Not a surprise at this point, and actually looks pretty decent, even if it doesn’t have an
Esc key (good thing we can remap
Caps Lock now, right?).
The keyboard is a bit weird, though. I love the detail of placing an USB-C charging port into the hinge itself, but the mechanical aspects of turning the thing into a stand make it… interesting.
But it looks quite distinct from a Surface Pro, and I’m guessing that was part of the point.
I think it’s going to be massively appealing for regular users, but without software improvements that allow for such things as self-hosted development (a point that has been rising in prominence among the technical crowd as lower hanging fruit was fixed over the years), it’s not likely to really replace laptops for quite a few people.
And, lo and behold, we’re finally going to be able to use existing Apple mice and trackpads (at least the 2.0 revisions). That’s going to be interesting.
Update: Revision 1 mice and trackpads cannot use gestures, which is sad. I’m using a Microsoft Arc Mouse without any issues other than being unable to scroll horizontally.