Surface Pro http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/surface-pro/features en-GB Fully Charged: More evidence for games on Apple TV, Half-Life completed in record time and how Android was originally touchscreen-free http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-more-evidence-games-apple-tv-half-life-completed-record-time-and-how-android-w <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily round-up of all that’s going on in the world of gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A huge heat sink suggests the next Apple TV will be built for gaming" alt="A huge heat sink suggests the next Apple TV will be built for gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-heat-sink.jpg?1397612980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New evidence for Apple TV’s move into video games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve long suspected that a future edition of the Apple TV would support video games &ndash; and a newly-filed patent from the company suggests that it&rsquo;s preparing for a gaming future by drastically increasing the size of the device&rsquo;s heat sink. This heat sink may be necessary to help cool a larger, more powerful A7 processor &ndash; the kind necessary for running games, in other words.</p> <p>A recent <a href="http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Amazon+Fire+TV+Teardown/23856">iFixit teardown</a> reveals that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news">Amazon Fire TV</a> box, which supports games, boasts a similarly large heat sink.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/04/apple-patent-reveals-larger-apple-tv-heat-sink-right-for-gaming.html">Patently Apple</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After 12 years, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows XP. The company is aware, however, that a few hold-outs aren&rsquo;t keen to ditch the venerable OS yet, and in an effort to encourage them to adopt Windows 8.1 is offering an &pound;80 discount on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-video-review/video">Surface Pro</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Surface Pro 2</a>. In order to qualify for the deal, all you have to do is order the tablet from the <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/DisplayHomePage">UK Microsoft Store</a> using a PC running XP. Doing so will apply the discount immediately.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP" alt="Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-screen_0.png?1397612980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch Half-Life completed in a mere 20 minutes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original <em>Half-Life</em> was a game worth savouring, its story and presentation rewarding players who took time to smell the metaphorical roses as they battled through the &ldquo;unforeseen consequences&rdquo; of Black Mesa&rsquo;s resonance cascade.</p> <p>But try telling that to a group of speedrunners who&rsquo;ve been plotting a record-breaking play-through of Valve&rsquo;s iconic shooter since 2010. After years of practice, they&rsquo;ve nailed it, completing the entire game (without cheats) in a shade over 20 minutes. You&rsquo;ll need a strong stomach to watch it (there&#39;s a LOT of bunny-hopping) but it&rsquo;s embedded above, should you feel the need to see something quite pointless and yet amazing today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VtI5HM7GVGY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before Apple revealed the iPhone, Android didn’t support touchscreens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It seems almost impossible to believe nowadays, with 99 percent of smartphones dispensing with physical keyboards, but there was a time when Google had no plans to make its Android OS touchscreen compatible. One of the documents to come to light during the recent Apple versus Samsung legal spat has revealed a 2006 specification for Android (as yet unannounced to the public) &ndash; and touchscreens were not on the agenda.</p> <p>A passage in Google&rsquo;s document reads: &ldquo;Touchscreens will not be supported. The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption.&rdquo; It does however note that &ldquo;there is nothing fundamental in the product&rsquo;s architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future&rdquo; &ndash; and good thing, because shortly after Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 it swiftly became apparent that touchscreens would define the immediate future of smartphones.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/04/13/heres-what-android-looked-like-before-the-iphone/">Recode</a>]</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Could you imagine Android without touchscreens? Us neither" alt="Could you imagine Android without touchscreens? Us neither" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-logo.jpg?1397612980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android Apple Gaming Surface Pro Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:51:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435429 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A few choice upgrades have transformed Microsoft&#039;s beautiful tabtop from computing novelty to true laptop slayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-2-pro-hands-on-1.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Never one to be put in a corner, Microsoft exploded our ideas of what laptops and tablets should be when the Surface Pro arrived earlier this year.</p> <p>Despite its similar size to the Surface RT, it ran full-blown Windows and included proper, powerful laptop components. It met the needs of demanding gadgeteers after Ultrabook power in a tablet form factor.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £720.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robust, gorgeous design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Vastly improved battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Everyday computing power to spare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extras are impressive but expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not upgradeable </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sexy Surface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has very much 'done an Apple' with the Surface Pro 2. Rather than ripping everything up and starting again, the changes over the original Surface Pro are almost too slight to notice. The 900g weight, size and 10.6-inch 1080p screen are the same, which is no bad thing given how much we liked the original design, though MS could have done a little work rebalancing the Surface Pro + kickstand + Touch Cover set-up to make it less top-heavy.