Whether you're a pro or a beginner, getting hold of a cheap Wacom tablet should be on the to-do list of any digital artist and designer. For a long time, Wacom has been the gold standard of what to expect from a quality graphic tablet, with high production values and quality results. Needless to say, these premium products often came with a fitting price tag. More recently, Wacom has focussed on the more entry to intermediate level graphic tablet, reducing the price tag, yet still providing enviable function and quality.
Whatever model you're looking for, we're here to help you avoid breaking the bank, putting together this guide to where to find the best cheap Wacom tablet deals in 2020. In this article you'll find information about the different Wacom tablets available, and how much you can expect to pay for each. Our dedicated price tool will also hunt out the very best prices from reputable suppliers in your region, including any hot Wacom tablet deals.
If you're still looking for more options, head to our run-down of the best drawing tablets to see how we rate the different options right now.
The best cheap Wacom Cintiq deals
Wacom's Cintiq brand has been around for a long time now, but still has a lot to offer. Drawing directly onto the screen removes any mental disconnect you may encounter when drawing on a tablet while looking at a separate screen. (Note: We're not talking about the Cintiq Pro range here – jump to Cintiq Pro deals if that's what you're after.)
The Cintiq range now consists of the Cintiq 22 and the Cintiq 16, which both feature 1920x1080 full HD displays, with anti-glare, reduced parallax, and foldable legs. The screens are capable of 72% of NTSC colour gamut and connect via HDMI and USB-A ports.
These models also come complete with Wacom's powerful Pro Pen 2, featuring 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition. To access any ExpressKeys on these models, you'll need to buy the Express Key Remote as well (around $99.95) which is arguably an essential to help with your productivity.
These are great quality machines, but as we move into a world where increasingly high resolutions are demanded, it's worth bearing the screen resolution and pen sensitivity limitations in mind.
Read our Wacom Cintiq 16 review for more. Below you'll find the best prices in your region.
The Cintiq 22HD is the oldest model still available. It runs on Pro Pen technology, which is only capable of 2028 levels of pressure sensitivity, but it was the last model to have the added benefit of including 16 ExpressKeys and 2 Touch Strips with 4-position toggle button for quick access to shortcuts.
Wacom Cintiq Pro
Cheap Wacom Cintiq Pro deals
Consisting of 13, 16, 24 and 32 inch models, the appropriately named Pro range is designed specifically for professionals. This is where Wacom tablets really excel. With the Wacom Pro Pen 2, radial menus, the Express Key Remote and an on-screen keypad, the Cintiq Pro has productivity literally at your fingertips. The Wacom Cintiq Pro offers a resolution of up to 4K and a RGB 98% gamut display, so you’ll be able to see your work in gorgeous clarity. Etched glass screens reduce glare and reflections while providing a natural, pen on paper feel as you draw.
Built-in legs raise your Wacom Cintiq Pro from 5 to 20 degrees. You also have the option of purchasing the Ergo stand or the PC module Cintiq Pro Engine to turn your Cintiq Pro into a creative pen computer.
There's also a Wacom Cintiq Pro Touch in 24- and 32-inch models. These allow for multi-touch gestures, if you're into that method of working. Both versions are gorgeous pieces of kit that look great in your office. They're expensive, but if you're looking at the Pro range, you've already accepted that.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 deals
Currently the only model in Wacom's MobileStudio product line, the 16 doubles as both a graphics tablet and mobile PC combined, so really can take your creativity with you. It's tied to the Windows ecosystem, largely because Apple doesn't like to licence the MacOS for third-party hardware.
Featuring the Wacom Pro Pen 2, and built in ExpressKeys, a touch ring and a Radial Menu, this MobileStudio provides everything you need to create at your best, from your studio desk or out and about. The MobileStudio Pro 16 boasts a 4K resolution screen, with an 85% RGB gamut. Plus, as an optional extra you also have the option of plugging it into any Mac or PC to use it as a standard Cintiq display with a Wacom Link.
Updated in 2019, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro features a number of upgrades from its 2016 predecessor. The 'backdoor' feature that enables users to upgrade the RAM and SSD modules is fantastic – anything that adds longevity to expensive tech is always a good thing. Sadly the battery is still not replaceable. The battery will do a solid three hours of intensive work before you'll need to plug in the adaptor.
There have been some significant internal hardware upgrades, as you might expect. The 2019 version of the MobileStudio Pro 16 features a newer Intel Core i7-8559U CPU at 2.7Ghz, which can boost up to 4.5Ghz. There’s a 512Gb SSD for storage and 16Gb of RAM. There’s an NVIDIA Quadro P1000 with 4Gb of GPU memory for high-end graphics apps, and an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU for power saving graphics when you’re running on battery power.
It's not all upgrades though: the cameras on the front and rear have been downgraded to simple 2.1Mp cameras in place of the RealSense 3D scanning capable ones of the 2016 iterations. The 3D scanning was a bit gimmicky, so we doubt you'll miss it. For more, read our Wacom MobileStudio Pro review.
Wacom One deals
Unveiled at CES in January 2020,Wacom's latest tablet is called 'The One'. It's an odd choice of name as there is a budget tablet already called 'One by Wacom'. The (new) One is an entry level tablet pitched at beginners and social media content creators. The big surprise here is that it's reasonably priced at only $399.95 (£359.99/€399.99). We can only assume that Apple's iPad and Apple Pencil and XP-Pen's various offerings are finally forcing Wacom to be a bit more competitive with its pricing, which is great for the market.
The 13-inch creative pen display is compatible with Mac, Windows as well as an unexpected new addition: it works with certain Android devices, too. Sadly there's no mention of iPhone compatibility.
