If you are looking to spend a little more money on your drawing tablet, and want to make sure what you are using is good for more than just drawing, you might be interested in getting a tablet that doesn’t just have a great display – but also that works well as a functional Windows-based handheld device.
So, here I’m going to talk about the Microsoft Surface Book 3 tablet, and how it functions as a drawing tablet (before I jump into why it’s handy to have on the whole). Firstly you will be happy to learn that you can install pretty much any Windows-based applications onto the Surface 3 without any problems at all. What that means is that any time you are working on a drawing, animation, or illustration, you are going to be working on the same hardware that’s capable of both editing and uploading your work.
If that isn’t the case though, you can always save your work to a cloud-based memory system and access it from your desktop editing station in the future. Because it’s Windows-based, you could theoretically sync your work with Onenote so it all uploads and updates automatically.
Outside of that though, the Microsoft Surface 3’s CPU is well equipped to handle all the different illustration programs out there. That means the likes of Adobe’s Creative Suite, Mischief, Blender and all the other animation apps are going to be easy to use. That’s because the Surface Book 3 is equipped with a 10th gen Intel CPU the cheapest model with an i5 in fact, that’s going to be more than capable of handling all of these creative applications with ease, allowing you to work, draw and sketch with no slowdown or lag to annoy you as you work.
The screen itself is pretty great as well, supporting full HD picture quality which is brilliant for a tablet of this size. If you wanted more specs to impress, then you should be aware that you can select a version of the Surface 3 that comes with a discrete graphics card like the 1660 Ti, which is no bad thing at all (except where your wallet is concerned).
If we are talking about hardware though, we do have to address the fact that the Surface 3 does not come with a compatible pen included with which to draw. You are going to have to reach in your pocket again to buy yourself a pen compatible with the Surface 3 – preferably the stylus. The stylus pen has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, which compared to some of the other options on this list is nothing at all – but realistically its something you can live with as you use the pen itself.
You can adjust the pen’s sensitivity on the Surface itself so that you have a more comfortable setup as you are working – but it can still be annoying. This is all made up for the fact that using the pen on the Surface 3 is insanely accurate and pretty much lag-free in programs like Photoshop and the like.
Depending on the model that you go for as well, you are going to find a price that’s in line with the offerings from Apple – and on top of that you are getting a fully operational Windows PC with your purchase, so even if drawing is only a side hobby for you, and you are looking for a new laptop that can support your illustrations whilst still being fit for work and other uses like browsing the internet, listening to music or just general use, then this is a fantastic option to choose.