The Best Affordable Cintiq Alternatives

Welcome to the Affordable Cintiq Alternatives or in other words the Affordable Graphics and Drawing Monitor Page!

Thanks for stopping by!

Here’s what you’ll find here:

Just like the Best Affordable Graphics Tablets page, the goal here is to help you find a tablet which allows you to draw on the monitor, but for a price well under $2,000 – $3,000.00. Therefore any Graphic or Digital Pen Monitor under that amount will be listed here, including the affordable and smaller Wacom Cintiqs.

Also to be as transparent as possible, I have not had the chance to physically use any of these tablets so my service to you is the time I spend scouring the internet for reviews and writing a summation to help you narrow down your decisions on what to investigate further. Should I succeed and bring you value then feel free to purchase your tablet through one of my associated links from Amazon. As usually, to be upfront with you, I do receive a small commission but it’s no extra charge to you.

Personal reviews coming soon on the XP-Pen Artist 22 and the Ugee 2150

The affordable graphics drawing monitors will be listed according to their brand then their ratings. Highest general customer rating at the top and  lowest or no rating at the bottom.

Ultimate List of Affordable Cintiq Alternative Graphics and Drawing Monitors

 

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Yiynova | Huion | Ugee | XP-Pen | Wacom | Parblo | Artisul | Fex Archstone | Bosto Kingtee | Monoprice | ASUS | Microsoft

Yiynova

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Yiynova MVP22U (V3)+RH
RATING: 4-5stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 21.5″
Resolution: 1920 X  1080
Input Resolution: 4000 LPI
Response Rate: 200 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
O/S Compatibility: Windows 8/8.1/10 and Mac OS 10.8.x & above, Linux.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Express Keys: 1 hotkey remote

PROS CONS
  • Comfortable P2X Pen
  • 22 inch, yet sturdy and compact build.
  • Sturdy glass screen, strong to withstand use and prevent marks and scratches.
  • Smooth transition to glass surface from Cintiq for many users.
  • Does not feel like a budget tablet monitor!
  • Noticeable quality upgrade from MVP2U(V2)
  • Great Pen Tracking!
  • Praised by some customers as a product with just as precise quality as Cintiq 22HD’s.
  • Praised by Cintiq owners as a light alternative of equal quality to Cintiqs.
  • Sturdy design.
  • So far works well with all software used by customers.
 
  • Some users complained about driver issues.
  • Some users complained about inaccurate colors.

MSP19U+

Yiynova MSP19U+
RATING: 4-5stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 19″
Resolution: 1440 X  900
Input Resolution: 4000 LPI
Response Rate: 130 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
O/S Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and Mac OS 10.4 & above.
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Express Keys: 8

PROS CONS
  • Out of 186 reviews, there are only five 2 star reviews and six 1 star reviews.
  • Pen is really responsive!
  • Great Pressure Sensitivity!
  • Comes with an anti-foul glove, ruler, and extra pen tip.
  • 8 programmable Keys
  • Very accurate pen strokes!
  • Sturdy Work Area.
  • AFFORDABLE!
 
  • An older model, however as of April 21, 2015, it’s still getting good reviews.
  • Due to being an older model the product usually ships with obsolete device drivers, go over to Yiynova’s Support Page for updated ones.
  • Due to being an older model, double check equipment requirements, some customers had to purchase Mini DVI cables or connectors.

yiynovamvp20u

Yiynova MVP20U+RH
RATING: 4-5stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 19.5
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Input Resolution: 4000 LPI
Response Rate: 200 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
O/S Compatibility: Windows 10/8.1/8 and Mac 10.8 and above and Linux
Express Keys: Exprss Key Remote

PROS CONS
  • Sturdy Construction
  • Good quality viewing at various angles.
  • Amazing Customer Service
  • Praised by long time Wacom users.
  • Comes with two pens, one for backup should one  malfunction
  • Out of 19 users, none of them gave it a negative rating as of November 2016.
 
  • Windows 10 has issues with driver as of 2015 which requires you to restart the driver’s .exe. You can search for updated drivers here.

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Huion

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Huion GT-220 (silver) and Huion GT-220 (black) and the UPDATED MODEL: Huion GT-220 v2
RATING: 4stars
Specifications
Diagonal/Sreen Size: 21.5″
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Input Resolution: 5080 LPI
Response Rate: 233 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Express Keys: None
O/S Compatibility: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Maco OSX 10.8.0 and above
Note: I gave this 4 stars because it had a general 5 star rating on Huion’s site, which they have removed and replaced with the updated GT-220 v 2, but  on Amazon the old GT-220 has a general 3 star rating on Amazon while the new GT-220 v 2 has no rating (at the time of this post, 11/25/2016). I felt 4 stars would be somewhere in the middle between the two. Just be aware the following is a mixture summation of reviews on Huion’s site and Amazon.

