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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Productivity in a premium and fit package.

    Posted
    saint04
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    First off, I would like to express my needs a little as a consumer and how this device meets those needs by giving a little background about myself. I'm currently a full time student working on my Master’s degree. What this means for me is that I need a portable device that can produce content and last all day. The surface tablet does this for me. Alternatively, I also enjoy using this device to browse the internet. I don't use it for gaming, just file management, media entertainment and productivity using office suite that is included on the Surface RT. The only disappointment I have found is that this processor is already dated now that Nvidia has released their Tegra 4 processor. Fortunately, the Tegra 3 performs well in this device. I have used the ipad 4 (purchased and returned for the Surface; I sold my iPad 3 on ebay#. I don’t recommend waiting for the Surface with Tegra 4 because it may not show up until October which is nearly at the end of the year. My review will contrast the Surface to the trend setting iPad 4.. Continue on with my review for further details on my experiences with the device’s features: Screen: The cleartype screen is beautiful. While it’s not 1080p, text and images are clear enough. What is even more notable is that the screen is laminated directly to the glass taking away gaps. What this means for you/me is that it looks as if you are directly touching the screen and the screen looks even with the black borders of the device. Colors are extremely vivid and the screen is bright enough for a little outdoor use. Sound: The sound quality is adequate. I would say that they are above average when comparing them to an entry level laptop around $300. While the sound coming out of these speaker are not stereo quality, I am pleased with them in that they perform fine and I have no issues with crackling or sound clarity. Ports: Awesome! I use this tablet at home in a desktop configuration. I connect my surface up to an external USB hub which connects it to a wire mouse, keyboard and printer. I also have my Surface RT hooked up to an external 23" monitor using a micro HDMI to full size HDMI cable I purchased from Amazon for about $3.50. My Philips speakers with built in subwoofers sound great when hooked up to the headphone jack to watch movies through my amazon prime account. One knock on having the external monitor/tv hooked up is that shades of colors do not transition smoothly such as in large background backdrops i.e. a black background that fades to grays will look more like stacked blocks transitioning from one color to another. I have not noticed any of this In movies or pictures. It’s not an inconvenience, but I did think it was worth noting. Also worth noting is that you cannot have the keyboard cover closed over the screen if you are using an external monitor/tv because it will put the device to sleep and cut off the monitor/tv. At first I thought my surface was broken and my monitor would randomly shut off until I realized the keyboard cover was putting the device to sleep. Build Quality: If build quality and design are of utmost importance to you like it is myself, the Surface RT will not disappoint you. The casing and kickstand are very sturdy. The design is angular and fits firmly in the hand without any out of place creaks or sounds. The iPad 4th gen has a smooth rounded finish/edges which feels like it could slip out of the hand much easier than the surface. The Surface’s surface offers much more grip than the anodized finish on the iPad. Battery Life: It’s as advertised. If you are modest with the backlight and are just typing papers or something not processor intensive, you should be able to get 9 to 10 hours out of the device as I have. It takes about 1.5 hours to get the battery life to 75% from a depleted battery when the tablet puts itself into standby mode #approx. 