Contemporary artists and designers almost always work in fiery format. This means that their main working tool is a graphics tablet. The whole process depends on the quality of the tablet: physical comfort, convenience of the process, and even the final result. Today we take a look at the best tablets in 2022.
iPad Pro 2021
While we’ve come to think of the iPad as the all-in-one tablet for work and play, its Pro version continues to make its way into artists’ daily lives as a primary work tool.
Thanks to its processor, by the way, created by Apple itself, this tablet is not inferior in power to laptops specially designed for graphic tasks. At the same time, it is much more compact than any laptop. The screen resolution is one of the great advantages of the iPad Pro 2048 x 2732. It allows you to see the smallest details.
Artists will find a large number of drawing programs in the AppStore. In addition, the iPad Pro can be connected to an Apple laptop via the Sidecar function and used as a full-fledged drawing tablet, displaying the finished drawing on the screen.
Apple also thought of the perfect stylus for this device. Unlike many competitors, the Apple Pencil 2 recognizes pressure, tilt, and guarantees pixel-perfect accuracy. Isn’t that what all artists want?
In addition to great features, this tablet can offer a wide range of additional functions, from gaming to content viewing and reading. If necessary, it completely replaces the computer, so it easily takes pride of place in the list of the best.
XP-Pen Artist 22R Pro
This 22-inch tablet is designed specifically for artists and designers. Unlike classic tablets, which offered to draw on the panel while displaying content on the computer screen, with XP you can draw directly on the screen. Any artist who is used to working on paper with a pencil or brush will definitely appreciate this opportunity.
In addition to this option, the entire menu of the application in which you draw is displayed on the screen. So easy access to functions and choice of colors is provided.
While the iPad is sold separately from its Magic Pencil, the XP comes with a pen, and the body has enough commonly used interfaces to interface with other devices: USB, USB‑C, VGA, and HDMI.
The only thing that can confuse a modern professional is the screen resolution. Here XP is ready to offer only the Full HD format. A nice bonus is 20 programmable buttons, a convenient size and a stand.
Wacom One 13
This tablet is more suitable for amateurs than for professionals. But still, it should be noted that he is very good. Wacom is almost half the price of an XP tablet and three times the price of an iPad Pro. At the same time, it supports the Android OS, which allows you to use it autonomously from other devices.
The screen of the tablet has a small diagonal, only 13 inches, so it is the most compact of all the options.
HD screen resolution. It’s not much compared to the rest, but the tablet easily makes up for it with professional-grade specs. It reacts to the force of pressing and turning, has a high sensitivity.
The pen that is included in the kit will also please artists, especially those who are fond of sketching. It does not need to be charged and can be taken with you by attaching it to a special loop on the tablet case.
Wacom is ideal for art students and courses.
Wacom Cintiq 22
For confident professionals, Wacom has a special large format tablet — Cintiq. Of all the others on this list, it most closely resembles the XP tablet. The large 22-inch display has Full HD resolution. You will be able to see all the details of the image. Everything that happens on the computer is displayed on the tablet screen, so it is very convenient to work, almost like on plain paper. This similarity is enhanced by the special coating of the working surface, which increases the grip of the nib.
The pen is included. This is a professional pen with 8192 sensitivity levels. It reacts to the slightest movements of the artist.
There are no additional buttons on the tablet case. This is the most significant difference between Cintiq and XP. Everything is controlled from the screen.
The pen, like the Wacom One, comes bundled and does not need to be charged. It is charged from the case and is attached to a special loop.
Huion KAMVAS Pro 20
The 20-inch screen on this tablet is slightly smaller than the Cintiq and XP, with the same Full HD resolution. Your tablet comes with 16 programmable buttons for easy access to the features of the app you’re using. The screen has high brightness and a coating that improves grip and absorbs glare.
The case has VGA, HDMI, DP and USB ports, so the tablet can be connected to almost any computer or external monitor.
The Huion comes with a pen and, unlike other tablets, this pen needs to be charged. For this, a special docking station is provided, which also serves as a stand in between drawing. The kit also includes a stand for the tablet itself to conveniently place the device when working.
With a slightly more compact size, the Huion is less portable than other tablets. But it’s comfortable and high quality produces excellent results, so professionals often choose Huion to work with.
The iPad Pro is the most versatile tablet out there, compact enough for both sketching and serious work. Its only disadvantage is the high price.
Larger tablets such as the Cintiq, XP or Huion make for a great drawing device, but are more comfortable to use in the office or at home.
Wacom One is a tablet suitable for beginners and professionals as a convenient portable option.
In any case, you will get a great result, so stock up on interesting ideas and start drawing!