Surface Studio 2 or iMac Pro
OK, I've come to a crossroads.
I started as a Windows user (Windows XP anyone?) and used it since I could remember. In 2007, my dad brought home a 15 inch Macbook and my eyes were fixed on it. From that point on, I have been solely Apple: iPhone X, two mac minis, one iMac and even a couple Macbook Pros -- I might have a problem.
It wasn't until 6 months ago when I decided to get an HP laptop. I don't know what happened, but I found it incredibly useful. I also had the Surface 1 at some point around the same time. Apple does a good job with their iPads (and particularly the Pro), but I have to say that I much prefer using the surface tablet. I like that it runs the Windows 10 interface while incorporating tablet features. The iPad uses a similar iOS that the iPhone uses -- which is clean and easy to use. However, I feel the iPad iOS is limiting in free functionality compared to the Surface.
Today, I come to a standstill. Should I stay with Mac and invest in the iMac Pro to replace my old 2010 iMac? Or should I invest in the Surface Studio 2? The surface is MUCH MUCH cheaper than the iMac Pro. Let's figure -- the Surface Studio 2 is $4.7k; the iMac Pro is $13k -- that's accounting for the top of the top hardware. That over a $8K difference!!!
Specs are around the same -- the major difference is that has a 5k quality (iMac) while the other is only 4k (Surface 2). Let's be real though: can the human eye REALLY tell a difference between 4k & 5k?
Should I make the switch? Get both?
Let me say this. The Mac is rarely ever worth it imho unless you're either
1. In need of a Unix enviroment for coding
2. You need Mac specific software
3. You absolutely cannot live without the Mac interface.
Everything else you're spending money to spend money . They're not repairable, they drop support as soon as they can, and I frankly find the design while cutting edge lacking in robustness. The new funky form factor adds cery little but every part is bespoke. I've repaired a couple surfaces as of now, and it's certainly a unique experience which I feel adds. Real on screen pen input.
Mac isn't what it was back when they were on the cutting edge. Now they're different just to be different and that does not a good computer make
I have to admit that working with the Surface tablet is significantly more convenient for me. It's convenient that it incorporates tablet functions while still running the Windows 10 interface. The iOS that is used by the iPad is very similar to that which is used by the iPhone, meaning that it is organized and simple to use. On the other hand, in comparison to the Surface, I believe that the iOS on the iPad places restrictions on the free functionality available.
The Surface tablet is so much more practical for my work that I had to admit it. The tablet's Windows 10 interface and features are a welcome bonus. The iPad's iOS is very similar to the iPhone's, so it's well-structured and easy to learn and use.
Since I'm a professional artist and photographer in my spare time, many of my current friends also work in the creative industries. The question "Do you prefer a PC or a Mac?" arises from time to time. or "Tell me, if you were me, what would you buy?"