GEAR TALK...



  • I would also say look on Ebay too, I bought my original large wacom tablet from there for about $60. if you have a computer or laptop that that could be hooked on, she could use it from there. or iPad pro, but that is a pretty expensive toy too. maybe she can work her way and earn half of the cost or something and then you can chip in the rest?



  • Surface Studio

    This is interesting... the idea of switching over to PC is not an easy decision (even with the new software subscription model)... BUT a true "all-in-one" solution is a very attractive concept.


  • SVS OG

    Yeah, this looks very cool. But the issues with pressure sensitivity would be a deal breaker for me as well. I didn't think it was that big of deal until I got my new cintiq but I don't think I'd ever want to go back to anything under 2000 levels of pressure again I can really tell the difference and the pen drawing before you even touch the screen would be a huge problem .



  • @evilrobot agreed. and the "stray marks" mentioned in the review are obviously concerning.


  • SVS Team SVS OG

    I have the Surface Book and LOVE it. I never get any stray marks. I believe they are using the same technology in the Surface Studio. Honestly that will be my next purchase, maybe in a year or two. Since its not even out yet I am sure 2nd gen will have more of the bugs worked out. I know when I first got the Surface Book I had some issues with the pen losing connection with the screen but over time with some of the recent windows updates I do not get that any more.

    I went into Best Buy one day and played around with it before I said, yeap I need this. Before the Surface Book i had a 19in Monoprice digital monitor, it was ok. I did get stray marks on that, but i was able to deal with it. I find it easier to draw/paint on the monitor vs a tablet.



  • @Chip-Valecek I have used tablets and displays and I greatly prefer the display-style drawing tools (Cintiqs and the like)... less of a disconnect... I always struggled with drawing on one surface and looking at a different surface for the results.

    I like my 22" Cintiq but actually the 13" Cintiq Companion Hybrid (functions as an android tablet when not used hooked up to a computer) has a better texturized drawing surface... far closer to the tactile feel of drawing on paper. But, I love the larger drawing surface of the dedicated Cintiq. The newer models of Cintiq may have that surface feature as well and mine is just an older model, not sure.


  • SVS OG

    This only has 1024 levels of pressure but it looks pretty cool. viao z



  • I have a 'fujitsu lifebook T5010' it has a swivel screen and 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, even comes with its own pen. I got mine second hand on ebay, very cheap, like less than $150 back then. They are several years old now. But more than adequate for getting started and learning a digital workflow. I guess it all comes down to budget and how much you are willing to invest? Just thought I would share, hope it helps.


  • SVS OG

    @RobinSlee Fujitsu was the first tablet PC I had as well and it was a good starter unit I think I got mine for around $350.00 there are some older tech models on the market that with a few upgrades would be great for someone starting out. Something like THIS



  • @evilrobot Yep that one would certainly be a good choice for a young one just starting out. Not too expensive, can still be used for 'homework', a couple of games and some net stuff. 😉



  • @QuietYell I personally use the Yiynova MSP19U, and I love it. A really great alternative to the Cintiq. 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @eleArts oh that's great to know someone that has this! I'm glad to hear that it is working good for you too!


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