Best Drawing Tablets in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 7, 2020
Are you fond of drawing but find that doing it on your PC is less than convenient? Or maybe you're a professional designer and need a reliable device to create high-quality images? Check this drawing tablets review and choose the one to meet all your requirements. ...Read more ...Read less
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TYPE/ INPUT
PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS
TECH SPECS OF SCREEN
ACTIVE AREA
NIBS
POWER SOURCE
INTERFACES
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
USABILITY
WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The 16 shortcut keys will ensure you have the most used instruments right at a hand for quicker access. The 2 touch bars make navigation and scrolling easier. The ergonomic stand allows placing the tablet in the most comfortable position.  

CONS

It is rather heavy.

OUR VERDICT

The HUION Kamvas Pro is made specifically for professional illustrators. It is fitted with a quality IPS screen with a size of 19.5 inches, which allows working on large projects. The 120% sRGB coverage level ensures quality colour reproduction. 

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

Display / Pen

PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS

8192

TECH SPECS OF SCREEN

19.5", 

1920x1080,

1000:1, 

16:9, 

5080 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

43.5 x 23.9 cm

NIBS

10

POWER SOURCE

AC (power adapter included)

INTERFACES

USB, DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later

Mac OS X® 10.12 or later

USABILITY

16 customisable shortcut keys with 2 touch bars, Anti-reflective coating

WEIGHT

~3.6 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The set includes a convenient 3-in-1 cable for easy connectivity. Plus, there is a USB-extender cable in case your computer is located far from your workplace.

CONS

Colour contrast ratio is not so good.

OUR VERDICT

This compact model has an 11.6" Full HD screen with a 1920 х 1080 resolution which provides you with a density of 190 pixels per inch. It is ideal for creating detailed drawings.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

Display / Pen

PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS

8192

TECH SPECS OF SCREEN

11.6", 

1920x1080, 

700:1, 

16:9, 

5080 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

25.6 x 14.4 cm

NIBS

8

POWER SOURCE

USB (USB-cable included)

INTERFACES

USB, HDMI

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later

Mac OS X® 10.10 or later

USABILITY

6 customisable shortcut keys with slim touch bar, Anti-reflective coating

WEIGHT

~1.4 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The device is fitted with Bluetooth 4.2 which ensures stable wireless connectivity. As for the body, it is fitted with non-skid feet that make the unit extra sustainable for the most precise work. 

CONS

The surface scratches easily.

OUR VERDICT

This model from Wacom is the best option for active people or those who have to work on the go. Thanks to the light weight of 0.42 kg and a built-in battery, this device is very portable. 

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

No display / Pen

PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS

4096

TECH SPECS OF SCREEN

10", 

2540 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

21.6 x 13.5 cm

NIBS

3

POWER SOURCE

USB (cable Included)

Built-in reachargeable battery

INTERFACES

USB, Bluetooth

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later

Mac OS X® 10.11 or later

USABILITY

4 ExpressKeys™, Non-skid feet

WEIGHT

0.42 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The stylus in this set has as many as 8192 pressure levels that allow you to control the thickness of the lines just like with an average pen. Moreover, the device can work at angles of up to 60°, which is very convenient when it comes to drawing shadows.

CONS

It may take you some time to get used to the shape of the pen. 

OUR VERDICT

This model is compatible with different devices. Thus, you can connect it to your PC with Windows and Mac OS, plus to smartphones and tablets with Android 6.0 that support the OTG function. 

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

No display / Pen

PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS

8192

TECH SPECS OF SCREEN

~11.6", 

5080 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

25.4 x 15.9 cm

NIBS

8

POWER SOURCE

USB (USB-cable included)

INTERFACES

USB

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later

Mac OS X® 10.10 or later

Android OS 6.0 and above

USABILITY

8 customisable shortcut keys, Non-skid feet

WEIGHT

0.59 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The tablet connects to your PC or laptop very easily via a USB cable. If it requires any drivers, the installation process will be very easy as well.