&nbsp;</p> <p>The biggest change is actually to the neato flip-out kickstand, which now bends back almost 90 degrees as well as the original 45-ish, making it far more comfortable to use for normal-sized humans at a desk. It does dig into your thighs a little, but not enough to cause a lack of circulation. And with all the electronics stacked behind the screen, you needn't worry about heat damaging your more delicate regions.</p> <p>All that, and the news '80s tech fetishists were waiting for: the Surface Pro 2 is now also available in silver.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-hands-on-rear.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-hands-on-side-2.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-build.png?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still 1080p, now with added colour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The crisp, clear screen was one of the best aspects of the previous incarnation of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1424360">Surface Pro</a>, packing a near-retina 208ppi in that 10.6-in Full HD display. Microsoft hasn’t upped the pixellage for the Surface Pro 2, putting the Surface 2 on a par resolution-wise, but it has ‘colour-tuned’ the screen to pump out more accurate hues than its predecessor.&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s a stunner, with great viewing angles and intense HD playback. A bizarre niggle is that some Windows menus - such as device manager - look a little blurry. But this oddity can’t detract from how gorgeous and sharp the screen is. Not only does it give the best tablets a run for their money, the Pro 2's display will put most laptops to shame.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 screen " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-screen.png?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beneath the Surface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bigger changes lie under the Surface Pro 2's hood. At the nerve centre sits a dual-core Core i5 Intel Haswell processor tuned to 1.5GHz. It's much the same as the chip we found in Apple's latest MacBook Air, which means there's impressive power in that there silicon. Intel also provides the graphics chip in the form of HD4400, and it's backed up with a modest 4GB of DDR3 RAM.</p> <p>Because Microsoft doesn't like us using its tablets as enormous pen drives our sample only came with a 64GB SSD. This is upgradeable at purchase to up to 512GB, but that will set you back a tear-inducing £1,440 in total.</p> <p>This is no nuclear-powered gaming PC, but it's seriously impressive that Microsoft has packed these components into a fat-ish tablet form factor which barely makes a sound and doesn't weigh a ton. It's quite a feat of engineering.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 power " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 power " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-hands-on-cover-corner.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Windows 8.1 " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Windows 8.1 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-windows-8point1.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dimensions: 275 x 173 x 13.5mm</p> <p>Weight: 900g</p> <p>Storage: 64/128/256/512GB SSD</p> <p>Memory: 4GB (64/128GB), 8GB (256/512GB)</p> <p>Display: 10.6in ClearType Full HD 1920 x 1080</p> <p>Processor: 4th generation Intel® Core ™ i5 Processor</p> <p>Cameras, Video &amp; Audio: Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing, Microphone, Stereo speakers</p> <p>Ports: 1x USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full-fat Games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You really can game on a Surface Pro. That integrated Intel HD 4400 chip can't compete with mid-range AMD or Nvidia graphics, and it's only a slight bump up from the HD 3000 in the original Pro, but it's happy with most games from a couple of years ago. (If you want a real gaming tablet, take a look at the portly <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/razer/razer-edge-pro/review">Razer Edge Pro.</a>)</p> <p>Grid 2's cars look lovely and shiny (at least at the start of the race) and Source games such as Left4Dead and Portal 2 run slickly. Unreal Engine-powered shooters will also run, as long as you drop the resolution and turn off some of the more demanding effects.</p> <p>What's most impressive, though, is how well the Surface Pro 2 works as a portable console. Whack an Xbox 360 pad into the USB 3.0 port (did we mention that?), plug in some 3.5mm headphones (although the internal speakers are as good as those of the best tablets) and you've got an excellent gaming experience in every room in the house, as well as on your public transportation vehicle of choice. Compared to your average, plasticky Android gamepad, it's awesome.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 gaming " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 gaming " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-games.png?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ...and full-fat software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now to the reason you're considering splashing out twice the price of a Retina iPad: the Pro 2's ability to handle real Windows programs via full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review">Windows 8.1</a>, and not just the sprinkling of tablet apps that its Windows RT-equipped Surface 2 sibling allows you to use.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 2 is sprightly when it comes to hardcore image and video editing in programs such as Photoshop and Premiere Pro, although we did notice slight judders in the latter when it came to editing 1080p clips.</p> <p>The advantage here is that you’re running full versions of both pieces of software, so there’s none of the stripped-back amateur fare that you'll find on iOS or Android-running competitors.</p> <p>The stylus-based digitiser - co-designed by digi-pen expert Wacom - is particularly handy in Photoshop, with its pressure-sensitivity and accurate strokes creating the best stickman you’ve ever seen. Hey, we’re gadget testers, not artists. The digitiser's also clickable without batteries, taking a leaf out of Samsung's big book of magnetic fields, and even functions when you hover it above the screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with gaming, it just doesn't get old being able to run full software on a supremely portable device, and the experience is night-and-day smoother than that of the slew of Windows 8 Pro tablets with Intel Atom processors, such as the gorgeous<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2/review"> Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review programs " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review programs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-programs.png?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review stylus " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review stylus " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-stylus.png?