Last week included a number of different tech announcements, one being the release of Microsoft's new Surface Studio computer with a highly adjustable interactive screen, as well as a nifty new wireless knob that brings an interesting ID twist to the overall design:
Core77-er, gmay3able, brought up the innovation last week in our discussion boards and got people talking about their thoughts on its promised features. Our audience's reception of the product was varied:
"Pretty sick. That base must be a solid chunk of steel billet in order to keep the screen in place! I like the chrome support arms too...The knob doesn't feel like it families well with the mouse. Like many of the peripheral buttons on a Wacom I feel like I'd be trying to find uses for the knob, but I suppose since the screen itself doesn't rotate you need some way to rotate the image." - slippyfish
"I wonder who the intended users are for this and how big those markets are. I wouldn't think the portion of designers who would adopt this (10%?) could solely sustain a business case for a product of this magnitude. Don't forget most designers, whether at a firm or a corporation, have most of their hardware decisions made for them...Other than all of what I just said, it is pretty cool. Just doesn't fit my work flow." - yo
"I love the knob idea. It reminds me of Alias marking menus, but in a physical sense. When I've used a Wacom, I felt that getting the arm-to-hardware angle that I want was harder than it needed to be. This makes it look easy...Having said all that, yes, we have to wait for some reviews to know if MS sweat the details...and that is where the devil lives!" - Mr-914
"A coworker of mine, and long time Mac user, blurted out after watching the video 'That's it. I'm in. That's the machine I've been waiting for.'" - NURB
Give us your thoughts: is the Microsoft Surface Studio a hit or total miss? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on the original discussion board feed!