The Ultimate Microsoft Surface RT Review & Tips
The Microsoft Surface RT is a Windows 8 RT tablet that does more than your traditional tablet, sporting a 10.6 ClearType HD display with a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. All housed in a VaporMg casing at less than 1.5 pounds, with a watch-like finish that’s incredibly smooth, and durable. You have got an integrated Kickstand provides uncompromised support and flexibility. Flip out the Kickstand for hands-free entertainment. Whether you’re watching a movie, or shooting video, Surface stands on its own. The surface comes in 32GB or 64GB options but can be supplemented with a microSDXC card slot lets you add up to 64 GB of extra storage. Full-size USB port and Bluetooth 4.0, Mini-HDMI and Dual 2×2 MIMO antennas provide reliable internet connectivity. You have also got two Front and rear-facing 720p HD video cameras, which allow to record directly at 22 degree angle even with the kick stand on.
The Surface is offered in three keyboard configurations; the on-screen keyboard, the Touch Cover keyboard and the Type Cover keyboard. The On-screen keyboard feels like a larger version of the Windows Phone keyboard and works out very well. The Touch Cover is only 3mm thick with a layout similar to traditional keyboard. Keys are slightly raised and very responsive. It doe stake some time getting used to on the Touch Cover like finding your home keys for typing (the F and J keys). These keys have a slight raised portion. The Type Cover is 6mm thick and is made has physical keys as opposed to the keys built into the surface of the cover the Touch Cover has. This is my favorite keyboard.
Windows 8 RT
RT ion windows RT means that Windows 8 is running on the an ARM chipset and can not run legacy Windows applications from Windows 7 & XP. Windows 8 on the surface starts you up with the “Modern UI” layout, which is a vibrant live tile representation on a Tablet screen, similar to Windows Phone or your Xbox 360. Each tile is an application that can easily show you what actions are running within the application before you click or enter into it. As far as menus go, you swipe at the right corner to pull out a menu bar that include search, share, device listings, settings and return to the Start Screen options. Swiping up from below pulls up another menu bar that is available throughout the system as well. This menu bar will be used to manage live tiles, pictures and other aspects of the Surface.
Office 2013: The Surface ships with the Preview version of Office 2013 but was quickly updated to the full version of the productivity suite. Office 2013 includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note.
Windows Live: Similar to our Windows Phones, the Surface RT has apps for your Windows Live contacts, calendar, email and SkyDrive.
IE 10: This is the only browser available currently for the surface, there isn’t any flash support. But who has it these days, the browser use the whole screen real estate with the address bar and tabs hidden behind screens
Windows Store: Just like our Windows Phone Store, there’s a Windows Store available full of Windows RT apps. While the number of apps and games may be a little thin, it’s growing every day much like the Windows Phone counterpart. This will be a key element to the growth and success of Windows 8 RT and the Surface.
The Microsoft Surface RT is a solid design piece that Microsoft has done a stellar job in creating a solid piece of hardware that rivals any on the market. The Touch and Type keyboards are revolutional piece to the Windows 8 RT puzzle, as simple as it may be the fact that Microsoft created a keyboard can case cover that functions as a true keyboard and mouse trackpad. The are some set backs to the Microsoft Surface RT, for starters there are few app in the Windows App Store, also you can’t run legacy applications on the surface. To be fair this device isn’t built for that, This is a device built for the travel looking for some productivity and familiarity of a keyboard and trackpad, I think this hits the sport.
Pricing starts at $499 for the 32GB version (without a Touch Cover) and runs upwards to $699 for the 64GB with TouchCover. The Surface is only available through Microsoft and you can find all the purchasing options and details here at the Microsoft Store