Summary: The Surface RT is a great choice for someone looking to stay within the Windows ecosystem without sacrificing portability. While it lacks many of the apps that Windows users take for granted, the Windows Store is growing quickly and Microsoft promises to improve performance with Windows 8.1, which is coming in October 2013.
Conclusion: There you have it, the Microsoft Surface RT. Not the review we’d hoped to write when we first got wind of it. Sadly, the reality is that the tablet isn’t a fully functioning productivity tool it purports to being. The form prevents it from sitting on the lap, so it can’t replace a laptop. The UIs are at odds with one another and the app support isn’t where it needs to be. In its defence, it’s a stonking multimedia tool and casual web browser.
Microsoft Surface: available in the Louisville area
22 November 2013
Excerpt: Surface is the Microsoft tablet /personal computer. Surface is the most economical version of Microsoft's tablet/personal computer line. Also included in the Microsoft tablet/personal computer line is the Surface 2, and the Surface Pro 2. The Surface dimension are 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 in. The touchscreen is 10.6 inches and has a 16.9 widescreen aspect ratio. The touch screen has a 5 point multi-touch durable display.
Excerpt: Recently Microsoft opened a store in the Somerset Mall located Troy Michigan. One of the specials of the day was a Surface RT for $299.00 and a keyboard normally a $129.00 dollar value was included for free. Yes free! Being a lover to technology and having some need for a small portable PC that allows me to do productive work, and with such a bargain in light of the fact this tablet normally starts for 500 without the key board.
Summary: Microsoft's Surface is for people who really need Office in their life -- the combination of kickstand and Touch Cover works well, although Office hasn't been terribly well adapted for a touchscreen. If you don't need Office, you can get higher-performance, less expensive Android tablets.
Pros: Pretty Metro interface; Useful keyboard cover; Office comes pre-installed; Great build quality; Expandable storage.
Cons: Not cheap; Desktop mode is confusing and clunky; Lower-resolution screen than competitors; Office doesn't work brilliantly with touch.
Summary: The Surface Windows RT is Microsoft’s first foray into actually making a personal computer. John Kennedy puts the device through its paces and discovers the software giant kind of has its future sorted.
Microsoft Surface RT review: Innovative tablet stranded in an app desert
30 June 2013
Summary: If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.
Pros: The Microsoft Surface 's Metro interface is innovative, elegant, powerful, and versatile. The tablet feels strong and well-built, runs Office 2013, and includes rich video and music services. Its keyboard cover accessories are the best ways to type on a tablet, period.
Cons: The tablet's performance can be sluggish, its Windows Store is lacking, Metro takes getting used to, and the Desktop interface feels clunky and useless.
Summary: We were thoroughly impressed with the Surface RT and feel that it could fit most users entertainment needs, although you can definitely get some work accomplished with this model too. If you are looking for a pure work tablet with more security features and software applications, you will want to go for the Pro, but for all other needs the RT does a great job.
Pros: Slim & Sleek:, Magnetic Attraction:, Display & Sound:, Plenty of Ports:, Entertainment & Work Central:, Battery Life:
Cons: Takes Some Practice:, Touchy Touch Screen:, Lag Time:
Excerpt: This Microsoft Surface model comes with ARM-based NVidia Tegra 3 processor. In addition, there's also a 10.6-inch HD screen on board, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and 32 or 64 GB of built-in storage.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Microsoft Surface RT Review: Very Nice Design, Some Features Lacking That Could Have Made it Big (Video)
18 March 2013
Conclusion: And now the grades! Microsoft Surface RT gets a 9.5 out of 10 for design, a 9 for the hardware, minus the camera and an 8.3 for the OS and UI, that feels unfinished and incomplete, compared to Windows 8 and other platforms out there. I frankly prefer the ASUS VivoTab RT as a Windows RT device and that’s why this model gets a trade of 8.93 out of 10.
Cons: crappy camera, big size, price tag is kind of big for what it offers, few apps that really appeal to the public, no GPS, no camera flash, initial bugs