CONS

The pen has only 2048 pressure levels.

OUR VERDICT

This model from Wacom is both affordable and functional. It will suit all the beginners who want to study graphic design. The active area of 21.6 x 13.5 cm will be enough for comfortable picture editing.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

No display / Pen

PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS

2048 

TECH SPECS OF SCREEN

10", 

2540 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

21.6 x 13.5 cm

NIBS

3

POWER SOURCE

USB (USB-cable included)

INTERFACES

USB

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later

Mac OS X® 10.10 or later

USABILITY

Non-skid feet

WEIGHT

~0.4 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

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Huion Kamvas Pro 20

Best For Professional Use

Those professional illustrators who are looking for a way to make their job easier may get a lot of use from the Huion Kamvas Pro 20. Designed specifically for professionals, this drawing tablet holds the rightful title of the best drawing tablet in its price range.

To begin with, this device has as much as 16 shortcut keys, which is more than the majority of similar devices have and more than the previous version of this tablet. With these shortcut keys, you can have all the frequently used working instruments right at your fingertips, so you're spared from the necessity of manually accessing these instruments. This makes your work more efficient. The buttons are divided between the right and the left side of the device.

Next, this tablet boasts a high-quality screen. It comes with a native Full HD resolution (1920x1080) and offers amazing colour reproduction. Thanks to the special full-laminated screen technology, your strokes will be captured and reproduced realistically and naturally. Plus, the screen is fitted with an anti-glare glass, which eliminates glares. On top of that, the screen has a decent size of 19.5 inches, which makes your work on large projects way more convenient. Note that due to the large size, this model is not the best option in terms of portability as it is rather large and heavy (3.6 kilos).

Review of Huion Kamvas Pro 20 Graphic Drawing Monitor

Advanced Drawing Pen

Moving on to the pen, it is very convenient to work with as well. It has a thickness of 5080 LPI and allows you to make various kinds of lines for the best results. It has a huge number of pressure levels and can be held at a 60-degree angle. The set includes 10 nibs and a stand for a pen for comfy storage while it is not in use. It is also worth mentioning that the stylus doesn’t require batteries.

As for compatibility, this tablet can be connected to the devices with Windows 7 and higher or with Mac iOS X v. 10.2 or higher. It is suitable for work in all of the most popular programs for graphics design, including Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and more.

The other convenient thing included in the set is a glove that lowers the risk of accidentally pressing something on the screen and helps to keep it generally cleaner. Plus, you get a stand for the tablet that allows tilting it in the desired way and placing it at the right angle according to your preference.

In a word, the Huion Kamvas Pro 20 Graphic Drawing Monitor is one of the most advanced models for graphic designers and illustrators. Fitted with a quality screen and offering multiple ways of customisation, it will make drawing a real pleasure.

Huion Kamvas Pro 20 Graphic Drawing Monitor in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £384.79
Stock In stock
ASIN B07S25GXRL

 

XP-PEN Artist12

Affordable Drawing Gadget

The XP-Pen Graphics Drawing Tablet is probably one of the most affordable devices with an active display and a stylus pen you can find. This model will suit beginners in graphic design who desire to simplify their jobs without paying too much.

First things first, the device is fitted with a pretty good screen. Even though it is slightly smaller compared to some of its counterparts, its specs are still pretty impressive. The XP-PEN has an 11.6" Full HD screen with a 1920 х 1080 resolution which provides you with a density of 190 pixels per inch.

The XP-PEN gadget has everything you need for comfortable drawing, sketching and creating animation. The cream of the crop of features though is that it is very customisable. The unit features 6 shortcut keys on the side of the unit that allow you to select different functions (zooming, scrolling and more) for each key. With it, your work will be more convenient and quick.

Moving on, this design tablet comes with a good quality stylus. It is designed in a traditional shape and has a realistic pencil-like shape to provide you with a comfortable grip. The pressure-sensitive pen has a decent number of levels (8192, to be exact). Thanks to that, you will have maximum control over your drawing. The set also includes a pen holder which ensures safe storing of your stylus and 8 additional nibs.

