tkbslc: Laser AF sounds cool, but at the same time the DOF margin on a phone gives a pretty wide berth for AF accuracy. Not sure it's going to revolutionize anything.
I think it's more about speeding it up than making it more accurate...
Jan Privat: Just spray some Ultra-Ever Dry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPM8OR6W6WE) on your lens, and spend the money on alcohol & girls.
That should've read hazy residue, not heavy, darn autocorrect.
I know (hope?) you were kidding, but that stuff actually leaves a heavy residue or film on the surface of whatever you spray it on, it also wears off after a while... Two things they fail to mention in this and other various promo videos I've seen, it's still pretty nice for certain household items and outdoor stuff tho, possibly decent for certain electronics, glass not so much.
munro harrap: Yes, it is near-sighted greed pure and simple to force you to pay more for more ram according to HDD size, but that is why they make them. Apple not only do the same but are worse, and almost the biggest general offence against the consumer is that if they are kind enough to "give" you an HDMI slot they use the excuse that the motherboard has not got the ability, to limit your HDMI output into anything to a max of 1920x1080, so I'd check this very carefully before buying anything size your high resolution TV, or your 2560x1600 photo monitor that very likely has no displayport socket anyway , wont be able to work at full resolution. They'll add (and all are now so doing still) hundreds of pounds to the cost just for a plug!!
The Displayport socket may very well also be limitedto the same poor performance.
The last time I went looking no laptops at under £1100 list had an HDMI port that supported 2560x1600 output Only Apple .
It's not the "socket" that's the limiting factor, it's the GPU or video card user. A consumer should of course be informed about said limitations tho, I never said otherwise, I'm just saying you're blatantly misunderstand where the limitation and blame lies.
Greg Gebhardt: But will it run my Windows software? I tried their latest and greatest and it installed quickbooks just fine but when I tried to open my 250gb company file, it brought the Surface Pro 2 to it's knees.
I would very much like to replace my notebook with this but will it do what I need?
I said usually, not always, it's obviously possible for RAM to just disappear but most of the time it fails in other ways... At least based on the dozens upon dozens of faulty RAM DIMMs I've replaced. You'd think even a dimwitted salesman would check for that, but even with 2GB of RAM I can't see the being the issue. What does ancient ME have to do with anything btw?
OP won't respond because seeking help wasn't his aim.
You have an Acer desktop, now what GPU does the desktop use? That's the key, Acer or Apple can't pull a rabbit out of a hat, and a dedicated GPU simply won't fit into most slim systems, so they're at the mercy of whatever GPU Intel integrates into their CPU (or chipset if we go back a few years before GPUs on CPUs).
So yes, despite your dubious anecdotal evidence, blame Intel.
djsphynx: Looks good overall.
That said, if I'm not mistaken, it only has 1 USB 3 port. I'd love to use something like this for when I travel but I'd need 2 USB3 ports so that I can back up to my two external HDs that I travel with. It was one of the reasons I passed on the 11" MBA a couple of years ago, that iteration if memory serves didn't have 2 either. Maybe the SP4 will have it. YMMV
TL;DR: Yes, but t's not gonna matter, USB 3.0 bandwidth isn't gonna be your bottleneck unless you're simultaneously backing up from one premium SSD to two other premium SSD in external enclosures. If you're using hard drives for backups or in the system itself then they'll be your bottleneck rather than the interface or the hub. Never mind if there's a slower SD card in the chain or something like a USB drive...
Can only read from or write to as fast as the target or destination will allow, and USB 3.0 is fast enough to not be saturated by a single SSD. USB 3.0 hubs do have a number of improvements beyond raw throughout, tho they're mostly transparent to the user, see link. If you have the money or need to tote around two SSD just for backups you should probably look into Thunderbolt.
tecnoworld: This is what I wrote one month ago as a comment to the nx30 preview
'Imo this is a 'just' a good camera, too expensive, that does not shine in any field.'
I see with pleasure that the reviewers share my ideas. Unfortunately those things can't be said on samsung forum.
I'm really happy to see this camera treated for what it's worth. Just another decently good/average camera. NOTHING MORE.
And samsung needs so much more than this to be interesting.
They need to be better than anyone else at a lower price. Not just as good as some, worse than others, at a higher price.
Samsung really needs to go back to school.
And, the shape. Ridicolously big, bulky, dslr like. Please...argh.
Ohhhhh, I'm so satisfied.
Samsung doesn't really need to be particularly better, they just need to start flexing their marketing muscle to push mirrorless into the limelight. Despite all the doomsayers, I do think there's still a decent sized market for dedicated cameras outside of full on photography enthusiasts, pros, and smartphones... Most of the market (specially in the U.S.) is simply not aware that there's anything out there between their phone or a P&S and a DSLR.
Back to Samsung tho, if there is one company with the marketing know how AND the incentive to push mirrorless into the lime light it's Samsung.
Fuji, Oly, and Panasonic don't have the budget and/or marketing know-how. Sony is all over the place and now has the pricey A7 series to push too... Samsung was nothing in the smartphone space and it was marketing more than anything that propelled them forward, even to this day a Galaxy S isn't particularly better at anything than any other phone (Sony was doing water sealing before Samsung FWIW and nobody seemed to care).
