As you can see from the table provided, there was a time when they had created a driver for Linux OS. But this was long ago (the driver was initially published May 2011), and that support is no longer available for newer products.
As a result, newer graphics tablet companies like Huron and XP-Pen began to follow suit and focus their support only on Windows and Mac. There’s not enough demand to persuade these companies to allocate their funds towards Chromebook support.
As far as some of you know, and you would be totally right in this case, all you need to do to get the drawing tablet working is to plug it in and go! If you want to be able to draw with pressure sensitivity, then you’ll need to install a compatible driver and those don’t exist for Chromebooks.
With it, you should be able to perform note-taking, maybe rough sketches, or even (if you’re for the challenge) some very basic animation or illustration. If you’re still insistent on getting a drawing tablet for your Chromebook, then I recommend that you get one of the cheaper ones.
The reason for this is that drawing tablet manufacturers have decided to focus their efforts on developing devices that work on Windows and Mac computers because these two operating systems are used by the majority of people. The list above simply shows the drawing tablets that we know for sure that work on Linux computers.
In theory, once you install the Linux Waco Tablet Project, most Wacomtablets should work on your Chromebook, but there are absolutely no guarantees. You should remember that these drawing tablets were not designed to be used with Linux, the mere fact that there’s a possibility of using them under these circumstances is already extraordinary.
Waco drawing tablets were not made to work on Linux, but developers found a way around it by adapting the drivers. While this is great because it allows more people to enjoy drawing with tablets, it also means that users might experience unusual behavior from their devices.
Since none of these buttons are essential for art creation, even if you do come across this configuration problem, you will still be able to use almost everything your drawing tablet has to offer. In case it does, all you have to do is installing an app, and you will be ready to start using your device as a drawing tablet.
Although developers have worked hard to make Waco devices compatible with Linux, you will still be much more likely to come across technical issues with this setup than you would if you decided to take a more traditional approach, like a Windows or a Mac computer. Even if you pick a Chromebook that has native pen support, there will always be a number of restrictions in terms of apps you can install and processing power.
That said, if you still haven’t bought a Chromebook and is considering buying one for drawing purposes, I would strongly recommend that you pick another option. Only consider going through the hassle of making this work if you already have a Chromebook and simply don’t have any other option.
Do not feel discouraged, simply follow the advice on this article, and you will soon be drawing on your Chromebook. You can then further edit your artwork from the comfort of the tablet, merging your classic creativity with the benefit of modern technology.
Waco Bamboo Fine line 3rd Generation pens are most ideal for taking notes, and all other types of writing. The Waco Intuos4 Classic Pen is a battery free and cordless, with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and a slim waist for a perfect grip.
All Waco pens are perfectly compatible with their tablets as well as some other devices, and sure to give you the creative experience you’re looking for. There are plenty of Waco cases that are uniquely made to perfectly fit your tablet conveniently available.
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Drawing tablets are slates that come with a pen/stylus, offering a precise input for illustrators, artists, and photoshop geeks everywhere. Just about any creative task on a computer requiring pinpoint precision can benefit greatly from the tactile response of a pen in your hand.
The stylus itself can also have a huge impact on your tablet experience, ranging from thick, battery-powered options, to slim, wirelessly rechargeable pens. Traditionally, a drawing tablet was basically a giant trackpad with a stylus and pressure sensitivity.
Nowadays, the options that contain an actual display are truly impressive, and the XP-Pen Artist12 for right around $200 offers a nice cross-section of a lot of features available. In addition, the Artist12 gives you a full-high touch bar that you can program to fulfill certain commands on your computer (XP-Pen recommends mapping it to the zoom-in/zoom-out feature), and you can harness six different assignable shortcuts keys.
In fact, thanks to a big, bright, 15.6-inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution, you might even think this gives the Waco Into a run for its money. Because of the 72% color gamut accuracy and the 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity from the active pen, it really does have many of the features of the Artist12.
What makes it different is that it offers 10 assignable function keys (lined up in a column on the left edge of the device) which is more than the Artist12. The brightness of the IPS display and the extra function keys might be enough for you to spend that higher price tag, but the awkwardly wide form factor (different from something like the less-sprawling Into 15) make it a device that really will take up a lot of space on your desk.
There’s no denying, though, that this is a great peripheral, with wireless, battery-powered operation and truly impressive pen specs. The Simians Picasso is, admittedly, a standalone tablet (despite the fact that we were steering clear of these for this review).
The “resolution” (essentially how many sensors there are per inch of the board) sits at 4000 LPI, which is a little lower than other options, but totally serviceable for young designers. There are even three assignable keys on the left side of the unit that give you function options for your design programs, available right at your fingertips.
