I’m always looking for new tools to help run my business more efficiently whether that’s software or hardware… at least that’s what I say, really I just love new gadgets. In fact on a recent trip, I was pulled aside by a TSA worker after my bag was scanned and was told my bag needed to be searched by hand. They said, “Sir you have a lot of electronics…” So I guess you could say I’m a bit of a gadget addict. My bag is getting pretty heavy these days with all the different tablets and computers I haul around. I do try to figure out a way to use them for work since that’s mainly what I do, work. Tablets and mobile computing is something I’m very much interested in since right now with LooseKeys I’m very mobile and love traveling and working. Most recently the marketing of Microsoft’s Surface was starting to peak my interest. Say what you want about the ads but they are all over the place, you can’t watch a show or walk down the street without seeing something about the Surface.
Then after reading some reviews about how good the Surface is for drawing, I was considering picking one up. I was starting to feel like $600 was burning a hole in my pocket. I already have a couple different gadgets I use for drawing on the go, an iPad and a Nexus 7. The Surface may not have been a necessary purchase for me but it was potentially a better option for drawing than the others, so I wanted to test it out first, see it and get a first hand account.
Finally at NAB I was able to see one and try it out for a moment. Boy, am I glad I didn’t just order one a month ago because it is not at all what I was expecting. This isn’t a thorough review or anything, I spent maybe 20 minutes at the booth. This is more of a first hand account with the device.
The interface is really nice and I’ve used a Windows phone before that I liked. The tiles and inviting look of the interface is great. I’m pretty tied to my Apple OS workflow so that would be a hurdle to get over but really the biggest downside was the size of this thing, it’s massive. I’m fairly sure I was looking at the Pro version at NAB and that comes in at nearly 2 pounds. The RT version is 1.5 pounds and an iPad is 1.44. Heck my 11’ inch MacBook Air is 2.38 pounds. Sure the Surface might be “more” than just a tablet but from all the commercials it looks like the surface is light and easy to carry around. At 2 pounds, I’m not going to be whipping it out of my bag that fast.
I really wanted to like the device, the idea of what it can do and offer is great but it just doesn’t fit into my workflow. And with all the other gadgets in my bag I don’t need the added weight.