Samuel Tan

Sam is a tech evangelist, e-learning and learning platform enthusiast, tablet and smartphone chomping maniac, mac and windows zealot, wireless & network genius, developer, designer, user experience tinkerer, moodle and sharepoint two timer, social media junkie, web analyst and server engineer (and an all round good guy).He has over 18 years of tech experience ranging from ground-breaking university research networks to high level secure government extranet projects. He has overseen many megabuck project deployments from Building Schools for Future to harnessing technology, improving sustainability and realising a performance framework for technology in school.And now, while every other so-called expert and consultant is plotting away on world domination, Sam is quietly working on helping each and every teacher, lecturer and trainer, one school at a time to make the most of Technology for Teaching to enrich every child’s learning experience.


  1. Ian Chaffardet
    April 30, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    They don’t have wacom pens or any kind of stylus how are these alternatives?


    • Colour My Learning
      June 27, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

      Hi Ian, Thank you for your comment. We made the comparisons mainly based on the screen size and it’s ‘all in one’ set up. We are aware now that stylus input may be important for some and have updated the article accordingly; if a stylus is required, unfortunately there are no real alternatives to the Surface at the moment.


  2. zeshio
    June 24, 2017 @ 1:33 am

    There’s an important difference between touch screen and supporting stylus use. As an artist I need to know what computer compares to the surface, and if none of these offer stylus support then they’re not really viable options…


    • Colour My Learning
      June 27, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

      Hi Zeshio, Thank you for pointing that out, we had not considered artists who do require stylus input and focused mainly on the large screen size. We have updated the article to include this information now. Unfortunately, at this time, there are no true equivalent alternatives to the Microsoft Surface with stylus input.


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