3-5% battery remaining#. I don’t recall what it is to reach 100%, but it’s not much longer. I just threw this in my review because I have had my device charging while using it from being depleted while replying to emails, browsing the net and writing this review. Window 8 RT: Windows 8 RT in appearance is exactly the same as the full version of windows #I prefer it this way#. The only thing you will be lacking is installing third party apps. So no, I cannot manage my iTunes content on my Surface RT. However, I can put my iTunes content onto the Surface from an external hard drive that I hook up to my desktop and use it on the Surface. Since I use my Surface for managing bills, files #word, power point, excel, pictures and mp3s# and creating content for classes, Windows 8 RT nearly offers everything I need in a laptop. I use the metro interface for interacting with the touch-screen #touch optimized# and the desktop interface #mouse/keyboard optimized# when I’m using the surface with my external peripherals and I need multiple windows for research, writing, email, calendar, copy and paste etc #standard windows shortcuts on the keyboard works which is a huge plus#. It’s wonderful not having to jump in and out of different windows and the surface permits this functionality! Even cooler is that there is spell check built into everything you do whether you are typing an email up through your browser #internet explorer# or working on a Word document. My wife mainly uses the desktop now. My only use for it is move iTunes content onto my surface. Use: I use it lying down in tablet mode without the tablet cover on when I’m going to bed. In desktop mode, I leave the keyboard cover unattached with the device facing upward. This is because the cover will put the device into sleep mode and turnoff the external monitor attached to it. While on the couch replying to emails and doing research, I use the device with the keyboard and kickstand out in my lap or on the coffee table in front of me. I have read much about individuals not being able to use this device as a laptop in their lap, I have had no issues with this. The cover keyboard has a layer that gives it support and the kickstand and device sit across my lap… In class, I have a desktop or table in front of me, the kickstand and keyboard sit right at home there while I’m typing up and or recording notes for future reference. I have been very impressed with how well the touch keyboard works since I have adjusted to it. Why focus on the iPad and Surface and not other competitor devices? : For me, other devices do not offer the aftermarket support and accessories in the event that I lose, misplace or damage an adapter, power charger, keyboard cover etc. Also, I have product support through either the Apple stores or Microsoft stores. Conclusion: Why Surface over iPad 4 #and mini# for me?: As I previously stated, I’m a student. I submit my school work to my professors using the Microsoft Office Suite and formats i.e. Word, Power Point and Excel. For some of my courses, the professors have students submit their content to an online site #or email# which requires the student to be able to upload their files. I could not do this with the iPad #no file manager# which required me to have a desktop handy. While I only used my iPad for browsing the internet, watching movies, listening to podcasts and typing notes while in class, I can do that with the Surface RT and more. The more part is that in some of my courses I have been required to work in groups with other students. My iPad didn’t allow for me to contribute by being able to coordinate work through Google docs and Microsoft suites, my Surface does. My surface also allows me the convenience of giving presentations with it without the need of purchasing or carry additional adapters. I’ll definitely miss the retina display in the iPad, but the Surface’s screen and functionality will definitely suffice. I have nearly a full-fledged computer and no crippled browser. I believe Microsoft is doing a wonderful job and has the right idea with Windows 8 and the Surface lineup. If you are not a student/employee or don't need a word processor with extra functionality, I'd recommend you go with an iPad 4, only for the display hardware and apps store; just my personal opinion. While Microsoft may be coming out with an office suite for the iPad in the near future, the iPad #IOS# as I have mentioned does not have a file manager. So you may have difficulty attaching and uploading files if this is a need of yours. The iPad is perfect for content consumption and holds its weight well in terms of awesome hardware. As a student or employee that needs the MS Office Suite, I’d recommend the Surface to you as a premium device with a premium fit and finish. One last thing, the MS Office Suite is the full version, the only lacking features is the ability to use third party add-ins such as macros. Neither device #iPad/Surface# is better than the other. They are two devices that offer different features to meet consumer demands. Pick your poison.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Multitask! USB! Long batt! Flash! Great hardware!

