If you’re a designer or illustrator or if you simply like drawing, the utility of a full blown drawing tablet cannot be diminished. However, it is important to make the distinction between regular drawing tablets and the ones that come with a dedicated display and touchscreen. Well, as you may already be aware, it’s not particularly easy to find one of these online.
This is why we’ve decided to compile a list of some of the best drawing tablets out there that come with screens. Most of these tablets are complemented by the addition of a stylus, while some offer a different alternative. Factors like touch sensitivity as well as the size of the display also play a big role in the decision making.
Not sure what the best drawing tablets are? Here are a few of our favorites that you can use as a hobbyist or professional.
HUION KAMVAS Pro 13
Although the pictures may suggest this is a small drawing tablet, it’s relatively bigger compared to the rest. It packs a massive 13-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, so you can expect colors and contrast to appear vividly.
This drawing tablet utilizes the company’s PW507 stylus which can run without a battery. It comes with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, giving you more control on each stroke of the brush. It can also be tilted at multiple angles, which gives you the freedom to add more detail to your artwork.
The tablet comes with a touch bar and four customizable keys that give you quick access to functions of the tablet. Now given the size of this monitor, it can only be used as an addition to your computer. While it’s relatively small and easy to carry around, it’s not particularly usable without the computer.
The good news here is that the monitor comes with a USB C port, making it compatible with a wide range of existing adapters for your computer.
For a monitor of this size, it’s quite baffling that the company has managed to keep the weight down to 910 grams. It’s important to note that the glass covering the display is anti-glare, so should have no issues with other light sources in the room.
This drawing tablet works with devices running Windows 7 or later and macOS 10.12 or higher, which in turn makes it compatible with a wide range of PC and Mac softwares for image editing.
This is a slightly smaller drawing tablet, but still decent at around 10-inches (1280 x 800). However, the company claims that the display offers resolution of 5080 LPI with 178-degree visual angle, which can be handy while detailing your artwork. It comes with an HDMI port, making it easier to set it up with your computer and make edits in real time. This also makes it compatible with software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop CC, and so on.
Even though the company claims this is a battery-free stylus, you will still have to power it on over a USB interface. Fortunately, the company offers all the cables you need to boot up the equipment. You also get a pen tip box and 8 additional replacement tips.
The company also offers a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter which can be handy for Mac users. What’s impressive about this product is the fact that the company also offers a two finger glove to help you grip your finger on the display without harming the artwork. This can be very helpful while drawing on a touchscreen surface.
Even though this 10.1-inch tablet is not completely wireless, all you need is a laptop to power it on. This makes it extremely portable as well. As is the norm with drawing tablet, the Mast10 comes with a bunch of “express keys” with six of them sitting right next to the display. To round off, the Mast10 also comes with a carrying case, helping you carry it on your person with minimal effort.
Wacom Cintiq 16
Not a lot of people would be aware of Wacom, but it’s one of the popular manufacturer of touchscreen digitizers and also drawing tablets as it turns out. The Cintiq 16 is a massive drawing tablet, which may hurt its portability somewhat.
However, this 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 with up to 16.7 million colors is sure to impress plenty of users out there. The touchscreen surface is protected by scratch resistant and anti-glare glass. The company claims that the parallax as well as the precision offered by the Cintiq 16 remain its strong points.
This tablet uses the company’s Pro Pen 2 stylus, offering 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, which can be a crucial factor on a big display like this. One of the key points, however, is the fact that this stylus charges itself while you create, so there’s no requirement to plug this into another port on your laptop.
Wacom is also kind enough to offer a 3-in-1 HDMI cable along with the product, allowing you to connect your monitor to the Cintiq 16. On the design front, the Cintiq 16 comes with foldable legs, which can be convenient if you have a bigger table to lay it on.
This is probably one of the better designed drawing tablets out there, and I personally like the fact that there’s a silo for the stylus on the tablet, essentially making it a part of the device. The VK1560 uses a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display, offering rich colors and contrast. The stylus used here is pretty capable as well, offering two buttons that offer right click and eraser functionality while drawing.
The best part is that this stylus doesn’t require charging and just keeps running. VEIKK also offers a dial among the 7 functional keys, which basically works like a computer mouse wheel. These buttons are flexible, so they can be assigned to a specific art related feature.
Thanks to the onboard tilt stand, this drawing tablet can tilt between 15 and 85 degrees, giving you viewing angles that very few devices offer. It supports both right and left handed artists, so there should be no concern if you belong to the minority.
