FAQ,  Sales

Best Place To Find Wacom Drawing Tablets On Sale

One complaint I often hear is the lack of sales for Wacom Products. I think this is due to people looking for drawing tablet sales in the wrong places. 

So do Wacom drawing tablets ever go on sale? Yes– the best place to find these sales is Amazon, because of their unique pricing algorithm designed to undercut the competition. There have been times this year where prices for Wacom were reduced as much as $600. 

Keep in mind the Wall Street Journal recently published a video exposing Amazon Scammers & fake products, so don’t jump on every sale you see.

In this post, I’ll detail what’s on sale right now, student discount rates/application, & how to avoid Amazon Scammers. 

1. Current Wacom Sales On Amazon

I provided a table below condensing all of the important information regarding the current Wacom Drawing Tablet Sales on Amazon.

I made sure to only link to sellers that are trusted by Wacom themselves. If you’d like to learn how I know these sellers are trusted retailers of Wacom Products, I cover that below in Section 3. 

Model Sale Price Retail Link to trusted seller
Wacom Intuos (Small)

$69.95

$79.95
Wacom Intuos w/ Bluetooth (Small)

$79.95

$99.95
Wacom Intuos W/ Bluetooth (Medium)

$169.95

$199.95
Wacom Intuos Pro (Small)

$144.95

$249.99
Wacom Cintiq 16

$599.95

$649.95
Wacom Cintiq 22

$1,399.95

$1,699.95
Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 (No Touch)

$1,999.95

$2,199.95
Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 (W/ Touch)

$2,499.95

$2,749.95

2. Quick Review of Each Wacom Tablet On Sale  

If you are considering purchasing one of the items on this list, you’re probably going to want to know a little bit about the model. So I provided a quick synopsis of each tablet on this list.  

Intuos Small, Small With Bluetooth, & Medium With Bluetooth

Stats

Active Area: 6″ x 3.7″

Pen Pressure: 4096 (the higher number, the better)

Weight: 8.1 oz

Cable: 4.9 ft PVC-free USB to micro USB Cable

Multi-Touch: No

Stylus: Wacom Pen 4K + 3 free nibs

Resolution: 2540 LPI

Bluetooth: No

Charging: Charges via cable, & the stylus does not need to be charged. 

Free Art Software: Corel Painter Essentials, Corel AfterShot, & CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO


Review

The Intuos Small is a small pen tablet best used for digital art or editing photography. It’s affordable, durable & great for any beginner. You connect it to your computer, download the free driver & you’re ready to start making art. 


Pros 

  • Affordable
  • Compatible w/ Mac & Pc
  • The driver offers granular customization 
  • Durable
  • 4 customizable Express keys allow for shortcuts
  • Express keys can be customized for different programs

Cons

  • Uses different drawing coordination than traditional drawing
  • Small active area, so if you have big hands like me you’ll probably want the Medium.

Stats

Active Area: 6″ x 3.7″

Pen Pressure: 4096

Weight: 8.1 oz

Cable: 4.9 ft PVC-free USB to micro USB Cable

Multi-Touch: No

Stylus: Wacom Pen 4K + 3 free nibs

Resolution: 2540 LPI

Bluetooth: Yes 

Charging: Charges via cable, 15-hour battery life, 3.5 hours to fully charge. The stylus does not need to be charged. 

Free Art Software: Corel Painter Essentials, Corel AfterShot, & CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO


Review

Just like the standard Intuos, the Bluetooth version is best used for digital art or editing photography. It’s affordable, durable & great for any beginner. You can plug it in or use Bluetooth pairing to connect it to your computer. 


Pros 

  • Affordable
  • Compatible w/ Mac & Pc
  • The driver offers granular customization 
  • Durable
  • Bluetooth
  • 4 customizable Express keys allow for shortcuts
  • Express keys can be customized for different programs

Cons

  • Uses different drawing coordination than traditional drawing
  • Bluetooth can be laggy at times
  • Small active area, so if you have big hands like me you’ll probably want the Medium

Stats

Active Area: 8.5″ x 5.3″

Pen Pressure: 4096

Weight: 14.5 oz

Cable: 4.9 ft PVC-free USB to micro USB Cable

Multi-Touch: No

Stylus: Wacom Pen 4K + 3 free nibs

Resolution: 2540 LPI

Bluetooth: Yes 

Charging: Charges via cable, 15-hour battery life, 3.5 hours to fully charge. The stylus does not need to be charged. 

Free Art Software: Corel Painter Essentials, Corel AfterShot, & CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO


Review

Comes w/ great pen pressure & a comfortable active area. The Medium Intuos is durable & should last at least 5 years. 

Great for any beginner due to simple instructions, & even comes w/ free drawing programs. You can plug it in or use Bluetooth pairing to connect it to your computer. 


