I've seen the core i7 models in stores and they were not laggy. Not good for games either.
I'm about to start my freshman year of college and am looking for a good device that will last me as many of my college years as possible. I'll need it for notetaking in class, homework assignments, etc., as well as Photoshop and illustrative/art programs for drawing & graphic design.
Currently I'm looking at the Microsoft Surface 3, which seems to be the most affordable option that covers what I'm looking for. However, from the reviews that say it's laggy and has poor battery life, I'm not sure it will last me very long or be worth the investment. So I'm considering spending more and getting Microsoft Surface Pro 3 instead, or even the Pro 4 if I absolutely need to. I'm just not sure what what will be right for my needs.
On the one hand, I don't need a high-end device for business or intense video editing, gaming, etc. So I really don't think I should need the 4 or higher. But on the other hand, like I said, I *do* need something that will serve as basic laptop and that will last.
Final note - I'm not set on Microsoft Surface necessarily, and would be open to other brands or options. (e.g., An iPad looked good for art/design, but doesn't run full Photoshop.)
Thanks very much for any suggestions/tips!