PROS CONS
  • Huion has listened to customers and updated the model with the GT-220 v2!
  • With the old model: Rechargeable pen (could be a negative for some)
  • With the old model: Comes with screen protector and anti-foul glove
  • With the old model: Said to be lighter and smaller than Cintiq, some can see this as a positive or negative. Listed here as a positive for someone who may prefer a lighter build with a relatively large screen
  • With the old model: Responsiveness is good, since the update it has received positive reviews.
  • With the old model: Said to work well with all Adobe products.
  • With the old model: For every negative complaint there was an equally positive one creating a relative balance. Not necessarily a positive, but noteworthy.
 
  • With the old model: Connectors are not in a preferable spot for some, however, this may be generally an issue with the older model. It was difficult to tell with this one.
  • With the old model:One user noted a 1-millimeter misalignment when it came to working away from the center of the screen in regards to line drawing, but stressed it was not bothersome enough to give the graphic pen display a negative review
  • With the old model:No pen eraser
  • With the old model: Some GT-220’s burned out, electronics fried, etc. after a significant period of use.
  • With the old model: Ther were general complaints about screen glare, color collaboration, monitor issues, driver issues, etc.

gt156hd

Huion KAMVAS GT-156HD
RATING: 4stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 15.6″
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Input Resolution: 5080 LPI
Response Rate: 220 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
Express Keys: 14 Express Keys and a touch bar
O/S Compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS X 10.8.0 or later

PROS CONS
  • Upgrade from GT-185 SD/HD and GT-220
  • Moves display connectors from bottom to left side as opposed to the old GT-220 model
  • Right and left hand compatibility.
  • One user felt significantly better with the updated version that they decided against a Cintiq purchase in the future.
  • Many felt the problems with the SD version were fixed with the updated model.
 
  • One user received one dead on arrival. However, after speaking was promised a replacement.
  • Another user complained about pen tracking issues when working away from the center of the monitor, but stressed it was not a serious issue for him.

gt185sd

Huion GT 185 SD
RATING: 4stars
Specifications
Diagonal/Sreen Size: 18.5″
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Input Resolution: 5080 LPI
Response Rate: 220 PPS (reported on Amazon)/233 PPS (reported on Huion’s site)
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Express Keys: 8
O/S Compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and Maco OSX 10.8.0 and above
Note: I gave this 4 stars because but it has a 5 star rating on Huion’s site. I felt 4 stars would be somewhere in the middle between the two. Just be aware the following is a mixture summation of reviews on Huion’s site and Amazon.

PROS CONS
  • Sturdy build and stand that adjusts quickly
  • Although there were concerns about software compatibility such as Illustrator, many tend to report it is compatible with most major graphic software
  • Received five star reviews on Huion’s site across the board.
 
  • People had significant problems with it working on Mac, although these complaints were in 2015.
  • Some complained about dead pixels on arrival.

huiongt190s

Huion GT-190S
RATING: 3-5stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 18.5
Resolution: 1400 x 900
Input Resolution: 5080 LPI
Response Rate: 220 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
O/S Compatibility: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS 10.2.8 and above

PROS CONS
  • Comes with anti-fouling glove
  • Tilt variable adjustment
  • Good responsiveness
  • Great adjustable pressure sensitivity
  • Works great with Sketchbook and Photoshop
  • Rechargeable Pen
  • Accurate pen sensitivity
 
  • Some complaints about viewing angle due to screen brightness
  • No HDMI option
  • Some suffered through bad drivers.

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Ugee

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Ugee 1910B
RATING: 4stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 19″
Resolution: 1440 X 900
Input Resolution: 5080 LPI
Response Rate: 220 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
O/S Compatibility: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 and Mac OS 10.2.6 & above.

PROS CONS
  • Excellent Color
  • Fluid and Easy Drawing
  • Works well with and tested by various users with software such as Photoshop, Paint, GIMP, Clip Studio Paint Pro and Zbrush.
  • Praised by Cintiq owners as a light alternative of equal quality to Cintiqs.
  • Pen pressure sensitivity works wonderfully!
  • AFFORDABLE!
 
  • Not HD
  • Pen takes batteries – but generally, have a long life based on electromagnetic technology.
  • No Hot Keys.
  • After prolonged use, the pen has been reported to malfunction, but a monitor restart usually seems to fix it.

