Characteristics in the rating
With the advent of graphic tablets, drawing and photo processing have moved to a new level. Even novice creative people can achieve excellent results without mountains of crumpled paper and the need to buy art supplies. This device can display the most risky ideas of a photographer or Illustrator. To really enjoy your work and make your tablet a friend, it’s important to choose the right manufacturer.
We reviewed popular companies that have earned the trust of customers. Among them, we identified the top five, analyzed their achievements and main products. Some manufacturers target professional artists and photographers, others attract newcomers, and still others repeat the first two, offering budget copies. As a result, everyone will be able to choose a graphic tablet for their needs and capabilities.
TOP 5 best graphic tablet companies
XP-Pen entered the Russian market relatively recently, but managed to become one of the best. The main office is located in Japan, and the production facilities are located in China. The basis of the line consists of semi-professional graphics tablets of average cost, there are several budget options and expensive models for experienced artists and photographers. In reviews, users often highlight a convenient pen that accurately repeats the movements of the hand. The quality of the materials does not raise any questions, and the devices do not break for a long time.
A special feature of XP-Pen is the Artist series, where you can draw directly on the screen, which imitates paper. The Star and Deco ranges are designed for hobbyists, with the latter being lighter in weight and more modern in design. The company has nothing to offer for children, and it has no cheap, simple options. To work with many tablets, you need to connect 3 wires, they are inconvenient to carry with you.
Huion is a direct competitor of the leader of our rating-Wacom. The Chinese company has established itself as a budget alternative to expensive tablets for professionals, Amateurs and children. Their devices repeat most of the characteristics of the Japanese manufacturer, including the level of pen pressure (up to 8 192!), the resolution of the work surface, weight and style. A distinctive feature of this brand is a narrow focus — they sell only graphic tablets.
The maximum cost of the Huion gadget is about $ 500, budget options do not reach even $ 50. At the same time, they are superior in performance to most European drawing tablets. However, the manufacturer saves on materials, judging by the reviews, not all devices are comfortable to hold in your hands. Many have heavy styluses, while others have to be recharged frequently.
The Dutch company Trust is one of the few companies in Europe that is firmly established in the ranking of the best manufacturers of graphics tablets. Her gadgets have a unique design and excellent quality of materials. They are assembled in China under the supervision of employees from the local quality control office. Thanks to this, the cost remains average and affordable for most consumers. Trust has the best customer support — the hotline answers at any time of the day and speaks the buyer’s language.
The manufacturer cooperates with companies that produce drivers, so all updates reach the user on time and for free. Warranty service of this brand meets European standards. However, for professionals the firm has a few options of graphics tablets in the reviews many people write functions are not enough for complex work. But beginners, Amateurs and children will have plenty to choose from.
Gaomon is the best Chinese attempt to create an alternative to Wacom graphics tablets. The company’s products meet the needs of artists and photographers, but they do not force them to switch to bread and water. Judging by numerous reviews, the manufacturer has very decent software, updates are constantly coming out. Huion and Gaomon are two brands of the same concern, the second one is designed for more professional drawing.
The graphic tablet comes with a film in the kit, it gives a rustling sound, as when working with texture paper. Added a better stand to set the desired tilt angle. It is screwed with screws, a screwdriver is added to the kit. The structure is stable, does not wobble. One of the company’s features is a chargeable stylus. Judging by the reviews, the battery lasts for 3 weeks. The disadvantages of many include the dreary setting of color reproduction, you will have to dig into the drivers.
Every professional artist knows Wacom — a Japanese company that has been active in the graphics tablet market for several decades. Most of the products are aimed at the middle class and Amateurs, but there are lines for professional photographers, designers, retouchers and artists. The manufacturer has developed and patented electromagnetic resonance technology (wireless operation of the stylus), which is considered the best for drawing.
Judging by the numerous reviews about this brand, Wacom first releases a tablet with new technologies, and after a while Chinese companies copy them and offer gadgets at a reduced price. It is the cost that scares many away from the original, the devices of this manufacturer cost tens of thousands of rubles for semi-professional options. Therefore, if a parent buys a tablet for a child, or a beginner wants to try his hand, you can pay attention to more budget-friendly companies.