Macbook Pro vs Surface Studio

over 3 years ago from Evan MacAlpine, Designer

  • Cody Gallner, over 3 years ago

    I'm seriously considering a new setup: Surface Studio, Windows 10, Dial, Affinity Designer and Adobe XD.

    29 points
    • Liam FLiam F, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

      I'm almost in agreeance. First thing I did after watching the Apple Keynote was check to see if Affinity will support the dial. Haha. What holds me back is, that its not within my update hardware cycle so I would be buying it out of pure lust.

      I mean the MBP is a fine piece of tech, but if I were to go with what gave me butterflies and what I felt would be an amazing experience to create with... it would be the Surface Studio.

      6 points
      • Evan MacAlpineEvan MacAlpine, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

        +1 on the butterflies. It's been awhile since a pc/mac reveal got me that pumped. Will be interesting to hear how it works irl.

        5 points
    • Braylan GrayBraylan Gray, over 3 years ago

      If I were strictly freelance, I would totally get the setup you described. Unfortunately, I work in an agency where the ecosystem is Mac hardware and Sketch software.

      1 point
      • David Holman, over 3 years ago

        Sketch has kept me on the MacOS bandwagon, but I've been moving more into Prod Mgmt and Sketch is less critical ... may be time to jump.

        0 points
        • John PJohn P, over 3 years ago

          If you're moving into project management I don't know why you wouldn't use a Mac. It's not like you need power anyway.

          It's people who actually create things that are being screwed over here.

          1 point
    • Ryan Hicks, over 3 years ago

      Append figma to that.

      0 points
    • Mick NMick N, over 3 years ago

      Affinity designer is fantastic. I'd imagine it would run like a dream on the Studio. Imagine drawing on all that screen real estate. Drool-worthy!

      2 points
    • Sarper Erel, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

      I can't decide if this is sarcasm or coming from a place where you were a Mac user for 10+ years and in meantime you have never seen a Windows computer, how it renders fonts and everything else.

      5 points
      • Trev MorrisTrev Morris, over 3 years ago

        This is a very strong point. We're jumping after the big glossy features - some are jumping on it purely as a reaction to Apple, some because it looks like a viable option. It's certainly worth waiting for 6 months or perhaps trying it out in a show room first.

        It would be helpful to have somewhere we can all share our views and experiences (once we've used it) so informed decisions can be made.

        0 points
      • Kyle CaseKyle Case, over 3 years ago

        I've used a Windows PC recently. It's a nightmare. I can appreciate that Microsoft is doing some innovative work (maybe more intriguing innovation than Apple), but creative apps and the OS are on Mac are on an entire different level. I had a 27" Dell touchscreen PC. I thought it'd be competitive with an iMac. It isn't. It was terrific at collecting dust, while I worked on my Macbook Pro.

        0 points
    • Wesley HainesWesley Haines, over 3 years ago

      Would love to see how much people actually use the dial in everyday design tasks... No doubt about it - looks amazing and clearly shows Msft is innovating beyond the normal interaction models, but I have a hard time actually using it for UI Design, which is what I do.

      0 points
    • Varun Arora, over 3 years ago

      While I am all pro-Windows and Microsoft product right now, XD isn't available for Windows yet. Take a guess on how I know :(

      0 points