So what is a drawing tablet?
It’s a device that lets you draw digitally, but it simulates the feel of traditional media, and most digital artists use them!
They usually look similar to this:
There’s the body of the tablet, which is the “tablet” part (duh), and there’s a special pen/stylus that goes with it. More often than not, the tablet and the pen will come together, as a pair. You’d also might need a USB cord. Not all tablets are the same so make sure you check out what cable you might need before you buy the tablet. One last thing: tablets have this thing called a Driver, which is basically a kind of software that lets your tablet work on your computer. You need to download a specific driver for your specific tablet make and model. Without the driver, you can’t use your tablet on your computer at all.
Some of the fanciest ones like the Cintiq can be up to $3000, but there are plenty of tablets that are sturdy, reliable and under $70! Here’s a little list I made of some cheaper tablets I’ve heard about. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but it’ll get you started on finding the tablet that’s right for you!
This Small Wacom Bamboo is pretty much the one that I have. You can get it used for like $50. I usually wouldn’t recommend buying a used tablet, but I’ve had mine for 8 years and it’s the sturdiest piece of technology I own. It’s not anywhere near fancy but it gets the job done and bonus points for being from a reliable brand.
I’ve heard a lot about The Monoprice tablet. Apparently the driver is very difficult to install, but once you’ve got it going, it works like a dream. I’ve personally never used one but for the size and the price, it seems like a great deal.
Then there’s Turcom, another brand with a few cheaper options, around $40. The cheapest one I can find is the ts-6580, which is the same size, if not a little bigger than the small Bamboo tablet. There’s also another option with a TON of hot keys. I’ve heard from a lot of people that Turcom is a good alternative to Wacom.
Well that’s all I’ve got for ya! I’m by no means an encyclopedic source on the matter, but I hope it gave you some tips for buying a tablet!