Windows 10 is the big conversation at Microsoft this year and there’s not a whole lot of reasons for new hardware. Except for the Surface Hub. What used to be Microsoft’s “Big ass table” known officially as Perceptive Pixel displays, the new version will be the Surface Hub.
The multitouch display offers comes with 4K resolution and will be available in 2 sizes, 55” and 84”. The Surface Hub will run Windows 10 and offer a great solution for business meeting rooms, education and more. The device ticks a lot of boxes for business and what’s traditionally been a pretty terrible experience of electronic whiteboards is about to make way for the biggest computer you’ve ever used.
Arriving with a price tag of US$6,999 for the 55” version and a big US$19,999 for the 84” model. It’s certainly not cheap by any standards and you’re unlikely to grab one for the home office, but for business, that number isn’t crazy. The price is also easier to justify when you realise this isn’t just a touch screen display, it has a full computer strapped to the back of it, available with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, Intel HD 4600 or Quadro K2200 graphics, dual 1080p cameras, Bluetooth, NFC and built-in speakers. Surface Hub also has infrared and depth sensors, similar to a Kinect, built right in.
Advanced touch capabilities recognize up to 100 touch points with precision, allowing multiple people to interact with the screen simultaneously. Microsoft Surface Hub also ships with Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, plus the OneNote whiteboard and Skype for Business. There’s also a nice walk up and start experience for new users, so there’s no need to go searching for the keyboard and mouse.
Probably the most unique feature is it’s bi-directional pen and touch input when connected to a Surface Pro 3. Draw on either screen and it appears on the other, that’s an experience not available elsewhere.
The Surface Hub and related accessories will be available to order starting early July and will begin shipping worldwide in September in 24 markets:
- United States
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
We asked Microsoft for local dates and pricing for Australia, but were told “More details regarding the local availability and pricing for Surface Hub will be shared closer to launch date.”
Microsoft has been able to get commitments from a number of large companies like ALSO, Ingram Micro Inc., Synnex Corp., Tech Data and TD Maverick, and strategic resellers like Atea, AVI-SPL, Bechtle, CSI Collaboration Solutions, Inmac, Insight, Kelway, Misco, PCM, Red Thread, Telstra and Whitlock, which bring industry expertise in hardware, software and solutions.
More information on Surface Hub can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-surface-hub
Via The Verge.