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Microsoft is making a very strong entry to the tablet market with its Surface running Windows RT. It offers a unique design combined with build quality and attention to detail that few others can match. It sounds superb, has a great (if slightly low-res) screen, and offers excellent battery life. And if the tablet itself is good, its optional keyboard covers are simply great, combining with the full Microsoft Office suite that comes with Win RT to make the Surface a true productivity solution. However, its app selection is quite limited for now. More importantly, the advantages Windows RT brings to the table aren’t exclusive to Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and with some ‘full-fat’ Windows 8 tablets offering a similar feature set at around the same price, we can’t say that Surface is blowing us away. Maybe the Microsoft Surface Pro will be the one to rule them all.

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