Best Drawing Tablets in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 25, 2019
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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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE/ INPUT
PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS
TECH SPECS OF SCREEN
ACTIVE AREA
NIBS
POWER SOURCE
INTERFACES
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
USABILITY
WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The body is made of robust plastic and has a silicone rubber coating, which allows you to use the tablet on the go. And thanks to the Detachable Pen Holder, you won't lose the stylus and it will always be at a hand.

CONS

Wide frame around the screen doesn't look very flattering.

OUR VERDICT

The Wacom Cintiq 15.6” will suit all professional illustrators who seek a tool for convenient drawing.  With the Wacom Pro Pen 2 (included in a set) you will be able to create the most precise lines.

detailed parameters
TYPE/ INPUT

Display / Pen

PEN'S PRESSURE LEVELS

8192

TECH SPECS OF SCREEN

15.6",

1920x1080,

1000:1, 

16:9,

5080 LPI

ACTIVE AREA

34.5 x 19.4 cm

NIBS

3

POWER SOURCE

AC (power adapter included)

INTERFACES

HDMI, USB

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later

Mac OS X® 10.11 or later

USABILITY

Detachable Pen holder, Pop-out legs, Silicone rubber housing, Anti-reflective coating

WEIGHT

1.9 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

This is a fast-responding device that allows for lag-free drawing. The pen with 8192 levels of sensitivity and 8 reinforced nibs is exceptionally precise.

CONS

Big and heavy, not too portable.

OUR VERDICT

A big drawing tablet to complement your workplace at home or in the office. High-quality display with great contrast and colour reproduction is a perfect stationary option for an artist or a designer.

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

VGA, HDMI, DVI, USB

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows® 7 or later

Mac OS X® 10.11 or later 

USABILITY

Adjustable Stand, Pen Holder, 178° Viewing Angle, Anti-gloss display, Screen protector and glove included

WEIGHT

5.92 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 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 1920 х 1080 pixels 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 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

Wacom Cintiq 16

High-Quality Display

If you are a creative digital artist and are looking for a device that is functional enough to show your true potential as an artist, then purchasing the Wacom Cintiq 16 will be a good idea. The Wacom company has a number of high-quality models, but the Cintiq 16 is one of their best drawing tablets so far.

For starters, the device has a more decent screen than many of its contemporaries. The screen size is 15.6 inches, which may be not the biggest one among the drawing tools, yet it still can provide you with enough space for comfortable drawing. The size of the working area is 34.5 x 19.4 cm. The Full HD screen also boasts a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The other specs are pretty impressive as well. The viewing angle is 176° and the number of colours is more than 16 million. Plus, this electronic device includes an anti-reflective coating. The colour gamut is about 72% NTSC, which allows you to capture the most realistic looking colours.

The Wacom Cintiq 16 has not only a working display but also a stylus. So now, after discussing the display, let’s move on to the pen. This graphic tablet with screen comes complete with a pressure pen with an eraser that has 8192 pressure levels that allow you to have the most precise lines possible. The pen also comes with 3 replacement nibs.

This drawing tool is not really an independent gadget on its own (like Android tablets or iPads), it serves more like an extra screen for your computer. But it can significantly simplify the drawing and navigation of the menu. It is compatible with Windows 7 and later versions. And if you use Apple products, you can connect it to Mac OS X 10.10 and later versions as well.

Review of Wacom Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet

Convenient in Use

There are few more things that add some extra convenience to the Wacom Cintiq 16. The body is made of robust plastic and has a silicone rubber coating that ensures that the device won’t slip out of your hands. Thus, you can safely use the tablet on the go. And thanks to the Detachable Pen Holder, you won't lose the stylus and it will always be at hand. The device also has pop-up legs, so you can put the unit flat on the table or put it at a 19° angle.

The only thing that users don’t really like about this drawing tablet is that it has a rather big black frame around the screen, which does not compliment the design and makes it look a little bit old-fashioned. But if you value performance over looks, this minor con won’t be a major issue for you.

So, if you are a professional illustrator and you want to simplify your daily tasks, purchase the Wacom Cintiq 16. With this drawing tablet, you will have full control over your pictures and create the most precise lines.

Wacom Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet in the use

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Huion GT-191-UK

Large and Clear

The Huion GT-191 is a large-screen drawing tablet, it has a display of 19.5" and it is heavier than even some laptops. Size and weight like these make it somewhat challenging to carry the device around so its portability is questionable. As a desktop graphics screen, though, it shines.

As we've already mentioned the 19.5" display, let us speak a bit more about it. Besides being really large, with 43.5 x 23.9 cm active area, it is also top-shelf when it comes to the visual output. The model has a 1920x1080 Full HD IPS panel often found today in monitors and TV screens, as well as tablets (drawing or others) thanks to its wide viewing angles and accurate colour rendering: the touch screen is able to display 16 million colours from whatever side you look at it. Both parameters are extremely important to artists and designers.

This widescreen model also features an unusual for an IPS panel contrast ratio of 3000:1. High contrast means you will be able to easily distinguish shades of the image. The brightness of 250 cd/m² is more on the average side, though.

The resolution of the display is 5081 LPI. Coupled with the 233PPS report rate, it makes for a fast response and stress-free work. Well, at least when the stress is caused by the slow equipment and not artist's block.

Review of Huion GT-191-UK 19.5 Inch Graphics Drawing Tablet Monitor

Top Choice for a Stationary Drawing Tablet

The Huion Kamvas GT-191 is a large and heavy device, as was already mentioned. It is nice to know that its creator acknowledges this fact: the model comes with a stand which you can tilt between 20° and 80° for the most comfortable position depending on where you work. The stand can be removed when you draw on a flat surface or hold the graphics tablet on your lap.

Another point of interest in this model, and a pretty unusual one at that, is the abundance of connection options. Whilst most digital drawing boards come equipped with only a USB port and sometimes an HDMI (the top models), this one has an HDMI, a USB, but also a VGA port and a DVI one. That's quite a selection, which widens the range of supported devices quite a bit.

Finally, the pen. A good stylus is as important for an artist as the tablet itself, after all. The pen designed for this model has 8192 pressure levels, which is the highest sensitivity available today. It means you will be able to control the thickness of the line you draw to the utmost precision and when you need a line to become thinner or thicker, the transition will be smooth and beautiful. The pen is rechargeable battery-powered and after charging it for approximately 1.5 hours, you will have it working for 350 hours. The 15-minute auto sleep feature saves the energy when you stop to make a phone call or prepare dinner.

The GT-191 makes the best computer monitor if you are looking for a desktop model to comfortably complete large art pieces and works like posters. While it is less convenient for constant travelling, as a stationary option, it is nearly perfect.

Huion GT-191-UK 19.5 Inch Graphics Drawing Tablet Monitor in the use

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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.

So, 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

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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 1920 х 1080 pixels 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 customizable. 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.

As many of its rivals, this unit can be 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 stands 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 suit you. It is pretty customizable and functional enough to satisfy the working needs of professionals and inexperienced users.

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

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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 suit 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 big 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

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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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