After 14 months and two postponements, Microsoft is finally shipping the Surface Hub

By midian182
Mar 28, 2016
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  1. Remember Microsoft’s Surface Hub? You’re forgiven if you don’t, considering it was announced way back in January 2015. The gigantic, wall-mounted tablets were originally meant to ship in September last year but were pushed back to January 2016. As this new date approached, the Windows maker decided to postpone the release yet again and put the prices up. But now, almost a year and a half after they were first revealed, the Surface Hub is shipping.

    Unless you’ve got an awful lot of money to spare, you’re unlikely to purchase a Surface Hub. The Windows 10-powered device is essentially designed as all-in-one replacements for conference room equipment such as projectors, webcams, speakerphones, whiteboards, etc. There are two versions available: a 1080p 55-inch model that costs $8999, and an 84-inch 4K Hub priced at $21,999.

    Both Surface Hub models come with Haswell processors; a Core i5 in the 55-inch and an i7 in the larger version. Intel’s HD 4600 or Nvidia’s Quadro K2200 provide the graphics, there’s 128 GB SSD storage, 8 GB RAM, four USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0), 100 points of touch input, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, and gigabit ethernet. You even get digital pens (which are said to be excellent), a dual webcam, and noise-cancelling microphones.

    If you do want a Surface Hub for your company's office, you may want to make sure you pick a sturdy wall to mount it on; the smaller Hub weighs 105 pounds and the 84-inch model is a massive 280 pounds.

    The Hubs may be pretty expensive, especially the larger version, but Microsoft knows a lot of large organizations will be willing to pay this kind of money for a device that can replace so many pieces of office equipment.

    "We are not just releasing a powerful device," Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft devices marketing, wrote in a blog post. "We are releasing a team-empowering solution that will make meetings more productive, modernize workflows, and let people engage with data much better."

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 735   +259

    So... why not just make a monitor that has everything but what a tower can hold? I know that would mean 2 pieces, but it seems a lot more convenient in the long run...
  3. ChuckyDhaBeast

    ChuckyDhaBeast TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    Overpriced and outdated... Great
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    So, they took a computer that's worth $500 at best, plus a TV that's worth about $1700, that's $2,200.

    Then they throw in some Microsoft software in it and multiply price by 10 to cost $22,000.

    Or you could pay an extra $2000 to an IT/hardware specialist who will find everything and install it for you for the nominal price of the components, since that the setup is very simple.

    It seems that Microsoft needs another 14 month to understand their predicament and cancel the product.
  5. Larious

    Larious TS Rookie

    Surface mirror device will turn your flat screen TV into surface hub....$59..LOL
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    Don't act like other companies don't do the exact same thing...
  7. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 794   +216

    The price is probably because it is a 100 point touch screen 84" screen and uses digital pens (same as Surface maybe?). The best I could find is an 84" 10 point touch screen 4K monitor that costs $11,000, even with discounts the price of this thing is very high (way above $2000) so the cost is to cover that. As for the 55" inch what I found is a $2000 6 point touch screen monitor, cheaper but not as good as the one in the Hub. I doubt you could actually build something like this for $2000, well you could but you are not getting the touch capability that the entire team can use which might be a reason for getting it in the first place. Also, remember that prices need to be higher in order to get back R&D costs, usually as close to double the manufacturing cost as possible so yeah, this probably isn't all that overpriced.

    P.S. - The Quadro K2200 this thing can have alone costs over $400, so a $500 computer it is not.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Those are retail prices that are way higher than what it would cost Microsoft ;)
  9. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 810   +246

    But not more than it would cost you to make on your own... got to compare apples to apples...

    Since there really isn't any hardware that's directly comparable, you're better off pricing the stuff it replaces... the teleconferencing hardware/projector/laptop that a company currently employs in its boardroom...
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +461

    So because Microsoft gets it for cheap they will sell cheap? Your logic is not a very good one, the whole idea behind companies is to make proffit.

    Ok going back to the real topic, expensive? Come on, yes it would be expensive for home usage sure but for office usage? Have you seen how much a Cisco video conference system go up to? The hub is almost child work cheap in comparison.
  11. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 794   +216

    Yeah, I didn't try to price that since I don't know business gear well enough so I went for what I know which is the computer parts.

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