Win8 vs. Win7: How is it (ignoring new interface)?

Started Dec 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
Gary Coombs
Gary Coombs Veteran Member • Posts: 4,225
My experience with my new Windows 8 computer

I bought a Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T a month ago with Windows 8 on it. It's a tablet with a detachable keyboard and uses a built in Wacom pen with a next generation IPS (PLS) 1920x1080 11.6" screen. The screen is gorgeous and absolutely stunning. It uses an i5 processor. It has a 128 Gb SSD and 4 Gb memory. When using it with it's keyboard attached I use a Logitech Bluetooth laptop mouse. For storage I'm using a 3 Terabyte NAS drive attached to my NetGear R6300 Router and I duplicate my photos and files on Microsoft SkyDrive for offsite storage.

I had a lot of trepidation going to only 4 Gb memory and a 128 Gb SSD Hard drive. I was prepared to return it to the Microsoft Store here in Atlanta if it didn't work out. For the way I work it turns out to be more than enough. 90% or more of what I do today uses only CS6 RAW processing. I still have almost 70 Gb free on the SSD as my main storage is on the NAS drive and SkyDrive.

Using the built in Samsung S-Pen (Wacom Pen) to edit directly on the screen with Photoshop is an absolute pleasure.

I'm using CS6 and couldn't be more pleased. Everything I do is, for all practical purposes, instantaneous.

It took me a few days to get comfortable with Windows 8 and at this point I'd never go back to W7. Windows 8 is much faster and after adjusting to the new paradigm it is actually easier to use than W7. My computer boots from a cold start in under 5 seconds and shuts down in 2 seconds. I can work with my photos in tablet mode while sitting with the family or anywhere I happen to travel. I get 7 to 9 hours of battery life at 50 to 75% brightness.

I have found that I much prefer working at close range with my new 11.6" tablet over my old 24" desktop monitor. I sure never thought that would happen.

W8 works very well on a tablet with a touch screen. I won't be upgrading my old desktop to W8 as whenever I do try to use it now with it's non-touch screen, I find myself reaching to touch the screen all the time to do things. Sitting at arms length from it's 24" screen just doesn't work for me anymore.

Of course YMMV.

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