iFixit have been able to get their hands on the new Microsoft Surface Dial hardware and in true iFixit fashion have completely dismantled it to reveal its inner workings to the world.
Recently unveiled by Microsoft the Surface Dial has been created to be used in conjunction with their new fantastic looking Microsoft Surface Studio desktop PC which is equipped with a touchscreen display, which can be tilted and used in a similar way to you would an old school drawing board, which has been brought up to date with plenty of digital technology.
During the Surface Dial teardown iFixit made the following conclusions about the Bluetooth 4.0 LE input device which they awarded a repair ability score of just 4/10 with 10 being the easiest to repair :
– You can swap in ordinary rechargeable AAA batteries in seconds with no tools.
– While it is durable, and repairs are unlikely, the components most likely to fail can’t be replaced without damaging the device.
– Haptic vibration motor is cemented down with some spectacularly tough glue.
– You won’t be servicing anything here without a guide and courage enough to drill out the plastic plug guarding the single, well-hidden access point.
Microsoft explains little more about the functionality of its Surface Dial.
Whether it’s placed on your desk or directly on the screen, Surface Dial helps you create in a way that’s natural, ergonomic, and keeps you in the flow. To try it, put your Surface Studio in Studio Mode (flat down), select the ruler in Windows Ink Workspace, and then place Surface Dial on the screen. The ruler snaps to the position of Surface Dial wherever you place it. Turn Surface Dial to rotate the ruler.
The way the options appear on the screen will look a little different depending on whether your Surface Dial is on your desk or on the display, but they work in the same way: press down to see the tools, and rotate to select the one you want.
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