Victor Chavez / Jun 22nd, 2012 No Comments
On Monday, June 18th Microsoft stole headlines when they debuted their Microsoft Surface tablet. At their LA event they showed two of these tablets, which comes with an ultra-rigged casing, 10.6” touch screen with Gorilla Glass 2 and kickstand. Yes you read that correctly, a Kickstand which holds up your tablet as you use the touch keyboard that doubles as a cover. All of this is going to revolve around the Windows 8 operating system. But will the Surface, Microsoft’s first try in the tablet market survive against the likes of competitors like Apple’s iPad?
When you first get your hands on the Microsoft Surface you might not feel much in your hands at all. It is just under 0.37 inches think and comes in at a weight of 1.5 pounds which gives it an ultra slim look. But don’t worry of how thin it is because it is constructed with VaporMg, a magnesium-based chassis material. This technology gives the tablet a strength that will bend or flex if you attempt too, but this also helps give it the light weight feel. While the chassis is protected with VaporMg, the screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 2. This ultra-scratch resistant surface helps protect the beautiful screen which looks crisp and bright. Microsoft went with a 16:9 aspect ratio which complements the Window start screen titles and Windows 8 split screen view.
A simple yet innovative feature is a touch-type cover system with this tablet; it is a keyboard which responds to touch that doubles as a cover for your Surface. This touch keyboard comes with a trackpad if you don’t want to use the touch features, but who would really rather use a trackpad? You can also go with the type keyboard if you don’t like the touch keyboard, yet they are going to yield around 50 wpm. It is simple to attach since it just magnetically attached itself to the bottom of the Surface and stays on in case you have to up and move suddenly. When you are done typing up a document or surfing the web you can just simply flip up the keyboard to protect your screen and be on your way.
Finally, a simple yet pleasant feature is the built-in kickstand which holds up your Surface when you are using it for a prolonged time. This kickstand has simple access to a small ridge on the side of the tablet which you can flip open. When the kickstand is out you can only use it in landscape mode, but what is a nice feature it reveals a microSDXC slot. Microsoft is using spacing on the Surface well, and the second tablet Microsoft showed included a USB 2.0 and Micro HD video port.
There are a lot of unanswered questions about the Microsoft Surface; no one is sure what the Windows RT system is at this point. There has not been a lot of information released about it, nor has there been a lot of information about the internals of the Microsoft Surface. The only thing we know about internals of the Surface is that it is running a NVIDIA chipset for the graphics. But we know nothing about the RAM, processing power, or memory capabilities in the Surface. We don’t even know the price yet, but we soon find out everything we want to know when the Surface well becoming to the market sometime is fall.
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