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Microsoft Surface (Windows RT 8.0, 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 524 reviews of Microsoft Surface (Windows RT 8.0, 2012). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The screen and performance also get good feedback. Many are critical about the connectivity and camera.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface (Windows RT 8.0, 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface (Windows RT 8.0, 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Microsoft Surface (Windows RT 8.0, 2012) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.co.uk.

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 32gb with Black Touch CoverMicrosoft Surface 32gb with Black Touch Cover

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface (Windows RT 8.0, 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Microsoft Surface (Windows RT 8.0, 2012) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The price and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the durability and performance.

usability, portability, price, size, reliability

performance, durability

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 64GB TabletMicrosoft Surface 64GB Tablet

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Microsoft Surface review: Ripples of change

 

Having powered anything from personal media players to enterprise servers, Redmond once again has a little something to call its own. It must wish it's bigger than the Xbox and sure hopes no one remembers the Kin phone.

10.6" ClearType HD LCD touchscreen, 1366 x 768 pixels ; Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity with Wi-Fi Direct ; Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 chipset ; 2 GB of RAM ; ULP GeForce GPU ; Windows 8 RT with SkyDrive support and activation ; Standard...

Windows RT works with Windows Store apps only ; Heavier than most 10-inch tablets ; Quite awkward to use in portrait ; Proprietary connector for charging ; Touch Cover build materials are extremely poor and the keyboard does not make for a good typing...

Microsoft like being pushed, it seems. No other explanation of how well it did with the Surface considering the pressure pot of high stakes and overwhelming expectations. It didn't take its eyes off the target either, knowing (though hardly enjoying...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Dial

 

The Microsoft Surface Dial may not add essential functionality, but it's a satisfying and futuristic-feeling controller that amplifies the Surface Studio's features.

Intuitive, clever design. Streamlines tool selection and menu navigation. Works with the Microsoft Surface Studio and other Windows 10 devices.

Slides down the screen when untouched. Not many programs with advanced Dial integration yet.

There isn't a lot of software with Dial integration right now, but the foundation and potential are there, with a few choice options to start. The Dial isn't essential, but it has enough genuine use that I think it adds value to the Surface Studio...

Apr, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Book

 

The innovative Microsoft Surface Book offers comfortable ergonomics, a big, beautiful screen, more than 15 hours of battery life, and the power to make short work of everyday and multimedia tasks. It's the first premium detachable-hybrid tablet to earn...

Versatile detachable-hybrid design. Light and comfortable to use in Tablet mode. Constructed of premium materials. Brilliant 3,000-by-2,000-pixel display. Electrically actuated mechanical latch. More than 15 hours of battery life in testing. No bloatware.

Versatile detachable-hybrid design. Light and comfortable to use in Tablet mode. Constructed of premium materials. Brilliant 3,000-by-2,000-pixel display. Electrically actuated mechanical latch. More than 15 hours of battery life in testing. No...

Conclusion The Microsoft Surface Book compares well with the best premium laptops we've seen, with the added feature of a detachable screen. Sure, the dynamic fulcrum hinge can be a bit fussy, but it solves more problems than it creates. This system's...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface review

 

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...

Ambitious new software ; Solidly made, handsome hardware ; Full Office suite with no compromise ; Excellent battery life

Performance is hit or miss ; Weak ecosystem ; Buggy software ; Doesn't live up to hybrid promise

Instead of being no-compromise, it often feels like more-compromise

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

 

The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT bridges the gap between tablets and laptops, and the included Microsoft Office RT is what makes it all shine.

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...

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...

The Surface improves on the iPad (and most Android tablets) by having more I/O ports. A full sized laptop will of course have more ports, but the Surface comes with a full-sized USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a micro HDMI port. Microsoft calls it...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface review

 

Microsoft Surface is the best productivity tablet yet, and it had better be. As the only Microsoft-branded Windows RT hardware to launch with the new operating system (Windows 8 launches this week as well), the tablet serves as ambassador and flagship...

The Microsoft Surface 's Metro interface is innovative, elegant, powerful, and versatile. The tablet feels strong and well-built, runs Office 2013, and includes rich video and music services. Its keyboard cover accessories are the best ways to type on...

The tablet's performance can be sluggish, its Windows Store is lacking, Metro takes getting used to, and the Desktop interface feels clunky and useless.

If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Mathew Honan (wired.com)

Microsoft Surface

 

Microsoft's Surface is an exciting piece of hardware. In some ways better than a laptop or an iPad, in some ways worse, it's proof that Redmond is intent on taking the tablet someplace entirely new and different.

Fast to charge, slow to die. Amazingly fluid gesture-driven interface. Kickstand + Type Cover + Office applications mean it can pull double duty as a functional laptop. Type Cover is the phattest skinny thing since Mike D. OMG, a USB port on a tablet!...

