Display Tablets

A list of my favorite display tablets for making digital art. These models have a built-in screen you can draw directly onto.

NOTE: I have given these tablets a star rating that is relative to the other models on this page. This is meant to show how these tablets rank compared to each other. A low star rating does not mean it is a bad device.

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Wacom Cintiq 22

A large entry-level display tablet that is perfect for art, animation, video editing, 3D and graphic design.

Aaron’s Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

PROS: Large screen, includes Pro Pen 2, compatible with Art Pen, stand included

CONS: Anti-glare film screen, 1080 HD resolution, less-accurate color

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Wacom Cintiq 16

An entry-level Cintiq that won’t break the bank.

Aaron’s Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

PROS: Includes Pro Pen 2, compatible with Art Pen

CONS: Anti-glare film screen, 1080 HD resolution, less-accurate color, optional stand not included

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Wacom One 13
wacom one display tablet

This is a great tablet for beginners and younger artists. It can even connect to compatible Android devices.

Not to be confused with the One by Wacom which does not have a built-in display you can draw onto.

Aaron’s Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

PROS: Most-affordable Wacom display tablet, supports other EMR pens

CONS: EMR Pen lacks premium features, less-accurate color, cable expensive to replace

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Wacom Cintiq 22 Review
Wacom Cintiq 16 Review
Wacom One Review
Wacom Cintiq Pro 16

The pro version of the Cintiq boasts a 4K screen resolution and over 8,000 levels of pen pressure. This is a great tablet for both professionals and hobbyists.

Aaron’s Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

PROS: Best small display tablet, updated 2021 multi-touch, 4K resolution

CONS: Optional stand not included

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Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Touch

The Cintiq Pro 24 is the newest generation of the Wacom Cintiq line.

Aaron’s Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

PROS: 4K resolution, accurate color

CONS: Optional stand or Flex Arm is necessary, noisy fans

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Wacom Cintiq Pro 32

This is the biggest and best Cintiq money can buy.

Aaron’s Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

PROS: 4K resolution, accurate color, extra-large screen

CONS: Optional stand or Flex Arm is necessary, noisy fans

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Ergotron LX (Flex Arm) Review
Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 & 32 Review
Cintiq 16 VS Wacom One – Review

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Wacom Alternatives

I can hear you saying: “But, Aaron, what about other drawing tablet manufacturers? Don’t they make tablets that are just as good as or better than Wacom?”

There are some non-Wacom brands that are not bad: Microsoft Surface Pro and Apple iPad Pro are decent for digital art, but they have some limitations that I feel can inhibit artists.

In my experience, the other cheap imitation brands don’t even come close to the quality and performance of a Wacom. So I wouldn’t waste my time to save a little money. That’s my advice, but don’t let that stop you from getting into digital art.

Watch my reviews to get a feel for the differences:

Wacom Cintiq 16 VS XP-Pen Artist 15.6 Pro Review