So, you went out and bought your Surface Pro or RT and you brought it home and thought this is awesome how small these are... Then you walk over to put it in your laptop bag and you are like "WOW this won't work!" So, I jumped out looking for something that did not eat my Surface like a tiny dog biscuit to a great dane.
So, I found the solution that I was looking for...
Yes boys and girls it is a perfectly sized laptop bag for the Surface RT / Pro. It is good to note that this thing not only perfectly fits the surface, but all of the other items you might want to bring. Tons of pockets and zippers and such.
Oh and did I mention that I love the fact that this thing has an awesome orange interior that gives it a little character. If you like it comes in black and orange as well.
The material is a smooth nylon-like material keeping it from having issues with getting a little wet and stain resistant. I absolutely love this thing. I would give some cons, but I can't find anything wrong with it.
Here is the link to allow you to go there now and buy this immediately. I have had mine for months and I have to say there is nothing else out there that compares... (that I have seen)
Oh... here is the link for it in black
Well, it was time to say goodbye to my Dell Inspiron mini 1012. Over the years, I had upgraded the
RAM from 1 GB to 2GB, Swapped out the spinning disk drive for solid state, and migrated the operating system from Windows 7 Starter, to Windows 7, Windows 8, and now to 8.1 beta.
I had used the mini for a travel computer, to take to the coffee shop, and use in the kitchen (yes, I am that guy who uses a computer in the kitchen). For home use, I also have a Desktop Tower running Windows 8, 8 GB ram, 1 TB hard drive, dual monitors, etc…
So, I bought a Surface Pro 128 GB with type cover. And I Love it!
It has lightning fast start up, quick response, runs all the spreadsheets documents and presentations that I throw at it, and I even have Photoshop and Lightroom running on the Pro. But I miss my dual monitors.
I started looking for a solution, and found the Targus USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Station (from
amazon). It connects via the USB port on the Surface Pro, supports dual monitors, Audio in and out, USB3.0 (x2), USB2.0 (x4), and Gigabit Ethernet. So I ordered one, hoping that it would allow my Pro to push the video to my dual monitors.
And… It works better than I could have expected.
I have the Surface Pro on my desk, with no cover. I hook up the Targus docking stating via the USB port, and plug in the power. My dual monitors, Keyboard, mouse, external hard drive, desktop speakers, and yes, my Zune HD are all connected to the docking station. I get my full keyboard and mouse, dual monitors, stunning sound quality, touch, swipe and gestures on the Pro screen. And plenty of screen
real estate to run my applications.
The only tricky part of the setup is balancing the dpi settings between the Surface Pro screen, and the monitors. The Pro screen is 1600x900 in a 10 inch diagonal screen, and the monitors are 1680x1050 in a 20 inch diagonal screen. To find this setting, search for “dpi” from the Metro screen, the select the “Make test and other items larger or smaller” setting.
The Surface Pro is normally set to Larger - 150%. But for this setup, I changed the setting to
With this setting, the icons, menus, and ribbons on the dual monitors are normal size. The text
on the Pro screen is a bit small, but still functional.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with this set up. In fact, it works so well, that I tore out the desktop tower, and moved it to the kids playroom for their homework, and gaming computer.
I can’t wait to get 8.1 on here so I can take advantage of the new features.
Well, I have a Surface Pro (yes, the origional) and I upgraded to Windows 10.
Ever since I went to 10, The Surface wont stay asleep. I put it to sleep, and close the cover, and throw it in my bag, And the damn thing is burning hot when I get home.
Also in general, My Surface Pro just runs HOT, has a much shorter battery life, and seems to be having bower management issues........
Anyone else running old hardware like me? And are you seeing issues with Windows 10 too??
Will the Intel i5 processor used in the surface be able to handle photo editing software like adobe PhotoShop and lightroom? Currently, I'm using an Acer with an AMD e-350 processor and 6gb ram to do photo editing. It takes a little patience because of the rather slow performance. Will the surface pro be considered a step up in terms of performance compared to my Acer? Rough estimate, how much of a performance increase should I expect (2x faster etc.)?
I would hope that they made the surface pro with photographers in mind, why else include a display port as oppose to an HDMI port, lol.
So, I do DJing and lighting. I was worried if I could really run an entire show with Surface. I have to say it went well. I ran all the music from my RT and all the lighting software (Nicolaudie Sunlite Sudio 2). I found that the Surface Pro had no issues running all the scenes and controlling the lights for a 4 hour concert. I ran all the music pre and post using the Xbox music app with a Xbox music pass. I am pretty confident that I could probably run it all from just the Pro, but wanted to ensure that I had more than I needed for the event.
I did run another event this weekend as well that was a full DJ event using my Smithson Martin DVS. I did this on my Asus Zenbook Touch. I was able to run both the Xbox Music app along with Sunlite for a 3 hour DJ event and even take requests adding to the playlist with no issues what so ever... It was pretty awesome. Seeing that I could leverage Windows 8 to flip between music and lighting control with no delays. I had numerous people ask me how I was doing all of it as you can see the screen from the audience when using the DVS. It gives a great effect for those that haven't seen one. I found this when I was working TechEd in 2012 and talked to the DJ to find out what the thing was that they were using on the stage. Its expensive, but if you can afford one for mobile DJs it really makes the difference. If you can't do the DVS, then try a touch screen and Emulator Pro. I am going to test this with the Surface Pro, but don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't imagine that the RT will allow the drivers to work though.