Months and months ago my Dad had asked about "Those laptops where the screen comes off so you can draw on it" and we were drooling about just how awesome they are. Little did I know about the evil plans my parents had ...
Last year while visiting for a birthday party my Dad mentioned these magical laptops again which caused my Mum to ask if I would ever like to "Have one of those Surface laptops for drawing at your Transformers meetups because it would be so easy. You can just take the screen by itself"
which blew my tiny mind. It would indeed be bleeping awesome! I've never been able to take my Cintiq because it needs my laptop plus all the leads and power supplies
I've just been to visit my parents for a few days and they were itching about Surface laptops again, so I figured they were planning to buy one. Then my Mum suggested "Going to Currys (UK home electronics store) to see if they have one we can try, to see if it's as clever as people say"
so we planned a ride to the nearest store... and yes they had a Surface but no Pen to play with
Ohbutwait - two days later while me and my Mum were taking Granny Smith out for a car ride we realised the town we were going to also has a Currys store! My Mum had a brainwave "We can leave Granny Smith in the car while we go in to and see if they have one set out to play with"
and they did indeed have one out with its Pen to play with
After several minutes scrawling Deceptifaces on it my Mum started double checking prices and stock. Turns out the first
Currys store was much better value so we swaggered back in there on the way home.
Poor Granny was left in the car again while we went in to buy it. One of the till jockeys recognised us so my Mum said "We're back, we've been to Other Currys to try one. I better buy it for TEH MULL3T, it's been a month since the official birthday" wwwwaaaaiiiitttafukkenminute...
Then came that terrifying moment I realised what was about to happen... an innocent Surface was going to fall into my clutches, and I would offer no resistance whatsoever
This thing is bonding with my drawing circuits at the molecular level
. It's like drawing on the Cintiq (directly onto a screen with a stylus) but at stupid resolution in stunning colour
It reminds me of going from a full desktop PC to an iPad all over again. How does something so small
do all the same things awesomer
The pen sensitivity feels strange after about 10 years on my Cintiq (yes really) but thanks to the "Surface Pen" settings and "Brush Tracking" in Painter I'm getting back to full speed
tl;dr - parents are trolling pieces of scrap, sat here with surface pro laptop