    Posted
    relmsp

    *Forget the hype and the dopey, creepy Apple commericals and ill-informed reviews about Win8.* Think about what you actually want to do, and which device will actually make your life better in that regard... I received an iPad 4th gen. *for free* as a generous gift from my employer. That's wonderful. But after a couple of weeks with my shiny new iPad, I really started to look the horse in the mouth. The iPad has no ports, an awkward center of gravity, and a surprisingly difficult-to-hold form factor. It cannot really be considered more than an impressive toy. The iPad is too glossy and uncomfortable to hold to be a good e-reader. Too limited to be a laptop replacement (you can't move files to/from it, except via e-mail!! You can't play Flash. You cannot even MULTITASK!#. So I returned it and got a 64GB Surface RT, and added another 64GB of MicroSD memory. Now I have a light #1.2 lbs.!#, absolutely beautiful, fast #1.3GHz, QUAD core# piece of design beauty that almost 100% replaces my laptop for work and pleasure application. Three weeks later: zero regrets, and 100% pure joy! This tablet is the only current option that I would spend my own money on, for the following reasons: - with the Touch Cover, which adds almost no weight or bulk, and with the built-in and very stable kickstand, as well as the ability to add memory, add/remove files via traditional drag/drop, removable media #USB drive, MicroSD card#, and use USB peripherals like a mouse, printer, etc. there is almost nothing you can't do with this hardware that your laptop can. By the time you add a typing cover to an iPad, you have an ungainly, pudgy, awkward mess, in my case heavier than my laptop #Asus Zenbook - the Macbook Air killer#. And with the Surface RT's longer battery life, I feel much more mobile. - Like a PC, you can get under the hood with the registry and settings and customize your device. I found the layout of punctuation, numbers, the mode of capitalization, etc. on the iOS #iPad# keyboard to be simply unbearable. On my Surface, I was up and working in minutes, just the way I want to work. The nature of my work requires me to also use keyboards in a few different languages #Russian, Korean, Chinese#, and this was far, far easier on the Surface than the iPad. - with the Touch cover, I type at nearly the same speed as I can on a traditional keyboard. It is *awesome.* Awesome does NOT mean it's not an adjustment. Will take you a day or so to get used to the feeling #remember the FIRST time you used a mouse or a trackpad? And how do you work with those devices now?#. The virtual keyboard is also much more logical and user-friendly than the iPad's. - As other reviewers state: the number of apps for Windows will grow. I have found 90% of the things I would like to install, and firmly believe that, like Android, the list will of course expand with time and make great strides. - I use the awesome Remote Desktop and Sky Drive apps to access, use, and fully control 5 full-fledged PC's at work and home. - MULTITASKING. I hated that the iPad, perhaps the most over-hyped device in history #whereas the iPhone deserves its hype# could not walk and chew gum at the same time. My Surface lets me "snap" apps to the side of the screen. Want to watch Downton Abbey as you work on something? No problem. Want to Read on the left, and use Wikipedia on the right? No problem. Etc. - To me, the choice between a "Retina Display" #iPad# and: a sleek, working keyboard, a brilliant form factor that works terrifically both as a laptop replacement, a tablet, and an e-reader #hold your Surface in portrait position, and its width, etc. are like the Nexus 7 or iPad Mini - very solid and compact; I use mine on the bus and do not feel obnoxious, like I'm holding a large pizza or a ouiji board#; with the ability to actually use your OWN content on the device - not just the stuff you are forced #on iPad# to purchase from iTunes - the choice is clear. - the design is no less thoughtful and beautiful than Apple's, and in my opinion, even better. The microfiber covering of the Touch Cover feels like felt or worsted wool, and not only gives you a more secure grip on the device, but is aesthetically really pleasing to hold, like a very nice book. Secure, beautiful, pleasing. #Mine is charcoal, which I think looks great. I can't say I'm a fan of the bright pink or blue.# - Native 16:9 screen ratio? AWESOME, for movies and reading. HD is GREAT. Yes, I know that in numbers the "Retina display" is "better" than this, but in practice, I am so hard pressed to really see the difference. I love my device's screen. - The swiping motions are more intuitive and logical on Win8 than in iOS. And basically in the same place and doing the same things as how you work in any desktop version of Win8. I also went with Windows RT over waiting for a Windows 8 Pro model, because the Pro version will be 1/2 lb. heavier, and have less than half the battery life #4 hrs. vs. the 8-9 I currently enjoy#. Yes, there have been moments that I wised I could install a Win7 application, but very few. And I think that will soon be like wishing you had a disk drive - a thing of the past. So I embrace this lighter, sleeker, cheaper, long-lasting package that delivers all the same quad-core multitasking punch, without any need for cooling or even a whisper of a sound. Truly an awesome device. Love it. And I didn't even talk about how well it plays with "full fledged" WIndows 8 devices. Unlike iOS/MacOS, which are fundamentally different #iOS being much more muted compared to its big brother#, Windows 8 on your Surface feels identical to Windows 8 on your "big" PC, with hardly any tradeoff. Love not just the device, but how it's really freed me up. Did not expect it would be so dramatically better than my already small and beautiful laptop! A+!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Device-Bad Rap From the Prof. Reviewers

