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  09 September 2017
Alternative to MS Surface / Wacom Companion


I'm looking for a drawing device, like Companion or Surface, but less expensive.
Purpose is to draw. Do you have anything to recommend?

Thanks a lot
  09 September 2017
Well, let's see...

Wacom 13" MobileStudio Pro starts at $1299.95 for the lowest end model
Surface Pro starts at $799 (+$99 for the Surface Pen which is no longer bundled together with the Surface Pro) for the lowest end model

So that's the baseline for this discussion: You're asking for something less expensive than $898 USD. If we stick with Windows devices, this is a tough request because there aren't many mainstream brands that can beat the Surface Pro for the price (Samsung is one exception. They have a Galaxy Book 10.6" Windows 10 2-in-1 PC that starts at $629.99). There are some Windows devices from less-known companies such as Huawei or Cube, but they might cut corners on either technical support (because English is not their native language) or construction quality (device falls apart after some time because cheap materials and construction were used). It is a gamble on getting what you paid for.

If the purpose is only for drawing, then it's easier to recommend devices with mobile operating systems (Android or iOS), many of which are cheaper than $898. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S Pen starts at $299.99 and the ASUS Z300M-A2 ZenPad 10 starts at $159 (add $49.99 for the Asus Pen)

My personal preference is the Apple iPad Pro 10.5" which starts at $649 (add $99 for the Apple Pencil) which is expensive, but the drawing experience is excellent in comparison to the Wacom MobileStudio Pro and Surface Pro.
  09 September 2017
Some alternatives from Lenovo, which have excellent build quality generally and run Win10 so you're not stuck with iOS or Android's garbage:

Lenovo Miix 320, $349 base model

And a very different but potent option, the Yoga Book, ~$550 for Windows model:

Both the top and bottom are touch-based, and the bottom is especially cool, though it's small and probably more useful for a notebook instead of a drawing tablet.
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  09 September 2017
don't forget an intuos of craigslist for under 100

nothing cheaper than that!!
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