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10 Best Affordable Graphics Tablets Under $100 Budget – Reviews and Specifications

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As the saying goes, “the pen is mightier than the mouse”, or at least it’s something like that, anyway!

Yes, graphics tablets are an absolutely essential piece of kit these days for anyone looking to do animation or design work (when was the last time you tried to draw something with a mouse? Did it look like this?)

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Artistic excellence from using a mouse

 

Not only are drawing tablets more intuitive and natural to use, but they are extremely effective in reducing the risk of repetitive strain injuries and wrist problems that are fairly common in folks who use a mouse for prolonged periods of time. Add to this the fact that they also come with some amazing features and allow for pressure sensitivity and hot keys, and you can see why they are taking over.

The problem is, how do you choose from all of the ones that are on the market and how do you find a good one that is fairly inexpensive? Sure, we’d all love a Wacom Cintiq, but at a couple of thousand dollars a pop they are out of most people’s price range.

 

(If you do have a bigger budget and want a drawing tablet with a screen built in, why not check out our list of the best Wacom Cintiq alternatives – graphics tablet monitors)

 

Therefore, I’d like to go through what I consider to be the 10 best “cheap” graphics tablets on the market. I’ll show you:

…and most of them are quite a bit under those budgets.

 

5 Best Affordable Drawing Tablets Under $100
UPDATED June 2018

 
 

1. Wacom Intuos Draw Small CTL4100 – (My Top Pick Under $100)

wacom intuos small ctl4100 drawing tabletclick here buttonWhether you’re a total beginner or a modern day Leonardo da Vinci, the Intuos Draw (Small) CTL4100 from Wacom is the best drawing tablet under $100 (in my humble opinion), for artists and animators of all levels to get their creative juices flowing and throw away that mouse for good!

This is the newer version of their Intuos Draw CTL490DW tablet that used to be my top pick also, and they’ve really managed to up the tech on this new one.

So now would be a good time to take a look at the specs…

Specifications

Type Pressure sensitive, cordless, battery-free pen
Model Numbers CTL-4100WLK-N (Black with Bluetooth)
CTL-4100K-N (Black without Bluetooth)
CTL-4100WLE-N (Pistachio with Bluetooth)
Size 7.9 x 6.3 inches
Drawing area 6.0 x 3.7 inches
Express Keys 4, with application specific settings
Multi-Touch No
Limited Warranty 1 year in USA, Canada and Latin America
Pressure Levels 4096
Wireless Support Yes – 4.2 Bluetooth connectivity (depending on the version you choose)
Weight 230g (non-bluetooth model)
250g (bluetooth model)
Resolution 2540 LPI
Cables Included Yes
System Requirements USB port
Internet connection
Windows, 7,8 or 10
Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
What’s Included Intuos tablet
Pen
USB cable (1.5m)
Replacement pen nibs
Software downloads (on registration of a Wacom ID)
Instructions and code
Quick start guide
Additional Accessories Wireless Accessory Kit
Battery
3 Extra Standard Black Pen Nibs (located inside pen)
Pen Set

Pros

Very light in weight and extremely portable, it also has 4k pen pressure sensitivity (compared to 1k on the old version), which brings it more in line with Wacom’s Intuos Pro tablet that has quickly become an industry standard (although that one has 8k pen pressure).

As with the previous version also, the pen is battery-free so you don’t need to charge it and you won’t suffer from a dead pen during those stressful moments when you need to hit a tight deadline (why does stuff always break at those moments?)

Connectivity is via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth (note there is a difference in price between the Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth versions, so bear that in mind when you buy), and is “invertible” meaning all you left-handers out there (myself included!) can use it perfectly fine…you’ve just got to turn it around. Likewise there are 4 customisable ExpressKeys that can easily be configured to your desired shortcuts.

It works with any existing software like Photoshop and Toon Boom, and also comes bundled with a choice of three programs (you can choose two if you buy the wireless version); Clip Studio Paint PRO (2 year license), Corel Painter Essentials 6, and Corel AfterShot 3. (Note, Clip Studio Paint is only available with the Bluetooth version).

 

Cons

Size might be an issue for some folks. The dimensions of the tablet are 7.9” x 6.3” with a large drawing area of 6.0” x 3.7”. Now, if you have limited desk space, or often carry your tablet around with you, then this will be a plus point, but obviously if you normally work on a large monitor then the smaller surface area of this tablet might take some getting used to.

