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If you’re thinking about moving away from pencil and pen and looking at digital sketch pad graphic tablets we have five high rated graphics tablet models between $50 – $100 for you to consider:
This tablet is deceptively good value for the money and can match and exceed the qualities of some of the so called top branded graphics tablets. It is easy to use, highly portable and a really good quality product. With excellent in built pen sensitivity and a pen which not only feels good in hand but effortlessly produces lines of precision.
For a beginner the active area is sufficiently large at 10″ x 6.25″ which I believe is essential when you are just starting to use a graphics tablet. There is nothing worse for someone used to paper size to suddenly have to work on a much smaller drawing area. This can seem quite claustrophobic. The VT Realm.
The light and sleek design of the VT realm belies its sturdy build which is an asset for portability. This is an indirect drawing tablet i.e. has to be used in conjunction with a computer monitor where the drawing will appear which is something that takes getting used to and needs to be considered. however I found it very quick to adapt to and isn’t a huge drawback. For someone who needs a more portable tablet that isn’t going to break the bank then this is a small price to pay. If on the other hand you would prefer a direct draw tablet i.e. you draw directly onto the screen where the image is visible then you may like to consider a Wacom Cintiq – See our review of the Wacom Cintiq range right here…
The VT Realm is a quality direct draw graphics tablet and is robust, light, stylish and highly affordable. For a beginner or an artist who needs a second portable tablet this is one of the best on the market. See the latest price of the VT Realm Graphic Pen tablet right here…
The Wacom Bamboo Capture is a quality product as you would expect from the Wacom tablet stable. The Wacom Intros on the other hand offers many of the features of the Bamboo but also comes with a software bundle (Autodesk Sketchbook Express & ArtRage Studio) as part of the deal. For a beginner this is a massive plus as it’s all there ready to set up, download and start – straight out of the box without additional expense.
The touch is light, attractive and compact with an 8.3″ x 7″ area ideal for desktop. It has the additional benefit of fingertip touch gestures – much as you find on an iPhone to control some of the features which in effect (and in combination with the pen) does away with the need for mouse control.
The connection is via USB but there is an adaptor kit available to enable wireless operation. The battery free, pressure sensitive pen is highly responsive – allowing you to vary line thickness purely by the pressure you apply on the pen and acts closely to the real thing. The tablet can be set up for left or right hand use and is compatible with a Mac or PC. The connection is via USB but there is an adapter kit available to enable wireless operation.
All in all this is an excellent graphics tablet from Wacom which is one of the biggest sellers on Amazon and has a very good review rating. See the latest price for the Wacom Intuos Pen /Touch small tablet here…
Another highly rated (over 450 x 5 star Amazon reviews) direct draw tablet from Wacom which includes a downloadable software bundle – Autodesk Sketchbook Express and ArtRage Studio. The battery free pen gives ultra comfort in hand with the usual precise control and sensitivity you would expect from Wacom.
Ergonomically designed battery free pen that give you comfort and precise control to paint, draw and sketch with a compact active tablet drawing area of 5.8″ x 3.6″
The tablet is connected via USB and a downside of this model is that the wifi adapter, that can be purchased for the Wacom Intuos pen /touch Small, is not compatible with the Bamboo Splash tablet. See the latest price on Amazon for the Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet…
This little beauty is currently the 1 Amazon best seller (at 18.5.15) in the ‘drawing tablets and boards’ category and its fairly easy to see why. It has a generous 10″ x 6.25″ active area, pressure sensitivity of 2048 levels which has a stylish edgy look with the new version of the H610 model. The main reason for this model getting to the top of the tablet tree is what you get for your buck compared to the top brands such as Wacom where you could spend considerably more for a comparable model.
There are a host of great customer reviews that like the feel and responsiveness of the Huion which appears to have increased in popularity all round. For each individual user there are 16 labelled hot keys making it highly customizable. The stylus is battery free making it slimmer and lighter that the non – pro model. Users have experienced a clean flow over the surface to ensure accurate smooth line. The tablet is USB connected and at the price is ideal either for a beginner or a pro looking for a portable graphics tablet that won’t break the bank.
Not as high in the customer recommendation department but still looks like a great tablet with a decent active area of 9″ x 6″. With 2048 pressure sensitivity, rechargeable stylus, and a slim but sturdy weight (at 303 grams) it appears to tick many of the right boxes. However there is a slight criticism of the pen pressure sensitivity which appears to be a little too responsive – but this is possibly a matter of personal taste and may not detract from what is on face value a pretty decent tablet. With a fairly low amount of custumer reviews in place its a chance to take on this one but the Ugee brand has been proven as a reliable drawing tablet that we have found with other models and there is no real reason to suspect that this would be any different. for under $80 this could be a really good value drawing tablet.