Microsoft Surface RT

  |   by TabletPCReview Staff

As the name implies, the Surface RT runs Windows 8 RT, rather than a pure version of Windows 8. While this variation on Windows 8 is built to support ARM-based chips and provide better battery life, it does have certain shortcomings, such as the inability to any apps other than those found in the Windows Store. It has a 10.6-inch display. Optional cases can do double-duty as keyboards.

  • Pros

    • Exceptional design and hardware performance
    • Highly practical USB port
    • Long-lasting battery
    • Office applications and SkyDrive integration
    • Identical user interface as on Windows 8
  • Cons

    • Low display resolution
    • Problems with Touch Cover
    • Small back-facing camera resolution
    • Slow and unstable Windows Mail
    • Amount of currently available applications

Quick Take

Those who want a reduced-sized notebook, and not a blown-up version of a smartphone, will get the most out of the Surface.

Read Our Full Review: Microsoft Surface RT Review: Not an Average Tablet

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