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Anyone use a Surface Ptro
Ken Lanese, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | USA | Posted: 11:49 PM on 12.02.16
->> I've been thinking about going to a Surface Pro from a standard laptop. My biggest concern is only having 1 USB port on the device. It would be primary used on location in media rooms, in my car, etc...

Just wondering if anyone has thought about going it. Since it's Windows I'm assuming there would be no problem running PhotoMechanic, Lightroom and Photoshop?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:25 AM on 12.03.16
->> I have always been a Windows user. Yes, people say Mac machines are easier to use and more powerful. But with my math and computer background from college way back, I hadn't found ease of use an issue for me. I did used to get the blue screen of death with Win7 and Win8 until I installed more memory -- more memory that what Macs could handle -- and never had a problem afterwards. In fact, I could process images faster than colleagues with Macs. I now run Windows 10 on my desktop and four laptops between myself and my wife, and we've never had a single hang up glitch. The OS is very stable.

While there used to be a performance difference between Mac and Windows with Photoshop, Illustrator, etc., in the early days there are no differences now I find. There are also no differences between Photoshop, Lightroom, PhotoMechanic and other cross platform software in terms of features and keystrokes. The only thing is that the Mac command key is control on Win. Think of it like switching between a Nikon and Canon. Both do great jobs but the hardware buttons and dials are in different places.

As to the Surface, I don't have one. My main laptop is a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 which was far better than the first Surface and its screen resolution is higher than Apple's retina display. However, I've looked at and played with the newest Surface at our Microsoft store and am very impressed with the stylus pen -- especially being able to lasso areas on-screen. You're going to come to love using a touch-screen with your fingers.

Microsoft has just come out with a new computer system called the Surface Studio. It is an all-in-one desktop model that has a 28-inch monitor that beats retina. What is so innovative about it is that you can lower the screen from upright to down and flat like a drafting table. With the stylus it is now like drawing on a sheet of paper. You can even use old physical French curve templates, lay them on the screen and follow the curves with your stylus. The technology in this system is something that Apple isn't even close to. From a computer/geek standpoint I'm really impressed and how Microsoft got their debut system right on its first attempt.

Regarding the Surface Pro only having one USB port, just use a four-port USB splitter. I've been using them for years and have found zero problems with them. If you use a Bluetooth mouse the only thing you need in the field is a single port anyway for your card reader if you think about it.

Having used Dell, Asus, HP, Lenovo and other brands of laptops over the past many years, if I was buying a new laptop today it would be the Surface Pro without a single thought about going Mac. Having a touch screen and stylus is a game changer.

The closest Microsoft store to you is in Jacksonville. Take a trip to play with the Surface Pro and Surface Studio. FYI, the Studio model (at least the one in Salt Lake) is pre-loaded with demo models of Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. If you take some images with you on a flash drive they will let you open and play with them. If you like what you see with the Studio model you'll get the same capability with the Surface Pro.

And fyi, in the past week talk has been starting about Microsoft rolling out a Surface Pro 5 in the spring. I would wait for it to see what new features and capabilities it will have.

Also, don't skimp on price. Get the most powerful processor it comes with (i7 instead of i5) with the most RAM. It may hurt a little, but the benefits in the long run will be well worth not going out to dinner for a while.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 3:08 PM on 12.03.16
->> Ken...

I'm the chapter president for ASMP in SLC and this morning we had a special demo of the Surface Studio for pro photographers. While there I asked about the Surface Pro 4 (a tablet with attachable keyboard) versus the Surface Book laptop. The store guru says what with being a photographer, go with the Book over the Pro as it is more robust and has better battery life than the Pro. The Book also uses a stylus and has two USB-3 ports plus a full-size SD card reader; the screen is over an inch bigger too.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 3:24 PM on 12.03.16
->> One more important thing. You can buy the Pro and Book at other places such as Best Buy. Don't. Get it from Microsoft directly.

The reason is that machines sold through third parties like Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, B&H, etc. are loaded with bloatware. Thus maybe the cheaper prices because third party software makers pay the stores to have the machines pre-loaded with product.

I had a laptop I bought from HP and it was sluggish. I paid Microsoft to scrub the bloatware out of it and the performance gain was noticeable. When you buy a machine from a Microsoft store -- no matter if it a MS computer or Dell, Lenovo, Asus, HP, etc. -- it comes loaded with Win10 OS only and nothing else.
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