They do make a Medium sized one, but that is almost twice the price of the Small, so I’ve not included it in this list as it is outside the budget.

 

Summary

As mentioned above I really think this is the top graphics tablet for artists on a budget of $100 or less. Wacom’s prestige and heritage (heck, they basically invented the modern drawing tablet) means that this product is of extremely high quality.

It’s also using the same technology as their Intuos Pro which makes it a natural choice if you’re looking to do professional-level creative work.

The downside could be the size, if size is important to you (ahem!), as you might find it takes some getting used to the difference if your monitor is significantly larger.

While it is at the higher end of the $100 budget, I think that Wacom have done a great deal by bundling it with top drawing packages like Clip Studio and Corel. Clip Studio Pro costs $49 just on its own, so that’s a great bargain really.

>>>  Check the best prices for the Wacom Intuos Draw CTL4100 here <<<

 

 

 

2. Huion 1060 Plus (8192) – (Best Wacom Intuos Alternative)

Huion H1060 Plus (8192) tabletclick here buttonHuion are proving themselves to be a solid tech company that produce quality at affordable prices and they have really pulled out all the stops on their newest budget drawing tablet, the H1060 Plus (8192) which has recently been upgraded and replaces their previous excellent tablet the H610 Pro, but still at a really reasonable price tag, well under the $100 budget.

Its large work area makes it an excellent alternative to the slightly smaller Wacom Intuos above, and like that tablet, it also works for left handed artists as well as right.

So, let’s see what tech is packed into this bad boy:

 

Specifications

Dimensions 14.2″ x 9.4″ x 0.4″ inches
Active Area 10” x 6.25”
Resolution 5080 LPI (Lines Per Inch)
Report Rate 233 RPS
Pen Pressure 8192 levels (8k)
Wireless Support? No (the Inspiroy Q11K has wireless support)
Reading Height 0.4″ (10mm)
Supply Voltage? No
Power Consumption 0.35W
Interface Support USB
OS Support Win 10/Windows 8 and 8.1/Windows 7,
Mac OS X 10.11 or later
Net Weight 1.7 pounds (770g)
Express Keys 12
Function Keys 16
Model Number H1060 Plus (8192)
Accessories Comes with 8GB SD card (can be extended up to max. 64GB)
USB cable (1.5m)
Rechargeable Pen
Multi-language manual
USB rechargeable cable for pen
Pen holder (4 pen nibs and 1 clip inside)
Gifts (depending on retailer) 1 x glove
10 x replacement nibs
Warranty 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Pros

The first and most noticeable upgrade that Huion have added to this tablet is the 8k pen pressure sensitivity. This is 4x what used to be in the H610 Pro, and the same as what is in the Wacom Intuos Pro which has a significantly higher price tag. This means that drawing and painting is even more natural and intuitive.

Size wise it is bigger than the Wacom Intuos Small above, and so ideal for folks who are using larger monitors, and the surface strikes the right balance with enough texture to feel like paper, and not super smooth like an iPad that can often feel very strange to draw on (almost like you’re drawing on an ice rink).

There are now 12 ExpressKeys which replace the original 8 on the older version, and these can be tailored for up to 16 different functions. It also comes with an 8GB SD card as standard which can be upgraded to a maximum 64GB if required, which is perfect for storing your work if you’re on the go.

It works perfectly with all the major paint and animation programs and pen sensitivity is pretty sound straight out of the box, requiring very little adjustment.

I’ve also seen it bundled with a number of excellent free gifts and accessories like a drawing glove and extra nibs, so it pays to look around and see what is on offer.

 

Cons

One of the noticeable drawbacks of this tablet is the lack of any wireless or bluetooth support, which means that the portability is not as good as the Wacom. If you do want a wireless version you’ll need to break your $100 budget (although not by much) and opt for the Huion Inspiroy Q11K.

The pen also requires charging which can sometimes be a drawback particularly if you plan on using the tablet in different places. In saying that though, it’s pretty much a non-issue if you’re using it at home. The pen is also slightly chunkier and not as slim and elegant as the Wacom Intuos, but it’s pretty quick to get used to it.

I have noticed some customers have complained about the USB cable weakening after some time and that setting up the device and drivers can sometimes be tricky. To be fair, Huion are pretty on the ball when it comes to support so any problems can be overcome.

