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Microsoft - Surface - 32GB - Black

Model: 7XR-00001SKU: 7411049

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Tablet I've Ever Owned

    Posted
    paddlehike

    As a college professor, I rely heavily on programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I also have to juggle multiple email addresses--one for colleagues, one for students and, when time allows, a personal account. Because I often like to use coffee shops as my office, I've owned numerous portable PCs over the years--from laptops to netbooks and, most recently, tablets. In fact, I'm embarrassed to confess that I've owned almost every type of tablet computer that has hit the market--the iPad 2, the Asus Transformer, the Kindle Fire and now the Surface. Before the Surface, I was able to complete some work on tablets, but anyone who owns an iPad or Android tablet (and who is also honest) has to admit that, while they are super in some respects, these tablets offer very little assistance to a person who is hoping to create and edit word processing, spreadsheet and presentation program files. The reason is because these devices lock users into office apps that only allow 10% of the functionality of the full versions of the leading office programs (e.g. MS Office, LibreOffice). This, however, is not the case with the Surface. It comes with a full office suite, and I have been absolutely amazed at what I can do on this tablet. For example, just a few days ago I was able to insert comments into the margins of a student's paper. While this isn't shocking on a desktop, it's unheard of on a tablet. Then, the share button in the charms menu allowed me to easily send the file back to my student. This day of work alone made me fall in love with MS's delightful new Windows 8 operating system. I know. I've read all the reviewers who poo-poo Windows 8, and they're certainly entitled to their opinions. Many of these reviews, though, seem to be products of fan-boy hero worship, which tell readers less about Surface and Windows 8 than they do show how dogmatically people defend their purchases and favorite companies. As a former computer technician, though, I've never been a fan of any company, device, operating system or software that didn't serve my needs, and I've used many over the years. However, Windows 8--both the full version and the RT version--is the most exciting and useful operating system I've seen in years. It enables easy multitasking and an easy to navigate experience. And the real kicker is that the gestures needed to navigate make so much sense, that I constantly find myself trying to use them on my Android and iPad devices. While the value of an operating might be subjective, the fact that work like word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations is easier on the Surface is not subjective, and anyone who has used Android and I-Pad products for work and has also used the Surface can easily attest to this. It is true that there are limited apps at the time, but those of us who were first on-board with Apple or Android tablets easily remember a similar situation when they debuted. Still, to be honest, I'm not a gamer, and for my purposes, I have all the apps I need currently on the Surface. In addition to the quality of the operating system, the build quality is outstanding. This has been noted in almost every review, but it's impossible to really describe how fantastic and solid this tablet is. Truth be told, I entered the Windows 8 RT world with the Asus Vivo RT but returned it because the bezel didn't line up with the rear casing, and this made it feel a little less than comfortable and trustworthy. There are no such flaws with the Surface. In fact, I'm more impressed with the build quality of this product than any other tablet I've owned--including (and I hesitate to mention this because of the hate responses I'm sure it'll garner) the iPad. The one downside to this machine that somewhat amazes me is the screen resolution. It's not bad, but it's not stellar either. I just cannot imagine why MS didn't simply knock the ball out of the park with a higher res screen. This isn't a deal breaker, but it is puzzling. All in all, I am very happy with this product. Though I've intentionally ignored MS for over 10 years (using Linux and Libre Office at home instead), they've made me a convert--for my home and, especially, my tablet needs. Here are a few final thoughts that might be of use to those of you shopping for this tablet. 1) If you have multiple email accounts, then the included email app will allow you to add all your accounts to that one app and then simply click from one account to the next when you see a new message has arrived. This works for all email accounts-even MS Exchange. 2) The calendar app nicely integrates all your calendars (e.g. Google, MS Outlook) into one calendar and color codes the different sources so you can easily differentiate your work from personal appointments. (REALLY NICE!) 3) The "charms" bar is also nice because you can share the on-screen information/document easily. Adding it to your online content or simply mailing it off to an email address is only one click away. 4) Obviously, having full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer has many benefits, and the 2013 version of Office is a wonderful upgrade from the previous version. If you want to try it out, MS is letting people download a full trial version of Office 2013 via their site. It's worth a look. 5) The new SkyDrive (MS's cloud storage) nicely integrates with all programs. 6) The type cover is AWESOME!!!! It's extremely thin, and still types like a full sized keyboard. A few downsides 1) If you use Dropbox.com, then currently, there is no app for Dropbox. You can use other apps that will allow you to access those files, but they don't allow the easy edit and save that a true Dropbox program does. 2) The webcam is acceptable and works well for chatting or creating online lectures or vlogs, but if you intend to record high quality videos, then the rear camera leaves a lot to be desired. It's not horrific, but it's certainly not as good as the other tablets I've used. Something to think about: the upcoming version of Surface (non-RT) will not only run a full version of Windows 8, but it will also have a digitizer-which means you'll be able to write with a stylus on the screen. If you prefer handwriting comments, then this might be worth waiting for. You can use a capacitive stylus with the current Surface, but it doesn't offer the exactness of a true digitizer stylus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface tablet is the best companion Device.

