My family’s new Microsoft Surface — the one that I convinced my wife to buy instead of an iPad — arrived this morning via FedEx. I haven’t had much time to spend setting it up and using it as I’d like, but I made sure to document the ceremonial unboxing and first bootup in the office.

In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be posting about our efforts to incorporate this new device into our lives, and also sharing my family’s reaction. My first goal this weekend is to get the new Xbox SmartGlass app working with our Xbox 360 in the living room, because that was one of the selling points of Windows 8 for me. But the big test, over time, will be whether the Surface makes my wife forget about the fact that she had wanted an iPad.

In the meantime, here are pictures showing the unboxing, plus quick video highlights of the first bootup.

Follow-upMicrosoft Surface Day 2: Setting up our new ‘iPad’


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  • Christopher Budd

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Question: how does the keyboard attach?

    • Todd Bishop

      It’s pretty slick — it’s magnetic, with a six pin connector. Not as impressed with the power connector.

      • Christopher Budd

        The power connector: still the kind that will bring the unit flying if you catch it on your foot.

        I don’t get why PC makers haven’t copied Apple’s quick release power connector. It’s old technology now and every time I trip on a PC power cord I get angry that we’re still dealing with this (long-time) solved problem.

        • VHMP01

          Yes, its been used on Chinese Crockery for a very long time, why don’t PC Makers use it too?

  • Guest

    I like the little tips at bootup. Reminds me of many vidgames that display helpful tips whilst a scene is loading.

  • Extended Results, In

    I got my Surface today and am very impressed and happy with it. I think the thing that impressed me most is my Windows 8 settings from my laptop sync’d to my Surface RT. I barely had to do anything.

    I could be selling my iPad soon….

  • Chris Pirillo

    Maybe I got a dud Surface? Dropped frames, sluggish performance across the board. Great hardware, but I need the software to work well with it. :) Might return it after unboxing live on YouTube last night – waiting for a long-lasting, lightweight $499 Windows 8 Pro touchscreen system, instead.

    • T

      Same issue here. I’m going to return mine for another and see if I just got a dud unit.

    • Michael Hazell

      I am waiting for the Windows 8 Pro Surface tablet as well, so we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.

      Do you have a link to your YouTube video? I haven’t gotten a chance to sign into YouTube to see my subscriptions (I have subscribed to you).

      • Chris Pirillo

        I don’t wanna spam up the thread. :)

        It’s really subjective. Some people won’t see a problem. Others will.

        This might be a better machine for devs; if you can get your app to run smoothly on WinRT, it should have no problem on faster devices.
        Still waiting for a hack for 8 or RT wherein I can kill all of the Desktop on touchscreens, though. Know of one?

        • Michael Hazell

          @pirillo:disqus ? Spam? Oh never! :P I tried watching the video yesterday, but I kept getting an error after the ad was done playing.

          As for what you are saying, Windows RT is so new right now that it will be at least a short period of time before hackers find the first holes, and release software along the lines that you are asking for. Hope this helps.

    • JimmyFal

      Find the start button ok? Yes some glitches in the software department. I’m guessing there comes a time when you better get it out the door and fix the software later. At this point MS can’t wait to perfect it anymore, get it out the door. What I really want to know is can folks purchase returned Surfaces as cheaper “refurbs”?

  • Michael Hazell

    If anyone who works at Microsoft is reading this, I am asking for someone to send me a Surface so I can review it for my tech site, Techman’s World. I would love to review products, but I don’t have the money to do so. I am also interested in how good the surface is. Though I am more interested in looking into the Surface Pro, but it doesn’t matter.

    But as far as the current surface goes, I wonder how it will sell.

  • Michael Hazell

    So when can we see a video review?

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