Nerdometer : Graphic Tablets for All Budgets

We takes a dive into the bottomless sea of digital design tools to find out which tablets are worth trying out based on the artists’ reviews.

Budget-Friendly Tablets

1) Wacom Intuos S (starting from $79.80 on Amazon)

No tablet review is complete without at least one Wacom product. If you are looking for solid quality under $100, you cannot go wrong with Intuos S. Customers find it to be a perfect tool both for drawing and photo editing. Most users say that Wacom Intuos S is easy to use, fast and responsive. Moreover, Intuos S is perfect for carrying around as it is rather small and lightweight. 

Customer rating: 4.6 out of 5 (based on 11,126 reviews on Amazon)


  • wireless option available
  • CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO 2-year license included


  • pricier option for lower resolution and sensitivity (starting from $80)
  • some users experience difficulties when installing the drivers
  • Battery-free pen that does not need to be recharged
  • 4096 pressure sensitivity levels
  • Pen resolution: 2540 LPI
  • Sensing height: 7 mm 
  • Accuracy: ±0.25 mm
  • Report rate: 133 PPS
  • Size: 200×160×8.8 mm
  • Wireless support: Bluetooth Classic on Bluetooth models (CTL-4100WL, CTL-6100WL)
  • Weight: Tablet (CTL-4100): 230 g, Small Tablet with Bluetooth (CTL-4100WL): 250 g

2) HUION H430P (starting from $32.99 on Amazon)

Small yet powerful and surprisingly versatile are the key characteristics of this tablet according to the users. H430P connects to computers running on Windows and Mac, as well as some Android devices. The size of the tablet makes it a perfect tool for artists who are always on the go. This is one of the best options for beginners who do not want to splurge on their first tool and are just getting into digital art since it also contains a set of tutorials for those who are only getting started with the graphic tablets. 

Customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 (based on 645 reviews on Amazon)


  • low price 
  • compatible with the majority of devices and graphic design applications


  • small working area
  • thin and fragile cable 
  • Battery-free pen that does not need to be recharged
  • 4096 pressure sensitivity levels
  • Pen resolution: 5080 LPI 
  • Accuracy: ±0.3 mm
  • Sensing Height: 10 mm
  • Report rate: 233 PPS
  • Size: 186.6×139.2×6.3 mm
  • Active area: 121.9×76.2 mm
  • 4 customizable express keys
  • Weight: 135 g

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