Tech is everywhere and today even in a drawing. These days, artists draw characters for or comic books using graphic tablets. But how to choose the right gadget?

In this case, these are the most essential criteria

Workspace Size

Workspace Size

For graphic tablets, the size of the workspace is not as important as, for example, for monitors. In fact, the size of the smallest of graphic tablets is quite enough to be confidently positioned on any particular pixel of any screen.

On the one hand, it is more convenient to work on a large tablet – you do not have to change the scale to work on small details. On the other hand, large tablets are many times more expensive than small ones, and there is nothing that can be done on a large graphic tablet but cannot be done on a small one. And in some cases, a small tablet is even more convenient, for example, because it can be easily held in the hand while drawing.

Although it is uncomfortable to draw on tablets much smaller than A6, you have to zoom and move the canvas too often. These tablets can be used as auxiliary devices for retouching photos, drawing small graphic elements, digitizing signatures.

When choosing the size of the working area pay attention to its aspect ratio. Ideally, it should be the same as the aspect ratio of your desktop monitor – in this case, the working area of the graphic tablet will be used most effectively.


The resolution determines the sensitivity of the working area of the tablet to the movement of the pen. The resolution is measured in lpi. The resolution of a graphics tablet is usually measured in LPI because of its construction. Under the protective layer of the workspace, there is a rectangular grid formed by superimposing two layers consisting of thin parallel wires.

Type of Connectivity

Type of Connectivity

The wireless graphic tablet is equipped with Bluetooth and is able to connect to your computer without wires. Battery charge in modern models is sufficient for 40-50 hours of continuous operation, that is, to charge it more than once a week is unlikely to be needed.

Most models use a USB cable for charging, so if the tablet’s battery is unexpectedly low, it simply becomes wired for a while.

A wireless tablet is much more convenient for mobile work when used in conjunction with a laptop, or if you like to work with the tablet while holding it in your hand.

When working with a desktop computer, there isn’t much difference between a wired and a wireless tablet.

Input Method

Input Method

A tablet with a pen input method determines the position of the pen only.

A touch/pen tablet is capable of detecting, in addition to the position of the pen, the touch of your fingers on the work area. This increases the usability of the tablet – especially if the sensor also handles multiple touches. Then the operation of zooming, which is quite common for tablets, is done purely intuitively “with one left” and does not distract from the work at all. And other operations are performed faster.

The maximum height of the pen readout shows at what distance from the working area the tablet still “sees” the pen and moves the cursor accordingly. For comfortable work, it should be not less than 6-7mm. At a lower height, there is a risk to touch the workspace and draw an unnecessary line.

The fountain pen is the main working tool when working with a tablet, that’s why you have to have a closer look at it before buying. The weight and ergonomics of the pen are important: how well it fits in your hand, is it easy to press the buttons, are accidental pressings possible.

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