MBA or Surface Pro 2?
OK. After work today, I'm off to buy a new PC, and I've narrowed it down to two choice: Macbook Air (11") or Surface Pro 2. (based on a very detailed weighted decision matrix. I'm an engineer after all!)
I'm a long time Windows user and I'm therefore more comfortable in that environment, though I used OSX briefly some 10 years ago, and I've kept up to date with its capabilities. I'll probably be requiring a Windows installation for the odd game and CAD software that are not compatible with Macs.
My Use cases
- Photography on the go - I need something lightweight, with a USB port to manage RAW files in Lightroom while travelling. I have tried managing my photographs on an iPad, and found the experience absolutely terrible.
- Portability - I tend to carry my PC around the house for general usage. For more complex tasks, my PC gets plugged into an external harddrive, mouse, keyboard and display.
- CAD and Sketching - While my personal CAD work has been limited to mostly Sketchup lately, which is compatible with OSX, the Surface Pro 2 has an advantage here with its excellent WACOM digitizer. I have an older WACOM tablet for my current PC, but the experience of drawing on the actual screen is a massive improvement.
- Tablet replacement - I need a device that can function as a consumption device as well as a productivity device. The SP2 is, obviously, a tablet, but I'm not sure that the MBA wouldn't fit the bill either, in general usage scenarios. I'm looking to avoid getting yet another device. Minimalism.
My concerns with OSXI have to say, OSX with Maverick sounds pretty amazing. Tabs in Finder, proper dual screen support and the general features that OSX has had for a decade over Windows. That said, it has been a very long time since I used OSX, and both it and Windows have changed quite a bit since then. If you've recently switched over from Windows, or use both operating systems, are there any particular features of OSX that are annoying or hard to adapt to?