I personally feel after using my Surface for over two weeks that this product is ahead of its time.
Just like Xbox was ahead of its time, when Nintendo and Sony dominated the gaming world and all gamers were like Microsoft can't just buy their way into the gaming industry with a powerful PC.
And they did...
They introduced Xbox Live and had an Ethernet port in the device way before anyone even considered online gaming with a console. High speed internet was just rolling out and then they charged you 50 dollars to play online. They had something there and bought into it and now look at where they are. Now the features that Microsoft created and supported, which people and reviewers then called crazy, expensive, niche have become industry standards for gaming.
Similar to how games were becoming more multiplayer focused such as Goldeneye, WCW/NWO, sports games, Mario kart, super smash brothers, when Microsoft brought the idea of playing online. That niche market of multiplayer, at the time, became the driving force of the gaming industry is today with COD, Halo etc.
Now the Surface...why would people want power or productivity in a tablet? Ask the millions of people who bought Apple office suite for Ipad, photoshop app, IPhoto, IMovie all for Ipad. The Surface is where the (at least) 10 in plus screen tablet industry is going. The current Ipad market is all going to the 7 plus inch screen format while the 10 in screen is going to be for productivity. I feel this is a great time to enter as now the focus shifting away from 10in screen form and going to 7in screen form, allowing for the 10in screen to be for productivity and the 7in to be for consumption and games. Similar to the niche market that wants productivity, a keyboard, a full OS, speed, flexibility in the tablet form factor. This is where 10 in plus screen market is going to... productivity, business, home personnel use etc.
A few other examples...
Dare I mention Zune and it subscription based model.. now we have Spotify, Rdio, etc. Time will show that a merge of a laptop and tablet is what everyone wants and needs. The Surface with get thinner, faster and maintain a longer battery life through the iterations to come.
Microsoft is not perfect but I trusted them with Xbox and their support for the software, and innovations lead me to believe that the Surface will follow suite as we are just scratching the surface (pun intended) of Microsoft vision of a unified ecosystem.
Now trust me Surface, Windows 8 and the Next Xbox are all going to integrate together, the tools and devices have been planted. I bet the Windows 8 store and Xbox store are going to be similar, if not based on the same architecture.
RANT BEGIN ( First I am sick of all these doomsday articles of Windows 8 is in dying and Surface is cool but its not selling as much as Microsoft wants. First Windows 8 is an operating system it is not an expansion pack to WOW. The adoption rate will increase as people by PCs for school, home etc. Just because a new OS comes out people do not throw their PC is the garbage or run out to upgrade an old PC (especially when it is not touch screen). The 1st IPAD was a big IPOD touch with a handful of apps such as Netflix, 4 plus generation and minor upgrades later it is a platform.
On a side note I think Apple is in trouble as the magic that they had has gone with the late Steve Jobs, everything since has been pathetic tweaks (I think the punch everyone's been drink is getting a bit sour). I think Microsoft beat Apple to the punch of combining a touch and productive operating system. As Apple has been wasting incremental upgrades trying to make OSX into iOS with the gestures and such, Microsoft went all in with an operating system that can function in both environments, as when as ARM and mobile processors.
I am sorry for my Apple rant but I am fed up with the public notion that everything Apple does is revolutionary. Some of it is, such as the 1st iphone, app ecosystem and 1st and 2nd gen Ipads. Apple will follow suite with a "productivity IPAD" Look how long it took them to release a 128GB (with flash not SSD memory) for A NICE $799. Not expensive though, but a 899 or 999 for full PC in the form of a tablet.. too expensive. Total double standard and not the same type of device so stop comparing .. "the verge, engadget.. etc"
Today I downloaded a file from the internet, sent it to my home networked hard drive for backup, sent it wirelessly to my Canon/Brother (any) printer to print (oh not before hand writing a message on the photo), then dragged the file to my attached USB thumb drive to print at Target. I also plan to use the photo to write up Thank You and print them using a Avery printing template... all on my couch with a tablet.
Just think how you would (with Apps.. and cost) or if you could do this with an Ipad. This is why the Surface is in a different league.) END RANT
Well there is my rant, I will have more as I continue to read the internet, follow my tech news and use this wonderful tablet/PC from the future.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far!!
