Biowizard: Have the fixed the happy-snappy, break-off kickstand yet? The one that "cannot be replaced"? All that money resting (literally) on a couple of flimsy pins puts me right off.
Biowizard: no they haven't.
nerd2: Nice tablet but simply priced wrong. I need minimum 8GB ram and 256GB storage for any productivity tasks and they charge $300 premium for that? No thanks.
And the surface book costs even more, $1699 for 8GB/256GB configuration... I thought apple pricing was terrible and MS one is worse.
nerd2—The difference is that Apple costs a lot, but it also has a very high resale value.
With this junk, you buy it and it's worth nothing in a couple of years.
Dirk Nuary: 16GB RAM, really?
I wonder if they've fixed the issue with the Pro 3 where the glue would melt and it slowly comes apart on you. (Yeah, they're glued together inside. Cough.)
I also wonder if they solved all the overheating issues. I noticed they put a bunch of fans inside this thing. That's ... interesting. Not sure how I feel about an i7 chip in a thing that thin, with those thin little fans.
What happens if you put it in a protective case? Does it have to have fan vents? What if it traps in too much heat? O.o
I'm sure it's fine with the low-end processor but I think with an i7, I'd prefer to have an actual laptop at that point. The idea of Photosohp with a tablet interface is intriguing for sure, but doesn't that version of Photoshop require a pointing device? Like if you don't have the stylus and keyboard then can it be used with just a finger? Are the controls going to be pretty microscopic to work with on the screen using that little stylus?
I thought Surface was for students and offices.
Michael Ma: I hate the fact that you can get 1TB on the Surface Pro 4, but only 512GB on the Surface Book which is arguably more Pro that would require more storage space. C'mon Microsoft, always giving me a reason to hold off on my purchase. I waited a year to get 16GB RAM on it. Now another reason to wait. See you next year...maybe.
photo_rb—I've installed and configured more Windows PCs, kiosks, and industrial equipment at the enterprise level than most people have probably seen, total, in their entire lives. I know Windows like the back of my hand...
... which is why I can't understand the appeal of Surface, except to a very narrow niche. I'd honestly like to know what your use-case scenario for it is. What do you do with a Surface? Why is it better to do it on a surface than, say, a top-end Dell Precision laptop? Or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2? Etc.?
I would never configure 1700 airline ticketing kiosks using Android or iOS. Maybe linux, but I prefer Windows for kiosks.
But guys, Surface runs Windows. Why is that good? Why would that remotely put it in the same product category as iPad, which runs a mobile-centric, purely touch-based OS optimized 100% for tablet use?
I get that Microsoft is trying to do something different enough from iPad to appeal to people that iPad does not appeal to. I just wonder who.
photogeek: $2700 for a "loaded" config on that Surface Book. Good luck with that. Microsoft clientele is not _that_ well heeled, by and large. It mostly consists of folks who go "the best I can do is a hundred bucks". By way of comparison, a Core i7 15" (!) MacBook Pro with the same amount of RAM and SSD is $200 less.
And that's even before you consider the issue of Apple updating their pro lineup to Skylake CPUs sometime later this year.
Surface Pro is also fine for those people who are just tech consumers, who just buy gadgets to screw around with them.
If all you're gonna do is watch DerpTube, send derp mails, derp around on the intarwebz, and play Derpy Bird, Clash of Derps, Derp Crush, etc., then honestly, what difference does the brand of your product make? Why would you need something as advanced as iPad just for that? Surface is fine.
The only real advantage of Apple at that point is the higher resale value later and the much more secure and private operating system.
But what can you do? There are so many derptastic people out there. That's why we have Republicans. Many of the derptastic hoards hate Apple out of an irrational inbred stupidity that daddy beat into them. Not because reasons or anything.
And of course they will not have read about the privacy problems of Windows 10, which are freaking terrifying. https://www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/3feqsr/4chan_sums_up_windows_10s_privacy_settings/
That being said, I don't want to sound entirely against Microsoft. I applaud them for at least TRYING.
I'm sure for certain people the Surface makes a lot of sense. For example if I was an art student on a budget, and I knew I'd need a computer to run Blender or Maya for 3D design, and the full version of Adobe CS for my other classes, the Surface Pro would seem very attractive because now you don't have to go out and get yourself a Wacom tablet separately.
So there is a market for cash-strapped students here. Frankly kids in that situation should not be buying a top-end laptop + tablet solution. They should settle for a hybrid device that's a little of both and just be happy.
Vanitas, don't delude yourself. The Surface Book is not going to put even a small dent in sales of premium workstation laptops by companies like Dell, HP, or Apple.
If people want a tablet, they're going to use an iPad so they don't have to worry about a keyboard. The whole POINT of a tablet is that you do not need a keyboard flapping around everywhere; you don't have to set it up on a table, whip out a pen, and assemble a contraption to use it. That's the point of an iPad.
Meanwhile for an actual laptop people want something that is not flimsy, so you can, y'know, PUT IT IN YOUR LAP. The Surface is a flimsy unbalanced thing leaning on one leg with a plasticky, flimsy keyboard that they make you stick on with magnets! Real stable there.
Apple is in no way shape or form trying to catch up with Microsoft. They are mildly amused by this most recent wave of devices, which will pass once again back into obscurity as soon as this very false hype dies down again. I.e. by Friday.
Nick932: It seems that my iPad will rest for a while. I love it. Thanks Microsoft
Have you actually USED a Surface? What do you actually use your iPad for? I'm honestly curious.