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 8.1 on Surface Pro 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Windows 8.1 has taken some grand strides to being more usable on desktops, the way it runs on tablets is still much the same - although it does seem ever-so-slightly faster. Microsoft has also done a great job of streamlining the interface, with fewer taps necessary to update apps or switch accounts.</p> <p>Internal apps such as the alarm and calculator are bold and touch-friendly, and Internet Explorer 11’s side-by-side tabbing is really useful. We did hope the new Windows 8.1-exclusive Facebook app would fill us with rage about friends' holidays in a very aesthetically-pleasing manner, but it completely failed to install.&nbsp;</p> <p>Want more? Read Stuff's in-depth&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review">Windows 8.1 review</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve got the touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our sample was supplied with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/hands-pressure-sensitive-keyboard-and-music-kit-could-save-microsoft-surface/news">Touch Cover 2, which was positively brimming with possibilities </a>in our early demos. Its 1092 touch sensors allow it to function as a massive multi-touch surface, but also features smart technology which detects keystrokes rather than brushes, which makes it a great deal more accurate than the original.</p> <p>It kicks ass over an on-screen keyboard, but can't keep pace with a sorted hardware keyboard. There's quite a bit of flex when you use it on your lap, and because it's so thin, tapping becomes more akin to drumming, which could annoy the guy at the desk next to you.</p> <p>The gestures are a mixed bag too - a horizontal swipe with two fingers is meant to move the cursor, but more often than not it results in a random jumble of letters appearing. And swiping or tapping to delete words or cycle through predictive text takes some getting used to. This could improve over time; we certainly hope it does.</p> <p>The Touch Cover 2 costs an extra £100 on top of the Surface Pro 2, but despite all of its built-in cleverness, we think that's a bit too much. We'd like it a whole lot more if Microsoft threw it in for free.&nbsp;</p> <p>A Type Cover (£110) wasn't supplied with our sample, but with its proper keys it looks like a better investment if you're planning to use the Surface Pro for extended writing sessions. If you fancy turning the Surface Pro into a desktop you can pick up a docking station which adds extra USB ports, Ethernet and a monitor-out, due early 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Touch Cover 2 for Surface Pro 2 " alt="Microsoft Touch Cover 2 for Surface Pro 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-touch-cover-1_0.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Music Kit " alt="Microsoft Surface Music Kit " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-music-kit-1_0.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 dock " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 dock " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-dock.png?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Double the battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The single most disappointing aspect of the original Surface Pro was its battery life, which couldn't muster much more than a single film or a couple of hours of web browsing.</p> <p>Happily the Surface Pro 2's battery life is far more reasonable – we managed to use it for general web browsing and writing this article for five hours before it fell over, which puts it on a par with most laptops and Ultrabooks (although a fair distance behind the similarly powerful MacBook Air). Sure, it's nothing to rave about, but with Core i5 on board it's not a bad showing. We'll update our review with a HD video rundown very shortly.&nbsp;</p> <p>If this is all a little disappointing, there’s another accessory: a fatter, sturdier Power Cover which packs an extended battery as well as the Type keyboard on top. It'll apparently increase battery life by 75%, turning the Pro 2 into an all-day computing champion. It's coming early 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life Power Cover " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life Power Cover " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-power-cover_1.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-battery-life.png?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like Windows 8.1, the Surface Pro 2 proves that Microsoft's dream of uniting tablet and laptop could still make sense. There's nothing else quite like this device out there – with the exception of bulky beasts like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/razer/razer-edge-pro/review">Razer Edge Pro&nbsp;</a>– and if the Pro 2 ticks your ergonomic and aesthetic boxes, it'll reward you with a near-seamless 'real' computing experience.</p> <p>We still love the solid, understated design and stunning screen. But it’s the improvements to battery life and components which make it far more practical and versatile, and they're what make it go straight into our list of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">best tablets in the world</a>, ousting the previous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1424360">Surface Pro</a>.</p> <p>If you’re considering a new laptop, a new tablet, or indeed both, take a step back and consider all the options: with the Pro 2, Microsoft has turned Surface into a real contender.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review verdict " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review verdict " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-hands-on-logo-3_0.JPG?1383046432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft's upped the power and fixed nearly all the niggles we had with the original Surface Pro, making it the best laptop/tablet hybrid money can buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: &quot;A true laptop slayer&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s beautiful tabtop is now a real contender </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review#comments Microsoft Surface Surface Pro Tablets Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:51 +0000 Sophie Charara 1428142 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands on: This amazing pressure-sensitive keyboard and Music Kit are the best things about Microsoft Surface 2 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/hands-pressure-sensitive-keyboard-and-music-kit-could-save-microsoft-surface/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s super-slim keyboard cover now packs 1092 sensors - and does much more than just typing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Music Kit proof of concept " alt="Microsoft Surface Music Kit proof of concept " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-2-pro-music-kit-2.JPG?1381838231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-ushers-surface-2-and-surface-pro-2/news">Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets</a> are on the way, with a 22nd October US and UK release date, but all we care about is the £100 Touch Cover 2 keyboard accessory.