You'll often find that when a new product or service fails, there's a line of people waiting to say, "I told you so." But despite initially looking like absolute turkeys destined for the trash can, there have been plenty of predicted tech disasters that turned out to be successful. Here are some of the most memorable.
For a first-generation product, the Eve V is remarkably solid. It's especially impressive when you consider its direct competition - the Surface Pro - is well entrenched in the Windows tablet market and known to be an excellent option. From my experience with the Eve V so far, it's not just a great competitor to the Surface Pro: it is a better option in several ways.
Visually, not much has changed with the new Surface Pro. On the inside, however, is where most of Microsoft’s attention has been focused. First reviews are praising Surface Pro's overall execution of the convertible tablet, performance is great, battery life has been noticeably improved, the kickstand is as good as ever, but the differentiating pen and keyboard are not included on the pricey affair that the Surface has become.
The Surface Studio is a gorgeous all-in-one desktop PC sporting a 28-inch touchscreen that also acts as a digitizer and brings supports for the new Surface Dial. This designer-oriented device is meant to change the narrative around Windows, though it comes at a price. Check out what first reviews have to say.
The Surface Book "Performance Base" refresh brings a faster Core i7 CPU, a GTX 965M GPU for twice the graphics performance, and a larger battery. All worthy upgrades on a svelte package that is still very expensive. Reviewers are praising it for what it delivers, except that maybe Microsoft could've waited just a little while longer and ship with Kaby Lake and a Pascal GPU instead.
Over the past few weeks I've been using the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. The name isn't catchy, but there's a lot to like about the hardware in this slim 12-inch Surface competitor, including the AMOLED display and fanless Core M CPU on the inside. Samsung also bundles a keyboard cover with this device, because these sorts of key accessories should be included in the purchase price.