    Posted
    robertnd2

    I have been holding off buying a tablet for a while for products from Levono, HP and the Surface Pro. I do have a Kindle Fire HD, but that was just a hold over until I found something I wanted. Anyway, I got tired of waiting and broke down the first weekend it was in Best Buy. I didn't plan on buying the surface RT and have been pleasantly surprised. The professional reviewers have been way too hard on this device in my opinion. Build quality is excellent. Device feels really solid and well made, yet not too heavy. It has a much higher quality feel than the plastic tablets that are so prevalent from other devices. The kickstand is really solid and useful and I have no concerns about it breaking. The touch cover is an amazing innovation. It is super thin and light. The magnetic connection mechanism works perfectly and is very easily attached and detached. The keyboard makes a nice cover for the screen. The overall portability of the device and keyboard is really well done. The touch screen is very responsive. I find the display quality to be perfectly adequate for this size screen. Many of the professional reviewers criticize the screen because it is not 1080P or retina quality resolution. I just cant see it..pardon the pun. The display is crisp, bright, has good color representation. I was torn about what screen size is best...10.1", 11.8 or the 10.6" size of the surface. I find the 10.6" screen on the surface to be really nice...not too big, not too small. I have been doing an experiment at work and have ditched my corporate lap top and have been using the surface only. I have connected the surface to my large screen monitor at work via the HDMI on the Surface. It works just as it should. I use a full size wireless keyboard and mouse by using the USB port on the surface. That also has worked without a hiccup. I then connect to our corporate network through the Citrix Receiver App in the Windows Store and run all of our corporate applications. It works just as if I was using my Intel Core I5 laptop. The only thing that could be a little better is the speakers, which is the case with just about every tablet. The volume could be louder, but maybe that can be improved with a software update. I currently have the surface connected to a high quality blue tooth speaker and that is a great combination. By the way..check out XBOX music..its a good service. The device has been criticized for not running old windows programs, but I also think that is really over blown. I don't remember the last time I needed to run one. If I did, I would just go to my home computer anyway. I think people understand these type of computers/tablets run APPS. On the topic of APPS in the store, there is everything that I need in the Windows Store and the content is currently growing very quickly. The inclusion of Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a nice value that shouldn't be overlooked. Battery life is really good. I have not tested it per se, but it goes all day and then some. Basically, I never shut the device off..just like my cell phone. In summary, I think this device is great and will satisfy most peoples needs. Yes..there will always be something better and faster coming. That is the state of gadgets today and at some point you just have to buy something or you will be in a constant state of waiting. I am sure I will buy something else next year when the next great thing is released, but I have no regrets in buying the Surface RT.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best tablets I have ever used.

    Posted
    Arcee
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Before I purchased the Microsoft Surface RT with 64Gb of memory I did what most people would do. I searched through the internet reading review after review on the Surface Tablets. Multiple sites would say it was bad, but most couldn’t really give good reasons. Then I read all the reviews on Bestbuy.com and it was like night and day. These were people that actually bought the Surface, were using it, and mostly rating it 5 out of 5. Something was wrong with this picture. Then I read one very helpful review by “AjBurke” posted under the “Microsoft - Surface Windows RT with 64GB Memory & Black Touch Cover “product listing on BestBuy’s website. You should read what he says about the sales reps. After that I realized that most of the professional reviewers were probably written by reviewers while using their iPads. Anyone that knows anything about the computer world knows that you don’t go to a Mac (Apple, iPad, etc.) fanatic and expect to get a fair honest review on a Window’s based product. Those two camps have been extremely polarized ever since the Mac vs. PC feud began. I can say that the Surface is a good piece of hardware. It feels really sturdy and solid in your hands. It was easy to set up. It has good battery life. The wide screen gives you a lot of room to play around with and works great for movies. The stereo speakers sound great for a tablet even though it’s hard to believe they are so small. The touch keyboard that came with my bundle was extremely responsive for something so thin and light. The magnetic docking lock for the keyboard gives off a satisfying click to let you know it is ready for use. On the software side, the Window’s RT UI (tiles) took a little getting used to, but after giving them a fair chance I hardly notice them anymore. I love the way they are alive and constantly update with fresh information. Kind of reminds me of picture in picture. Microsoft made an excellent decision to ship Surface RT with full versions of some of the Microsoft Office suite. It comes with the RT versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. I would have loved to see an RT version of Access. I would also ask for Outlook, but seems that Microsoft opted to take Outlook and subdivide it into 3 different built in apps: Mail, Contacts, and Calendar. I must admit the built in mail, contact, and calendar apps are already pretty decent. With Mail, you can set up multiple mail accounts including exchange. You can decide which mail accounts you want to update the live tile on your home screen. Contacts can import contacts from multiple sources including Google contacts and Facebook. It updates on the fly and merges the contacts together even allowing you to post directly to their Facebook pages through their contact listing. Finally, calendar is very basic and easy to use. However, you must download a free app for it to sync with Google calendar. The Microsoft App store is growing at a steady pace, but it wouldn’t be fair at this point to compare it to Apple’s or Android’s respective app stores which have around a 5 year head start. I was however pleased to learn that the build in Internet Explorer app has Flash, and worked with almost any site I tossed its way. In conclusion, I am glad that I didn’t listen to all the negative reviews and decided to get the Microsoft Surface RT. At this point I find myself using it more than my regular computer for mostly everything except gaming. That remains a job for the big rig.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great blend of productivity and consumption

