Surface Go

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  1. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I wish I could hand-write my briefs. My typing is so much faster than my hand writing, I can keep up with my thoughts and don't have to hold a thought until the text catches up.

    I do prefer hand writing anything simple, however, like emails.

    All I'm waiting for is LTE. I've decided (with quite a bit of browbeating from Dale) that it's worth the wait. Hopefully, it won't be long. I'll also need a new dock.
     
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  2. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    :D Glad to be of service!

    Seriously, by the time LTE launches all of these typical launch problems will be resolved for you,and all you'll struggle with is LTE performance for an update or two. Keep your eyes glued to the commercial page at the Microsoft Store for the WinPro 10 SKU (saves you $50 on the usual $100 upgrade fee) and I was told they are likely to get the 256gb option before consumer grades do. With this being your "one and only" I'd max the puppy out even if it does have a mSDXC slot. Plus, the 256/512gb SSD have been faster (in the past) than the 128gb variants.

    All of this glee with the SG has made me double down on my GB12 full time - and it is so much more convenient than the SB2. The inking in OneNote 16 and Adobe Acrobat DC has been great I'm liking it more each time I open it up. Can't wait to see what the successor can do while pondering the SG LTE route.
     
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    surfaceproartist Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    @Bronsky What software do you need to run in Pro that won’t run on S? Office, OneNote, Xodo, etc are all available and you won’t run in to any of the potential land mines awaiting upgraders.

    I’m evaluating the practicality of living in S Mode for my review and so far it’s okay...


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  4. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Dr. Pizza over at ArsTechnica inadvertently explained the dichotomy of Surface Go reviews out there - it has broken down between the pro-iPad and Windows camps.

    The reviews are NOT "all over the map" as he suggests (face facts, he likes to get down on Microsoft like his buddy Thurrott; they think it gives them more journalistic cred) - just look at his list of Surface Go haters: Gizmodo, Mashable (which I proclaimed earlier should just change its name to Applebees), and Venturebeat - ALL Apple worshipers. Most of the other "mehs" are for poor performance - sorry folks, but anybody buying this thinking they are getting a Photoshop RAW editor or want to play Call of Duty should be sent to the loony bin where they belong.

    Also, anyone dissing its keyboard needs to be strapped to a desk and forced to type a 2000 word essay on an Apple Smart Keyboard - without breaks for trips to the chiropractor...
     
  5. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Acrobat Pro and Word Perfect. I need Acrobat for document handling (although I see that Dale is using DC) and Word Perfect for drafting pleadings (can't live without reveal codes). I don't know if I can get Timeslips or quickbooks from the store either.
     
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  6. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Can't speak for @Bronsky, but a lot of enterprise services (especially domain services) require Win 10 Pro; plus Bitlocker is a must in those environments.
     
  7. djas

    djas Graffiti User

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    Yes, I see why you need win32 softwares now. Also, I just now realized most of our fellow commenters use their device as BYOD.

    My S3 is work-issued. We decided to go S mode department-wide with our apps pushes to us via MS Store for Business. I have another user-account running my own MSA for personal use.

    I'm not OS savvy althoug I'm a sys admin. Work is just work.... lol. I just get my IT department to set-up my machine. Ah, the joy of working in an multinatinal enterprise. :)

    Edit:
    From Microsoft: Line of Business applications available through Microsoft Store for Business.
     
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  8. Azzart

    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    But I could play Mass Effect Trilogy on it. :D
    Also, with the arrival of Concepts on Windows 10 there's finally a decent hassle free sketching app. (Although still incomplete compared to the iOS version)
     
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  9. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    "Surface Go - the iPad for Adults!"

    (PS - I claim first use on this advertising jingle)

    After reading Ed Bott's excellent review over at ZDNet, I found several major take-away from his usual good work:

    "In fact, the only difference between the two is that the Surface Go includes a USB Type-C port in place of the USB 3.1 Type A port on the Surface Pro. (Microsoft offers a Surface-branded USB-C to USB adapter for $20.) I tested the USB Type-C port with a Dell WD15 docking station and a generic USB Type-C dock; it performed flawlessly with both devices, connecting the Surface Go to power, a wired Ethernet connection, an external display, and as many USB peripherals as I could throw at it....

    Performance-wise, if you're concerned about the ability of that Pentium Gold CPU to keep up, you can relax. This isn't a netbook. In fact, it felt downright zippy on every productivity task I threw at it. Graphics performance was surprisingly good, even when I connected the Surface Go to a large external monitor....

    This is, of course, not a gaming PC or a professional workstation. I wouldn't count on this configuration to do heavy video editing or run a demanding game at maximum FPS. But for mainstream productivity work and casual gaming, it's more than good enough.

    It's also a good enough tablet, capable of playing movies and music and browsing websites as well as an iPad, although it lacks the deep selection of apps for iOS."


    Coming from much frustration trying to use generic USB-C docking solutions, this is very encouraging that it works out of the box with the Dell solution. As I said - "an iPad for adults".
     
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    dellaster Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    It seems to me that when the partisans get venomous, the device might be on the right track. It means that it's successfully poaching on their territory.

    It happened when the iPad Pro came out and all the Apple haters got vicious. And now all the Apple fanboys are getting down on the Surface Go so maybe it's going to be a big hit? That's my theory, anyway. :thumbsup:
     
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