Your first tablet should NOT be a Wacom Intuos

PLEASE NOTE:
I have created a new post which explains in better detail why the Wacom Intuos is not worth your money. Please read that one instead: Why I do not recommend the Wacom Intuos

There is currently a very big misconception about Wacom that I feel needs to be cleared up: Not all of Wacom’s tablets are “the best” that you can get.

Wacom Comments(These are some common responses you will get when you ask what tablet you should get to begin your digital art journey.)

It is very true that in the past, every single one of Wacom’s tablets were “the best” that you could get in both cost and performance, and there were really no reasons to even consider the alternative tablets that were out at the time. However, due to recent improvements in alternative tablets over the last year or so (and Wacom’s decision to downgrade the quality of their beginner tablets), the current beginner Wacom Intuos series no longer offers high enough specifications and useful features to make it worth considering over alternative tablets.
(The only exception is the Wacom Intuos 3D which costs 200 USD for a medium size tablet and ZBrushCore. In this case, ZBrushCore is a fantastic 3D program worth 150 USD, so if you do the math and subtract the cost of ZBrushCore from the total 200 USD price, you can see that you are actually getting a medium size tablet for just 50 USD!)

This is my opinion formed after drawing on and comparing all of the tablets I have reviewed here on this blog (Wacom, Huion, XP-Pen, Parblo, GAOMON), all of which are around the same price as the Wacom Intuos Draw I also reviewed.

Understand that I am not “hating” on Wacom when I am writing this. I acknowledge Wacom and most of their tablets as being premium and high quality, but the 80-100 USD beginner Wacom Intuos tablets have no features which make up for their small 6 x 3.7 inch drawing area (just so you know, the average drawing area size for any tablet outside of Wacom is 8 x 5 inches to 10 x 6 inches for the same price).



Anyways, here are the main reasons why the current generation Wacom Intuos series (aka Intuos Draw, Intuos Photo, Intuos Art, Intuos Comic) are not worth your money.

Drawing Area Size

Like I mentioned above, the current beginner Wacom Intuos series only has a small 6 x 3.7 inch drawing area for 80-100 USD. There is also a medium size of 8 x 5 inches for the Wacom Intuos Art, but that costs a whopping 200 USD, a full 100 USD more than the small version for just the extra drawing area. No seriously, you actually don’t get anything aside from the bigger drawing area for 100 USD more!

(From top left to bottom right, Wacom Intuos Draw vs: Parblo Island A609, XP-Pen Star03, XP-Pen Star05, GAOMON M10K, Huion New 1060 Plus, Huion Inspiroy Q11K)

The comparison of the tablets above are as follows:
Tablet name                     | Drawing area size | Price (at time of writing)
-Wacom Intuos Draw   | 6 x 3.7 inches           | 80 USD
-Parblo Island A609      | 8 x 5 inches              | 52 USD
-XP-Pen Star03               | 10 x 6 inches            | 50 USD
-XP-Pen Star05               | 8 x 5 inches              | 70 USD
-GAOMON M10K             | 10 x 6 inches            | 76 USD
-Huion New 1060 Plus  | 10 x 6 inches           | 83 USD
-Huion Inspiroy Q11K    | 11 x 7 inches            | 120 USD
As you can see from the above, the Wacom Intuos Draw is clearly lacking in drawing area size when compared with all of the similarly priced alternative tablets.

Drawing area size is important because, in the case of graphic tablets, bigger is almost always better. The bigger the drawing area size is the easier it is to get used to the tablet, and in turn this allows you to gain control over your lines quicker and have a more enjoyable digital drawing experience overall from the start.

Those of you who are used to the small drawing area size of Wacom will undoubtedly want to argue here that you are already used to the size, and that it doesn’t affect your drawing once you’ve gotten used to it. But you need to realize that my advice is for someone buying their first tablet, and for a beginner digital artist it will take less time to get used to a larger drawing area (due to how much easier it is to control the lines on a larger tablet), which in turn lets them “unleash their creativity” much quicker and easier than with a smaller tablet.
What right do you have to tell beginners to buy the small tablet that takes longer to get used to, even if it’s only by a little, when they could just as easily buy a bigger tablet of equal quality for the same price?

The drawing area size which seems to fit the majority of people is 8 x 5 inches to 10 x 6 inches. In Wacom terms, that would be between the medium and large size. Going bigger than that often causes people to start complaining about having to move their arm too much for each stroke, so it is usually your safest bet to stay in the 8 x 5 to 10 x 6 size range.