Great show SurfaceGeeks, I think you guys do a wonderful job sharing your opinions, advice and knowledge to all us Surface fans out there. Keep up the great work. And I love your tales from the Microsoft Store.. that should be a segment. Ha!
I've been successfully backing up the C: partition of my Surface Pro to my Server2012E for about a week now. But, I haven't tried to restore it yet. Has anybody tried this using a recovery boot usb key? How well has it worked?
We have several Surface Pro 2's deployed at my company that all use docking stations. Every so often, and there doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason to it, the external monitors hooked up to the dock will lose all display capabilities.
I've tried restarting the surface, checking the monitor connections, and running windows updates and made sure all drivers were up to date and current. (Example of one that happened the other day was that one monitor still worked but the other would not. I would go into the Screen Resolution dialogue box and try turning the screen back on but after applying the settings the screen would automatically turn back off. )
The only thing I found to fix the problem is undocking the Surface, unplugging power from the dock, plug the power back in and then re-dock the device. After following these steps the monitors will work fine again.
Like I said, this is an intermittent issue and is hard to replicate but was wondering if this was a known problem or if there is any known fix for it out there??
Thanks in advance for the help.
So, you went out and bought your Surface Pro or RT and you brought it home and thought this is awesome how small these are... Then you walk over to put it in your laptop bag and you are like "WOW this won't work!" So, I jumped out looking for something that did not eat my Surface like a tiny dog biscuit to a great dane.
So, I found the solution that I was looking for...
Yes boys and girls it is a perfectly sized laptop bag for the Surface RT / Pro. It is good to note that this thing not only perfectly fits the surface, but all of the other items you might want to bring. Tons of pockets and zippers and such.
Oh and did I mention that I love the fact that this thing has an awesome orange interior that gives it a little character. If you like it comes in black and orange as well.
The material is a smooth nylon-like material keeping it from having issues with getting a little wet and stain resistant. I absolutely love this thing. I would give some cons, but I can't find anything wrong with it.
Here is the link to allow you to go there now and buy this immediately. I have had mine for months and I have to say there is nothing else out there that compares... (that I have seen)
Oh... here is the link for it in black
Well, it was time to say goodbye to my Dell Inspiron mini 1012. Over the years, I had upgraded the
RAM from 1 GB to 2GB, Swapped out the spinning disk drive for solid state, and migrated the operating system from Windows 7 Starter, to Windows 7, Windows 8, and now to 8.1 beta.
I had used the mini for a travel computer, to take to the coffee shop, and use in the kitchen (yes, I am that guy who uses a computer in the kitchen). For home use, I also have a Desktop Tower running Windows 8, 8 GB ram, 1 TB hard drive, dual monitors, etc…
So, I bought a Surface Pro 128 GB with type cover. And I Love it!
It has lightning fast start up, quick response, runs all the spreadsheets documents and presentations that I throw at it, and I even have Photoshop and Lightroom running on the Pro. But I miss my dual monitors.
I started looking for a solution, and found the Targus USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Station (from
amazon). It connects via the USB port on the Surface Pro, supports dual monitors, Audio in and out, USB3.0 (x2), USB2.0 (x4), and Gigabit Ethernet. So I ordered one, hoping that it would allow my Pro to push the video to my dual monitors.
And… It works better than I could have expected.
I have the Surface Pro on my desk, with no cover. I hook up the Targus docking stating via the USB port, and plug in the power. My dual monitors, Keyboard, mouse, external hard drive, desktop speakers, and yes, my Zune HD are all connected to the docking station. I get my full keyboard and mouse, dual monitors, stunning sound quality, touch, swipe and gestures on the Pro screen. And plenty of screen
real estate to run my applications.
The only tricky part of the setup is balancing the dpi settings between the Surface Pro screen, and the monitors. The Pro screen is 1600x900 in a 10 inch diagonal screen, and the monitors are 1680x1050 in a 20 inch diagonal screen. To find this setting, search for “dpi” from the Metro screen, the select the “Make test and other items larger or smaller” setting.
The Surface Pro is normally set to Larger - 150%. But for this setup, I changed the setting to
With this setting, the icons, menus, and ribbons on the dual monitors are normal size. The text
on the Pro screen is a bit small, but still functional.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with this set up. In fact, it works so well, that I tore out the desktop tower, and moved it to the kids playroom for their homework, and gaming computer.
I can’t wait to get 8.1 on here so I can take advantage of the new features.