    Posted
    CRMSmallBiz
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought my Surface RT about 3 weeks ago and absolutely love it. I am a small business owner, and I've bought a 2nd Surface for one of my VPs, and will likely buy one for my other senior staff over the next few months. For us, the Surface RT is NOT a laptop replacement, so I don't think I'll be shelling out the $1000 for the Pro tablet when it becomes available. On occasion I work from home and I am often on the road during the day in meetings, and this device is perfect for those situations. The Office software allows me to remain productive. While I don't think I'll often create large documents or complicated spreadsheets on the Surface, I can certain review those items and create sections of proposals or content as needed in a pinch. When I'm in a hotel, I just hook up the Surface to the larger display and can create content that way. The e-mail is also actually workable (we use Gmail at work -- and I hate Gmail's web interface) with all folders visible and accessible. I've seen a lot of criticism of the Surface, and to be honest I don't get most of it -- or rather I think that the people criticizing don't get the Surface! Major criticisms I've seen have been the kickstand, the gimped Office, inability to hold on your lap, poor app selection, no 4G. I think the kickstand is great and holds the device at the perfect angle on my lap. Other tablets don't have a kickstand at all, so I'm not sure why there's a criticism. Besides, when I want to use the device as a tablet, I just tear away the keyboard and hold it in my lap. The screen aspect ratio makes for the best on-screen keyboard I've ever used. I'm a fast typer and can type 80 - 100 WPM on a regular computer. I easily type 50 - 60 WPM using the onscreen keyboard with almost on errors. On the touch keyboard I type about 50, but make substantially more errors (so I'm not sure that keyboard is worth it). It WOULD be nice to have business Office, but having Office at all on a tablet is great and I don't want to pay $1000 for a device running full Office. I think the device is fantastic as a tablet in my lap. As I said, I just pull away the keyboard and viola! it's a tablet. I don't try to use it like an ultrabook in my lap ... in fact, I don't use my ultrabook at all any more. And if I want a bigger display, I use the mini-HDMI and replicate my screen on a larger display. The App selection is definitely smaller than andriod (I have an android phone), but to be honest I don't use Apps very often. All of the major Apps that I use and enjoy are available (and the app store seems to be growing quickly). A lot of them are missing some functionality, but I see frequent updates and am guessing full functionality will come (Nook, please add the functionality of links to webster's and wikipedia soon!). When it comes to 4G, well, I'm not interested in buying a device that requires its own 4G plan. Instead, I'm getting an AT&T mobile hotspot which all of my mobile devices (phone, laptop, tablet) can use for one monthly price. And, when I upgrade devices in the future, I haven't paid for the extra 4G hardware in each device. Battery life has been about 10 hours per charge (though I don't watch much video content). I think the keyboard should be thrown in at the price Microsoft is charging, but I paid the price happily. All in all, a great device and gives me the ability to use one tablet for both productivity and entertainment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A capable tablet

