light pads. They are the only Wacom alternative that I have come across which offers battery-free pens consistently for all their graphic tablets. On the other hand, not all of their drawing monitors use battery-free pens though.

Personal Notes
-XP-Pen is fairly established company alongside Huion, so they are quite trustworthy.
-Their graphic tablets are all quite good and the "age" of each tablet is fairly easy to figure out as they are named in order from oldest to newest (ex. Star 03 is older than Star 04).
-Their drawing monitors are all quite respectable, but I have heard that the monitor colours are not very well calibrated out-of-the-box.
-XP-Pen is currently the only company which offers company-developed Linux drivers (still in beta testing). Wacom's Linux drivers are community-developed, and are not actually official drivers, so XP-Pen is the first to do this.

Is XP-Pen worth looking at for graphic tablets?
-Yes.

XP-Pen Graphic Tablets

-XP-Pen Star 03 V2
*V2 uses the newer XP-Pen drivers.
Price: 49.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6 inches

Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons
Multi-touch: No


-XP-Pen Star 04
Price: 75.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 9 x 6 inches
Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 0 buttons, roller key
Multi-touch: No

-XP-Pen Star 05
Price: 59.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 8 x 5 inches

Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 0 buttons, 6 touch keys
Multi-touch: No
Other features: Wireless

-XP-Pen Star 06
Price: 85.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6 inches
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 6 buttons, 1 spin wheel
Multi-touch: No
Other features: Wireless

-XP-Pen Star G640
(My review: XP-Pen Star G640 Review)
Price: 29.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6 x 4 inches
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: None
Multi-touch: None

-XP-Pen Star G640S
Price: 29.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6 x 3.75 inches
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 6 buttons
Multi-touch: None
Other features: Android Compatible with OTG Adapter

-XP-Pen Deco 01
Price: 59.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons
Multi-touch: None

-XP-Pen Deco 03
(My review: XP-Pen Deco 03 Review)
Price: 99.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 5.62 inches
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 6 buttons, 1 spin wheel
Multi-touch: None
Other features: Wireless


-XP-Pen Deco 02
Price: 69.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 5.63 inches
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 1 side button, eraser on end
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 6 buttons, 1 roller wheel
Multi-touch: None

-XP-Pen Deco Pro
(My review: XP-Pen Deco Pro Small Review)
Price: 89.99 USD (Small) Amazon.com
  129.99 USD (Medium) Amazon.com
Active Area: 9 x 5 inches (Small)
  11 x 6 inches (Medium)
Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, levels unspecified
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons, 1 physical wheel, 1 touch wheel
Multi-touch: None
Other features: Android Compatible with OTG Adapter




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Parblo

Their Site: parblo.com/
Their Amazon Store: The “Buy Now” link is on the product page on their site.
Driver Download Page: parblo.com/support

Parblo is a company which offers both graphic tablets and drawing monitors. I previously excluded them from this journal (only mentioning their name way up at the top) because their site was plain confusing and because there was no information anywhere on their main site or Facebook page about where we were supposed to buy their products from them. That's all fixed up now as far as I can see. I can see all their products on their main site, and each product can now be bought right on the product page.

Personal Notes
-They are a fairly new company and are not particularly trustworthy yet.
-Their quality control is not particularly good as the Parblo Coast13 I ordered was defective, and an acquaintance received one with the same type of defect as me. I believe you run a higher risk of defect with Parblo than with Huion or XP-Pen.
-Their drivers are not very well made yet. The Coast13/Coast16 drivers somehow changed my monitor resolutions and colour profiles when I tried to uninstall them on Windows 10. There is also no option to turn off Windows Ink in the drivers and that caused me quite a bit of grief as I was unable to draw with Windows Ink on. I would not suggest Parblo until they work out the problems with their drivers.

Is Parblo worth looking at for graphic tablets?
-Maybe. But their quality control seems lacking.