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blade Stunner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Music Kit is a Microsoft proof of concept designed to get hipster creatives all hot under the collar about what could be overlaid on top of Blades i.e. rather than print a traditional keyboard onto a cover, print or project something else on top of the sensor array. The hardware is just as thin and light as the Touch Cover 2 and, in theory, just as inexpensive – though it's not for sale right now.</p> <p>Essentially it's a sampler made up of pressure-sensitive pads with volume and FX sliders plus play/pause, record, loop and skip functions coupled with Microsoft's own Surface Kit music creation and remixing software. Yes, you can do all this on a touchscreen but this way, you're not obscuring the controls with your hands, the sampler doesn't take up room on the screen and the software knows how you're playing the drums/bassline/banjo – softly or loudly. It's a neat compromise between touchscreen DJ apps and blowing £200-£2000 on dedicated kit.</p> <p>Microsoft is <a href="http://www.surfaceremixproject.com/">giving away Blades</a> to design kids in the US right now to see what they come up with. One <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=R9UAxHgXYxw">promo video</a> is promising: a cash register, a place for printed media like newspapers, a way to diagnose patients, a canvas, a game controller. But once Touch Cover 2 units are sent out alongside the Surface Pro 2 we reckon users will just hack the hardware anyway. We'd like to see Adobe get involved - running full-fat Creative Suite on a Surface Pro 2 and using the Blade's surface to work on, leaving the screen free for viewing the results.</p> <p>Either way, Surface Music Kit looks to be a jolt and exactly the kind Microsoft's tab needs. Now, the wait begins to see if that pressure sensitive sampler is still flying solo in six months time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Touch Cover 2 hands on " alt="Microsoft Surface Touch Cover 2 hands on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-touch-cover-1.JPG?1381838231" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Music Kit cover hands on Surface 2 Pro " alt="Microsoft Surface Music Kit cover hands on Surface 2 Pro " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-music-kit-1.JPG?1381838231" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface 2 Pro hands on review " alt="Microsoft Surface 2 Pro hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-hands-on-1.JPG?1381838231" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Power Cover battery hands on " alt="Microsoft Surface Power Cover battery hands on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-2-pro-power-cover.JPG?1381838231" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jargon Buster - Light Pipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At 2.75mm thick, it's damn impressive that the Touch Cover 2 is backlit as well as cramming in 1000+ sensors. Handy for typing in low lit meetings or duvet dens. But how? Where does everything fit?</p> <p>One trick is using light pipes, or tubes. There's a light source at the top end of the keyboard case which is directed by a webbed structure to where it needs to go, rather than having many. Like light breaking out from a fiber optic bundle, only cheaper.</p> <p>Disney is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone/get-ready-iball-disney-breakthrough-could-lead-round-phones-and-realistic-robot-eyes/news-0">printing light pipes to build Papillon toys with expressive eyes</a> and like Microsoft, <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2013/04/apple-reveals-a-new-keyboard-illumination-system-designed-for-yet-thinner-macbooks.html">Apple is looking to illuminate thinner MacBook keyboards with a light pipe system</a> – Patently Apple found a filing back in April 2013.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making music with the Microsoft Surface 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our hands on the amazing Touch Cover 2 and Music Kit </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/hands-pressure-sensitive-keyboard-and-music-kit-could-save-microsoft-surface/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/hands-pressure-sensitive-keyboard-and-music-kit-could-save-microsoft-surface/news#comments Microsoft Surface Surface Pro Tablets Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:01:42 +0000 Sophie Charara 1427836 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Elon Musk traversing the States in a Tesla, Apple pondering 6in iPhones, and the Spotify of ebooks is here http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-elon-musk-traversing-states-tesla-apple-pondering-6in-iphones-and-spotify-ebooks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Banish the morning blues with this round-up of scintillating stories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Elon Musk traversing the States in a Tesla" alt="Elon Musk traversing the States in a Tesla" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Tesla-Model-S.jpg?1378465501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elon Musk driving across America to show off Tesla </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Real-life Tony Stark and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hyperloop-everything-you-need-know/news" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a> has announced that he and his family will drive from Los Angeles to New York in the electric <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s-gets-17in-tablet-dashboard/news">Tesla S</a> to demonstrate the increasing number of Supercharger stations in the country. Musk reckons the 3,200-mile trip will take six days, with only 1.5 hours of charging time required per day. At present there are just 19 Superchargers in the US, but by the end of the year Tesla promises that there will be enough for Musk to undertake his odyssey. [Source: <a href="http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/09/musk-cross-country/" target="_blank">Wired</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Superchargers" alt="Tesla Superchargers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-superchargers.jpg?1378465501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple experimenting with phablet-sized screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is exploring the possibilities of phones with screens much larger than the iPhone 5’s 4in display. The