Microsoft’s Surface Dial hands on

Easily the surprise hit of today’s big Window
10 event was the Surface Dial. Microsoft’s new input device that none of
us knew we needed. The $100 hardware accessory is, as “a completely
new way to interact with technology and create in the most natural, immersive way,” says
Microsoft. What that means in non-marketing speak is
that the Dial is basically a standalone wireless knob that lets users adjust a whole bunch
of different things with a turn. The sky’s kind of the limit when it comes
to functionality. On a very basic level, you can perform simple
tasks like adjusting brightness and turning up and down system volume. In the on-stage demo, Microsoft showed off
how it can be used to, say, display and hide handwritten notes on a document. That’s all well and good, but the device
is meant to be more than just a dumb switch. Possibilities are endless. The hardware itself is simple, but nice. It’s got a good heft to it and a premium
feel, and it glides smoothly, without offering enough give to accidentally turn too far. Response is instantaneous, as one would expect
with a wireless mouse, keyboard or other input device. You can stick it to the display on the Surface
Studio, for direct interaction, and when you take it off, a surrogate digital version pops
up on-screen. The device was clearly designed with the Studio
and all of its screen real estate in mind, but it will also work with a number of current
entries in the product line, including the Surface Pro 3, 4 and the Surface Book. No word on availability as of yet, but we
are guestimating it will ship ahead of the Microsoft’s new Surface Studio — or hopefully,
right around the same time.

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29 thoughts on “Microsoft’s Surface Dial hands on

  1. Honest. Don't like it. Prefer some design concept like touchbar of MacBook Pro, something not block the screen you r using….

  2. 99$ dollars for a knob that runs on 2 AA batteries omfg πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and after that people still trash Apple? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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