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Best Drawing Tablets for Artists and Designers in 2018

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Some years back, artists had to spend a lot of money whenever they had to create digital paintings and drawings. However, modern technology and continuous innovation has made it possible for both artists and graphic designers to draw their paintings and designs directly on some of the best tablets for drawing. Tablets are loved by both beginners and professionals alike as their functionality goes beyond drawing and they offer excellent value for money.

However, not every type of tablet is a drawing tablet. There are tablets that have been designed with the capability for drawing. In addition, you will also need a unique pen to be able to digitally draw on your tablet. The best tablets for artists and drawing requires to have a high resolution coupled with a splendid color -correct touchscreen displays. You will also need a stylus that is pressure-sensitive and is capable of giving you the unmatched precision to make your drawings meet the standards required. That said, below are the best tablets that as an artist or graphic designer you can purchase.

1. Wacom MobileStudio Pro Tablet

Wacom Mobile Studio Pro Tablet for Artists


Wacom is considered one of the best brands when it comes to manufacturing the best tablets for use by both artists and graphic designers and hence the reason a Wacom tablet couldn’t miss in our review.


This Wacom tablet is designed for professionals who make good money and need to add one of the best tools to their drawing arsenal. This tablet is not your ordinary tablet as it is a powerful Windows computer that comes with the Intel Core i7 processor, a storage space of 512 GB SSD, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M 4GB GDDR5 GPU and has the capability of running the complete version of Windows 10.
This is one of Wacom’s most advanced tablet, and its accuracy and pressure sensitivity is four times greater when compared to the regular drawing tablets. The 16-inch screen has a 4K resolution and a 94 percent Adobe RGB color coverage that performs way better than any ordinary Android tablet.

With the scanning software and the inbuilt Intel Real Sense camera, 3D designers are able to capture 3D scans easily. Digital artists and graphic designers can make use of the new Wacom Pro Pen 2 that has 4× pressure sensitivity and higher pen accuracy compared to its predecessor which comes in handy when you need to sketch, draw or edit in the most intuitive and natural way.


Despite the great features, this tablet from Wacom is just too expensive for most artists.

2. Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenova Yoga Book Drawing Tablet


Lenovo has been a game changer when it comes to producing great laptops and tablets. The Lenovo Yoga Book is a thing and lightweight tablet that’s convenient for an artist who is always on the move.


Artists draw their inspiration from wherever and you just don’t know when you will get inspired to sketch or draw something. That’s the main reason why artists need a drawing tablet that is light, and they can move around with it anywhere they go. The Lenovo Yoga Book is the lightest 2-in-1 tablet in the world. Besides, the low weight doesn’t mean the company has compromised on any features.

With a 64GB SSD hard drive, this tablet opens like any traditional book revealing the Halo keyboard, Lenovo’s innovative keyboard that has real haptic feedback on one side and a high-resolution display. The keyboard only shows when you need it to and when you don’t, it becomes a smooth surface for placing your notes or the Rear Pen that boast of 2048 levels of pressure.

The Rear Pen allows you to easily take notes and jot down any ideas that may spring up on you with real ink and seamlessly digitizes everything and shows it on the tablet’s display. With a single charge, the tablet can last up to 12 hours making it a perfect on the go tablet and has high-fidelity speakers that make it a great tablet for any multimedia consumption besides just the drawing use.


Users have reported that the Windows updates and boot up can be slow and tedious.

3. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro for Graphic Designers


Samsung as a brand is well known and has been designing and pushing out smartphones and tablets for artistic creation for a couple of years now.


Most artists and business professionals alike have fallen in love with the Samsung’s devices in the Note line thanks to the inclusion of the S Pen. The S pen allows you to not only jot down notes as an artist but to make sketches, draw and edit on the 12,2-inch screen display. Besides the 64GB memory, this tablet also has a slot where you can add a memory card for more storage space.

Just like with most of Samsung’s high-end devices, you will get top-of-the-range features. This tablet features Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor, has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera making it ideal for taking photos as well. The battery can last up to 13 hours with one single charge, has 50GB of Dropbox space and includes some other great features as well.


Running a few demanding apps in multi-window mode limits the tablet’s performance.


4. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for Artists


There is no denying Microsoft is a force to reckon with when it comes to the world of PCs, and it has continued to outdo itself with the Surface Pro range of laptops and tablets.


This is a powerful tablet that has been designed to replace your laptop. It has a 2.3-inch PixelSense screen that offers high contrast and low glare allowing you to work comfortably without any strain to your eye even in broad daylight. You can use the tablet in different positions thanks to the back hinge.

The tablet is available in several configurations from the low-end model that has the Intel Core M processor to the most expensive model that features the Intel Core i7 and 16GB of memory. Our recommendation for any artist is the Intel Core i5 processor, and 8GB of RAM has it has amazing features and is suitable even for the most demanding applications you will need for your drawing.

It comes with a Surface Pen that stands out thanks to the fact that it has been designed by artists for artists. You can customize the pen, and it has an eraser when you need to rectify your mistakes.


It’s quite expensive.

Final Thoughts

Not all tablets are suitable for drawing. In addition, the needs of artists vary from one to the other. A beginner’s choice of a drawing tablet may not be the same as that of an experienced artist. That said, it’s important to choose a tablet that suits your needs and is within your price range. With the above list, we sure hope you can get yourself an amazing tablet and get drawing.

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