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Microsoft Surface is Artist Heaven

The Microsoft Surface computer just keeps getting better and better. Now on version 4, it has truly become a tablet that can replace your bulky laptop. If you are one who uses a Wacom pad or Cintiq screen to draw and edit photos and illustrations, you will simply love the Surface.

Draw on Screen

Microsoft says this about their new PixelSense Display. “With stunning color rivaling real life, the 12.3” high-resolution PixelSense Display was made to be viewed, touched, and written on.” “ Surface Pen has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and an eraser on the other end.”

You read that right. Finally there is a tablet screen that has the 1024 levels of pressure that you can get from a Wacom device. Other devices can use a finger, for crude pointing gestures. Some other devices can do the pen, but aren’t able to feel a finger. This is the best of both worlds.

Good Specs

Every digital artist knows that you need the most powerful computers on the market to make our software perform correctly. Too slow of a computer can bring software to a near halt and make it impossible to get any work done. Some tablets have so little internal memory that one midrange sized memory card would completely fill the drive. The surface is small, but it is powerful. Here are some of the specs.

  • 6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or i7
  • 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
  • Solid state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
  • Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
    Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Weight
    m3: 1.69 lbs (766 g)
    i5: 1.73 lbs (786 g)
    i7: 1.73 lbs (786 g)

Competitively Priced

The Microsoft surface is a good deal, especially when in comparison with a Mac laptop.  Check the Microsoft store for the latest prices.

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