Microsoft Surface RT
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: 1516
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CNET editors' review
price range: $289.00 - $399.00
- Reviewed by: Eric Franklin
- Reviewed on: 10/23/2012
- Updated on:07/31/2013
The good: The Microsoft Surface'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 bad: 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.
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.
A great tablet for office and email, entertainment.
by nickf-in-dc on November 8, 2012
Pros: Solid construction, good keyboard, crisp display, smooth operation, fast response. USB and microSD are good to have. Familiar desktop is useful, especially file explorer. Internet Explorer worked well.
Cons: It would be nice to have the traditional offline Outlook available.
Summary: Having used a Surface RT for a couple of days I think that way too much has been made of the difficulty of moving from the traditional Windows environment (I ...
Summary: Having used a Surface RT for a couple of days I think that way too much has been made of the difficulty of moving from the traditional Windows environment (I was still using XP. If one is willing to take the time to go through the introductory material (best to have it on your old PC with the Surface next to so you can read the material and try it out on the Surface without having to go back to the introduction). The supplied apps (e.g. Weather and Xbox music) seem well designed. The context sensitive charm menu is very useful. The Type Keyboard is very solid and easy to type on.
A super device! Plain and simple!
by simonrds on November 6, 2012
Pros: Feels and is very solid
Kickstand is a killer feature
Good sound and video quality
Touchcover is amazing
Design is very very nice
Cons: Haven't really found any yet after 3 weeks of usage. There might be a shortage in apps, but all I need really is there.
amazing build quality & experiencej
by jonholland86 on November 5, 2012
Pros: build quality is amazing.
the user experience is amazing.
extremely fun to use. intuitive.
almost a full tablet.
Cons: almost a full tablet.
lack of apps.
Summary: having plenty of time to use this I have come to this conclusion: this is the future. absolutely a feat in engineering. beautifully built and semi-solid OS. my one big ...
Summary: having plenty of time to use this I have come to this conclusion: this is the future. absolutely a feat in engineering. beautifully built and semi-solid OS. my one big complaint besides the lack of apps is that the pro wasn't available because I realize that that is exactly what I need. this tablet, however, is amazing and will be the future. flawless switches between mouse and touch. its like it doesn't matter what you want to do it can handle it. it just works. tech reviews completely whiffed on the review of this tablet. yes, it has its quirks. should that stop you from jumping on board a technology that will only increase and will definitely be the future? up to you. do you sit on the sidelines watching someone else play? if so, this isn't for you.
Tablet, laptop all-in-one. Versatile and beautiful.
by namkoong1980 on November 5, 2012
Pros: 1. Awesome keyboard so incredible
2. Great portability
3. Great design, durability
4. USB - use mouse and external drives
5. Windows RT - do all your work with MS Office, seamless printing like a regular computer
Cons: Need more apps - but they will follow with more users so I'm not concerned at all.
Summary: Could not be happier. So glad I waited for this! Way to go MS! Competition is good...Forgot to mention - how easy and neat ...
Updated on Nov 5, 2012
Summary: Could not be happier. So glad I waited for this! Way to go MS! Competition is good...Forgot to mention - how easy and neat the keyboard attaches and detaches from the tablet. You'll know what I mean if you actually try it - it's hard to explain. The magnetic click sound and feel is just so satisfying.
Updated on Nov 5, 2012
By far the best looking tablet out there.
by michael03m on November 4, 2012
Pros: Fantastic design, strong hardware. Metro UI looks really sleek. Innovative gestures and shortcuts once you get the hang of it.
Cons: My only negative is the lack of apps. But this will come, I hope. I don't care about games, but I'm waiting for official Spotify, Twitter, and Facebook apps to come.
Awesome tablet for productivity
by Pizzonia on November 4, 2012
Pros: 1. Strong hardware
2. Beautiful design
4. Full USB support
5. Great remote control app
6. Great cover
7. Very high contrast screen.
8. SD card support
9. Super fast WiFi
Cons: 1. Lack of apps at the moment
2. Not perfect choice if you want just to play Angry Birds and watch movies
3. Battery life
Summary: The best tablet so far, waiting pro version.
Summary: The best tablet so far, waiting pro version.
Hands down the best tablet
by Devil_trojan on November 2, 2012
Pros: It can do everything the current tablets like iPad does and much more.
USB is a big plus for me.
Having a micro SD card slot.
Office is a big plus.
The thin touch cover is the best thing that no other tablet can rival.
Cons: App store but I have no doubt that it will grow leaps and bound as millions of users start using windows 8.
Summary: This is the best tablet on the market bar none. For the best experience, get it with a touch cover. I am in love with this tablet, not going to ...
Summary: This is the best tablet on the market bar none. For the best experience, get it with a touch cover. I am in love with this tablet, not going to touch my old iPad anymore. :)
This really blows away the other tablets.
by Fire Balls on November 1, 2012
Pros: Full USB 2.0 port, Dual Antenna WiFi, HD video out, support for over 2000 printers and over 420 million devices, Bluetooth 4.0, Touch cover works well, Kickstand, good quality, 9+ hour of battery (without the need of a 2nd battery pack) Office 2013
Cons: It can not run Desktop Programs. Lack of apps in the store (This really is starting to change and very fast. I would suspect in a few months this will be a mute point)
Summary: What make this so powerful even in this RT version is that Windows is at the core. Support for millions of devices and more printers than any other tablet device ...
Summary: What make this so powerful even in this RT version is that Windows is at the core. Support for millions of devices and more printers than any other tablet device on the market. The fact that it comes with Office is great as well.
