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  • How to choose the best pen display drawing monitors

    A Guide On Drawing Monitors and graphics tablets

    A good graphics tablet is a must-have for anyone who's looking to get deeper into making digital art. It makes drawing easier, and is compatible with a lot of devices and software that are industry standards. Graphics tablets are a mainstay for professionals, but more budget-friendly models let even beginners buy and learn using their own tablet.

    The graphics tablet is a very useful tool for illustrators, animators, graphic designers and photographers. The ability to pick up a “pen” to direct drawings or mouse movements is a much more natural way of drawing, painting and moving a cursor around.

    To use graphics tablets, you need to connect the drawing pad to your computer to transfer data to your computer. which allow you to use your existing computer, OS and desktop software.

    The main difference between a pen tablet and a pen display is that the pen tablet does not have a screen, and the pen display does. A pen tablet is a computer input equipment, usually consisting of an electronic drawing tablet and a stylus. The users can draw on the tablet with the stylus, and the image will be displayed on the computer screen.

    The pen display on te other hand, an input device and a monitor. It is much easier to use than a simple pen tablet, but also requires more financial investment. The tablet will display any software that a monitor would display and the pen acts as a mouse. Usually the set up includes this display as a secondary display, attached to your computer.

    the drawing monitor has turned into the go-to illustration device for lots of artists due to its convenience, high-tech features and excellent usability.

    Let Me Help You Decide On The Right Pen Display monitor To Get

    Just like Picking the right graphics tablet can be confusing, specially for a first-time buyers. Picking the right drawing display can be the same. Specially givng the many factors that go into that.

    In this post, I will talk about the various factors that can help you pick the right pen display more easily. Think of me as your friend who's tryring to organize your thoughts to help you in your purchase.

    Key Features & Specs

    There are a lot of factors that impact the quality and functionality of a drawing tablet monitors.

    Here are a few of the most important:


    The higher the resolution, the better the picture. Resolution, the number of vertical x horizontal pixels that comprise the image, is inextricable from screen size when you're choosing a monitor. What you really want to optimize is pixel density, the number of pixels per inch the screen can display, because that's what determines how sharp the screen looks (though there are some other factors), as well as how big elements of the interface, such as icons and text, can appear. Standard resolutions include 4K UHD (3,840x2,160 pixels), QHD (Quad HD, 2,560x1,440) and FHD (Full HD, 1,920x1,080): You're better off looking at the numbers than the alphabet soup, because when you get to variations like UWQHD they can get ambiguous. When you see references to 1080p or 1440p, it's referring to the vertical resolution.

    For example, on a 27-inch display, 1,920x1,080 has a pixel density of 81.59 ppi. On a 24-inch display, it's 91.79 ppi. Because a higher density is better up to a point, FHD will look better on the smaller screen. Pixel density has a big impact on monitor quality, and our sweet spot is 109 pixels per inch (ppi). A larger monitor will have low pixel density if it's a lower resolution.


    A larger screen is more comfortable to draw on and easier on your eyes. It's like drawing on an A4 vs A5 paper. With a smaller screen, user interface may be small and you have to squint your eyes to see.

    Everything being equal, and if you've got the space and budget, bigger is almost always better. Screen size labeling is based on the length of the diagonal: That made it easy to compare when almost every screen had the same aspect ratio (the ratio of the number of horizontal pixels to vertical pixels).

    The different sizes of drawing tablet with monitor I considered here range from 11.6-inch to 23.8-inch. The bigger the monitor the better and easier it is to illustrate on. However, one would sacrifice on portability and the ability to take the tablet anywhere when choosing a bigger drawing monitor. We would consider drawing tablets up to 15.6-inch as portable, anything bigger than that would need a permanent place on the desk given its built-in stand and bulkiness. Sizes considered are: 11.6-inch – to take anywhere with you , 13.3-inch , 15.6-inch , 19.5-inch , 21.5-inch – to be stationed on desk, 23.8-inch.

