Twisty Laptops, Bendy Phones: Microsoft’s Many Plans in Design
MC: We’ll talk about all of the display options today.
LG: Sige lang.
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MC: Hello, everyone. Welcome to Gadget Lab, I’m Michael Calore, a veteran editor of WIRED.
LG: And I’m Lauren Goode, an old WIRED writer. And this week I’m podcasting from Casey Newton’s Closet.
MC: Hello, Casey.
LG: It’s not really her closet, it’s just her apartment. Thanks, Casey.
MC: We’re also with by far the latest products and WIRED review writer, Brenda Stoylar. Welcome, Brenda.
Brenda stoylar: Hello Thank you for me.
LG: You are the inauguration Gadget Lab. Very glad you were there.
The BS: Thanks. Yes, I’m excited to do it.
MC: We’re deep into what’s here at WIRED called hardware time fool. Last week, Apple announced a bunch of new things, this week, Microsoft took over. In a splashy live stream on Wednesday, the company detailed some of the upcoming hardware drops. We saw new face computers, a weird laptop with a flippy screen, an update to the Surface Duo, the dual screen, phone, foldable, mobile thing. OK, well, sure it’s a phone, but we can get the Duo ahead of the show. First, we want to discuss all the new hardware in more detail. Now, Brenda and Lauren, you two have a chance to report on something new at Microsoft this week. So, let’s start with you, Brenda, of the many faces you’ve seen, which place is the most strange?
The BS: OK ra. So, I thought about this question for a while. Now, 24 hours, I think this point. And I know we’ll talk about the Surface Duo 2 later, but I just have to say, that’s something I thought about. I don’t know if I’m going to deny it, because of how it was last season. I know there were rumors, I know we saw it coming, but I remember I was walking into the demo area, that was the first I saw and I was like, “OK, we’re doing this, here that and we all act like before that didn’t happen. We just keep going. “And so, yes, I think I just saw it personally, in my brain, I was like,” They tried, Microsoft tried. “
But then, the other thing I have to say, is Service Laptop Studio, which I know Lauren, you’ll also talk about, but I think it’s nice to see something completely different, a new one. category, so to speak, I think, in their lineup, because all in all, we all know there have been some upgrades to the existing models. So, it’s refreshing to see something new every year that changes.
LG: What’s really new about Surface Laptop Studio? Try to explain it to us. And I loved it long ago, because Brenda, you saw it a few hours before I saw it in East Coast time. And then, I saw, the latter day in Pacific time. And you go back to the newsroom, the virtual newsroom, and you try to explain it through Slack. And we were all like, “What does this thing do?” And you
MC: Wait, so what does it have? Where is-
LG: Wait, where will the screen go? Yes So, tell us about it.
The BS: OK ra. And I didn’t know it was so hard to explain until I explained it. And I feel, maybe I’m speaking another language too, because I’m like, “I see it in my brain, but I don’t know if verbal explanation works.” OK, so at first glance, it will look like a regular laptop. You have your screen, you have your keys, your keyboard and your touch pad. And then, behind the display are two hinges. And whatever you do, you can move the display towards you. So, it’s important that the hinge almost splits the display and lets you move it towards you. So, you can put it in three different modes. As such, there is a laptop mode, touchpad keyboard, there is a stage mode, which will allow you to place the display, move it towards you, so you can watch movies, more comfortable, it is on a slant.