More than a year ago, Microsoft presented its Surface Hub, which is a massive touch-based display that was aimed to work as a “hub” for group-based business cooperation. After all this time during which people have waited for the monitor to be sold, now it is lastly delivered all over the world.
The Surface Hub is not a product just for the common customer, since it is offered in two large dimensions at $9000 for the 55” model and $22,000 for the 84”. The huge monitor was designed to substitute the white board or video conferencing devices currently seen in meeting areas where groups collaborate.
As for technical specifications, Microsoft affirmed last year that its Surface Hub incorporates fourth-gen Intel chips Nvidia Quadro graphic cards, 128 GB of SSD memory, 8 GB of RAM and a series of four USB slots.
The more compact design has a weight of 105 lbs, while the bigger one is a massive 280 lbs device. In its official business presentation, Microsoft presented the monitors mounted both on walls and on large stands.
The company was said to start Surface Hub manufacturing last Sept, but then retracted the announcement, declaring that it postponed the production in order to deliver the products on a larger scale.
Microsoft has not offered many details about the plan for the Build designer meeting held next days. But since a large part of the organization’s earnings depend on business and enterprise clients, it is not shocking that it planned to deliver the monitors right before this important tech conference takes place.
Microsoft has designed the Surface Hub to boot up immediately, identifying the owners as they get close to the system through the incorporated Kinect scanner. The screen saver interface provided three standard features: Skype calling, OneNote listing and linking third-party gadgets such as smart phones and tablets.
The Surface Hub has a pen, so writing with it was as precise as it is on Surface Pro tablets. In addition to it, there is assistance for one hundred-point touch, which means that several people can use the large display at the same time.
Lastly, of course, there is the collaborative part that makes it ideal for business use. The monitor’s camcorders point at a person’s eye level and they can feel like they are casually speaking with another user in person, and not just to their video transmission.
Normally, Microsoft utilizes the Skype app for Business in order to link various meeting members. Since the new devices use the company’s Windows 10 operating system indicates that applications can be moved to one part of the display.
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