Wednesday, May 30, 2007

BBC: Microsoft Surface

Its cool, a computer built into a table top display. Takes us right back to the days of Pacman cocktail cabinet video games.

I am not sure about the packaging though, I like my 30" HP monitor but surely a 42" display is what you would want for the table format even if that meant sacrificing resolution, accepting 1920x1080 rather than the 2560x1600 the best 30" monitors can show.

Eventually we will see 60" plus drafting table format displays. So far my experience with the 30" is that more desktop real estate is better. Whether 60" will be a mainstream or a niche market has yet to be determined.

One possible outcome is that cinemas and high end home theatre settles on an ultra-high definition TV format such as 4K or UHDTV, 4K is 4096x2160 which at 100dpi would make a 46" desktop monitor - probably the usable limit. UHDTV is 7680x4320 which would be fine for a 88" wall mounted cinema display.

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