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New Microsoft video gives a glimpse of its secret Surface torture lab

When Microsoft first announced its Surface line of tablets, they made a big deal of how its VaporMG case and Gorilla Glass display made them more durable than other tablets on the market. Some owners of the Surface later showed how the tablet still worked even after falling off the top of a moving car.

Today, Microsoft released a new video that shows where the Surface tablets, and other Microsoft hardware products, are put through the wringer in a series of torture tests. The location for all of this mayhem is the Microsoft Reliability Lab and it is apparently one of the most secret places on the Microsoft campus at Redmond. Indeed, the glimpse outside the lab's building makes it look like a run down warehouse than a high tech testing center.

The video also shows a little of what goes inside the lab. Microsoft has between 3,000 to 3,500 different tests it can put a hardware device through, and the video shows Surface tablets being dropped, exposed to extreme temperatures and more. Our favorite test in the video shows a group of Surface tablets arranged as if they were bowling pins and then hit by a real bowling ball. In addition to Surface, the Reliability Lab also tests other Microsoft hardware products, including the Xbox console.

Source: Microsoft on YouTube

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