    Response Times

    Shorter is better, but it's not a big priority unless you're gaming. Response time tells you how long a monitor takes to change individual pixels from black to white or, if its GTG response time, from one shade of gray to another. Longer response times can mean motion blur when gaming or watching fast-paced videos. For gaming monitors, the highest response time you'll likely see is 5ms, while the fastest gaming monitors can have a 0.5ms response time.

    Panel Tech

    for image quality, TN < IPS < VA. TN monitors are the fastest but cheapest, due to poorer image quality when viewing from a side angle. IPS monitors have slightly faster response times and show color better than VA panels, but VA monitors have the best contrast out of all three panel types. For more on the difference between panel types, see the dedicated section below.

    The most important factor, to me, is the type of panel used for the display. It should be an IPS panel so that you get the maximum viewing angles and best colour reproduction. You'll be constantly tilting your monitor, and without an IPS panel it will mean that colours on the screen will shift depending on where your eye is. It's very irritating to use a non-IPS monitor. Imagine when your monitor is upright, the skin tone looks alright, but when monitor is tilted down even by a few degrees, the skin tone appears off.

    Color Accuracy

    Having a monitor that displays colour and contrast totally accurately is crucial for a designer or photographer because your work will be viewed by others exactly as you intended it. It also comes in handy when you need to match the colours in a digital design to a printed version.

    The most regular gamut are sRGB, AdobeRGB, NTSC and DCI-P3, in which NTSC is now used most widely, sRGB is a very old specification, Adobe RGB is mostly used for professional designers, and DCI-P3 is the preference for TV and film makers.

    Normally, there are conversion formulas for these 3 gamut, 100%sRGB≈72%NTSC, 100%Adobe RGB≈95%NTSC. Different manufacturer will advertise their product with different terminology, we need to keep our eyes sharped while choosing one of them.

    You will need to know it's wrong that the higher percentage of a gamut, the better is a monitor. Different gamut has different specifications, and they will be applied for different usage.

    Monitors with 85% NTSC gamut or 85% AdobeRGB gamut above is the excellent one.
    If some monitor's gamut is below 65%sRGB or 45% NTSC, don't think of it, they are just trash, and will do harm to your eyes.

    Pressure Sensitivity

    This is one of the main reasons why drawing with a graphics tablet is superior to using the mouse. Pressure sensitivity is a feature that allows you to vary the thickness of the lines you draw by applying more or less pressure on the surface.

    Pressure sensitivity can also be used to control the brush opacity, and many other things, depending on what settings your art program supports.

    Since it's an important feature, it may be tempting to get the highest pressure sensitivity you could get, but in reality, you don't have to, since there's a limit to how much you can benefit from additional pressure beyond a certain point, so don't stress out about it too much.

    Any tablet that supports 2048 levels of pressure or more is worth of getting, some may argue that getting even less than that is okay, but these tablets tend to be much older.

    Even if pressure sensitivity mattered, different graphics tablets from different brands all support the highest pressure level out there.

    Tilt sensitivity

    Tilt sensitivity was introduced to bring your stylus experience closer to a real pencil. This feature, e.g. of the Airbrush tip and eraser, senses the amount of tilt between the tool and tablet. This creates a natural-looking pen, brush, and eraser strokes in applications that support tilt-sensitivity.

    Stylus with tilt sensitivity allows the artists to shade just like a real pencil when the stylus is tilted at an angle. This can be important for an artist who does a lot of shading work. If you are a normal user who uses the stylus for light note-taking tasks, then you don't really need tilt sensitivity.

    Which apps support tilt: Almost all the popular drawing apps and software support tilt. Some of the most prominent ones are mentioned : ( Photoshop ,Affinity Photo, Procreate,Autodesk Sketchbook,Corel Painter,Krita, Sketchpad,Clip Studio paint, Art Rage, Affinity Designer,
    and many more…)

    Report rate speed

    It is nothing but the frequency with which the graphics tablet reads the position and pressure of the pen and then sends this data to the computer. If the reading speed would be low, we would receive a broken line with very fast movements on the screen.