Parblo Graphic Tablets

-Parblo Island A609
(My review: Parblo Island A609 Review)
Price: 45.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 8 x 5 inches

Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser on end *bottom pen button is nonprogrammable and is set to Double Left Click
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: Yes, +-60 levels
Shortcut Keys: 4 buttons
Multi-touch: No


-Parblo A610
Price: 52.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6 inches

Pen Type: Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons
Multi-touch: No

-Parblo A610s
(My review: Parblo A610s Review)
Price: 52.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6 inches

Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 8 buttons
Multi-touch: No

-Parblo A640
Price: 29.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6 x 4 inches

Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 4 buttons
Multi-touch: No

-Parblo A610 Plus
Price: 69.99 USD Parblo Store
Active Area: 10 x 6 inches

Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 10 buttons
Multi-touch: No




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GAOMON

Their Site: gaomon.net/
Their Amazon Store: www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID…
Driver Download Page: www.gaomon.net/download/

GAOMON is a fairly new competitor in the tablet market, only recently releasing a few new graphic tablets and a single unique drawing monitor.
I previously only included GAOMON in the Intuos Alternatives list because they didn't have any drawing monitors worth noting, but I am including them in this list now because of their new unique drawing monitor.

Personal Notes
-They are quite active on social media, and I believe the GAOMON PD1560 was quite a successful product. However, I cannot guarantee that their company will be around for a long time.
-Their graphic tablets don't seem particularly special except maybe for the low(ish) price of the GAOMON M106K.
-The GAOMON PD1560 is one of the few cases of a decent tablet from a newer company.

Is GAOMON worth looking at for graphic tablets?
-The M106K seems very competitive.

GAOMON Graphic Tablets

-GAOMON S56K
Price: 27.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6.3 x 4.7 inches

Pen Type: Alkaline (1x AAA battery)
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser on end
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: None
Multi-touch: No


-GAOMON M106K
Price: 49.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: Recharging
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 2048
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 12 buttons, 16 soft keys
Multi-touch: No

-GAOMON M10K 2018
Price: 63.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 10 x 6.25 inches

Pen Type: 
Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 1 side button, no eraser
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 10 buttons, 1 touch ring
Multi-touch: No

-GAOMON S620
Price: 31.99 USD Amazon.com
Active Area: 6.5 x 4.0 inches

Pen Type: Battery-free
Pen Buttons: 2 side buttons, no eraser on end
Pen Pressure: 8192
Pen Tilt Sensitivity: None
Shortcut Keys: 4 buttons
Multi-touch: No




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xEDSOLx's avatar
hello, I used to have a parblo a609 tablet but I damaged the pen by mistake, and I'm considering buying a new tablet, I had the doubt between huion new 1060 plus or xp-pen deco 01, although I also heard good things about Xp-pen Deco03.
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there,

I think both the Huion New 1060 Plus and XP-Pen Deco 01 are good choices and I think you will be satisfied with either one.
I haven't actually been able to try the XP-Pen Deco 01 myself, but I have only heard good things about it. On the other hand, I have been able to try the Huion New 1060 Plus and it is my 2nd favourite tablet, only losing out to the Huion H1060P which is my absolute favourite.

If you want my personal recommendation, I would recommend the Huion H1060P or Huion New 1060 Plus simply because I have tried them and like them very much. However, like I said before, I believe you will be satisfied whether you get the Huion or XP-Pen ones because they are both good and don't really lose out to one another. Honestly, I think it's more a matter of which tablet looks cooler to you in this case.

Hope that helps!
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zzMedVeDzz|Professional Digital Artist
Can you say something about new company 10moons ? they sell their tablets on Aliexpress
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there, thanks for bringing that company to my attention!
Regarding what I think about the one tablet that they offer, all I can really do is point out what I think about it and potential troubles.

From what I can see, the 10moons 1060 Plus looks to be based on the old Huion 1060 Pro tablet design (even the name is similar), although it uses a different pen from the Huion.
I personally think that the price is really appealing, but only if it works decently. The biggest problem I can see with it is that you will have no access to driver updates as the 10moons website doesn't offer any driver downloads and updates. This means that the drivers you get included with the tablet are the final drivers you will get, and if those drivers don't work with your current computer or future Windows updates (because sometimes older software stops working with newer Windows updates because of some stupid change Microsoft makes to their code), then the tablet will most likely become completely useless.

Basically, if the drivers and tablet work for you, then that really low price is actually quite appealing (although I can't speak to the build quality of their product because I've never tried it, but it does have a 1 year warranty like any other tablet).
It certainly comes with more risk than the other more well-known companies, but if someone gets it and it works, then it's actually a really good deal for that price. Personally, I don't think I would recommend taking that risk because it's hard to gauge how good the customer support is (which will affect returns and replacements), but that choice is up to the buyer, not me.

