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Amazon has the HUION KAMVAS Pro 12 Drawing Display Tablet on sale for $199 when you "clip" the $30.00 coupon. Item is sold by the official HUION seller account, shipped by Amazon.

Warning: there is another version being sold by "Huion" (not all caps) for $2 less, but the seller has far fewer ratings than the official page and the location address differs (China vs Delaware). Uncertain whether products sold by them would be warrantied, so check the "Sold By" carefully. Adding to the cart from seller HUION triggers an extended warranty offer, whereas adding from seller Huion does not.

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FYI to linux users, HUION drivers are not supported. Also some youtube video scouring, they have a proprietary design on a USB C cable so that many wont fit in their port hole. Kinda weird they'd do that.

HUION tablets are great cheap alternatives, but they don't work for linux which is their only major downside.
I'm a high school graphic design teacher, & while keyboard & mouse is fine, it is a great introductory tool, & can mimic brush movements. Brush strokes/movements on a mouse vs a stylus will yield different results, & you can apply "pressure" to a stylus, where as a mouse you can not. (Think grabbing a graphite pencil...when you hold it down with light pressure, it makes a light stroke/mark. Now when you apply a bit more pressure, it gives a darker stroke/mark/impression. You'll also get the affects of tapered strokes. Think thin to thicker lines, created from pressure setting & use of the stylus/tablet combo) Also, ever since you've been born, its only fitting and natural to use something our hands are accustomed to, in this case a pen/pencil, hence the similar feeling and shape the stylus.
Prior to me becoming a teacher, I did product and portrait retouching on a Wacom tablet.
A great alternative to to this tablet is Parblo [amazon.com] too. Good luck.
I've been using drawing tablets for the past 5 years as well as ipads/android tablets.
Some advantages to a display tablet like this one:

Runs off your computer, thus can ran computer-based software like full Adobe Photoshop and other drawing software. Typically performs better.
The pen is made specifically for drawing and would normally have more drawing support (different nib textures, pen pressure, tilt controls, eraser end, buttons). Apple pencil has some of these features but is costly itself (about half the price of this tablet).
Etched/laminated glass creates a more tactile surface, mimicking paper. IPads and android tablets are smooth glass, which feels slick to draw on (less control). You can, however, use a matte screen protector.
Color accuracy is usually better (ipads/android tablets normally saturate their displays).
On-display buttons allow for customization of common drawing shortcuts (undo, cropping, etc). The tactile sensory is better than on-screen shortcuts.

Disadvantages:

Runs off your computer thus cannot be standalone and portable (unless used with a laptop, but you'll have a bunch of wires everywhere). Your computer also has to be decently spec'd if you want the tablet to perform well.
Software can be tricky, even with higher-end brands like Wacom.
Takes up more desk space, especially with wires.

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FYI to linux users, HUION drivers are not supported. Also some youtube video scouring, they have a proprietary design on a USB C cable so that many wont fit in their port hole. Kinda weird they'd do that.

HUION tablets are great cheap alternatives, but they don't work for linux which is their only major downside.
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Genuinely curious... aside from price, why would I purchase something like this than, say, a Tab or iPad w/a drawing pencil?

I have a kiddo who is asking for a drawing tablet for Christmas, and while I've seen these - specifically this brand - I don't know anyone who uses them to give me real-life usage feedback. I can look & compare specs, but I'd like to hear some real-world scenarios if possible. Thanks!
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Genuinely curious... aside from price, why would I purchase something like this than, say, a Tab or iPad w/a drawing pencil?

I have a kiddo who is asking for a drawing tablet for Christmas, and while I've seen these - specifically this brand - I don't know anyone who uses them to give me real-life usage feedback. I can look & compare specs, but I'd like to hear some real-world scenarios if possible. Thanks!
I'm a high school graphic design teacher, & while keyboard & mouse is fine, it is a great introductory tool, & can mimic brush movements. Brush strokes/movements on a mouse vs a stylus will yield different results, & you can apply "pressure" to a stylus, where as a mouse you can not. (Think grabbing a graphite pencil...when you hold it down with light pressure, it makes a light stroke/mark. Now when you apply a bit more pressure, it gives a darker stroke/mark/impression. You'll also get the affects of tapered strokes. Think thin to thicker lines, created from pressure setting & use of the stylus/tablet combo) Also, ever since you've been born, its only fitting and natural to use something our hands are accustomed to, in this case a pen/pencil, hence the similar feeling and shape the stylus.
Prior to me becoming a teacher, I did product and portrait retouching on a Wacom tablet.
A great alternative to to this tablet is Parblo [amazon.com] too. Good luck.
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Genuinely curious... aside from price, why would I purchase something like this than, say, a Tab or iPad w/a drawing pencil?

