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Microsoft Surface Windows RT

Microsoft Surface Windows RT

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72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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

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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
72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

72
 

User Reviews

90
adh
Convenient for Work or Entertainment, Whichever You Prefer! Over the years,...read more
50
qsctr
I have used the Surface for almost 2 years now and it is slow. It is very slow...read more
80
qsctr
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
74
Average Critic Score
 
70
SlashGear
The Surface team has cribbed some of Apple’s notorious attention to detail and applied it with its own spin, and the result is a well-constructed slate with legitimately useful design elements like the kickstand. ... Windows RT will undoubtedly prove the sticking point.
 
70
Engadget
Where does this one rate? Very well -- but very differently. While those devices are primarily targeted at content-hungry consumers, the Surface is a slate upon which you can get some serious work done, and do so comfortably. You can't always say that of the competition.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
The Surface and its innovative Touch Cover proves that Microsoft can make hardware to rival the iPad, but the app ecosystem needs to catch up.
 
70
TechCrunch
The Surface RT is a product of unfortunate timing. The hardware is great. The Type Cover turns it into a small convertible tablet powered by a promising OS in Windows RT. That said, there are simply more mature options available right now.
 
80
CNET
If you're an early adopter willing forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.
 
70
ABC News
The Surface is full of potential, but until its software performance and apps are as strong as its hardware, I, unfortunately, will still drag both a laptop and an iPad through security.
 
50
Gizmodo
Should you buy it? No. The Surface, with an obligatory Touch Cover, is $600. That's a lot of money. Especially given that it's no laptop replacement, no matter how it looks or what Microsoft says. It's a tablet-plus, priced right alongside the iPad and in most ways inferior.
 
80
PC Mag
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.
 
80
BGR
The faster Microsoft can get developers on board, the better — and the early days will be slow-going in some respects as a result of this lack of apps. But even as it stands today, the Surface provides a terrific experience right out of the box and it will only get better over time.
 
70
Ars Technica
The Surface is a nice tablet. The design and aesthetic are pleasing, the feel in the hands, particularly of the kickstand and magnetic cover connection is excellent. But is it worth buying on the day of release?

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