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Old 03-04-2019, 10:18 AM   #1
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Surface Book 2 - Anyone Using It?


My trusty 2011 Mac Book Pro is getting a little long in the tooth so I am shopping for options. I converted to Mac in 2011 after having much frustration with the Windows platform and since I switched to Mac life has been much better. No viruses, malware to speak of life has been pretty smooth. So I havenít really looked at the windows platform for many years.

It seems like I have missed a lot ..... I have been reasearching the state of windows for the last several months and it appears that the windows world has gotten much better than it was 8 or 10 years ago. So I am looking at the available options in the windows world and really like the Microsoft Surface offerings.

I know there are more affordable options out there from HP, Lenovo, Dell and others but as I have been reading and researching it seems that in order to meet a price point quality can be an issue. So for the most part if a tool is going to be something I use a lot and it is important to the business I will pay for quality because it does last longer.

So im looking to find out if anyone has personal experience using the Surface products in their business and how they have held up and worked for you. Iím still trying to learn about what software is available for the windows platform for construction/ remodeling companies and what software provides the best set of tools to help make things more efficient and provide a better customer experience.

Iím going to end up with a couple of devices since my wife is the designer and Iím the hired help we are both going to need a pc/tablet. I will be using a little bit more higher end apps like photoshop and premier pro. I do a lot of YouTube videos for my hobby and will be doing them for the business as marketing tools. Outside of that the apps will be probably Sketchup, a CRM system, Quickbooks and an estimating/ job management system.

Just wanting to see if anyone is using the Surface products and what their experience has been.

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I use a Surface Book 2 for all my business work. I purchased it about a year ago. Apart from an issue where the screen would randomly go black when connecting the screen to the base it's been worthwhile. Microsoft replaced the computer to remedy the issue - somehow it still happened. Through my research I believe I found the solution as it hasn't happened in quite some time. It had to do with the sleep vs hibernate mode - basically sleep was causing the issue so disabled it and now it only hibernates. Don't ask me the tech behind it I just followed a youtube video.
Anyway apart from that issue it meets my needs well. I go on estimates and take notes with the Surface Pen on the tablet part of the computer. I use OneNote for this which is great. It saves a ton of paper and headache looking back for a specific note/drawing and you can add in the quote, pictures etc all into one file so it's all handy when you need it. Plus I can pull up all the notes etc. on my phone through the OneNote app. I also pay the monthly fee for storage on OneDrive so don't need to worry about backing anything up. So in short yes I'd recommend it. I too came from a Macbook but Microsoft has a lot of features that are great for business especially if you aren't into graphic design or video editing which Macs are great for.

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Thank you so much for the reply!

I do a fair amount of video but mostly for YouTube so we’re not talking feature length movies and Premier Pro seems to run pretty well on the Surface Book so I hope I will be good there.

What do you use for your estimating and invoicing ? And it sounds like the pen is actually useful, that was one of the things I was curious about. I thought it would be useful but I want sure.

I do appreciate the feedback it was very helpfu, macs have treated me well so jumping back to windows is a little disconcerting but all will be good in the end.
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I actually just use Word with a template I created for estimates and billing. I take my notes and pictures using OneNote, then use a simple chart to figure out material/labor costs and write it up using the Word Template. And yes the pen is great - my only advice is buy extra tips they seem to break every time it slips out of your hand onto the floor.
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