surface booth babes

It’s finally here! I had a sneak peak at the ultra-light Microsoft Surface RT during the Windows 8 launch in Singapore last year and was very impressed by it. It’s a thin, sleek and amazingly crafted device functions and both a tablet and laptop!

surface rt launch party

The Surface RT Launch Party was held in Publika on the 25th of April.

microsoft surface

There was a lot of people lining up to be the first in Malaysia to own one of these babies.

tablet made into skateboard

There’s even a custom-built skateboard from a Microsoft Surface device! Carlos Lacerda, the Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia came on stage on one of these to deliver his speech.

tablet skateboard

They basically turned a Surface into a skateboard. Check it out! It’s incredible! :)

elecoldxhot

There was also a performance by a dance crew Elecoldxhot featuring Surface devices. I’ve seen them before and they really hyped up the crowd at the launch.

danny ong

Danny Ong, the Chief Marketing and Operations Officer gave a demonstration of the capabilities of the Surface RT device.

mizz nina surface launch

Mizz Nina also came on-stage to do an impressive choreographed song and dance routine.

mizz nina windows surface

She is also an early adopter of the Surface and told us how using it has allowed her to write songs, review contracts and proposals while keeping in touch with her fans on social media and playing games at the same time!

surface launch

Everyone had a chance to check out the Surface in detail at the demonstration booths all around. It’s really quite impressive and loaded with cool features!

Full size USB port
There’s a full size USB port on the Surface (as in the tablet, not the top – lame joke) which allows you to connect to all sorts of devices. You can plug in anything from a thumb drive to external card readers for your digital camera memory card.
MicroSD slot
The Surface also has a microSD slot so you can expand the memory of the device or transfer files. It’s a feature that is lacking in a lot of other tablets, and a very important one.
HD video-out
It also had a HD video-out port so you can connect it to a large screen television to to show off your vacation photos at home to friends or present a slideshow during a business meeting. It’s the ports on the Surface that makes it so versatile.

surface rt

Touch Cover / Type Cover
There are two options for the Surface device:

  • Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colors and comes with a slim, spill-resistant keyboard
  • Type Cover combines the speed and comfort of a classic keyboard with a super-thin classic keyboard

Unlike other tablets which are not designed to be a hybrid, the Surface does not require third party or aftermarket keyboards to turn it into a notebook. The laptop functionality is built natively into the tablet – the two types of covers comes with an magnetically attached keyboard! There’s a kickstand on the tablet that allows you to use it like how you’ll use a regular laptop.

surface office apps

Surface starts at RM 1,549 and comes with Windows RT – a touch operating system that allows you to have the full Windows experience that you’re used to. There’s Live Tiles and you can download the apps you want from Windows Store. Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT is also included so you can get all your work done as you would with a regular laptop! I was really impressed by it.

surface skateboard

(and also the Surface tablet custom made into a skateboard)

surface owners

Serious. Fun. Starts. Meet Surface.

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12 Responses to “Surface RT Launch Party”

  1. Skateboard? Seriously? LOL

    • Yup! :)

      I thought that was very creative of them – turning the Surface tablet into a skateboard *and* it still works after the MD skated in.

  2. My jaws dropped on seeing the skateboard. Very innovative invention and this aroused my interest now as I am a heavy user of internet gadgets daily – smartphone, PC, lap top and iPad.

    Did you get one home to skate too?

    • Yeah, I thought the Surface made into a skateboard was very cool too! :)

      It’s a very attention grabbing thing to do, that one. Nice launch gimmick.

      Same here, huge gadget fan too. It’s a daily fact of life for most people nowadays, technology being so ingrained and part of our daily routine.

      Unfortunately, that was a custom built Surface RT tablet, the skateboard version isn’t for sale. :D

  3. Me so jakun, can’t make out what this is all about. Some kind of keyboard for use with an ipad or a notebook?

    • Haha! I remember you saying just having the bare basics in a phone will do for you. ;)

      The Surface is a tablet – sorta, it’s a hybrid that uses its magnetically attached cover (which features a keyboard) to turn it into a laptop/notebook!

      With the full size USB port (essential if you want a device to have full laptop capabilities) it’s practically a laptop when you attach the cover (with a classic keyboard!) but without the cover, you can carry it lighter and use it like a tablet.

      I thought that was very nifty! :D

    • i feel very jakun too O.o

      • Haha! No worries, the tablet – notebook/laptop hybrid is relatively new. :)

        …so is the phablet (phone/tablet) come to think of it.

  4. you were there that night? didn’t see you around.

  5. oh interesting, but i’ll stick to my laptop :P

    • Yeah, but it’ll be awesome to travel with this though! :)

      Imagine, carrying a lightweight tablet that can convert into a laptop with a keyboard and a USB port instead of lugging around a notebook.

      I’ll love this for bringing around on my travels.

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