Surprisingly the Surface solves the famed 'Gorilla arm' problem

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  1. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    As I'm editing a word document in a Starbucks somewhere, I'm realizing that using the touch screen for scrolling and cursor placement is remarkably effortless. This is surprising, because it is well-known that using touch on a vertical screen quickly leads to fatigue, known as the Gorilla arm problem.

    Turns out, the kickstand design of the Surface solves this problem almost completely. The kick stand is rigid enough that a user can rest his hand on the top of the screen while using his thumb to reach most parts of the touch screen. On touch laptops this would lead to tilting back of the screen, but on the Surface (as long as it's on solid ground) the screen stays rock solid.

    So Congratulations Microsoft, you (accidentally?) did it!


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    Lol, it was clear that the kickstand would prevent the "display" to tilt back... but I didn't realize that actually would help when resting your hand on it.. Hmm :)
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    I have to admit that I can also rest my arm on the table (who'd have thought!) but for longer scroll sessions I find myself doing the 'resting on the edge' thing regularly. Such a nice angular edge too, perfect for arm hanging.
     
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    Pianomanos Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Now if it could only solve my "Gorilla Brain" problem...
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Scroll down for a relevant picture I took on a Starbucks terrace.
     
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    Nippero Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hah well ****... I didnt even think about that being a problem with normal laptops since the SP2 is my first touch screen laptop.

    It even supports my massive arm (im 210lbs) in the first kickstand position without dropping into the second position.

    Very nice.
     
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    Proof that it works:

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