report claims that, due to pressure from Samsung’s increasing smartphone market share, Apple has begun looking at everything from 4.8in to 6in screens as it works on future iPhone designs. A 6in iPhone seems hard to picture, as does a range of iPhones with different sized screens – but that’s not to say it won’t happen. Just don’t expect anything beyond a 4in screen on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-10th-september-launch-official/news">next week’s iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S</a>, though – any changes won’t come around until at least next year. [Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887324577304579057262388733816-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwNTEwNDUyWj.html">WSJ</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oyster, the Spotify of ebooks, starts rolling out membership </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oyster is an all-you-cat-read ebook service offering unlimited access to over 100,000 titles for a monthly subscription of US$9.95 (£6.50) – essentially, it’s the Spotify or Netflix of ebooks. The US-based startup has now launched its service on iPhone (an iPad version is currently in the works) although as with the first days of Spotify, you’ll need an invite to join. You can request one <a href="https://www.oysterbooks.com/">here</a>, but you’ll have to be located in the US to use it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oyster, the Spotify of ebooks, starts rolling out membership" alt="Oyster, the Spotify of ebooks, starts rolling out membership" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oyster_iphone_product.jpg?1378465501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface to get battery-packing covers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the chief criticisms levelled at Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets is that their battery life is too short-lived – and if a rumour is correct, the company will be offering a solution by the end of the year. Reports claim Microsoft is working on a keyboard cover for the devices that will include a built-in battery, allowing you to carry around extra juice without too much added bulk (apparently the battery keyboard cover will be 9.75mm thick, as opposed to the 5.33mm thickness of the current, battery-free keyboard cover). Expect a launch alongside the second generation of Surface tablets by the end of 2013. [Source: <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57601566-75/rumor-has-it-microsoft-readying-surface-power-covers/">CNET</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface to get battery-packing covers?" alt="Microsoft Surface to get battery-packing covers?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-pro_0.jpg?1378465501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apple iPhone & iPad Microsoft Surface Pro Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:49:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426259 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Mini Jambox and new Sony Reader details, LG’s apocalyptic prank and Surface Pro 2 specs http://www.stuff.tv/jawbone/fully-charged-mini-jambox-and-new-sony-reader-details-lg-s-apocalyptic-prank-and-surface-pro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off your day the right way – with lovely, lovely tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jawbone-mini-jambox-03.jpg?1378432175" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jawbone introduces Mini Jambox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Bluetooth-wranglers over at Jawbone have announced a new addition to the Jambox wireless speaker line: the Mini Jambox. While looking similarly, er, boxy to the existing Jambox and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/icon-%E2%80%93-jawbone-big-jambox/news">Big Jambox</a> models, the Mini is even more portable: just 255g in weight and measuring up 154 x 58 x 25mm. It’s also made of a single piece of extruded aluminium, which is a step up from its predominantly plastic predecessors. The built-in battery delivers up to 10 hours of music playback per charge, and as well as play music via Bluetooth it works as a hands-free speakerphone. The Mini Jambox will be available “soon” for around £150, and in a wide range of colours.</p> <p>Jawbone has also introduced a new app (on iOS and Android) which allows you to personalise the settings on a Mini Jambox, as well as (on iOS only at first, although Android will follow suit) put your iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and Rdio playlists in one place for easy access.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone introduces Mini Jambox " alt="Jawbone introduces Mini Jambox " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-jambox-hires-019.jpg?1378432175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Reader: now more book-like than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ifa-2013/sony-xperia-z1-launches-ifa-2013/news">Xperia Z1 Honami</a> wasn’t the only thing Sony announced at IFA. No, the company went H.A.M. on product launches during its press conference, and among the various items unveiled was a new 6in Reader model (the PRS-T3 if you want to know its full name). This one comes with an integrated snap-closed cover that makes it resemble, well, a book, as well as Wi-Fi, a quick-charge mode that gives it enough battery power for a 600-page novel in three minutes, and enough internal memory for 1,200 ebooks. It’ll be available from this month, with price TBC.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Reader: now more book-like than ever " alt="Sony Reader: now more book-like than ever " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-readers.jpg?1378432175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro 2 coming with adjustable kickstand and better battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Verge claims to have the scoop on the second generation of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro/review">Microsoft Surface Pro</a>, claiming that the device will look near-identical to the current Pro but offer a number of key improvements. It’ll have an Intel Haswell processor that should increase battery life by around two hours, as well as up to 8GB of RAM and a new adjustable kickstand that offers two angles. It’s expect to launch by the end of 2013. [Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/4/4694838/surface-pro-2-adjustable-kickstand-haswell-better-battery-life">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 coming with adjustable kickstand and better battery life" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 coming with adjustable kickstand and better battery life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-pro.jpg?1378432175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG Chile pranks innocents in end-of-the-world 4K