So, Microsoft has added a new member to their Surface family. The product name is the Surface Laptop, it is priced at $999. Now that price puts it in the premium bracket competing with the MacBook Air directly. But I feel it’s a better bur than the MBAir, unless Apple gives us a new improved version. Anyway, this new addition to the line will be available June 15th. Now, some say that Microsoft is trying to get back into the classroom with this machine. Currently, Google is found in a lot of school districts with the Chromebook, based on it’s cheaper price (around $200 per unit). Microsoft is making a configuration of the laptop for schools that is priced at approximately $189. Now, with this configuration of the machine it will a reworked version of Windows 10. This is the new operating system from Microsoft is called Windows 10S, basically it is for the classroom. I’m disappointed that Microsoft didn’t include a USB type-C port. All things aside I really like the new model and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. But I have recently went out and bought a new laptop already the Dell XPS 15. So, as of right now I’m not in the market for a new laptop. Although, I always love in tech. I am still waiting to see if there is a new Surface Pro 5 on the horizon. Pre-orders are available here, until then I will be rock the Surface 3.
Hey fellow otakus, so I’m preparing for the upcoming convention season. This year has kicked off for me already with the “Black Comic Book Festival” in Harlem, NY. Just in case you haven’t checked out our coverage of this event, have a look here. Now, the next event I plan on covering will be either Wonder-con or C2E2. Honestly, I would like to cover both (fingers crossed), but mostly I will be attending C2E2 in Chicago. Right now, I don’t have my plan of attack set in stone, but I have a solid month to get things in order. This time BigL will be joining me in Chicago for C2E2, barring unforeseen circumstances. Aside from the cons, I will be hitting the film festival market hard in preparations for my upcoming film. I’m still in the early stages of the film. So, my first film will be a documentary. I will have more details coming though out the year. Finally, I’m really looking forward to Microsoft’s announcement of the Surface Pro 5 and possible Surface 5. Currently, I’m working with the Surface 3 as my primary computer. I love the Surface PC line since the Pro 3. Truth be told I will buy the Surface Pro 5 regardless. Even if they don’t change anything between this and the Pro 4. Plus I’m not one of those I have to upgrade every six months to a year consumers. The only reason why I would is if there is a significant upgrade like the HTC M7 to the HTC M8, yes I made that switch lol. But, two years ago we talked about the Surface Pro 3 on the show and on this website. I can’t wait to see what they have in store and with that said I will end it here, “for otaku by otaku” thanks for reading.
So, as some of you are aware, OA owns two forms of drone tech. We own the Yuneec Breeze 4K and the DJI OSMO handheld and are in the market for a commercial grade. Yes, the OSMO isn’t technically a drone but the tech is similar to their drone counterpart. Let us first state by no means are we experts in the field of drones but we have used the two we have, so we do have enough experience to comment on this subject.
Now, let me say drones are really fun to play with, but can be really expensive. Every time I crash my heart stops a little (lol), but it reasonable to feel this way since, there can be a lot of money freefalling to the ground or into a body of water. Yes, you could purchase those toy drones and they can be a great start into the world. But, in order to get the full effect, toy drones just won’t cut it. The commercial grade drones learning curve are quite steep, it’s not like flying a fully automated or RC drone. Those of you thinking about buying a drone for business purposes, I would hold off on that. Mainly because there are some hidden issues like, registration (based on the state you live in), cost of upkeep, learning curve, and manpower are a few that come to mind. Although, I think it can be a worthwhile addition to video production.
But, the main question is, are the mainstream consumer ready to go out and buy one. I say no, because for one I think the industry doesn’t know what it wants to be. The drone market consists of two types (in my opinion) Toy and Commercial. The toy side is inundated with companies trying to make a quick buck. Take CES, there is a huge section of toy types but DJI and Yuneec are the only real true players in the market. Most of these drone markers won’t be around by next year, let alone the next 5 or 10 years. Yes, there are some that are trying to be innovative but, it seems to many of them are gimmicky as a whole. Plus, I would like to see a third company just into the commercial market before I come to a conclusion. So, as of are now I side we as consumers are not ready, but soon we will be just like 4K and VR. Oh, btw there is a professional drone racing league (DRL) that can be seen on ESPN and Sky Sports. Let’s hope this becomes just as big as e-sports………fingers crossed!!!