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Microsoft Surface (1st Gen) / RT

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1608 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the price and touch screen. The portability and screen also get good reviews. Opinions about the camera and reliability are different. There are some negative reviews about the GPS navigation and apps.

usability, screen, portability, touch screen, price

features, apps, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface (1st Gen) / RT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface (1st Gen) / RT

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 184 user reviews of Microsoft Surface (1st Gen) / RT from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablet Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, screen, design, durability, portability

reliability, features

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface with Windows RT 64Gb TabletMicrosoft Surface with Windows RT 32GB Tablet ONLYMicrosoft Surface 32gb with Black Touch Display

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Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface (1st Gen) / RT

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 900 user reviews of Microsoft Surface (1st Gen) / RT from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com.

usability, price, screen, design, portability

reliability, features, GPS navigation

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Microsoft Surface RT 64GBMicrosoft Surface RT Tablet Decal Vinyl Skin For Love By Skinguardz

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Review Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

 

PC? Tablet? A Different Approach. Microsoft calls its long-awaited tablet Surface a PC: the first PC from Redmond. We extensively tested the tablet and Windows 8 RT and found that this device truly is a PC, and a very exciting one at that.

Bright display with good contrast, Very good workmanship, Low temperature emissions, Intuitive interface, Touch cover increases productivity, The good display and the fluid interface

External monitors require an adapter which has to be purchased separately, Display only has a HD-ready resolution, Performance can be further increased, A higher resolution and a lighter case

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Test de la Tablette Microsoft Surface RT

 

La tablette Microsoft Surface pour Windows 8 RT (499.99 $) représente une étape importante dans l'entrée de Microsoft sur le marché des tablettes. Bien qu'elle ne cherche même pas à remporter la guerre des « cahiers de charge », il est important de...

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Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT)

 

The Microsoft Surface 2 is a definite upgrade over 2012's Surface RT . It's faster, with a sharper screen, and houses better cameras. If you're choosing between the older (still available) and newer model, the newer is the decidedly better option, even...

The Microsoft Surface 2 has a sturdy build, smooth gaming performance, and high-quality cameras. Windows RT 8.1 is easier to use than before, and the built-in photo-editing tools and Xbox Music are fantastic features. Office 2013 is included for free,...

App support still lags behind competitors, and Windows RT is still incompatible with legacy programs. It's too easy to mistakenly push the tablet into its lower stance, and the touch pad on the Type Cover 2 isn't as comfortable as it was on the...

The Microsoft Surface 2 is great for getting work done, but those looking for extensive app support (beyond Office) will find top Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets to be better options.

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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...

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Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro

 

The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a PC in a compact tablet form factor.

Compact. Improved UI: Things don't look "too small" in desktop mode. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers. Truly Windows compatible. Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD screen. 10-finger touch screen

Keyboard cover is an optional extra. Only one USB 3.0 port. VGA and HDMI require optional adapters

Tablets with mobile operating systems like Android, iOS, or Windows RT are perfectly adequate if your tasks center on the Internet. But if you need compatibility with older x86 programs in a slate tablet form factor, then you need one running Windows...

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Microsoft Surface RT, análisis

 

El Surface RT ha entrado en contienda cuando el fragor de la batalla no podía ser mayor. Necesita plantar cara al avance de una nueva generación de dispositivos que amenazan con dejar en la cuneta a gran parte del mercado informático tradicional, y...

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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...

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Microsoft Surface review

 

Microsoft's ARM-based tablet has plenty of good points, but there are enough downsides to make caution advisable. The hardware platform and the Windows RT ecosystem will undoubtedly improve, so we'd suggest giving version 1.0 a miss unless you're an...

Solidly built hardware ; Modern' tile-based UI looks clean and works well with touchscreen ; Useful add-on keyboard/covers (especially the Type Cover) ; Full-size USB port ; Office 2013 bundled with Windows RT operating system

Cannot run third-party desktop Windows applications ; Vestigial desktop UI jars with its 'modern' successor ; Kick-stand is not adjustable ; Hard to use with Touch/Type Cover on the lap ; Magnetic power connector is fiddly ; Lacks mobile broadband, GPS...

This is a decent tablet with plenty of good points, but there are enough downsides to make caution advisable. The hardware platform and the Windows RT ecosystem will undoubtedly improve, so we'd suggest giving version 1.0 a miss unless you're an avid...

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Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

 

Microsoft has a lot to prove with Windows 8, but it may have even more to prove with the Surface. This is one of the first times the software company has ventured full-bore into hardware (Xbox and Zune are two other examples), and in some ways, the...

Incredible design and feel ; Magnetic TypeCover rocks ; Runs Windows RT faster than other tablets ; Kickstand works wonderfully ; Durable hardware ; Made me enjoy Windows RT

Legacy desktop is slow and difficult to navigate with touch ; Currently lacking solid app selection ; Lacking a good tutorial ; Price is too high

The Microsoft Surface is such a well-designed and innovative piece of hardware, with it's elegant Type/Touch covers and kickstand, that it makes a strong case for Windows RT. The classic desktop is cumbersome and the app catalog has not yet filled out,...

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Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

 

The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT ($699 as tested) is Microsoft's first entry into the wild world of tablets. Priced to compete with the Apple iPad , the Surface tablet with 64GB of storage comes with a 10.6-inch, five-point multi-touch screen. As...

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 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...

Product Specifications

Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way people interact with digital content. With surface, you can actually grab data with your hands, and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch. Surface features a 30-inch tabletop display whose unique abilities allow for several people to work independently or simultaneously - all without using a mouse or a keyboard.
Built-in Camera:Double Camera

Configuration

Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
GPS Receiver: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Keyboard: No
Phone Function: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
USB:USB 2.0
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Technology:TFT Display
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology: No
Number of Displays:1
Touchscreen:5-Point Touch

General Features

Convertible: No
Operating System:Microsoft
Operating System Version:Windows RT

Graphic

GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic

Processor

Processor:TEGRA 3
Processor Brand:nVidia
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