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Microsoft Surface RT

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2292 reviews of Microsoft Surface RT. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The durability and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical comments about the GPS navigation and apps. Opinions about the screen and price are different.

performance, design, durability, size, reliability

portability, camera, apps, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface RT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface RT


alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 user reviews of Microsoft Surface RT from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on There are some mixed reviews about the performance and price.

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

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface RT


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1152 user reviews of Microsoft Surface RT from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : (

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...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review


When Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablets with a flashy, top secret Los Angeles event, it didn't just mark the beginning of a new (and utterly

Impressive build quality ; Bright display with low glare ; Solid performance and battery life ; Full-sized USB port ; Touch Cover enables fast text input

Limited app selection

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

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

Microsoft Surface RT review: Innovative tablet stranded in an app desert


The Microsoft Surface gets design and features mostly right, with a keyboard accessory that's second to none. It sports an innovative, but sometimes confusing, OS and is saddled with wonky performance in some areas and a serious lack of apps.

The ; '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 a tablet, period.

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, 2013

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

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 : Mat Honan (

Review: Microsoft Surface RT


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...

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

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Jon Phillips (

Review: Surface RT, Microsoft's bid for a 'thing' of its own


Surface RT aims to be the 'next big thing,' solving the puzzle of tablet-based productivity.

Inspired industrial design; nifty kickstand and keyboard options ; Fun, fluid, powerful touch gestures ; Delivers legit Microsoft Office support--on a tablet, no less

Display isn't world-class ; Windows RT is the hobbled alternative to Windows 8

Surface RT is packed with productivity potential, and finds a certain measure of success in reinventing the tablet form factor. But its hardware isn't perfect, and its Windows RT operating system lacks...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen and Eliane Fiolet on 10/29/2012 05:0 (

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...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Vincent Nguyen (

Surface with Windows RT Review


Microsoft is no stranger to tablets, though with Windows RT and Surface the company is hoping to have its first tablet success. Borrowing frugal processors from the mobile industry and a distilled version of Windows 8, and pairing it with distinctive...

In the end, it all comes down to ecosystem. If you’re already invested in Microsoft then it’s a good solution: if you’re a Windows Phone user, or an Xbox 360 gamer, or simply have a background with Windows 7, then Surface will likely fit into your...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : John V. (

Microsoft Surface RT Review


Enter the Microsoft Surface, a sleek and ultra-modern looking tablet that's gunning to make a charge in the competitive tablet market. More importantly, however, is whether Microsoft is able to soundly capture the embodiment of a highly usable tablet...

Quality design & solid construction ; Excellent battery life ; Full-sized USB ports ; Ability to run two apps next to one another

Screen is nice, but not high-res ; Captures low quality photos and videos ; Extremely limited third party apps ; Random lock up and pauses with its performance

Peering into the tablet landscape right now, it’s quite evident that Microsoft still has some serious work ahead of itself in catching up to the same level of its rivals in terms of platform functionality and comprehensiveness. Windows RT is a big...

Oct, 2012

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Microsoft Surface (RT)


The Microsoft Surface is the first Microsoft-designed tablet computer. The ARM-powered version is thinner and lighter and features a processor made by NVIDIA. It comes with Windows RT and a large 10.6" touchscreen. The device is designed to compete...

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:31.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):31.5
Battery life (max):360 / 8
Browsing time:8
Standby Time:168


Built-in camera: Yes
Front camera:Y
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720 / 1366 x 768
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution:1280 x 720
Second camera: Yes
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:720p


Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Cyan
Device type:Full-size tablet
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Product color:Black / Black,Cyan / Titanium


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:10.6 / 11
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
LED backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:24
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Graphics:GeForce Graphics
Graphics adapter:GeForce Graphics
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA


Internal memory:2
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2


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


3G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Docking connector:No / Yes
Intel visual technologies: No
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Carrying case: Yes
Keyboard supplied:No / Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Stylus pen:Y


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / No
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Position location:N / Y

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Cover
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:N / Y
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in:N / No / Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:24
Power auto-sensing:Y


Chipset:NVIDIA Tegra 3
Motherboard chipset:NVIDIA Tegra 3
Processor:Tegra 3
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A9
Processor cache:1
Processor cores:4
Processor family:NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.4
Processor model:Tegra 3

Processor special features

Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N


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 R / Office Home & Student 2013 RT / Office Home and Student 2013 RT / Office Home Student 2013 RT / Office Home\nStudent 2013 RT / Word, Power Point, Excel, OneNote, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing
Operating system installed:Windows 8.1 / Windows RT


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage media:Flash / HDD

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.35 / 0.366 / 0.37 / 4 / 6.77 / 6.81 / 9.4
Height:0.354 / 0.366 / 6.77 / 6.81 / 7
Weight:24 / 24.7
Width:10.8 / 11