Like many of its rivals, this unit is compatible with Windows 7 as well as with Mac OS X 10.10 or later versions of these operating systems. It is also compatible with all of the Adobe and Office software.

Review of XP-PEN Artist12 11.6" Graphics Drawing Tablet Monitor Pen Display

Easy Connectivity

As for the power, you don’t have to connect this graphics tablet with screen to the mains. It comes with the convenient 3-in-1 cable for easy connectivity. Plus, there is a USB-extender cable in case your computer is located far from your workplace.

Also, the pack includes a black drawing glove. This convenient addition protects you from accidental pressing of the screen. Plus, you can use this two-finger glove when drawing on paper so you won’t smudge the pencil.

Even though the general specs are pretty decent, there is one thing users seem to be a bit disappointed about. The colour contrast ratio is 700:1, which could be a little better. Yet, since it is one of the more budget-friendly models, this isn't quite so bad all things considered.

In conclusion, if you need an affordable graphics tablet with screen for digital drawings, the XP-Pen Graphics Drawing Tablet will be a suitable option. It is pretty customisable and functional enough to satisfy the working needs of professionals and inexperienced users alike.

XP-PEN Artist12 11.6" Graphics Drawing Tablet Monitor Pen Display in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £199.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07GPX9T58

 

Wacom Intuos Medium Pen

Light and Portable

If you need a pen drawing tablet that is easy to carry, look no further. The Wacom Intuos is a lightweight model that will be your reliable assistant wherever you go.

Let’s start with the key feature of this unit, which is, of course, portability. The manufacturer equipped it with Bluetooth 4.2, which ensures stable wireless connectivity with low latency so you won’t even notice the delay of the pen on your computer screen. The device also comes with a built-in rechargeable battery. It can provide you with about 15 hours of working time. However, if you don’t have to use it separately, you can connect this design tablet to your laptop or PC. The USB cable comes included in a set.

As for design, this drawing tool is pretty compact. The dimensions are 3.6 x 22.7 x 29.2 cm and the size of the active surface is 21.6 x 13.5 cm. The weight is pretty small as well (only 0.42 kg), so you can easily carry it around without feeling any fatigue. Also, thanks to the screen-free design you can have no worries about scratching or damaging the screen (but be careful anyway).

We also really like that the device comes complete with 4 express keys that allow you to customize the unit the way you need. Thus, all the necessary settings will be right at your fingerprints which will significantly increase your drawing performance.

Review of Wacom Intuos Medium Pen Drawing Tablet with Bluetooth

Sustainable Unit

The stylus pen requires no batteries. It comes with 3 replacement nibs that are located inside the pen. There is also a nib removal tool at the end of the pen. So generally, the pen is pretty alright, but some users point out that the number of pressure levels seems a bit limited (4096). But we hope this minor con will not be a big turn-off for you.

This graphics tablet, like pretty much all the drawing devices, is compatible both with Windows-powered computers and Apple devices. You can use it with Windows 7 and its newer versions or with Mac OS 10.1 and later.

Lastly, we also want to mention that the tablet is fitted with non-skid feet that make the unit extra sustainable for the most precise work. Thus, you don’t have to worry about accidentally moving the tool and messing up your work.

All in all, if you have to work in different places and need a functional tool for drawing to carry with you, the Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet is a perfect model for that. Thanks to the wireless connectivity option and a rechargeable battery, it will make your drawing extra convenient.

Wacom Intuos Medium Pen Drawing Tablet with Bluetooth in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £169.14
Stock In stock
ASIN B079QMW12S

 

XP-PEN Deco01 V2

Compatible With Different Operating Systems

Those who draw not on one but on different devices and seek a functional tablet that would be compatible with all of them may want to turn their attention to the XP-PEN Deco01 V2 Graphics drawing tablet. One of the biggest perks of this model is that you can use it with Windows, iOS and even Android (it is compatible with version 6.0 and above). Thanks to that, you will be able to use the functionality of different operating systems to make your projects look top-notch. The USB connection cable is included in the set.

