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Microsoft Surface RT

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4058 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the touch screen and responsiveness. The portability and screen also get good views. There are mixed views on the camera and reliability, while some have doubts about the features and apps.

usability, screen, portability, responsiveness, touch screen

apps, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface RT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Microsoft Surface RT Tablet


PC? Tablet? A Different Approach. Microsoft calls its long-awaite

Bright display with good contrast; Very good workmanship; Low temperature emissions; Intuitive interface; Touch cover increases productivity

External monitors require an adapter which has to be purchased separately; Display only has a HD-ready resolution; Performance can be further increased

Microsoft produces a good tablet on the first try.

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Microsoft Surface RT Review


With the Surface for Windows 8 RT tablet, Microsoft introduces a Windows computer that runs with the same chip which powers Android competitors. To consumers, it means that they can now have a Windows computer that looks like a tablet, [...]

The Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 RT ($499.99) represents an important step in Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market. While it does not even try to win the “specification” war, it is important to note that it has a unique value-proposition for...

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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 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 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 in June — is not just a unique product in the market,...

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

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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.


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


Bluetooth: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


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

General Features

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


GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic


Processor:TEGRA 3
Processor Brand:nVidia