The new device is considerably sleeker, lighter and more attractive, with more changes under the hood.
With a single model available now, the display has changed from a 55 Full HD or 85 inch 4K display to a 50 inch 4K display in the Hub 2s.
The shape of the screen has changed from the widescreen 16:9 format typically used by TVs to the taller 3:2 aspect ratio used by other Surface devices. For Surface users, that means no more black bars on either side of the image when projecting. For other devices with widescreen displays, expect to see small bars top and bottom.
Unlike the early promo videos, the Surface Hub 2s is designed for landscape use. There will be a further model coming soon that supports the portrait to landscape screen swivel.
The device now uses a single 4K camera in place of the earlier model's twin 1080p camera setup (which switched between cameras based on where the Surface Hub Whiteboard user was standing). Given the camera is used more often for video calling over Whiteboard use, we see a single high quality camera as a useful improvement.
The 50 inch Surface Hub 2s (above) weighs 28kg versus the original 55 inch at 48kg (below). This makes installation much easier, while enabling greater mobility with the optional stand. The original 85 inch version weighs in at a fairly staggering 127kg, excluding stand.
New optional stand
A new optional Surface Roam stand has been designed by Steelcase.
Weighing in at a total of 57kg, the Surface Hub 2s + Steelcase Roam is much lighter than the original 100kg 55 inch Surface Hub + Microsoft Rolling Stand. One person should be able to move the Surface Hub 2s without problems where previously a team effort was required.
New battery option
If optioned with the APC Charge battery, the Hub 2s can be unplugged and moved between rooms without powering down or closing apps - good for teams and projects in modern workplaces. The APC Charge can power the device for around 100 minutes, so we recommend plugging-in to a wall socket for long sessions.
By comparison, the first generation models required powering off before moving.
How does it measure up?
We regard these changes, along with the lower price as significant improvements.
Go to www.laptop.co.nz/surface-hub-2s where we have assembled a library of Introduction and How-To videos, plus device specifications.
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