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2014-02-19 10.22.49 by asuka111

I have been using Microsoft Surface Pro 2 for a month. It's a powerful mobile workstation! You can read my full review on my blog here: www.asuka111art.com/blog

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markdss Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I use a 700T, Note 10.1 and a Cintiq 21UX. Don't have time to draw that much.
These Windows tablets are capable but only from an i5 and up. Don't even think about an i3 and stay far away from any 64gb tablet. There is absolutely no ways of running apps and Windows 8 on such a small hard drive. I upgraded straightaway to a 256gb HDD.
My 700T is capable - I'm even doing my web design work on it together with the required photoshop editing.
Am interested in getting the Surface Pro 4.
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bluntfa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Are you still happy with your Surface Pro 2 ? Has it completely become your main workstation so far?
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Nafyo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i ant that keyboard. the one with flat design really annoying 
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bluntfa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah. The Touch Cover has also that weird trend with its keys locking themselves if you press them far too long (especially on games where you move your character) when I tried on a friend's SP1.

Type Cover is a lot better in comparaison.
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Nafyo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same problem to me when I play Dark souls 2 so I decided to buy Microsoft thin clipping key bored instead of use of typing and Xbox 360 gaming controller
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metalmeister5582 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've had my eye on the MS Surfaces, and I loved the idea of this new model, but I can't justify (or afford) $800 for a tablet. It's so weird how the touch technology went over the past few years. I have an HP tablet that came out just before the iPad craze, so the touch technology isn't good at all, but it had built-in Wacom digitizer! And I paid $500 for it! And it was a full laptop with keyboard and everything! Only downside is this laptop was from....6-7 years ago, so the CPU isn't super fast, and can only handle 4gb RAM max. I want them to have another go at this exact same product, but with today's technology! It would be amazing to have a convertible laptop with an upper end dual core CPU and 16gb RAM and a Wacom stylus for the screen!!
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Graphic--Ops Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've been using surface pro 1 for all my drawings for several months now and it is awesome, once i got used to the small display and used a small wireless keyboard c:
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
nice is this some kind of a program that can run on the phone? or just this awesome laptop that i cant stop staring at
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ZarieoZ Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wacom made pressure sensitive stylus for tablets if you are looking into using your tablet for painting, but the software you use have to be compatible with this specific stylus, several Apps do on iOS but I don't know about windows. Anyway, Its kinda intriguing why you didn't go with the wacom tablets (android or windows version) they are like a portable Cintiq, they are really expensive though, alot more than the average tablet. So the decision is totally understandable,
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ZarieoZ Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wrote the comment then went to read the review, I see you have the wacom stylus ;-)
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Burukasai Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Hi there;


I also use the Surface Pro (original model) for digital painting at the moment. I noticed in your review that you recommended using something else other than the kick-stand to prop the machine up; what do you use?


I've not tried drawing onto the surface whilst it's propped up. At the moment I lay my tablet and type cover out flat on a under-cushioned dinner tray so I can access the keyboard on the same plane as the screen which is handy but its not ideal XD It slides around and the type cover can sometimes move into a position where the surface thinks it's been folded right back (and therefore the usage of the keyboard is locked-out). I could do with some clips to hold it down, or something :/


The idea came from this guy: jonathancase.net/my-transition…

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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I use Nintendo 3DS stand that come with Kid Icarus cartridge. 

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KitaeK27 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello asuka. Love your artwork. I have a question.

Dropping over 2000 dollars on a 22 inch or higher Cintiq feels like a steep investment for a hobbyist like myself, but I have really been looking in to drawing screen tablets for a while. However at the 1000 dollar price range, we have the 13 inch Cintiq, which is rather very comparable to the Surface Pro 2.

Have you used a 13 inch Cintiq before? How do they compare with the Surface Pro 2?
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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A larger screen is always better! You may feel a bit uncomfortable while working on Surface Pro 2 but for the sake of mobility I think it's acceptable.  








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R9A Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
What I'd like to know, is there a lag while drawing, like it is with the Cintiq and the Samsung Note tablets?
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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's certainly better than Samsung Note and iPad.  Feel similar to Cintiq but less pressure-sensitive.


