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Microsoft Surface Windows RT

Microsoft Surface Windows RT

from  $249+
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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

 
88
Average user Score
 
90
adh
02.17.16
Convenient for Work or Entertainment, Whichever You Prefer! Over the years, I have owned several laptops and tablets (such as iPads), but I had never had a device that combined the two like the Surface RT does. This tablet is ideal for people who are on the go a lot and do not like the idea of a bulky computer. It is also perfect for people who enjoy the convenience of apps alongside the ability to get work done. The convenient combination of a laptop and a tablet is why the Surface Pro has been the best tablet I have ever owned. Originally, I bought the Surface RT to replace my broken laptop. I will admit that at first I was a little skeptical of completely replacing my computer with a tablet since there was no CD port, but I found that I don’t really need a CD port since almost anything can be found in an app or online. I also found that the advantages of the Surface Pro outweigh any slight inconveniences it may have. As a college student, I take my tablet to every class and use it for both homework and entertainment daily, so it was important that I got a device that could meet my needs. Thankfully, the Surface RT does. Physically, the Surface RT has an ultra slim design that allows it to have a light weight. The keyboard doubles as a cover and can fold back or come off when it is not in use, so there is no need for that bulky case other tablets might have. The back of the tablet has a built in kickstand that allows it to stand upright on its own. The Surface Pro also has a USB port, built in speakers, both front and rear facing cameras, and it has a long battery life. As previously mentioned, the Surface RT is a combination of a tablet and a computer. The tablet side of the Surface RT allows easy touchscreen access to fun apps and games where as the computer side provides access to Microsoft programs such as PowerPoint, Excel, or Word which allows the user to get work done as needed. While working on projects, I have found that the Surface RT is also extremely good at multitasking. It allows you to spit the screen with multiple programs at once so you can work on and view more than one thing at once. If you have something open on a different app, all you have to do is swipe your finger to the right and then it immediately appears on the screen. I found this feature extremely convenient as I often need to look at notes or do some research while writing a paper. Ultimately, looking at a combination of the overall level of convenience, size, quality, features, and price, I have not been able to find any tablet that can compare to the Surface RT. If you find yourself in need of a slim tablet that has the ability to provide both entertainment and a way to get work done efficiently, look no more, the Surface Pro is the perfect tablet for you!
 
50
qsctr
12.16.14
I have used the Surface for almost 2 years now and it is slow. It is very slow now, even after I "refresh" Windows. I will try to reset it to make it faster. It is so laggy now that I can't even run any apps. I also feel bad because I bought it and the keyboard for $599 and now it's $299.
 
80
qsctr
12.16.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
20
dkjfhweh
10.26.14
this product is extremely hard to use. it is slow, doesn't always register touches, and my keyboard broke within the first 3 months of use. overall, a terrible product. i wouldn't suggest buying it. STUDENTS DONT BUY IT!!!!!!!!
 
90
rkarolak
08.29.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
r3alle
01.29.14
Definitely like the tablet, I see great potential if MS can get apps rolling out faster and if they fix how terrible the navigation is on Windows 8
 
80
Chazee
01.15.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
70
vedichymn
01.03.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
80
DrCrayG
12.30.13
Picked the Surface RT up for $225 and couldn't be happier considering the price. Its hard to review because its just a simple addition to the household, that's all. Handy to have and easy to use.It doesn't try to be anything its not.
 
80
BrianKotarski
12.11.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget

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