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.

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iPad Pro 2021

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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

Pho­to: storeexppen.ca The XP-Pen is more like a com­put­er mon­i­tor.

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

Pho­to: designer.com On the tablet, you can draw or edit exist­ing draw­ings.

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

Cred­it: creativebloq.com The Wacom is small­er than the XP-Pen, but still too big to work out of the office.

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

Pho­to: 80level.com Huion offers sev­er­al sizes of tablets, includ­ing the 24-inch for­mat.

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!