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The Microsoft Surface RT is the first tablet with a Windows 8 operating system.

One feature Microsoft is touting with the Surface tablet is an optional Touch Cover that doubles as a screen protector and a keyboard, and attaches with magnets. There are two versions of the keyboard/cover: One with actual keys on the keyboard, the other with pressure-sensitive keys. Another feature that separates the Surface from other tablets is the integrated kickstand.

With the Surface, Microsoft aimed to create a tablet that could replace the laptop. It is aimed at productivity, but doesn't ignore entertainment. Critics found Microsoft had some success in that goal, but it's not perfect yet. In fact, many reviewers urged consumers to wait.

While Apple and Android have thousands of apps available for consumers in their respective app stores, the number of Windows apps is extremely limited.


(Prices as of 03/4/2013)
Microsoft Surface RT (32GB, no cover) Microsoft Surface RT (32GB, with cover) Microsoft Surface RT (64GB, with cover) Source
$500$600$700Best Buy

Additional Costs:

$120 Touch Cover
$130 Type Cover
$20 Screen shield


DimensionsHeight: 10.81"
Width: 6.77"
Depth: 0.37"
Weight1.49 lb.
Screen Size10.6"
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours
ProcessorNVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core
App MarketWindows Store
Other FeaturesMagnetic Touch Cover keyboard
Microsoft Office 15
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Microsoft.

What People Are Saying:

The Microsoft Surface RT is the first Windows tablet available, which critics found interesting. The touchpad cover is called a great advance in tablets, but the $120-$130 price tag to add the cover was not as welcome.
  • Gizmodo: "The Surface, with an obligatory Touch Cover, is $600. That's a lot of money. Especially given that it's no laptop replacement, no matter how it looks or what Microsoft says. It's a tablet-plus, priced right alongside the iPad and in most ways inferior."
  • CNET: "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."
  • TechCrunch: "The sad state of Windows RT's application store is eerily similar to that of Windows Phone. Launched nearly two years ago, the application selection on Windows Phone still pales in comparison to that of Android or iOS."