I have recently bought a Microsoft Surface Pro3, and having not bought it for editing as such I decided to give it a try with the , 2015 full version of MEP. Quite a surprise how well it works with such a modestly resourced unit – specs are:-
Intel I5 Dual core (4 threads) at 1.9GHz boosted to 2.5GHz max, Intel HD4400 graphics, 128GB SSD and only 4GB of RAM. I have slotted in a 64GB Strontium Micro SDHC card as my AV drive as this is capable of reading at 75MB/s which seems adequate for the clip files.
Loading a project is swift, Timeline scrubbing is smooth, and preview with my 1080 50p AVCHD clips is smooth through the transitions with applied effects, at full resolution, with only the “Reduce Frame rate” option ticked. Hardware export to the same format went through in 20 minutes for a 13 minute project without the processor breaking a sweat. Much faster than I have seen on my older Quadcore desktop running at 3.4Ghz. Quality of the Intel H264 encoded output looks good too. The software export without the HW acceleration looked like it was rather slow though.
I suppose the overall improvements have come due to the program getting the most out of the optimizations for H264 in the new generation Intels, plus the more efficient use of the RAM in 64bit.To be fair to Microsoft also, I think the performance of the modestly specified machine is probably due to the fact that they build it, and optimize the marriage of Hardware and drivers as a package.
The touch interface works with MEP and is not a bad way of dragging clips on the timeline. I have the mini display port on the Tablet hooked into my 24 inch monitor and am working as on my desktop with a bluetooth mouse. Unfortunately 2015 does not have Intel WiDi (wireless display) capability as 2014 had, otherwise I could do all my editing in front of the 50 incher in the lounge room!