Microsoft Surface: Awesome, but is it worth it?
Nobody was really expecting Microsoft to announce something awesome yesterday, but they did exactly that. The Surface is pretty incredible, a bid to replace your tablet and your laptop with a light, fully functional hybrid. But is it worth it?
There are a lot of unanswered questions. There are two versions of the Surface, a home version designed to cater to iPad fans and a professional version, with a stylus for taking notes and a more robust processor, for professional use.
The Surface actually has a lot of really good design decisions: the kickstand and keyboard hidden in the cover make it easy to use as a laptop, the stylus that magnetically attaches to the side is a master stroke, the fact that it’s a tablet that finally, FINALLY, has a full-sized USB port on the side makes it the answer to the prayers of many (you listening, Apple?) You’ll probably be getting issued one of these things for work in a few years.
The problem is what we don’t know, which is what’s under the hood and how much it’ll cost. Microsoft says the prices will be competitive, but frankly that’s marketing spin. We need hard numbers. Also up in the air is what the processors will be and how powerful they are. Presumably they’ll be competitive with laptops and tablets, but again, we just don’t know.
Until some hard numbers come out, and we can get a sense of the value, the Surface is just some good ideas that need to be implemented. But we hope the numbers are good.