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October 16, 2012 • Gear Bits

How Do You Like Microsoft’s First Commercial for ‘Surface’?

Last night while watching a rerun of The Mentalist, a commercial for the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet came on. Clearly the focus is on the design, and in particular the magnetic click-on keyboard/cover, as well as the integrated ‘kickstand’. In fact, that is pretty much ALL you see in the video other than a few touch-gestures to make it clear this is a tablet device, and someone tapping to start a video and to end the commercial. Oh, and a user interface paradigm NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT (i.e. Windows 8, only tech folks have a clue about it yet).

For me it is somewhat reminiscent of the iPod ‘Bounce’ commercial … but instead of an established market-leading product, we have an unidentified product doing something that reminds me of taking a Smart Cover on and off over and over again as if THAT is some sort of ‘feature’. No features, no specs, no actual use, no pricing … nothing.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

UPDATE: After I wrote this Microsoft announced pricing – $499 for 32GB base unit without keyboard, $599 for 32GB WITH keyboard, and $699 for 64GB with keyboard, all WiFi based. My initial reaction is that pricing isn’t so high as to be a non-starter, but it is high enough to kill ‘impulse buys’. For me that means Microsoft needs to do better than ‘iPod Commercials’ to get traction.

2 Responses to " How Do You Like Microsoft’s First Commercial for ‘Surface’? "

  1. It reminds me of the first commercials for, I think it was Infinity. If you remember them, there were just showed the ocean and crashing waves and so on; nothing about the car at all. (As Dave Barry wrote, “What was it? A submarine car?”)

    Sometimes I think these ad people get too clever for their own good. But I have noticed that Microsoft commercials are kinda, well, lame. There’s another one that I’ve seen online quite a few times for Microsoft networks; it just makes my eyes roll.

  2. Doug Miller says:

    I’m not sure it’s that effective, but might be a good first ad for a campaign that will have more showing what the device actually does.

    However, I am afraid for Microsoft that most people watching that ad will think that it’s an ad for a cool new keyboard cover for Apple’s iPad.

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