    Posted
    Garkmon

    I am writing this review in response to all of the negative press that Surface is getting. It's gotten so bad that I am not reading blogs that say that the reviews on the best buy websites are fake because the surface is getting such high ratings... really? This review is coming from a Android/IOS user. I currently have the 3rd generation Ipad and Asus Transformer w/ Dock. Build This tablet is built really well. The VaporMag case is sturdy and feels very similar to the Ipad case. There are no flexes anywhere. The tablet is heavier than the Ipad according to the specs sheet, but you seriously can't feel the difference. The screen is an inch longer than the Ipad 2(diagonal). The thickness is exactly the same. The built in kickstand is awesome! It's sturdy and it does not rattle when not in use. The USB port has accepted all the mouse, keyboards and other USB items i've plugged into it. Display I am used to my Ipad 3's resolution, so I can tell that some sites have pixellation and all that, but reading text is not a problem. I have a 15.6 inch laptop with the same screen resolution as the 10.6 inch screen of the Surface. So comparing the two, the surface is HD like. Wathing movies works really well, actually better than my Ipad because there are less black borders on the top and bottom screens. Like any touch screen, it picks up finger prints. I am not going to put screen protector because this is Gorilla Glass. Sound Two speakers on this thing, spreads out the sound nicely. However the speakers are not as loud as the Ipad 3. But it doesn't mean that it can't play music or movies. Don't believe reviews that say its too quiet you can't hear it in a quiet room. Those users are obviously loosing their hearing already. Performance NO LAG!!! I've seen videos on youtube, where people load up all the apps and it makes the surface stutter. Especially when playing games like Cut The Rope. In those videos there are dropped frame rates, but these guys need to update their tablets. I updated my tablet and it's smooth. Granted, it's not as smooth as my Ipad 3, but with more updates this thing will fly. Apps I've had this tablet for a month now. When I first got the tablet there were only 6000 or so apps. A month later and there is now over 20000 apps. There are apps like dropbox and dedicated youtube app that are missing. Drop box is coming and there are alternative youtube apps but doesn't have full functionality for example: filtering for content based on upload date/time. Eventually there will be more apps and I am really liking the Metro themed apps. Desktop Mode/ Legacy Apps There is desktop mode, and this is basically Windows 7 except for two major differences. There is no start button and you can't run legacy apps. This is where the productivity apps live as well as the desktop version of Internet Explorer. Legacy apps are programs that are not found in the Windows Store. So for example you can't install the Chrome Browser or full version of Photoshop because it is not compatible. This is the aspect of the tablet that seems to turn people off. First things are not optimized for touch and two people probably have programs that they really need. I think the desktop mode is useful for people who like to mess with their settings. As for the inability to run legacy apps. What tablet right now is able to run legacy apps? My Ipad can't run the full version of pages or any other OSX programs. Android has always been a mobile platform and doesn't have legacy apps. For people complaining about these things, its a tablet not a full computer. Most people who have tablets probably have a main computer. The surface is a good companion. If you do prefer a full computer, don't buy this product. Buy the surface pro or an ultrabook. In some ways this is Microsoft fault for not making a clear case between RT and Pro. Conclusion I have a stand alone computer and this is the best tablet companion for my needs. I can do office productivity + any thing that I used to do with my Android Tablet or the Ipad. The screen is lower resolution but thats not really an issue. There are a lack of apps and some slight performance issues, but that will get fixed eventually. I hope this helps. PS. This is not a fake review =P

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    very good device for everybody

    Posted
    clearhead

    Here are the 'good' features 1. Good build quality and no cheap plastics. The 'VaporMg' finish looks and feels as good as Apple's products, but in a different way. The integrated kickstand is increasing the versatility and it gives it an unique form factor. It provides a small footprint on a table when watching movies or using Skype, or it folds back to use like any other tablet. 2. The Touch/Type Cover really makes the Surface stand out when compared to other tablets from Apple or others. I got the 'Type' cover and it is has the familiar feel of a regular mechanical keyboard. This is probably the most useful accessory since it can transform the whole package into a real Notebook. The stiff and very convenient magnetic design that snaps the cover into the tablet is the signature feature of this package. 3. Plenty of connectivity options: One full USB port for peripherals allows you expand the device almost like a regular laptop. Unlike other tablet operating systems, Windows RT has good driver support for devices you might already have lying around. You also get HD video out through an optional adapter , the latest Bluetooth interface, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and an unlike Apple's products, you get a micro SDHC/SDXC expansion slot behind the kickstand. The latter can save you a lot of money by buying the memory flash memory card yourself rather than buying the 64 GB Surface version. 4. Good screen. Not as high resolution as Apple's retina display but it performs better in sunny conditions. Viewing angles and color reproduction are very good, and unlike other tablets this one has the ideal 16:9 ratio for watching movies. Microsoft's ClearType technology renders the text as well as other higher resolutions displays. 5. Operating system / processor: I’m very pleased with it. The new responsive UI is the same as in Windows 8: a familiar interface on all devices using multitouch gestures. One of the features that set Windows RT apart from other operating mobile systems is the ability to share 2 windows on the screen at the same time. Unlike other platforms, you can easily install and uninstall any application you want directly from the screen, thanks to the Windows RT features. Thanks to the low power ARM processor inside, you’ll get a very good battery life estimated to 9 hours. 6.Applications: The preinstalled applications add functionality you would expect on any tablet and they are free of bloatware / trialware or advertisements. They are all good quality, with a clean and simple design that won't crash or reboot. You also have tens of thousands of applications in the MarketPlace store, many of them free, and many are added every day. But what makes it shine for professionals, is the presence of the free full version of Office. Not only you save big by having it included for free, but it is optimized for touch and pen input, and it stands head and shoulders above any similar applications on other non Windows tablets. For the techies, you can also go in desktop mode and use the now familiar Windows 7 desktop or the file Explorer. My favorite was the Remote Desktop that allowed me to control another laptop running Windows 7 Pro. Not so 'good'/missing features 1. The 2 cameras on this tablet were not on par with my expectations. The front-facing one is adequate for a video call where the quality is actually limited by the bandwidth. But if you are planning to take pictures with the rear one, you will be disappointed by it's low resolution. 2. The Speakers: Stereo Sound power and quality is adequate to use in most situations, but like most tablets you'll need an external sound system to get most out of it. 3. The power plug: while Microsoft has an A+ design for the magnetic touch cover, the magnetic attachment gets only a C+ from me because it does not 'snap' easily into the socket. 4. Some other Windows RT tablets like ASUS Vivo have NFC and GPS chips included. Not a big deal for many, but nice to have them in the Surface . Also I feel the touch/type cover is a little too pricey despite its cool design Overall this a tablet is a very solid, stable and well built product where it’s easily convertible design offers the best productivity features to date and a very good entertainment experience, hence my 4/5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Built for Real Productivity

