looking for a mobile laptop to run 3d programs ?

3dArtist408

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hey looking for a computer I was thinking about getting the surface pro 3 I 7 256 gigabyte. It cost $1550 +$125 for keyboard and got to buy pen.

programs I use is Photoshop, Maya , Zbrush ,Mari , and game engine like unity .

I seen the surface pro 3 how you can run zbrush and maya , Photoshop.

is the surface pro 3 a good choice ?

Or is there something better.

On a budget college student need something to do work at home then bring to school.
 

jaguarskx

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The key point would be the digitizer pen...

If you absolutely need use the digitizer pen on screen itself, then your choices are pretty limited to tablets / 2-in-1 laptops which can convert into a tablet. If using a digitizer tablet like the one linked below for the Wacom Intuos Creative Pen Tablet ($80) which can be connected to any desktop or laptop is fine, then your options are much more open.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1002445&gclid=CjwKEAjwj9GqBRCRlPram97Xk3ESJADrN7Ie6IXJzzYKn84Pj1pc4pBXLqeCRJ1MIdxCgjqZ3NBObhoCtPXw_wcB&Q=&is=REG&A=details


The only 2-in-1 laptop that I know of which fits into your budget is the 2nd generation ThinkPad Yoga 12; see link below. The ThinkPad Yoga 12 starts at $845 and does not come with a digitizer screen, but it can be upgrade to that for $250 and you can upgrade other things as well like the hard drive to a SSD. Just be aware that things can become a bit expensive when upgrading. There is the $1,299 version which comes with the digitizer screen and the pen, but it cannot be configured and you will get a 500GB hard drive. I assume you can upgrade it to a SSD yourself.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/yoga-series/yoga-12/
 

jaguarskx

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The key point would be the digitizer pen...

If you absolutely need use the digitizer pen on screen itself, then your choices are pretty limited to tablets / 2-in-1 laptops which can convert into a tablet. If using a digitizer tablet like the one linked below for the Wacom Intuos Creative Pen Tablet ($80) which can be connected to any desktop or laptop is fine, then your options are much more open.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1002445&gclid=CjwKEAjwj9GqBRCRlPram97Xk3ESJADrN7Ie6IXJzzYKn84Pj1pc4pBXLqeCRJ1MIdxCgjqZ3NBObhoCtPXw_wcB&Q=&is=REG&A=details


The only 2-in-1 laptop that I know of which fits into your budget is the 2nd generation ThinkPad Yoga 12; see link below. The ThinkPad Yoga 12 starts at $845 and does not come with a digitizer screen, but it can be upgrade to that for $250 and you can upgrade other things as well like the hard drive to a SSD. Just be aware that things can become a bit expensive when upgrading. There is the $1,299 version which comes with the digitizer screen and the pen, but it cannot be configured and you will get a 500GB hard drive. I assume you can upgrade it to a SSD yourself.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/yoga-series/yoga-12/
 
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