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posted by janrinok on Saturday October 29 2016, @03:21AM   Printer-friendly
from the ms-goes-mac dept.

Microsoft has launched the Surface Studio, a 28-inch all-in-one PC reminiscent of the iMac but with touchscreen capabilities and other accessories for "content creators":

The thin aluminum 28-inch Surface Studio desktop PC that Microsoft trotted out here Wednesday isn't going to make it into most homes anytime soon. Not at $2,999 to start, and on up to $4,199 if you don't hold back on the specs. If you simply must have it, Studio goes on preorder today; it'll be available in limited quantities by the holidays. There's no question this innovative machine, which at that price is clearly aimed at business users and a more affluent subsegment of potential home buyers, is well worth paying attention to for the way it can leverage the "early 2017" arrival of Windows 10 Creators Update.

At first blush, the design brings to mind Apple's iMac, though the differences are apparent soon enough, and not just because Surface runs Windows 10 and Macs run macOS Sierra. For starters, you can push down on the Surface Studio and via its zero-gravity hinge, angle it at 20-degrees and effectively turn it into a drafting surface. When upright you'd likely use it for more typical Windows computing.

And since Surface Studio like other Surface computers uses a Windows 10 touch-display — Apple hasn't brought touchscreen capability to any of its Macs, and I'm not banking on that happening when it holds a press event for new Macs on Thursday — you can also draw or write directly on the screen using a special Surface Pen. It boasts 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity plus an eraser. Microsoft has also unveiled a hockey-puck shaped accessory called Surface Dial along with Surface Studio itself. You can rotate the puck to summon tools and zoom in on and manipulate objects on the screen; it takes advantage of a radial menu. You can directly place Surface Dial onto the the Surface Studio surface, or use it off the screen.

Also at Ars Technica, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37787493, and PCWorld.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @06:56AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @06:56AM (#420062)

    They invented the combination of a scroll wheel with a mouse button:

    A microswitch may be mounted within the housing, and a switch engager on the axle may be arranged to depress the microswitch when the wheel button is depressed, thereby providing a button signal.

    --
    https://www.google.com/patents/US5912661 [google.com]

    Prior to their Intellimouse, not many mice had scroll wheels.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IntelliMouse [wikipedia.org]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scroll_wheel#History [wikipedia.org]

  • (Score: 1) by Arik on Saturday October 29 2016, @07:43AM

    by Arik (4543) on Saturday October 29 2016, @07:43AM (#420068) Journal
    A scrollwheel isn't a bad idea. Making it do double-duty as the middle-click is a horrible idea. Thanks for reminding me who to blame for that.
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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @10:32AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @10:32AM (#420081)

      From my cold, dead hands.
      I tried a trackball for a while and REALLY missed my clickable scrollwheel.

      Sounds like you bought one with a weak return spring.
      ...or you're just naturally clumsy.

      -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @02:02PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @02:02PM (#420108)

        No, clickable scrollwheels are just a shit idea. If the spring in the scrollwheel button is strong enough to prevent accidental clicking, then you're going to move the scrollwheel everytime you click. If you then increase the tension necessary to turn the scroll wheel to compensate for this, you'll have a stiff scrollwheel that is a PITA to use. With this abomination of a mouse design, you just can't win.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @08:52PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @08:52PM (#420249)

          As another commenter in this (sub)thread indicates, there are bunches of us who use these things constantly to great effect.

          Sorry to hear that you got such a raw deal in the gene pool and lack normal dexterity|coordination.

          -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @03:46PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @03:46PM (#420133)

      I use middle click with my scrollwheel probably a couple hundred times a day.