    Posted
    SKruis
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I originally bought a Surface RT 32GB just so I could play around with it and see how Microsoft's first PC turned out. I tried it for 30 days, liked it but ended up returning it because I already had a Samsung Series 7 with Windows 8 installed so why would I need an RT device? Well, I eventually went and bought it again but this time the 64GB version. I thought my tablet needs were all about x86 and the desktop but after having used the Surface for 30 days, and then returning it, I missed it's features, it's build quality and it's all day battery life. I'm an IT consultant and I've been using Windows 8 (DP, CP, RP and then final# on my Series 7 as my primary driver for over a year now but the problem with using a pure tablet all day for every task is that some tasks are just easier with a keyboard and mouse than with a onscreen keyboard and touch and every time I had to use a keyboard and mouse with my 'do it all' tablet, I'd have to setup a little portable plate stand, mobile keyboard, mobile mouse, unpack them, set them up, repack them and go. It was a chore and a bit of a sacrifice in order to have 1 device. In the end, I dropped the 1 device goal and now my Surface RT is more of a companion device to my pure Windows 8 desktop. When I go to a client, when I travel, I flip back the kickstand, fold the cover back over the screen and away I go. When I need to type, I open the cover and pop out the integrated kickstand. It's a time saver, it's lighter than carrying everything else around and it's a great consumption device for on the couch. If there's some random x86 task that I can't perform on my Surface, I open Remote Desktop and connect to a local server, workstation or my desktop back at the office but for most of my basic computing tasks: VPN, SMB, Office, printing, transferring files to/from usb thumbdrives, etc., it's absolutely perfect for the on the go professional and even for the average home user. The device itself is built really well...there's no creaks or cracking and the finish is pretty resistant to scratches and scuffs. It feels amazingly thing in your hand and for some reason, when I hold the device, I can't stop opening and closing the kickstand with my free hand...it's just nice. Sometimes I use the device with the cover folded backwards and it's ok but the feel is slightly better with the cover detached but re-attaching it is a breeze. When I'm done using the device and the touch cover is laying on the table, I just hover the Surface over the cover, wait a sec for it to magnetically attach and then I fold the Surface back over the cover though I do prefer that when I charge it or leave it on a table to stand it up with the kickstand popped out...it's just more impressive looking. The only complaint I have about the Surface RT is performance. It's quick at times and it's slow at times. Switching between apps can take a second or two and I noticed that when in an app like Bing News, it takes a little longer to refresh the page than it did on my Core i5 Series 7. Still, I think it's acceptable for a laptop but compared to an ultrabook class tablet #i5/4gb/hd4000#, it's definitely noticeable. Regardless, the performance once you're in the app, on the Start Menu or even in Office is perfectly fine...it's just those weird moments when it stutters a bit that are hard to explain but like I said, it's not horrible but noticeable. If performance is a must have, wait for the Surface Pro or look into the Acer W700.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Near Perfect Device for Business User

    Posted
    burk1999

    Nearly Perfect for the Business Traveler/User Two months ago, I had absolutely no interest in buying the Surface RT based on the bad reviews the technology press gave it. But then I read the glowing reviews on the Best Buy and CNET sites submitted by actual users. So, I decide to take another look. First of all, I was holding off buying the RT until the Pro was released. But, I read that Office will not be bundled with the Pro. So, if you deduct the cost of Office from the cost of the RT, the 64 Gig RT costs only $400 versus $1000 for the pro. In addition, the RT is lighter and has a longer battery life. So, the RT is a no brainer. I typically travel with both my IPad and MacBook Air and have tried to figure out how to shed the MacBook. The main issue I encounter with that goal is that the Microsoft Office clones for the IPad just are not 100% compatible. Many times PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets would not convert properly and marked documents would not catch all changes. In addition, I used to be a big OneNote user but there is no Mac version. (There is a program called Circus Ponies Note but it is not as easy to use as OneNote.) So, I traveled with both IPad and MacBook. The Surface RT has a full blown version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. So, I don’t have any conversion issue. This is huge for me. Sure there are not as many apps in the Windows store but it has the ones I use: NY Times and Crossword, WSJ, Solitaire, Mahjong and Sudoku. The only third party program that I miss is Pocket Informant and it looks like it won’t be available for a while, if at all. Another great aspect of this device is its ability to multi-task and allow the user to have multiple windows open at once. So, for example, I can be in a meeting taking notes on OneNote while keeping an eye on my email. HUGE!! There are three things it needs to be perfect. First is complete integration with Dropbox. There is a lite version of the Dropbox app but it only allows the user to access his/her account while on line. It does not sync with the hard drive. So, the user needs to be on line to access the files. Microsoft includes its version called Skydrive but it has the same issue. Also, I do not want to migrate all my files to a new cloud system. Second is Outlook. It comes with a scaled down mail client and PIM which are adequate but not robust and syncs with Microsoft Exchange. There are rumors that Microsoft has developed an RT version of Outlook but is not sure if it will release it. Microsoft, if you are listening, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE release it. I, for one, would pay big money. (There is s Beta version of Nitro Touchdown which I have used on my Android devices. I have been playing with it. It is a good start). Third is that all apps must be able access the files on the SD card, particularly Music and Video. So, you need to be sure to buy the 64 Gig version. I have been using tweener devices since the Psion Netbook in 2003 and understand that they all have limitations. However, the Surface RT has the fewest by far. I recommend the Surface RT to any business user who travels or sits in conference rooms away from his/her office.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beats IPad and Android for Laptop Replacement