Cheap Plastic Pen

The second major reason why the current Wacom Intuos series is not worth your money is because of the low quality of the pen.

4 pen comparison(From left to right: Wacom Bamboo Connect, Wacom Intuos Pen (CTL-480), Wacom Intuos Draw (CTL-490DW), XP-Pen Star03)

The current Intuos series actually has the worst pen out of all the tablets I currently have stockpiled. The previous generation Wacom Intuos Pen (CTL-480) had a fantastic pen with a rubber grip, and even the older Wacom Bamboo Connect had a better pen than the current Intuos. Heck, even the pen that comes with the budget XP-Pen Star03 is preferable!

2 pen comparison(The GAOMON M10K for 76 USD uses a very premium feeling passive pen which has a pen eraser and even has pen tilt sensitivity. Meanwhile, the Wacom Intuos Draw (CTL-490DW) for 80 USD uses a cheap plastic passive pen which doesn’t even have an eraser.)

Your drawing experience on a graphic tablet is based on the combination of pen and tablet. Even if the tablet itself is high quality, if the pen is cheap and unbalanced, the whole drawing experience will get ruined. This is exactly what is wrong with the current Wacom Intuos.

Often when people recommend Wacom to a beginner, they use the argument that “Wacom has the best quality”. Wrong! Wacom’s current Intuos series pen is as low quality as the budget XP-Pen Star03’s pen. Sure the Wacom Intuos Pro and Wacom Cintiqs are high quality, but the current Intuos series that you are recommending to the beginner is very subpar quality.

All my graphic tablet pens(From left to right: Wacom Intuos Draw (CTL-490DW), Parblo Island A609, XP-Pen Star03, XP-Pen Star05, GAOMON M10K, Huion New 1060 Plus, Huion Inspiroy Q11K, Wacom Intuos Pen (CTL-480), Wacom Bamboo Connect)

The current Intuos series pen is made of a simple cheap matte plastic, just like the XP-Pen Star03 pen, but the Intuos series pen actually feels hollower and more fragile due to the fact that it is shorter than the XP-Pen Star03 pen. But the thing is, it doesn’t just feel fragile, it IS fragile.

If you’ve read my Wacom Intuos Draw review, then you might remember that I got my Intuos Draw from a friend who had an extra that he could trade me.
This friend of mine has had his pen break on him within a month of getting his first Intuos Draw, and then another one broke on him later into the year. And what’s more, his most recent pen broke just last month.
In addition to that, the pen that came with my Intuos Draw was broken and couldn’t properly draw low pressures.
That’s 4 broken pens within 2 years!

So you’re probably thinking, isn’t my friend just too rough when handling the pen?
That’s not the case at all.
Before my friend bought the Intuos Draw (CTL-490DW), he used a Wacom Intuos Pen (CTL-480) tablet for 2 years, and a Wacom Bamboo Connect for years prior to that. The pens that came with each of those tablets lasted him the whole time he used them without breaking, so clearly, the Intuos Draw pen is the problem and not the way he handles his tablet pens.

I believe it is important to mention here that the pen which came with my new Intuos 2018 (CTL4100) was also broken in the exact same way as the original pen that came with my Intuos Draw (CTL-490DW).
This means that, contrary to what most people would expect, of all the tablet companies I have bought from the company I have gotten the most defective tablets from is actually Wacom. The only other company I have actually gotten a defective tablet from so far is Parblo with their Parblo Coast13.

I am not going to claim that Wacom’s tablet quality sucks because every company makes defective products now and then, but I believe Wacom’s quality is not as good as people make it out to be, especially when it comes to their lowest-end Intuos tablets.

Even after my example, you may still be thinking that the alternative pens are no better than the Wacom Intuos series pen, and that is probably true, but realize this point: Wacom charges a whole 30 USD for a replacement pen of the cheap plastic pen that the Intuos Draw uses, whereas basically every alternative offers their replacement pens at around 10-20 USD each.
If you think the pen is going to break whether you choose Wacom or not, it’s obviously much wiser to go with the company that has cheaper replacements!

Some common arguments people make to stand up for the Wacom Intuos

Below are some common arguments people put up to protect their favourite Wacom brand.