    Posted
    4Business

    I know this is long but if you are a professional/business user you may want to skim through it. I’ve had an iPad since the very first generation came out and while it’s a remarkable device, it seems like a toy in comparison to the Microsoft Surface. I use the Surface for work and I don’t care how many apps the Apple App Store has … They don’t have real Microsoft Office … I live and breathe Office at work, so this was the major deciding factor for giving the Surface a try. My needs: • A companion to my work laptop that I can take with me to meetings to take notes (Evernote), respond to exchange email, and occasionally look things up online. • A tablet I can easily take home at night or to conferences/meetings outside of work to remain productive without lugging my work laptop, charger, etc with me. • Occasionally used for media consumption (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, and built in Videos application) – especially at conferences or sometimes at night in bed. • Web browsing to fill in any free time – have to keep up on the news! The Office applications are uncompromised and meet all of my needs – I can review and edit complex documents with track-changes and comments, I can reformat Excel spreadsheets and add complex formulas and I can quickly flip through PowerPoint presentations on my way to meetings or even connect to a projector to give the presentation myself. I wouldn’t think twice about creating a new document from scratch on my Surface – something I would never, never say about the iPad. I use Outlook extensively on my desktop – the built in Mail and Calendar applications are richly featured and useful, and they will be releasing full Outlook RT in just a few months. The Surface has many other work-friendly features that continue to amaze me – I can scan and print documents on our network printers, I can VPN to the work servers and even map my network drives, I can log into my work computer (via RDP or via third-party applications like Splashtop) to email myself something I accidently left saved on my desktop, and it will connect to my office WiFi which uses archaic ‘wireless a’ standards and complicated authentication. I chose the Surface based on battery life – I need something that will last all day and I can easily get a full day of work done with battery to spare. I also chose it based on the size (it’s as slim as the newest iPads), weight and the looks (I don’t want to get pegged as a tech geek at work and it looks enough like apple/android tablets that it doesn’t turn too many heads – a good thing). I originally got the type keyboard and exchanged it for a touch keyboard – the opposite of what most people do. The type keyboard is brilliant and I could type perfectly, but it makes noise when you type (like all “real” keyboards). I returned it and got the touch keyboard because it’s completely 100% silent when you type so I can take notes and respond to emails at meetings without disturbing anyone else. I do realize I don’t type as well on it but it’s an easy trade off to stay productive without clickty-clacking away on a keyboard. It’s a brilliant innovation in my opinion. Also has a trackpad!! I have the Surface on my desk and use it like a second monitor when I’m not in meetings. I usually leave my email up so I can see things as they come in, but also pull up calendar or other items when I need to look back-and-forth between two programs. It has REAL internet explorer – no other tablet can compete on this. It just works beautifully on the REAL web – I’ve come to hate mobile websites… It uses real Windows so it’s familiar and easy to use. It’s amazingly fast and fluid – since you have Microsoft hardware and software, everything has been finely tuned to work together and it flies. The hardware is really impressive – it’s very polished, well thought out, professional looking and feeling and attractive. I originally thought I would need full Windows (X86 or X64) and so I had an Ativ 500t Smart PC. With the keyboard dock and larger screen, it looks like a cheap plastic netbook. The bottom line is that I couldn’t take it to meetings without people asking me about it and I didn’t want to deal with it or garner that type of attention. The surface looks slick and polished and does not grab attention (but look good if someone cares to gander at it). So I wanted to change out the Ativ for something more professional. I really looked at how it would be used (instead of how it could be used) and I realized that Office, email and Evernote would meet 99.9% of my work needs – so I decided to try Microsoft RT. I’ve yet to run into a work scenario where I needed to pull up a proprietary application. I think the Surface got a bad wrap early on but as a business user I now totally ‘get it’. It’s the perfect companion device and its killer apps are Microsoft Office coupled with the innovative touch cover to provide for rich and easy content CREATION – something no other tablet can do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's got it all. Almost.

    Posted
    SaulyGood23
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    The rundown: This thing is zippy thanks to 2GB of RAM, a solid-state hard drive, and a quad-core Tegra processor from NVIDIA, adaptable thanks to a single USB port and a MicroSD slot, maneuverable with the kickstand, usable away from a wall outlet thanks to generous battery life, and attractive with a gorgeous, rich display. I upgraded an old laptop to Windows 8 months before purchasing this tablet after researching the tablet market literally for years. Learning to use 8 without the benefit of a touchscreen was pretty aggravating. I figured out how to set up my tile screen, how to navigate File Explorer, and how to get to the features I use most as quickly as possible on a straight-up laptop first. In the end, it was the best possible prep course for owning this tablet. Frankly, people who are crying about Windows 8 are doing so because they are being forced into a mobile OS experience even if the device isn't "mobile". The tile screen can have the positive effect of making Windows far easier to use for low-tech-savvy users. You can't blame Microsoft for trying to create what people constantly say they want: A one-click experience. App highlights: Netflix, Kindle Reader, Evernote, Skype, and Weather. If you like webcomics as much as I do, you will love the display on a Surface. In a mobile device, I want the low cost of middling internal storage paired with the flexibility to double or triple the storage by adding a memory card. Microsoft knocked that one out of the park by including a USB port and a MicroSD slot. The Display Port is simple to use. I streamed hours and hours of the NCAA tournament through the Surface to my 47" LG HDTV in near-perfect picture quality. You can do the same with Netflix streaming, as well as your own video files stored on the hard drive. Plug the adapter in, combine it with an HDMI cable, and connect it to just about any high-def monitor or television. Desktop Mode allows you to work through the same Screen Resolution options you know from Win7. Here, the best part is that my Surface has saved the resolution settings from two different HDTVs in my house, and automatically loads them when I connect to either one. The Surface auto-switches back and forth nimbly when connected and/or disconnected from an external display. You can purchase a generic Micro-HDMI adapter or cable to avoid paying the exorbitant $50 for the Microsoft-brand adapter. Check to make sure it fits before you leave the store. The downsides I'm about to list are not really "Surface" problems as much as they are problems with the mobile Windows RT software loaded on the tablet. In the end, I think Microsoft is guilty of withholding the options I'm about to list for high-end business-class users who will pony up for the Surface Pro that purportedly runs full Windows 8 as opposed to Windows RT. The (ahem) Microsoft CRM my company uses thrives on the use of Silverlight to display info about a client. Silverlight has not been developed for Windows RT. If it did exist, I would be able to use my Surface interchangeably with my laptop (which would be my preference, of course). The Dropbox app simply got the shaft thus far on Windows 8 for the Surface. You can "sync" files, but you can't download them to disk. Google Drive may fare better. I'll try to post an update after testing. No Firefox for Windows RT either. This brought to light the fact that you simply can't run desktop software on Windows RT - only mobile apps. Considering you could "trick out" the Surface with just about any USB device, this falls short of its potential. Speaking of add-ons: Bluetooth compatibility will allow for all manner of keyboards and mice. All things considered, though, Microsoft's branded accessories are streamlined for use with Surface's ports, and you will pay a princely sum to add a Microsoft Surface keyboard ($80-$130 depending on options chosen). The magnetic power plug requires an unsatisfying amount of adjustment to securely make it meet. I can cope with that considering the VERY healthy battery length and the short amount of time to recharge. Of course, my device is still very new, so we'll see how quickly the battery degrades. The built-in camera shoots still photos that will make you cringe with their utterly disappointing, grainy appearance, while the video picture quality is surprisingly crisp for Skype chats and taking video. Overall, I absolutely love how the Microsoft Surface is a helpful tool for doing business and staying connected, but it's got plenty of fun options for kicking back as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface pwns n00bs...

