Wacom cheaper alternatives.

If you’re an illustrator wanting to get into digital art then you probably know the name Wacom. Wacom is the most popular brand of choice for professional digital artists and rightfully so. Wacom is known for its quality and simple to use technology. But, let’s face it, Wacom products are crazy expensive. The price is definitely worth it if you’re a professional making money with your art. But, for those who are just starting out or want to do digital art for fun, here are a few inexpensive alternatives to Wacom products. Just remember that cheaper alternatives will not be the same quality as Wacom, but if you need something to get you started, you have options.

Also note: there are many different sizes, styles, memory (SSD, Hard Drive, RAM) of certain Wacom products, I chose the more popular versions to compare.

Drawing tablet

That standard drawing tablet is often how digital artists get started. If you’re used to using pencil and paper, the transition to staring at the monitor while drawing on a tablet can be hard initially. But, it’s the cheapest way to get started. Remember, these alternatives will no be to same quality as Wacom products.

Wacom Intuos Pro Small (Options available)

  • Quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork using natural pen control
  • Wireless accessory kit included
  • 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity in both pen tip and eraser
  • 6 customizable application specific Express Keys
  • Multi-function touch ring with 4 customizable functions
  • Quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork using natural pen control
  • Wireless accessory kit included

Huion H610 Pro Graphic Drawing Tablet

  • Large Drawing Surface 10-by-6.25 inches, never feel restricted by space again
  • With 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity applied, the lines transition from thin to thick will be fluid and precisely under your control
  • 8 customizable side buttons and 16 hotkeys along the top for shortcuts, can be mapped to your own preference; Can be used for both left and right handed users
  • Compatible with Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS X 10.8.0/later versions, on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, Autodesk Sketchbook, Manga Studio, Clip Studio, Zbrush and more
  • One year warranty

Wacom Intuos Draw (Options available)

  • Perfect for beginning digital artists – draw, paint, and edit with an easy to use pen tablet.
  • Replaces your mouse and turns your computer into a digital drawing canvas.
  • Battery-free, pressure sensitive pen helps you to draw thicker and thinner lines depending on how hard you push on the pen
  • Comes with a free Draw Pack including: Art Rage Lite sketching and drawing software, online tutorials, and a free 8×10 metal photo print
  • Four customizable Express Keys that put your favorite shortcuts like undo or copy/paste at your fingertips
  • Connects to Mac (10.8.5 and above) or PC (Windows 7 and above) via USB cable or wireless
  • Small Compact size, 8.25-by-6.7 inches, is perfect for limited desktop areas and can be setup for both left and right handed use

Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet Board Kit

  • Compatible with all major graphics application: including Corel Painter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Macromedia Flash, Comic Studio, SAI, Infinite Stratos, 3D MAX, Autodesk MAYA, Pixologic ZBrush, USB interface
  • OS Support:Win 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/Mac OS 10.8.0 or above, Resolution:4000 LPI(Line Per Inch)
  • With a compact active area of 4 x 2.23 in (102 x 57mm) and lightweight,Draw, play OSU, sketch, edit files, input a digital signature
  • Comes with Drivers Installation CD
  • Tablet Board with Digital Pen, 10″ Wool Liner Bag, Two Fingers Anti-fouling Glove and Pegear cleaning kits

Monitor drawing tablet

Monitor drawing tablets are the next step for digital art, most professionals use monitor tablets to shorten their work time because it’s much easier to use. It has a much smaller learning curve because it’s like drawing with paper and pen. With ease of use comes a steeper price.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD

  • Enjoy the natural creative experience of working directly on screen
  • Pressure (2048 levels) and tilt sensitive Wacom Pro Pen performs like traditional brushes, pencils and markers
  • Premium, 13.3″, HD Display (1920 X 1080) with wide viewing angle,get a HDMI to Mini Display Port adapter to connect the DTK1300 to a Macbook Pro
  • 3-Position display stand (included)
  • Comfortable, compact, lightweight design
  • Simple set-up to PC or Mac with 3-in-1 cable
  • Easy shortcut access with our four time-saving, customizable ExpressKeys, Rocker ring

Huion GT-185 Graphic Drawing Tablet Monitor

  • 8 customizable hotkeys, convenient to setup shortcuts and speed up your workflow; TFT panel, 1366 x 768 screen resolution; 5080 LPI, 220 RPS, Response Time 5ms, Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Compatible with lots of illustration and 3D programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw, Corel Painter, Zbrush, Manga Studio, Sketchbook Pro and more
  • Ergonomics Design, the GT-185 has smooth and solid edges that you can comfortably rest your arm on, adjustable monitor stand allows you to set the monitor at different angels(15°~85°)
  • Gives you smoother and more precise pen pressure sensitivity, maximize your creativity with total freedom and flexibility
  • Accessories: Huion Cura Glove CR-01, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Screen Protector


