Last updated on February 15th, 2020 at 06:29 pm
Not too long ago, photo editing was a task that required some heavy artillery where computers are concerned. But as expectations continue to rise and humans evolve this is quickly changing, and manufacturers are making most of their devices Photoshop compatible or facilitating the ability to edits photos using other applications. Unlike a decade ago when our lives did not revolve around everything appearing or being aesthetically pleasing, the number of tech devices has grown exponentially and so has the number of photo editing software. Today a tablet or device that runs Photoshop smoothly is the ultimate photo editing device. But what does one consider when trying to decide on which tablet to purchase?
Before we delve deeper into the different tablet options available for purchase, it is important that you keep in mind the display, storage capacity and performance of the devices as they will influence your productivity and the final result of your work.
1. Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
Designed to be different, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix is an excellent 2in1 hybrid tablet that offers great value and smooth performance for its price point. Even though it is not the best performing hybrid available, this device works better than most.
The devices’ 9-hour battery power and the 12-inch display screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels are some of the reasons that this device is revered for its Photoshop capabilities. Offering unmatched accuracy and usage durations the Lenovo Ideapad is effortlessly any photo editors’ dream. Running on Windows 10 with the support of an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphics card, the device has good quality images. Its smooth performance can be attributed to its great processor and 256GB storage capacity.
Users have described the style of this tablet to be inconveniencing and troublesome while some have reported its processor to be slow.
2. Wacom Cintiq 13 HD 13.3”
Wacom is a company that is synonymous with most graphics tablets and are an excellent choice for both professional and amateur editors. The Wacom Cintiq 13 (DTK1300) houses a display area that measures 11.75? x 6.75? and is a premium HD display device that facilitates most photo editors/creatives innate desire of working directly on a screen.
Wacom Cintiq has a much wider display screen with full HD and a much larger 75% Adobe RGB Gamut in addition to supporting up to 16.7 million hues. Even though it is equipped with an adjustable stand, the tablet can be used as a standalone as the stand is detachable. It also has an HDMI port which facilitates for connection to larger display screens when necessary.
Additionally, the Wacom tablet comes with an interactive pen/ stylus technology that is easy to use and is pressure and tilt-sensitive which means it can replicate the natural experience of a regular pencil, markers or brushes.
In comparison to other devices, the Wacom suppresses its displays resolution to a much lower value of 165 PPI.
3. Asus ZenPad 3S 10
With a price point of slightly under $ 250, that won’t leave a dent in your pocket; the Asus Zenpad is an inexpensive yet powerful photo editing tablet. It is powered by a Hexa-core Mediatek 8176 processor that is really two processors in one: a 1.7-GHz ARM Cortex A53 quad-core and a 2.1-GHz ARM Cortex A72 dual-core. It also comprises 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage and a corning gorilla glass 3 cover protection.
The resolution and pixel density of this device make it one of the best android based photo editing devices. With a display screen size of 9.7 inches, this device has a resolution of 2048×1536 and pixel density of 264 PPI which makes it an excellent photo editing device because it offers accuracy.
By virtue of it being an Android device, the play store offers a host of multiple photo editing applications with advanced features. With the likes of Lightroom, VSCO, Snapseed, and Camera Zoom Fx you will be spoiled for choice if you choose to work with the Zenpad. Finally, it’s battery life that lasts between 5-8 hours on a single charge depending on the frequency of device usage.
The stylus which is sold separately will cost you an additional cost of $30 excluding the cost of purchasing AAAA batteries. Users have also complained that the touch screen of the Asus ZenPad 3s is too sensitive.
However, with price and quality put into consideration, the Asus Zenpad 3s 10 is an excellent compromise.
4. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
We love the Microsoft Surface Pro devices for the simple reason that they can replace your laptop and you can end up with a very lightweight device.
Built with the 7th Gen Intel Core i5, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is designed with great processing power and is very light. It has a great display which means you will love your screen experience when doing your Photoshop and photo editing.
The tablet has a myriad of features that are basically add-ons from its predecessor, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The tablet has a detachable keyboard and a touchscreen magnetic stylus for your convenient usage of Photoshop apps and other apps. If money isn’t an issue, this is by far the best tablet you can get yourself for your editing and Photoshop needs.
It’s a bit expensive.
5. Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet
Wacom has for years on end been a leader in the tablet space for designing quality tablets for creatives. The Wacom Intuos Pro is such an excellent tablet for handling most tasks that creatives would need it to and never misses on the best tablets for various design needs.
- It is one of the best tablets that you can get for photoshop
- Has most of the features that you’d need your tablet to have for photo editing as well as for digital drawing
- This tablet’s drawing surface is quite rough just as that of a paper which makes you feel as if you are drawing on paper
- Comes with an enhanced stylus pen that boasts of an 8132-pressure sensitivity level for your editing needs
- The stylus pen can be relied on for accuracy
- The stylus pen comes with a kit that can be used to keep the pen when not in use
- Supports both MacOS and Windows and is the best tablet for editing your photos with programs such as Photoshop
- Wireless connectivity such as Bluetooth for connecting to your mobile devices
- Customizable Express Keys and has multi-touch support for speeding up your workflow
- It does not have a screen
- The drivers can sometimes cause issues hence wasting your time
You will find that the tablets we’ve mentioned above meet the standard for most photographers and offer great performance, good battery life, and adequate storage space. The price points are also different, and you will find something for your budget.
However, remember that when choosing a tablet for your Photoshop or photo editing needs, you need to consider the display, performance and storage capacity.