Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:10 UTC
Windows So, the Microsoft announcement - taking place as I write this, 01:45 in my timezone - turns out to be a bigger deal than expected. Microsoft just announced it's going full-on hardware - the company announced a new tablet called 'Surface', and boy, is this thing something to behold. Microsoft's hardware partners? They're not happy right now. Update: Here's Microsoft's official Surface site. I believe someone coined the phrase 'sexy as a succubus' in the comments about Vizio? Stealin' it! Update II: They aren't just taking the iPad head-on - this is a straight-up MacBook Air competitor.
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Another good idea
by Priest on Tue 19th Jun 2012 01:30 UTC
Priest
Member since:
2006-05-12

This is an improvement on the last generation of covers but I have an idea for what to do after this:

Since the keyboard is replaceable, make a keyboard cover that contains a huge battery and some expansion ports.

It would allow a battery orders of magnitude larger that would give you 2 or more weeks of actual use rather than the 5-10 hours we have now. You could charge it once a month.

It would also give you additional USB ports etc. that you don't have with a tablet typically.

When you need something lighter just swap the big heavy keyboard for the normal cover and you have a normal tablet. It would even work to charge the tablet while it's connected.

Edited 2012-06-19 01:38 UTC

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RE: Another good idea
by dvhh on Tue 19th Jun 2012 01:58 in reply to "Another good idea"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

like the eee pad transformer ?

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RE[2]: Another good idea
by Nelson on Tue 19th Jun 2012 03:03 in reply to "RE: Another good idea"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Hell no. As a transformer owner its one of the worst pieces of tech I've had the misfortunes of owning.

Buggy POS.

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RE[2]: Another good idea
by Priest on Tue 19th Jun 2012 03:15 in reply to "RE: Another good idea"
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

Sort of but with an optional version with a much larger battery. The Eee Pad has a 3300 mAh battery that extends the life by ~16 hours (measured playing 720p video). Many laptops are between 4400 to mAh 7200 mAh but they are limited in battery space because they need room for other components.

You can buy replacement 7200mAh laptop batteries for $20 with free shipping and they are 1 lb. A medium sized laptop is 6 lbs and a heavy laptop is 10 lbs. So 6 7200mAh batteries would be about $100 and weigh about as much as a medium sized laptop and give you 43,200 mAh which would work out to like 200 hrs of use on a tablet. There are lighter/more expensive battery technologies that could improve that more but you get the idea.

Instead of a $1,000 laptop with more horse power than you need and a 6 hour battery we could replace them with tablets ($500) + dock ($150) that will be close to the same size and weight that will destroy the battery life of a laptop.

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RE: Another good idea
by Neolander on Tue 19th Jun 2012 06:30 in reply to "Another good idea"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

You should talk to Asus about this idea, I'm sure that they will be interested ;)

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