I’ve been looking to upgrade from my Wacom Bamboo I bought as a student for a long time now. I finally settled on the Microsoft Surface Pro so I could get the added benefits of having a portable device. I bought a used, refurbished Surface Pro 3 i5 with 4GB RAM since I’m a cheap bastard. Here’s my thoughts...
So far the Surface Pro can handle all the files I’ve worked on with ease. I haven’t worked on anything bigger than 5mb yet, but there has been no lag in any of my brush strokes. The pressure sensitivity is great and I was able to turn off the annoying pen cursor.
The 12 inch screen size is surprisingly more than enough. With the amount of customisation that Photoshop has I’m able to always have enough room to work by zooming in and out. I was surprised to find out just how little space my hand needed for drawing.
The battery life is solid. I’ve been drawing for up to four hours before having to recharge. I would expect this if I was just browsing the internet, but not for working on Photoshop.
The only real downside I’ve seen so far is the limit to customisation of the pen. Microsoft has a very limited set of built in options for the buttons on the pen. I had to download Event Ghost in order to change the pen to the settings I was after.
Overall at the price I paid I’m happy with my purchase, but I don’t think I be able to justify a brand new model. The below sketches are from life and done on the Surface Pro.