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    Question Microsoft Surface Go + ArtRage?

    Greetings Everyone,

    It's been a while since I posted here...

    I've been using a Microsoft Surface 5 for ArtRage, and I've always been happy with that combination. But my Surface 5 finally "retired" after 7 years of reliable service!

    I'm looking at options, and wondering if a Surface Go is good enough for ArtRage 6? Anyone have an opinion on this?

    Thank you!

    Matthew

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    Hi Matthew

    Welcome back! Just to let you know were not ignoring you! Im afraid Im a Mac nerd after many years in the PC world, so I have not much help to offer, except to say Hi!

    Good luck with tablet hunt ;-)

    Brett
    "You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

    Tech stuff: 24" iMac M1: Wacom Intuos Pro L: iPad Pro 12.9"

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    Sorry, I can't help either!
    June.

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    Hey Everyone,

    Thanks for jumping in!

    In addition to the Surface Go, I am also looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 or S9.

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    Galaxy Tab will work! I have a Galaxy Tab S3 through different iterations of ArtRage. However, the ArtRageVitae App will be a cut-down version of the desktop software. The desktop ArtRageVitae is discounted at present. You can compare versions here. https://www.artrage.com/product-comparison/
    June.

    Oh God of homeless things, look down
    And try to ease the way
    Of all the little weary paws
    That walk the world
    today.
    -
    Unknown.

    http://enug66.deviantart.com/gallery/

    [My setup: hp 15in laptop,11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz 2.70 GHz, 8.00 GB RAM, 24in Acer 2nd monitor, Huion Kamvas 20 Pro display tablet, Windows 11, ArtRage Vitae.
    My painting real-estate is extended across three monitors.]

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    Hey Again,

    I know what you mean. I was accustomed to the full app while using my Surface Pro 5. Switching to a tablet, I'd have to use the slimmed-down version.

    That would appear to give the edge to the Surface Go. However, I did a quick test of each of these at BestBuy. I was surprised -- the stylus experience on the Samsung tablet is superior to the Surface Go.

    Tough decision!

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    Hey Everyone,

    Thanks to everyone who offered insights here!

    I tested both options. I really like the Samsung tablets, but I was not quite happy with the more limited Android ArtRage app. While the Surface Go 3 can run the full app, doing artwork on it felt clunkier.

    As it turns out, I need to also get a laptop!

    Then today, BestBuy put up a great sale on the Surface Pro 9 -- $999, bundled with a keyboard. That kind of sealed the deal for me, as the Surface Pro 9 has the best of both worlds!

    Matthew

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