Hope that helps and thanks for telling me about that tablet!
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zzMedVeDzz|Professional Digital Artist
Well It was super cheap, but I decided to not pick it. I took xp-pen deco1. Will arive in a month I think.
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, I hope that works out for you!
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which one do you recommend? xp pen star 03 or huion h640p? or do you have another choice? my budget is around 50-60 usd. 
and thank you for all your reviews, i love it :)
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, aside from those two, I believe the only other tablet in that price range that I would recommend is the XP-Pen Deco 01 for 60 USD. It's like the XP-Pen Star03, but newer and higher quality.

If I were to choose out of those 3 tablets, I would suggest the XP-Pen Deco 01. Here is one review about it by a Youtuber named Borodante which I think is fairly good: youtu.be/NYW8NPGOuho
I believe he also reviewed the Huion H640P if you want to check that out too.

However, if you don't like the XP-Pen Deco 01 for some reason, then I would suggest either the Huion H640P or XP-Pen Star03 based on your screen size. (Huion H640P for smaller screens less than 22-inch, and XP-Pen Star03 for bigger screens larger than 22-inch.)
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Which one should I buy?
Huion H950P (smaller size but better pen?) or Xp-pen deco 01
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, I think the Huion H950P would be the better choice between those two because of the more comfortable pen.
If you are left-handed, the XP-Pen Deco 01 would be better because the cord can be flipped comfortably for left-handed use, unlike the Huion H950P.
About the drawing area size, the Huion H950P has a size of around 9x5 inches, and the XP-Pen Deco 01 has a size of around 10x6 inches. Anywhere between 8x5 to 10x6 inches is enough, so there is no problem with the Huion H950P being slightly smaller than the XP-Pen Deco 01. 
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Hi 7nikage, thanks for your fast reply !
Yes the drawing area size actually doesn't matter much to me between these two models.
I am more concerned about performances and comfort of use, as you mention the Huion's pen looks better!
But I can read below about pressure issue with the H640P, so I guess It concern(ed) the model H950P too :(
Did Huion solve the issue with new drivers? Is anyone having experienced issue with the H950P?
Or i'm maybe wrong at some point, please tell me guys :D
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, about the pen pressure anomaly with the H640P, I am unfortunately unsure if it is present on the H950P since I have not tried it (it's completely possible that it does not have the same pen pressure anomaly despite being a bigger version of the H640P). However, I personally believe it is so minimal that it is a non-issue because only like 1/50 reviewers even mention it, much less notice it.

By testing with my own Huion H640P and the newest drivers, the anomaly is still there, but I cannot stress enough that it is so minimal that almost no one notices it in the first place. And I'll mention again that the issue may not even be present in the H950P because it's a different tablet, just like how the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 had issues the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 did not.
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Two-FacedBatman|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have been interested in the Ugee M708
but i am worried it could break down on me with being chineese made ,.. the money i have for a tablet is  a one time thing so i need to make it right i have at most around £80 .. : /
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there,

Technically, most tablets (counting Wacom) are assembled in China, so it's a bit of a misconception that "made in China" equals lower build quality. All the tablets on this list come with a 1 year warranty anyways, so if anything breaks on you within the first year, it can be replaced for free.
Just so you know, the low-end Wacom Intuos CTL-490 series (Draw/Photo/Art/Comic) are also pretty "risky" in terms of build quality because the pen is a plastic stick which is pretty easy to break, and the cable is known to break as well. Nowadays, how long a tablet lasts really comes down to how well you treat your technology.

Well, that being said, Wacom, Huion, and XP-Pen are probably the most dependable companies at the moment as they are the most innovative and active companies.
Ugee has not come out with a new tablet since the end of 2016, and Parblo's quality control is a bit iffy compared to the rest. GAOMON seems to be alright, but you can get better quality and drivers from Huion.
If you're worried about build-quality, I personally suggest the newer stuff from Huion or XP-Pen. (Wacom is only really good quality from the 350 USD Intuos Pro and above.)