ad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In order to advertise the capabilities of its 4K Ultra HD tellies, LG Chile came up with a clever concept: invite job applicants into a room with a “window” that was actually an 84in screen. Then pretend the world is ending and film their reactions. We’re not entirely convinced of the authenticity of the video’s job applicants, who are probably straight out of the Chilean answer to Central Casting, but it’s a nice way to demonstrate 4K’s “through a window” clarity regardless. Note: you can turn on English subtitles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ynvKWYvyCqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Jawbone LG Microsoft Sony Surface Pro Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:02:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426210 at http://www.stuff.tv How we won the British and Irish Lions’ tour – with an app http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/how-we-won-british-and-irish-lions-tour-app/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strength and tactics will only go so far when you’re taking on one of the world’s best rugby teams. Tech provided the tour-winning edge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How tech won the British and Irish Lions’ tour" alt="How tech won the British and Irish Lions’ tour" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/JR-Try.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Losing is never easy. Particularly not for professional sportsmen who have spent months or even years building up to the biggest moment of their careers.</p> <p>A tour victory had eluded the British and Irish Lions for 16 years before they rampaged to victory in Sydney in July. No matter how they tried, they couldn't defeat Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. But a lot changes in 16 years, and the Lions arrived in Australia in June armed with a secret weapon: technology.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peter-skilton" title="View user profile.">Peter Skilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Lions&#039; secret weapon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When the Lions landed in Australia, they arrived with something never before seen in Rugby Union: an app. It may not sound that exciting, but it's been hailed as the secret weapon that helped win the tour. Simply known as the Performance App, it was purpose-built by Lions sponsor Microsoft to run on the Windows 8-equipped Surface Pro tablet and track the players’ health and fitness.</p> <p>Every morning players would stand on a set of scales linked to the Surface Pro. Once logged in, they work their way through the app, logging whether or not they had any aches or pains, any stiffness in their body, their mood and how well they slept that night. They would also be able to note whether or not they'd taken any sleeping pills or painkillers.</p> <p>Once completed, team doctors could access the data and assess the fitness of each player, only calling in the players about whom they had concerns. In previous tours all players would be required to meet with a team doctor every day, wasting precious training time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance app" alt="Performance app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.-Player-Status.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance app" alt="Performance app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6.-Weigh-In.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance app" alt="Performance app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10.-Injuries.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Marginal gains, but for rugby” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For head of strength and conditioning Adam Beard, the app has become indispensable. “Players are much more forthcoming with information on the app. If they were speaking to one of us they might not be so open for fear of what might be thought. It’s more revealing but less intimidating”.</p> <p>The app can also be used to tailor training sessions – if the team is tired or aching, training can be adapted. Even something as simple as changing pillows can make all the difference if they’ve not been sleeping. “Think marginal gains, but for rugby,” jokes Beard.</p> <p>The app also provided doctors with an early warning system for potential illness and injuries. By having all the players’ information in one place, coaches could track any fitness issues that could be problematic and take the right steps to avoid anything that could be detrimental. Something as simple as a drop in weight could reveal a much more serious problem.</p> <p>It makes analysis of the team much easier, with trends such as food poisoning showing up easily and the cause being found quickly. The last time the Lions toured in Australia, doctors would manually record data on paper – which would then have to be carried around. With an app and a tablet the data can be stored, analysed and recalled in seconds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance app" alt="Performance app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7.-Sleep.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance app" alt="Performance app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8.-Sleep-Energy-Mood.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance app" alt="Performance app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9.-Sleep-Reason.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than health monitoring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Performance App was completely bespoke and one of the first of its kind to be developed. The Lions coaches and doctors sat down with Microsoft to discuss what it needed to do and how it would work. Once a 50-page brief had been written up, Microsoft set to work. What resulted was a simple and highly informative app – easy for the players to get to grips with, comprehensive enough to be useful.</p> <p>The app works alongside post-match reviews to get the most from the players. GPS tags with a gyroscope in the player’s shirts show impact of collisions, force of tackles and distance travelled. Heart rate monitors can show physical exertion and the app fills in the post-match data.</p> <p>Coaches still watch replays of every match. But even this has been revolutionised by the introduction of drones with cameras attached that fly overhead during matches to film game footage and Segway-mounted cameramen to ensure every bit of the action is captured, helping coach Warren Gatland to review the Lions’ performance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance app" alt="Performance app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3.-Live-View.