Device needed for artist/student

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by Annathy, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. Annathy

    Annathy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    Preferably $350-$450 USD, $500 if necessary

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?
    Thinking of Windows Surface, since iPad doesn't support computer programs like Photoshop

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    • 7.1 to 10-inches
    • 10 to 13-inches

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?
    United States

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Notetaking, email, drawing/graphic design, Netflix/Youtube, documents/spreadsheets

    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?
    I use Android/Microsoft generally

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
    Primarily Microsoft Office and Photoshop. Illustrative/art programs.

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
    Only very light and infrequent gaming

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?
    Not necessarily

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    Not much, but occasionally

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom EMR, AES or N-trig?
    Yes, with pressure sensitivity. No preference

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?
    Honestly, I'm not sure.

    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?
    Full-sized USB slots for sure. Don't need HDMI.


    I'm about to start my freshman year of college and am looking for a good device that will last me as many of my college years as possible. Currently I'm looking at the Microsoft Surface 3, which seems to be the most affordable option that covers what I'm looking for. However, from the reviews that say it's laggy and has poor battery life, I'm not sure it will last me very long or be worth the investment. So I'm considering spending more and getting Microsoft Surface Pro 3 instead, or even the Pro 4 if I absolutely need to. I'm just not sure what what will be right for my needs.

    On the one hand, I don't need a high-end device for business or intense video editing, gaming, etc. So I really don't think I should need the 4 or higher. But on the other hand, like I said, I *do* need something that will serve as basic laptop and that will last.

    Thanks very much for any suggestions/tips!
  2. Shizaru

    Shizaru Scribbler - Standard Member

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