Surface Pro 3 and Windows Hybrids: What Microsoft and Tech Writers Can Learn From Hegel

It is, to say the least, quite annoying to see tech journalists and pundits struggling on deciding what to call the Surface Pro line of…devices? – is it a tablet or a laptop? And, having been unable to resolve the dispute, sidelining the product as being good on neither account. And, they aren’t the only ones at fault. Microsoft, as well, hasn’t really provided one, coherent answer to the problem. If only someone had read something about idealism – or even Marxism…

A brief explanation of Hegel’s Dialectic Idealism, then? Simply put, his ideas refer to a thesis, its reaction – an antithesis – and how this conflict is resolved through synthesis, how two opposing forces collide and neither is left afterwards; instead, they are both assimilated into the synthesis of a new entity, comprising of elements from both of the previous objects.

We see a very similar scenario in the tech industry¬†today. The power and productivity value of the laptop/desktop versus the extreme mobility and battery life of the tablet. What the Surface represents is the last stage, synthesis, the sublime divination that destroys both the laptop and the tablet and produces something new, something unique. So, no, its not a tablet and nor is it a tablet – and, as such, it has to be neither a good tablet nor a good laptop. It has to be a good amalgamation of those two form factors and, while hasn’t still hit the mark quite yet, it’s certainly come quite close.


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