“Wacom’s drivers are the best and alternative tablets have the worst drivers ever!”

Yes, Wacom’s drivers are the best when it comes to the configurability of expresskeys. However, Wacom’s drivers have just as many bugs as alternative tablet drivers (and their beginner Intuos tablets don’t have many expresskeys to configure in the first place).
For example, Wacom still has the famed “restart Wacom service to get pen pressure to work” problem which has been around for more than a year or two, but they’ve never bothered to fix it. Whereas, Huion used to have a lot of driver problems until 2017 came around, then suddenly those problems have basically all disappeared. If you Google something like “Huion tablet driver issues” you have a surprisingly hard time finding search results made in 2017.

You’d think that Wacom would at least hire some decent programmers to make their drivers with all the money they make as a big corporation, but their drivers have become known to always come with some sort of bug that affects many users. And like with any tablet driver, if you’re lucky you won’t run into those bugs, but that applies to every company, not just Wacom.

So if you’re likely to have a bad tablet driver experience whether you go with Wacom or an alternative, why would you choose to buy the smallest tablet with a cheap plastic pen from Wacom when you could buy a much bigger one for a lower price from an alternative?

“Wacom’s tablets are the most durable!”

No, just… no. Like I already mentioned in the Cheap Plastic Pen section above, the beginner Intuos tablets use a cheap plastic pen which can break very easily. The tablet itself is decent quality, but the pen seems to be made with no durability in mind.
And although I say that the Intuos tablet is decent quality, all the alternatives I’ve tried have just as good build quality if not better.

It’s also important to take into consideration that the warranty on basically all alternative tablets is 1 year. So if any of those tablets break from normal use, you’re entitled to a free replacement. And guess what? The Wacom Intuos series also only has a 1 year warranty. This means that, whether you go with Wacom or not, you’ll have that 1 year warranty to make sure any broken parts get replaced for free.



Conclusion

Hopefully, I was able to convince you with my explanation above that the current Wacom Intuos series are not suitable for beginners (or anyone for that matter).

If I was able to convince you, please help new digital artists avoid the pitfall of buying a Wacom Intuos as their first tablet by spreading this post! It always makes me sad when I see people blindly recommending a Wacom Intuos to a beginner when there are so many better options out there for your first step into the world of digital art.

If I wasn’t able to convince you, I’d be really happy if you could explain why you don’t agree with me in the comments section!

Anyways, thanks for reading!

Author: Nikage

I am a hobbyist artist. Ever since I bought my first Wacom alternative tablet, I've become interested in finding out what other alternative tablets are good, and trying to guide people to see that there's more than just Wacom on the market.

28 thoughts on “Your first tablet should NOT be a Wacom Intuos”

  1. Thanks SOOOOO MUCH! I was SO close to buying an Small Intuos Draw but i bought a $50 Huion 64oP instead… ITS BIGGER AND ITS AMAZING!!!!!! Thank you SOOO much! I almost spent my hard earned money on some small tablet and even smaller fragile, and plastic pen!

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  2. Thanks for your post. I ended up with a Huion H610 and may get a Huion NEW 1060 Plus later. Wacoms are extremely expenses and there appears to be no middle ground. They are either cheap(ish) or really expensive.

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    1. Hey, no problem, thanks for reading.
      I wholeheartedly support upgrading to the Huion New 1060 Plus later, although if you’re willing to pay a bit more, I’d suggest getting the new Huion H1060P which I reviewed recently because it’s basically the Huion New 1060 Plus except with a battery-free pen!
      It’s also quite possible that Huion will have even better tablets in the future so make sure you watch out for them.

      I agree with you that Wacom seems to have no middle ground. It’s a bit odd that their prices go from 80-100 USD for the small Intuos to suddenly 200 USD for the medium size. No matter how I think of it, I find it hard to explain that price jump just for a bigger drawing area size.

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      1. Hi, this is an old post so I hope you don’t mind responding. I have twins who are about to turn 10. They are quite the little artists and are homeschooled and able to follow their interests as they like. They want drawing tablets for their birthday and am trying to figure out the best affordable one to get since I am on a tight budget and having to buy two certainly complicates things. Wondering what you would recommend these days for a beginner tablet?
        Thank you

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      2. Hey there,

        I am not completely sure what budget range you are referring to as “affordable”, but here are my recommendations for screen-less tablets:

        1) Small size – I would recommend the XP-Pen G640 as the absolutely cheapest option for 30 USD. I’ve tried it myself and it’s a very respectable tablet with an “all function no frills” basic design. Since your twins are just turning 10, I also believe the small size should not be a problem for their hand/arm size (unless they’re quite large for their age). Even if they are large for their age, they should still be able to use it.
        You could also consider the Huion HS64 (40 USD), XP-Pen G640s (50 USD), or Huion H640P (50 USD) for a slightly more “premium” feeling small size tablet.

