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Microsoft Starts Taking Orders For An $8,400 Table PC

by Emily Price | November 19, 2011November 19, 2011 8:00 am PST

In the market for a new table? How about a table that is also a computer?

10 months after its initial introduction, Microsoft is now accepting pre-orders for its second-generation table PC. The computer, SUR40, was debuted earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas.

The table uses a flat-screen panel made by Samsung that has 2 million built-in sensors to pick up visible or infrared light. The screen can’t do some as sophisticated as read a fingerprint, but it can tell the difference between two people based on the size of their fingers. You can check out a video of the table in action here.

The SUR40 is geared towards businesses, and its $8,400 price tag keeps it out of reach (and possibly desire) for many consumers.

What do you think? I’m picturing an epic game of Angry Birds, or sitting the family down to play a game of digital Monopoly on one of these. What sorts of uses could you see for the SUR40 if it was affordable enough for average consumers?


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...