Graphics Tablet

Using a normal laptop for digital artwork and similar computer graphics activities can limit what you can do quite a bit. With a normal computer mouse, drawing graphics in a program like Adobe Photoshop can be very difficult. Even after a lot of experience with a normal computer mouse for drawing, you cannot match the precision and accuracy offered with a graphics tablet.

Graphics tablets were designed for people in digital artwork and graphics to be able to sketch or draw easily. Instead of using a mouse to draw on your computer, the graphics tablet will allow you to use a writing tool to sketch or draw on the graphics tablet. These hand drawings can then be modified with various effects and changes and you can do this on the graphics tablet with a computer mouse.

There are two different common styles of graphic tablets that you can purchase. If you are considering buying a graphics tablet you will want to know the difference between these two. The types of graphics tablets are the standard graphics tablet and the interactive pen display. Below we will take a look at each type of graphics tablet and the benefits that each offer.

Basic Graphics Tablet
A basic graphics tablet is a flat pad that is both compact and convenient to carry around. The device is placed next to your keyboard and offers both USB and Bluetooth technology compatibility. These devices can be used with both a PC and MAC desktop or laptop computer.

To sketch or draw with a standard graphics tablet you will use a wired or wireless pen (included in box) and use the graphics pad as a canvas to sketch or draw on. The graphics tablet will acknowledge the strokes made on the pad and send the information to the computer it is hooked up to. The strokes will then be displayed on your computer monitor.

The main downfall to this style of graphics tablet would be that it is almost the same as using a standard computer mouse. While you are using a pen device instead of a mouse device, there are still some disadvantages. The main issue would most likely be that you cannot actually see the physical strokes that are made on the drawing pad.

If you are comfortable with the way these graphics tablets work then it should not be a major issue. The overall design of the graphics tablet is rather impressive. The pads included with these tablets specifically are designed very precisely. For instance, you do not have to worry about the pad or computer screen running out of room for a drawing.

Another great advantage is that there are multiple sensitivity levels which adds to the realism of the drawing. When the pen is pressed on the pad harder then normal it will cause a darker stroke to appear. This will help accomplish accurate shades and precise definition in the drawing, as well as a number of other things.

Overall, the basic graphics tablet is recommended most who are new to this type of device. It will take a while to get used to but the experience with it will definitely pay off eventually. You can easily find an affordable graphics tablet (around $100-200) and it will get the job done for what you need to accomplish.

Interactive Pen Display Tablet
An interactive pen display accomplishes the same tasks as a basic graphics tablet so there is no need for going into great detail of how they work. There are a few differences that will need to be discussed though. In particular, an interactive pen display addresses the major issue with graphics tablets, where you are not directly drawing on the screen but rather it transmits the strokes you make.

An interactive pen display is essentially a second flat screen monitor that is hooked up to your computer. This basically means that while you are drawing on the display screen it will show up on both screens. This is extremely convenient as it allows you to see exactly where you are on the physical drawing space, and not just on your single computer monitor.

An interactive pen display tablets comes in various sizes, with many models ranging from 15” to 17” and some even surpassing 22”. The main downfall with these devices would be the price. This could be affected by the brand name, screen size, features, and much more. However, an interactive pen display will be much more expensive in comparison to a graphics tablet.

Interactive pen display tablets are commonly sold for anywhere from $800 to $2,000 but there are still some cheaper, and more expensive models. Besides the high price, they are also very high maintenance as the screen can get smudge marks or get greasy while you are using it. With that said, it is extremely important that you make sure the screen stays clean at all times.

All the basic information that has been covered in this article should give you a good idea of what to expect when buying a graphics tablet or interactive pen display tablet. Ultimately, you should make your decision depending on your budget and what features you are looking for. If you plan to use the device for extremely professional work then a higher end interactive pen display tablet may be necessary. On the other hand, there are many people that could benefit from purchasing an inexpensive graphics tablet.

This Graphics Tablet Review is Written/Updated on Feb 20th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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