Drawing tablets come in a variety of sizes and price ranges, but if you’re looking for a budget-friendly, quality tablet, the XP-Pen Deco 01 may be a good fit for you.
With a generous sized working area, customizable express keys and a slim profile, this drawing tablet is a smart choice for artists who value portability and responsiveness. This model also features in our best drawing tablet guide.
XP-Pen Deco 01 Features and Specs
- 10” x 6.25” working area
- 8mm slim profile
- 8192 levels of pen pressure
- 266 RPS
- 5080 LPI
- Pen shortcuts
- Battery-free stylus
- 8 customized express keys
- USB Type-C input
- Right- and left-handed use
- Supports Windows 10/8/7 (32 & 64 bit); Mac OS X version 10.10 or later
- Works with most creative software programs
XP-Pen Deco 01 Review
The Deco 01 features a modern, minimalistic design with an ultra-slim profile that makes it easy to take with you on-the-go. It’s small and thin enough to fit into a backpack or laptop bag for easy portability.
The working area is clearly indicated with corner markings, and the tablet’s surface is primarily flat (save for the express buttons on the side of the unit).
The tablet is designed for ambidextrous use, so you can rotate it to have the express buttons on the right or left side of the tablet. You can also adjust the tablet for right- or left-handed use in the settings.
The bottom of the drawing tablet features rubber pads in each corner to prevent slipping.
The Deco 01 plugs into your laptop or desktop via a lengthy USB cable. There’s no option to connect wirelessly, but the long USB cable makes it easy to use just about anywhere.
The tablet itself is made of high-quality plastic, so it’s exceptionally durable.
When choosing a drawing tablet, one of the most important things you have to consider is the stylus, especially if you’re looking for a budget tablet. A poor-quality stylus will be inaccurate and cumbersome to use.
The Deco 01’s stylus is surprisingly accurate and feels well-balanced when in use. It has two shortcut buttons that allow you to right or left click. You can also customize these buttons to your liking.
The stylus is battery-free, so you never have to worry about charging it. The pen is powered wirelessly from the tablet via electromagnetic resistance (EMR).
Digging a little deeper into the technical specs of the pen, you’ll find that this model offers 8192 levels of pressure, 266 RPs and 5080 LPI. You also have the option of customizing both the sensitivity and the pressure in the settings.
Another nice thing about the Deco 01 is that it comes with a durable pen holder that lets you store the pen in either an upright or horizontal position. The bottom of the pen stand opens up to reveal a hidden storage compartment that stores up to eight extra pen nibs.
The Deco 01 offers eight express keys that can be programmed to your liking. The buttons are separated into two groups of four for your convenience, and they’re ergonomically placed along the side of the tablet for easy access during use.
With so many express keys, you shouldn’t have to use your keyboard when working on your drawing tablet.
While you customize these buttons through the settings, they come pre-programmed to offer the following functions:
The Deco 01 is compatible with most operating systems and creative software programs.
Windows users will be able to use this tablet with Windows 10/8/7, and it will work with both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Mac users can use this tablet with Mac OS X version 10.10 or higher.
There is currently no support for Android or iOS, but that’s to be expected with a budget drawing tablet.
As far as creative software goes, you’ll be able to use this tablet with all of the most popular programs, including:
- SketchBook Pro
- Fire Alpaca
- Manga Studio
Whether you’re into graphic design, photo editing, crafting, sketching, illustration or anything in between, this tablet should help you bring your vision to life.
- Ultra-slim profile
- Large drawing area
- Many customizable express keys
- Compatible with most operating systems and creative programs
- Accurate and sensitive stylus
- Some connectivity issues with Windows 10
Some users have trouble getting this tablet to connect in Windows 10, but most have no issues. Downloading the most updated version of the tablet’s driver may help correct the problem.
Overall, the XP-Pen Deco 01 is a budget-friendly, easy-to-use, accurate drawing tablet that’s easily portable and fun to use. If you don’t need a high-end tablet and are just getting started with digital art, this is a great model and offers just the right number of features to keep users from feeling overwhelmed.