The case feels great and the screen has very good image quality and playback. The built in kickstand works very will (I even use it on my lap from time to time). The tablet just feels very good and sturdy in your hands. No twisting or cheapness about it.
I have the touch cover (not the type cover) but my in experience after the 15 or so min it took to get used to it I like typing on it better than a "regular" keyboard. This suppressed me a lot as going into it I was very skeptical of the keyboard and I must say I was very presently surprised.
The apps in the store could use some more selection but that is growing fast!! At the time of my typing this there are over 1000 games in the marketplace. (And yes there are lots of "useful" apps as well) My guess is this will be a mute point before too long.
Battery life is great! I don't take my charger with me to work at all. I just charge it up at night and it will last me the rest of the day. That is with off an on use not continual use. When I am using it constantly I do get the normal 9+. I haven't had it die on me yet and I just charge it when I get home.
In summery there isn't another tablet on the market that can really offer the hardware support this can or the great ecosystem of Microsoft (SkyDrive, Xbox Music, Office, user setting sync, ect) For me this is a hands down winner and really lets me replace a light laptop. (surface pro will probably let me replace my work device completely)
Beyond FANTASTIC... Surface ROCKS
by KirbsterMN on October 31, 2012
Pros: Quality build
IE with Flash!
Video/Screen... VERY SHARP
All the built-in Ports
Live tiles are the best, a year ago I was a skeptic, but now a full believer!
Cons: Some people on various websites have been way too critical, there are not any serious CONS. Frequently brought up is that there is a lack of apps. How can it be said there is a lack of apps when there are 150,000+. No one can go through 150k of apps
Summary: First of all let me point out, I've worked in IT for 16 years, I have owned a Android tablet as well as an IPAD 3. Originally I was ...
Summary: First of all let me point out, I've worked in IT for 16 years, I have owned a Android tablet as well as an IPAD 3. Originally I was going to buy the Surface on the day it was released, though was hesitant. I regret that decision as I lost three days of fun and productive time well spent.
I now know I will not be sitting at my Desktop in my office for 3-4 hours every night, I will be using the Surface which I am so IMPRESSED with.
I finally made the decision to go look at one today at the Mall of America store after reading all the positive reviews from the weekend on this device.
I did look at the Samsung ATIV as well on Friday, was not very pleased with it at all.
The Surface in my mind is a top contender if not the winner in some aspects when compared to all tablets
If you want to have fun, be productive and have a good value for your money spent, then BUY THE SURFACE...
I do wish Microsoft would have introduced it at $399 though, I believe at that price they would have flown off the shelves. $499 is well justified, but I really just wanted to see a WIN for Microsoft since it's been so long... They still have a WIN as far as I'm concerned and this review is all honest, no bias and I still even want an IPAD Mini just for the size, but it would be a waste of money since the Surface is all that one needs.
FYI if there are spelling errors in this, I don't care, it is late and I'm going to bed! :-)
The best combination of hardware and OS.
by SirCharlesKills on October 29, 2012
Pros: This OS is fast and it presents its self well (easy on the eyes and such). The soft keyboard is easy to use and handy. The stand is stable and I have no fear of it falling over on a flat surface. If you are intimidated by the new format, don't be.
Cons: No real cons to the tablet. There could be more apps, but those will come. All of the important stuff you can do with the stuff that comes preloaded, you may just have to do it through the Microsoft apps, which I am beginning to like more so.
Summary: Upon my reading the reviews by various news outlets I was a bit worried if the Surface was going to be all that I wanted it to be. I walked ...
Summary: Upon my reading the reviews by various news outlets I was a bit worried if the Surface was going to be all that I wanted it to be. I walked into the holladay store and began giving it my worst. I was doing my best to be dubious and honest. In the end I had to admitt to myself that it was better than the ipad format and hardware. To be perfectly honest it was better than anything I had played with in the tablet department. Two big concerns seem to be bugging people about this tablet. (1) Lack of apps: if you like the format and hardware don't worry, the apps will come and come fast. Apps go where the people are. (2) Difficult to use: not really. Any new user interface is going to have a bit of a learning curve, but if you spend about a half hour playing with it you learn the bulk of it. If you need more advanced help you can just do a web search and find just about everything already about it. There is no good reason to not buy this tablet, but many good ones to get it.Oh there are two different types (not colors) of keyboards, so be sure to ask about each one. One is the flat soft one you have seen advertised. The other is one that has real keys like a computer/laptop keyboard. The second one is just a tad thicker than the flat one and is about $30 more. I chose to go with the flat one due to it just feeling better in my hand when I wanted it folded up.
Updated on Oct 29, 2012
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: 1516
- Description: Marketing description is not available.
- Type 10.6 in,
Color TFT active matrix
- Display Resolution 1366 x 768
- Touchscreen Yes
- Features 5-point multi-touch
- Operating System Microsoft Windows RT
- Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3
- Number of Cores Quad-Core
- Flash Memory 32 GB Integrated
- RAM 2 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDXC,
- Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0,
- Audio Microphone , Stereo speakers
- Type Detachable keyboard
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x microSDXC
- Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0,
1 x Headphones
- Capacity 31.5 Wh
- Run Time 8 hour(s)
- Standby Time 360 h
- Sensors Accelerometer,
Ambient light sensor,
- Features Expandable storage ,
Front camera ,
Rear camera ,
- Included Accessories VaporMg case,
Power adapter , Stand
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 10.8 in
- Depth 9.3 mm
- Height 6.8 in
- Weight 676 g
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year