        2) Medium size – I would recommend the Huion HS611 for 80 USD. It’s certainly not the absolute cheapest option but it appears to perform quite well. I have not reviewed it myself personally, but a reader of my blog has shown me the pen tests that they did on it and the results look very good.
        Otherwise, from the medium size tablets I have personally tried, I would recommend the XP-Pen Deco Pro Small (80 USD) and the Huion H1060P (100 USD). I feel the XP-Pen Deco Pro would be the “coolest” from an aesthetic standpoint because of the light up ring.
        You could also consider the XP-Pen Deco 01 V2 (60 USD), but I have absolutely no idea how it performs and such. I’m just bringing it up as an idea as one of the cheaper medium size tablets.

        I assume you weren’t considering drawing monitors and all-in-one tablets as beginner tablets, but below are the cheapest options available for both in case you actually were considering them.

        For drawing monitors:
        3) The cheapest decent drawing monitor you can get is the newest Huion Kamvas 13 tablets priced at 240 USD (or 265 USD with a tablet stand). I do have one on hand but I have not fully reviewed it yet, however, my initial testing has shown great results and I believe I can recommend it with ease in the off-chance that you were actually considering getting drawing monitors for your twins.
        I have a hard time recommending the XP-Pen Artist 12 Pro (280 USD) because it didn’t perform particularly well in my drawing tests, but you can still draw with it so I’ll bring it up as an option as well. However, with it’s price being higher than the Huion Kamvas 13, I would recommend the Huion over the XP-Pen because it’s bigger and seems to perform better.

        For all-in-ones:
        4) I would recommend one of the iPad’s that have Apple Pencil support. If you’re looking for a tablet that’s also a standalone device, then there’s currently no better pen experience than the Apple Pencil + a compatible iPad. I’ve given Windows and Android all-in-one tablets a try and they don’t even come close to the iPad’s drawing performance.

        I hope that helps,
        Nikage

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  3. Speaking of “Wacom’s drivers are the best”, my “old but perfectly working in Windows 10” CTH-470 become planned obsolete in mac os x 10.15, as the Wacom state that they will not support that board in the driver.

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  4. Hi! I guess this is quite belated but a big thanks for this review as I was considering getting a Wacom Intuos as a beginner tablet.

    I would like to ask if the Huion 1060Plus would be a good alternative?

    This will be my first time using a tablet and I intend to use it photo editing and small amount of drawings. However, I saw on some sites that the tablet has some response issues when used with Photoshop. Would appreciate if you have advice on this. Thank you!

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    1. Hey there,

      Personally, I would recommend looking at Huion’s more recent tablets which use battery-free pens (aka you don’t have to recharge them). Some examples are the Huion HS611, Huion H1161, Huion H950P, Huion H1060P, etc. They might be slightly pricier than the Huion New 1060 Plus you’re looking at, but I do think that extra cost is well worth it if you can afford it.If not, then the Huion New 1060 Plus should be fine.

      With regards to response issues with Photoshop, I believe you should speak directly with Huion support about your concerns and see what they have to say about the tablet’s compatibility with Photoshop and whether there have been lots of reports about Photoshop issues.

      -Nikage

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      1. Hi.

        Thank you for the additional suggestions, I will go take a look at them as well.
        Do you plan on reviewing the Huion HS611 and Huion H1161 that you suggested?

        Also, between the Huion H1060P and the Huion New 1060 Plus, is it right to say that they almost the same save for the battery-free pens?

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      2. Hey again,

        Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be reviewing those two tablets any time in the near future, so I suggest looking for reviews from other sources.

        With regards to the Huion H1060P and New 1060 Plus, they use the exact same plastic body but have different hardware inside made for the battery-free pen or recharging pen. For example, if you get the Huion New 1060 Plus, only the Huion recharging pen will work with it and you cannot upgrade to the battery-free pen in the future as the hardware inside will not recognize it.
        I also feel that the battery-free pen has slightly better drawing sensitivity than the recharging pen, although both are fairly good either way.