It works with both Windows and Mac systems, and supports multiple softwares like Photoshop, Clip Studio etc. The tablet will receive driver updates permanently for free. You will also get 1-year of warranty with this product, so customers can buy with confidence.
XP-PEN Artist16 Pro
This is one of those bigger drawing tablet’s like the one we talked about above. It comes with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display, and thanks to built-in support the Artist16 Pro will work with 4K displays as well. Much like other drawing tablets in this size, the Artist16 Pro offers 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, allowing you to make even the tiniest detail on your artwork stand out.
This also offers a dedicated pen holder, making sure the nib is kept secure from accidental scratching or scuffing. The company mentions that the display is also covered with a protective covering, keeping it safe from scratches as well as glare.
While the stylus is pretty handy, it requires a USB connection to work. Moreover, it is also important to remember that this needs an HDMI connection to establish a connection with a computer. Given the size, this may not be ideally suited to carry around. The display is accompanied by eight customizable keys which allow you to quickly access features of the software.
Thanks to the sensitive display, you can choose to paint, sketch or even make doodles depending on what software you’re using. There’s also a stand on this display, allowing you to rest it on a flat surface or elevate it slightly. The company claims that it’s also compatible with a 75 x 75 mm VESA mount. This drawing tablet is compatible with Windows and macOS machines.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
The only tablet on our device coming from a major manufacturer, the Galaxy Tab S5e is quite an impressive device, especially considering the competition it faces in the industry. Although Samsung is launching a successor soon already, the Galaxy Tab S5e remains one of the best Android tablets to draw on.
This is thanks to the included S Pen stylus and all the software customizations it brings. In terms of display, you’re getting a crisp 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display. This factor alone makes it an instant buy for many, given the quality of Samsung’s Super AMOLED display panels.
Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Tab S5e is one of the few AMOLED tablets to be sold in the market today. There’s plenty of storage inside, and with the crisp and clear display, you’ll have no problem seeing all of the little intricacies and details of your drawings.
Thanks to the massive battery onboard, this tablet can be used almost all-day and still have some juice left. Samsung also offers a fast charger with the tablet to power up the Galaxy Tab S5e quicker.
This is pretty similar to the Galaxy Tab S3 in that this is also an Android tablet, and not specifically a tablet meant for drawing. However, the company also offers a stylus, so editing photos or creating new artwork is one of the PicassoTab’s key highlight. The tablet comes with a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, accompanied by a pen or stylus that can help you draw on the touchscreen.
The tablet is running a quad-core CPU underneath, so you can expect performance to be pretty fast. The company also provides the Autodesk Sketchbook app by default with this device, helping you get started on your own piece of art.
Simbans is also kind enough to offer a tablet case along with this offering, which negates the need for users to hunt for new ones. There’s a screen protector applied by default to help keep the tablet safe from scratches and scuffing. It can also be used as an excellent media hub thanks to the micro HDMI port.
This allows you to connect the tablet and use it in real time on a bigger screen or a television. The PicassoTab also comes with a USB C port and a microSD card slot for storage expansion (32GB default).
Features like GPS allow you to narrow in on your geolocation, although it may require an internet connection. This tablet has no cellular connectivity, so Wi-Fi is the only way to get online. With access to the Google Play Store, the PicassoTab is compatible with a wide range of apps and games. It runs Android 8.1 by default, making it one of the best tablets going around today, especially if you’re in the market for a decent drawing tablet.
Huion Kamvas Pro 16
The second Huion drawing tablet on this list, the Kamvas Pro 16 comes with a huge 15.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It comes equipped with an anti glare protective covering, which is also helpful in keeping the display free from scratches. The screen offers 8192 levels of pen pressure, allowing you to tilt and make minor adjustments to your drawing as you see fit.
The pen runs without a battery which means it can run as long as you keep the display on. There are two functional buttons on the pen, acting as an eraser as well as the right click button respectively. The company offers a pen holder as well as multiple replacement tips with the Kamvas Pro 16.
Much like the other Huion drawing tablet we talked about above, this one too comes with a touch bar as well as 6 express keys that can be customized by the user. There are some important things to remember if you’ve previously installed drivers for another drawing tablet on your computer. Make sure you head over to Huion’s site for more information on the drivers you need.
This is not a portable display by any measure, but despite this, the company has managed to keep the thickness down to just 11.5mm. The Kamvas Pro 16 works with almost every popular photo editing software you can think of including Photoshop, SAI, Illustrator, Clip Studio, Gimp and several others.
