Best drawing tablet: Wacom Cintiq
Undercutting Wacom considerably on price, the XP-Pen Deco Pro is an alternative to the likes of the Intuos Pro, offering a smaller slate of features but for about a third of the cost. So while the software drivers are a little janky, the fundamental drawing experience is rock-solid. The pen may not have the premium feel of a Wacom, but it still offers 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, and the overall design of the tablet has picked up a Red Dot awards. This isn't just a cheap knock-off – it's a premium knock-off, and if you're an artist on a budget, it definitely merits consideration.
To be honest, Innovator is a bit of a misnomer; the XP-PEN does not particularly reinvent any wheels, but what it does do is provide a smooth drawing experience on a slim, lightweight tablet with a good display. And it does so at a cheaper price than its main rivals like the Wacom Cintiq 16 and Huion Kamvas Pro 16. Its Full HD resolution makes for a good-looking screen at this size, with no obvious pixellation, and 92% Adobe RGB is plenty for users at this level. The screen could be a little brighter, though this is in part due to the laminated matte surface that makes the drawing experience feel so good. All in all, this is a great tablet for the price, and a savvy move from XP-Pen. Read more about it in our XP-PEN Innovator 16 review.