Microsoft Surface RT: Conclusion

November 14, 2012 by Dragan Petric Reads (84,576)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 10
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 9
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 9.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

The Microsoft Surface for Windows RT is an exceptionally convincing and polished device hardware-wise, which represents serious competition for existing top-class 10-inch tablets. Compared to these, it has certain advantages and shortcomings which make it highly specific and differentiated, and thus suitable for purchasers with particular requirements. To sum up: those who want a device which is a reduced notebook in practice (physically as well as functionally reduced), and not a blown-up version of a smartphone, will get the most out of the Surface.

Microsoft SurfaceSome details which are reminiscent of a notebook and which other tablets lack, have been elegantly solved, much like the USB slot, the Office applications, identical user interface like the ‘real’ Windows 8 include (even the desktop mode) and the ease of synchronizing the tablet with other devices with Microsoft operating systems.

Purchasers who find such features to be important tablet components will surely be most happy with Surface. If you want a higher screen resolution, you will have to look for a Windows RT tablet at some other manufacturer’s shop, while those who appreciate a more opulent choice of applications, less unpolished details, and a user interface that does not require getting used to will be more pleased with an iPad or some other Android OS tablet.

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


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  1. peterctu

    Bought this 6 months ago and it has been dreadful. Poor touch screen. It crashes constantly. Worst apps available. I wanted to use it for PowerPoint but the additional adaptor for projector only works 10% of the time and continually falls out. The browsing abilities are also really limited by the software.