Pros 

  • Compatible w/ Mac & Pc
  • The driver offers granular customization 
  • Durable
  • Bluetooth
  • 4 customizable Express keys allow for shortcuts
  • Express keys can be customized for different programs
  • Good Active Area

Cons

  •  Uses different drawing coordination than traditional drawing
  • Bluetooth can be laggy at times
Intuos Pro Small

Stats

Active Area: 6″ x 3.9″

Pen Pressure: 2048

Weight: 8.1 oz

Cable: 4.9 ft PVC-free USB to micro USB Cable

Multi-Touch: Yes

Stylus: Wacom Pen 4K + 3 free nibs

Resolution: 2540 LPI

Bluetooth: No

Charging: Charges via cable, & the stylus does not need to be charged. 


Review

Although the Intuos Pro is the “Pro” version of the small, it is not superior to the Intuos Medium. Hope that wasn’t too confusing– I really do wish Wacom would try to be more creative when naming their products. 

In summary, you’re better off just buying the Intuos Medium. It has better pressure levels, offers Bluetooth & is basically the same price. Not to mention… it takes up less space on your desk. 

I don’t understand why Wacom didn’t give the Intuos Pro Small the same features the Medium and Large Intuos Pro’s have.


Pros 

  • Compatible w/ Mac & Pc
  • Multitouch
  • The driver offers granular customization 
  • Durable
  • 6 customizable Express keys allow for shortcuts
  • Express keys can be customized for different programs, not just drawing programs

Cons

  •  Uses different drawing coordination than traditional drawing
  • Low pen pressure
  • Not worth the money
Cintiq 16″ & Cintiq 22″

Stats

Screen Size: 15.6″ & 21.5″

Pen Pressure:  8,192

Weight: 3.5lbs

Cable:

  • 3-in-1 cable (1.8m)
  • AC adaptor (12V, 3A, 36W)
  • Power cable (1.8m)

Multi-Touch: No

Stylus: Wacom Pro Pen 2

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Bluetooth: No

Charging: Charges via cable, & the stylus does not need to be charged. 


Review

Incredibly affordable Wacom Screen tablet. Comes w/ great pen pressure, great screen size, has built-in legs that allow you to draw at a comfortable drawing angle.

Screen tablets or display tablets need to be connected to a computer to work. They mirror your computer screen & allow you to draw directly onto the tablet’s screen. 

In my opinion, this is the best tablet on this list. 


Pros 

  • Very Affordable considering Wacom’s typical screen tablet pricing.
  • Compatible w/ Mac & Pc
  • The driver offers granular customization 
  • Durable
  • Anti-glare film​ screen
  • Best stylus on the market

Cons

  • Isn’t as good as the Cintiq Pro

Stats

Screen Size: 21.5″ 

Pen Pressure: 2,048

Weight: 18.8 lbs

Cable: DVI-D, USB

Multi-Touch: No

Stylus: Grip Pen

Resolution:1920 x1080

Bluetooth: Noo

Charging: Power supply via cable. The stylus does not need to be charged. 


Review

Great display tablet but the pen is disappointing. Not quite sure why Wacom didn’t just sell this w/ the Pro Pen 2. 

Because the 22″ is over $1k I’d advise you go w/ the Cintiq 16″. The Pro Pen 2 is a way better pen then the generic Grip Pen, & the bigger screen size really isn’t all that necessary. 


Pros 

  • Great resolution.
  • The driver offers granular customization.
  • Durable.
  • 16 customizable Express keys allow for shortcuts.
  • Express keys can be customized for different programs.

Cons

  • Color gamut isn’t impressive for that price (72% Adobe RGB).
  • The pen is embarrassingly outdated, & this tablet is compatible w/ the new Pro Pen 2 so you can’t even upgrade it. 
  • Pricey for a mediocre product.
Cintiq 24″(Non Touch) & Cintiq 22″(Touch)

Stats

Active Area: 6″ x 3.7″

Pen Pressure: 4096

Weight: 15.43 lb

Cable:

  • USB to USB cable (3m),
  • DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable (3m),
  • HDMI 2.0 to HDMI2.0 cable (3m),
  • USB-C to USB-C cable (1.5m),
  • DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort adapter, micro USB to USB cable

Multi-Touch: No

Stylus: Wacom Pro Pen 2

Resolution:5080 LPI

Bluetooth: No

Charging: Powersource via cable, & the stylus does not need to be charged. 


Review

Wacom’s Cintiq Pro series ushered in a new tier for screen tablets. The etched matte glass, User Experience, unparalleled Pro Pen 2, Express Key remote & phenomenal screen brightness were all welcomed changes.

The 16″ & 24″ are the ideal size for most artists. The 24″ model comes in two versions the non-touch & touch version. The non-touch has no touch screen capabilities & the touch does. 

Yet again another decision Wacom has made that confuses me. I personally wouldn’t buy any screen tablet without touch so I wouldn’t advise you buy this one.

I wrote an in-depth post reviewing all the Cintiq Pro models here. 

Also, the 16″ is that much smaller than the 24″, & it has touch capabilities. It’s current on Amazon for $300 less than the 24″. 