    Currently, the standard is 200 rps (reports per second), or 200 Hz. Anything around 200 rps (or higher) is great and most tablets fit this description.

    Hot Keys

    Many graphics tablets come with hot keys . These keys can be programmed to do many functions, like keyboard shortcuts & mouse clicks, which can be handy to access the tools or dialogs that you use often.

    Some artists prefer not to use hot keys, and opt to use the keyboard instead, since it gives them more options. I am one of those people. I only bother with using the hot keys when I do something that doesn't require much shortcuts, like simply sketching & the like.

    If you're not sure whether you need hot keys or not, I advise you to pick a tablet with at least 6 buttons if possible. That way, you could try them yourself

    Tip:- You may have noticed the trend here, but many things when it comes to digital art (and other purposes), like graphics tablets, are bound to your preferences, which you will develop after dabbling with it for some time.


    Whether you're looking for a graphics tablet or a drawing tablet, there are lots of options on the market, and they are probably all pretty compelling. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the abundance of options.

    Two particular heavyweights are Wacom Cintiq and XP-PEN Artist . Both manufacture graphics tablets and drawing tablets and have different strong and weak points. While XP-Pen tablets are generally cheaper than Wacom tablets and have more features, Wacom tablets tend to have more of a premium and durable build, and a lot more brand recognition.

    Whenever and whatever you wanna buy for your personal or professional uses. But the price of the products has a great role when you compare some similar products, so if your budget is tight then, you should definitely go with the XP-pen artist series ( https://www.xp-pen.com/series/Artist-display.html ) .

  • What Graphics Tablet Should I Buy? Guide for Beginners

    What is a graphics tablet?

    The graphics tablet is probably one of the most interesting devices to connect to a computer, especially if you want to develop your creativity in the field of graphics or design. Despite its appearance very close to the tablets we use to surf the Internet, its use is completely different.

    graphics tablet is also called drawing tablet, computer drawing tablet, hand-painted tablet, etc. It is a kind of computer input equipment, usually consisting of an electronic painting tablet and an electronic pressure sensitive pen. Its working mode is an electronic drawing tablet. When using it, you should connect the drawing tablet to your computer via a USB cable so that it can be powered and transfer data to your computer. The users can draw on the tablet with the attached stylus, and the image will be displayed on the computer screen. With the advantage of computer, the pen tablet can achieve more painting functions than traditional tools.

    Graphics Tablets without screens require you to draw while looking at a computer screen. Animation, note-taking, practicing calligraphy, painting, and drawing are all possible on drawing tablets with screens. And the results are crystal clear and vibrant.

    There is a disconnect between the conventional graphics tablet, which is essentially a slate based input device and the screen. Marry these together and you get the best of both worlds, being able to use the stylus and actually see what you draw on the built-in display.

    Traditionally, graphic tablets with built-in display are expensive and only reserved for professionals. More and more graphics tablets with display have since come into the market, making them more competitively price and affordable.

    use and utility

    The purpose of the graphic tablet is to replace a drawing table, a pencil, a chalk or brushes and especially to simplify the life of creative people who can save or modify their work without any problem. Indeed, the graphic tablet makes it possible to transfer all the works from an "analog" workshop to a digital space.

    The drawings are made directly on the graphics tablet using a stylus and displayed in real time on the computer screen. Brands are constantly developing their products so that the feel of the pen and graphic tablet is the same as that of the pencil and paper sheet. The drawings are then imported into dedicated software such as Photoshop depending on compatibility, in order to make various alterations or modifications very simply and quickly.

    The graphics tablet can be used for many purposes, not just drawing: creating CAD drawings, maps, spatial and flat diagrams, processing, editing and retouching photos...

    The graphics tablet, thanks to its construction and the continuous development of the software under whose control it operates, offers much greater creative freedom and precision than traditional tools. Although it is a pointing device similar to a computer mouse, the stylus and tablet offer much greater precision and freedom of work.

    The graphics tablet detects pressure sensitivity and some models recognize up to 8192 pressure levels. The more levels there are, the more precise and qualitative the work will be. This detection allows to find the sensation of the pencil or brush. Devices that work with computers (there are also devices that work independently) generally use a USB, HDMI or wireless connection.

