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★ Microsoft Surface Review

Bild: The Verge

Video Review

Dieses Video steht an erster Stelle, weil ich denke, dass The Verge im Großen und Ganzen die beste Rezension des Surface Tablets geschrieben hat. Sie legt den Finger in die richtigen Wunden und zeigt auch die Stärken des Surface auf. Dennoch möchten wir nicht die restlichen Artikel vernachlässigen. Es folgen die besten Abschnitte aus den verschiedenen Rezensionen, die zusammen ein gutes Bild des Surface geben.

Präambel

It’s something completely new and different. It is, in some ways, better than an iPad. In some ways, worse. It’s brilliant, and yet it can be puzzling as well. – Wired

This isn’t an iPad competitor, nor is it an Android tablet competitor. It truly is something different. – Anandtech

Maybe I say this too often, but I wanted to love this device. I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it. It made Windows 8 make sense in a way other products had not, and I could see a world where this kind of device was the only one I carried with me. – The Verge

Hardware

Surface is very well built and extremely well designed. It’s easily among the best built products I’ve had the opportunity to handle, and definitely puts a lot of earlier attempts from far more experienced companies to shame. I wouldn’t say that it looks better or worse than the iPad, it’s simply different. – Anandtech

The kickstand is indeed a unique addition to a tablet of this size, and it’s sturdy and works reasonably well. I do have some niggles with it — particularly the fact that its position can’t be adjusted in any way, meaning you have to like the angle the screen is at and live with it (it was usually too upright in most scenarios I tried it in, but not unusable by any means). – The Verge

Let’s at least get this out of the way: This is one of the most exciting pieces of hardware I’ve ever used. It is extremely well-designed; meticulous even. – Wired

Bild: Anandtech

Display

The display uses Microsoft’s ClearType technology, which supposedly produces better looking graphics and typography, even against displays with a much higher resolution (hello new iPad). – The Verge

All told, the Surface’s display stands up well against the competition. We still consider the new iPad panel to be the best on the market, but there is noticeably less glare on Microsoft’s latest and, when placed side by side, the Surface also shows slightly deeper blacks. That said, there’s no escaping that this is indeed a lower-resolution tablet. – Engadget

One of the compromises Microsoft made with the Surface is its display. It boasts a 1366 x 768 pixel 10.6-inch screen. It looks nice, but in the age of high-density displays, that seems weak. This was a trade-off Microsoft made to achieve all-day battery life. It promises that its ClearType rendering technology and Surface’s low-light-refracting screen will make up for the difference. – Wired

Touch & Type Cover

Bild: The Verge

Touch Cover really is an integral part of the Surface experience. I would say that it’s perfect for moderate typing use. Although I wrote half of this review on Touch Cover, I preferred using the Type Cover which I used to type the second half. Touch Cover can get the job done in a pinch, but it’s clearly built for folks who don’t have to type 5 – 10K word documents. – Anandtech

The Touch Cover works reasonably well. It doesn’t come close to replicating a physical, tactile keyboard, but it does do a good job of reminding you where your fingers need to be. My typing rate seemed to increase as I used the cover more, though I found myself mistyping and having to correct (and re-correct) errors I had made. It might be a matter of adjustment, but it wasn’t a completely pain-free experience. The Type Cover is another story altogether — it’s one of the best portable keyboards I’ve ever used. – The Verge

And then there is the 3-millimeter-thin Touch Cover keyboard. Ever since Microsoft first unveiled the Surface, this has been a big question mark. Does it really snap on and off so easily? Is it usable? Does it even work? Yes. To everything. It’s actually quite fantastic. On this miniature keyboard, keystrokes fire as fast as you can type them. There is no lag. There is, however, a learning curve. – Wired

Intermezzo

Bild: The Verge

Eine der besten Zeilen aus dem oberen Video ist: „It’s a little bit awkward, when you’re holding it in landscape and it’s really awkward, when you’re holding it in portrait.“ Dieser Kompromiss aus dem 10,6″-Display ist eine gute Zusammenfassung des gesamten Surfaces: Microsoft wollte kein 11″-Display, weil es für ein Tablet zu groß war, aber auch kein übliches 10,1″-Display, weil sonst die Multitasking-Ansicht in Windows RT zu eng gewesen wäre.