I'm a M4/3 user btw, but I'd LOVE to see some Samsung ads on TV saying "here's a mirrorless camera, here's it does better than a DSLR, this how it compares size wise with a 10x super zoom" (I'm assuming Samsung has one of those, even a large-ish G6 with the new 14-140 is smaller than most Rebels).
HowaboutRAW: If he has too much crap often he'd probably have issues with all sorts of apps, tho it's possible a 250MB file was the straw that broke the camel's back, seems unlikely tho. Newer versions of Windows are actually better at managing RAM (unlike XP which did little and wasted it a lot) and have lower base consumption than something like Vista...
Defective RAM usually doesn't just disappear ands manifest itself as less RAM, it's way more likely he'd just see errors left and right until corruption hits the OS. Definitely something to test tho since it's fairly simple to do so. I don't think the OP was seeking anyone's help tho (besides the store employee he mentioned, which seems like a bad resource if there ever was one).
Maybe I'm more pessimistic about his intentions. Comment threads are terrible places for troubleshooting tho. ;)
If you're already carrying two drives a tiny hub wouldn't add much more bulk... There's hubs that are basically just a cable with split ends, you can replace your drive's cables with that (ands maybe some full size male to micro male tips).
Lee Jay: Please turn this OFF by default. It's annoying.
And didn't the user name used to be a rollover instead of a click? If so, please put that back.
It's just a little number up in the corner, how is it annoying?
Nice additions, both of them, it'd be nice if the mobile UI got some love too tho. I usually detest mobile sites but your actually works reasonably well and I've been using it for a while, particularly for the boards... BUT, there's two things that would make a world of difference: mobile sorely needs an edit button (forums and comments) AND the mobile forum really need a shortcut to skip to the last page of a thread, like seriously.
Maverick_: guys before bashing this, keep one thing in mind, the Surface is a very popular product. They do sell. And it's a neat but flawed concept.
I was in the market for an ultrabook, narrowed my choice to a 13.3" Sony Flip, but before buying it Sony sold that division and I decided to look further. Also 13.3 Flip screen is way too heavy to be used as tablet since the keyboard is still attached.
The Surface 2 Pro wasn't even in the running for me, because of the tiny screen size and weight.
So, I decided to look at tablets instead and just when I needed to finalize my purchase Samsung came out with the excellent Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. I got the LTE version on first day of release and have not regretted it.
Surface going to 12" is a good move, but a better move would be 13.3. Windows products don't work as well on small screens. But keep in mind, the thickness/weight of the Surface is its worst enemy.
The future will be phones and tablets and only 1% will use desktops.
Ehh, I think you might be stretching facts if you really think pro use only accounts for 1% of users overall... Possibly in a few more years tho, ARM based systems keep increasing performance exponentially. I think the biggest holdup in the long run are the mountains of legacy code tho.
Tons of professional work tasks that don't require the horsepower can't be migrated easily off x86 cause of legacy code, nevermind that often times a cheap desktop is still easier to maintain (read: service and repair) than outfitting a whole office with higher priced mobile devices that are way more prone to accidental damage or theft (can't take the human element out of the equation).
keeyoni: Can you connect to an external monitor?
Besides, if you're hooking up an external display for desk use you probably won't benefit a ton from a small 12" display way out of the sight line... I'd just add a second external display if I really needed it and ignore the Surface's own display if I were docking it. I'm gonna have a desktop for the foreseeable future tho....
I thought 8.1 made special provisions for that, didn't it?
DarkShift: No, I would never use a 12" touch screen for anything as complex piece of software as Photoshop is. Plus the screen would get too greasy already after 30 minutes use.
It's actually not much worse than a 13" laptop with a 16:9 display, just about the same height but less wide, so less room for tools and or secondary stuff around your main workspace but not too terrible given the overall size/weight and secondary tablet use. I think the dimensions are kind of ideal for a very mobile work device tbh, it's tablet use that might be more awkward on such a large slab. P.S. micro fiber is your friend
Menneisyys: BTW, as for screen size comparisons with the 11" MBA, note that the 12-inch with a 3:2 aspect ratio is actually much larger than the 11.6-inch with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Look at a a visual comparison here: http://www.displaywars.com/11,6-inch-16x9-vs-12-inch-3x2 . In maths, if you keep the same diagonal measure and make it more square, the area will be larger and not the opposite.
The more I think about it, 3:2 at that res/size really does start to sound like an ideal work device. Sure any bag that fits this will probably fit a wider 13" laptop too and you end up with a more cramped keyboard, less ideal for multi tasking etc... But if it's a secondary system (as it'd be for me) the overall size/weight advantage and secondary tablet use seems like a good tradeoff.
I'm not particularly fond of the iPad's more square dimensions (I tend to use tablets in portrait mode more than anything) but this might really suit me.
250MB shouldn't be an issue regardless of how much RAM he has, even a 2GB system can open a file like that. Sounds like a software issue between different versions of Quickbook, and/or poor trolling and/or research on the part of the user.
Daniel Lauring: I do wonder why none of the Windows ultrabooks use the latest integrated Intel Iris graphics though??? Does Apple have a lock on the processor? Is it too expensive? Do they think Windows users aren't sophisticated enough to know the difference?
The highest tier IGP is only available in quad core CPUs btw, which you'll never see in something like this for the thermal reasons already quoted.
They're not artificially limiting those HDMI ports you know... It's a technical limitation and comes down to the components used, in many cases it's integrated graphics so blame Intel.