With £80 (roughly 110 USD), you can afford all the "quality" Wacom alternatives. The 50 USD budget stuff like the Ugee M708 are more meant for people who can't afford higher, so they have slightly lower build quality and not as good drivers as other options which cost a bit more. Personally, these are my suggestions if you have the capability to spend more for your first tablet:
-Huion New 1060 Plus for ~83 USD
^ This one is my own personal favourite tablet because I have it and use it with my laptop. It's got the most shortcut buttons you could possibly get, the pen pressure is great, and the build-quality is really really good. The only "con" about it is that it uses a recharging pen, but the pen lasts for 800 hours (33 days) on a single charge, so if you charge it every now and then it's not even an issue.
-XP-Pen Deco 01 for ~60 USD
^ I have not experienced this one myself, but it is a new fairly cheap tablet with a passive pen (no-battery/no-recharge), good drawing area size, and a "scratch-resistant surface" (is what it advertises). Although I say it's "cheap", that doesn't mean the build quality should be any worse than a Wacom Intuos. I would suggest this one if you're not very keen about having a recharging pen like with the Huion New 1060 Plus.
-XP-Pen Star06 for ~90 USD
^ I have not experienced this one myself, but it's the cheapest tablet with wireless capabilities. Personally, I wouldn't suggest this over the XP-Pen Deco 01 unless you really want the wireless mode.

To answer the question on your forum post about software, none of the Wacom alternatives come with a drawing software included. However, you don't need to spend any money on programs because free programs such as Krita and Medibang Paint are more than advanced enough to work with. You can think about "upgrading" to a paid software further down the road when you are more comfortable with digital art. ("Upgrading" in quotations because recent free programs are really competitive with paid programs despite being free.)

As a side note, Clip Studio Paint Pro (50 USD) is on sale for 25 USD for the next 4 days because of a promotion. It's mainly for lineart style art and less painting style art, but it's a pretty solid program nonetheless. If you're interested, you could get it while it's on sale, but I still suggest that you use free programs at first to figure out digital art.

And another thing to note is that going with the low-end Wacom Intuos involves paying extra for the bundled program, so if you aren't specifically buying it for the bundled program, it's not worth the price at all (unless it's on a really big sale). Replacing it in the future also includes paying for the replacement tablet AND the bundled software, which you already have from your first one, so it's a really annoying unnecessary cost which is forced upon you by Wacom if you decide to go with that.

Hopefully this helps.
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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making such an immensely populated list 7Nikage.

I think DeviantArt should send you some award for taking so much time and detail to put together this MASSIVE collection of data on drawing tablets.  Even with the other recommendations you've made, I think I still might have to go with the option of the XP-Pen Deco 01 model you mentioned earlier.  I really can't give you enough praise here and extra nod to you helping me save myself a few extra hundreds and pick up a great Tablet!  I can't wait for this little bugger!!!!! 

PS - You're a gotdamn hero to digital artists everywhere.  I won't accept anything less for you 7NIkae, thank you again. *tips hat*

Later,
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem at all. :) (Smile) It's just information I gathered when I was looking for my own first Wacom alternative, and I'm happy enough if it helps people see that Wacom isn't their only option!

I hope that all goes well with your purchase~
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Hi, I am new into using graphic tablets but I don't know which one to purchase. I am debating between Wacom intuos Art or Huion H640P. Which is better to buy? I do intend for it to be long lasting. 
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7nikageEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there,

This is just my opinion, but I would only suggest the Huion H640P if your budget is restricted and you can't afford higher than around 50 USD. Based on the fact that you are also considering the Wacom Intuos Art, I assume your budget is not that restricted so I would like to make some suggestions based around a 100 USD budget instead.

I only suggest getting the Wacom Intuos Art (100 USD) if you are aiming specifically for the Corel Painter Essentials 5 program which comes bundled with it. If you are not specifically aiming to use that program, then the price of the Wacom Intuos Art is not worth it compared to other options available for around the same or lower price.

If you are not aiming for the Corel Painter Essentials 5 program, then you could instead get tablets such as a Huion New 1060 Plus (90 CAD Amazon.ca Link), XP-Pen Deco 01 (90 CAD Amazon.ca Link), or XP-Pen Star 06 (110 CAD Amazon.ca Link). The main advantage these tablets have is that they have bigger active areas (the drawing area) than the Wacom Intuos Art for a lower price. This means that they are easier to handle and use by allowing you to do more precise work without having to zoom in as close to the canvas as you would with a smaller tablet.
You may notice that the Huion New 1060 Plus uses a recharging pen (the other ones use passive pens which require no battery or charging), but that is not a problem as it is rated to last 800 hours (33 days) on a single charge, which means it lasts for 200 days if you draw 4 hours a day!

Personally, I suggest the Huion New 1060 Plus or XP-Pen Deco 01. I believe the XP-Pen Deco 01 is better value if you do not need the 12 expresskeys and 16 softkeys (the number buttons on the tablet itself) that the Huion New 1060 Plus has, simply due to the fact that it is the same price but uses a passive pen instead of a recharging pen.
If you want to use a wireless tablet, then you may want to consider the XP-Pen Star 06 as well.
However, if you really want to go with the Huion H640P, then that is an option too. It is quite good and the build-quality is just as good as the Wacom Intuos Art. 

