Digital Art By John Thatch / May 24, 2017 Share 0 Tweet Pin 0 The new Surface Pro 5 might be on to something or is it all hype? It boasts 50% more battery life than it's predecessor the Surface Pro 4 and 2.5x more computational power in comparison to the older Surface Pro 3. More importantly, we need to know, if the new Surface Pen which promises 4,096 pressure points is a good tool for artists? In this Surface Pro review I'll cover the essentials and skip the meaningless. So you can make an educated decision fast.ExperienceThe Surface Pen - The Biggest upgrade + Latency unnoticable. It's not perfect but practically non-existant. Better than last iterations. - You have to buy the pen separately but it's backwards compatible with older models. + Tilt included! This is huge! +- 4x the old pressure sensitivity (4096) which is nice but do you really need that on a small device?- Priced similar to the Apple StylusThe Tablet - Meaningful upgrade + Up to 13 hours of battery life which is twice of the older models + Upgraded CPU but no GPU obviously, which means that it's still not as powerful as a desktop device would be with photoshop + No fan! A more pleasant experience. - They removed the keyboard and if you need you need to buy it separately - 4GB of RAM on the cheapest model. This is not acceptable for artists or any kind of heavier computational work. +- Surface Dial if you buy it. It's too big for the deviceVerdictThis is only a tool for the artist who can afford to pay a lot of money for limited artistic potential. You might be better off buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 A for quarter of the price. All the important functionality you might want as an artist you need to buy extra and even then such a small device, with still no native powerful GPU is still not a replacement for a proper drawing device or a personal computer.It's not without it's merits. If you're stuck with Windows and you primarily need this for day to day stuff then it's a solid pick because of the amazing battery life, if you're a comic book artist or someone who wants to retouch photos then this might also be a good choice based on the battery life argument. But if you're an artist who's looking for a high caliber device you might want to hold off for something better. Because I'm highly doubtful it has enough computational power to meet the long term demands of an artist.