72
Engadget
Score
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review

Summary

Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT is a great tablet for those who need a strong dose of productivity with their mobility.

from $219.18+
Pros
  • Impressive build quality
  • Bright display with low glare
  • Solid performance and battery life
  • Full-sized USB port
  • Touch Cover enables fast text input
Cons
  • Limited app selection
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review

When Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablets with a flashy, top secret Los Angeles event, it didn't just mark the beginning of a new (and utterly critical) phase for the history of the company. It marked the repurposing of a name that was already quite familiar to us -- though in the guise of a big table. That device lives on as PixelSense, thus putting a period at the end of one definition of the word, a definition Microsoft kindly requests we put behind us as we move on to something that is wholly different.

This new Surface device could be said to relate more closely to the active form of the word in question. That is, the verb: to rise up -- for something to appear that was not there before. It's a very apt definition for what Microsoft is doing, attempting to go from zero to hero on the tablet hardware front in just one shot. Is this, the Surface for Windows RT, good enough to erase decades of mediocre touchscreen Windows devices? Will it help Microsoft and its latest operating systems float up to the top of the tablet hierarchy? Your answers lie just below the break.

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Scores

Engadget

72
 

Breakdown

Features
7.7
Durability
7.9
Ease of use
6.6
Portability (size / weight)
7.2
Battery life
7.9
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Specs

Surface

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Windows
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour
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Specs

Surface

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Windows
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to8.5 hour
View Full Specs
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