How long did you have your FIRST tablet?

11 Votes I wish I had lol
10 Votes Less than a year
47 Votes 1-3 years
42 Votes 4-6 years
13 Votes 6-9 years
9 Votes 10+ years

This crosses into my mind often after the tablet I've owned for 4 years acts up time by time. So yeah, I'd like to start a survey on what do you do when your tablet acts up!


It's not required to answer these all--
  • What kind of tablet do you currently have?
  • How long do you have your current tablet?
  • Are you happy with what it currently is or are you troubleshooting with it?
  • What are your common problems with your tablet? (aside from losing pen pressure time by time)
For those who changed tablets:
  • What was your first tablet?
  • Why did you change your tablet?
Extra questions:
  • Do you use android charger wires for your tablet?
  • Do you change pen nibs?
You are always free to expand more than these questions, by the way!
dew
  • What kind of tablet do you currently have? Wacom Intuos Pro small
  • How long do you have your current tablet? ~4.5 yrs
  • Are you happy with what it currently is or are you troubleshooting with it? Very happy with it, no problems at all
  • What are your common problems with your tablet? (aside from losing pen pressure time by time) I've never had trouble with it, not even pen pressure loss!

For those who changed tablets:

  • What was your first tablet? Wacom Bamboo Fun medium
  • Why did you change your tablet? Wacom stopped updating the Bamboo Funs for Mac and new MacOS versions came out that I had to update to, so the tablet stopped working completely

Extra questions:

  • Do you use android charger wires for your tablet? Nope
  • Do you change pen nibs? I've never had to but I lost all my pen nibs & the pen holder so I guess it's good I haven't had to lmao
randadraws

I got my first tablet in 2016 and still using it to this day. Though I’m hoping to save up and change soon because it’s got so many scratches and sort of has a small crack which messed up the flow when I drew. It would glitch out a bit. It’s a small Wacom Intuos and I got it on Amazon.

The tablet is pretty cool. I’m  pretty happy with it cause it’s  my first tablet and I bought it using my own money from my first job. The only problem I have is the small crack causing a small glitch when I draw in that area. Also I change the pen nibs because once they get to flat it makes it harder to draw because it the tablet wont pick up where the pen is.

I use a android wire that my friend helped cut the plastic part a bit so it would fit because my original wire was stolen by my brother 😣 he would always steal my phone chargers and when he saw that the Wacom charger could do the same he would take it. Then one day he just never gave it back and lost it.

Kogami

Okay I have my tablet for a month now so I'll answer with my early experience so far and may do this again when it's over a year-

  • What kind of tablet do you currently have?
Huion New 1060Plus! The Amazon equivalent site for my country is having a year end/Xmas sale on it so I got it for half the original price :'D 
(In USD, it should be 83$ but I technically got it for 47$--with the trade-off being the absent of the gloves and carrying bag that are supplied if you buy it from Huion's official shop/partner stores. Not a huge deal since they're mostly accessories.)


  • How long do you have your current tablet?
As I mentioned--it's only one month. It is my first tablet, but not my first time using one since I used to borrow my siblings' Wacom Intuos Small (both the 1st and 2nd gen) back then--that was really long ago hahah.


  • Are you happy with what it currently is or are you troubleshooting with it?

Yes I am....!! For the cheap price, the quality feels like almost a steal that I regret not finding out about this tablet (or this brand) earlier sdjhgfhj

I especially love the huge size and the amount of express keys, even though I haven't get used to using the keys lol. It also comes with an 8GB internal memory which is useful for storing drivers, my SAI files (and program) and other drawings because my laptop have limited USB slots and I have to use extensions if I want to plug in all three of flashdrive, tablet and mouse at the same time.

I am still troubleshooting in brush settings and getting used to draw actual art with it, but nothing related to the hardware's issues so far.


