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Old 06-19-2012, 02:18 AM #1
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Microsoft Surface

So MS revealed it's new tablet



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Pricing is going to be around the same as other tablets for the RT and ultrabooks for the pro version. I think the keyboard is a great idea and would be cool if I ever wanted a tablet for some odd reason.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:28 AM #2
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Curious about the keyboard most of all. If I had a tablet I wouldn't be abusing it, but I wonder how durable it's going to be. Looks like it should be water resistant at least.


For me, someone who uses a desktop most of the time, if the price is reasonable I could see buying this instead of a new laptop for travel purposes and college.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:08 AM #3
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might buy one just to spite the ipad
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It should be kinda water resistant, at least the touch one. I wonder how it feels typing on felt though.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:53 AM #5
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Intrigued.
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I would have liked to know price and more hardware specs.
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Based on that video it actually looks quite nice.
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Well, the new ipad is $500 just for the 16gb version, I'm assuming the ARM Surface will be at least $100 less than that.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:11 PM #9
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It should be kinda water resistant, at least the touch one. I wonder how it feels typing on felt though.
Based on previous cloth keyboards, horrendous.
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Based on previous cloth keyboards, horrendous.
I'd have to get used to it forsure, but I'm sure I could.
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Based on previous cloth keyboards, horrendous.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:48 PM #12
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Think there's supposed to be a cover that has a legit keyboard in it, as opposed to the touch one. Not sure how huge that'll end up, but I could see this being pretty neat. I feel like the tablet/netvertible market is about the only viable target for W8, so as long as they don't **** it up too badly, it has potential.

If only I needed a tablet, or a replacement for my netbook, or a laptop in the first place...
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:14 PM #13
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I want a tablet that I can use while swimming underwater
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:57 PM #14
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Tablet plus a gallon zip-loc. Boom. Should be able to register touch through the plastic.


I make no guarantees about zip-loc bags as a permanent solution.



Edit: get enough smart covers and you can use it as a kickboard, all you need is an app that teaches you how to swim.
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Been waiting for this for ages. The form factor and the ability to consume information (iPad) mixed with the best of any desktop OS to produce content with true multitasking (Pro Version). Offer competitive battery life with a decent level entry price point and I think Microsoft changed the game.

Imagine M$ pairing the entry level Surface RT with a desktop Windows 8 PC. They'd offer the full windows experience while allowing consumers to take their work on the go while building a sufficient ecosystem; attracting developers for apps. The pro version could stand alone seeing as it runs the full fledged OS, and with it being released three months later than the RT version, it allows the marketplace to adapt to each platform instead of confusing consumers and fragmenting it's user base.

And the most important part of this is that M$ just set the standard for all it's vendors that license Windows 8. (Dell, ASUS, HP, etc.) Who knows, someone might come up with some better and even cheaper tablets.

I think it's a great big step in the right direction for Windows 8 and competitiveness in the tablet market in general.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:58 PM #16
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I honestly can't see this changing anything. This is the new Zune.
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I honestly can't see this changing anything. This is the new Zune.
The Zune was a well built, beautiful device. It lacked the proper marketing and followed the well established iPod brand to a T for it to have any major impact in the marketplace.

This is different and caters to multiple users: power and casual. Microsoft needs to market this right, which is their biggest flaw. And even if it doesn't catch on? Dell, ASUS, and every other PC maker will fill in the gap with something that does.

But you could be right and I could be completely wrong. We'll see in six months.
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They also need to have ARM-compatible software ready at launch. People are going to buy them expecting them to run regular software because they have Windows installed, and if the general opinion turns to "these are bull****, they don't work" before the software shows up, they probably won't do well.
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They also need to have ARM-compatible software ready at launch. People are going to buy them expecting them to run regular software because they have Windows installed, and if the general opinion turns to "these are bull****, they don't work" before the software shows up, they probably won't do well.
I think that's the reasoning behind the 3 month gap between the release of pro and RT. Gives them time to market and educate before people flock to RT thinking they can run .exe's
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There have been tablets running Windows for a while, but people are still gobbling up Ipads.
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A majority of ipad buyers dont like windows too much IMO and windows tablets are even more expensive (for a good one anyways). Plus ive never seen an advertisement for a windows 7 tablet
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