Let me gaze upon the Microsoft Surface

I just had my first glimpse at the Microsoft Surface and it’s actually a pretty nice looking device. The screen looks very similar to the Kindle Fire screen. The aspect ration is 16×10, which doesn’t look bad, but feels a tiny bit elongated to me. The keyboard/cover combination is pretty nice. It even has a mouse pad built in.

The images are bright and Angry Birds looked quite nice. We were having some network problems so we couldn’t put it through it’s paces, but overall it’s much better than I expected. The Windows 8 UI is certainly geared more towards the tablet, but I’m still not sure I like it. The live tabs don’t look too bad, but they don’t look good everywhere. The app store seems hard to navigate and sort of came across as a beta version. Some of the touch features didn’t come across as responsive as they should.

I did like that the keyboard could snap off and that the power cable is also magnetic and won’t pull the whole thing to the ground if someone trips. People make a huge deal out of the USB slots, but I still don’t see that as a huge feature. The remote desktop client was nice and although we couldn’t really mess with it, the Xbox integration looks pretty cool as well.

But overall, it looked pretty good.

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