**@chenzui said in cintiq, surface, ipad pro:
This post is a bit old but note that the iPad has a pretty short lifespan, I am a digital artist . I must tell you that you could probably get 2-3 years of smooth operation out of it before it starts to slow down, if you're getting the Pro models, that's around a grand every 2-3 years.**
That’a not entirely accurate. ANY computer you buy today be it a windows/Apple based Cintiq, an iPad or Surgace tablet or something else will work slower in 3 years if you update the operating system. New operating systems require more powerful processing chips and that affects the speed. However, few people, require the latest and greatest operating system.
If you purchase a bargain basement computer the lifespan will be much shorter than a medium priced or high end system. All computers use commodity components and faster/better components simply cost more money.
If you drop a grand on a tablet at some point it will need to be replaced. That’s no difference than dropping $2k on a top of the line Cintiq and plugging into your computer which will need to be replaced.
I am still running an iPad that is 2nd generation from2011 for a specific purpose and it runs great. I have a desktop computer from 2004 still running at speeds comparable to my new computer but it is used for something specific and I don’t need to run the latest and greatest.
It’s all a matter of how you use your tools.