hello everyone new SP owner, here is my thoughts for potential buyers: so the SP caught my attention because of its "hybrid" capabilities. I am a designer, and sketching is my priority so the SP looked like a great solution. FINALLY!!!! I said to myself when the SP was announced. I am a mac user, so jumping over to windows 8 (especially considering all the bad press), is a miracle I needed a tool... a bonafide artist tablet. and apple just doesn't cut it... and I refuse to drop the money for a modbook. i started off purchasing a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet with android & n-trig pen capabilities.... purely for sketching (ipad was NOT an option). but for $400, it was a good risk to give the tablet a shot.... sketched on it for a solid year or so, and i found the "app" environment extremely limiting. sketchbook for tablets was enough to hold me off, but i NEEDED the fullblown program. plus, Lenovo seemed to have abandoned the tablet and never looked back... barely any updates. in comes the Surface PRO. hardware-wise, i was amazed.... software-wise, understandably skeptical. i lurked on this site for a bit, saw a lot of lukewarm responses for the SP, so i took my time to really ponder the purchase... $1,000 is a solid investment. i NEEDED a better tool, so i took the plunge and tried the SP. my previous workflow: - sketch on android tablet - export .psd - transfer to external HD - connect to mac laptop with Wacom tablet - import to illustrator, then photoshop - carrying a total of 4 gadgets (including all powercords, etc) NEW workflow on SP: - sketch with FULL sketchbook pro - export .psd - import to illustrator, then photoshop - carrying 1 device IMO, this was a solid investment now the SP isn't perfect, but considering the laggy android environment and crashes experienced previously, i can deal with a few windows 8 quirks. granted, i don't consider myself a power user, i DEFINITELY don't take the SP into deep waters... i use it mainly for sketching. i keep my drives light, and the SP handles really well. throw in an NES emulator and some ROMS... and counter-strike on steam (low quality settings).... i am a happy camper. nit-picks: - light leaks on screen... exchanged it, and new one still suffers from some. ugh - damn thing wakes in bag, solution is to just shutdown.... start up is surprisingly fast. - pen "storage" option laughable - device a bit 'slippery' in hande. need a solid grip - hdmi-out has audio issues sometimes... restart fixes anywho, thanks for reading, hope it helps any potential SP owners.