Solche Kompromisse sind der Tod des Surfaces. Das Surface ist das einzige Tablet, auf dem man wirklich produktiv sein kann: Es hat als einziges Tablet echtes Multitasking und ein chices Keyboard-Accessoire. Doch leider fällt es flach beim Konsumieren von Inhalten: Die Größe ist zu unkomfortabel und die angewinkelten Kanten schreien „Stell mich auf einen Tisch!“, denn das Surface mit dem eingebauten Ständer fühlt sich im Schoß nicht wohl. Doch dadurch wird es mehr zu einem Laptop, allerdings zeigt es hier leider auch nicht seine Stärke: Jetzt ist das Surface wieder zu klein und trotz der Touch- und Type-Cover kommt es nicht an ein echtes Laptop heran.

Ich sehe diesen Zwiespalt des Surface sehr kritisch und möchte wirklich, dass Microsoft damit erfolgreich ist. Aber ich glaube, dass das Surface nicht zu allen Menschen passen wird. Wie schon gesagt: Es ist kein iPad-Konkurrent, es ist etwas Neues.

Software

The Windows RT experience, in many senses, is clearly ahead of what many competitors offer in the tablet space today. Multitasking, task switching and the ability to have multiple applications active on the screen at once are all big advantages that Microsoft enjoys. For productivity workloads, Surface is without equal in the tablet space. – Anandtech

There were, of course, plenty of good experiences to be had in the bundled apps. Internet Explorer in the new UI is a terrific browser that displayed pages quickly […] and scrolling and zooming was unflinchingly fast. I was really surprised by how good it is. But other third-party efforts were surprisingly amateur — a case of Microsoft not putting its best foot forward. Some well known apps, such as Cut The Rope, felt sluggish on the Surface – a problem I came across with a number of games. This product is supposed to represent the future of Windows and Microsoft, so why did I feel so frustrated so often while using it? – The Verge

Bild: The Verge

Performance

Microsoft is particularly proud of its single USB 2.0 port on Surface. USB drives obviously work as you’d expect them to. Other smartphones and tablets also worked, although their level of support varied. For example, you can plug in the iPhone 5 and have it come up as a supported device for moving pictures to/from. However USB tethering is not supported by the class driver included in Windows RT. – Anandtech

I’d say in terms of smoothness of UI, Windows RT on Surface is much more like the iPad than most Android tablets. I’d say Surface’s UI responsiveness is among the best.

Application launch times are another thing entirely. Nearly every application I launched took longer than I would’ve liked on Surface. Application launches on Surface/Windows RT clearly take more time than on an iPad. – Anandtech

When I was just dealing with the core OS, the Surface felt like a lively, sophisticated, fast-moving new system, but the deeper I got into apps and the more apps I opened, the more the device seemed to bog down. – The Verge

Zum Schluss

So, if gaming and music and movies and reading are what you’re looking to enjoy, then we might advise sitting this one out for a few months just to make sure that all your bases will indeed be covered. If, however, you’re looking for an impeccably engineered tablet upon which you can do some serious work, a device that doesn’t look, feel or act like a toy, then you should get yourself a Surface with Windows RT. – Engadget

This is a great device. It is a new thing, in a new space, and likely to confuse many of Microsoft’s longtime customers. People will have problems with applications — especially when they encounter them online and are given an option by Internet Explorer to run them, only to discover this won’t work. But overall it’s quite good; certainly better than any full-size Android tablet on the market. And once the application ecosystem fleshes out, it’s a viable alternative to the iPad as well. – Wired

The whole thing is honestly perplexing. If this device is not as good as (or better than) the best tablet, and not a complete alternative to a laptop — who is this for? What is it supposed to be?

The promise of the Surface was that it could deliver a best-in-class tablet experience, but then transform into the PC you needed when heavier lifting was required. But that’s not what the Surface offers. It does the job of a tablet and the job of a laptop half as well as other devices on the market, and it often makes that job harder, not easier. Instead of being a no-compromise device, it often feels like a more-compromise one. […] And unfortunately for Microsoft, the clock is ticking. – The Verge

Anandtech, Engadget, The Verge und Wired: Ein herzliches Dank an die Textstückchen!

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