        -Nikage

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      3. Hi!

        Thank you so much for your help and recommendations. It has made choosing a first tablet much easier 🙂

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  5. Thank you so much for this post and the recommendations, Nikage. I was also so close in getting a Wacom as my first tablet. Based on your suggestion, I am considering Huion HS611 or Huion H1060p, do you have any advice for me or things I should take note of in choosing one of them? Thanks!

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    1. Hey there,

      No problem, I’m glad my post was helpful!
      With regards to the Huion HS611 and Huion H1060P, both tablets are fantastic and I can’t really think of any reason to point you to one or the other. (I have only reviewed the Huion H1060P, but a kind reader of my blog had the Huion HS611 and showed me that the pen tests had fantastic results, so I’m quite sure that the Huion HS611 performs just as well as the Huion H1060P.)

      Differences between the Huion H1060P and Huion HS611:
      1) I suppose one thing you could consider is that the Huion H1060P is an older tablet than the Huion HS611, so the Huion H1060P may lose support earlier than the Huion HS611. In that sense, maybe the Huion HS611 would be the better choice from a longevity standpoint.
      2) There’s also the fact that the Huion HS611 uses USB type-C instead of micro-USB on the tablet side (it connects to a normal USB type-A port on your computer). This doesn’t really change anything aside from being able to plug in your cable either up or down, but I figured it was worth mentioning.
      3) Another difference to note is that the Huion H1060P uses the PW100 pen, while the Huion HS611 uses the PW500 pen. With regards to how they feel, I don’t find them any different from one another in terms of performance. However, buying the replacements for the PW100 pen costs 23 USD, while the PW500 costs 50 USD. If you need to replace these pens in the future, the Huion H1060P will have cheaper replacement pens.

      All in all, either choice should be fine. Just take those differences into consideration, and if they don’t matter to you, you can just choose the one which looks nicer to you!

      I hope that helps,
      Nikage

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  6. Thanks for the reply, Nikage! I got myself Huion HS611, considering your point it is a newer tablet. Funny though, the price for HS611 is lower than H1060p. Nonetheless, thanks for your suggestion and helping me from saving a big buck for my first tablet. Looking forward to my first tablet to arrive! 🙂

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  7. hey thanks soo much this post is amazing and you know alot of stuff.
    btw i dont draw much, i want a tablet to hand write on pc. so i want something small but really comfortable pen and under 100. macro buttons and features like taht dont matter. just i want comfort. not really care about paper feel but feels good, what do u suggest?, thanks

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    1. Hey there,

      Personally, when it comes to comfortable writing, I would suggest at least a medium size tablet (which is around 8 x 5 inches to 10 x 6 inches), and I believe most tablets around 100 USD from Huion and XP-Pen should also have great rubber grip pens which should be comfortable to use.

      In the case of writing, I personally would recommend the XP-Pen Deco Pro S because it has a nice texture as well as a good pen whose pen nib is not too springy (I prefer springy pen nibs for drawing, but for writing I feel like less spring is slightly nicer, but this is just my opinion).
      Unfortunately, it appears the price (on XP-Pen’s site) of the XP-Pen Deco Pro S went up from 90 USD to 110 USD, so it is slightly above your price range, but I recommend checking your region’s Amazon/etc since it’s possible that they have lower prices there.

      Another recommendation would be the Huion HS611 which retails for around 80 USD (on Huion’s site). It’s large and relatively cheap compared to other 10×6 inch tablets. I have also heard from one of my readers that it performs very well, and they have even done the pen tests which I do in my reviews and the results look fantastic.
      Another one which you could look at is the Huion H1161 which retails for around 90 USD (on Huion’s site). However, I do not know anyone who has it so I cannot guarantee that it performs perfectly.

      From among the tablets I have tried, I would recommend the Huion H950P. However, it’s a rather old model now, so it might be better to go with something newer like the Huion HS611 which is sold at the same price.
      The only difference you should take note of between the Huion H950P and HS611 is that the Huion H950P has a smoother texture which is fairly slick, but has just enough texture to not be too slippery. This comes down to preferences.