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Victory through app power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When the Lions roared on to the pitch in Sydney, the sell-out crowd lit up the 80,000-capacity stadium with flashes from their smartphones. The Lions might have been on tour, but so was technology. And nowhere was it making more of a difference than in the Lions dressing room.</p> <p>The Aussies suffered an embarrassing defeat that evening. Firstly to the Lions, but also to the modern side of sport. The days of relying only on traditional training methods are over. It’s time to embrace the rise of training apps: as far as the Lions are concerned, it can make all the difference in the world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Boosting morale" alt="Boosting morale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/JR-Trophy.jpg?1377100358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Microsoft Surface Pro Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:52:40 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425702 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Was Microsoft's Surface Pro worth the wait? http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/new-video-was-microsofts-surface-pro-worth-wait/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s made us wait a heck of a long time for its full fat Windows 8 Surface Pro – but do good things come to those who wait? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2013-05-30-at-17.09.41.png?1371054567" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_11.jpg?1371054567" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/microsoft-surface-pro">Read the full review </a></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/stuff/new-video-was-microsofts-surface-pro-worth-the-wait </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/new-video-was-microsofts-surface-pro-worth-wait/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/new-video-was-microsofts-surface-pro-worth-wait/news#comments Microsoft Surface Pro Thu, 30 May 2013 16:28:25 +0000 Lucy Hedges 424986 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-vs-apple-macbook-air-11in/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft faces off against Apple&#039;s super thin laptop. Who will win? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1190" height="892" title="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-vs-macbook-pro-11in-image.jpg?1376652534" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review">Microsoft Surface RT</a> is probably best compared to fellow ARM-based laptabs such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-infinity/review">Asus Transformer Pad Infinity</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro/review">Surface Pro</a> has one clear rival: the 11-inch Macbook Air.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in – display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Air's screen may be bigger, but the Surface's 1080p touchscreen wins this round easily. Roll on the MacBook Air with Retina display.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1256" height="942" title="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in " alt="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface%20pro.jpg?1376652534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in – keyboard and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The MacBook Air's slightly heavier than the Surface Pro and its Type Cover, but you can't beat the feel of that aluminium unibody – and a proper keyboard is much nicer to type on.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="595" height="446" title="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air-keboard-build.jpg?1376652534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in – CPU </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Air's 2GHz Core i7 chip slightly outmuscles the Surface's 1.8GHz Core i5.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1105" height="828" title="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macbook.jpg?1376652534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in – connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the MacBook Air and the Surface Pro pack USB3.0, and the Air has Thunderbolt – but the Surface's Mini DisplayPort and neat little 64GB microSD port wins it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1219" height="914" title="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-connectivity.jpg?1376652534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in – battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro powers through its battery after one movie and a couple of hours' browsing. The Air gets you an extra hour, at least.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1359" height="1019" title="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface%20pro%20battery.jpg?1376652534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in – which to get? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At time of writing, neither. Okay, so we'd recommend the Air for its superior build, battery, processing power, keyboard and OS. But now is a bad time to buy any Intel machine, because in a few months machines using the new, dramatically less power-hungry Haswell architecture will begin to appear. Unless your laptop's died and you really need a replacement, wait until then.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1006" height="755" title="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple MacBook Air 11in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook%20winner.jpg?1376652534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/portable-media/versus/microsoft-surface-pro-vs-apple-macbook-air-11in </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-vs-apple-macbook-air-11in/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-vs-apple-macbook-air-11in/news#comments Apple Laptops MacBook Air 11in 2010 Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets Thu, 16 May 2013 13:56:09 +0000 Alpay Dedezade 1425603 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft pumps up the power with the Surface Pro – but is it an Ultrabook killer? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro with blue type and touch cover" alt="Surface Pro with blue type and touch cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-main-01a_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having very sensibly concluded that nobody is going to beat Apple at making iPads, Microsoft has come up with a strikingly original take on the tablet.</p> <p>Our first taste of Surface came via the ARM-based <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/microsoft-surface">Surface RT</a>, which took on other long-battery laptabs like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/asus-transformer-pad-infinity">Asus Transformer Pad Infinity</a>. It was well-made and nice to type on, but ultimately stymied by Windows RT, which prevents you from installing any third party desktop appllications.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,068.