Buy A Graphics Tablet

Gone are the days of drawing with paper and pen. Nowadays, many graphic artists prefer to draw the electronic way with a graphics tablet, also known as a digitized drawing pad, and a computer. So before you rush out to join the ranks of the “new” artists and buy a graphics tablet, read these guidelines so you can make an educated and wise purchase.


1. Decide on a price range so you can easily identify which graphics tablets are affordable. Don’t be lured by options. Instead, focus on less expensive models that are lightweight and easy to work with. Once you have mastered the basics you can upgrade.

2. Determine what size graphics tablet you will need. Standard models are 4×5, 6×8 and 9×12 inches. Generally, those measurements allude to the tablet’s input area.

3. Write down which features are “must-haves” before buying your graphics tablet. Features you may want to consider include an optical drive for burning and playing back CDs and DVDs, adequate RAM (Random Access Memory) for photo and video editing, at least a 60GB hard drive, a wireless Internet card and ample expansion/USB ports.

4. Make sure the manufacturer supplied drivers will work with your operating system. Familiarize yourself with the driver software’s features since the driver regulates many of the graphic tablet’s functions.

5. Select the proper interface connection for your computer. USB ports are the most common, although older model machines may require using a serial interface.

6. Know the life of your battery. If you are an avid graphic artist who draws a lot, you might want to opt for a rechargeable battery.

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7. Ask about warranties, hidden charges and extras. Remember that sometimes the stylus pen might call for a battery.

8. Check newspapers, the Internet and electronics stores for the best deals. Cheaper is not always the best choice. Research the seller, too.

9. Read user reviews, computer magazines and consumer reports and visit vendor websites. They are all good sources and can provide valuable insight. Users offer hands-on evaluations and generally do not have product loyalty.