How to buy a graphics tablet

What makes a good tablet? Drawing with the ideal tablet feels like drawing with a pen - it responds to tilt, pressure and speed, and drawn marks appear instantly. Early tablets suffered from lag, which was a combination of slow communication and processor speeds - you would draw a line and then wait patiently while it rendered. More recent designs are much faster, and the best models are fast enough to make lag irrelevant.

Accuracy is a key issue. The pointer should draw precisely and movement mappings should be linear with no obvious distortions. This problem has been solved on conventional tablets, but it can still be an issue on the models that include a monitor, especially at the edges of the drawing area.

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