A total of 4 reviews of this product on Reddit.
Generally this isn’t the subreddit to ask this question – /r/learnart would be more suitable. That said, it’s a pretty easy question to answer and you obviously sound kind of stressed out by this.
Wacom is indeed the most common recommendation, but that’s not what you’re going to want. It’s a well regarded brand, but these days brands like XP-Pen and Huion (its main “knock-off” competitors) are getting pretty solid, and for a fraction of the cost.
Something like this should serve you just fine. Don’t go for anything smaller though – that’s the equivalent of Wacom’s “medium” size. Smaller will make it easier to end up with repetitive stress injuries from relying too much on your wrist. Also, try not to clench your stylus too tightly, as that will also make it hard to write for long periods of time.
XP-pen Deco 01 v2 $69 <- new on amazon, you can probably find one cheaper on ebay.
Huion Q11K $89 <- slightly larger and wireless
With this setup, I teach several audio post production classes and do audio work for clients. The tablet (which has Linux drivers) is used for OpenBoard, a FOSS whiteboard app.
Laptop: 81LL IdeaPad L340-17IRH Gaming
OS: Ubuntu 20.10 x86_64
All three screens: 1920×1080
DE: GNOME 3.38.2
WM Theme: Jade-1-Gray
Theme: Jade-1-Purple [GTK2/3]
Icons: Suru++ [GTK2/3]
CPU: Intel i7-9750H (12) @ 2.600GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile / Max-Q
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
Memory: 4007MiB / 15886MiB
Speakers: Yamaha NS10M
Interface: Presonus 68c
Graphics Tablet: XP-PEN Deco 01 V2 Graphics Tablet
Third Monitor Adapter: Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter
(Display-Link Linux Drivers)
Uuhh I use various ones …for many different reasons lol. If you’re looking to spend a pretty penny Wacom is always good.
If you’re looking for something cheaper I’d recommend
It’s a good starter, there are some challenges with drawing and staring at your computer screen~ it’s not super hard to adjust and learn though 😮
I recently upgraded to the XP-PEN 15.6 PRO
Any of those are fine as a started.
I really like this tablet lol my favorite so far~! Money well spent if I say so myself~
If you wanna go further and explore your options. Huion is an ok brand too. I’ve had bad experiences with them (mainly their display tablets not being accurate). However please don’t let that discourage you.
All the best with finding one and happy drawing~!