Hands off: Surface Studio

 

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I’ve read a couple of Hands On articles about the new the Surface Studio. So I thought it was about time someone wrote a hands off article. I don’t actually know where I would have to go to get some time with a Surface Studio. Since I’m in Cambridge UK, I could break wander into the Microsoft Research offices near the train station, I bet they’ve got a couple. Otherwise I would probably have to hop on a train to London to try and find one.

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Anyway, onto the actual product. It looks great and it’s expensive …okay that is pretty much the meat of this Sunday roast. I think it’s going to sell really well, especially as Apple isn’t going to release a new iMac or Mac Pro for a while I can see quite a few users that would normally buy an iMac being tempted, especially as the iMac doesn’t have a touch screen.

The Surface Dial seems like quite a nice innovation and the fact the screen can tilt to become something that resembles a tablet makes the device handy for a wide range of uses. The hardware design is simple and functional. It feels a lot like something that Andrew Kim would have helped design – maybe check out his blog if you haven’t seen it yet.

Microsoft Surface Tablet – First Impressions

Microsoft Surface – First impressions

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My 32gb Surface turned up today so here are my initial impressions. My hope for the product is that I can use it on a daily basis instead of a laptop, although most people seem to think this is a fanciful wish and I’ll end up lugging both around as I’ve done with my Ipad and laptop for the last couple of years. I’ve been using Windows 8 on a touch enabled laptop for the last couple of months so have grown used to Metro (not allowed to call it that anymore but I will anyway) and have, contrary to my initial impressions, really grown to like it.

I ordered the 32gb device with a cyan touch keyboard, the packaging was very well presented. I really like the way the keyboard snaps to the tablet, no messing around or fiddling to make sure it is lined up just put it together and it snaps into place – very nice.

Usual Windows 8 setup screens which took a couple of minutes to complete without any problems, these included joining my wifi network and setting the login account to my Windows Live (also Office 365) account. So after just a few minutes the new look desktop appears. Skydrive immediately pops up with settings transferred from my Win 8 laptop and touching the email Icon brings up the accounts which I’ve used on the Windows 8 laptop, all I have to do is re-enter my password and I’m up and running with messaging.

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Unveiling the Microsoft Surface Tablet

Microsoft have unveiled the Microsoft Surface, a new tablet from Microsoft. Similar to the Apple iPad, Microsoft have designed the hardware and software on their latest device.

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There will be 2 flavours to start with, both will sport a 10.6” capacitive touchscreen, but that’s about as similar as they get:

Microsoft Surface for Windows RT

This first tablet will run on an ARM processor, with a cut down “Apps” only version of Windows 8 and will be released around the same time as Windows 8.

Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro

The second tablet, will be thicker and heavier than it’s ARM counterpart and is rumoured to contain an Ivy Bridge Core i5, making it more comparable with a laptop than a tablet. As such it will run the full version of Windows 8 and could make an interesting alternative to an ultrabook/laptop, especially with the keyboard built in to the case.

This is an interesting move from Microsoft, as they will have to compete on hardware/pricing with other manufactures of Windows 8 tablets.

Download the spec sheet from Microsoft.

Find out more at the Microsoft website.