Me: Light traveler, photographer, news and comic book reader
I've long been wanting a device to edit on while on the road, but I was never really into many
When the SB was announced, I immediately wanted it. It checked all the boxes of a device I wanted, and it came directly from MS, which theoretically should mean, better reliability. Unfortunately, it seems the SB and SP4 were loaded with bugs of various forms, so I waited until the latest firmware update hit, and finally pulled the trigger... just in time for a big trip to LA!
Experience: tl;dr - awesome
Maybe I've just been lucky, but I've been relatively without bugs. I shoot with a 'measly' 16mp camera for my photography. Lightroom and Photoshop hum along just fine. Not quite as fast as my iMac at home, but that's to be expected. Adobe's apps are inconsistent in how well they scale, so I had to do a bit of trickery on Bridge, for example. Calibration out of the box was pretty decent. I warmed up the monitor just slightly to get closer to my screens at home (which might not be correct themselves, it's been a while, but most important is consistency, imo). Each day when I finished shooting, I'd pop in my card, and convert all my raws to dng, then sync the photography folders with Lightroom, and I was well on my way to productivity.
As a news/comic reader, its pretty good too. The 13" 'tablet' is surprisingly lightweight, and really easy to read with. BUT, Microsoft should soften the edges in future generations. The weight is ok, but the edges can dig into your hands uncomfortably over time. This comes down to a function vs form argument, as rounded edges might not look as nice.
Battery life has been outstanding, I haven't had any issues there, even when working hard. But that being said, I haven't put it through its paces without a power source nearby. I do know I got 4ish hours of comic reading without draining the tablet, though. So that was neat.
The SB also held up to the travel pretty well, I didn't have time to get a new travel backpack before my trip... and luckily it just barely fit in my current bag, which doesn't have a laptop sleeve. It does have a sleeve for a water pouch/camelback though hah. It's not exactly a padded area, so I was a bit nervous about it. I did my best to lay the bag facing down, instead of putting the weight on the SB. That being said, the SB did have to take a bit of pressure against my back, and I came home without any bends that I can see. Still a bit nervous about 'the gap', so I will be looking for a new backpack in the near future that might have a bit of padding, or support built in for a laptop.
The only real bug I've come across is that sometimes when powering on, the 'attached' icon will be greyed out, and say it's not attached, when it is. Yet the keyboard and mouse will still work. I searched about on the internet, and found that some people turn 'quick start' off to fix this, which I've now done, and haven't seen the issue since. I tend to power down the SB if I'm not using it for a while, since I've heard about past sleep issues. I suppose I should test the sleep function more thoroughly.
Main features wanted: Multi touch gestures on the touchscreen that are similar to the gestures on the trackpad. Seems like it'd be a simple feature addition to better improve quality and consistency of the experience. Multi touch gestures are a big part of my enjoyment in using my iPad Mini.
Main apps used:
- Adobe Lightroom - Mostly functions perfectly, scrolling on the track over each section is hit and miss, sometimes requires putting the pointer over the nav bar to scroll properly. Most elements scale properly, some do not.
- Adobe Photoshop - Everything is perfect so far. Plugins are hit and miss on scaling.
- Readiy - RSS (Feedly) reader - simple on features - very functional
- Cover - comic reader - also simple but very functional
- Chrome - works as it does on any other device
Specs: i5/8gb/256gb/dGPU Me: Light traveler, photographer, news and comic book reader I've long been wanting a device to edit on while on the road,