I have a kiddo who is asking for a drawing tablet for Christmas, and while I've seen these - specifically this brand - I don't know anyone who uses them to give me real-life usage feedback. I can look & compare specs, but I'd like to hear some real-world scenarios if possible. Thanks!
I've been using drawing tablets for the past 5 years as well as ipads/android tablets.
Some advantages to a display tablet like this one:
  • Runs off your computer, thus can ran computer-based software like full Adobe Photoshop and other drawing software. Typically performs better.
  • The pen is made specifically for drawing and would normally have more drawing support (different nib textures, pen pressure, tilt controls, eraser end, buttons). Apple pencil has some of these features but is costly itself (about half the price of this tablet).
  • Etched/laminated glass creates a more tactile surface, mimicking paper. IPads and android tablets are smooth glass, which feels slick to draw on (less control). You can, however, use a matte screen protector.
  • Color accuracy is usually better (ipads/android tablets normally saturate their displays).
  • On-display buttons allow for customization of common drawing shortcuts (undo, cropping, etc). The tactile sensory is better than on-screen shortcuts.
Disadvantages:
  • Runs off your computer thus cannot be standalone and portable (unless used with a laptop, but you'll have a bunch of wires everywhere). Your computer also has to be decently spec'd if you want the tablet to perform well.
  • Software can be tricky, even with higher-end brands like Wacom.
  • Takes up more desk space, especially with wires.
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What's the difference between this and the 13? Besides the extra inch, obviously
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I've been using drawing tablets for the past 5 years as well as ipads/android tablets.
Some advantages to a display tablet like this one:
  • Runs off your computer, thus can ran computer-based software like full Adobe Photoshop and other drawing software. Typically performs better.
  • The pen is made specifically for drawing and would normally have more drawing support (different nib textures, pen pressure, tilt controls, eraser end, buttons). Apple pencil has some of these features but is costly itself (about half the price of this tablet).
  • Etched/laminated glass creates a more tactile surface, mimicking paper. IPads and android tablets are smooth glass, which feels slick to draw on (less control). You can, however, use a matte screen protector.
  • Color accuracy is usually better (ipads/android tablets normally saturate their displays).
  • On-display buttons allow for customization of common drawing shortcuts (undo, cropping, etc). The tactile sensory is better than on-screen shortcuts.
Disadvantages:
  • Runs off your computer thus cannot be standalone and portable (unless used with a laptop, but you'll have a bunch of wires everywhere). Your computer also has to be decently spec'd if you want the tablet to perform well.
  • Software can be tricky, even with higher-end brands like Wacom.
  • Takes up more desk space, especially with wires.
Thank you! Most of your pros/cons are the same as what I was thinking would be the case, but I have to admit, I would not have thought about the glass vs matte finish. I have a tab & pencil, but do not like using it on the glass... it just feels... unnatural. I am concerned about the lack of portability, though, so that might be a trade-off that is the deal-breaker for her (not necessarily for me, though).
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I'm a high school graphic design teacher, & while keyboard & mouse is fine, it is a great introductory tool, & can mimic brush movements. Brush strokes/movements on a mouse vs a stylus will yield different results, & you can apply "pressure" to a stylus, where as a mouse you can not. (Think grabbing a graphite pencil...when you hold it down with light pressure, it makes a light stroke/mark. Now when you apply a bit more pressure, it gives a darker stroke/mark/impression. You'll also get the affects of tapered strokes. Think thin to thicker lines, created from pressure setting & use of the stylus/tablet combo) Also, ever since you've been born, its only fitting and natural to use something our hands are accustomed to, in this case a pen/pencil, hence the similar feeling and shape the stylus.
Prior to me becoming a teacher, I did product and portrait retouching on a Wacom tablet.
A great alternative to to this tablet is Parblo [amazon.com] too. Good luck.
Trying to debate if I should get this for our 15yo anime artist? She has the drawing pad that attaches to her laptop, but this could potentially be a nice addition.
