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
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.
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
Summary: The Surface with Windows RT proves that Microsoft can beat its own partners on hardware. Between the build quality, kickstand, and truly innovative Touch Cover, this is a tablet whose design and fresh interface will turn heads away from the iPad. But for how long? For a flagship product with a premium price, Microsoft compromises on too many things by including poor cameras, weak speakers, slow internal memory and a screen that, while better than most, isn't as good as...
Pros: Striking industrial design, Innovative Touch Cover, Sharp display, Microsoft Office included, Long battery life
Cons: Few high-quality apps available for now, Poor-quality cameras, Sluggish and unresponsive at times
Excerpt: Usability and convenience are at your fingertips with this modern tablet PC featuring a kickstand on the back enabling the device to sit up and become hands-free. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 runs the Windows 8.1 operating system. Office Home is preinstalled, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Windows Mail and more keeping you productive at the office. The operating system allows you an easy transition from one application to the next.
Pros: The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 runs Windows 8.1, a kickstand, and has plenty of storage and RAM for multitasking.
Cons: Downloading third-party apps isn't an option with the Surface.
Excerpt: The Microsoft Surface is one of the most exciting products to be released in recent memory. It enters the mobile space at a time when we’re not sure what to call anything anymore. Laptops are taking on touchscreens; iPads are being used as points-of-sale; notebooks are being mistaken for tablets; and hybrids are the new
Conclusion: The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT bridges the distance between tablet and laptop for many users, particularly if you use the Web or Microsoft Office constantly. The Surface has very good hardware and some innovative design, but Microsoft Office RT is the killer app that comes to the Surface and makes it shine.
Pros: Comes with a full version of Office 2013 (Home and Student). Good battery life. MicroSDXC slot. USB 2.0 port. Compact. Includes Touch Cover. Touch Cover sleeps and wakes the tablet. Micro-HDMI port. No fans. "Always connected." Dual band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz).
Cons: Kickstand assist only on left face. Only one angle on kickstand. Requires flat surface to use with Touch and Type covers. Speakers are very soft. Few apps on Microsoft's Store. Not compatible with existing Windows 7 and XP programs. Proprietary charger port.