Another Surface survives car impact and still keeps on ticking

Last week we reported on a man in Los Angeles who had bought the new Surface tablet from Microsoft, which continued to work even as it tumbled off the roof of his car after he accidentally placed the tablet in that location. Now, yet another owner of the Surface reports that he had the same thing happen to him on Saturday, and the Surface kept on working.

Rob Waldhauser of Kingsville, Maryland posted up his account on the WPCentral.com forums. Basically, he left the 64GB version of the tablet on top of his car and then started driving to work. A few minutes later, he noticed that the Surface was not next to him in the car and realized what he had done. He doubled backed down his route and found the Surface on the side of the road.

That's what things got ... interesting. Rob writes that before he was able to reach the Surface, a car came by. As he states:

The tire of the car ran completely over the Surface and next thing I saw was my brand new $700 tablet and touch cover flying through the air in separate directions! My heart jumped, and so did I! I jumped out of my car and ran across the street to first grab the tablet, then the Surface, and then my phone which of course fell out of my lap during all this. I jumped back in my car just before 60 mph traffic made its way to me!

While there were some scratches and pieces of the case that had chipped off, the screen was undamaged and, yes. the Surface itself was in full working order even after that ordeal. Rob states:

The Surface feels completely sturdy, exactly like how I got it. Everything works in it, even the touch cover (which got a slight tear in it) works completely fine! Microsoft has made such an incredible product, I am completely speechless how this could happen!

The lesson of this story? People really, really need to stop leaving their tablets on top of their cars! Oh, and the Surface is very well made.

Via: Winsyde.com
Source: WPCentral.com forums | Image via Rob Waldhauser

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Left my Playbook on top of my car one time and drove off, didn't realize until I was home 30 minutes later, and then it started to rain, so I didn't bother going back. The next day someone at work sent me a message on our internal IM saying he found it. Met up with him and unfortunately it barely had a scuff.

See I said this was a design flaw and that we would see more reports of this tablet falling off of a car roof.
Nobody believed me, they all said I was nuts

Teebor said,
See I said this was a design flaw and that we would see more reports of this tablet falling off of a car roof.
Nobody believed me, they all said I was nuts

Microsoft should put a big magnet on the back of it to protect these people better!

I left my phone on top of my trunk once, I started to drive away and remember I left it on my trunk. I couldn't find it, went home and did the locate my phone thing. It says it was on a street near where I live. I looked and looked for it but no luck. At least it was insured and I got a new one and it's a better one, but poor phone.

Scutley said,
I left my phone on top of my trunk once, I started to drive away and remember I left it on my trunk. I couldn't find it, went home and did the locate my phone thing. It says it was on a street near where I live. I looked and looked for it but no luck. At least it was insured and I got a new one and it's a better one, but poor phone.
I feel bad for saying this, but I kept reading your post and expecting a happy ending. Unfortunately, it never really arrived.

my cat knocked my surface off of the my bedside table to the slate floor.. just a nick like the picture above but about 10 percent of the size

Jose_49 said,
So this confirms that Microsoft never made the surface... Nokia did

I disagree, because the news says "Another Surface survives car.." and not "Another car survives Surface impact". :-P

Years ago when the first Unibody Macbook Pro came out, I got it and a month later I was a passenger in a car. My friend spun out of control into oncoming traffic on the highway and we hit another car head on. The car was totaled, My head smashed into the laptop screen which then impacted with the airbag and bent around the airbag. After the dust had settled I got out of the car with my laptop in hand still ticking away. The lid assembly warped around the airbag but the screen didn't crack and the laptop didn't miss a beat.

Now we'll see a lot of people buying the Surface to use on their car bumpers instead of airbags inside incase they get into any car collisions.

Just cuz no ones heard of other devices being run over doesn't mean that Surface is the most durable device on the planet. I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.

LUTZIFER said,
Just cuz no ones heard of other devices being run over doesn't mean that Surface is the most durable device on the planet. I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.

cool story.