Programs can be slow to load. No 3G or LTE? But I want my internet everywhere! If anything, Touch Cover is too sensitive. You’ll find a better selection of apps at your local TGI Friday’s

Expert review by : Brian Klug (anandtech.com)

Microsoft Surface Event Live Blog

 

11:38AM EDT - I think we're wrapping up here, off to get hands on shortly

10:24AM EDT - The event gets underway at 10:30 AM so we've got a bit of time still, which I guess we can pass with some speculation. I'd guess Tegra 4, plus possibly a S800 variant for the RT successor, and it's just a matter of which Haswell ends up...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Review

 

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...

Striking industrial design, Innovative Touch Cover, Sharp display, Microsoft Office included, Long battery life

Few high-quality apps available for now, Poor-quality cameras, Sluggish and unresponsive at times

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

Microsoft Surface Review

 

A week ago, I sat in an auditorium and listened to Steve Sinofsky talk about the tablet market. He talked about how the iPad was a great device, and a logical extension of the iPhone. Give iOS a bigger screen and all of the sudden you could do some...

If you're ok being an early adopter, and ok dealing with the fact that mobile devices are still being significantly revved every year, Surface is worth your consideration. If you've wanted a tablet that could begin to bridge the content consumption and...

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.6

Battery

Battery Capacity:31.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):31.5
Battery life (max):10 / 12 / 14.5 / 360 / 8 / 9
Browsing time:8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous video playback time:13.5 / 9
Standby Time:164 / 168

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):3.5 / 5
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720 / 1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear Camera Resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Second camera: Yes
Video recording:No / Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p

Certificates

Wi-Fi certified:Y

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Cyan / Black, White / Cyan / Grey / Platinum / Silver
Device type:Full-size tablet
Form Factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Housing material:Aluminium / Magnesium
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display Diagonal:10.6 / 10.8 / 12 / 12.3 / 13.5
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280 / 2160 x 1440 / 2256 x 1504 / 2736 x 1824 / 3000 x 2000
HD type:Wide Quad HD
LED backlight:No / Y / Yes
Pixel density:267
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:24
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 940M
Graphics:GeForce Graphics / HD Graphics / HD Graphics 4400 / Iris Graphics / Iris Graphics 540
Graphics adapter:GeForce Graphics / HD Graphics / HD Graphics 4400 / HD Graphics 5500 / HD Graphics 620 / Iris Graphics / Iris Graphics 540
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620

Keyboard

Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 2 / 4
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM):No / Yes

Networking

3G:N / No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA,HSPA+,UMTS
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
4G WiMAX: No
AirPlay: No
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.1
Data network:No / Not supported
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Charging Time:4
Docking connector:No / Yes
Processor socket:BGA 1168 / BGA 1356 / BGA1168 / BGA1380
Total Storage Capacity:128
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / USB
Carrying case: Yes
Docking station included:Y
Keyboard language:French / Spanish
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Y / Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Position location:N
Proximity sensor: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector: Yes
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Cover
DVI port:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:N / Y
Headphone outputs:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:N / No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2

Power

AC adapter power:24 / 36
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / Opi
Conflict Free processor:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Number of execution units:16
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4,2x4 / 2x1,1x2 / 2x4 / 4x1,2x4
Processor:i5-4200U / i7-6650U / Tegra 3 / x7-Z8700
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A9
Processor ARK ID:75114 / 75459 / 76308 / 85475 / 91497
Processor boost frequency:2.4 / 2.6 / 2.9 / 3.3 / 3.4
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor code:SR16H / SR170 / SR1ED / SR27M / SR2KA
Processor codename:Cherry Trail / Haswell / Skylake
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Atom™ / NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2.2
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:i5-4200U / i5-4300U / i7-4650U / i7-6650U / Tegra 3 / x7-Z8700
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor package size:17 / 40 / 42
Processor series:Intel Atom x7 series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile Series / Intel Core i7-6600 Mobile series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2
Stepping:C0 / D0 / K1
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Tjunction:100 / 90
UART:Y

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y

Security

Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office 2013 RT / Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail & Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video & Games / Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT / Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games. / Office Home & Student 2013 RT / Office Home and Student 2013 RT / Office Home\nStudent 2013 RT / Word, Power Point, Excel, OneNote, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 S / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro / Windows RT
Operating system version:Pro
Platform:Windows
Trial software:Office 365 / Office 365 30-day trial / Office 365 Personal

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSDXC / SD
Internal storage capacity:1024 / 128 / 256 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:64
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III
Storage media:Flash / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.333 / 0.343 / 0.35 / 0.358 / 0.366 / 0.37 / 0.531 / 6.77 / 6.81 / 7.93 / 8.79 / 9.14
Depth (tablet mode):0.303
Height:0.335 / 0.354 / 0.366 / 0.531 / 0.57 / 6.77 / 6.81 / 7.36 / 7.93
Height (front):0.512
Height (rear):0.898
Height (tablet mode):8.66
Weight:2.76 / 21.9 / 24 / 24.7 / 27.2 / 27.7 / 28.2 / 3.35 / 31.7
Width:10.5 / 10.8 / 11.5 / 12.1 / 12.3
Width (tablet mode):12.3