I’m not going to lie: Microsoft’s Surface Reliability Lab team looks like they have the best tech jobs ever. Just this week we got wind of Steven Sinofsky (President of the Windows and the Windows Live divisions of the company) skateboarding with a Surface RT tablet on wheels. Today the Reliability Lab posted a drop test for the Surface with Windows RT from 30 inches (2.5 feet), or desk height, onto a hard wood floor.
Unfortunately the forty-one second video doesn’t show us the result of the drop test. There’s no telling how the screen fared from this vertical drop, but we do know that the tablet was “still recording” after it fell. The tablet looked to have dropped on its front if the reflection in the glass is anything to go by.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the Surface survived the modest drop. For one thing, the surface’s glass screen is made from corning’s Gorilla Glass 2. For another, if it can survive the total weight of Sinofsky, it can withstand the forces involved in a 2.5 feet drop. It’s been through worse. In addition, they posted the video to YouTube. It wouldn’t make much sense to brag about a failed drop. That said, they could have at least shown an after shot.
Given all the hype about the Surface’s durability, it will be interesting to see how it fares in drop tests outside of Microsoft’s labs. It’s not that we suspect the big M of showing preferential treatment to their prodigal tablet (they’d never do that), but the drop testers on the rest of YouTube are ruthless. If the Surface has a breaking point, they’ll find it.
What do you think is the lowest height that can crack the surface of the Surface? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.