Pros 

  • Comes w/ the best Stylus on the market
  • Compatible w/ Mac & Pc
  • Matte Screen
  • Paper-like textured screen
  • The driver offers granular customization 
  • Durable
  • Comes w/ the Express Key Remote, which allows for one-touch access to shortcuts in drawing/creative apps
  • Express keys can be customized for different programs

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No touch

Stats

Active Area: 6″ x 3.7″

Pen Pressure: 4096

Weight: 15.43 lb

Cable:

  • USB to USB cable (3m),
  • DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable (3m),
  • HDMI 2.0 to HDMI2.0 cable (3m),
  • USB-C to USB-C cable (1.5m),
  • DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort adapter, micro USB to USB cable

Multi-Touch: Yes

Stylus: Wacom Pro Pen 2

Resolution:5080 LPI

Bluetooth: No

Charging: Powersource via cable, & the stylus does not need to be charged. 


Review

Wacom’s Cintiq Pro series ushered in a new tier for screen tablets. The etched matte glass, user experience, unparalleled Pro Pen 2, Express Key Remote & phenomenal screen brightness were all welcomed changes.

The 16″ & 24″ are ideal sizes for most artists. The 24″ model comes in two versions: the non-touch & touch. The non-touch, like its description, has no touch screen capabilities. 

I wrote an in-depth post reviewing all the Cintiq Pro models here. 


  • Pros 

    • Comes w/ the best Stylus on the market
    • Compatible w/ Mac & Pc
    • Matte Screen
    • Paper-like textured screen
    • The driver offers granular customization 
    • Durable
    • Comes w/ the Express Key Remote, which allows for one-touch access to shortcuts in drawing/creative apps
    • Multitouch 
    • Express keys can be customized for different programs

    Cons

    • Expensive

I’ve also written some in-depth reviews on some of the tablets in the table above. If you’d like to read these reviews to get a better idea of what to expect from some of the models, you can use the links below.

3. Amazon Scammers & Trusted Sellers

Scammers

According to a piece by the Wall Street Journal, some sellers on Amazon use fake reviews, artificial sales, & bribes to trick buyers into purchasing their products. 

The downside to this is there have been a lot of fake products sold on Amazon that have, in fact, hurt people physically. 

Shockingly, there have been numerous fake products from Amazon that have exploded because some sellers aren’t committed to creating quality regulated products. 

ABC News covered a story about a man’s iPhone exploding due to the usage of fake chargers. Counterfeit iPhone chargers don’t limit the power sent through these cables like genuine Apple power cords do. 

This causes the iPhone to overheat & explode. 

So how do you protect yourself from scammers & fake products like this on Amazon? 

The Short answer is to only buy from trusted sellers.

Amazon Trusted Sellers

To find out who’s trustworthy, gather a list of sellers & contact Wacom via phone call. Then ask them which sellers they have a working relationship with. 

Luckily for you, I’ve already contacted Wacom; here’s a short list of sellers Wacom employees have confirmed to be trustworthy. 

  1. B&H photo
  2. Adorama Camera
  3. Amazon.com (seller not website)
  4. Amazon Renewed 
  5. Best Buy
  6. Wacom

What’s more important than knowing who to buy from is knowing where to look. You might see a name you trust when shopping but it doesn’t always mean that name is the seller. 

So how do you find out who the seller is on Amazon? 

When looking for a seller you might see a section that says “by _________.”  That is not the seller! That’s the company that produces the product. 

You want to look for the section that says “shipped & sold by”. That is the seller!

Seems simple but most people see the “by” & assume that’s the seller because that section is closest to the product. 

4. Student Discount

If you don’t see a particular Wacom product you want on the list I provided, there might be another way to get your hands on it. 

Wacom Offers student discounts

Applying For Student Discount

To apply for Wacom’s Student Discount, you have to use something called SheerID. If you’re interested in applying for Wacom’s Student Discount, you can do so here.

Their student discounts will save you $10-$100, which isn’t much, compared to their retail prices.

I personally don’t think their student discount rates are attractive enough, considering Amazon’s reduced pricing is knocking off the same rate if not more & there’s no extra application process.

But in some cases, they’re the best price you can get.

For example their discount of the Cintiq Pro 32″ is $165, which is currently the best deal online for that model. 

I’ll provide some of their Student Discount Prices below so you can see if it’s worth your time to apply. 

Rates

Model Discount Price Retail
Wacom Intuos Pro S

$237.45

$249.95
Wacom Intuos Pro M

$360.95

$379.95
Wacom Intuos Pro L

$474.95

$499.95
Wacom Cintiq 16

$617.45

$649.95
Wacom Cintiq 22

$1,139.35

$1,199.95
Wacom Cintiq 22HD

$1,614.95

$1,699.95
Wacom Cintiq Pro 13

$759.95

$799.95
Wacom Cintiq Pro 16

$1,424.95

$1,499.95
Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 No Touch

$1,899.95

$1,999.95
Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Pen + Touch

$2,374.95

$2,499.95
Wacom Cintiq Pro 32

$3,134.95

$3,299.95

5. Related Questions

What are the cheapest Wacom Tablets?

What is the best drawing tablet for beginners?

  • Wacom Intuos Pro M & L $379 – $499.95
  • The Wacom Intuos $79.99-$99
  • Huion Inspiroy H950P $81.48
  • Huion H610 PRO $59.99
  • Parblo A610 $51.99
  • Huion 420 $19.99

To learn more about the tablets listed here read my review where I go into pros & cons of each of them here. 

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