As you’ve probably noticed, this tablet doesn’t have a display and only offers a sensor working surface. Its size is relatively large compared to some of its rivals (11.6 inches), which makes drawing large pictures more comfortable. You also can rotate the tablet and use it at the needed angle for more convenient drawing. The overall dimensions of the tablet are 25.4 x 15.9 cm. Take note that because of the enlarged size it is a bit heavier than some other models in our list (0.59 kg), yet such a weight is still not too heavy.

Next, the left side of the unit features a number of shortcut keys that you can adjust and customise according to your preference. What also makes this model comfier in use are the non-skid feet that ensure its stability on any surface.

Review of XP-PEN Deco01 V2 Graphics Drawing Tablets

No Scratches On The Working Surface

Moving on to the stylus, it is no slouch either, and offers the functionality of more expensive models. It boasts as many as 8192 pressure levels, which allow you to draw realistic shadows, control the thickness of the lines, create different details, and many other functions. You also get 8 different nibs for drawing in various styles. On top of that, you don’t have to hold the pen at only one angle. Just like with an average ball point pen or pencil, you can hold it at a 60° incline and the response from the stylus will be just as perfect, which adds convenience to its use. The pen has a slightly unusual shape though, so it may take you some time to get used to it. To always keep the pen at hand on your desk, the manufacturer has provided a holder for vertical storing.

The other cool thing about this model is that it features a special screen protector that helps to reduce scratches. Thus, your tool will stay in perfect condition for its entire lifetime. Yet, the protector doesn’t affect the work of the tablet in any way and the pen will still glide smoothly.

To wrap the whole thing up, the XP-PEN Deco01 V2 is a good tool for drawing, writing, editing and more. This drawing tablet is compatible with multiple devices and shows great performance without costing much.

XP-PEN Deco01 V2 Graphics Drawing Tablets in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £59.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B07VKB37HZ

 

Wacom CTL-672-N

Basic Model for Beginners

If you are an amateur graphic designer and you are seeking a drawing tablet that will help you learn how to create digital art, we recommend taking a closer look at the Wacom Creative Pen Tablet. It is a functional appliance with a budget-friendly price that will be suitable for any beginner.

The gadget we review here is made in size Medium. This 10-inch drawing tablet doesn't have a digital display, but it comes with a working area that makes drawing more convenient. Its size is 21.6 x 13.5 cm and the resolution is 2540 lines per inch. If you compare it to more expensive models, it is definitely not the biggest one, but it still should be enough for comfortable picture editing.

As for the stylus, this model comes with a basic one. It has 3 replaceable nibs included in the set. The number of pressure levels is not too large as well, only 2048. Yet, we think this should be enough for a beginner to learn and you will ignore this minor con considering the tablet’s price and functionality. The stylus comes with a smart electro-magnetic pen technology that gives you control over every line and offers a natural pen experience.

Review of Wacom CTL-672-N Medium Creative Pen Tablet

Affordable Model

The next thing we would like to mention about this tablet from Wacom is the connectivity. It doesn’t have a rechargeable battery and requires a constant power source. The tablet connects to your PC or laptop very easily via a USB cable. If it requires any drivers, the installation process will be very easy as well. You can connect it to any devices that use Windows 7 or its later versions and Mac OS 10.10 and its later versions.

Moving on to the general characteristics. This tablet comes complete in a matte body. Its top side is noir black and the bottom is red. Its size is 20.6 x 28.9 x 3.5 cm, the weight is pretty light, around 400 grammes. The bottom of the unit is fitted with non-skid feet that ensure that the tablet will stay firmly on your desk while you draw. On the right side of the unit, there is a special holder for the stylus so you won’t lose it. There are no buttons on the tablet, but there are 2 control buttons on the stylus.

This tablet comes at a pretty low price. Still, after purchase, you will get a 2-year warranty that ensures a long service life of the gadget.