    Who is the graphic tablet for?

    The graphic tablet is an extremely popular device for digital graphic designers, painters, draftsmen and designers. The graphic tablet was initially reserved for professionals due to its price or the complexity of the associated software, but this is no longer the case today.

    The associated software is much more numerous, intuitive or simple to use (just like graphic tablets) and the internet is full of tutorials explaining how to use the tablet and the various ways to progress. Changes that open the way for all creators and make the tablets suitable for both professionals and simple amateurs passionate about drawing for whom the graphic tablet becomes an essential medium for progress.

    How to choose graphics tablet?

    Here are some summaries of how graphic tablets function. These quick breakdowns should help you know what to generally look for in a tablet tailored for your needs.

    1. Active work area

    the graphics tablet uses absolute positioning. this means when Using the pen tablet , the movement starts from the point where you touch the pen that corresponds to the spot on the monitor, so if you place the pen in the upper right corner of the tablet's work area, the pointer immediately moves to the upper right corner of the screen, no matter what that's where the cursor was before.

    Here, you should pay attention to the size of the device as well as that of the active screen area. It's easy to assume that bigger screens are always the best option.

    However, this might not be true if you consider all the factors that come with purchasing a graphics tablet. Smaller tablets may just provide the right resolution for your drawing needs and they will also cost you a lesser amount compared to other bigger options.

    2. Resolution

    It will be much easier to choose the resolution of the graphics tablet than its size. In this case, the problem is simple: the higher the resolution, the better.

    Working with a high-resolution tablet will be more pleasant, more fluid and will reproduce all curves and details with great precision. The resolution of the graphics tablet is usually given in LPI.

    The resolution of the graphics tablet is given in lines per inch (lpi) and tells us how many independent lines are in every inch of the width or height of the work area. In theory, the higher the resolution, the more precisely we can work, and the more detailed our picture can be. In practice, however, we may not need the highest possible resolution at all.

    Let's take a tablet with a resolution of 5080 lpi. 1 inch equals 2.54 cm. It means that on 25.4mm on the tablet there are 5080 lines which gives us 200 lines per mm. Let's assume that the thickness of our pen's stylus is 0.5mm. Then our stylus covers 100 lines and this is the precision we can work with. For comfortable work, this value must be at least 2,000 LPI.

    3.Reports per Second/Points per Second

    Some brands ( like XP-PEN ) document this as RPS (Reports per second) while others like Wacom document it as PPS (Points per second), but both are the same. This is simply how many times the tablet or touch device notifies the computer per second where your hand or pen is on the surface of the device. Higher/Faster the better and more responsive whereas the lower/slower the worse and less responsive. Low response tablets can create jaggy lines while high response tablets create smoother lines.

    4. Pressure Sensitivity

    You most likely got a tablet for something other than a mouse-alternative. And that something was probably “pressure-sensitivity”. Pressure enable's you to vary a tool's function based on how hard you press the pen to the tablet. This is the primary reason why people use tablets vs. a mouse. Pressure sensitivity simply gives you more control when using brushes, pencils and other drawing and retouching tools. A pen is also ideal for marking up and annotating documents. Basically, any function that requires a drawing or writing type movement.

    Enabling control by pen pressure is accomplished differently in every application. In most cases via checkbox, button or drop down menu. The typical function is to use pressure to control the size or width of a brush, and/or it's opacity. For example, a light touch of the pen to the tablet with an increasingly heavier touch will widen a brush stroke, or make it darker. Pressure sensitivity is amazingly helpful for anyone wishing to draw and paint digitally or enhance photos.

    A more accurate stylus will allow for better detail reproduction and detection of more pressure levels. Today's pens can read up to 8192 levels of pen pressure. the more pressure levels there are, the better. Some styli such as the XP-Pen Deco / Artist Line graphics tablet offer up to 8,192 pressure levels while 1024 levels are sufficient for amateur applications. The objective of the stylus is to accurately reflect your project and the final result will depend on your skills and experience but also on the capabilities of the tablet and its stylus.