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 64GB </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cut from the same VaporMG cloth as its slimmer RT sister, the Surface Pro has a solid, nicely made feel. At 907g and 13.5mm, the Pro's extra weight and thickness mean it doesn't seem as throw-aroundable as the RT version (680g and 9.3mm), but it's still a lot lighter on the lap (and in the bag) than the Ultrabooks it intends to replace.</p> <p>Because the hardware is all behind the screen, it has a wobbly, top-heavy feel when you're typing, but this also gives the Surface an advantage over any laptop: because the CPU and battery are held away from your lap, you can type for hours without suffering from Hot Leg. If we were serious reviewers we'd look into the effects this has on male fertility, but we're not those guys.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro kickstand" alt="Surface Pro kickstand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-15_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where the RT version has a 720p screen, the Pro takes a jump to 1080p. That's a lot of pixels for such a small screen. Pixel density fans, note that Apple considers 220ppi to be a Retina display in its Macbook Pro, and the Surface Pro has a PPI just shy of that at 208.</p> <p>Compare it to the 720p screen on the 11in Macbook Air, the Pro's nearest rival in size and specs (see below for a full spec-off) and the 1920x1080 Surface is a crisp, clear winner.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro screen" alt="Surface Pro screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-01_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touch and Type Covers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Touch cover is more suited to the RT version. The Type Cover flexes under pressure, but it's actually very nice to type on: we found ourselves getting a higher, more accurate word count than on the Asus Transformer keyboards.</p> <p>It's also worth noting that neither cover has magnets to hold it shut – and while they're supposed to turn off the screen when closed, you can sometimes tell (especially with the Type cover) the screen has't turned off. Which wouldn't be a problem, if those weren't really useful features on a very similar-looking cover.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro Type Cover" alt="Surface Pro Type Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-03_0_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pro is very speedy at day-to-day tasks, loading web pages and less demanding programmes almost instantaneously. It remains unfazed by more powerful software, applying filters to large images in GIMP in a matter of seconds.</p> <p>Like most Ultrabooks it relies on the integrated HD4000 graphics in its CPU, so don't expect it to play current titles at full settings. It will breeze through older and more basic games, though – it plays Microsoft Flight like a dream, touch controls and all. Gaming aside, the Pro is powerful enough; hook its Mini DisplayPort up to a larger monitor, add peripherals, and you've got a nifty removable desktop PC.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-09_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro with stylus" alt="Surface Pro with stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-main-03_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stylus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pro's stylus snicks neatly into its magnetic charging port, and is one of the best we've used, adding excellent handwriting recognition to the Pro's diverse list of skills. Thanks to a recent Wacom driver update, it also allows for pressure-sensitive input in Photoshop.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro stylus" alt="Surface Pro stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface%20pro%20pen.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> cameras and microphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We're opposed to tablet photography in general, so perhaps it's a good thing that the Pro's twin 720p, 1.9MP cameras are incapable of taking a nice still photo. They will do a tolerable job of recording a meeting or lecture, though, and the microphone is excellent.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro camera options" alt="Surface Pro camera options" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-07_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the Surface RT, which has superb longevity, the Pro holds enough juice for one film and a couple of hours' work or web browsing.</p> <p>Streaming video over Wi-Fi, its battery was all done in less than four hours. It's a pity that the Pro makes itself so useful for working on the move, then requires you to take your charger with you (although as chargers go, it's a nice one, with an integrated USB port).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-08_0.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> value for money </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro starts at £719 without a keyboard, and because you'd have to be mad to buy one without a keyboard, it will cost you another £110 for the Type cover, bringing this tablet-cum-ultrabook to £829.</p> <p>Compare that to the 64GB Macbook Air 11in (£849) and its lofty price doesn't look so crazy. However, it's also one of the least repairable or upgradeable products you can buy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro with black Type cover" alt="Surface Pro with black Type cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-10_1.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro is as powerful as a lower-end ultrabook, but more portable. Edging into our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">Top Ten list of best tablets</a>, it's nice to type on and has a great screen.</p> <p>But does it do enough to justify costing more than most Windows Ultrabooks? Not quite. Its nifty portability comes at the price of a little power, a proper keyboard and a pile* of battery life.</p> <p><em>*Ten points if you spotted the French battery pun.</em></p> <p><strong>See our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro/gallery?viewid=97151" target="_blank">Microsoft Surface Pro picture gallery</a>.</strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/102180482497413209197/posts">Will Dunn</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surface Pro" alt="Surface Pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-review-10_0_1.jpg?1381703963" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A portable powerhouse – but the Surface Pro's keyboard, grunt and battery life don't quite measure up to its Ultrabook rivals</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro/review#comments Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets Thu, 16 May 2013 10:36:14 +0000 Will Dunn 424889 at http://www.stuff.tv