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Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft Surface RT
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Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT)

Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT)
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)

Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1)
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Asus Transformer Book T100

Asus Transformer Book T100
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Price $226 to $329 at 2 stores $449 to $469 at 6 stores $6 to $260 at 8 stores $980 at 1 store $349 to $412 at 9 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 114 reviews 4.5 stars out of 11 reviews 3.0 stars out of 48 reviews 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews
Release date June 15, 2012 October 22, 2013 May 10, 2013 September 18, 2013 September 11, 2013
The Bottom Line 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. 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. Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get. Microsoft's subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5 -- improved battery life and better accessories make it a worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad-level category killer. The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.

Basic specs

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Packaged contents VaporMg case
Stand
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RAM installed size 2 GB
2 GB
16 GB
4 GB
2 GB
OS provided Microsoft Windows RT
Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
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Flash memory form factor Integrated
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Weight 676 g
1.49 lbs
0.64 lbs
2 lbs
2.4 lbs
Height 6.8 in
6.81 in
7.9 in
6.8 in
0.93 in
Input device type Detachable keyboard
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Wireless connectivity IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
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Built-in devices keyboard
Display
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