Summary: Microsoft Surface is certainly the most impressive Windows RT tablet - not bad for a software company. Sadly though, unless you’re desperately seeking a tablet with built-in typing skills, it’s just lacking too many apps, and too expensive to make it worth your attention, sandwiched in between the iPad mini and an Ultrabook or MacBook Air as it is. For now, anyway: Windows RT is here to stay, and there’s still tons of potential in it.
Microsoft Surface review: prepare for disappointment
8 March 2014
Excerpt: Two things instantly irk me with Microsoft’s Surface, Windows RT version, the exceedingly sexy tablet/laptop/whatever. Firstly, the viewing angle when used as a laptop is shite. It’s angled too steeply, and my eyesight suffered accordingly. Secondly, the Touch keyboard is a waste, and I instantly swapped to the traditional Type keyboard for some reprieve. I’ve written the full review directly on the Surface, so excuse me if my bitterness overflows more than usual.
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.
Pros: Great Hardware, Innovative Design and Features, Can be used for content consumption and creation, Office included
Cons: Relatively Few Apps in Windows Store, Questionable Pricing, Faces stiff competition, Slow to initially launch apps
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.