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Wacom

Wacom13HD

Wacom Cintiq 13HD and Wacom 13HD Touch
RATING: 4-5stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 13.3″
Resolution: 1920 X 1080
Input Resolution: 5080 LPI
Response Rate: 25 MS
LCD: 16.7M
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
O/S Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and Mac OS 10.6.8 & above.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Express Keys: About 10 according to some customers, but Wacom says 4.

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD and 13HD Touch are listed because they both fall well under the $2,000 price range of the larger Cintiq models.

PROS CONS
  • Wacom proven graphic tablet technology.
  • Most customers testify that it works exactly like real paper and pencil or traditional medium.
  • Great Resolution!
  • Wacom Pressure Sensitivity technology is considered by some to be light years ahead of all competitors.
  • Out of 303 reviews, there are only 34 negative reviews, which according to Amazon’s algorithms accounts for only 11% of the total review rating.
 
  • Some users complained the screen is too fragile and either scratches or cracks too easily. As of February 2015, one extremely negative customer has a picture of a cracked screen which she says occurred in her specially padded backpack.
  • Most negative reviews, even some in 2015, complain about the touch technology and that it was oversensitive to touch gestures with pen in hand, but failed to recognize gestures at a time when one was purposefully attempting to use the touch features.

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Artisul

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Artisul D13
RATING: 4-5stars
Specifications
Diagonal: 13.3″ or 11.5″ x 6.5″ to be exact
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Input Resolution: 5080 LPI
Response Rate: 200 PPS
LCD: 16.7M
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
Express Keys:  6 plus 1 scroll wheel
O/S Compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and Mac OS X 10.8 or later

PROS CONS
  • Generally praised for easy installation
  • Easily programmable hot keys
  • Right and left handed capability
  • Anti-glare screen texture which prevents distracting screen glares that some people find to be a major setback in using a graphic tablet display monitor
  • Battery-free stylus/pen
  • USB 3.0 or HDMI connection
  • Comes with a stand, although one user didn’t like it
  • Seems to have received good reviews on all listings
 
  • May not work with some open source software such as Paint Tool Sai
  • No stylus/pen eraser
  • On some Mac systems it may require additional set up for certain programs like Illustrator, however, instructions are in the manual per representatives.

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Stay tuned for more updates and feel free to let me know if I missed anything. Hopefully, this article has helped you out.

Roy

    26 Comments

  1. Sorry for my ignorance, I have to ask, in your opinion which one has quality. closer to the wacon? Which has more precision?the delay in speed can be the fault of the bad pc? in your opinion which is more accurate?

    Estácio

    September 19, 2017

    • Estácio,

      I apologize for the delayed reply. In all honesty comparisons to Wacom is dependent on personal preference. For me, when I purchase an alternative I choose not to compare them to Wacom and take the alternative on its own merits. I know Wacom is sort of industry standard and there is a tendency to make the comparison, but given they have been around for a while I believe it is unfair to do so for upcoming manufactures. However, I can tell you what I have used and whether I felt any of their quirks were annoying. I have personally used the Ugee 2150 and Artist 22HD and so far I have not been overwhelmed by any of the differences between them and a Cintiq.

      As to your other question. Delay in speed can be both a faulty graphic display monitor and your system. If you have a slow system and you are trying to say do high resolution graphics in say Photoshop which requires a high amount of system resources such as memory then you may run into some issues with low end systems. Systems with not much memory like RAM (Random Access Memory) or just old systems not capable of handling graphics development.

      Hope that helps.
      Again I apologize for the time it took me to reply to you.
      Roy

      Roy

      September 25, 2017

  2. Hi there !
    Great site !
    I’m looking for a good wacom mobilestudio pro alternative. I mean a total stand alone product to draw on. U know like a Samsung 10.1 tablet.
    Do u think u can help me to find that kind of product please 😉
    Thanks !

