Online teaching held its highest pace in the year 2020, spreading its wings for never ending opportunities for both teachers as well as students. The teachers not only need to deliver lectures but also ensure that the students understand it well. Some topics require diagrams, flowcharts, pictures, and math problems etc which need to be hand drawn/written and then explained.
The digital pen tablets offer this facility to the teachers to explain kids they would do in a regular classroom by writing on the board. Whatever the teacher writes with the pen on the tablet, the same is displayed on the device screen simultaneously with the motion of the teacher’s hand. A graphic tablet has a tough, plastic, touch sensitive drawing surface which transfer pen or stylus movement to a monitor.
It takes some time to get used to drawing on this device, but once you start using, it is as natural as utilizing a pencil or a pen on paper.
There are plenty of pen tablets available for online teachers and tutors today with varied features and applications. Some of the best known are-
Wacom CTL-4100 Intuos Graphics drawing tablet
It’s highly preferred by math and physics tutors because its surface is divided into equally distanced dots which give the right spatial orientation. It has four programmable shortcut keys on the top of the tablet, which make some things easier to do; but take up almost a quarter of the tablet’s surface. It comes with a battery free pressure sensitive stylus for the control and precision you need in creative software. It has a 6.0 X 3.7’’ drawing area.
- Well divided space
- Easy to use and write
- Slim design and compact drawing area
- Shortcuts take up too much space
- Mediocre connectivity
HUION H610 Pro V2
It is lightweight and can be carried around easily. With an active area of 4 x 2.23 inches, the tablet offers generous space for writing/drawing. It offers a pressure-sensitive pen that is quick in response and free from lag with accurate and consistent input. It has 10” x 6.25” drawing area, 8 Customizable press keys along the side and 16 soft keys, Weight: 1.35 pounds and dimensions of 16.5” x 9.8” x 1.6”. The innovative tilt control system allows for better pressure detection and cursor positioning.
- Portable design
- Responsive and accurate for natural drawings
- Multiple customizable keys
- Battery-free pen for cord-free drawing
- Compatible with Android devices
- Not compatible with iOS devices
- Connectivity issues
XP-Pen G430S OSU Tablet
It is an affordable device well suited to online tutoring. There is no need to install any drivers or software. It has an active work area at 6 x 4 inches with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity within the pen. It is just 2mm thick for its slim design. The battery free XP-Pen is compatible with all Microsoft Office programs. It works with Windows 7/8/10 as well as Mac OS X 10.10 and above.
- Quick and responsive to use
- User friendly
- Affordable price
- High amount of input smoothing
- Issues with drives
One by Wacom CTL-472
One is an affordable but a less high-quality option. It comes with a fast, accurate, and reliable stylus along with an excellent drawing surface. It has an active area of 6.0 X 3.7” with a pen pressure of 2048. There are two buttons on the pen. The surface is tough and handles scuffs and scratches with ease. The whole top surface is fully covered with the drawing area with virtually no wasted space. On the back of the tablet, you get four rubber pads that hold the tablet in place on smooth surfaces. The strokes are smooth with virtually no lag.
- Extremely affordable
- Large drawing are
- Inbuilt tablet stand
- Less responsive
- No shortcut keys
- Graphics don’t give hands on feel
Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet
Price: $70 on Amazon
One peculiar feature is that we can use our fingers to support gestures on this tablet. It has an active pen area of 147 x 92mm and an active touch area of 125 x 85mm. The surface sheet is marked out with white LEDs and surrounded by a non-active border. The stylus has 1,024 levels of pressure. It has a pressure sensitive eraser tip on the end for quickly correcting mistakes when drawing. The Pen and Touch supports the standard gestures for rotating, zooming and navigating back and forth through web pages via the Bamboo preferences panel.
- Supports multi-touch gestures
- Budget price
- Ideal for beginners
- No customizable gestures
- No customizable shortcuts
- Lacks features over advanced tablets
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Price: INR 59000
It can perform multiple functions and has a thinner screen bezel which allows for a display of a slightly greater size of 12.3 inches. The tablet comes with a 12.30-inch display with a resolution of 2736×1824 pixels at a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch (ppi). Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is powered by a one-core Intel Core M3 processor. It comes with 4GB of RAM. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 measures 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 766.00 grams. Sensors on the tablet include ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and accelerometer.
- Can serve as a laptop and tablet
- Multiple functions
- Portable and convenient
- Lesser price with such features
- No pre-sales support
- Moderate results in functions
It gives you a lot of compatibility with a wide variety of editing and drawing software, as well as any online teaching platforms that you may want to use. Its stylus doesn’t require any batteries and has a long power standby. The XP-Pen Star G640 has an active work area at 6 x 4 inches. The Pen is very slim and compact, 2mm thick with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity and compatible with all Microsoft Office programs. One-click toggle function on the stylus between pen/eraser improves your efficiency and speed of usage.
- Responsive customer service
- High responsiveness
- Easy to install and use
- Not compatible with androids
- Absence of shortcut keys
XP-Pen Deco 01 V2
It is larger in size as compared to other models with and active area of 10 X 6.25”. This contains a large number of easily programmable shortcut buttons and is compatible with Android, Apple, and Windows devices. It is fast as well, and there is no lag while creating. 8 fully customizable express keys create a convenient work platform. Its thickness is only 8mm and you can carry it anywhere without any burden. The one-press toggle allows you to switch between pen and eraser instantly. It comes with a tilt support and pen pressure of 8192 levels.
- Decent drivers
- Large drawing space
- Gripped pen holder
- Problematic type C chord
- No touch available
- No bundled software
Huion Inspiron Dial Q620M
It offers sleek minimalism with amazing functionality. The left side of the tablet offers 8 fully programmable buttons, which you can easily use to program any sort of function that you want to have a shortcut to. Another feature is the extremely handy rotating dial which can be used for all kinds of functions from volume control to changing brush sizes etc. It comes with high quality matte finish with an active work area of 10.5 X 6.5”. Multipurpose LED indicators provide an attractive design. The pen is comfortably designed with rubber grips, which provides you a more natural and lifelike drawing experience with 8192 levels of pressure.
- Programmable dial
- LED indicators
- Shortcut buttons
- Lighter weight
- Not compatible with Microsoft programs
- No tilt support
Huion Inspiroy Ink H320M
You get dual working modes- a normal digital Pen that works by connecting the tablet to the computer and there is also a second writing area at the back which has an LCD writing pad which does not need to be connected to a computer in order to work. The active writing area of the digital pen tablet is 9 x 5.6 inches, whereas the LCD pad has a surface area of 10.2 x 6.2 inches. There are anti-slip rubber pads on the back which help the tablet in getting a better grip on a smooth surface as well as slightly raise the tablet above the surface to protect the LCD pad from getting scratched. The tablet comes with 11 programmable buttons and connects to the computer with the help of a USB cable. It Supports: Windows, Mac, and Android.
- Highly responsive
- Plenty of express keys
- Tilt support
- Whiteboard feature is gimmicky
- Drivers can be unstable
- Buttons feel cheap
- No scroll wheel/touch wheel