1. wLhg's Avatar
    Is the Surface 3 with 2GB RAM great for Artists and Drawing? Which Drawing-Apps do you use?

    I think of:

    - Sketchbook Pro
    - Mischief
    - Krita
    - ArtRage
    - Manga Studio
    - Photoshop C6 & CC
    - Some other apps maybe?
    08-03-2015 04:14 PM
  2. homeedition88's Avatar
    It can be but only if you use one app in a time. For example you can use Sketchbook Pro but without other app or apps open. Like browser or twitter. One app in a time. Still I'm not sure about Photoshop C6 it is a really demanding program. Maybe you can do easy things not complicated stuff. And also I can give you a guarantee that these apps will works well. There can be sluggish response, slow reloads or battery drains problems. I suggest to buy Surface Pro 3 instead of Surface 3. I know I know it is more expensive :(
    08-03-2015 04:20 PM
  3. Brian282's Avatar
    The 2GB model will disappoint you the moment you start adding layers to your artwork. Stick with a 4GB Surface or save your pennies for a PRO.

    Microsoft should have skipped the 2GB Surface all together and made a 4GB model with a 64GB HD. (my opinion) I imagine there will be more than a few people cursing the day they purchased the 2GB model.

    Here is a decent video that will give you and idea on how the surface will run Photoshop. You will have to fast forward to 30:30 mark.

    Bluerain and arjan wolthuis like this.
    08-03-2015 07:23 PM
  4. michail71's Avatar
    It's not bad at two or three apps at a time. But if you aren't using this in a docking station the natural inclination isn't to multitask heavy anyway.

    That being said it should be against the law to make a system with under 4 GB of ram in 2015 :)

    I'm not an artist but doodling on it is really fun. I don't think running Photoshop on any tablet or even a laptop is the best experience for that software.

    I run Visual Studio on my S3 sometimes through RDP and it's virtually impossible to use without a mouse, keyboard and multiple monitors.
    08-05-2015 03:07 PM
  5. Narse77's Avatar
    I honestly don't understand why MS released one with 2GB. I have not personally used a 2GB model but I frequently have 3-3.7GB used on my S3
    08-08-2015 07:44 PM
  6. michail71's Avatar
    Up to a point Windows will always use as much memory as it can. So a lower memory config may not be short on memory but performance could be impacted as not as much will be cached.
    08-08-2015 08:11 PM
  7. Narse77's Avatar
    Yup, I am well aware of that. I generally have 4-6 tabs in Edge and a couple in IE plus the SCCM Console and Outlook 2013 and a few CMRCviewer windows open on my Surface 3. I don't think that is windows just using ram. I can't see me doing that with 2gb.
    08-08-2015 10:15 PM
  8. michail71's Avatar
    I thought that too but I wanted the LTE version. It's not as bad as I expected. I've got 16 GB on my other laptop and Desktop.
    08-09-2015 12:28 AM
  9. SteelSteve's Avatar
    I thought that too but I wanted the LTE version. It's not as bad as I expected. I've got 16 GB on my other laptop and Desktop.
    Are you still happy with the 2GB model. I'm thinking of cashing in all my airline miles and upgrading from the 2 to the 3, unfortunately all they offer is the 64 / 2GB model.
    10-22-2015 07:21 AM
  10. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I think the 2gb will be fine as long as your not running a crap load of apps/programs at the same time.
    10-22-2015 11:10 AM

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