An additional thing to note is that it doesn’t come bundled with any graphics software like on the Wacom, but then you can often get the extra accessories instead, and it is a slightly lower price point.

 

Summary

All in all I’m very impressed with the Huion H1060 Plus (8192) drawing tablet. It’s definitely a good upgrade from their H610 Pro, and the pen pressure and size really make it an excellent alternative to the Wacom Intuos.

The drawing surface, functionality, 8GB SD card, and above all price point make this a really great choice as a home or professional user’s tablet, that comes in well under the $100 budget.

>>> Check best prices for the Huion H1060 Plus here <<<

 

 

 

3. XP-Pen Star 06

XP-Pen Star 06 pen tabletclick here buttonFounded in 2005 in Japan the XP-Pen company has really started to turn itself into a go-to company for high quality drawing tablets and graphics tablet monitors, and their best one under 100 bucks has got to be the XP-Pen Star 06. With a large drawing area, and wireless functionality it is very similar to the Huion H1060 Plus above and is its natural competitor and alternative.

In terms of size and tech it is very similar and likewise can be used by left and right-handed artists, so let’s take a look and see how it holds up.

 

Specifications

Type Pressure sensitive, wired and wireless, with battery-free pen
Model Numbers XP-Pen Star 06 (Black and wireless)
XP-Pen Star 06C (Black and wired)
Size 14 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches (354mm x 220mm x 9.9mm)
Drawing area 10 x 6 inches (254 x 152mm)
Express Keys 6, with application specific settings
Multi-Touch No
Limited Warranty 1 year warranty
Pressure Levels 8192 (8k)
Wireless Support Yes – 2.4G wireless
(but the Star 06C is wired only, so double-check the model number when you buy)
Weight 670g
Resolution 5080 LPI
Cables Included Yes
System Requirements USB port
Internet connection
Windows10/8/7/Vista and Mac OS 10.8 and above
What’s Included 1 x Tablet
1 x P01 Battery-free stylus pen
1 x USB flash drive
1 x Pen Stand/Nib Holder
8 x replacement Pen Nibs
1 x USB Cable
1 x USB Wireless Receiver
1 x Drawing Glove
1 x User Manual

 

Pros

The major strength of the XP-Pen Star 06 drawing tablet is the upgrade to adjustable 8k pen pressure sensitivity which brings it into the territory of the Wacom Intuos Pro, a tablet that costs nearly 4 times as much. Its slim design (less than 10mm) makes it sleek and fairly easy to move around.
The wireless capability is really cool, and the lithium ion battery provides 16 hours of full charge (can be fully charge in 2 hours), but it also comes with a USB cable if you want to connect it up to your computer (it will charge at the same time, much like a mobile phone).

Quick note: If you want the wireless version make sure you choose the Star 06 and not the Star 06C, as the later one is cabled ONLY and has no wireless functionality. It’s a few bucks cheaper though, so that might appeal to you if you’re not fussed about the wireless capability.

The 6 ExpressKeys also come with an additional control wheel or dial which can be personalised but is prefect for zooming in and out, or quickly changing brush sizes on paint programs like Photoshop and Clip Studio. The dial also occupies the central position on the side, which means that there is no disadvantage to left-handers when they turn the tablet round.

The stylus pen is ergonomically designed, so fits well and comfortably in your hand, and is also battery-free so no worries about it dying on you when you most need it, or causing unnecessary damage to the environment. It also comes with a nifty little pen holder, that allows you to leave it upright or horizontally. There’s also a nib remover under the holder, which makes changing nibs a doddle (it comes with 8 replacement nibs).

 

Cons

The biggest drawback most customers have had is to do with installing the necessary drivers. They have found that they can be a problem even though they come pre-installed on a 4GB flash drive and sometimes need to be re-installed after a while. In fairness, XP-Pen has a solid support and customer service system in place so you can contact them or simply download the necessary drivers straight from the XP-Pen website.

The scroll wheel / dial mentioned above can be handy but there have been reports that the functions are not easy to change on it.

Summary

Overall I think XP-Pen have really done a great job with the Star 06 drawing tablet, and it looks like they are making headway into a very competitive market.

The size and design of the tablet, along with the wireless functionality are its definite plus points, but it falls down a little behind the Huion 1060 Plus (8192) due to the driver issues. In fairness these are often easily resolved, and XP-Pen’s customer support service are on the ball so easy enough to rectify.