    Posted
    couth
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased my Surface over the Christmas break, and I absolutely love it. I am not new to tablets... I have a 2nd Gen iPad, and an ASUS Transformer at work. My experience places the Surface above the iPad and ASUS for the following reasons... - User Accounts -- the thing I hate about the iPad and Asus is that I see the apps that everyone in my house adds to the device. Sure you can create groups for each person to place their apps in, but I prefer the clean interface of the Surface where I only see what I want to see. - Family Safety -- this feature may not seem that significant to some, but to me the thing that was missing with the other tablet platforms was the ability to know what my kids were doing with the device. With Surface I get a simple weekly report that outlines how my kids are interacting with the product... what apps they are using, where they spend their time on the web, how long they are on the device, and it even allows me to set time limits for use. - MS Office -- this IS an awesome FEATURE. I use my surface to drive PowerPoint presentations, and although I could do the same thing from the other two devices, it was with mixed results. When I spend a week working on a presentation, I want it to come across in my presentation the way that I created it. With my iPad, I often times ran into scaling issues that would shift bars on graphs, or wrap headers when they weren't wrapped in the original. There is no substitution for the real deal, and having MS Office at my fingertips is worth the switch. - Battery Life -- The battery life is amazing! I can go all day at work, and kick back and play hours of Jetpack Joyride when I get home before I need to clip on the cool magnetic charger. In less than two hours the device is fully charged, and I am ready for another full days worth of use. This was not the case with either the iPad or the ASUS. You will be impressed. - Screen Resolution -- Who really needs a retina display? The screen on the Surface is beautiful, and although I haven't compared it next to a retina display I can honestly say I don't need it. - Remote Desktop -- If you still have a PC in your home, like I do... you may want to utilize some of the software you have installed on it. No problem with Surface. The remote desktop app is superior to any app on either the iPad or ASUS. It allows me to lounge in the living room, edit photos in Photoshop on my PC, while watching Big Bang Theory. With Remote Desktop, I have access to the power of my PC in a portable form factor. Love this! Note... you are going to want the attachable keyboard when interfacing to your PC. - XBOX Live Integration -- Nothing compares to XBOX Live when you want to show your friends how superior you are at gaming. The first thing I did when I got my surface was load all of the "free" XBOX Live titles from the store. Then I immediately began the process of pwning my n00b friends high scores in each of the games. This is fun, folks! Although, I found a number of games where I could play against friends on the other platforms, if you have an XBOX you will enjoy the Surface much more. On the downside, the App Store is behind the competition. For example, there are "Pintrest" apps in the store, but currently none from "Pintrest." This is the case for YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and a handful of others. This is changing, and I have recently seen more "official" apps in the store show up. To bide the time, I have been hitting the websites directly through the excellent Explorer app, but if you are the type that "has to have" the official app now... you are likely not going to be happy. Additionally, the built in speakers at times feel weak in their production. I wish the sound were on par with my other devices, but this is NOT a game breaker... just being honest. Surface deserves serious consideration from all consumers. Apple's iPad has the edge for coolness... and I am not sure why. When I first picked up my Surface, I tended to reach for the iPad at the end of the day... as of late, I don't do that anymore. I now use my Surface for everything, and my iPad is collecting dust on top of my Transformer at the corner of my desk. Hope this was helpful... couth. <-gamertag :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My experience: IPAD 3 VS RT

    Posted
    NickNameAlreadyJeez

    I have both the Surface RT and an IPAD 3. Yes, if you compare the products the IPAD 3 will win. It does what it does very well; but I liken it to a toaster. You want toast, it'll give you toast. It won't break; you'll get golden brown toast every time! You'll love that toast and then when you want something more you'll realize you're holding a toaster. Don't kid yourself, the RT is an amazing toaster, the hardware is fantastic and the software is much better than professional reviews have given it! It is not cheap by any means; in fact I think the case is better than the IPAD. The IPAD wins in categories that I think are boring. Yes, you turn it on, and you see your apps, your boring static apps. You turn on the RT and it shows you email, weather, news articles, etc... The tiles are alive. You quickly know what you'd like to touch. Moving those live tiles isn't a problem either when navigating the screen. Yes, the IPAD has always been smooth, but it's doing it with static content. The IPAD store does have more apps, a lot more! But the Microsoft store isn't bad and you get some things that might really matter to you, like Office. The IPAD store has seemingly unlimited kids apps, a must for my children. The RT apps are more adult and limited but haven't left me disappointed at all. I mean, you go to a specialty store, look for shampoo, and there are three good brands you'll be happy with. You go to the IPAD store and you see isles upon isle of shampoo, now you're standing around reading all the labels, popping the top to smell, putting it back on the shelf, oh how fun! This kind of shopping only works for kids where they can throw stuff in your cart all day long. IPAD does win for FaceTime. If you're older and you want to see your grand kids, just get your IPAD toaster, Face Time is definitely a Toaster app. Surface does have Skype but I think Face Time wins for ease of use. Want to see your pictures in the highest resolution possible? Get the IPAD 3. I like photography and pictures look spectacular on it. The Surface RT is not bad at all though! The screen is still HD which beats out the comparably priced IPAD 2, same with almost any laptop screen you've ever owned. The IPAD display is just really good if you're super picky, which I am. Most people have a really hard time seeing the difference. Look, you’re going to go to the store, play with either of these tablets and just kind of be like “touch, swipe swipe, open app, close app… play game for 5 seconds, close, open picture, close, etc…”. You won’t really feel the experience of what it’ll be like to have one. You’re not going to feel what it’s like when you hear your tablet ring, pick it up and you’re talking to your family. These things are great! I promise that you will not regret a Surface RT. There are plenty of things to love that I haven’t mentioned such as the USB 3.0, mini HDMI out, desktop mode…. The one thing I have really failed to mention here is why I like my Surface RT the most. I just love it, it’s addicting. I really like our IPAD 3, it's fantastic. But when I sit down and the IPAD 3 and Surface RT are sitting on my ottoman, I always pick up the RT. The cheaper price doesn’t even play a factor here, however it is compelling. I probably should have compared Android as well; I love what Android should be, when they’re new they are extremely feature rich. But if you've owned as many as I have you know that your device was designed to frustrate you to death after a couple years. Manufactures stop updating them (cough cough galaxy Note 2). I’m not blaming Google, I’m blaming the manufacture. Admit it Android fans, we root our devices for a reason, it becomes necessary. I’ve just become sick of spending hundreds and feeling like my device has become absolutely worthless. You won’t feel that way with either a Surface RT or IPAD. Both companies are really good at updating their products for the life of the product. It’ll always feel like the product you purchased the day you got it. I promise you won’t regret getting a Surface RT. You’ll absolutely love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Windows 8.1 made this a great product