While the smaller size might seem limited, that fact is helpful for designers on the go as they can just toss it in their bag and use it with their laptops. This package comes with an active pen that allows you to use digital functions (like push-button scrolling), and it offers plug-and-play compatibility with both Windows and Mac OSX.
This means it won’t be quite as cumbersome at your desk setup, but will still offer a lot of real estate for work. Some other impressive features are the eight dedicated function buttons you can assign to programs on the fly, the assignable touch wheel for navigating programs more fully, and even the hand-recognition switch that allows the tablet to respond to gestures much like a trackpad would.
This active pen provides a whopping 8192 levels of pressure-sensitive, allowing for excellent sketching precision. The whole package works with the latest operating systems and most modern design software, and though it isn’t the most affordable tablet out there, at under $400 at the time of this writing, it’s a pretty reasonable price for a creative professional.
Similarly to the Artist12 from XP-Pen, the Waco Into 16 aims to offer artists a true digital canvas to work on: a standalone touchscreen display that packs in the same precision of Wacom’s non-screen pads, but with a colorful visual to offer immediate feedback on your work. The glass that encases the top of the display, while a bit glossy, features a glare-reducing coating that’s easier on your eyes.
At the center of that is their Pro Pen 2, providing 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity (great for sketching), up to 60 degrees of tilt recognition (for fattening up your lines), and an impressively low level of latency that is basically undetectable to most users. You’ll sacrifice some control, like the multi-touch capabilities and assignable function buttons found on other Waco units, but you’re doing so to get the best possible display-oriented tablet you can for a steep, but not exorbitant $650.
The screen looks like a normal black LCD, but instead of providing fully moving, color pictures, it just reacts to the marks that you’re making by “scraping off” the black layer and exposing the multicolored background underneath. What’s interesting is that Flues ton (the manufacturer) has managed to adapt the flexibility of LCD crystal to allow for something that lets children press down with the included stylus to make it feel more like a marker.
There’s eraser functionality, screen lock options, and even the ability to save drawings to look at later. The game can be (and is most often played casually with) a standard mouse, but many serious and professional-level players prefer a graphics tablet.
The 6-inch by 4-inch writing surface is enough space for most players to cover their needs, and the passive stylus that comes with it allows for 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity. This is, in essence, XP-Pen’s budget non-screen drawing tablet, so to be fair, it will work for design programs as well.
The 72% Gamut accuracy is every bit as professional as you would expect, and the excellent 1920×1080 HD resolution is strikingly beautiful. This is a massive screen, so perhaps Waco could have loaded in a bit more resolution to go with the high price tag, but that’s a small gripe.
Alongside options like the Microsoft Surface Go and the entry-level iPad, you’ll find the Waco One. Now, the One isn’t a standalone tablet like the above, but at only around $50 or $60, and featuring Wacom’s excellent build quality, it fits the aesthetic of the budget-but-still-premium-feeling devices.
This 8.3-inch by 5.7-inch tablet measures only 0.3 inches thick, and has a nice, durable plastic build with rounded edges. It connects via USB, works right out of the box with Windows and Mac operating systems alongside all your favorite design apps, and this package comes with a premium-feeling stylus at no extra charge.
Final VerdictWhile tablet options from Waco do find their way onto a bunch of spots on this list, we’re settling on the XP-Pen Artist 12 for our Best Overall for a few reasons. It lacks some extra controls, but it manages to give you almost everything you could want in a decent-sized drawing tablet for right around $200. Our overall Runner-Up, Gammon’s 15.6-inch version offers a lot of the same functionality, but gives you more assignable buttons (but no touch bar like on the Artist12) and of course, a bigger display.
But, if you have the money, you really can’t go wrong with Wacom’s Into line for the breadth of quality and features available. Jason Schneider has a degree in music technology and communications from Northeastern University.
Taylor Clemons has over three years of experience writing about games and consumer technology. Our top choices like the Waco Into 16 may be costly, but it offers a gorgeous 15.6-inch touchscreen, a 1080p resolution, and 8,912 pressure levels with the Pro Pen 2.
It won't break the bank, has a portable size, and solid build quality. It comes with plenty of accessories, functions as a standalone tablet, and it has an active stylus right out of the box with Autodesk Sketchbook and Art flow preinstalled.
It's 10 inches and works similar to an Etch-a-Sketch with a black LCD that reacts to the marks you make on it. For children, this makes the stylus feel like a market with pressure resistance and it's easy on the eyes.
It features an 11.6-inch display, has programmable hotkeys, and has a pen with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity for the hand-sketched feel. Because drawing tablets are all about bridging the gap between your inputs and seeing them on screen, our testers will also be judging each unit on its overall feel and ergonomics as well as their hard specs and compatibility.