XP-Pen Artist10S 10.1” IPS Graphics Drawing Monitor

  • Most of the functions such as sketch, paint, design and edit can be executed directly from the tablet screen, work naturally and intuitively
  • 1” 1280*800 IPS 16:10 Display with 178°visual angle delivers even more lifelike colors, greater contrast, and sharper, more vivid images. The custom-designed anti-reflective coating reduces glare by 56 percent, more bright and beautiful, even if it’s bright out2048-level pen pressure sensitivity allows you to create variations in line width of opacity; suitable for both right-and-left hand usage; One-click toggle function between pen/eraser improves your painting efficiency..
  • The latest Battery-free Pen Stylus technology with 2048 levels of instant Pen Pressure Sensitivity- Providing you with groundbreaking control and fluidity to expand your creative output and does not require charging, designed to have a big impact on user’s creativity.
  • 6 customizable Express Keys (Undo, Erase, Brush,Space, Ctrl, Alt). One-click toggle allows you to switch the function between Pen and Eraser instantly
  • New Artist10S has key upgrades over the original Artist 10. Features a 6mm thin design; included 3 in 2 cable, and a new Brightness adjust button

Ugee 1910B Interactive Pen Display Drawing Monitor Graphics Tablet 

  • Most of the functions such as sketch, paint, design and edit can directly be fulfilled on the surface of the screen.
  • Large screen, 19 inches active area, 2048 levels pressure sensitivity,1440 x 900 resolution. Multi angle adjustable stand, Can adjust different angle to make your drawing much more comfortable.
  • This drawing monitor can be compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS. Also can work in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk Sketchbook,Corel Painter,Autodesk MAYA, ZBrush etc software.
  • This graphic tablets monitor shipped with 2 original rechargeable pens ,2 pen charging cables ,VGA cable ,USB cable ,Power cable , drawing glove ,User manual.
  • With One Year Warranty and Provide Friendly, Easy-to-reach Support. Good Service and Good Quality!

Mobile drawing tablet

The Wacom Cintiq Companion is a monitor drawing tablet that is made for drawing on the go. Because it’s meant to be mobile, it has the full capabilities of a computer. So you can run whatever programs you like using on your computer on this device.

Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 (Options available)

  • Opt for this high-powered model with Intel Core i7 and 512GB SSD if you edit large images or create 3D animation/sculpting and run powerful applications like Pixologic ZBrush or Adobe AfterEffects
  • With Cintiq Connect™ technology, Cintiq Companion 2 is also a Cintiq Creative Pen Display when you connect it to your Mac or PC and a powerful Windows 8.1 creative tablet when you are on the go.
  • Wacom Pro Pen with 2048 levels pen pressure, responding to the slightest touch or heavy pressure to vary effects in your creative software
  • Customizable ExpressKeys, on-screen controls and Rocker Ring for easy access to shortcuts
  • Comes with adjustable stand, soft carrying case, Pro Pen and case, and connection cables. Please refer the User Manual before use.

iPad Pro & Apple pencil (Options available)

iPad and Apple Pencil sold separately

Unlike the Wacom companion, the iPad runs on a mobile OS meaning you will not be able to use full versions of the Adobe Suite or other programs you may use on your computer, but if you have a Mac computer you can use Astropad to use your iPad as a drawing tablet.

  • 7 inch Retina Display, 2048 x 1536 Resolution, Wide Color and True Tone Display
  • Apple iOS 9, A9X chip with 64‑bit architecture, M9 coprocessor
  • 12 MP iSight Camera, True Tone Flash, Panorama (up to 63MP), Four-Speaker Audio
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life
  • iPad Pro Supports Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil








Surface Pro 4 (Options available)

Much like the Wacom companion, the Surface Pro 4 is a full computer. The only difference is that it’s not made for drawing like the Wacom but it is a higher performance tablet.

  • Surface Pro 4 powers through everything you need to do, while being lighter than ever before
  • The 12.3″ PixelSense screen has extremely high contrast and low glare so you can work through the day without straining your eyes
  • Go from tablet to laptop in a snap with the multi-position Kickstand and improved keyboard (Sold seperately)
  • Ships in Consumer packaging.

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