    Posted
    ITJim
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Good: Office and Network integration. Why is network integration such a black hole for IOs and Android? Microsoft will use Cloud, home network resources, and business network resources with little effort on the customer's part to setup. My primary reason for purchasing this is my frustration with the hoops I have to jump through to simply read, edit, and save the multitude of documents I have on my home NAS server. I mapped a D: drive for my network. That's it. Now I can open any file on my network, edit it, and save it back to the original location. I have a Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition, one of the most advanced tablets on the planet, and it can't even do that simple task. Instead Android and IOs slave you to the cloud and rely upon third parties to implement something meaningful in their applications. I haven't seen a good implementation model yet from their party devs on either Android or IOs. I also like the improvements with 8.1. The tablet is starting to feel more like a true mobile experience than the late 8.0 version did. The screen is bright. The Touch and Type 2 keyboards are fully supported. The hardware feels great. I haven't seen any hesitation in my apps thus far. Internet explorer is slower than I would like but it displays everything as I would expect to see them on my PC. Office RT is an excellent inclusion. I realize that Microsoft is targeting students with this platform but it's a great inclusion for anyone interested in an office suite that works. So far everything I can do on Office 2013 on my desktop I can do on the Surface RT. The best part is I can save the doc to my network for sharing across all of my MS devices. The not so good: First, and there is no sugar coating this, the update process to 8.1 is long. You can stick with 8.0 if you want but I'm telling you now that 8.0 was ill conceived, slow, and total garbage. When you log in make yourself a Windows Live ID, log in, and head straight to the store for the 8.1 update. It should be the first thing the pops up on the screen from the store interface. Plug the device into the wall and update. Go eat dinner and watch a movie. The update along with supplemental updates will take a few hours at best. Be patient. Text isn't as clear as I would like it to be. But that's a resolution issue that was resolved with a higher res screen on the Surface 2. The desktop is still around. For 8.1 MS did allow some pinch and zoom functions in some of the native desktop apps like Office. That was most welcome. You don't have strain your eyes reading email anymore. And the kick stand is great if you are sitting at a dinner table at normal dinner eating height. Other than that it can prove to be a challenge finding a comfortable location to read the screen. Again, this was addressed in Surface RT 2. Conclusion: I got this tablet for $199 over the Black Friday month of sales. I am very happy with my purchase. My Samsung Galaxy 2014 and iPad have decidedly taken a back seat to the Surface. Android, minus all the hype, is simply not there yet. I bought the Samsung for some of the specific features of this product and nothing more. And iPad is an entertainment platform. Look around sometime and you'll see most folks with IOs products are playing games. The RT is definitely slower than most 2013 tablet systems but the features and value, even on the first gen platform, are well worth the price I paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great for students

    Posted
    LaLaLauren101
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have had a MacBook for over 5 years, recently it died and they told me that they could do nothing to buy a new one. After all my research I found out that the surface had word so I bought it. I am never without with tablet. Along with how portable it is the optional keyboard mat is great. It may be a little frustrating at times, since it is a mat and I do have to repress keys, but to have the option of an actual keyboard instead of the one on the screen is great. The battery life amazed me. I am a full time student along with helping run websites for a business so I am on my computers/tablet almost 24/7 so I needed something with battery. I used this tablet from about 7:30 am till about 10pm and that was when I finally needed to plug it in. It lasted me almost 15 hours. The most amazing part is word. I think it's amazing how well they imputed a full version of word into such a compact tablet. I have written term papers as well as open power points without a hitch. I am able to edit and share the paper on skydrive with people I authorize, also great for group projects or ideas for websites. It also came with a new program called OneNote, it's. Blogging notebook type program but it allows subdivisions of your paper as well as drawing on the paper. It's more of journal than anything that can be used to write serious papers. Also, ipads don't support a lot of school websites to take exams and quizzes, this does. The speakers are not the greatest but they do well in providing music, however, no tablet speaker is Going to be as good as if you bought external ones. Also, when you use headphones the sound is great. The camera is so-so. Not the greatest but that's why I have my phone. If I need the picture on my tablet right away I upload it to skydrive and I have it in a few seconds, or I just take it with my tablet. There is a slight problem with Facebook chat ON the tablet. Microsoft had the messenger app and it's come to my attention that they are replacing it with Skype, however, it's been nothing but awful to set up and figure out. Once you link your Microsoft account to Skype you have to sign off entirely from your tablet and sign in with someone new. Which I find ridiculous. I use Facebook chat often and it would be nice to be able to have an app right on my screen on order to use it without having to open Facebook on the web. The windows store is lacking in games and some very much used apps but all in time. Keep in mind that by buying the 32gb you are actually getting about 12gb since windows program takes about half. Which makes skydrive as well as an external harddrive that much more needed. This tablet replaced a laptop for me as a student. For business people they should look more at the pro version of the surface. The only downside is that it's so expensive, however, if you look at other tablets such as the iPad or the galaxy note 10.1 you will be spending about the same amount of money to get the keyboard, full version of windows and the memory card. Otherwise this is an amazing tablet. There are little bumps on it but it's technology, there will always be something on it that is not perfect but for what this tablet can do it's worth overlooking them. My whole family now has it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Very Refreshing Tablet

    Posted
    Nihilo
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Surface with Windows RT is the best tablet I have ever used. Let me tell you why. 1) I owned an Android tablet for about 10 months and near the end it was becoming a nightmare. It wasn't a cheap, no-name tablet either. It was an ASUS Transformer Prime. Constant errors when browsing the internet (Like every 5 minutes). Multiple dead pixels. Bad WiFi reception. Apps crashing. I am very glad I got rid of it. 2) I have also used iPads and although it is very clean and works well, I am personally incredibly bored with iOS. It has looked virtually the exact same since the original iPhone came out. Not to mention I am getting bored with the look of the hardware as well. Now onto the Surface. It was like a breath of fresh air, hardware wise and software wise. Hardware: The materials the Surface is built with are top quality. The magnesium case feels great in the hands and is very sturdy. I have yet to scratch it and I have carried it around in my backpack and set it on desks. It does pick up fingers prints and smudges easily though. The glass is also very scratch resistant and cleans very easily. The kickstand is extremely convenient. I didn't think I would use it very much, but its so quick and simple I use it when Im at the dinner table, on the kitchen counter if Im cooking, on the couch, etc. The sound it makes when it closes sounds very nice too. The screen is beautiful. Although, the resolution is no where near as high as the iPad, it still looks amazing. Having the full size USB port is handy if you need to use a flashdrive or hook up a USB keyboard or mouse. The microSD card slot is also great and is cleverly hidden under the kickstand. The touch cover works really well and is more convenient for typing. It can also be used on you lap when sitting down and is not uncomfortable at all. Software: Windows RT has been very solid for the month I have been using it. I spend most of my time on the "Metro" or "Modern UI" side and it is great. The interface is clean, responsive and smooth. Apps load reasonably quickly, but that can be improved with updates. Internet Explorer 10 is fantastic. Its easy to use, fast and really smooth. The Office suite is also very well done. Each program in it works flawlessly. Overall, I am very very pleased with the Surface. It is like night and day from my old Android tablet and it is refreshing compared to the iPad. The quality of hardware and software are top of the line.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet for business

