This post was last updated: Jan. 18, 2018
These are the price ranges of all tablets with similar active area sizes.
This is just so you know how much money each size generally costs. (Price ranges do not include sale prices.)
This list does NOT show you which tablets are the best. It only shows you what price ranges you can expect from each size group! Please keep in mind that the lowest priced tablets can often be buggy or defective.
(aka. Screen-less tablets, pen tablets, etc)
*4 x 2.23 inch to 5.5 x 4.7 inch tablets are mainly made for Osu! gameplay, not for drawing.
**The 6 x 3.7 inch active area size set by Wacom’s Intuos series is what I consider the bare minimum size for comfortable drawing. Actual necessary size depends on each individual.
***My personal belief is that 8 x 5 inch or bigger is the most optimal size overall. However, more experienced people will be best off with sizes similar to what they’re used to using.
4 x 2.23 inches to 5.5 x 4.7 inches Active Area
~25 USD to 42 USD (Wacom = None)
6 x 3.7 inches Active Area
~30 USD to 50 USD (Wacom = 80 USD to 100 USD)
8 x 5 inches to 9 x 6 inches Active Area
~40 USD to 100 USD (Wacom = 200 USD to 350 USD)
10 x 6.25 inches to 12.1 x 8.4 inches Active Area
~50 USD to 140 USD (Wacom = 500 USD)
14 x 9 inches or bigger Active Area
~160 USD (Wacom = None)
Lowest = Huion Giano WH1409, Wacom = None
Highest = Same as above, Wacom = None
(aka. pen displays, pen monitors, etc)
*The 10.1-inch and 19-inch diagonal drawing monitors have lower base prices because they are lower resolution (around 1440x900p). The exception to this rule is the Huion GT-191 which has 1080p on a 19-inch screen.
**I personally think 1920x1080p is best for anything bigger than 13.3-inch diagonal to get a good pixel density.
***Some of Wacom’s newer products (Cintiq Pro 16, Cintiq 27QHD) have resolutions higher than 1080p, but 1080p is the maximum resolution you can get from the alternatives.
~219 USD to 280 USD (Wacom = None)
~345 USD to 600 USD (Wacom = 800 USD to 1000 USD)
~360 USD to 500 USD (Wacom = 1500 USD)
~400 USD to 500 USD (Wacom = None)
~460 USD to 900 USD (Wacom = 1700 USD)
~1000 USD (Wacom = 1900 USD to 2400 USD)