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  • Recommended by TR

Summary

Our Score

8/10

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They say that the best designs are the simple ones and this was fast becoming my experience with the surfACE. Let me give you another example: you’ll notice its top is drilled with holes. Not only does this mean you can screw in the aluminium columns anywhere and create some really customised designs to suit your own needs (try a tripod design or check out the crazy shot below from edgeBLUR’s website) but they also double up as air vents, letting the heat disperse naturally from around the laptop.



This latter point has the quadruple benefit of (1.) Keeping the laptop cooler so (2.) the fan comes on less, (3.) the battery then lasts longer and (4.) there is less noise emission. The increase in battery life isn’t massive (I got about 20 minutes more on average with my 350 minute double battery fitted laptop), but the reduction in decibels was more than welcome.

It was also nice to become reacquainted with my mouse. Since a laptop has largely taken over from the desktop as my main workhorse I’d not used a mouse in a while and I had forgotten what a joy they are compared to a touchpad. I can be a bit of a gamer too so the advantages for me were obvious.

Now up to this point this is a pretty glowing review and I have to admit the surfACE itself is fabulous, but there’s a but and it’s a big one. Acrylic, aluminium, thoughtful design… I bet you can guess already? Yes, it’s the price and it’s horrendous.

£110.62 including VAT and free delivery (it would have to be!) and this is after edgeBLUR has setup its own UK delivery distribution centre since we covered it in March. Consequently, I am forced to divide potential customers into two categories: those who NEED it and those who would LIKE it.



Like an expensive car stereo system for a long distance commuter or a £350 graphics card for a hardcore gamer, if you will make use of the surfACE everyday for a decent period of time I say sprint out and get one. Your thighs with thank you in ways you couldn’t imagine and abandoning the touchpad will result in similar rewards from your wrist. The surfACE is simply one of the best designed computer peripherals I have seen.

For the rest of you, I guess you can make up your own minds, but I can think of many better ways to spend £110.62 than exchanging it for something that is going to gather dust in a cupboard.

Verdict

This is the Aston Martin of laptop stands, suggesting every positive and negative connotation this analogy conjures. Riyad recently had a similar experience with Apple’s 30in Cinema Display and like him I can’t not recommend this product as it does its job too well. I now own a surfACE myself and I couldn’t live without it, if you could, I advise you don’t join me.

Update 28.07.2005:
Edgeblur has dropped the price of the surfACE significantly. The clear acrylic model (seen here) now retails for $119, with the translucent white varient coming in at $115. At those prices you should definitely check em out.

Our Score

8/10
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