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I followed news about the Surface for months. I finally broke down and bought one about a week and a half ago. Overall, I am pleased with it. Here are a few things I have learned: I rely on Remote Desktop and typically access it via the browser. I tested this on a Surface device at a MS store over Thanksgiving, so I knew it worked. However, when I got my own tablet for the life of me I could not figure out how to enable it in the browser that you run from the Windows 8 interface. My tech guy #I am a lawyer, and we have a guy we rely on for support of our small network# finally figured out that it will only work when you run the browser from the "desktop" and not when you run it from the Windows 8 interface--the "tiles." So the device *seems* to come with two browsers. Go figure. The ability to input via handwriting is a plus. Note that this is the RT version, not the pro version, so it didn't come with the enhanced pen features #whatever they are#. Still, I think I will be able to use the handwriting input during client consultations to enter numbers into an Excel form that I use. I showed this to a guy I know who is a general contractor, and he thought it could be useful for doing spreadsheets used to generate "take offs" in the construction business. For business uses, the presence of Excel is great. So far, I have not figured out how to get the resolution on the "desktop" #i.e., the non-Windows 8 desktop# to display things like Control Panel data entry dialogs large enough. My fingers are small enough that I can get by, but even for me the display text is a bit small. I started tinkering with resolution settings and have not yet been satisfied with the results. Why the heck do we need both the "desktop" and the Win8 interface? The photo password is cool. Pick any photo and you can log in with three handstrokes. Quicker than entering a text password. XBox music appears to charge a monthly access fee. That sucks. So I am trying out Google Music. Fortunately, there is an app for that. I have the keyboard that clicks--not the touch keyboard. So far, It works well enough. I work in an office that has two wireless connect points. I have both set up in the Surface. However, I find that it struggles when switching between them #i.e., moving between buildings#. That is a pain. I have resorted to rebooting #hold power button four seconds# to force recognition of the network I've moved to. Big need for improvement here. For some reason, I cannot figure out how to set the screen timeout to more than five minutes. It has other options, but they are grayed out. Not sure why. I have no problems synching with Outlook or my Calendar via Exchange on a Small Business Server 2011. Also, the people app synchs with Facebook. I think the combination of software really provides a pretty complete support package for business. I am using Word, Excel, OneNote, Remote Desktop #via the desktop browser#, and SkyDrive along with the calendar and mail apps. I am pleased. The sound actually seems very good to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Work and Play

    Posted
    Mike412011
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Having owned the Microsoft Surface since Black Friday I am mystified by all of the negative reviews by the Tech Media around the Net. It’s as if they are reviewing a completely different product than the one I have been using. Perhaps my expectations for a $499 full feature tablet were set much lower than these reviewer or their expectations were set too high. I just say that I have been very pleased with this tablet. I use it as a companion to my laptop which has seen much less action since I bought this. As a productivity tablet I would rate the Surface a 9.5 out of 10 where the iPad ranks 7 out of 10. As an online student I used to use my iPad 2 to write papers in Pages, email it to myself, open it in Word on my laptop to properly format it and then post it to the school’s website. With the Surface Word is included as a part of Office 2013 and I am able to complete the entire process on the Surface. This is the primary reason I made the conversion to the Surface from the iPad 2. Since I mostly bought productivity apps for my iPad 2 I don’t miss it much. As a leisure tablet the Surface ranks a 7 out of 10 where the iPad ranks a 9.5 out of 10. Although the iPad is a fun tablet the Surface is no prude. There are some cool games like Angry Birds Star Wars, Cut the Rope, and a number of role playing games that shine on the platform. The Modern (Metro) UI with its active tiles, make social networking updates a breeze and pleasing to look at. Reading comics using the ComiXology app is as compelling as on the Surface as with any other OS. My only complaint it that the Music app is poorly executed when compared to the iPad or Windows Phone 7.5. Its dependence on Xbox music syncing and the limited integration of files on SD cards, thumb drives and hard drives makes playing music unnecessarily difficult. This MUST be fixed SOON. Overall this is a great first effort by Microsoft to make a tablet that is ideal for work or play. Of course there is room for improvement. Be warned… Before taking a negative review of this tablet at face value check it out for yourself. You may find that the market is large enough for more than one great tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I like the surface BUT It arrived with problems

    Posted
    tjp1980
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I like the surface very much i ordered from best buy ordered from customer service over the phone.The customer service representative could not find my account was waittng for a while giveing my info they could not find my account from email,phone,they made a new account or found my account and was supposed to update my info and later found out they did not update my account info,new address and phone on the order.so i recieved this brand new sealed in the box microsoft surface rt and it was very nicely packed sealed. it was brand new.with in a week or so i had problems the screen became very pixilated with weird colors and weird font you could read text and screen had lines accross it.and touch pad was not responding well,the tablet would freeze up,also it would take a longer than normal to push and hold the power button to get it to turn on.would tap nothing,tap nothing,push hold possibly 20-30 second nothing wait push hold it comes on..keeping in mind i had ALL UPDATES ALSO.So i decided to wait it out to see if it happens again and a few weeks later it happen again same problems listed above happen.THIS IS A BRAND NEW SEALED PRODUCT.this is not a used or refurb.And i have these problems i understand they can happen.So i called bestbuy they had a problem finding my account again.my infio was not updated properly how ever that was.I was told that best buy offers only a 15 day policy and i was over that keep in mind i purchased this NOV 28TH 2013 AND I CALLED JAN 22 I THINK OF 2014 SO NOT TOO MUCH TIME THERE and had a problem with this new device..I did not like that bestbuy had a 15 day policy and that no help would be offered to get this right except i would have 2 options becuase i didnt purchase a best buy extended warranty with it i didnt think i would have to.. So my options was to drive to a bestbuy and that is over an hour away from me and i was told i would have to pay 30.00 to have it put in a box and shipped off to kentucky service center for repairs.or i could call microsoft and have them let me know about the warranty on there product.so i didnt like the 15 day policy that this would be fixed no questions asked or that we wont charge you we will take care of it liek other companys do.but i was told i would be charged 30 dollars and then would have to drive to a best buy and be without a tabblet.till then.so i called microsoft.they said i was in my warranty for 11 days and told me they could send me a replacement/refurb used or new.But didnt say it would be new most surly. so i was told they would send me a box to so i could send my new surface with problems in it to them after that they would send me a refurb/used/replacement / new and had no control over what i got.. i was told also i could pay full retail 349.00 up front as a HOLD on my credit card.and they could ship me a used/refurb/repalcement/new if i gave them my credit card they would ship me the used/refurb/like new or new but had no control over what i got and that i could then ship my new one with problems to them. I chose this option so i could have a tablet on hand and not go without. I was told myu card would not be charged unless i did not return my new one with problems.microsoft full price on my credit card for the hold was $423.99 . i later checked there web sight and they had new ones 299.00 i was charged a hold of this 423.99 for a refurb/used.i can buy a manufacturer refurb on ebay for 179.00 but i not sure if i'm going that rought yet. when i received this refurb from microsoft i got to replace my new one it had finger prints on it and the internal light was yellow and after a full updates and then a factory restore on the power button was not turning on right away and a few apps was not working and they did on my new one..i called microsoft back spoke to a new person they said again they can only send me a like new/replacement used.or like new..i want a new one to replace the new one i got and has problems.i have to send this one back to microsoft and drive to town 35-40 mins to the fedex place to have it shipped back to them.now i have not yet done that. i called best buy back asked them again is what the lady told be before true etc. He said yes or the phone call clarified it that,I was told i would have to pay the 30 dollars and go to a bestbuy spend my time my gas and 30 dollars to have it shipped to have it repaired. i was then told if repairs need i would recieve a call and would have to decide if i want to pay to have it fixed or not.So now i have to pay more money to have this fixed its a new product i should not be haveing this problem.I was told that the repair shop would use the microsoft warranty to cover if possible some of the repairs charges but the rep was not clear on some of this but said they would call me the tech center after getting it. Again this is a brand new tablet and best buy has only a 15 day policy not sure what that means if it even covers anything in that time.but i found out after 15 days you have to pay to have it repaired and sent in.unless of course microsoft covers some on the chargees or all we dont know yet but not getting the service you would expect from microsoft or bestbuy.This tablet should be repaired no cost to me or replaced NEW no cost to me.So now i have to decide what I'm going to do deal with it or pay bestbuy to fix it or go to microsoft and get a refurb reoplacement an who knows how long that was used or what was replaced on it and how long it will hold up. AGAIN THIS WAS A BRAND NEW TABLET. i HAVE BOUGHT OTHER THINGS FROM BESTBUY IN THE PAST BUT QUESTION IF I WILL NOW AND NOT SURE ABOUT MICROSOFT POLICY NOW REGARDING THIS. I'm not trying to be rude or disrespect or speak evil of anyone just want to have my experience heard so someone else knows ahead of time what they might go threw and the service they might get.I just want what is fair and that should be a new replacement or free of charge repair. was told this is policy and this is the way it is.I like the surface very much besides the problems with it and the stated experience above.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Goodbye iPad - Hello Surface