    PYM

    June 29, 2017

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by,

      Sadly, to the best of my knowledge, none of the alternative brands have begun developing stand-alone graphic tablet display products like the mobilestudio pro. Wacom seems to be ahead in this area. The closest things I can come up with for you are probably Android, iPad or Windows tablets of which you may have already looked into. Off the top of my head, I know some graphic professionals use the Surface Pro series as an alternative to Cintiq and other Wacom products. A few people I worked with discussed the possibility of getting one for themselves a while back when Surface Pro 3 was out. The downside to that is, you’re pretty much shelling out prices equivalent to a laptop or desktop system. Still, if you look through the list, there are a few well under $1,000 if you don’t mind refurbished products or getting a Surface Pro 3: http://amzn.to/2upzL9I. While I could point to a few Android tablets, Surface Pro is one of the few that lets you install things like Photoshop, etc. It also has pressure sensitivity configuration. Another possibility, and let me stress, this is from a quick search so I didn’t dive too deep into this one, is the Simban PicassoTabs: http://amzn.to/2trXvwI. Fair warning, some users complained about a lack of perssure sensitivity while others say it’s possible to configure it. The one I linked comes with Autodesk Sketchbook app, but one user said they installed a Photoshop app for their daughter. There are others: http://amzn.to/2tv7m5P, but that one seemed to be tailored to artists, hence the name PicassoTab.

      Hope this helps,
      Roy

      Roy

      June 29, 2017

      • Thanks for your answer !
        It’s exactly what I was thinking. Sadly…
        I’ve an old Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2012 edition. It’s a great product ! I’m using the Autodesk sketchbook app.

        Then I’ll continue with it if I don’t find something new and affordable.

        Thanks again for the time you took to answer me.

        Have a great day/night (here it’s 4am :p)

        PYM

        June 29, 2017

  3. Thanks Roy, I know it can be time consuming.
    I was also looking at the ‘UGEE UG – 2150 P50S’ unit which is the 21″ version of the 19″ unit you mentioned above. It is HD unlike the 19″ and is currently on GB for £318.
    I’ve not looked into how much it would cost if one had to send it back to GB in china if there was an issue. This is where Amazon would be advantageous (£460)

    Peter Francis

    June 26, 2017

    • Sorry I missed this,

      I don’t have any major issues with the UGEE-2150. I’m typing to you on it now. In fact, once I finish putting together video footage of using it, I will disconnect it to work on the review for the XP-Artist 22HD, but the Ugee 2150 has been installed for a over a year now and I have no major issues with it personally. The only minor issue I can think of off the top of my head is sometimes the driver needs a jump start before using it for artwork. This is simply done by reopening the driver software and ensuring the pressure sensitivity is on and then you’re good to go.

      Roy

      Roy

      June 29, 2017

  4. Hiya Roy, really appreciate the list and associated reviews but was wondering what the comparison would be between these and the ‘ XP-Artist 22HD’ as mentioned by a previous poster.
    The XP-Artist 22HD is down to £440 which is just nuts

    peter Francis

    June 24, 2017

    • Hi Peter,

      I have to apologize. I’ve been sitting on the XP-Artist 22HD for a while now due to other issues. I’m going to try to get it up in the next few days for people.

      Roy

      Roy

      June 26, 2017

  5. Are all of these drawing monitors?

    Chris Clarke

    June 19, 2017

    • Yes, Chris, all of these are drawing monitors on this page. There’s another page for graphic tablets if you were looking for that: Affordable Graphic Tablets.

      Roy

      June 20, 2017

  6. #####! Is it so ####### hard to get a medium sized drawing tablet, for drawing ONLY below 300€?! I don’t need another ####### computer, I want a plug and play device for Drawing ONLY! PERIOD! SHouldn’t be so hard, when we got smartphones and tablet with touch out there but only ####### cintiqs that cost a ####### fortune. CHINA! COME ON. MAKE ONE NOW! I’m ####### sick of this ####. Freaking Morons…

    Christoph Wolf

    May 20, 2017

    • Christoph,

      I edited your comment and for anyone else in the future, please watch your language. However, I understand your frustration, but I would suggest you have not researched enough. You stopped on my cintiq alternative page, but I also have a non-cintiq alternative (you don’t need another computer, well in this case monitor type) graphic tablet page: Affordable Graphics Tablets

      Roy

      May 23, 2017

  7. I bought a xp pen 22 as a larger upgrade to my cintiq 13hd. The 22hd was terrible. Using win10 x64, everytime i started the pc i would have a completely different problem. Calibration would be so far off that calibration tool was unusable. When calibration worked the colour picker did not, usually picking colours from some random place. Placing pen on screen to draw in sketchbook would frequently bring up windows menus. Oh, i could go on. It is a pity the screen looked nice, why they cannot sort their drivers out is beyond me.

    Stephen

    April 23, 2017

    • Stephen,

      Thanks for your input. I have the Artist XP-Pen 22HD and while I can attest to some of the pen tracking problems, it was not as gigantic an issue for me as it seems to have been for you. Nor do I focus too highly on color calibration as both of my monitors in my dual-monitor setup have two separate color variations. Even before I began hooking up graphic display monitors to them this was the issue. I have noticed that with many of the alternative products you have to often reset the driver and settings of the tablet and even with continual use. In any case, I’m sorry you found one of the alternatives to be problematic. For anyone else wondering about my full review on the XP-Artist 22HD and the Ugee 2150, I should have it up in a few days. Honestly, I know I’ve said in the past I’m updating and then school work gets me bogged down, but I want to get these up as they have been lingering for a while.

