The Surface Dial is the tool that will replace mouse usage

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read
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The recent Windows 10 Event revealed a Microsoft that wants to revolutionize personal computing with its latest innovations. This event focused mainly on the new members of the Surface family: the Surface Studio, Surface Book i7 and the Surface Dial.

The Surface Dial is a completely new way to interact with technology. The tool is specifically designed for the Surface Studio and offers easy access to shortcuts, controls, drawing tools, and more. Using the Surface Dial is very intuitive: users click and hold the Surface Dial to display a radial menu of tools, making it easier and faster to do the things they love.

With just a single turn, users can undo each individual line of a drawing, change pencil color or brush size, scrub through video content, rotate 3D vectors and more.

Check out the video below to see the Surface Dial in action:

Other features include:

  • Adjust the volume on your favorite Spotify track
  • Scroll through articles on your favorite news websites without touching your keyboard or mouse
  • Fly through your local city in Windows Maps, zooming in and out whilst panning across the touchscreen with your fingers.

We think that the Surface Dial is the beginning of the end for mouse usage, at least for Surface Studio users. The tool can be used to perform many actions traditionally performed by a mouse. Of course, when it comes to gaming, mouse control is essential but you never know what the future may hold.

The fact that the Surface Dial can be put on the desk and used to interact with content displayed on the Surface Studio qualifies it as a mouse replacement. Moreover, this unique peripheral is also compatible with the Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Book.

What do you think about the new Surface Dial? Would you choose this magic puck over your conventional mouse?

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