So this, in our opinion, is the best budget tablet for the money. If you want to find out why we think so, please continue reading below.
Why the Gaomon S620 you might ask. Well to select this drawing tablet, we started with the price like usual. We narrowed down our selection to about 4 with a similar price range. Then we selected the cheapest tablet that had the best specs. This tablet had several specs similar to tablets that cost upwards of $70 dollars. Here are the main things we paid attention to when selecting this tablet. If you will be purchasing a different tablet that meets your needs better than this one, please pay attention to these specs on the tablet you buy to make sure you will be getting a good deal.
The Pen in this graphics tablet is battery free; making it light and easy to use. Some of the older designs of drawing tablets have pens with batteries inside, you will want to avoid those. They make the pen heavy and you will need to change batteries.
2. DRAWING AREA SIZE
It is important to pay attention to the size of the drawing area. A lot of tablets in this price range have a drawing area of only 4×3. In the pictures they show of their product it seems like it’s a large enough area, but if you take a ruler and draw it out on a piece of paper you will see it’s actually quite small. The drawing area on the Gaomon S620 drawing tablet is 6.5 x 4 inches. In this price range this is about as big as it gets.
3. PRESSURE LEVELS
This is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a drawing tablet.
Pressure levels are the number of distinct pressure points that the tip of a digital pen is able to detect. The more levels of pressure the pen has, the greater your ability to vary the width of the lines you draw, making for a smoother drawing experience.
As of the time of writing, the highest pressure level for tablets is 8192. Below this the options halve as they go down, i.e. 4096, 2048, 1024. This tablet graphics tablet has 8192 levels, once again on par with the more expensive tablets.
4. CUSTOMIZABLE EXPRESS KEYS
This one is pretty self explanatory, you want your drawing tablet to come with keys you can program to speed up your process. This tablet comes with 4 keys you can program.
5. REPORT RATE
When a tablet and a computer, or laptop communicate, the tablet sends what is called a “report” of the pen’s position. The rate of reports sent per second is known as RPS and this is an important measurement as it can affect the quality of your drawing experience. A high RPS allows for a more precise record of the pen movement. This tablet has a report rate of 266, which is actually really good, and once again comparable to higher end tablets.
6. LPI RESOLUTION
Resolution is another extremely important feature. It is measured in lines per inch or LPI and this designation refers to the number of distinct pen positions the working area of a tablet is able to sense within one inch in either direction. A higher LPI paired with higher RPS will allow more precise following of the pen movement, resulting in smoother curves and finer line control. One thing I need to mention about this is that some lower end computers might have a harder time keeping up with a tablet that has a high RPS/LPI combination. Basically the reports build up because the computer is not able to process them as fast as the drawing tablet puts them out, especially during continuous drawing. But most computers and laptops that are more recent should be able to handle this without any issues. This tablet has a LPI of 5080.
So in conclusion even though, I’m not much of an artist personally. I am good with technology and your tools need to be high quality. You should be using the best tools you can afford, if you want to do high quality work. Because no matter how talented you are; your tools can bottleneck you. Also one side note due to the specs, accuracy and quality of this tablet, it’s a very good selection for OSU. I came across a lot of people who were very happy with this tablet, when they purchased it for that game.