Guide to the graphics tablet size to get

One of the most frequently asked questions from my Wacom Intuos video review is that of the tablet size to get: "What tablet size should I get?"

Generally speaking, you'll want the graphic tablet size to be close to the size of your monitor.

A good size to get is the Medium. For Wacom, this is around 6 by 8 inches, or around A5 size. I personally find that to be a comfortable size to work with.

The tablet surface is mapped to the whole screen. That means if you have a small surface, everything you draw will be magnified much larger. 1cm on the tablet surface could translate to 4-5 cm on the screen. There's a mismatch because you expect your short stroke to appear short on the screen but it will come out much longer. It will certainly take time to get used to using a small tablet.

For medium size tablets, the difference of your tablet stroke and screen stroke is not as much, and hence it feels more natural to see your strokes come out the way they are on screen.

For large tablets, the difference is even less. However, I find that it can be quite tiring to use a large tablet because your hand has more distance to cover. When you're drawing in a sketchbook, usually your hands do not have to travel that far. With a large tablet, sometimes your hand has to travel further to reach the menus, palettes which are all over the screen.

Using large tablets with a small screen, e.g. laptop screens, can feel awkward at times and will take a while to get used to it.

My recommendation

Screens below 19-inches: Get the small tablet
Screens above 19-inches: Get the medium tablet
If you want really fine detail control, get the large tablet.

If you have the budget, the medium sized tablet is one that's the all rounder. I'm very comfortable with it even when used with a 27-inch screen.

You can check out the various Wacom and Huion tablet models and reviews on Amazon.

And check out my Wacom Intuos 2015 review.

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Hi I'm having trouble in

Hi I'm having trouble in deciding which size to get even though your guidelines are very helpful. My laptop screen size is around 15" so was thinking of getting the Huion H640p . But for more detailed work I was thinking the Huion 1060plus. Which one would you recommend? Any help will be greatly appreciated best hibah

Hi! I have read and watch you

Hi! I have read and watch you’re reviews on tablets and sizing but I am still unsure as to what size I would like to get. My monitor is 24 inches and I am unsure whether to get the Huion 20 inch pro or the Huion 16 inch pro tablet. Both the 2019 version. This is my first drawing tablet as I want to get into digital art and draw landscapes, people, and animals. I also would like to use the tablet for a couple of years as well. Which would you recommend?

Hi,

Hi,

I am struggling with making a decision in terms of what graphic tablet size to buy. I do have a 13 inches laptop.

it would be my first tablet and i would use it for online teaching, so mainly writing notes, drawing and labelling simple diagrams, etc.

What would you recommend? I am doubting between a small or medium Wacom Intuos.

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