What Will You Do – or Which Devices Will You Take – on Your Summer Vacation?

Editor’s Note: We recommend you don’t bring any electronic devices, and really take a vacation!

The summer is upon us and thoughts are turning towards that summer vacation. Whether it’s in the mountains or at the beach, driving cross country or flying across the ocean, you likely will need to bring some type of computer/mobile device to keep up with work while you are away.

Let’s look at whether the lucky vacation tagalong is a laptop computer, a Microsoft Surface (Book or Pro), or a tablet, and why these are contenders for vacation disrupters.

At this point in the mobile tech evolution, we’re really talking about laptop vs. a tablet OR either one of those vs. a Surface, which has the flexibility to perform as a tablet or a laptop.

Tablets are great for portability (easy to tote anyplace), they have sharp screen resolution and with Wi-Fi, provide users with lots of capabilities depending on the apps you download. You can check email, browse the ‘net, use social media (post those vacation pics), read a book or the newspaper, play games, and enjoy streaming videos to watch movies and TV shows.

However, if you need to go beyond what a mobile OS can do for you, the Microsoft Surface is a powerful alternative. It’s made for creatives and business execs alike. It has an excellent touchscreen monitor with a high-resolution display and you can draw and write directly on the screen, so artists and designers will enjoy working on the Surface. Architects and interior designers can render AutoCAD 3D models. Musicians can create music on it with pro-grade apps. Read on. 

Surface vs. laptop

The Surface Pro offers users great functionality, creativity and convenience. It’s really a high-powered touchscreen tablet that you can use with a stylus and, when attached to its keyboard, becomes a laptop-style device.

The Surface Pro keyboard’s improved trackpad gives users more of a laptop-style experience—good for vacationers who are writers or who spend a lot of time typing for their work and don’t need to run lots of media-rich applications.

As with all tablets, the Surface Pro’s thin profile makes it easy to pack or carry just about anywhere, although its battery life lags behind what you get with many laptop computers—so if you are on the road a lot without many recharging stations along the way, this could be an issue. It is also not equipped with as many ports as other machines, so people who need peripherals might not be as well served with it as they would be with a laptop. There are also Surface keyboards that have a battery built-in that can extend your battery life.

If you are staying somewhere with Wi-Fi, Surface has you covered, plus it’s Bluetooth enabled for additional convenience and functionality—perfect for a wireless mouse. And, since it runs the Windows operating system, you can continue to work with the team still sweating it out in the office while you dig your toes in the sand and enjoy a cool ocean breeze and fine adult beverage.

Surface Book vs. anything

The Surface Book (introduced last year), is going head-to-head with laptops (it’s marketed as “reimagining the laptop”). This two-in-one device can be used in laptop mode (monitor and keyboard) and clipboard mode (tablet) as well as in draw mode with the Surface Pen and touch.

It’s thin, very fast, and runs large files (such as video) easily. It has taken on the battery life challenge with a charge of up to 16 hours (much longer than the Surface Pro 4).

Want to detail your vacation beyond static photos? Users can perform all the activities on a Surface Pro 4 plus shoot video and edit in Premiere Pro. It can run professional-grade software (Adobe Creative Cloud, AutoCAD, or Visual Studio) with a robust graphics processing unit that runs large multi-media files and games without a hitch.

And, an optional kit with a choice of pens enables users to broaden how they use the Book. It also comes with more ports and jacks for your external drives and peripherals. A cool feature is the facial recognition software that enables multiple users to “log in with a smile” which offers a layer of protection when you’re on the road among strangers.

If you own or work at an advertising or marketing agency, graphics design or video studio, engineering or architectural firm, you would likely enjoy working on this device.

At IND Corporation, we can help you determine which makes the most sense for you—on the road, out in the field, or in your New Jersey office. We’ll also help make sure your mobile computing is secure, as part of our managed IT services. Contact us for a consultation about on-site or mobile computing needs for your NJ business at (973) 400-4227.