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Hi Everyone,

After much research these past couple of days I'm torn between 3 devices. The Surface Pro 2 128 Gb, 256 Gb (for 8Gb mem) and the Macbook Pro 13". My main purpose for getting a new device is for school, photography, and very light gaming (like Hearthstone).

I will also be using Lightroom / Photoshop a lot.

Which would choose and why?

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 15
I think you'll have a poor experience in Photoshop/Lightroom with the Surface 2, both due to not being as powerful and having a smaller screen, so definitely the Macbook Pro if you're only choosing between those two options.
Edited by Scorpii - 3/7/14 at 9:05am
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Do you want a touchscreen / tablet experiance? Also which is cheaper in your area wink.gif, both apple and microsot do big student discounts. You could go with the mac pro as -> better integrated graphics (HD5000 vs HD4400), slightly cheaper (for me in the uk), and higher res, and windows installed on it.

Pros of the surface is that lovley touchscreen, and pen input, plays great with windows 8.1, and i think i prefer its design to the mac (but thats personal wink.gif )
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I'm not limited to only these two options, but I would prefer to have a device that's light weight, functional to my needs, and has discounts tongue.gif. Would the 13" Macbook Pro with 8gb memory work well with PS and LR?
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MacBook Pro - it's designed for this type of work.
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@Ulquirra
I don't mind the touchscreen experience if it's functional and will help me work more efficiently. I owned a surface RT before and I semi-liked the whole interface, what drew me off was that it was very slow frown.gif. However, have you had experience using high memory intensive programs for the surface 2?
post #7 of 15
Pro 13" Retina unless you want the tablet experience.
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Look at the yoga 2 pro. perfect screen for photography, very lightweight and strong battery life. I have one that i use for my photography and it works fine for my lightroom work.
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Look at the yoga 2 pro. perfect screen for photography, very lightweight and strong battery life. I have one that i use for my photography and it works fine for my lightroom work.
Only two issues I find with the Yoga is no Intel Iris and no 8GB option. Both of which can have quite a bit impact depending on how you workflow is and if you want that extra GPU power.
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Mine is 8gb but anyways it is pretty lame that there is no iris. Anyways its still a great laptop.
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