  • What are your common problems with your tablet? (aside from losing pen pressure time by time)
Losing pressure is the only (internal?) problem I faced? It happens when I just started my laptop and just plugged in my tablet, but that can be easily fixed by opening the driver settings and click "apply", then the pressure returned like usual. Better than my experience with my brother's 1st gen Wacom Intuos because I need to restart my laptop everytime and sometimes twice if the driver still doesn't work hahah


I did have initial difficulties with it, which are already fixed now and not happening again and that is:

  • Driver installations? It's not as bad as (from what I heard) most people faced when they installed theirs but I downloaded the drivers for a 2k pressure edition for this tablet whereas mine is 8k.......I mistook as the 2k one because the place I bought it listed it as 2k??? (Not that I'm complaining though lol) So it's all fixed and installed smoothly when I downloaded the correct drivers
  • SAI couldn't work with this tablet at first. It did took some googling to make it work but I finally solved it by changing the misc.ini setting to either "TabletCursorMode = 1" or TabletMouseSimulation = 1(?? I forgot) and starting both SAI and Huion drivers as administrator.
External problems would be noticeable scratches when you use it long enough....I'm buying a screen protector for that.


(Despite all these issues though I don't think they're a huge headache or deal breaker and may differ for others' experience? It's still a great tablet though and the cons doesn't affect me too much)


  • Do you use android charger wires for your tablet?
I did got an extra android USB cable for free as a bonus from the site I bought it from! Haven't use it though since the cable that came with it works fine.


  • Do you change pen nibs?

I got 8 spare nibs which is another thing that prob the seller overlooked ?? Because the site listed as 6 nibs but I'm not complaining lol but my pen's nibs is still perfectly in shape (after one month of use) so I won't need to do that for now.

drowofdarkness


  • What kind of tablet do you currently have?
I currently have a small white Wacom Intuos! It was a birthday gift from my parents. I think it cost like $75.00, so not bad. I didn't need anything super big or anything. The compact size of this little Intuos suits my needs just fine and it's easy to take it with you or store it wherever.


  • How long do you have your current tablet?
Hmm...I think maybe two years?


  • Are you happy with what it currently is or are you troubleshooting with it?
I'm pretty happy with it! It's extremely user-friendly and simple, but you're capable of customizing the settings to your specifications, if you want to.


  • What are your common problems with your tablet? (aside from losing pen pressure time by time)
I don't think I've had any problems with it aside from the periodic pen pressure loss, honestly. I think the only thing I wished was that it would actually notify me when I have a driver update. I have to go manually check when I can remember to because I don't get notifications. 


For those who changed tablets:

  • What was your first tablet?
Don't laugh please, um...it was a VisTablet.


  • Why did you change your tablet?
The VisTablet served me well enough for years but it lacked the smoothness and ease of use that a Wacom provides. It was a pain to try and get pen pressure to work on it. Also, the pens are prone to cracking easily, which kinda sucked. I had to replace mine twice once the electrical tape stopped holding it together.


Extra questions:

  • Do you use android charger wires for your tablet?
I use whatever cord it is they gave me. I haven't had any issues with it yet.


  • Do you change pen nibs?

Wacom tablets come with replacement pen nibs, so yeah. I just changed mine for the first time in two years though so that's pretty good! For my VisTablet I had to change the pen nibs three or four times over its lifetime, and had to order more. Wacom nibs definitely seem to last longer, and they come with replacement nibs stored in the underside compartment along with a nifty little tool to help remove them! It's awesome.

SeaSlugs

I always go for similar tablets bc I hate change. My first one was a black bamboo fun. present when I was 9, I think? That one died of old age. Next one I got was abother bamboo fun, but silver...CTH460 is the model I think. I think that died of coffee being spilled on it ahaha....and then I bought another of the last one. Or maybe it was just the pen... anyways, I've onlyvbeen through 2-3 tablets. I replace the nibs when they wear down. Not sure how you can go without replacing them!? The only issues I have is that occasionally I'll have to restart my computer because the tablet will lag, otherwise I'm perfectly happy with it! Cheap, easy to use, small and portable, something I'm familiar with, nice feel.