      I hope that helps,
      Nikage

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  8. thank you so much nikage, u are a legend. i also wanna ask, tablets normally erase by holding a button on the pen or on the keyboard or do you have to select the eraser tool with the pen?

    also brilliant point about the springy nibs,do you mean like the nib is rubbery instead of hard or how would u describe springy? if it is about the bounce back response, wouldnt that depend on the surface too?

    what software would recommend for editing pdf? i use adobe reader and use the comment tool to write on it. do you think a drawing software would work better but i heard they dont open pdf?

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    1. Hey there,

      Erasing with a tablet is usually done by using the eraser tool in the writing/drawing software on your computer. Some people assign P and E to buttons on their pen/tablet to switch between pen and eraser without using their keyboard (the shortcuts are different based on the program), or they just use their keyboards to switch between tools.
      There is also often a pen/eraser function in the tablet drivers which switches between pen and eraser, but they do not work in many programs so it is much more reliable to just use the keyboard shortcuts available in the writing/drawing software you are using.

      By springy, I am talking about the way the pen is built inside.
      Wacom pens use a plastic wedge design which move very little when pressed from minimum to maximum pen pressure, whereas Huion and XP-Pen mainly use actual metal springs which are, quite literally, springier and have a larger range of motion when being pressed from minimum to maximum pressure.
      With that said, it should be noted that some of Huion and XP-Pen’s newer tablets (ex. Huion Kamvas 13, XP-Pen Deco Pro) have begun to use a pen build which feels more similar to Wacom’s pens.

      For a pdf file, I believe you can only edit it using Adobe’s own software. At least, I do not know of any other way to annotate a pdf. You could take the pdf images and split them into individual jpg files which you can paste into Microsoft PowerPoint slides as one idea.
      If you are not having any problems with annotating pdfs using Adobe Reader, then I do not think you need to find a different program to annotate in. However, if you are finding it difficult to annotate in Adobe Reader, you may want to Google other ways to annotate pdf files.

      -Nikage

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      1. so for my program adobe reader, the shortcut to eraser is shift + D. Do you think tablet softwares can map both buttons on to a pen button? such as the Huion Inspiroy H640P

        As for springy, thanks for the explanation but i would much prefer non-springy type, and tilt angles (which i learnt from your great reviews) doesnt matter to me at all.

        i want to ask, how would artists scroll around up and down the drawing, the keyboard arrow keys or with a mouse or is it on the tablet?
        and so i just want to ask why are big tablets preferred? is it just to avoid scrolling/adjusting?

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      2. Hey again,

        Yes, all of Wacom, Huion, and XP-Pen’s drivers (the current ones) are able to map shift + D to the pen buttons.

        If you would like to avoid springy, then the only tablets with non-springy pens that I know of currently are the XP-Pen Deco Pro and Wacom tablets.

        For artists who draw and paint, basically all art programs have a tool for “panning” the canvas (this is usually the hand tool) and it is usually bound to spacebar by default. This tool lets people drag the canvas using the cursor.
        I believe there is also a hand tool in Adobe Acrobat Reader along the top. This will allow you to scroll while the document is in the “scroll read” mode instead of the “single page” read mode. I am not quite sure how to explain the scroll read mode, but it is the mode where the pages can be scrolled through as though they are all lined up vertically from top to bottom.

        It is a bit hard to explain through words why big tablets are preferred (specifically for detailed work such as drawing and painting), but imagine a monitor with, for example, 18 x 10 inches (roughly the screen size of a 24-inch monitor). Now also imagine that you have 2 tablets, one with 9 x 5 inches active area, and the other with half of that at 4.5 x 2.5 inches active area.
        On the larger tablet, every inch you move the pen will cause your cursor to move 2 inches on the screen. However, on the smaller tablet, every inch you move the pen will cause the cursor to move 4 inches on the screen. This means that every motion you do on the small tablet is made 4 times bigger, which makes smaller actions that much harder to do. To get the same accuracy as the larger tablet when using the smaller tablet, you have to zoom in to the canvas twice as much to get the same precision actions.

