Surface Hub 2 further leverages synergies, enhances collaboration

The classic whiteboard is a ubiquitous fixture of conference and boardrooms in modern offices. It's been around a while, though—long enough that it seems like it's about time for a change. Microsoft enjoyed some success in entering the “digital whiteboard” space once with the Surface Hub, but the hardware's high price and limited availability kept it from enjoying widespread success outside of high-end boardrooms. Now the company is improving the formula with the smaller, sleeker Surface Hub 2.

If you forgot or missed the original Surface Hub, it was an all-in-one computer with a large multi-touch display intended for wall-mounting. Business users could use it for collaborative creation or for life-size videoconferencing. The new model is much thinner than the original and includes 4K video cameras, integrated speakers, and far-field mic arrays to improve the telepresence experience. 

Presumably, the Surface Hub 2 is also faster than the original version, although Microsoft isn't talking specs at this time. Along those lines, the company vaguely describes the screen resolution of the Surface Hub as “4K+.” We do know that the Hub 2's display will come in the usual Surface 3:2 aspect ratio.

Where the original Surface Hub came in 55″ and 84″ versions, the Surface Hub 2 is a 50.5″ display with a dynamic rotation feature. You can also link up to four Surface Hub 2s into one giant touch-capable display. Microsoft has partnered up with Steelcase to provide a line of rolling stands and rotation-capable mounts for the Surface Hub 2.

In the blog post, Microsoft says it will be testing the Surface Hub 2 with “select commercial customers.” We'd reckon that being one of the “more than 5000 customers” who bought the original Surface Hub is a good way to get fast-tracked into said tests. Us mere mortals will be able to buy one of the big displays in 2019, but keep your wallet fat if you're after one. While Microsoft didn't say how much the Surface Hub 2 will cost, the last-generation models went for $9,000 and $22,000 depending on size.

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    • moose17145
    • 2 years ago

    I am honestly having a hard time seeing what this does that a Whiteboard + Projector combo cannot do for significantly less money.

    Honestly, I think I would rather just have a whiteboard wall…

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 years ago

      They’ve bought 2 of the interactive projectors (for $2500/ea) here at work and I hate ’em. Give me a regular projector and a whiteboard and I’m good to go.

        • moose17145
        • 2 years ago

        ^^This. So very much this.

        Heck if you really wanna go old school we could even bust out the overhead projector and transparencies!

        I really am having a harder and harder time understanding the corporate landscape anymore when it comes to weird conference room gadgets like this. As much as I love technology, I sometimes look at stuff like this and just go “uhmmmm… and what was wrong with the older, and likely more efficient way of doing things?”

    • sweatshopking
    • 2 years ago

    Surprisingly the original was supply constrained and they had to close and then open a new larger factory to meet demand. I thought this original one would have bombed given the cost, but it seems to have done very well.

      • Redocbew
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, there must have been some reason why they made another one. The sale of only 5,000 units would usually be an abysmal failure for a company the size of Microsoft, but the PR from stories like this is probably worth just as much to them as the product its self.

        • rxc6
        • 2 years ago

        5000 customers != 5000 units. Reading comprehension fail.

          • Redocbew
          • 2 years ago

          Right, because if you’re going to buy one you might as well buy one thousand.

    • nico1982
    • 2 years ago

    I just have to deceiv… ehrm, convice my boss that this is the perfect replacement for the kanban board.

      • Wirko
      • 2 years ago

      A white board and 100 old 4″ smartphones beat that. I’m just not sure what’s the most elegant way to make the phones stick to the board.

        • Redocbew
        • 2 years ago

        Velcro. It has to be velcro. You could use duct tape, but then it wouldn’t be reconfigurable, and you’d miss the velcro tearing noise when doing it.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 years ago

      I’d be very curious to see your kanban board. We’re always looking for better ways to do things here.

    • Growler
    • 2 years ago

    Does this help with doing the needful? Sometimes, around here, leveraging synergies isn’t one of our core competencies.

      • Captain Ned
      • 2 years ago

      Like this??

      [url<]https://youtu.be/GyV_UG60dD4[/url<]

      • Redocbew
      • 2 years ago

      Your mental image of “doing the needful” must have been very different than mine.

      However, if that is one of your core competencies, then I salute you sir.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]leverages synergies[/quote<] You should have posted a picture of Roy Rogers's horse because I'm TRIGGERED.

      • EzioAs
      • 2 years ago

      I thought only the kids today gets triggered that easily. Are you younger than you sound, Chuck !?

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        I’m ancient, but I make sure I’m no square by wearing groovy clothes and learning how to keep up with the hip crowd at being offended by everything!

          • tay
          • 2 years ago

          Haha!! You say some crazy stuff here…

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 2 years ago

          Are you saying you’re so hip that you have difficulty seeing over your pelvis (ala Z.B.)?

      • the
      • 2 years ago

      Like a boss.

      • uni-mitation
      • 2 years ago

      Step aside, you joker, pretender! You can’t touch the [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyV_UG60dD4<] legend [/url<], the one, el mero mero numero uno! uni-mitation

        • willmore
        • 2 years ago

        This is funnier: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oht9AEq1798[/url<]

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          that is verifiably false.

        • Mr Bill
        • 2 years ago

        (+3)That is awesome, can’t think how I’ve never seen that before!

    • kvndoom
    • 2 years ago

    That headline made me think I was reading Dilbert.

      • strangerguy
      • 2 years ago

      No mention of cloud, AI, machine learning or blockchain.

      -1/10 would not recommend this product.

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