In a specialized artistic application, however, the Dial becomes far more useful. As a massive tablet, reclined in a way that gives the artist full access to a digital painting, fumbling with a keyboard shortcut or control panel is a chore. In that sense, the Dial smooths out the workflow and keeps the artist’s attention focused on their creation.
That’s a pretty limited niche, however. I think it’s fair to say that most Surface users rarely touch the Surface Pen, and even fewer will use the Dial. But I also expect that Microsoft’s odd little hockey puck will probably attract a cult following.
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