Everyone who loves to draw, paint and edit should have a tablet that they can rely on. When looking for a tablet there are a few things to consider. The most important is the form factor is important because you need to consider if you want something you can work on while riding the train or do you want to have a larger tablet sitting on a desk. Cover photo by Jackson Hayes.
This list offers different styles of tablets at various prices. Let’s take a look at the best tablets for creatives in 2020.
The Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft is every creative persons dream tablet. Loaded with features such as a quad-core processor for ultra fast performance you will be able to get loads of work done on this tablet. Another benefit to this tablet is the weight of it. Coming in at only 1.7 pounds you will have no problems taking this on the go with you. There are a few different models that vary by RAM sizes, processor, storage, and color. Microsoft has evolved their tablet line over the years and the Surface Pro 7 is one of the stars of the show.
Apple products as most of know put out incredible tablets and devices and the iPad Pro is no exception. The iPad Pro packs a tone of features in a slim and light form factor. The iPad Pro supports Adobe products such as Photoshop. If you’re niche is drawing and painting then you will be happy to know that this is where the iPad Pro flexes its muscles. With the Apple Pencil that magnetically holds onto the device and charge, you will have an incredible tool that allows you to create beautiful drawings and paintings. The Apple Pencil is sold separately, but is a must if you want to get the most optimal use out of the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro can be purchased in two different sizes 11′ or 12.9′.
If you want a tablet that will replicate drawing and painting as close to holding a pen or paintbrush then you will want to check out the Wacom DTK2200. This device offers a massive screen coming at 21.5 inches, but with a screen that large comes extra weight. The DTK2200 weighs nearly 19 pounds, but does come with a convenient tilt stand. This device also has 16 buttons called “Express Keys” that allow you to have quick access to various shortcuts of your choosing.
The Huion KAMVAS Pro is a great budget tablet for creatives. Huion with the KAMVAS Pro 16 brings a lot to the table. The screen is a fully laminated anti-glare glass which results in the stylus pen being more accurate. The anti-glare screen helps to also reduce eye strain which will help you work for longer periods of time. The screen comes in at 15.6 inches and the device as a whole weighs only 2.98 pounds. On this device you will also get a one touch bar and six press keys that allow for various functions such as page up and down, adjusting the canvas, and selecting brushes and pencils.
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If a traditional tablet is more your speed then the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 may be for you. This tablet was designed with artists in mind. This tablet fully supports Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and thousands of other editing and drawing applications. The Galaxy Tab S6 is also very light weight coming at less than 1 pound so it is very portable and easy to have while on the move. As stated before this is a traditional tablet so feel free to browse the web or play some games when you get tired of working.
The Wacom Intuos Pro tablet is an excellent tablet for dedicated artists. One of the most interesting things about this is that the pen is battery free. This will be excellent for those long sessions of drawing and painting because there is no need to worry about your stylus dying in the middle of creating. The multi-touch surface allows for ease of access and the programmable keys will give even more control and functionality when using this tablet. As a bonus gift Wacom offers two months of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan which includes Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop when your register your device.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is actually not a tablet despite its appearance. This device is actually a laptop masquerading as a tablet. The ThinkPad offers all the versatility of a tablet with the performance of a laptop. Featuring a 10th Gen Intel core processor you will have tons of power at your fingertips. Using this device with the ThinkPad Pen Pro is where you can let your creativeness shine bright.