In terms of build quality and how long it will last, all of the tablets I listed are just as good as the Wacom Intuos Art in terms of durability. The current low-end Wacom Intuos (CTL-490) series are not as durably built as previous generations of Wacom tablets, so most of the alternatives are just as good right now. Everything else that Wacom has is well built (Intuos Pro and Cintiqs), but the lowest Wacom Intuos stuff are nothing worth mentioning when it comes to durability.
Also, the Wacom Intuos Art as well as all the tablets I listed come with a 1 year warranty, so all of them have a guaranteed 1 year replacement plan for defective parts during the first year.

I hope this was helpful.

Edit: Oh also, for art programs, you should give the free programs Medibang Paint Pro and Krita a go (Medibang for lineart type art, and Krita for painting type art). There are quite a few others, but those are the main ones I suggest testing out. I think you should decide on buying programs once you've figured out how digital art works on the free programs first.
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I'm just a beginner and I'm between the Parblo Island a609 and the Huion 1060 plus, which one do you recommend?, I'm open to new suggestions. Also I read that tablet and screen size are related, so which one is better for a MacBook Pro 13'? 
EDIT: I've read your review of the Huion Inspiroy H640P and I'm also considering it but I'm not completely sure because of the size, wouldn't it be too small?
Thank you for all your reviews!
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, if you have the budget, then I suggest the Huion New 1060 Plus over the Parblo Island A609.
From my own experience with those tablets, I felt that the drivers for the Huion New 1060 Plus did a better job at stabilizing/smoothing lines than the drivers for the Parblo Island A609. 
For your 13-inch screen, since that is a fairly small screen size, most sizes of tablets will match it so you don't really have to worry about tablet size vs screen size in your case. The tablet size vs screen size only really starts to matter for 22-inch or larger monitors as smaller tablets may feel hard to control on those larger monitors.

About the Huion H640P, it is small, but certainly not too small. This is supported by the fact that a lot of people are satisfied with the Wacom Intuos Draw which is the same size as the Huion H640P.
I do suggest 8x5 to 10x6 inch active areas for the most comfortable drawing experience (Huion H640P is around 6x4 inches), but 6x4 inches is certainly enough for drawing as proven by how many people are completely fine with the Wacom Intuos Draw.

No problem, thanks for reading them!
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So, I've bought it, I will post my impressions when I try it 
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7nikage|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright! I look forward to hearing your impressions once you've tried it.
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HaruEQEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, thanks for the write up! I'm used to drawing on paper only, and have used a GFX tablet before (intuos) but hated drawing down while looking at screen, I loved the paper texture though.

Which of these drawing monitors have a "cintiq" paper like texture? If not is there any reccomended type of matte screen protector to apply to them? And is yiynova the only multi touch? 

I heard iPad draws better than a cinitiq, is this true? Now that it has Clip Studio on it it's very tempting to purchase.

I have around 550$ to spend and I want to get into Animation / Illustration (I'm very familiar with AE/Photoshop/Clip Studio) but having a hard time choosing whether I should get a tablet like iPad/Surface or go with a drawing monitor.

From my quick observations I've learned these:
ipad vs surface pro
www.itmedia.co.jp/pcuser/artic…

Basically, because of the lack of apps on ipad he couldn't get his way around it, but he said if full applications came to it (which they now did) he would love to use it. He also writes he wishes it had a paper screen texture. I found this here
getpaperlike.com/ for ipad, no idea if it's just normal matte screen protector or not. The comments all say "ipad is the best!" lol
He says the ipad reminds him of sketching on paper, a lot of useless lines, while surface pro he can work just like on his cintiq (cause of Clip Studio) and it felt more like what he's used to using i.e. wacom style pen strokes

ipad = no parallex, and 120hz (20ms response time, faster than wacom cintiq I think)and no line jitter when drawing slow / Would have to use airdrop/itunes to transfer files.... cant use photoshp lol
surface = some paralex, and line jitter

The newest ipad updated it's cores/shrunk them or sumtin, and added more, so it's double the power of 1st gen ipad pros (same with new surface book / soon to be surface pro anyway) so drawing lag on either shouldnt be much


