Long time lurker, this is my first time posting though, but I'm getting dangerously close to my financial goal for a new upgrade, I was eyeing the Surface Book 2 but I'm wondering about everyone's opinions on alternatives?? EDIT: As an extra note, I'm asking about alternatives because for the work I do it isn't terribly heavy so if I can save money buying something cheaper I'd gladly do so 1. What is your budget? $1500-2500 (willing to go any higher or lower) 2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished? Nope 3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible? Has to have windows 4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? Above 13-inches (though 13 is fine for me as well) 5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]? USA 6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? No Brand Preference 7. How many hours battery life do you require? At least 5 hours 8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc) Creativity work: drawing, animation, light 3d work 9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently? Has to be Windows OS 10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc) Photoshop,Clipstudio,SketchbookPro,Toonboom 11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list. Maybe.. (honestly if I can run Destiny 2, Guild Wars 2, Warframe comfortably I'm fine, I don't PC game much) 12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system? Nothing besides basic screensharing/light streaming with video or music (I sometimes stream my art) Screen Specifics 1. Any preference on screen resolution? I really want 4k (2000x3000 or more) 2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun? See the above linked FAQ for guidance I might take it cafes but they tend to be glare-free so no problems 3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom EMR, AES or N-trig? See the above linked FAQ for guidance I NEED a pen, even if I hafta buy it separately that's okay with me, no preference for tech, don't really use tilt either Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory? Don't really care to expand, 512GB SSD minimum, or if any lower than that an SD Cardslot or USB-C Thunderbolt would be great 2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs? Would prefer USB-C, doesn't hafta be thunderbolt, should be 3rd gen though, one usb 3 for my mouse would be nice (if not i can use an adaptor its ok) Misc 1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above? Nah 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration? I'm kinda eyeing the HP ZBook x360 with P1000 Quadro, if anybody has info on this device that'd be great I'm wondering if anyone here has used the 13" model for the Surface Book 2 would love experiences and opinions on that particular one, thanks!