If you’re a beginner or pro and looking for a quality budget tablet then the Star 06 fits that bill nicely.

>>> Check best prices for the XP-Pen Star 06 here <<<

 

 

 

4. Ugee M708 Graphics Tablet – (Best Value Drawing Tablet)

ugee-m708-graphics-tabletclick here buttonFrom Ugee comes the M708 Graphic Drawing Tablet. This tablet, at just $59.98 retail, is quite affordable and offers all of the features you’d expect. There is a pen included that uses an AAA battery and comes with a set of replacement nibs and a nib changer. It also has a set of buttons on the left hand side that can be programmed with all of the quick commands you need in most programs, including copy, delete, zoom in and out and undo. The tablet can also be configured for both left- and right-handed use. What makes this particular model stand out from most is the large writing surface. With a generous 10 x 6 inch drawing surface, the Ugee M708 allows for maximum creativity, giving the user freedom of motion and the ability to closely mimic the size of most laptop screens, for ease of use.

Specifications

Active Area 10 x 6 inches
Resolution 5080 LPI (Lines per inch)
Report Rate 230 RPS (Revolutions per second)
Express Buttons 8
Pressure Sensitivity 2048 levels
Reading Height 10mm
Total Weight 3 lbs
Supply Voltage DC 5V
Power Consumption 0.2 W
Interface support USB
System Requirements Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, 10, Mac OS
What’s Included 1 x M708 Graphics Drawing Tablet
1 x P51 Pen (AAA Battery Needed)
1 x USB Cable
1 x Driver CD (software also available in our official website)
1 x Pen Holder
8 x Pen Nibs (Located in Pen Holder)
1 x Remover Pen-Clipper (Located in Pen Holder)
1 x User Manual

Pros

There’s a lot to like about the Ugee M708, starting with how easy it is to install and use. It is compatible with any Windows XP, Vista, 7 or higher or Mac OS and can be used with most popular graphics programs including Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Illustrator, Zbrush and others. The roomy 10 x 6 inch drawing surface allows for comfort of movement, enabling the user to incorporate broad brush strokes as well as detailed, fine lines. The pen has a full range of pressure sensitivity, which makes it easy to adjust to for all users, from beginners to experts. The pad also automatically adjusts itself to the size of your monitor, allowing for a more comfortable connection between what you draw and what you see on the screen. The express keys are a convenient feature that put the most often-used commands at your fingertips and the entire pad can be adjusted to work for left- or right-handed users.

Cons

While this has been, for the most part, a very successful entry in the spectrum of graphic drawing tablets, it is not without its issues. The most notable problem has been adjusting to use with Windows 10. Though the tablet claims to be compatible with Windows 10 systems, some users have noticed that the commands will spontaneously stop working shortly after installation and will require a reboot of the tablet. Aside from this issue, there have been few reasons not to recommend the Ugee M708.

Summary

The Ugee M708 is a good, entry-level tablet for users of all skill levels, from beginner to professional. It features a nice, large working surface at 10 x 6 inches that puts it slightly ahead of the competition when it comes to ease of drawing. Its programmable express keys make navigating your favorite graphic program even easier and it is compatible with any machine using Windows XP, Vista, 7 or higher or Mac OS. While there may be some issues using it with Windows 10, it is otherwise easy to install and learn and provides a comfortable, enjoyable drawing experience at a relatively affordable price. A very good choice for individuals who want the flexibility of a larger drawing space without paying extra for more high-end models.

>>> Check best prices for Ugee M708 graphics tablet here <<<

 

 

 

5. Turcom TS6610

turcom-ts6610click here buttonThe Turcom TS6610 offers a user-friendly option for individuals who want the look and feel of a high-end graphics tablet without spending a fortune. The roomy 10” x 6.25” writing surface allows for plenty of flexibility and the 2,048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity let you mimic the experience of everything from illustrating to signing your name. The tablet comes with 8 express keys and 16 customizable function keys that put the common commands of most graphics programs at your fingertips and allow you to switch from one program to another quickly and easily. The pen is cordless and uses one AAA battery, which only adds to the natural feel of the drawing experience. And best of all, the $51.99 low price tag makes it extremely affordable.

