Microsoft Lets Companies Try Surface Hub Before Buying: Surface Hub Quick Review

Surface Hub
Men using the Surface Hub. Photo : Microsoft/YouTube

Microsoft's Surface Hub is being presented with a sweet deal to its customers.

About the Free 30 Day Trial Period Offer

In a written article at Computer World, Microsoft is said to be offering companies to test the Surface Hub. For a 30 day trial period, the companies interested in the Surface Hub can use it and see if it is useful enough before paying for it. This offer will be first available in the U.S. and Europe soon, and will eventually be available to Asian countries as well. Of course, it will be a totally different story if the company trying out the Surface Pro will damage the device within that 30 day trial period.

Though this is a great deal for potential customers, this deal is not available to all. This deal is only to be offered to business customers through resellers. According to the article, each business will only be permitted to have 5 Surface Pros for 30 days. There is also said to be a small fee associated with shipping and installation.

Design and Price

The Surface Hub has two sizes; a 55-inch model which costs $6,999 and an 84-inch model that costs $19,999. For the 55 inch model, its body dimensions are 31.75 x 59.62 x 3. 38 and weigh 105 lbs. For its 84 inch model, its body dimensions are 46.12 x 86.7 x 4.15 and weigh 280 lbs. It also comes with two pens that are capable of producing inputs in the Surface Hub's 100-point multi-touch screen. Though it's kinda pricey, the Surface Hub is worth buying because it's quite powerful compared to the smartest TVs we see today and it operates differently as opposed to the Surface Tablets.

Display

The 55 inch Surface Hub Model's display specs are 1920 x 1080 @ 120 Hz with 1300:1 contrast ratio and 100-point Multi-touch. On the other hand, the 84 inch Surface Hub model's display specs are 3840x2160 @ 120 Hz with 1400:1 Contrast Ratio and 100-point Multi-touch. Both models have three simultaneous Active Pens and Projective Capacitance optically bonded sensors. With its custom White-Boarding app, it gives the user access to an endless canvas that can run alongside any universal Windows 10 application.

Processor

The Surface Hub models runs on a custom version of the Windows 10. The 55 inch Surface Hub Model's CPU is the Intel Haswell (4th Gen) Core i5, GPU is the Intel HD 4600, and the storage memory is 128 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM. As for the 84 inch Surface Hub Model, its CPU is the Intel Haswell (4th Gen) Core i7, GPU is the NVIDIA Quadro K2200 640 CUDA Cores, and its storage memory is also 128 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM.

Cameras, Speakers, and Microphones

For its cameras, it features 2 wide angle 100 degree field of view HD cameras that shoots 1080p@fps. It is backed up by a passive infrared light sensors. The camera sensors also can detect what side of the Surface Hub the user is standing on. It is also capable of giving unobstructed feeds.

For the speakers, both have two front facing speakers. For the microphones, both models have high performance and four element array microphones.

What Can It Do?

Supposing you're in a meeting and you and your team are wrapping it up. The Surface Hub will erase all of its data after every meeting, leaving only the native and installed apps remain. Also, it can let the user project files from his/her laptop's display into the Surface Hub's screen where the user can make edits and notes. It will also automatically save any changes made on the file.

Ports

For its Internal PC port specs, both models have USB 3.0 (bottom), USB 3.0 (side access), two USB 2.0, Ethernet 1000 Base-T, DisplayPort video output, 3.5mm stereo out, RS232 serial port, and RJ11 connector for system level control. For its Alternate PC port specs, both models too have two USB 2.0 type B output and connection for: camera, sensors, microphone, speakers, touchbackTM, and one DisplayPort video input. And lastly for its Guest PC, still, both models have DisplayPort vdeo input, HDMI video input, VGA video input, 3.5mm stereo input, and a USB 2.0 type B TouchbackTM Output.

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