        With that said, bigger is not always better. 10 x 6 inches is the most reasonable size (in my opinion) before you start having to move your arm too much to move the cursor around the screen. Although a larger tablet offers more accuracy, the distance you have to move your arm for each line starts becoming more of a problem than a help.
        Unfortunately, this is opinion. For painting, the largest possible tablet (~14 x 9 inch or larger) is good because some techniques use your full arm. For the general hobby artist, a medium size (~10 x 6 inch) is good for wrist drawing and some arm drawing techniques. For photo editing, a small size (~6 x 4 inch) is good because it lets the user move the cursor from one end of the screen to the other to access menus without moving their arm too much.
        For writing, my opinion is that the medium size would work best as you want to have enough precision to write large and small, but also don’t want to have to move your arm 30cm to reach the scroll bar/menus/etc. In all honesty, a small size could probably work too. I’m just not sure how uncomfortable it would be to write small with a small tablet so I recommend medium which I personally find is the best mid-point.

        -Nikage

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      3. hey,
        thanks alot i have decided to go for medium size as my onscreen writing page is about 42×27 cm and i found the XP-Pen Star G960 with an active area of 21×13.5 so should work well with 1:2 pen to page ratio.

        As for the product, . I really like this slim pen and the design alot more than Huion Inspiroy H640P. also since i was looking for xp pen for the non-springy pens, i avoided huion.

        As for the price, 54 AUD here and it really seems like too low of a price so i was suspcious so i had to ask you haha, what have you heard of the XP-Pen Star G960

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      4. Hey again,

        I don’t really know much about the XP-Pen G960 aside from the fact that it has the same design as an old tablet called the Parblo A609. It should be much better than Parblo’s version since the XP-Pen G960 uses XP-Pen’s drivers, but I have no idea what to expect from its actual hardware quality.
        Sorry, I can’t really advise you about it.

        -Nikage

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      5. thank you very much for your help Nikage, you are awesome,
        i got the xppen g960s with a bigger active area than the original. its slightly springy, enough to be comfortable tactile bounce but not annoying. the dimensions match screen res great. the buttons are a bit loud but not too much of a trouble (although collects finger prints and oil cuz its glossy).
        the software is really great allowing multiple key bindings to one buttons (shift+s to a button).
        as im not an artist i cant attest to the tilting and such but the stats look pretty good.
        thank you again for your help Nikage and i hope u found my mini review useful

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      6. Hey again, I’m glad to hear that you’re liking the G960S so far!
        Thanks for leaving your mini review. Hopefully, it’ll help any other readers who see it.

        -Nikage

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  9. if you have good budget just go with wacom, other tablet sure is cheaper and offer more features, formerly im using wacom intuos small, because now im using pc so i have a bigger monitor and wanted to change to medium size tablet, i consider buying wacom one medium tablet because that is the cheapest medium wacom tablet, but one of my friends recommended me xp pen deco pro, it has more features it is almost similar to that wacom intuos pro, so i decided to buy it and guess what?, idk others but as someone that using wacom for years this is so noticeable, xp pen is not responsive enough when it comes to less pressure, i really like drawing really smooth that i don’t have to press hard, but when using xp pen you have to press a little bit more than wacom, sometimes this is annoying when doing a thin sketch or when you want to pick a color fast. so my conclusion is wacom sure is expensive but nothing can beat wacom for drawing experience.

    im not native english speaker so my english is not that good.

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  10. Wow, your review was amazing and the above comments very helpful. I have a little artist going through reams of paper so I thought a drawing pad might save the trees. I was just about to purchase a Wacom prior to reading your review. Thanks ever so much!

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  11. Having had an Intuos Draw (CTL-490) as my first tablet, I can affirm this post; I never really felt satisfied with it. This was especially true after I also had used the older “Penabled” digitizer/stylus in a Thinkpad X201 tablet. Despite only having 1024 pressure levels, and only one button on the side of the pen, the stylus shipped with the Thinkpad is far superior in build quality to that of the Intuos Draw. Since I recently lost the pen for my Intuos (it’s here somewhere, just can’t find it…), and the pens cost $30, I decided to shop for a new tablet.

    On your recommendation, I chose an H1060P, which I found in a sealed but damaged box on ebay for $45 or so. My first impressions have been fantastic (by comparison to the Intuos) I use Debian Linux, and was able to get everything (even tilt sensitivity) working on it. Really wish I’d gotten this sooner! $15 more than a new pen for the Intuos, and it’s better in pretty much every way. I even prefer the smoother texture, having gotten used to a smoother texture while drawing on my X201 tablet’s screen and having found the Intuos’s to resemble sandpaper more than actual paper.

    Thanks for the recommendation, and I just wanted to state that I agree; the Intuos Draw is pretty bad for the ~$100 I spent on it.

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