Huion KAMVAS Pro 16
The Huion KAMVAS Pro 16 is arguably one of the best values for a mid-size digital drawing tablet. The Huion KAMVAS Pro 16 boasts a 1080p HD display, a battery free pen, a capacitive touch bar for things like zooming and scrolling and customizable physical hotkey buttons. What’s impressive with this particular drawing tablet is that it’s really compact, made out of a metal casing and has an etched laminated glass that rivals the iPad Pro.
The feel and finish of the display surface is very natural feeling and the colors are very natural looking without much calibration needed out of the box for those that draw and sketch or 3d sculpt. Using it in Photoshop was great, tilt and response was perfect, using the tablet in Zbrush was actually quite nice as well. The vibrant, laminated 16″ display is the sweet spot for most people. These are often available for purchase for less than $400. If you’re someone that likes to avoid clutter in your work space this might be the one you want as the unit uses a USB-C cable that minimizes the clunky cable mess we’ve all come to expect.
The XP-PEN Artist 15.6″ Pro is very similar in a lot of ways to the Huion 16 Pro, a lot of professional artists claim the displays are nearly identical, the cool thing about the XP-PEN Artist 15.6″ Pro tablet is that it can be powered by just two USB ports on your computer, eliminating the need for an external power source! This makes it an excellent art device for using at the dining room table, the couch or while traveling. The only potential downside to this particular XP-Pen tablet is that it is primarily made of plastic. This one is a solid bargain for 2D and 3D artists alike.
Huion Kamvas 22 Pro
The display is huge and offers a great canvas for artists that like to paint or storyboard, this is also an ideal option for 3D artists as the maximized field of view makes working with small menus easier. The Huion KAMVAS 22 Pro is kind of a behemoth though, taking up more space on your work surface than you’d expect. If you can dedicate a space for it and you’re looking for a large display that you won’t mind using as a monitor in between art sessions this one might be worth your consideration.
The Wacom One is part of Wacom’s newly introduced budget tablets, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on the quality that Wacom is known for. If you want a consistent experience and you trust Wacom more than other manufacturers this one is perfect. I can see this option being great for beginner artists or even teen artists that are looking to invest in learning digital art.