Let’s have a look at the specs for the TS6610…

Specifications

Active Area 10” x 6.25”
Resolution Resolution
4000 LPI (lines per inch)
Report Rate 220 RPS (revolutions per second)
Express Buttons 8
Function Cells 16 function keys
Pressure Sensitivity 2048 levels
Pen Reading Height 0.4″
Supply Voltage DC 5V
Power Consumption 0.35 W
Interface Support USB 1.1
USB Cable Length 5 feet
Colour Black
Batteries 1 AAA
Product Dimensions 16”x2”x12.5”
Weight 2.1 lbs
System Requirements Windows and Mac, Macbook Pro computers. Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10/ Mac OS 10.8.0/10.10.0 or higher.
What’s Included TS-6610H Drawing Tablet
Wireless Pen (with 2 programmable buttons, 1 AAA battery needed)
Pen Stand (4 Nibs + 1 Remover included)
User Manual

Pros

The pressure sensitivity allows for a very natural drawing experience, making it easy to get a true pen on paper feel. With 8 express keys and 16 customizable function keys, you can put all of the commonly used commands such as back, zoom in and out, +/- pen size and others right at your fingertips, which makes it simple to use the TS6610 with almost any program. While you would usually have to spend a lot to get a work space this large, the price tag of the TS6610 keeps it affordable even for those on a budget. The larger work surface is particularly attractive for users with wide screen monitors as it makes it much easier to mimic the size of the screen itself. And the included software drivers make it compatible with most operating systems.

Cons

There have been a few minor issues noted with this model, including the lack of a textured surface, which can take away from the natural feel of the drawing experience and make it a little harder to get used to using the TS6610. Also, while this model can be used easily with Adobe Photoshop, there have been some slight hiccups when using it with Illustrator. By far the most notable issue, however, is the fact that the drivers that come on the included CD can be outdated and there have been particular problems using it with Windows 8. Fortunately, most of this can be avoided by downloading drivers directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Summary

Offering a large, comfortable work surface and a variety of express keys and customizable function keys, the Turcom TS6610 gives users all of the flexibility and durability they want in a graphics tablet. You can easily sketch, draw, edit photos, colour digitally or add a signature to your document just as if you were using a traditional pen on paper.

This model truly takes artwork into the digital age, with easy to use instructions and a CD of drivers that are compatible with Windows and Mac/Macbook Pro computers. Aside from a few minor issues with driver installation that can easily be remedied by visiting the manufacturer’s website, the TS6610 gives you everything you want in a tablet at a very affordable price.

>>> Check best prices for Turcom TS6610 graphics tablet here <<<

 

 

Now, if your budget can’t extend to $100 then don’t worry as here are my top picks for the best cheap tablets under $50.
 
 

5 Best Affordable Drawing Tablets Under $50

 

 

1. Huion Inspiroy H640P (Best Drawing Tablet Under $50)

Huion Inspiroy H640p drawing tablet
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The Huion Inspiroy H640P graphics tablet is a lightweight, portable and easy to use option for beginning artists and hobbyists who want to get their first taste of using a drawing tablet without spending a fortune.

At just under 50 bucks it is a very affordable model that gives you great quality at a reasonable price. It’s simple to set up and easy to use and is compatible with Windows and Mac OS systems as well as mainstream digital art software.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at its specs…

 

Specifications

Type Pressure sensitive, battery-free pen
Model Numbers Inspiroy H640P
Size 260 x 147.7 x 8 mm
(10.2 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches)
Drawing area 6.3 x 3.9 inches
Express Keys 6 customisable
Multi-Touch No
Limited Warranty 12 months
Pressure Levels 8192
Wireless Support No
Weight 277g
Resolution 5080 LPI
Cables Included Yes
System Requirements USB port
Internet connection
Windows, 7,8 or 10
Mac OS X 10.11.0 or later
What’s Included Inspiroy tablet
PW100 battery-free pen
Micro USB cable
Quick Start guide
Installation CD
8 x pen nibs and 1 nib removal tool (in pen stand)

 

Pros

This model comes with a battery-free stylus with 8192 pressure levels for extra sensitivity. The pen features an easy to use switch brush that allows you to customize your brush strokes and a front end made of silicone to maximize comfort. It comes with its own stand that holds 8 extra nibs and even has a built-in nib removal tool in the base.

The 6.3 x 3.9 inch drawing surface of the Huion Inspiroy H640P tablet gives you lots of room to work without taking up a lot of desktop space and the rubberised non-skid feet keep it steady on any surface.

