Microsoft’s first tablet makes for an impressive debut. Surface is a 10.6-inch Windows RT slate with a 1366 x 768 IPS screen, Tegra 3 innards backed by 2GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage. It comes in a beautifully designed magnesium alloy chassis, and offers more connectivity than most of its immediate Android and iOS rivals.
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However, what really makes the Microsoft Surface stand out in the tablet market is its optional keyboard covers, which let you type on a touch or physical keyboard that’s wafer-thin but provides a great experience. Combined with the full Microsoft Office 2013 that comes bundled with WinRT, this makes Surface a fantastic productivity solution.
Mind you, there’s no lack of competition from both Windows RT and regular Windows 8 convertibles, which mostly beat the Surface on battery life as they usually hide a second battery in their keyboard docks.
For power users, one of these or the Microsoft Surface Pro with its 1080p screen and Core i5 processor will probably be a better choice. However, if Windows for ARM doesn’t deter you and you’re willing to have a little patience with its limited app selection, the first Surface is well worth considering.
If this is you or you want to get a taste of what Microsoft’s Surface Pro will look like, check out our video review below.