Can you use the Surface as a second screen or draw pad for another PC?

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  1. Darkhell

    Darkhell New Member

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    Seems like it would be nice to be able to use the surface as a draw pad while using photoshop, or even an extended screen.
     
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    Yes you can. Particularly the Surface Pro since it has a digitizer. However you will not get the performance of a dedicated drawing pad like a Bamboo. It is really an ultrabook that can be used this way as a secondary function but that is not its primary purpose.
     
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    Happen to know what I need to do so? Google keeps coming up with advertising crap and reviews or people speculating.
     
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    Darkhell New Member

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    Its simple to use a bigger screen for the Surface, that is just plug and play. I am looking to use the Surface as a second screen for a computer and or as a drawing pad for another computer.
     
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    It should be possible if you RDP into the non-surface machine. Personally I cant think of another way, though you could have issues with scaling.
     
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    You can't do that. Well possibly with RDP but that will be kludgey and not really what you are asking about. The Surface doesn't take video input like a monitor so you can't use it as a second screen for another device. Same with drawing pad. It isn't a peripheral and has no support for acting as such for another device. I understand what you are getting at but it is a waste to buy a $1000 PC and then turn it into a monitor or drawing pad for another PC when devices dedicated to the purpose (monitors and drawing pads) can be had at much cheaper prices and will do a better job at those tasks. It would be wasted sitting next to another PC 90% of the time and simply using it as a make shift digitizer or 10" monitor.

    At the end of the day it means more accessories and you can't simply unplug everything and have a usable PC to go but at the same time that isn't the Surface's intended purpose. You can't buy a Prius for the gas mileage and then expect it to perform as a work truck.
     
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    Pervy Sage thinks the Surface Pro is pretty horrible for drawing.

    Check this thread: http://www.surfaceforums.net/forum/...ace-pro-not-drawing-tablet-wacom-warning.html

    The pen in general is not horrible, sure it might be good for simple doodles and notes but never tried. The touchpad is too much of a joy to use when i write my Make-Out series of books.

    But for serious drawing, it's just horrible.

    [​IMG]
    note: pic is not an example of drawing on the MS Surface
     
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    [video=youtube;puyMmARTqck]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puyMmARTqck[/video]
     
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    That looks like it might be feasible based on my experience with Surface Pro and Adobe Photoshop...


    THIS, would be a NO NO NO on Surface Pro with Photoshop:
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    fig. 5.6: Blade of the Immortal
     
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    Tonyz3 thinks pervysage might have his head.... well you know. :wink:
     
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    I could understand wanting to do this. Not on a regular basis, of course, but as-needed. I travel with both laptop and Surface Pro, using each where it makes the most sense, and it would be nice to be able to attach the Surface Pro as a second monitor *in a pinch*.
     

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