Active area size


As a rectangular region, we can discuss the size of the active area in different ways

  • Width & Height

  • Diagonal length

  • Area

But most often we will talk about active area sizes using the diagonal length.

If you need help picking the right size for your tablet, consult choosing the right tablet size.

Size in tablet names

You can often see the diagonal length in the names of pen displays. For example:

  • Wacom Cintiq Pro 27

  • Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Plus 4K

For pen tablets, manufacturers often use descriptive names such as "small", "large" instead of numbers.

  • Wacom Intuos Pro Medium

  • Wacom Intuos Pro Large

Standard sizes

By looking at the Wacom's product line and naming, we can establish a decent framework understanding how descriptive words like "small" and "large" map to numbers. Note that the size names are different for pen displays and pen tablets.

Distribution of active area sizes

If we look at how drawing tablet models are distributed along this scale we'll see that there is a lot of variation.

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