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    I am really impressed with the video capibilities of the Surface RT. I hooked up a micro HDMI cable (did not need the microsoft adapter) from the Surface RT to my 52 inch HDTV. I decided to send output only to my TV and I got a 1920x1080 "modern UI". I also connected a USB mouse since the touch screen was blank in this configuration. Netflix looked great and ran without a pause or stutter. The battery was barely used after a 90 minute HD TV show; I guess it helps with the screen off. I have also been able to play 1080p 8000 kbps local video (.wmv) without a problem and it looks really good. Hoping we will see support for more video formats in the future.
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    Yup, just picked up a micro usb to hdmi, I saw that gaming video and was LIKE OMFG I WANT TO DO THAT TOO! This thing just impresses me everyday its awesome!
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    Can you hook the rt to a 1080p tv and use the surface screen like say a touch remote? Like mirroring images? I know I can on my 720p tv but I'm getting a new tv and just wondering....
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    I was shocked to. Just got a surface RT and grabbed my old Xoom Mini HDMI cable and watched a Netflix movie. Works just as good as my iPad or my Roku box
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    Within theory I should have a Surface RT by the end of MWC! Can't wait to output to a 1080p monitor.
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    Is there any media player that supports .mkv files playback? mobile.HD and PowerDVD Mobile are not quite ideal, and I have lots of video files in .mkv format, such video playback is a must to me.
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    Yxplayer wp8 but its gotten only 6 reviews and at one star. I'd probably stay away from it. Its also $2.99
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    Just tried Yxplayer, it performs terrible when playing mkv files, the screen scatters a lot, and it also lags , I don't recommend this app.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroplanetz View Post
    Can you hook the rt to a 1080p tv and use the surface screen like say a touch remote? Like mirroring images? I know I can on my 720p tv but I'm getting a new tv and just wondering....
    Was there an answer to this?
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    From my experience with my 1080p monitor, the answer is no. You can mirror the image but the second screen will use the Surface's native resolution and not the native resolution of the monitor. You can choose to use the second screen only and then you have the option of full 1080p but you also can't use the touchscreen because the Surface's screen is off. The best thing to do is to grab a USB or Bluetooth mouse. Then you can either dual screen or just use the second screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeyCori View Post
    From my experience with my 1080p monitor, the answer is no. You can mirror the image but the second screen will use the Surface's native resolution and not the native resolution of the monitor. You can choose to use the second screen only and then you have the option of full 1080p but you also can't use the touchscreen because the Surface's screen is off. The best thing to do is to grab a USB or Bluetooth mouse. Then you can either dual screen or just use the second screen.
    Do you think there could be a hack work around for this? Or is it more a hardware thing? It kinda sucks not being able to mirror it. For metro side that is.
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    I think it's more of a hardware thing. Even though the hardware can output to 1080p, the Surface is 1366 x 768 no matter what you do. Any mirrored image is gonna output to the lower resolution. Maybe there's a software hack available but I've never seen it. On the plus side, using a mouse isn't that bad. And if you connect via an Xbox then you can use smartglass as a full fledged remote.
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    I play emulators SNES on my tv with a gaming controller and its amazing, do that iPad!!! Oh yeah and I also have the messaging app snapped to the right so I am chatting with friends while playing......true multitasking.

    The Surface RT is truly and amazing tablet, to me its the best, and I had an iPad, and a nexus 7, which I loved and are also great. But the surface is just perfect! I can't amazing what the Surface 2 will be like!!! :) 1080p + Tegra 4 please? :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroplanetz View Post
    Do you think there could be a hack work around for this? Or is it more a hardware thing? It kinda sucks not being able to mirror it. For metro side that is.
    It is a physics problem. You can only mirror exact copies.
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    It is a physics problem. You can only mirror exact copies.
    I guess I'm just having a hard time understanding why the tv can't display a 720p quality screen if its a 1080p resolution? That would fix the issue right there.
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    When I hook up to my TV, I go into desktop, settings and then increase the res to 1080p on the second screen.
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    so it can be done in desktop mode but not in metro interface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdangcil View Post
    so it can be done in desktop mode but not in metro interface.
    I'm barely in desktop mode. I want need metro mode ability. For mirroring on a 1080p tv.
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