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02/12/2017 03:35:09 AM · #1
I'm a windows person. Was looking at some of the Windows 10 tablets but not sure what to look for, what to stay away from etc. I build my own PCs so this would be a first getting something like this. I'd like to edit photo and if possible, video when I'm out of the house. I don't want tobuy a laptop though, which is why I was looking at these.

Does anyone use them for editing? Any recommendations?
02/12/2017 12:20:37 PM · #2
Which ones have you looked at? I was considering a tablet for the compactness, but also wanted something that had enough power to run Ps and Lr. I found that in order to get something I'd be satisfied with, I'd have to spend a small fortune, e.g. the higher end MS Surface tablets can run in excess of $2k USD.
What I finally wound up with was a 2-in-one machine, the Lenovo Yoga 710. I got the higher end version of it, and scored a reasonably good deal; my end cost was a little over $1000 USD. It is not the fastest machine in the world, but on travel it does OK with Lr, even with the 36MB 5D Mk IV RAW files, as long as I let it alone to build previews. It has a *very* nice 4k IPS screen, backlit keyboard (but without numeric pad) and a good-size display (15.6") in a very thin, light package.
02/12/2017 11:16:49 PM · #3
I've only just started looking. I saw the Surface Tabs going for about 1000USD here in Japan. On the Amazon.com though they look to be selling for half of that.

Acer is what comes up as highest rated/seller on Amazon Japan. Those run closer to 350USD.

I would love to have something compact to bring around to work or editing while taking those long hauls to work on the train.
02/13/2017 08:07:00 AM · #4
Yep, Surface tablets go for a very wide range of prices. For the less expensive ones, storage is small, display is lower resolution and processing power is very limited. I'm sure that the Acer tablets are going to be less expensive for the same performance. I have no idea at all about ruggedness or reliability on them. Still, to get what you need to edit without great pain, it's going to cost.
For storage, you are going to want something with a 256 GB SSD, ideally. If you store only a few files locally at any one time, 128GB is probably fine. You want as much RAM as possible, and most of the lower-end tablets have 4GB at most. You will run into disk paging pretty quickly at that level. 8GB seems to work OK if you aren't dealing with huge images or a lot of layers. For processing power, having both a decently powerful CPU and a discrete GPU helps a bunch. My Yoga has a 7th-gen i7, but even at that price point this is still a two-core processor, not four. It also has discrete graphics, which helps with both Ps and Lr usability.
02/13/2017 10:12:34 AM · #5
I use Surface Pro 3. Typing on it right now. Very happy and pleased with it. LR and PS work fine on it.

I have an i5 with 4G RAM and 128G of SSD. Extended with 64G via the microSD slot and some sort of hack...

The only issue I have with it is the battery sleep / hibernate. It is a well known issue that it can not manage the battery life in sleep mode. There is massive drain. I did set it to hibernate so battery life is OK but it take (way) longer to wake it up and start using it. Nothing like a real tablet.

Since I have the drone I use it less since it can not really handle video editing properly. Just basic.

Being able to run full software is great but sometimes I would like to have the simplicity of the tablet apps.

NatGeo for example does not have an app for Win 10 (actually neither for Android here in HK) like the one on iPad...

Message edited by author 2017-02-13 10:15:56.
02/21/2017 01:04:55 AM · #6
I was looking at those myself, but I settled for an Ipad Pro for that reason. Super easy to travel and edit on.
I brought a little extension USB cable which I can attach an SD card reader into and purchased the pen to it (the pen stay in the clip inside the otterbox).

It is fast and easy and I kinda love it. Getting used to the apple products is a huge learning curve for me, but it seems pretty flawless and fast.
I have lightroom, photoshop (they are the mobile version though, can't seem to get the full version on it)
and photogene/snapseed on mine. I am typically a huge windows person myself and use the full versions of lightroom on my computer for my paid clients, I leaned to the Ipad due to the rentina display to it as well, and its quite beautiful.

Message edited by author 2017-02-21 02:18:04.
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