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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RE[3]: Another good idea
by Morgan on Tue 19th Jun 2012 05:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Another good idea"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

That's interesting, my best friend has one and he loves it. He's never mentioned any issues with it, and we discuss our tech gear the way muscle car enthusiasts discuss new carburetors and engine timing.

I've played with it some and I must say it's very nice hardware, though a bit heavy for my taste even without the keyboard. I was used to the Nook Color though, which to me is a nearly perfect Android tablet. I'd say the Transformer is a notch or two above the average netbook, if you have no need for x86 support that is.

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RE[4]: Another good idea
by Nelson on Tue 19th Jun 2012 05:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Another good idea"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

It makes for a great demo. I loved it initially. The small bugs get to you.

That, and ASUS stock roms are painfully slow and unoptimized. If you try to go custom ROM the dock starts fucking up because it uses custom ASUS drivers.

The thing is just way to slow to be a dual core or quad core device. Its unbelievable how laggy the thing gets.

Then there's the stupid non standard charger. Good luck charging it with a wall piece that's not made by ASUS. It'll take you 8 hours to get from 0-10% battery. No. Lie. Treat your charger like gold.


One thing I will note, with or without the dock the battery life is superb.

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RE[5]: Another good idea
by Morgan on Tue 19th Jun 2012 05:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Another good idea"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It makes for a great demo. I loved it initially. The small bugs get to you.

That, and ASUS stock roms are painfully slow and unoptimized. If you try to go custom ROM the dock starts fucking up because it uses custom ASUS drivers.

The thing is just way to slow to be a dual core or quad core device. Its unbelievable how laggy the thing gets.


I'll have to ask my friend about that; not long after he got it he had toyed with the idea of alternate ROMs, but I think he decided he liked the stock ROM especially after the ICS update.

Then there's the stupid non standard charger. Good luck charging it with a wall piece that's not made by ASUS. It'll take you 8 hours to get from 0-10% battery. No. Lie. Treat your charger like gold.


That was my only issue with the Nook Color; use the included USB cable and adapter, and you could have a full charge in less than two hours. Use a standard micro USB cable, even with a high output adapter, and it was an all day affair. It was even worse when trying to charge and use the tablet at the same time on a regular cable. Not only would it not charge, depending on CPU usage and screen brightness you could fully discharge the device while it was plugged in.

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RE[5]: Another good idea
by Neolander on Tue 19th Jun 2012 06:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Another good idea"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Then there's the stupid non standard charger. Good luck charging it with a wall piece that's not made by ASUS. It'll take you 8 hours to get from 0-10% battery. No. Lie. Treat your charger like gold.

Just one remark : as strange as it may sound, there is no standard spec for a USB2 port that can deliver lots of current. All fast cellphone chargers are based on manufacturer-specific tricks like shorting pins together.

That's what happen when people take a port designed for data transfers and say "meh, it will work as a power input just fine" for the sake of cool design.

Edited 2012-06-19 06:38 UTC

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RE[5]: Another good idea
by dvhh on Tue 19th Jun 2012 07:21 in reply to "RE[4]: Another good idea"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

I agree that the charger, and its cable are the most nagging point of the eee pad transformer (if only there was some ). But apart from that, I don't use android on this anymore, and as a linux laptop, it's pretty great, can last 2 days on battery, have a C/C++ compiler handy, and also mono for some cross platform coding compiling.

The storage is quite slow, and the 1Gb RAM (shared with video) is very limiting. But I love it overall.

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