The 9 Best Wacom Tablets

By John Thatch / February 18, 2016
best wacom drawing tablets

Having spent hours researcing graphic tablets and now being intimately familiar with  Wacoms patented technology and accompanying software I've compiled a list of the 9 best Wacom tablets for your various needs. 

The Best Wacom Tablet 2017

So what is the best Wacom tablet in 2017? It depends on what you need. We can't say that the most expensive Wacom tablet is the best because the most expensive tablet will not be portable and a portable Wacom tablet will not be the best for painting large landscapes because the surface area isn't the biggest. What is it that you need?  For more info check out our Or check out our drawing tablet guide.

Best Wacom Tablet for Photoshop

cintiq companion 2

Every Wacom tablet is photoshop friendly. You might however wonder is there a Wacom tablet that can run photoshop on its own? Is there a perfect Wacom graphic tablet for photoshop? Enter the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. The size of a laptop screen, combined with the power of an i7 intel processor with ultra HD resolution. It's great even for our left-handed friends. Fantastic 64GB to 512GB of space and compatible with both Windows and OS X. It features everything you could want in a multipurpose tablet and, more importantly, an artist's tablet. The power and the functionality to run and utilize photoshop.

2. Best Wacom Tablet for Graphic Designers

intuos pen and touch small

For graphic designers, I would recommend the Intuos Pen and Touch Medium ( the software you take doesn't matter but I would suggest Photo) They are all hardware wise the same the only notable difference is the software they come with.

3. Best Wacom Tablet for Beginners

wacom intuos pen and touch comic

The best Wacom tablet for beginners must be again the Intuos Pen and Touch but this time, you can try the small version. If you are serious about becoming an artist and if you have the money I would recommend you take a bigger drawing area size graphic tablet such as the medium of the same model.

4. Best Wacom Tablet for Artists

wacom cintiq 22HD

I would say that only the higher end Wacom tablets such in the Cintiq and Pro series are the best for an artist. The simple reason is that those models offer the extra functionality you'll need such as pen tilt and rotation sensitivity. Those models will normally also come in bigger drawing area sizes that are better for painting in big strokes. Refer to our pen tilt and rotation glossary for more information about the extra functionality that you'll care about once you're a professional.

5. Best Wacom Tablet for Drawing

You can draw beautiful art with even the cheapest and most outdated Wacom tablet on the market. Even a bamboo which is now replaced by newer models will do. Generally, the rule of thumb is that the more you pay for your drawing tablet the easier it gets for you to draw, paint, animate, sketch or whatever you want to do.

6. Best Wacom Tablet for Animation

wacom intous pen and touch comic small review

Wacom Intuous Comic Pen and Touch Medium is your choice for animation. You'll definitely want the multitouch functionality for better 3D maneuvering. The Manga Studio 5 that comes with it is amazing. Multitouch and big drawing area are your main objectives here.

7. Best Wacom Tablet for the Money

wacom intuous pro medium

Although expensive the Intuos Pro Medium is the best bang for the buck graphic tablet to the Wacom family. The only drawback is the lack of a screen which you will only find in the Companion or Cintiq series. The Pro Medium is my favorite in the Wacom family.

8. Best Wacom Tablet for OSU

Wacom Intuous Draw is the cheapest option for making a big upgrade in your OSU game. No extra functionality that might increase cost while maintaining all the essentials that you'll need to increase your score in OSU.


Regardless of your choice you will never be limited by how much money you have. Buy the cheapest drawing tablet you can afford and just create art, or retouch your photos. You will be able to draw amazing art with the cheapest tools and as you progress you will be able to afford better tools too. So just get anything and just get started! Another great thing about drawing tablets is that you can also resell or pass them on later since they last you years.

About the author

John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.


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