Summary: The Microsoft Surface is no minor thing to review, especially when you consider the stakes for this product. The tablet / laptop hybrid — which was announced at a surprise event in Los Angeles back in June — is not just a unique product in the market, it's also the first of its kind for Microsoft. The company's foray into designing and building its own hardware is not exactly unheard of, but competing directly with partners on PCs certainly is.
Pros: Ambitious new software, Solidly made, handsome hardware, Full Office suite with no compromise, Excellent battery life
Cons: Performance is hit or miss, Weak ecosystem, Buggy software, Doesn't live up to hybrid promise
Microsoft Surface RT review: the first Microsoft tablet
12 March 2013
Excerpt: We had to exercise some patience before we were able to get out hands on one, but it's finally here. Today we are taking a closer look at the Microsoft Surface RT, and we are eager to find out what their interpretation is of the tablet phenomenon.
Summary: In many aspects, the Surface RT works flawlessly. It has a solid build quality, an amazing display, a clear set of speakers and a great touch cover accessory. Yes, it’s a bit chunky — but what other device out there can run Microsoft Office and has a full-size USB port? Besides the tablet itself is actually just the same thickness as the iPad 3.
Summary: The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is, unquestionably, the best Windows tablet on the market. Microsoft has really set the bar for all of its hardware manufacturers, hopefully paving the way for a whole slew of compelling devices in the coming months and years.
Summary: PC? Tablet? A Different Approach. Microsoft calls its long-awaited tablet Surface a PC: the first PC from Redmond. We extensively tested the tablet and Windows 8 RT and found that this device truly is a PC, and a very exciting one at that.
Pros: Bright display with good contrast, Very good workmanship, Low temperature emissions, Intuitive interface, Touch cover increases productivity, The good display and the fluid interface.
Cons: External monitors require an adapter which has to be purchased separately, Display only has a HD-ready resolution, Performance can be further increased, A higher resolution and a lighter case.
Excerpt: The Good - Extremely well made and designed - An innovative take on mobile computing - Outstanding multitasking capability - Excellent for mobile productivity - Office included at no extra cost - High-quality display The Bad - Weak app selection on launch - Aspects of the UI are not intuitive - Tegra 3 processor is at its limit in this application - Touch Cover is cool, but not particularly functional - Not as capable as Windows 8 The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT...
Pros: - Extremely well made and designed - An innovative take on mobile computing - Outstanding multitasking capability - Excellent for mobile productivity - Office included at no extra cost - High-quality display
Cons: - Weak app selection on launch - Aspects of the UI are not intuitive - Tegra 3 processor is at its limit in this application - Touch Cover is cool, but not particularly functional - Not as capable as Windows 8
Conclusion: Microsoft's Surface comes to market with a healthy list of positives. The hardware looks and feels fantastic, the kickstand is unique, the USB port is more useful than you'd think, performance is good, and the software has a lot of promise. But these positives don't make Surface fundamentally better than the competition.
Excerpt: It's Halloween 2012, and Apple just might be spooked. Microsoft released their new Surface tablet on Friday and its bag of treats pose a scary threat to the . I recently bought a Surface and have been testing it out for the past few days. Below is my review of the Surface based on my experience so far. The Surface is unique in that it is designed and engineered by Microsoft.
Summary: The Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 RT ($499.99) represents an important step in Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market. While it does not even try to win the “specification” war, it is important to note that it has a unique value-proposition for those who are interested by using a tablet for productivity purposes, and who like to manage files and setting within a known Windows environment.