To me the Surface looks more like a competitor against the MacBook Air than anything else. It does not strike me as very much like an iPad at all, software wise. Yeah, the hardware °looks° like an iPad... but then you turn it on... and try to use it.. and you quickly realize... oh. I'm using Windows... with my finger. LOL.
Then quickly you grab for a keyboard and trackpad.
The reviews I've read of the Surface Pro 3 pretty much summed it up like this: if you're not at a table that can support the keyboard, it's useless. Maybe the new 4 has a solid enough keyboard to actually be able to sit on your lap, but the kickstand part doesn't look any different. So I dunno.
Nice to have a touch screen windows tablet thingy for certain uses, I'm sure, but lets not confuse it with iPad, a completely different category of device, software wise. Which is the point of iPad. A point MS does not get.
Just a Photographer: This seems like a very sexy device and leave the iPad Pro far behind in specifications, performance and possibilities.
It's kind of sad to see people actually believing this hype.
Wake up and see what is going on here. The Surface does not even hold a candle to iPad. It is Windows, shoe-horned onto a tablet, requiring the use of a stylus because 90% of the apps have controls that are too small for you to use your hand. Because they are Windows apps.
You DO realize that the entire point of iPad is that 100% of the apps for iPad are native to the tablet software interface design that Apple invented and perfected?
In this regard Surface is basically the exact opposite of an iPad. Even though they tried to copy the iPad, they couldn't get away from needing a keyboard and a pen stylus etc. because they have no software, otherwise.
Apple made stylus-based tablets for years back in the 90s and then gave that up. The Apple Pencil is not a requirement, it's just an optional accessory. There's a BIG difference.
Unless of course you believe this wool-over-the-eyes hype here.
mermaidkiller: Indeed, that is what I already posted when the iPad Pro came out.I am a Mac user, but Apple should really reconsider the Macbooks and make a detachable keyboard and a touchscreen.This will be the great war between MS and Apple like the Nikon / Canon wars.
No, it won't. There is no war here. There's not even a battle. Or even a skirmish.
The thing you don't understand is that the build quality of these Surface things is garbage. Yeah it looks cool in the video, but Microsoft is not a hardware company. The things are chintzy as hell. The Surface Pro 3 was literally GLUED TOGETHER.
The Pro 3 had tons of overheating problems in the i7 units.
Then there's software. Surface runs regular Windows, most of which is not optimized for touch. So you end up having to use the pen stylus for just about everything, to manipulate tiny little controls on the screen. It's the exact opposite of an iPad in that regard.
See, Microsoft knew that they would not be able to catch up to iPad in the native touch apps department, so they just slapped Windows into a touchscreen tablet and gave users a pen and a crappy flappy keyboard and said "here ya go!"
The Apple Pencil is SOLELY for use in specialized graphics apps... whereas on Surface you NEED the pen.
It has FANS inside it? FANS? In a tablet? WTƒ?
I'm mystified. This is supposed to compete with iPad somehow?
I'd be surprised if it survived for a year. It's not even solid state! It has moving parts INSIDE! FANS! lolol
Zephir 750: Well, the umpteenth firmware update and this obviously means we won't get to see the E-M1 Mk II with a better performing sensor till......who knows when.
If you want a better sensor the Sony A7S Mk II looks freaking awesome. But for a MFT camera the E-M1 is great. I do feel the limitations of it at times but, well, nothing's perfect. I also paid a micro price :D
isinadinos: It would be a dream if 60p was also added in the FW. How is possible the lower model of OMD EM10 m2 has 60p and not the top one?
It's also due to licensing issues with the CODECs (the software that compresses the video is not owned by Olympus). EM10 is a newer camera and Oly probably got some new deal arranged for that. May not be able to go backwards with such deals due to export restrictions.
Hallelujah! 24P at last on my E-M1! Better late than never. Thank you Olympus!! But what is the bit-rate? Please say you got ALL-I onto this camera somehow :D Even if you didn't I'm still pleased with this. You even followed my request to enable the better IS mode. :D
Now I'm gonna start storyboarding :D
nikon power: If the 120fps video is without live sound then such feature is useless for many videos.
Also it does not refine uranium. 2 stars.
Amazing. This looks like "the one"... it may be time to sell all my other gear.
///M: A few problems: iPad screens are way off in calibration, forget editing photos with critical color management, will be great for editing for Instagram. Try managing files with iOS, total PIA. iPads and iOS were designed for content consumption, not creation, at least not in any way resembling efficiency. Nice e-reader, video playback, game playing device though.
Yes, it will be interesting to see if they thought of this. But you know what? I'd bet that they did think of this. Wait until it's released and we'll see.
shutterbobby: Hmm have a Samsung Note pro 12.1'' with pen & 128GB memory for $600 the last 2 yrs ..& this is news??!!
No, what's news is that now there's a decent one, designed by an American company, that runs a secure operating system.
BigOne: One problem I see with this is "authenticity". The world press in recent years has been awash with scandals of "doctored" photos and lots of media companies are now banning any altered images. This is beyond altering. They're basically creating a new visual image.
I'm also quite tired of endless simplification of the photography process. Billions of mindless instant images are taken and puked out on numerous "social media" websites every day. 99.999999999999999999999% of them are garbage. Why make it even easier to do that?
Don't feed the troll.
photo perzon: IQ like the dogs. Fast AF but the look of over dark over sharp.
LOL, it's a tool, and like any tool it is the user of the tool who makes it horrid or great. I get great results out of my Olympus gear because I know WTF I am doing. YMMV