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Microsoft Surface Academic Pricing

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    GoddersUK

    Microsoft are offering academic pricing (£133, UK link, for US GIYF, for other countries I don't know if this is being done) on the Surface RT to universities which they're allowed to pass on to their students. Thought it may be of interest to some here. Definitely considering taking a trip down to departmental IT to see if I can take advantage of this.

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    Dr Herbie

    Also of interest to students is that Surface RT should work with a capacitive stylus -- which I didn't realise until I read it yesterday -- to improve note taking and annotation.  I ordered a stylus, so I may report back on how well it goes after it arrives in the post.

    Herbie

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    Ian2

    @Dr Herbie:That is interesting - I have an ASUS RT device, I wonder if that works with a stylus as well?

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    kettch

    @Ian2:With a capacitive stylus, yes. A capacitive stylus is basically a small magnet inside a rubber nub.

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    giovanni

    @Dr Herbie: I bought the Wacom Bamboo Stylus for this purpose and it works so poorly, I don't even remember where I left it (my fingers are more accurate!).

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    Dr Herbie

    @giovanni: I'll report back when it arrives at the end of the week (hopefully).  It was only £10, so if it doesn't work I'll let my kids have it for playing with.

    Herbie

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    Ian2

    OK, for what it is worth the pen that comes with the Lenovo Touchpad 2 does not work with the ASUS Vivobook RT device.   (Not really a problem though)

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    giovanni

    @Dr Herbie: Did you get the pen? I am interested if it works well for you. Thanks

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    Dr Herbie

    @giovanni: Apparently it's just been dispatched; not too impressed with the delivery so far.  With a bit of luck it'll arrive on Monday.

    Herbie

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    Dr Herbie

    Bumpety-bump ...

    So the stylus does work on the surface, but it doesn't seem great for handwriting.  The problem is that the rubber 'nib' is actually larger than I expected (4 or 5mm) and rather than being relatively solid (but still squishy) as I was expecting, it appears to be filled with air and is therefore too soft for my liking. I guess they're making it large to replicate a sort of pressure sensor to the magnet distance can be varied.  It means that if you don't keep pressure in it properly then the line drawing for handwriting recognition gets fragmented as it will often stop registering for a fraction of a second and therefore part of the letter written will be missing.

    Perhaps with time I'll get used to it and/or it will 'wear in' and be less fractious.

    For general use it's fine, and works well with painting and drawing programs.  

    Herbie

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    kettch

    @Dr Herbie: I haven't seen anything similar for W8 yet, but at work the iPad app that some people use (Notability I think) basically requires you to write in huge letters on a zoomed surface so that it's legible at normal zoom.

    I've been thinking about getting something like this for my wife, since she's also been down the eraser-head route.

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