    5.Tilt Sensitivity

    Some high end tablets come with tilt sensitivity which may also be called tilt recognition. This can be interpreted as similar to using an air brush. If you tilt the stylus you will get a thicker or thinner line due to the angle of paint spray. The standard values in which this function operates are ± 60 levels.

    This is used to create natural-looking pen, brush, and eraser strokes in applications that support tilt-sensitivity. Tilt sensitivity comes into play mostly in Corel Painter or with airbrush tools used for digital painting.

    6. Miscellaneous functions

    Programmable Hot keys/Buttons

    Basically these are extra functions on the tablet that can be convenient time savers. They allow you to program shortcuts, commands and tools into your tablet. For instance, you are painting a character, you make a mistake and want to erase. Instead of interrupting your work flow and selecting the eraser tool, you can hit a hot key with the eraser programmed into it, erase the mistake, then hit the hot key for your paint brush and continue your work.

    Function Buttons may or may not come with programmable functions already set, but customizable. It depends on the tablet.


    These are self-explanatory. On many tablets there will be a large or two large circular devices where you can slide your finger to zoom, rotate, pan, etc., mimicking various functions of the mouse wheel in certain programs or zoom in/out and pan tools of certain programs without interrupting your work flow.

    7. Induction height

    It refers to the maximum distance from the board when the pressure pen can sense the model number above the tablet. The height of the induction is about 9~15mm, which is the most suitable. It is not easy to appear the focus of losting the pen as soon as picking up it during painting process.

    8. Interface

    By the interface we mean the way the graphics tablet connects to the computer. We distinguish wired interface: USB, and wireless: Bluetooth.

    Tablets with a built-in lcd screen usually have an HDMI , USB-C or Display Port and if the tablet works as an independent workstation, it should also be equipped with WiFi and headphone output.

    9. Embedded lcd screen

    Graphics tablets with display can be divided into two groups: those that require connection to a computer for work, and independent workstations.

    The tablet from the first group when connected to a computer will be detected by the operating system as an additional monitor. Then our tablet works as a very sensitive and precise touch screen. Thanks to the fact that you have a direct transfer of the stylus's position to what is happening on the screen, while working in the graphic program you can get the impression that you create on a piece of paper.

    The second group of tablets are in fact portable computers with a touch screen. When connected to a computer, they can work just like ordinary tablets with an LCD screen. The biggest advantage of these graphics tablets is that you do not need a second computer to work with. Especially it is useful when you travel a lot and you like to create while traveling. For this reason, when choosing a tablet, it is worth paying attention to the battery life.

    When choosing a graphics tablet with a built-in LCD screen, first of all, take into account the parameters of the display, such as: resolution, color reproduction, viewing angles, contrast.

    Information overload, so…how do I choose one?

    My advice would be to take all this into account in order to choose the best graphics tablet for you. Read reviews, compare tablets and try to tune out the brand name pushing opinions and think objectively based on your budget and needs.

    If you are just starting out, you may not want to jump in with a $2,000 purchase on a Wacom Cintiq. Yet, you may very well want to start at the tip of graphics tablet pyramid. Getting familiar with what's at the top of the hierarchy in tablet technology may best suit your needs. However, you may not be able to afford anything above $100-$200 and can get the job done long as the tablet can produce certain tasks you have.

    Wacom is still the best brand of drawing tablets, but keep an eye on the less expensive alternatives.Wacom still offers the best pen tablets on the market but the competition has been heating up on the past few years and now we can find good quality cheap drawing tablets from a variety of brands such as XP-PEN ( https://www.xp-pen.com ).

    On the traditional pen tablets front, If you're on tight budget and cannot stretch it to the $200 range for an Intuos Pro M , take a good look at the XP-Pen Deco 03 and the Deco 01 . Both models are highly rated, offer better specs and really good hardware build quality for less than a comparable Wacom product. If your budget allows, I still think the Intuos Pro M is a better long-term investment.