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Hi, I'm Kori. I joined GASR in 2014 and have grown to love the community and people here. I'm a self taught hobby artist but I've liked to draw and paint ever since I can remember. I didn't get into using a tablet till a few years ago- and I love it. My family has always been a really big supporter in whatever I do, so I hope to continue and make it a more serious thing. I believe there's always room for me to improve so that's what I plan to do.

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Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:18 am
Hi guys!
So recently it was my birthday and with all the birthday money I accumulated,
I've been dying to buy a tablet.
(Trying to make art on a Mac trackpad isn't really the easiest thing...)
But yeah, I was just wondering, according to all of you amazing artists out there that use a tablet,
which one is the best to buy and wont kill my wallet?
Budget preferably stopping at ~$60 but if there's anything that's quality and cheaper then please let me know
Any links would be greatly appreciated!
I'm probably going to buy it from Amazon unless it absolutely has to be from somewhere else.

• Running on a 13-inch Macbook Pro Retina Display A1502 that's on the latest Yosemite Beta software.

Thank you!


Last edited by DeadCause on Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:48 am; edited 1 time in total
Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:48 am
This is the one I have: Huion 580

It works very well for me [2048 levels of pen pressure] and it comes with a cool nib holder/pen rest
It's super light/simple and the USB cord is removable
Only thing is that the pen might stop working when you first start using it, but this video shows you how to fix it.
Also the black shiny part scratches/scuffs real easy but that's just superficial

also free shipping
Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:47 am
Is this one compatible with Macs? I should probably throw that into the first post
Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:51 am
Moving this to the Help and Feedback section.

Also, we do have a thread that discusses briefly about different tablet brands: http://www.gasrforum.com/t26225-tablets-questions-answers-and-guides
Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:01 am
Thank you! (Sorry for the topic displacement.)
I'm moreso just wanting to hear a few opinions from users
regarding what they use and how their experiences are with them.
So far I am leaning towards Huion,
but I want to know for sure before I possibly throw my money away

Also; for Huion, since I have the newer Macbook that does not have a CD drive,
is there an official website where I could download all the contents from the CD hassle-free?
I tried going on their website and got this instead..
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:41 am
I think that the best tablet is a Intuos one, Your probably not going to get a good tablet with 60$ though.
Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:26 pm
Kilauea wrote:
This is the one I have: Huion 580

It works very well for me [2048 levels of pen pressure] and it comes with a cool nib holder/pen rest
It's super light/simple and the USB cord is removable
Only thing is that the pen might stop working when you first start using it, but this video shows you how to fix it.
Also the black shiny part scratches/scuffs real easy but that's just superficial

also free shipping


The impatience was real, especially after watching all these videos on the 580 and how nice it was on my budget;
so I ordered it and it's probably going to arrive on Monday.
Might have to buy an external CD Drive for my laptop if I can't find the download for the software though  
Oh well!
So very excited. Thank you for the advice and links! ♡



Dearest: Eh, I do like what Wacom offers but the prices are too out there for me.
I need to save up as much money as I can for college expenses.
Every penny counts
Personally I'm fine with something that's a decent size and has good pressure sensitivity.
Not trying to go pro lol.
Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:05 pm
I got an Intuos5 from eBay or Amazon because they don't make those anymore and it was highly discounted from its original price (which was originally upwards of 500+ dollars and I paid about $260.)

So, you can get one that is even smaller and don't be afraid to get a used one from a reputable dealer, and one that they don't make anymore because the drivers on their website are universal and work no matter what wacom you have.

Just because it's older doesn't mean it works any less.
If I can get a 50% discount on an amazing tablet that is brand new and works like a gem, I'm sure you can find one to fit your needs for around the 60 dollar range (even if it may be a bit small.)

You can look up their old Bamboos on eBay or Amazon, they'll be the cheapest.

//sorry for the long post I rambled on
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:09 am
My personal advice to you would be to not get one with a pen that requires a battery.  My grandfather has gone through too many tablet pens because they malfunction.  He bought the bamboo fun tablet and he hasn't had pen problems since, so that's just from personal experience.

This is the tablet I recommend for someone on a budget.  (He bought a refurbished one as well and it's lasted 3 years and still going strong so don't let that scare you.  I saw you wanted to order it on Amazon and this one is a good price.)  

http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-CTH470-Bamboo-Capture-Tablet/dp/B008E0U51W/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1413716760&sr=8-7&keywords=bamboo+pen+tablet

Comes with Photoshop Elements as well.

"Requiring a standard USB port for Mac and PC, Bamboo Connect is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, or Windows XP SP3, and with Mac OSX 10.5 and above."

It also works with Windows 8 as well, because he has windows 8 and he doesn't have issues.  I'm sure there are drivers already for newer versions of Mac if that isn't current enough.

I have a bamboo as well and I get hella good pressure; enough that I can keep my brush opacity at 100% and not be bothered.
Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:29 pm
Thank you everyone for the great information! Currently I'm awaiting on the arrival of a Huion 580, due to be at my doorstep tomorrow. If I experience any issues then I will definitely exchange my tablet and refer back to everything that everyone has suggested! Still a noobie though, so any advice is tremendously appreciated
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