I have no one to blame but myself; I carry a largeish, leather soft-sided briefcase and for over a year, the (refurbished) Surface has just ridden inside without sleeve or case. Set the thing down kinda hard at work Thursday -- it slipped from my hand -- and thought at the time, "Sure hope I didn't break anything." I had Friday off. Took my Surface to lunch Saturday, planning to get some writing done while waiting for Tam. It powered up, I logged on and suddenly the images on the screen started to quiver. After thirty long seconds of that, it stopped -- and only two-thirds of the screen was touch-sensitive! On close inspection, I found two cracks in the top glass.
Windows offers only a replacement Surface 2 RT -- for $360, three times what I paid for mine. I may be able to replace the glass (kits start around $75) but in the meantime, I have ordered a used Surface Pro 2 for considerably less than what they sold for new. I've always been frustrated that the RT won't run the first-draft (Q10) and editing (Scrivener) software I like. (Mind you, if you are comfortable with Microsoft's own set of tools, it's an endearingly competent box.) Pressure from the new models has pushed the prices for older Pro versions from outrageous down to merely annoying. Supposedly, they'll run regular Windows software. I'll be finding out.
The damage was frustrating for another reason -- I had preordered a Qwerkywriter keyboard at a time when overtime had me flush and they've started to ship. It's a genuine mechanical-key keyboard, a kind of distant cousin to the Unicomp (essentially the IBM Model M, from the OEM) I favor, with the aesthetics of a pre-WW II typewriter. It seemed like it might be a nice match to a tablet like the Surface. ...Of course, to use it, you've got to have a Surface, or at least something tablet-y with Bluetooth.
Please, keep the comments clear of brand-name fanboying of the kind that puts down everything that isn't $FAVORED_BRAND. Yes, yours is probably good and way kewl besides and I'm all for you singing its praises -- but putting down Brand M or W doesn't actually make your fave stand any taller. Give a determined pygmy a lightsaber and he can indeed become the tallest fellow in the room -- but he'll still need a ladder to change light bulbs in the chandelier.
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