CashlessDrake07

What kind of tablet do you currently have?
I have a Wacom CTL4100.

How long do you have your current tablet?

Only a month.

Are you happy with what it currently is or are you troubleshooting with it?

At first i was, really REALLY uncomfortable with it. Having to switch from a big tablet to a tiny one was a bit uncomfortable, and also the pressure was different, i had to put a LOT of force into it so i could so a line.

With time, i got into configurating the tablet and my programs so it was more smooth and comfortable; i don't know if it's just like the other tablet now but, now i'm used to it so there's not much of a problem.

After finding out how to add shortcuts to the tablet and the pen (which gave me a little problem at first because in my last one the shortcuts were there by default), it is lovely to me.

What are your common problems with your tablet? (aside from losing pen pressure time by time)

I still don't know how to bluetooth :""") And i don't think my laptop can support bluetooth (crashes after a while), so the fact that i think the tablet has a battery and i'm slowly letting it die by having it always connected to my PC really makes me scared,

What was your first tablet?

I had a Wacom CTH470, it was beautiful to me; big, resistant and smooth. It "lasted" (it is still usable, theorically) for two years and in a few months, three.

Why did you change your tablet

As heavenly as the Bamboo Wacom was to me, i still had a problem: The pen nibs were extinct. To worse it all; i only used two pen nibs, because the other five pen nibs that came with the tablet were lost. Nowadays i still have a functioning pen nib but i'm still afraid to waste it.

Do you change pen nibs?

Why? Yes i did, are there magic tablets where you don't?? It is so uncomfortable to draw with reaaaally short pen nibs.

Terryal

What kind of tablet do you currently have?
Wacom One medium

How long do you have your current tablet?
1 week, I got it for christmas! 3 years for my old tablet

Are you happy with what it currently is or are you troubleshooting with it?
I'm kind of happy with it. I'm still getting accostumed with it since it's been since august I haven't drawn with a tablet :'D

What was your first tablet?
Wacom Bamboo Medium

Why did you change your tablet?
The USB cable broke and since I couldn't change it since it broke the whole USB system of the tablet

Do you use android charger wires for your tablet?
I have honestly no idea what it is

Do you change pen nibs?
I don't press really hard on my pens out of habit, so I have changed it like once ???

DarkElite020
  • What kind of tablet do you currently have? Wacom Bamboo Create
  • How long do you have your current tablet? Several years, cant remember exactly.
  • Are you happy with what it currently is or are you troubleshooting with it? Nope its all good, im super happy with it.
  • What are your common problems with your tablet? (aside from losing pen pressure time by time) Other than losing pressure occasionally, sometimes ill accidentally activate touch without knowing and click away from what I want, but then I just click touch off and go back to what I was doing, so its not a big deal at all.

For those who changed tablets:

  • What was your first tablet? Why did you change your tablet?
    My first tablet was a wacom bamboo capture, but I lost the pen when traveling somewhere with it, and gave up digital drawing for a while since I couldnt afford another one. After that someone at my school gave me a tablet that I dont know the name of, but it was free because it was basically garbage. It was white screenless tablet and about an inch thick, it didnt have the kind of pen that needed to charge but the thing never had any pressure at all, so it wasn't great. I still used it for a while but I finally broke down and got wacom bamboo again because I really enjoy them, and this time upgraded to create over capture since its bigger and better.

Extra questions:

  • Do you use android charger wires for your tablet? I still use the cable it came with, but yes, they're the same thing.
  • Do you change pen nibs? Ive been drawing forever and I feel that my nibs are still in good shape, I have back ups but never have had to replace them since they wear down very slowly (at least wacom bamboo, along with my drawing style)

You are always free to expand more than these questions, by the way!