    Posted
    pallentx
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Hardware is fantastic. Well-built, beautiful design will definitely turn heads. As a competitor to the iPad and Android tablet, the Surface RT is a clear winner for me. There are some misunderstanding and limitations to be aware of, but personally, the good far outweighs the limitations. No, you cant install any windows program on the Surface RT. Wait for the Surface Pro if you must run certain legacy programs. (The Surface Pro will cost more and have significantly less battery life, however) Keep in mind, you also cant install legacy windows apps on an iPad, or Android tablets. The main weakness of the Surface at this time, is the available apps. The market is new. If the bulk of your tablet use is specific games or 3rd party apps, make sure those apps are available, otherwise Surface RT might not be for you, yet. Considering the same marketplace will be on every new Windows desktop, laptop and tablet, I fully expect that the apps will come eventually. Now for what makes the Surface shine. Battery life is comparable to my iPad2. The interface is snappy. Not perfect, but faster than performance I experienced on the iPad2. While setting up my Surface, I opened an explorer window to my shared folders on the network and copied my media files to my SD card - saving precious space on the 32GB internal storage (only 17GB or so is available for your files). You get a real office suite free. Office works well with touch, but you also have the option of using a keyboard and/or mouse via the touch cover or plugged into the USB port. At work and home, I can browse network shares and print to network printers. I wouldn't call Surface RT a full laptop replacement, but its highly portable tablet that also can do a lot of stuff that traditionally could only be done on a full laptop. For a first attempt at the new tablet market (not counting the TabletPCs), I think MS has a strong competitor. It does everything you expect a tablet to do out of the box, plus a lot more you would only expect to be able to do on a full laptop or desktop OS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great product with a bad rap.

    Posted
    Railroadguy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have given my Surface RT about a month of use before writing a review and I love it. I wanted something smaller than my Asus 14" laptop to travel with since I am gone a few nights a week. The Surface gives me a small, light package with the capability to surf the web and check my email. The added bonus is the productivity side with Office products included with Surface. We have an iPad at home and the few times I was able to steal it away from the wife or kids, I was never really wowed by it. I am currently using an iPhone 5 and I used to have an Android phone, so prior to making a purchase I was considering any and all platforms. I considered the Kindle Fire HD, the new Nexus 10 and the iPad. These are the things that sealed the deal on the Surface RT: Price $349-less than the iPad & Nexus 10, more than the Kindle Fire HD Memory-has the micro SD expansion slot for up to 64GB. Unlimited if you want to swap out cards. Plus SkyDrive 7 GB free storage. Graphics-I feel it is every bit as good as the iPad that we currently own, which isn't a Retina display. Battery life-Really good. I haven't ever timed it, but it has pretty close to 7-8 hours. Apps-Here is the slippery slope. I know there aren't unlimited apps like with Google and Apple, but how many does the average person need. I have found what I need so far with no complaints. Build quality-Top notch. I am very impressed. Apple has always set the bar high with their products and I think Microsoft has more than matched it. Speakers-This is the only complaint and a small one. They are ok, but not great. Our iPad has better sound, at least louder speakers. Miscellaneous-Full sized USB port, built in Bluetooth capability(I use a Microsoft wedge touch mouse), easy to use with my wireless printer. This is my first Windows 8 device and I have yet to see why it has gotten such a bad rap. It is different, but I have liked it from the beginning. I liked it so much I upgraded my Asus laptop with Windows 7 to Windows 8. I would definitely recommend the Surface RT. I would consider a Surface Pro, if and when I have to replace my Asus laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Device

    Posted
    WestDCCS
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've had the surface now for just about 2 months and I have been very pleased with the device. I use it both for business and leisure and find it suits both roles pretty well. For business, OneNote 2013 has become my primary note taking application which is easily synced to SkyDrive. This allows my work notes to be synched to my work laptop and my personal notes to be synched with my home computer. Using the HDMI out, I can quickly connect to projectors to present PowerPoint presentations -- and storing this all in SkyDrive makes editing and presenting pretty seamless between multiple devices. I have installed Skype and I was very pleased with the experience of chatting with my family over Christmas via the built in cameras on the device. I also use the device for email and news, and the bing news app is pretty nice start to my day. The calendar is synched with my google calendar that both my wife and I use to keep our personal appointments in sync and I had no problems setting it up. We laugh when the reminder for events go off on her Android phone, my windows phone and the surface. The email app is a little clunky and took a little getting used to, but it works well allowing me to combine my inboxes from multiple email accounts. One of the features I love about my windows phone is the ability to link my inboxes so email all appears in one inbox -- this is oddly missing from the surface email app. The biggest complaints I have about the surface is that almost 16GB of storage is consumed by the operating system. However, I was able to find a work around that allows me to insert a micro sd card and map it to the surface. It works pretty well, but would be nice if the micro sd, when inserted, could just simply be used as an extension of the available memory. The other complaint is the built in camera. It works for video conferencing, but don't expect home movies or photos to be good quality. Thankfully, there is a USB plug that can allow me to use a better quality camera if I desired. This is a great device -- and I would recommend it to anyone that wants a fresh perspective on what a tablet should be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for what I use it for