It’s lightweight and easily portable which means you can take it with you anywhere and still get the drawing experience you want no matter where you are. The six customizable keys let you personalize your settings quickly and easily and the tablet features a smooth, paper-like texture for the most true-to-life drawing experience possible.

As previously mentioned, the Inspiroy H640P comes at a very affordable price just under $50, which is great value compared to many tablets on the market, and it’s very simple to install and set up so you’ll be drawing in no time.

 

Cons

There are a couple of negatives of the Inspiroy H640P, most notably some occasional issues with downloading installers and drivers, and also some users have noted that pen pressure can sometimes be erratic.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that it is fairly small, so if you want a bigger tablet that is still under budget then take a look at the XP-Pen Star 03 below.

 

Summary

The Huion Inspiroy H640P is a great choice for beginning artists and hobbyists that gives you a professional quality experience at an extremely affordable price. While it might not satisfy more experienced users, it provides a good quality drawing experience for novices.

Easy to use and extremely portable, the H640P lets you draw anywhere you go. If you’re just getting started in the world of animation and digital art and don’t want to spend a fortune, the H640P is the perfect place to start.

>>> Check best prices for the Huion Inspiroy H640P here <<<

 

 

 

2. XP-Pen Star03 (Best 12″ tablet under $50)

XP-Pen Star 03 graphics tablet
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Offering a high quality graphic design experience at an affordable price, the XP-Pen Star03 12” graphics drawing tablet is a great option for beginners and more experienced users alike. It has several features, including an advanced battery-free pen and 8 fully customizable shortcut keys that let you personalize your experience to give you the most value for your money.

There is also a stylish White version of this tablet too.

The tablet works with Windows 7, 8 and later and Mac OS 10.8 and above and is compatible with most popular design programs including Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint and Adobe Illustrator.

Here’s are the specs in more detail…

Specifications

Type Pressure sensitive, battery-free pen
Model Numbers Star 03 (available in Black or White)
Size 360 x 210 x 8 mm
(14.2 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches)
Drawing area 260 x 170mm
(10.2 x 6.7 inches)
Express Keys 8 customisable
Multi-Touch No
Limited Warranty 12 months
Pressure Levels 2048
Wireless Support No
Weight 610g
Resolution 5080 LPI
Cables Included Yes
System Requirements USB port
Internet connection
Windows, 7,8 or 10
Mac OS X 10.11.0 or later
What’s Included XP-Pen Star 03 tablet
Battery-free Passive pen
USB cable
Quick Start guide
Installation CD
1 x Remover pen-clipper
8 x pen nibs
Pen stand

 

Pros

With 2048 levels of pen pressure, the P01 stylus included with the XP-Pen Star03 tablet makes it feel as if you are drawing with a pen on paper. It requires no recharging and the convenient barrel buttons let you easily switch from pen to eraser without missing a stroke. It also features automatic line correction and an intelligent anti-shake function for the smoothest drawing experience possible for both left and right handed users.

The seamless 12” surface and 10 x 6 inch active area on the Star03 provides the maximum workspace, allowing you the freedom to create as naturally as possible. At the same time, the gently sloping sides and rubberized, non-skid feet make for a more comfortable drawing experience.

With a price tag just under $50, this is a model that won’t break your budget yet it doesn’t skimp on quality. That’s a feature that all users can appreciate, whether beginners or advanced. It may not have some of the more advanced capabilities of expensive, high-end tablets but for the price, the XP-Pen Star03 provides an excellent drawing surface with surprising flexibility for quality end results.

The XP-Pen Star03 is easy to set up and comes with everything you need for a dynamic creative experience.

 

Cons

On the negative side, some folks have mentioned occasional problems with pen responsiveness, and also some compatibility issues when using the tablet with dual monitors.

 

Summary

The XP-Pen Star 03 12” drawing tablet provides a good quality and very affordable option for students, novice artists and more advanced users without skimping on quality. Despite some minor issues with the pen responsiveness and with program compatibility, the overall response to this tablet has been quite positive.

It offers a large, comfortable workspace in a lightweight and easily portable tablet, which lets you explore your creativity anywhere. If you want to get a professional quality experience without paying through the nose, and all under 50 bucks then this is the choice for you.

