surface desktop


Will Microsoft every come out with a surface desktop?

Not the all in one. Just the tower itself.

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14 responses to “surface desktop”

  1. hrlngrv

    What would MSFT gain from doing so while annoying OEMs? How would MSFT distinguish their box with ports from OEM boxes with ports?

  2. Jhambi

    Besides gamers, who buys this form factor anymore?. Most business have switched to laptop/docking station.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to Jhambi:

      Maybe for exempt positions. Not for nonexempt positions where I work, though the 'towers' are now not much larger than a stuffed 3-ring binder rather than a suitcase.

    • Daekar

      In reply to Jhambi:

      IT where I work only give out laptops/Surfaces to those who must have the portability. Everybody else gets small or mid-towers with very nice Core i7s in them. No point in dealing with lower capability, docking stations, and battery issues and all the other junk that comes with portability.

      Also makes it a lot easier for IT to fix problems with machines if they occur... same reason I still build traditional towers even as my PC gaming as decreased in favor of consoles.

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to Jhambi:

      We like them better? Personally I like the flexibility, the price/power balance, the ability to have a large display, and more. Plus, I can get used boxes for under $200 and outfit them with RAM, SSDs, and video that rival current high-end systems for half the cost.

      • curtisspendlove

        In reply to jimchamplin:

        Agreed. For certain tasks / workloads it’s nice to just know you have full power, extra thermal room, and can let the machine go full bore for extended timeframes.

        • jimchamplin

          In reply to curtisspendlove:

          Definitely. There’s definitely a longevity advantage. Not just because of better thermals, but also the ability to swap parts. When a SATA SSD isn’t fast enough, there’s a spare slot to put a PCI slot. Video card lagging? Swap it out. More storage? Not a problem. Want more RAM? Great! Cram it in.

          Do that with one of these glued-together slates. Dare ya! ?

    • Lordbaal

      In reply to Jhambi:

      Towers are easier to fix. You can go to the store, or online and have that part that day, or in a couple days.

      Compared to having to send it someplace to get it fixed. Have to go and buy a box, if you threw the box it came in away.

      You can be without it for weeks.

      Instead of fixing it yourself and being out of service for a few hours, to a few days.

  3. jimchamplin

    Sadly, as much as this is still a valid style of system for a lot of us, it’s lost the glitz and appeal with both the buyers but more importantly the sellers.

    They don’t want you to have anything so ugly and bulky and big. They really do know best for you and have decided that you need some ultrabook with a pitiful keyboard and a minuscule screen. You also don’t need the “complication” of upgrades and they know you really just want a glued-together thing that’s “thin and sexy” and you don’t care about a huge display and a $150 mechanical keyboard or having seven hard disks or 128GB of RAM...

    Why would anyone want that? That isn’t THIN!!!

    OMFG THIN!!!!

    Also if you don’t buy some glued together trash, you don’t have to come buy a new glued-together nightmare in three years!


  4. curtisspendlove

    I don’t think a tower would fit the “surface” brand.

    There’s really no Surface on a tower. I don’t see them coming out with a Sufrace Monitor.

    :: shrug ::

  5. StevenLayton

    If Windows is now focusing on productivity, and if there is any way to make a desktop more productive, then maybe an argument could be made. Though I personally don’t think MS would do so.

    How could a desktop be made ‘better’ at interacting with Microsoft 365? I loved the idea of a modular desktop, like the HP Slice, and was tempted to buy one a while ago simply because it looked great, but then decided it wasn’t a good enough reason to buy one. Is that still a thing?

  6. wunderbar

    I won't say that has a zero percent chance of happening, but it's definitely the number immediately above zero.

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