Trying to Decide: Windows Laptop or Windows Tablet?

golf nut

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I am trying to decide on a laptop or a tablet as a second "PC" for my family - right now I just have a desktop in my office. Here is my list of wants:


  • - Portable (not a 17" laptop) - thinking 12" to 14" screen size
    - Windows (wife not ready to learn Mac)
    - Wifi or corded internet access is fine - no cellular data requirement
    - Large enough internal storage to offload pictures from camera memory cards when on vacation
    - Touch screen
    - HD display
    - Ability to run Photoshop to work on Canon 7D RAW files if needed
Will a tablet like the Surface Pro 3 do the trick, or do I need something more powerful?

Sorry if this is a noob thread, I'm probably way behind the times. Thanks in advance for your patience and your thoughts!
 

velo3100

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It depends on what you do in photoshop as it can be very demanding on the gpu which tablets are not made to do. If it is simple image editing then a tablet. Also remember that tablets have less storage space which means you have less space to store you images.

But if it complex image editing then a laptop is preferred.
 

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The Surface Pro 3 is a great option! Not only because it is portable, but because of its RAM and i5 or i7 options for processors please do not be fooled, it is a full on laptop or ultra-book rather without a keyboard. The Surface Pro 3 also offers the ability to get a home dock, so when you do go home, drop it on and it has your favorite keyboard, mouse, and monitor hooked up. Also, as Phillip commented, it does not have a optical drive. This can or may not be a problem, there are many drives on the market that are "Slim Drives" powered off the USB port, but that is another part and cord you would have to carry with you.
 

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I doubt I would need an optical drive (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray) for this device. And the image editing I would be doing is simple Camera Raw adjustments, maybe a layer or two, and then converting to JPEG. Maybe the occasional HDR or panoramic stitching, but nothing crazy. I am not a pro photog.

My guess is a 256GB or 512 GB SSD is going to be plenty for what I need. It will be more of a media consumption device, than a media creation device...
 
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