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The consensus among Microsoft Surface RT (MSFT) reviews: build quality and battery life are...

The consensus among Microsoft Surface RT (MSFT) reviews: build quality and battery life are solid; the performance of the Nvidia (NVDA) processor is somewhat lacking; the tile-based UI is impressive and flexible, but needs fine-tuning and remains tied to the desktop UI (particularly when using Office); there's a big shortage (for now) of apps, and the ones provided are often buggy; and the costly touch/type covers work well ... as long as you don't put them on your lap. Many reviewers see potential, but almost none give a strong endorsement. (reviews: I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
Comments (23)
  • Can people place the iPad in their lap? No. Some points in these articles are SO biased in supporting Apple's iEconomy they border on stupidity.
    24 Oct 2012, 12:53 AM Reply Like
  • Unlike Apple with the iPad, Microsoft isn't pitching Surface as a mere tablet. They've been hyping it as product that provides both a great tablet and laptop experience, thanks in part to the touch/type covers. That makes the performance of the covers when placed on a lap relevant.


    Also, I think some Apple fans would beg to differ about there being any pro-Apple bias here.
    24 Oct 2012, 01:27 AM Reply Like
  • "And I’ve used a lot of notebooks and laptops and this is not a notebook or a laptop but it is also the very best laptop I’ve ever used." – Steve Sinofsky (


    Essentially, when you claim it's the 'very best laptop', and it fails in one of the primary things people do with *laptops*... you are going to get called on it.
    24 Oct 2012, 02:09 AM Reply Like
  • You can use this thing on your lap. You can't like lean forward and expect it to still be propped up.
    24 Oct 2012, 01:05 AM Reply Like
  • The non RT model that runs the whole Windows program is the one that will differentiate Microsoft from Apple & the rest.


    My guess Microsoft though late to the touchy feelie party will do well with Windows 8, just not right away.
    24 Oct 2012, 01:37 AM Reply Like
  • I think Microsoft developed the Surface in a vacuum, disconnected from end users, and taking no cognizance of actual use cases. Its a beautiful and innovative piece of technology, but ultimately of little use to the end user.
    24 Oct 2012, 02:50 AM Reply Like
  • I highly disagree.


    The fully functional IE10 makes you think, "why did I ever need apps?"
    26 Oct 2012, 04:34 PM Reply Like
  • I wanted to follow up and say that Windows RT's IE10 is not fully functional. I have multiple problems loading websites, including Boston University Online Classes and Youtube videos.


    I wish the Surface I purchased was the Pro version with full Windows 8 (really just the first version of windows, just prettier, remember windows before the "start" button). I have returned my $700 Surface and now await the release of Surface Pro. Hope it comes out before I just buy an Ultrabook!
    1 Nov 2012, 12:33 PM Reply Like
  • "The fully functional IE10 makes you think, "why did I ever need apps?""


    This. People need to understand this.
    12 Nov 2012, 12:33 PM Reply Like
  • Trying to use Excel with any kind of sophistication on either Quick Office for Android or Excel for iOS is terrible. Even using Google Docs doesn't do well.


    RT isn't for everyone and I believe MS isn't really trying to pitch it to the average consumer.


    Perhaps in the future, but this is a business tablet, IMO.
    24 Oct 2012, 03:20 AM Reply Like
  • Have you tried Numbers on iOS? For that matter, Office will be on iOS before too long.
    24 Oct 2012, 03:30 AM Reply Like
  • numbers is not a substitue in it's current form for excel. you can't really do heavy research statistics thru numbers.
    25 Oct 2012, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • Ive very disappointed by the lack of macros in excel for windows rt. I was planning to buy one, but this breaks the deal for me. I use so many custom modules at work. It be great to have a 'tablet' in the field.


    So, i'll have to wait for the wintel monster. I really think they missed the potential on something great.
    26 Oct 2012, 01:30 AM Reply Like
  • @nmehta – If he's using excel for heavy research statistics, then you may well have a good point (I haven't tried it).
    26 Oct 2012, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • Use a wireless keyboard in your lap and see how fast you type. Windows 8 & RT both have on screen keyboards you can use with your thumbs.
    24 Oct 2012, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • I'm not sure how sophisticated many people are here in their Spreadsheet usage.


    When I create a spreadsheet, I need to use not only standard features, but things like Web Data Access to import pricing data, Data Tables, financial functions like XIRR, Macros to massage the data where I need it, conditional statements (ex. if the price of the stock falls below this strike price on expiration date, then it expires worthless but if not, I sell the stock), etc.


    I really find it difficult to use other programs, including Excel on another platform than a PC such as iOS.


    Those who think that other Excel versions are an exact duplicate can point it out to me and then I'll copy my spreadsheet to it and see if it works. I doubt it. It never does.


    To me, this is where Surface comes in. I'm hoping I can go to an MS store and see if I can use some of the most sophisticated functions in Excel. If I can do that on the RT version, I'll happily spend my $599.
    24 Oct 2012, 11:06 AM Reply Like
  • The silliest thing of all is: NO CELLULAR DATA!


    If you actually have a life and leave wi-fi coverage, you're stuck with a useless magnesium slab. Good for starting fires maybe.
    24 Oct 2012, 05:15 PM Reply Like
  • Same goest for an Imac, macbook. Sit on it!
    25 Oct 2012, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • Just get a wireless mobile hotspot
    26 Oct 2012, 09:05 AM Reply Like
  • Macbook is aluminum. No darn good for starting fires.
    27 Oct 2012, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • I can't believe that the 100 million or so users of the iPad bought it because they wanted to have cellular connection.


    You virtually have WiFi everywhere and even if you don't, it's only $50 a month for a mobile hotspot. Why do you want to lock down your mobile device from a carrier? Get a Mobile hotspot and all is good.
    24 Oct 2012, 10:54 PM Reply Like
  • The most popular iPad is the wifi model
    24 Oct 2012, 11:24 PM Reply Like
  • I'll suffer through with my netbook!
    28 Oct 2012, 02:00 PM Reply Like
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