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I'm a high school graphic design teacher, & while keyboard & mouse is fine, it is a great introductory tool, & can mimic brush movements. Brush strokes/movements on a mouse vs a stylus will yield different results, & you can apply "pressure" to a stylus, where as a mouse you can not. (Think grabbing a graphite pencil...when you hold it down with light pressure, it makes a light stroke/mark. Now when you apply a bit more pressure, it gives a darker stroke/mark/impression. You'll also get the affects of tapered strokes. Think thin to thicker lines, created from pressure setting & use of the stylus/tablet combo) Also, ever since you've been born, its only fitting and natural to use something our hands are accustomed to, in this case a pen/pencil, hence the similar feeling and shape the stylus.
Prior to me becoming a teacher, I did product and portrait retouching on a Wacom tablet.
A great alternative to to this tablet is Parblo [amazon.com] too. Good luck.
Thank you for the feedback! So far, we've encouraged her to use pencil / inks / paint on paper & canvas as much as possible for her to really be comfortable with the basics. I'll be honest and say that it's surprised me how much she's improved just in the last year to the point that I'm willing to spend $$ to help her continue advancing. I have Creative Suite & she dabbled using a mouse, like you said, having a "pencil" is just more natural. She doesn't like the mouse at all. Also, thanks for the other recommendation!
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Thank you! Most of your pros/cons are the same as what I was thinking would be the case, but I have to admit, I would not have thought about the glass vs matte finish. I have a tab & pencil, but do not like using it on the glass... it just feels... unnatural. I am concerned about the lack of portability, though, so that might be a trade-off that is the deal-breaker for her (not necessarily for me, though).
Yea, portability is a huge factor for a lot of people, especially those that just want to lounge and sketch/doodle off their couch. There are some apps/features though that allow an iPad or Android tablet (eg Galaxy Tab 6/7) to act as a monitor for your computer, thus run full-fledged computer software. Apple's sidecar and the Android app SuperDisplay are good options here. Might be something to consider.
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Thank you for the feedback! So far, we've encouraged her to use pencil / inks / paint on paper & canvas as much as possible for her to really be comfortable with the basics. I'll be honest and say that it's surprised me how much she's improved just in the last year to the point that I'm willing to spend $$ to help her continue advancing. I have Creative Suite & she dabbled using a mouse, like you said, having a "pencil" is just more natural. She doesn't like the mouse at all. Also, thanks for the other recommendation!
Not at all. And great mentions to by slgerb,for those other great points! I'm using a much older Wacom Intuos 3, and it is a matte surface as well. For the price of some of these newer ones, I manage to get off of eBay a 9x12, and am content. I work/create within my budget. I have a smaller one for portability, but prefer the older 9x12.
You're awesome [giphy.com] for continuing to promote/support your child's passion! Also, I also recommend Adobe Creative Challenges, as they are a free resource from Adobe to challenge, grow, & inspire their creative learning and software. There's one for Photoshop [behance.net], Illustrator [behance.net], and even Premier [behance.net]. These are taught by industry experts & are free. Here's some more lessons here [behance.net].
Also AdobeMax [adobe.com] is free this year too.
Your child may also be interested in Adobe Capture [youtube.com], & is another great tool to enhance their creativity.
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at work ive been through the regular intuos pro, wacom cintiq pro (whoever designed this sidethought of a product should be fired), also the 22HD (great, but expensive). Why wacom? Well work wont buy me a Huion. Not my money, i guess =).

Have a kamvas 13 for home use and for the price, this absolutely cant be beat. Funky software but once its working, its golden. I will always vouch for huion! Ipads with duet and or Astropad are great too.
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Thank you! Most of your pros/cons are the same as what I was thinking would be the case, but I have to admit, I would not have thought about the glass vs matte finish. I have a tab & pencil, but do not like using it on the glass... it just feels... unnatural. I am concerned about the lack of portability, though, so that might be a trade-off that is the deal-breaker for her (not necessarily for me, though).
there are paperlike screen protectors you could explore. This worked quite well for me: link [amazon.com] Smilie
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