Microsoft does not advertise any of its Surface hardware lines as bulletproof or even bulletproof. Even so, one Surface Book owner claims he saved his life after a stray ball was fired from a nearby apartment in the 2-in-1
My laptop literally saved my life … Somebody shot through the floor in my apartment building
Shoutout to the surface book @Microsoft @MicrosoftHelps pic.twitter.com/cQYwtTY9hb
– Aaron (@itsExtreme_) October 10, 2020
It’s hard to tell what happened in the photo, and no one at Review Geek is an expert on forensic ballistics. But @itsExtreme_ (who walks past Aaron) says the bullet got through the floor into his apartment. That would mean it would then get jammed through the tablet’s laptop’s removable bottom, through the touchpad (note the broken glass), and finally in the screen’s impact-resistant Gorilla glass. Presumably it was closed at that time and the loose ball was caught between.
A commenter on Twitter provided a speculative and entertaining explanation:
For all the “genius” CSI experts who think you have to be on your laptop to be saved.
I am presenting the “Bit of a Angle” theory. pic.twitter.com/SA7BrmcVPM
– Nigel Auchterlounie (@spleenal) October 12, 2020
Aaron says he called the police and apparently it was an accidental fire rather than a more violent incident. Still, it’s wonderful that the only victim was a beautiful laptop. Hopefully the person in charge needs to provide some explanations to the local authorities. Even in the United States, it is generally considered bad to accidentally shoot a gun into a neighbor’s house.
Aaron could get a happy ending from the harrowing experience. Among hundreds of responses to his tweet last week, the official Microsoft Store account asked him for a direct message. Maybe they’ll hook it up with a newer, less perforated surface book.