I recently upgraded my PC and now I'm thinking of buying new XP-Pen graphics tablet for it. As I have been using only a pen tablet DECO 02 for art, I'm thinking of getting a pen display. The problem is, I don't know much about them.
So I'm looking for help in deciding what kind of pen display I should buy. It should be something that I can hook up into my PC, so portability is not an issue, though I am willing to consider the options.
Thinking of this, I was going to get the XP-Pen Artist 15.6, but then I discovered that Wacom is planning to release the Artist 15.6 pro sometime next year. Because of the impending release, the Artist15.6 ( https://www.xp-pen.com/goods/show/id/225.html ) is currently on sale.
So should I wait for the release of the pro version, or go with the Artist 15.6 ? Or is there another alternative that I should consider? Or is the pen display just a waste of my money and I should stick with the pen tablet DECO 02 ( https://www.xp-pen.com/goods/show/id/324.html )?
Thanks for your time!
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If you can find a display tablet that you can test in person, and it works okay for you, it's worth getting. My friend had a model of Huion tablet, and although he liked it, the pen lag was a bit much for me. When I was at the Art Institute of Toronto for a weekend seminar thing, they had a few non-Cintiq tablets on display for people to try. When it comes to non-Cintiq tablets, if you can't test it, don't buy it.
Honestly though, I still use a plain old Intuos 4 at my day job, and it works fine to create professional-level work. My display tablet at home has been really nice to have, but it's not essential to make great art.
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I don't know about the XP-Pen, but there are a lot of knowledgeable reviews out there that compare Wacom alternatives, so you should be able to research what you want and reasonably trust what you'll get. I use a Yiynova and I got exactly what the amazon and tech reviews said it'd be. Amazon reviews for non-Wacom pen displays tend to be trustworthy and detailed and often written by professional artists who also have Wacom experience.
A pen display won't improve your art, but I have found that it makes drawing much smoother and more enjoyable. Definitely worth it for me. I couldn't go back to a regular drawing tablet.
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