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WACOM are too much...do any of you use a cheap or inexpensive graphics tablet?

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I grabbed a refurb lenovo ideapad duet and ordered a new stylus from lenovo. Seems to work decent enough, but I'm not sure how an artist would find the experience.

If you're not looking for an active tablet (with a screen) the huion writing pads seem to work fine and they're dirt cheap when compared to wacom.
 

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I grabbed a refurb lenovo ideapad duet and ordered a new stylus from lenovo. Seems to work decent enough, but I'm not sure how an artist would find the experience.

If you're not looking for an active tablet (with a screen) the huion writing pads seem to work fine and they're dirt cheap when compared to wacom.
yeh, I'm not an artist...at least, nothing more than stick drawings anyhow.
 

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Yes, agreed Wacoms too expensive. I did use them extensively years ago and got my money's worth. When they died, I settled for a Huion 10" x 6" tablet purchased in 2014. Like a lot of things, the tech on these items changes rapidly, so I don't know what the newer ones can do. Plus, I've been doing more pen/ink & pencil drawing than digitally. But a drawing tablet is indispensable for me as I'll hand draw some things, digitize them and touch up or manipulate/scale, etc digitally.

As a side note, I had considered building a light table for tracing and found the LED Light Boards (tracing tablets) reasonable, very THIN and quite useful. The LEDs are bright enough to penetrate 100# Bristol smooth or vellum paper.

So I will sketch out rough designs, trace/retrace to refine. Then scan and digitize, re-scale, print out. Tape that to the LED tracing tablet, cover with the Bristol paper (secure with light masking tape) and directly ink the vellum/smooth Bristol from there. The LED Light Boards come in a variety of sizes. Between the drawing tablet, tracing board, scanning/digitizing, etc has saved a lot of time (and paper).
 

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I grabbed a refurb lenovo ideapad duet and ordered a new stylus from lenovo. Seems to work decent enough, but I'm not sure how an artist would find the experience.

If you're not looking for an active tablet (with a screen) the huion writing pads seem to work fine and they're dirt cheap when compared to wacom.
how much was the refurb and do you use it in conjunction with your computer as a pad or it's onboard features and then transferred the files created / edited?
 

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It was $120 off of ebay that ended up being $170 all-in after shipping and tax.

I doubt very much that there's a way to directly connect it to a PC (there's only one port) so the method of use is to do whatever drawing needs done in one of the Chrome OS drawing apps and then mail/transfer the image over to something I can get on my PC.

Sketchbook seems to be the most widely recommended app, and the active stylus was $55 after taxes.
 

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It was $120 off of ebay that ended up being $170 all-in after shipping and tax.

I doubt very much that there's a way to directly connect it to a PC (there's only one port) so the method of use is to do whatever drawing needs done in one of the Chrome OS drawing apps and then mail/transfer the image over to something I can get on my PC.

Sketchbook seems to be the most widely recommended app, and the active stylus was $55 after taxes.
yeah...I think I'll just get myself and the grandbrats some $30 - $50 entry level one's to play with. :)
 

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yeah...I think I'll just get myself and the grandbrats some $30 - $50 entry level one's to play with. :)

Yeah, the non-screen huion pads are relatively cheap but seem to work well as long as you can coordinate what your pen hand is doing with a remote screen.
 

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Yeah, the non-screen huion pads are relatively cheap but seem to work well as long as you can coordinate what your pen hand is doing with a remote screen.
isn't that how all the non-display pads work? you need to have a computer or phone / tablet to connect it to and monitor your work on the screen said device has?

heck, I think even the display pads need a device as well...while you can see what you're dong on the pads screen, you need something to record / save the work.
 

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