      Anyways, Stephen,
      Again, thanks for your input.
      Roy

      Roy

      April 23, 2017

  8. I am artist and I have Huion GT-185sd bought in september 2016, Cintiq 22 and Ugee 1910. I can’t compare this or Ugee non hd tablet to Cintiq. Both are good tablets for low money and begginers. For pro work, you’ll need Cintiq. Huion has drivers issues (windows 10 x64). You must save your work every few mins because my Huion keeps reconnecting-loosing signal-driver problem. I called Huion and they explained “this is blabla common problem, they working on fix” I have this issue on both win 10 x64 computers. Ugee is even worse choice than Huion, Ugee is way more laggy when I using Zbrush, in photoshop there is no difference. Like I said before, both tablets are good, but none of them are not good for serious work. Also pen pressure on Ugee, no…my cheap samsung with drawing app can do same things. If Is drawing your job, spend some extra and buy cintiq. Much, much and much better.

    Rok

    March 24, 2017

    • Rok, thanks for your input. I have used the Ugee 2150 with minimal problems, but I haven’t put up a review of it yet. I wouldn’t say its way more laggy than other products. I haven’t used a Huion GT-185sd however. I also wouldn’t say for pro work you’ll need a Cintiq. I can produce quality pro work on the Ugee 2150 and Artist 22HD I have now just as well as I could with a Cintiq. To me, I would consider that more of a personal preference in regards to how “smoothly” you want to feel everything works.

      Again, however, thanks for your input.
      I apologize for the delayed approval of your comment. I was busy with a few personal things over the past few days.

      Roy

      April 6, 2017

  9. since everyone is comparing these to wacom as the gold standard, maybe you should use response time units that can be compared, nobody knows what PPS means, its a sampling rate, not a response time.
    You did everything in PPS except the wacom, which was in milliseconds. nobody knows what PPS translates into unless they already have another budget tablet monitor that uses the same abstract unit.

    Please, give us something to compare to?

    joe

    March 20, 2017

    • Joe,

      I report what the manufacturer lists as the specifications of the tablet. I provided a general breakdown of some of the specification meanings here: http://www.thebestgraphicstablets.com/how-to-choose-a-graphics-tablet/. Back when I first put this up all the manufacturers recorded response rate in RPS/PPS similar to non-display tablets. After a quick cursory overview of a few, it seems they have switched RPS/PPS to tracking speed and response rate/time to milliseconds for monitors, which indicates the time it takes for a device to respond to user input. Thanks for the heads up.

      However, not every manufacturer reports the same list of specifications for their products and I try to standardize the list as best as possible. Generally speaking, the information I provide is simply to give readers something to start from.

      Roy

      Roy

      March 21, 2017

  10. I can report that the Huion GT190 that I purchased in 2014 died this year, thanks to a bad USB port cable within the unit. Huion would not service the unit due to its age. The cable itself would be easy to replace if I could find it anywhere online to purchase. Seems they’re using a proprietary cable of some kind. Otherwise I loved using the dang thing, but won’t be buying another one.

    Alyssa Read

    January 16, 2017

    • Thanks for the update Alyssa. Not sure if you are checking back, but if so, I noticed you said the cable within the unit. I just want to double check with you that it is actually inside the monitor? Correct? If so, then I can understand why it is probably irreplaceable as it is probably part of the manufacturing of the monitor. If it’s the blue cable (assuming it’s blue) that comes with it, I would imagine you could replace that with any USB cable, but I have seen devices that will only function with particular USB cables from time to time. So I wouldn’t put it past it. Still, with only 3 years and no support and still even, dead after 3 years…that’s unpleasant to hear. You’re the first among the reviews I’ve scoured to hear this from. Sorry to hear about it. I hope you’re able to find a satisfactory replacement.

      Roy

      Roy

      January 17, 2017

  11. I think for the future it would be much more helpful if you had listed the price of each tablet within this article so that we could compare prices and specs.

    Tal

    January 5, 2017

    • If you hover over the links of any of the tablets the prices should show up. Prices change so if I individually list what they are today and that’s not the price they are tomorrow then the information I list will become irrelevant.

      Roy

      Roy

      January 6, 2017

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