In the end, the Wacom Creative Pen Tablet is one of the best models for beginners. It is easy to install, easy to use and has an affordable price. It may be a little less feature-packed than its high-end counterparts, yet it is still very helpful when it comes to digital design.

Wacom CTL-672-N Medium Creative Pen Tablet in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £49.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07HFGCP63

 

What Is a Drawing Tablet?

Nowadays, it's hard to imagine a person who has never used a tablet. This small gadget, already available with a variety of operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows), can help us a lot in our work, with studying, and they also offer a wide variety of entertainment. But what about drawing tablets? Well, these are not the same. You won't be able to perform usual actions like surfing the Internet, reading a book or typing a document. Instead, you'll gain something much more interesting. Drawing tablets, also known as graphics, digitising, sketch, art, or pen tablets, are devices created specifically for artists who draw, hence the name, though photo editing is also made easy with them.

While you can make digital art on a computer with the help of a mouse, or on some regular tablet with a stylus, a drawing tablet is much more convenient since it is a device created with a narrow scope of application in mind. Drawing tablets offer the comfort of drawing with a pen-like tool and they have much higher sensitivity and precision than conventional tablets. You can also simply erase the faulty part without throwing away the canvas and starting anew like you would sometimes do with traditional art. These tablets simplify the work big time for artists who create visual content for digital showcasing, like web designs, banners, posters, and even just digital art. Most commercial art today is digital, including even book covers. Regardless of your artistry preferences, drawing tablets will be an indispensable tool.

What Features to Compare

Type and Display

There are two types of graphics tablets—with and without a display. Tablets with displays depict your images on the very device, thus, they are more functional, and, probably more convenient as well. Another type of graphic tablets transfers the pictures you draw onto a computer monitor. This modification will better suit those who have just started working with digitizing tablets. Besides, these devices are much cheaper.

Now, let’s have a look at display characteristics. First of all, tablet displays differ in size. If you need to carry the device with you all the time, 13" will probably be more convenient. However, if you are going to set a tablet on your desk at home or in the office, you might want to consider bigger sizes - 19" or even 21.5". If you want to buy a tablet with a display, pay attention to its features too. Display resolution, viewing angles, tilt recognition, contrast ratio, brightness, colour recognition, and report rate are crucial aspects which affect the quality of your images. The higher they are the better image quality you get in the end.

Pen

Since a pen is the main tool used in drawing, its peculiarities are of vital importance.

  • Pay attention to pressure sensitivity. A higher pressure sensitivity provides you with thicker lines and more intense colours. As a rule, professional tablets have it at 2048 levels or more while cheaper amateur models offer 1024 pressure levels. This very aspect adds realism to your pictures.
  • Tilt recognition provides you with the ability to change the position of a pen in such a way that the device will still recognize it as a drawing tool. On average, tilt recognition is approximately 40-50 degrees.
  • The report rate, also called the pen reading speed, is an indicator of how many dots per second the tablet can display (measured in RPS or PPS depending on the manufacturer). Professional graphics tablets usually have 220 RPS while the gadgets for beginners have this measurement at 100-150 RPS. This characteristic also provides drawing smoothness - a high report rate ensures that there’s no visible time lapse in between the time when the pen touches and the dot (line, object) emerges on the screen.
  • The number of additional nibs is worth considering too. They tend to wear out during the drawing process pretty quick, so having some spare at hand would be handy for any designer. Pay attention to the power source of the pen, for if it runs on a battery, its weight will be heavier and consequently, cause discomfort during drawing.

Interfaces and Compatibility

As a rule, the majority of digitising tablets are connected to computers via a USB cable. However, most modern, expensive and professional models have additional VGA, DVI, Mini Display and HDMI ports for the user's convenience. Some even support a wireless connection. Make sure that you consider what OS your chosen tablet is compatible with. Some models may have their own software with its own adjustable settings. We'd also recommend you to get a glimpse of the package. If you don't want to look for other accessories anywhere else, make sure it's got all you need for comfortable work - a special stand, protective case and a pen.

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