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.
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.
Conclusion: I’ve really enjoyed using the Surface RT. It is one of the best-designed tablets on the market and performs so admirably that it’s convinced me that Windows RT has a serious shot at drawing an audience in the tablet world. The operating system still has a long way to go before it feels like a fluid and finished experience – especially the classic Windows 7 style desktop – but, like Never Never Land, the Surface sometimes makes you forget.
Pros: Incredible design and feel, Magnetic TypeCover rocks, Runs Windows RT faster than other tablets, Kickstand works wonderfully, Durable hardware, Made me enjoy Windows RT
Cons: Legacy desktop is slow and difficult to navigate with touch, Currently lacking solid app selection, Lacking a good tutorial, Price is too high