This morning I decided to put the #SurfaceBook
to the test and use it for work, rather than my desktop.
The idea was to see if I could accomplish what I had planned for today on this device, as well as seeing if I could continue working here, where I had left off on my main machine.
So I transferred my files, set-up downstairs and started working in #Maya3D
with some music playing through the Surface Books speakers.
Firstly I have to say how nice the keyboard is. It's springy and responsive, a welcome change to the one I had used previously with the Surface Pro 3. It felt much nicer to have a proper keyboard to use. The screen is also glorious and the increased size means that things don't feel cramped. Maya for example felt almost like I was back on my desktop and I didn't need to juggle the windows and tabs.
On first opening Maya I did notice some lag with my 1.5 million polygon test model, but this quickly changed once I adjusted be settings to use Direct X rather than Open GL. Things ran a lot smoother, although the wireframe wouldn't show when I selected the model and there was still a slight delay when manipulating vertices with Soft Selection enabled. All in all it ran better than expected, (this is the i5 model remember, not the i7).
As a reminder to myself I also repeated the same test on my desktop and was surprised to see almost identical results. The wireframe was still missing, so this must be a Maya bug, and Soft Select had pretty much the same delay.
I had some animation work on the cards today so I opened the scenes and began working. Maya ran just as well as on my desktop and it handled the scenes without a problem. The only issues I did have were with the small animation curves in the graph editor and some other UI elements which were really tiny. This was more of a slight niggle though and didn't stop me working.
So as a first test I am happy to say the Surface Book passed with flying colours. Its was comfortable to use and Maya ran smoothly, in fact it ran so well that I wouldn't have any issues doing more work on this device.
Next i'll be testing #ZBrush