The 1920×1080 full HD display offers a decent size of 13-inches, 72 per cent NTSC colour and an anti-glare treated film, which means it's going to look reasonable, but if you're doing work where colour accuracy is important, you may want to think twice about this option.
It's got foldable legs and is small enough to fit in most bags, but frustratingly the Wacom One uses three-ports for HDMI/USB/Power cable and doesn't have USB-C support, so you'll need a dongle to hook it to your MacBook or Android devices, making it considerably more cumbersome than an iPad. Plus, you'll need to find a power socket if you're using this out and about, so you may struggle to work in your local coffee shop. For some this will be a deal-breaker, but others will argue it's a reasonable trade-off for being able to run every app that you have access to on laptops/Macbooks.
Wacom's cheapest LCD tablet ever also comes with the cordless, battery-free One pen that you never need to recharge. With an impressive 4,096 pressure levels, while not as outstanding as the Pro Pen 2, still allow for a natural feel when designing. Unusually, The One also supports third-party stylus from other companies if you want to change things up.
Wacom Intuos and Intuos Pro
Cheap Wacom Intuos and Intuos Pro deals
If you're after a quality drawing tablet but are on a budget, or aren't bothered about drawing directly onto a screen, the Wacom Intuos and Intuos Pro are great options. Simply connect this nifty but affordable device to your Mac or Windows PC with USB or built-in Bluetooth, install drivers, and you’re ready to start work directly in the software of your choice.
As you'd expect, the Intuos is the cheaper of the two, with the Small costing a meagre $79.95. It also comes bundled with Corel Painter Essentials, Corel Aftershot and Clip Studio Paint Pro, which gives you some high quality apps to get playing with. The downsides to the basic Intuos are that the stylus included doesn't feature tilt sensitivity, nor goes it have an eraser on the top like Wacom's Pro pens.
The Intuos Pro comes in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large. This range includes a touch ring and more ExpressKeys. However, the most important upgrade is the inclusion of a Pro Pen 2, bringing with it the enhanced pressure sensitivity, tilt functionality and the eraser that's lacking from its junior counterpart. It also supports multi-touch gestures. Read our Wacom Intuos Pro review for more info.
One by Wacom
One by Wacom deals
Not to be confused with the new Wacom One, the One by Wacom is a completely stripped down, bare-bones graphics tablet. It's also the cheapest tablet Wacom has to offer. A no-frills experience, the One is not really a graphics tablet for designers as it lacks any ExpressKeys, multi-touch support, no pen tilt and the pressure sensitivity levels only reach 2048 levels. It's going to severely limit what you will get out of any art-based packages like Photoshop, Painter or Clip Studio.
That being said, it is a well-made piece of kit, that still feels accurate to use, and it may be a nice introduction to people who have yet to use a graphics tablet. The Intuos is probably a better first place to start for creatives, but the One still has its appeal, and if you're only looking for a tablet to avoid the dangers or Repetitive Strain Injury this will serve you well.
As well as the outstanding Pro Pen 2 that comes with all of its major tablets, Wacom also offer some bespoke pens for using with your various smart devices. Here is a quick rundown of what Wacom currently has to offer for those of you that can't get enough gadgets in your life.
Bamboo Duo (4th Generation)
This battery-powered stylus pulls double duty as both stylus for smooth tapping, writing and drawing on all touchscreens and a pen for writing on paper; Using a carbon fibre tip on your touch device and the premium quality black ballpoint pen for fluid writing on your stationary.
Bamboo Duo is compatible with touchscreen devices running iOS, Android or Windows. Download the Bamboo Paper app for easy note-taking and sketching, and use the Inkspace service to store, shape and share your ideas.
If you're frustrated trying to clumsily make images on your phone or pad when you need to quickly get an idea down, the Bamboo Tip could be just the stylus to come to your rescue. The fine tipped pen is compatible with iOs and many Android devices without the need to pair it. The battery lasts for approximately 20 hours and charges via USB.
Bamboo Fineline is a smart stylus with pressure sensitivity designed for natural writing on iOS touch devices. Features a triangular design for comfort and has smart features when paired with certain apps. It has a customisable shortcut button and features a retractable tip to keep it in good condition.
What’s the price of a Wacom tablet?
There are bargains to be had if you know where to look, but to give you an idea of how the different Wacom tablets compare in terms of price, let's take a look at their respective RRPs. Wacom’s pen tablets are the most affordable - the small One by Wacom costs $69.95, closely followed by the Small Intuos which sells for $79.95 in the Wacom Store, while the larger Intuos Pro tops out around $379.95.
There's a fairly hefty step up if you're going to go for a Wacom pen display. At the lower end, you're looking at $649.95 for the Wacom Cintiq 16, and $799.95 for the 13-inch Wacom Cintiq Pro. This runs right up to the top tier of Wacom's price range, where a Cintiq Pro 32 Creative Pen Display Touch will set you back an eye-watering $3,299.95. Finally, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 pen computer has a slightly higher RRP of $3,499.95, making it a real investment.
How to find a cheap Wacom tablet
You probably don't want to pay full whack, so where should you look for a cheap Wacom tablet? We’ve scooped up the biggest bargains on Wacom's full range of drawing tablets and accessories below – just scroll down to see them. Or, if you already know which model you want, you can search by product name using the quick links above.
Alternatively, if you'd like to search for offers directly, the best places to bag a bargain are through respected third-party retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Adorama, Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Currys. And if you don't mind a second-hand product, you can occasionally pick up bargains on refurbished Wacom devices in the Wacom Store, and it's also worth exploring Wacom's bundle offers.