Microsoft plunks a 17-foot-tall Surface tablet down in London's Trafalgar Square

Visitors can walk up to the oversized Surface with its 27-foot screen and stomp on the attached jumbo keyboard

Image credit: The Verge.

Image credit: The Verge.

Who says tablet marketing isn't any fun?

The latest advertising spectacle in that arena, according to The Verge, is a gigantic Surface in London's Trafalgar Square, with a roughly 383-inch display. Visitors can walk up to the oversized Surface and stomp on the attached jumbo keyboard to interact with apps.

It's all powered by an actual Surface 2, connected via USB and Micro-HDMI.

Microsoft has also been painting ads onto buildings in various U.S cities, and is continuing its massive TV ad campaign. A wide-ranging deal with the NFL even gets the Surface logo slapped onto the review booths officials use to judge close plays.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is quietly trying to unload the old Surface Pro as it loudly celebrates its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets.

Discounts!

The original Surface Pro now has a second US$100 discount off its original pricing of US$899 and up. If you're in the United States or Canada, you can now snag a 64GB Surface Pro for US$699 or a 128GB model for US$799.

Engadget reports that the offer will run through the end of the year, or possibly when supplies run out.

Keep in mind that the Surface Pro 2 offers much better battery life than the original Surface Pro--75 percent, Microsoft promises--and it's slightly more powerful thanks to Intel's 4th-generation Core i5 processor. As with the Windows RT-based Surface 2, the Pro 2 also includes a two-stage kickstand that makes the device easier to use in your lap.

Microsoft is downplaying the deal on the original Surface Pro, as it's not even being advertised on the Surface landing page. But, as "Jumbo Surface" in London shows, the company isn't holding back on marketing for its newer devices and the original Surface RT (now simply dubbed "Surface").

Does any of this tempt you to buy?

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags marketingMicrosofthardware systemstabletsSurfaceindustry verticals

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jared Newman

TechHive (US)
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?