The PD1560 offers a 15.6-inch display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. There are a total of 5 menu keys and 10 shortcut keys on this drawing tablet, offering you extensive control over your photo editing. It comes with a rechargeable pen, which supports 8192 levels of sensitivity.
The pen can take up to 2 to 2.5 hours to charge fully. The company offers a pen holder with a few replacement nibs for the pen. As we’ve seen with most drawing tablets this size, it’s customary to offer a stand on the back that allows you to twist and turn the display in any angle you desire.
The PD1560 supports macOS 10.11 and higher, while Windows users need to ensure they’re running Windows 7 or higher to use this with your computer. In terms of connectivity ports, the PD1560 comes with a 3-in-1 HDMI cable as well as a USB cable to help connect the drawing tablet to your PC or Mac. For laptops or computers without an HDMI port, the company recommends getting an adapter.
This software is compatible with software like SketchBook Pro, MediBang Paint Pro and a bunch of others, so there’s no dearth of tools to edit your photos or artwork. Customers of this drawing tablet are entitled to one year of manufacturer warranty.
VEIKK Drawing Monitor
This is yet another handy drawing tablet by VEIKK sporting a 15.6-inch display panel and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The tablet comes with 7 express keys and 1 quick dial/wheel to help you make minor adjustments to your artwork. The right hand side of the display comes with a dedicated stylus tray.
Speaking of the stylus or pen, it works completely without a battery, allowing you to continue sketching without requiring to recharge frequently. It offers 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, so it’s quite on par with other offerings we’ve talked about. The sturdily designed stand ensures that the drawing tablet remains in place, even if kept on a shaky surface. However, it makes sense to place this on a large flat surface to avoid any mishaps with your art.
The stand also allows you to tilt the tablet towards or away from you, which is handy when you’re required to work on the entire display real estate. You also get a two finger glove to draw or doodle peacefully, while the company offers an HDMI cable, a USB cable, and a display port to HDMI cable which may come in handy for Mac users.
This is a slightly smaller drawing tablet, which makes it appealing to those seeking a portable drawing tablet. It comes with a 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display, which should showcase crisp imagery and artwork. It is supported by a battery free pen, which can run for long intervals without interrupting your experience.
There are 8192 levels of pressure points here, which is identical to most drawing tablets, but since this uses a smaller display, it’s bound to make more of a positive difference for the users. The pen also has a unique hexagonal design which makes it less prone to slipping or falling off your hand whilst drawing. You also get a decent pen holder with this product which allows you to keep your pen safe when not in use.
As you probably guessed, this product needs a computer running Windows 7 and higher or macOS 12.2 and higher. The Artist12 is compatible with a wide range of editing softwares including the likes of Photoshop, Illustrator, SAI, CDR, Painter, SketchBook Pro, MediBang, Clip Studio and so on.
Despite the smaller size of the tablet, the company has been mindful enough to offer six exciting functional keys right next to the display. This allows users to quickly bring up tools that supplement your artwork. The manufacturer will offer openCanvas 7 for free when you purchase the Artist12 drawing tablet and reach out to the manufacturer with your order ID.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular manufacturers of drawing tablets, this is the third Huion offering on our list and with good reason. The GT-191 comes with a mammoth 19.5-inch IPS display, something that we’ve not seen on any tablets mentioned in this list. Although the resolution is only 1920 x 1080 pixels, the touchscreen experience can be really worthwhile on a big display especially with the company’s stylus.
The best news here is that since the display is bigger than usual, the company offers two pens, both with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity. The pens are designed in a way that will keep it firm on your hand even during prolonged usage.
There’s a pen stand offered with this product, which comes with its own nib extractor along with eight spare nibs to choose from. You will require a computer with necessary ports like HDMI (or an adapter) to use this gorgeous drawing tablet. One caveat that we found here is that the pens supplied with the tablet are not battery free and need to be recharged in order to be functional.
While this may seem like an inconvenience, we think it doesn’t make much of a difference since this isn’t a portable device. Perhaps this is why the company offers two pens with the product. As one of the biggest drawing tablets on this list, we highly recommend the Huion GT-191.
As you can see, there are a lot of great drawing tablets that you can use, whether for hobbyist drawing and sketching, or for professional-level work designs. If you’re looking for something a little more versatile, you might enjoy the Galaxy Tab S5e a little more, especially with its crisp, clear display and Android operating system.