LUTZIFER said,
Just cuz no ones heard of other devices being run over doesn't mean that Surface is the most durable device on the planet. I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.

Who said it was the most durable device on the planet? It's well made, as the article states. I'm sure we can all agree that an ultrabook that can't match a tablet is a piece of sh*t, so it better be able to survive such a thing.

LUTZIFER said,
Just cuz no ones heard of other devices being run over doesn't mean that Surface is the most durable device on the planet. I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.

I ran over a Nokia 3310 with my car once. It cost about $6500 to repair the damage to my car.

LUTZIFER said,
Just cuz no ones heard of other devices being run over doesn't mean that Surface is the most durable device on the planet. I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.


The thin aluminum in your ultrabook would completely crumple and compress under the weight of the car crushing and shattering the electronics inside.

LUTZIFER said,
Just cuz no ones heard of other devices being run over doesn't mean that Surface is the most durable device on the planet. I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.

So?

LUTZIFER said,
I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.

No. No it wouldn't. It's made of aluminum.

LUTZIFER said,
Just cuz no ones heard of other devices being run over doesn't mean that Surface is the most durable device on the planet. I bet my ASUS Ultrabook would stand up better, but I ain't retarded enough to try it.

Moving parts--also known as the hinges on a laptop--tend to give in situations when there is a reason to give, such as the extreme stress put on it by the weight of a car. This is one of the many reasons that mobile computing has been moving away from all moving parts, including spinning disk-based hard drives. That and power consumption.

It may still work afterward, but I highly doubt it.

Haha it's good that it withstands it, shows the products a lot more durable than anything else released in the last 10 years or so, but the guy's done it twice now! He's a bit of an idiot

n_K said,
Haha it's good that it withstands it, shows the products a lot more durable than anything else released in the last 10 years or so, but the guy's done it twice now! He's a bit of an idiot

Actually this happened to 2 different people.

wolftail said,

Actually this happened to 2 different people.

Right you are, I missed 'another' in 'Now, yet another owner '

n_K said,
Haha it's good that it withstands it, shows the products a lot more durable than anything else released in the last 10 years or so, but the guy's done it twice now! He's a bit of an idiot

I've only done it once with my surface! I will say though I've done it before with pasta, pizza, drinks, textbooks, and multiple cell phones! lol

wolftail said,
Seems a bit suspicious. Could be a marketing stunt... but I really hope that's not the case.

Don't think so..I chatted with this guy via Twitter so he could give me his name and location

wolftail said,
Seems a bit suspicious. Could be a marketing stunt... but I really hope that's not the case.

Hi all! Just letting you know I am in noo way affiliated with Microsoft or anything like that! Just a very very lucky guy! Haha Now if Microsoft wants to give me a free surface for sharing my wonderful experience... well I certainly won't stop them!

John Callaham said,

Don't think so..I chatted with this guy via Twitter so he could give me his name and location

Now that's called professional journalism!

Rob Waldhauser said,

Hi all! Just letting you know I am in noo way affiliated with Microsoft or anything like that! Just a very very lucky guy! Haha Now if Microsoft wants to give me a free surface for sharing my wonderful experience... well I certainly won't stop them!


You would have been lucky if you didn't drop it in the first place.

Vlad Vilver said,
Then it peels away after 10min of use. What a crappy publicity stunt, just as crappy as the cheap device nobody buys.

Except it appears that it is the black model which doesn't suffer from the "peel".

wolftail said,
Seems a bit suspicious. Could be a marketing stunt... but I really hope that's not the case.

Why can't you buy case cover for protection? Gggrrr...

jjkusaf said,

Except it appears that it is the black model which doesn't suffer from the "peel".


Eh, I have the black keyboard, and my keyboard did peel. With that said, I just took it to my MS Store and they replaced it without question, but the guy was noticeably surprised, and not because it was the black keyboard; neither he nor the manager he asked had seen the issue before on any other Touch Covers, which suggests to me that it's a bit more sensational rather than a serious epidemic that they are facing.