    Posted
    99Vettegirl
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After going back and forth in deciding if I was going to purchase another laptop for school (my current laptop is too big and bulky to carry back and forth along with my books) I had decided to get a tablet. When I went to Best Buy to look at the tablets they had the Surface set up on the end isle and it was love at first sight. It's perfect for what i need it to do. I use it both in school and at work and my family will grab it and use it before they use their laptops. I bought the bundled package because they were running a sale, and the touch keyboard was a little odd to get used to at first, but I love it, the graphics are great, it is incredibly fast, it comes with the full version of Microsoft word which is what I need in order to get my papers done. The USB plug is a big plus too and I was able to add a 64 GB memory card on it. Now for the cons, had the salesperson at best buy told me that it was a closed system and I can only run programs and apps that I have to get from the windows store I probably would not have bought it, I can not use my Kodak wireless printer because i need to install the software for my printer which I can not do because, it is a closed system (however a school mate has one as well and he has no problem hooking it up to his HP printer and printing from it). The speakers also could be a little louder than they are. I don't understand why we need the start screen with all those tiles (i finally figured out how to delete most of them and turn them off), overall I am happy with my purchase. The best part was when I showed it to my parents who were using their Ipad at the time, needless to say, my dad asked me to accompany him to Best Buy and he bought a Surface as well. I would really recommend this to a college student, You really get your money's worth and it is a lot easier to carry around campus then a big bulky laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Surface has everything I was looking for.

    Posted
    GBevers

    I bought my Surface at Best Buy for $199 and feel like I got the Deal of the Century. I work at home translating Korean and already have both a desktop and a notebook computer and could see no reason why I would need a tablet. In fact, I still use a flip phone. But when I saw the Surface on sale and read that it included Office 2013, a USB port, and SD card slot, I couldn't pass it up. And since buying the Surface, I have found other things I love about it. I love the dimensions of the Surface. It is wide enough to have two programs share the same screen, so I could, for example, have Word opened while a Korean language dictionary is opened right next to it or have two Word documents opened side-by-side. Also, when I use Word, I like to have the Navigation Pane open so that I can easily navigate the chapters of a book or document. The width of the Surface is a perfect size for that. It also seems like a great size for magazines, newspapers, and e-textbooks. I will probably not be doing much writing on my Surface, but, just in case, I still bought the Type 2 cover/keyboard. The Type 2, not the Touch 2, is a great keyboard, but is expensive at $129.99. I can use the keyboard to type Korean in MS Word, but if I wanted to enter a Chinese character into my document, there is no key for it on the Type 2 keyboard, though I can still use the on-screen keyboard to enter the Chinese character. That's not a big problem, but I still wish there were a key combination to do it. Do I need a tablet? No, but I love being able to thumb through my documents, read a book, or surf the Web from my sofa or a patio chair. Finally, Windows rt 8.1 seems to work great on the Surface, much better than I had expected.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product...MORE APPS!

    Posted
    CoolGuyTechie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    First, a couple disclaimers which I'm sure you may have the same questions as I did: I'm a pretty technical guy and I was looking for a machine that I could carry around instead of my laptop. I wanted a machine that I could do work on. While I understood that I wouldn't be able to run virtual machines etc. from this, one reason I was leary about tablets was because I could not do much except apps and internet. Word processing apps have always been lacking on mobile Operating systems. Now for my review: This tablet is great. I run my "high end" applications on my home desktop. The Surface RT has Office 2013 with Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote. I can also Citrix into work and it runs fine. The screen also looks amazing. Paired with the type cover this machine more than compensates for my laptop. Battery life is great. I'd say I get about 6 hours on a charge. Slightly less if I'm really working it hard. The OS is a little clunky and definitely not snappy. This is something I knew and accepted before I bought the machine tho. I wish they would come out with Visio for this. That's kind of a bummer. They don't have Outlook *YET* But I heard it is in the works. Also, the App store is VERY lacking. Some of the most popular apps on other platforms are not in the store. Not even Chase Bank app. That is definitely a downside but not a deal breaker. GET IT TOGETHER DEVELOPERS Overall this is an amazing piece of equipment and in my eyes much better than paying $1000 for the Surface Pro. A+ in my book

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface RT is the champion

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought the Surface RT for a month now before I write this review. It is fab and I love it! I use it for work everyday and just put my HP laptop on my desk gently forever (with TeamView Touch installed of course). The Surface RT come with IE, Office 2013 RT, Desktop View, Mail, Calendar, etc, which are critical for my day to day work. It's very light in weight and size. The power adapter is so tiny and cute, I can't imagine how I can take my old DELL and HP Power adapter and wire in the past. I buy an additional type cover, which is a real keyboard and I love it. I bought a Surface RT w/o keyboard because I believe Surface RT is made along with the Type Cover. Maybe it's because I use Surface RT in work so I need a real keyboard and typing precisely. However, the usable space of this 32GB Surface RT is insufficient if you are a serious user. You need to consider this factor carefully even though you purchase an additional 32GB or 64GB Micro SD card like me. I have about 13GB usable space now after the first Windows Update. I bought an additional 32GB storage card so it's good. You can also use some cloud storage out there, such as DropBox, SkyDrive, SME, etc. There are so many different cloud storage app in the store for free. I bought a Micro HDMI to VGA display adapter additionally, because I need to project my PowerPoint and Excel to projector frequently. It works great and I can give presentation conveniently. However, I can't project to the Surface desktop to my monitor at home, it shows some kind of distortion because of the limitation in screen resolution. (I don't want to buy a new monitor yet just because of my new toy Surface RT) All in all, the battery is not as good as the spec stated. My Surface RT lasts for about 5 hours only, that's why I need to carry the Power cable in my bag (the Power cable is durable and small, I like to carry it around though). Maybe I use the table too often, including watching video, web browsing, work, etc. and then the battery drop rapidly. Anyway, I can use Surface RT for real "work" and very productive, in addition to leisure and casual usage. Thumb up to Microsoft.

    I would recommend this to a friend