I haven't looked up much about the cintiq alternatives yet though, but with the ipad being so good I wonder why not use it over cintiq alternatives? I've seen a few pics of japanese illustrators working, most of them have cintiqs, some intous, and then there was one girl with the ipad pro lol


but anyway, back to cintiq alternatives, I haven't looked up much about them yet, but the new Gaomao, and hk1560, and yiynova 22DT look like the best choices, but I really need that paper texture I think, I tried using surface pro in stores and I hated the slick surface, maybe I could get used it it? I don't know lol. I heard ppl say "Cintiq 13HD sucks, get SURFACE PRO!" like, ALOT. alot of them say they would rather get a surface than a 13HD (something about it being old?) I was considering getting that, but it's still like 900$ used lol


But yeah, I want to make like eroge style illustrations, and try some animation from some books I bought from Japan, I also may get into 3D programs later, so maybe a cintiq alternative is best, I heard using a stylus is good for 3D programs (I guess sculpting)
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Hey there!

Currently, no Wacom alternatives have a cintiq-like texture. Some of them have etched glass screens to give a slight texture when drawing, but none of them have tried to replicate the rougher texture of the Wacom Cintiq 13HD/22HD.
A fairly good matte screen protector you can get is Photodon (www.photodon.com/c/quick-find.…). I suggest the MXH 25% texture, but you can also have them ship you sample textures to see which one you really want. If you live in the US, the shipping fees shouldn't be ridiculous so I suggest them since they also do custom cuts if your device isn't listed.
One thing you should note about matte screen protectors is that the more texture it has, the more it'll reduce screen clarity. Basically, just don't get the roughest texture possible otherwise you might have problems with seeing details properly.
And about the multi-touch, yes, Yiyinova is currently the only non-Wacom brand that has a multi-touch drawing monitor. If you think multi-touch will be important to you, I suggest going with a full computer tablet device like the Surface Pro or iPad.

Hm, no. I do not think an iPad draws better than a Cintiq. They are probably capable of drawing the exact same quality, but the iPad is most likely more portable due to the fact that it doesn't need to be plugged into anything to work. 

If you are buying a tablet device such as iPad/Surface Pro, you will want to make sure that you are buying a device with high enough specs to properly run everything (something like an i5/i7 with at least 8GB RAM minimum). I am unsure if you can get those "high enough" specs with just 550 USD (I think the Surface Pro is around 1500 USD for those specs). Plus, I believe you need to buy the Apple Pen and Surface Pen separately because they don't come included with the device, so those will be an extra fee on top of buying the device and screen protectors.If you can save up more money, then I personally would suggest getting a 2-in-1 tablet device with very high specifications (i7 with 16GB RAM).

The reason why people say "Cintiq 13HD sucks, get a Surface Pro!" is because the older Cintiqs no longer offer anything the Surface Pro doesn't. For around the price of a Cintiq 13HD (1000 USD), you can almost get a Surface Pro of decent specs which is basically a whole computer + drawing capabilities almost on par with the Cintiq 13HD. Basically, you're getting a portable computer + Cintiq for almost the exact same price as a Cintiq, which is why people say you should get the Surface Pro instead of the Cintiq 13HD.
However, the new Cintiq Pro 13 and 16 are a bit more worthwhile simply because they have pen rotation in addition to pen tilt, which the Surface Pro doesn't have. If you don't need pen rotation, then that's a waste too though.

I once tried a Surface Pro 3 and it had basically no parallax at all, so you can assume that the iPad and Surface Pro both have no parallax. However, the line jitter is most likely still a small problem with the Surface Pro as you noted.

If you know you can save up more for an iPad or Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet device, then I certainly suggest to save up and go for those instead of buying the Wacom alternatives. Currently, I would suggest against the iPad just because it still doesn't have many full applications like Photoshop, and you will probably want to have access to those full applications. Like the reviewer said, if full applications come to the iPad then it would be great, but just Clip Studio Paint coming to the iPad probably isn't enough to cover all the animation/3D/illustration that you want to learn and do.
If you want, you can always try ordering one of the Wacom alternatives from Amazon.com, then use the 30 day return policy to return it if you end up not liking it. The smooth glass screen is something you can certainly get used to, but I personally do not like it that much either since I've become used to my textured screen protector.

So basically, get a tablet computer device if you can save up for a decent spec one.
But if your budget is really restricted, then try a Wacom alternative, it just won't be as portable and it'll have much more parallax than a Surface Pro or iPad.
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