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R9A Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Ok, thank you! ^^
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IzzuThug Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Good review. How would you say it performs in battery life and other normal tablet/laptop activities?
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm getting on myself soon as a portable sketchbook.
Have you seen the wireless adapter for the Type/Touch Cover? I think that's a really good shortcut solution for many apps. It's a small battery/bluetooth transmitter that allows you to use your Surface's cover detached. That's going to be my main method of inputting shortcuts when doing more serious work on it so I can have the keyboard off to the left of the tablet for a less awkward setup while drawing. I have a Logitech G13 which could work for shortcuts, but that's too bulky to bring around as a compromise.

Have you messed around with overlaying touch buttons onto the screen for quick oft-used shortcuts?
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Genko Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been wanting to play with overlaying touch buttons but am not sure where to begin. Any suggestions on where to start with that?
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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for an advice! 

I know about wireless adapter for Type Cover but I haven't seen any at the store. So, I use Razer Tartarus instead. It also syncs with my primary setting via cloud. (however, Razer software on OSX is quite a cumbersome.)  I don't have any problem with carrying Tartarus though. It's lighter than G13 (about 50%) but it has less key and no LED screen. 

I tried to find out about ArtDock but it's too complicated for me and I personally don't like to touch the shortcut on touch screen. 


p.s. I also read your review on Surface Pro long time ago. That's why I interest in it!  :D
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I neded up never buying the original Surface Pro. I couldn't ENTIRELY justify it. However, the Pro 2 with better battery performance, an option for 8GB of memory, and the better kickstand makes it a much better option now. (Glad I waited.)
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Skitamine Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheaper than Cintiq I guess
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Kaiazes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I imagine that the 2 works pretty well. I have a 1 that I use and I really enjoy it. Glad yours is working out for you!
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Art-Of-Nathan-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Digital Artist
I have a surface pro as well. I bought the wacom bamboo feel pen. Like the feel better.
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SythMog Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! I've been meaning to purchase one myself! The form factor is already what I use and am comfortable with, so I think this is still very much for me. Thanks for a seemingly honest review!
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the review, looking for something to replace my laptop, which is slowly dying. Not sure that is in my price range. My main question would be how you install photoshop, since mine is on disk only and I don't see a disk drive...
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Jeffufu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the review. :) How does it perform with big PSDs?  

I think I will get one after reading this! I didn't get the first one because I heard that the Wacom drivers were not supported yet, but I guess that isn't a problem anymore. 
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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

How big PSD that you would like to work on? For me, it performs really well on 4000x6000px with 10-25 layers. (My machine has 4GB of RAM)


 

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Jeffufu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I also do graphic design, so I was curious how it might perform with bigger psd filesizes :) But I think even for painting I would like one, even though my skill is much lower than yours hahaha. Have you tried using it in the sunlight or outside? 
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Rivvyn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been interested in the Surface Pro 2 for a while but for the price I'm still not sure I'm sold on it

It certainly sounds like an awesome little machine though

Can we expect to see any demo videos in the near future? ^^
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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would like to make a video but unfortunately, my schedule doesn't allow me. :/ 
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Yuukia-Hime Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
OH GOSH I WANT ONE!
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AzylSagara Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good taste. I have the mugi nendo as well.
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anakure Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!:o (Eek)  

It's pretty incredible. I wonder how it works Sadness... specially that control you show. It's like a videogame!
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
How is the pressure sensitivity??
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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
1024 level. Feel like using good old Intuos2 
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is more than enough!!! I am so excited now!
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TastesLikeInsanity Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
the stylus comes with it
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moonlight-fox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My boyfriend's got a Samsung Ativ Tab 7
Its similar to surface pro supposedly and its also good :D
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silver-escape Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

did the stylus come with it or did you buy it seperate?

 

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asuka111 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it definitely come with the stylus
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PluckyPooka Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
A stylus comes with it. The stylus in the picture looks like they same one it ships with. You can buy others if you prefer a different one.
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Yuukia-Hime Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Im guessing it came with the stylus.
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