>>> Check best prices for the XP-Pen Star 03 tablet here <<<

 

 

 

3. Huion H420 USB tablet

Huion H420
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When it comes to good quality at an affordable price, nothing matches the Huion H420 USB tablet. With three express keys and a battery-operated pen with a scrolling function, it gives you plenty of features for your money.

The tablet is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/Win7/8/10 and Mac OS 10.8.0 and up and can be used with most major graphics and animation applications including Corel Painter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop and Toon Boom Harmony.

Specifications

Type Pressure sensitive drawing tablet, with battery-powered pen
Model Numbers H420
Size 177 x 112 x 8 mm
(7.0 x 4.4 x 0.3 inches)
Drawing area 102 x 57 mm
(4 x 2.23 inches)
Express Keys 3
Multi-Touch No
Limited Warranty 12 months
Pressure Levels 2048
Wireless Support No
Weight 430g
Resolution 4000 LPI
Cables Included Yes
System Requirements USB port
Windows, 7,8 or 10
Mac OS X 10.8.0 or later
What’s Included Huion H420 tablet
Battery-powered pen
USB cable
User manual
Drivers Installation CD
4 x pen nibs
1 x 10 inch wool liner bag
1 x cleaning kit
1 x anti-fouling glove

 

Pros

At around $30, the Huion H420 USB tablet is one of the cheapest drawing tablets on the market today. While it can’t compete with the more expensive models used by professionals, it offers plenty of quality and flexibility for beginning artists, students and hobbyists alike.

With 2048 levels of pen pressure, the pen included with the Huion H420 makes it easy to draw with minimal effort. It even has a scroll feature that allows you to move fluidly through documents and web pages and it also comes with four spare nibs and a nib-removing tool.

Good things come in small packages as they say, and the H420 is just that…being designed to be portable and virtually hand-held. At just 7.0 x 4.4 x 0.3 inches, it’s not much bigger than an iPhone. The active area is a relatively tiny, 4 x 2.23 inches, but with its smooth surface and the pressure sensitivity of the pen, it feels much bigger, allowing you plenty of flexibility to create no matter where you are.

With an eye toward functionality, the Huion H420 comes with a complete package of extras to enhance your drawing experience, including an anti-fouling glove to help you move smoothly over the work surface without smudging your drawing.

 

Cons

While the pen on the whole is very good, sensitivity can cause problems meaning that you get a slight “choppiness” in the movement of the cursor.

Also, while the small size is definitely a plus point in terms of portability, some artists might find it too small for their needs and so it is limited in what it can be used for.

 

Summary

The Huion H420 USB tablet is on the low end of the spectrum in terms of cost and size and as such it shouldn’t be expected to perform up to the standards of professional artists. That being said, it offers plenty of quality at around $30, which makes it a very attractive choice for kids, students and beginning artists and animators.

The pressure sensitive pen and express keys make it easy to use and the anti-fouling glove included with it will help you to move smoothly across the workspace. It’s a great way to get your feet wet in the world of digital graphics tablets without spending a fortune.

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4. XP-Pen Star G640 6×4 inch osu

XP-Pen Star G640 tablet
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The XP-Pen Star G640 6×4 inch osu is a great quality, low cost tablet for beginners, students and anyone with a limited budget. At around $30 it won’t break your budget yet it gives you a sleek, slim and easily portable work surface that can help you get your creative juices flowing no matter where you are.

The tablet works with most popular design programs such as Photoshop and Clip Studio and is compatible with Windows 7/ 8/10 and Mac OS 10.8 or later.

Here come the specs…concentrate!

Specifications

Type Pressure sensitive drawing tablet, with battery-free pen
Model Numbers Star G640
Size 190 x 165 x 2 mm
(7.5 x 6.5 x 0.1 inches)
Drawing area 152 x 102 mm
(6 x 4 inches)
Express Keys 0
Multi-Touch No
Limited Warranty 12 months
Pressure Levels 8192
Wireless Support No
Weight 350g
Resolution 5080 LPI
Cables Included Yes
System Requirements USB port
Windows, 7,8 or 10
Mac OS X 10.8.0 or later
What’s Included Star G640 tablet
1 x P01 Passive pen
1 x pen clipper
USB cable
User manual
Drivers Installation CD
20 x replacement pen nibs

 

Pros

The 30 bucks price tag of the Star G640 makes it the perfect choice for users on a limited budget. Although it doesn’t give you the advanced features of higher-end tablets, its smooth work surface, easy to use pen and slim size are ideal for novices or anyone who needs a low cost back-up tablet to use while traveling.

The battery free P01 pen included with the Star G640 gives you complete flexibility with its 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity. Lines flow smoother and the ergonomic design makes it feel like you’re drawing with a standard pen on paper. Plus, the one-click toggle allows you to instantly switch from pen to eraser and back again.

Unlike similar models, the XP-Pen Star G640 provides the most workspace for your money. With a generous 6 x 4 inch active area, you can create effortlessly and the simple, slim design is suitable for both right and left handed use.

The XP-Pen Star G640 provides plenty of flexibility and is easy to set up and use, with no driver installation required, making it perfect for beginners.

 

Cons

The downside of the Star G640 is that, unlike the more expensive models, there are no express keys or control buttons on the tablet itself which could be a drawback if you like using them as shortcuts in your paint or animation programs.

Also, the thinness of the tablet, while certainly making it light and portable does make it more liable to get damaged particularly if you travel a lot.

 

Summary

The XP-Pen Star G640 6×4 inch osu tablet is very thin, lightweight and has one of the most affordable price tags on the market today. At just under $30 it is a great option for beginning users, as it’s easy to set up and use. Despite its small size it’s got a generous work area that is usable for both left and right-handed users.

The ultra thin design can make it prone to bending or cracking, so it won’t stand up to heavy-duty use but as a basic, affordable model it provides everything you need for a complete creative experience.

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5. Huion 680s

Huion 680s black tablet
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With patented technology from Huion, the Huion 680s gives you the natural feel of pen on paper without costing a fortune. It has a 200 RPS Report Rate and 4000 LPI resolution that make it responsive and accurate, and the 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity in the pen allow you to draw fluidly.

The tablet is compatible with most popular design and animation programs including Adobe Photoshop, Maya, Toon Boom and Zbrush and supports Windows 7, 8, and 10 and Mac OS 10.8.0 and up.

Here are the specs…

Specifications

Type Pressure sensitive drawing tablet, with battery-powered pen (requires 1 x AAA battery)
Model Numbers 680s
Size 280 x 250 x 3 mm
(11 x 9.8 x 0.1 inches)
Drawing area 203 x 152 mm
(8 x 6 inches)
Express Keys 0
Multi-Touch No
Limited Warranty 12 months
Pressure Levels 2048
Wireless Support No
Weight 1.02 kg
Resolution 4000 LPI
Cables Included Yes
System Requirements USB port
Windows, 7,8 or 10
Mac OS X 10.8.0 or later
What’s Included Huion 680s tablet with USB cable
1 x battery-powered pen
1 x pen stand
4 x replacement nibs (in pen stand)
User manual
Drivers Installation CD

 

Pros

The price tag of around $40 makes the Huion 680s a great option for users on a limited budget. It costs less than higher-end tablets yet it doesn’t skimp on the quality you’d expect from Huion. Plus, with a one year warranty on parts and labor, it’s a virtually worry-free purchase.

The comfortable, easy to use pen included with the 680s runs on a single AAA battery and has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for precise control. It allows you to control the cursor more freely for a more accurate digital drawing and writing experience and comes with a pen holder and four replacement nibs so you have everything you need for hours of effortless use.

The 680s offers a generous 8 x 6 inch work space that gives you plenty of room for editing photos, animating, digital painting, and e-signing documents with the natural feel of a pen on paper.

The Huion 680s gives you peace of mind with a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor and is backed by Huion’s friendly, easily accessible customer service.

 

Cons

Unfortunately it’s not all sunshine, and the biggest negative with the 680s is actually to do with the pen sometimes tending to break down over time and become less responsive. To be fair though, replacement pens are very cheap and easily replaced.

 

Summary

The Huion 680s is easy to use and affordable at $40, making it a great option for students and beginning artists who are looking under the $50 budget. There have been compatibility issues with some programs and the pen can be problematic, but with the warranty, those flaws are easily overlooked.

Overall this tablet gives you a smooth, fluid creative experience that feels like writing or drawing with a traditional pen on paper. It’s a perfect introduction to the world of digital art that won’t cost you a fortune.

>>> Check best prices for the Huion 680s here <<<

 

 

So there you have it! 10 top choices for graphics tablets under $100. If you enjoyed these reviews, or if you already own any of the tablets above, why not let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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