    Posted
    CoNemesis
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I've never felt I needed a tablet. Between my laptop, and my smartphone, I have access to nearly everything I need both at home and on the road. But, I do like new technology, and I couldn't help picking one of these up. I've used an IPad and an Android tablet for a few months, and have now had a Surface RT since the day they were released. All three were usable devices, but the Surface has done the best job of competing with my laptop. When I want to get some work done, the attached keyboard / track pad served nicely. When doing a bit more intense work, it was nice to be able to use my favorite mouse. Having a robust Office 2013 suite has been really great. When traveling, the 16:9 aspect ratio and kickstand made great for watching movies or TV episodes. Also when visiting family out of state, once connected to my families wifi, I could print to both of their printers with no issues, and no setup. I understand not all printers are supported, but so far the three I've tried work great. I find the touch keyboard fine for most use, though I would imagine if I were frequently writing very long documents, i would want the type keyboard. I did get to use the type keyboard for a bit at the store, and found it was only very slightly thicker then the touch keyboard, which was surprising. Although the device is about the same weight as an IPad, it is heavier than many Android devices. The build quality is great and the touch keyboard does a great job of protecting the screen. Comparing it to IPad and Android, I have had fewer crashes and forced restarts on the Surface than others. The IPad would just reset sometimes, when too many things were going on, and on the Android, running programs seem to just pile up, and I found I had to either go to a task manager and kill things left and right, or occasionally just do a restart. On the Surface, Multitasking seemed a bit better than the others. If you want to end a program, you just swipe top to bottom and it's gone (completely). This gesture and the other common gestures I found to be quite intuitive, and easy to pick up in a use or two. I've also found it quite convenient to use the full sized USB connector to sync and charge my phone when away from a cigarette lighter or outlet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite PC

    Posted
    DrWMJ
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My experience with the Surface over the past month has been entirely positive. Your "mileage may vary", but you just might find that this little device will become your constant companion. I am not a gamer, and I don't do video editing. I have a desktop for hardcore Photoshop sessions. The Surface is what I use for everything else- writing, reading, study, and entertainment. I opted for the 64 gig with Type Cover- I can use the Touch Cover, but the tactile feedback from the real keys allows me to type just as I would on a typical Laptop. This review is being written on a Surface. Having a full Office suite is a huge plus. Printing to a network printer is effortless. A USB port supports all forms of devices, including mice, memory sticks, printers, etc. I love being able to have my e-mail open to a technical letter that has hyperlinks, and have IE 10 running simultaneously alongside. No more diving in and out of apps! If you read some of the tech reviews on the Surface, you will find many reviews biased against the device, because: the OS is different [yes, it takes a little time and effort to learn, but it is also fun!], there is "little app support" ["only 15K"- quite frankly, most tablet apps are silly and less functional than full websites, to which Surface gives you access], the OS is "slow" [websites load just as quickly on Surface as on other ARM devices, granted not as snappy as i7 cpu machines], screen resolution is not as good as some others [still beautiful and perfectly functional], the price is too high [granted, but I would argue that the expenditure represents an excellent value]. If I really want to run one of my "legacy" Windows programs on the Surface, I connect to my desktop with TeamPlayer- that works easily and wonderfully. So, take your time, have fun, and expend a little effort to learn some of the features of Windows 8- you might like this little guy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the Surface.

    Posted
    AjBurke
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I have been waiting to try the Surface on person for a while. My wife has an iPad and I have used it, but I did not like it's lack of professional applications. I have an IT degree and I am a special education teacher, so I have a wide background. I love the feel of the Surface, the optional mouse and keyboard which came with the 64g Surface. Having the ability to add more memory, with the MicroSD and also the full USB is great. The reason I did not wait for the professional addition is I already have a great desktop and laptop, and did not see the need to spend the extra money. The Surface RT also has the C drive and the ability to crest more files in the traditional setting. It comes with 2gs of ram, but here is a hint, if you don't mind a little space used in the eternal hard drive you can expand that with the virtual memory, just like a regular computer. It is very easy to use, setup, run the apps, and still have a traditional computer with a mouse. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a tablet that is more then just a tablet, but also a portable PC. Great thing, the apps you buy on the Surface also apply to your Windows 8 computer and your Windows phone. You can have on 5 different platforms total. For Apple you can have it on multiple devices, but only for the same type of device, such as the iPhone or iPad, not both. Attention: Best buy sales rep do not push the product, very biased. I was told the iPad was better, and how Windows just found a use for the Windows button. Also the store did not have is displayed correctly to show it's full features. The great stand feature was tagged with their security holder on both sides, so they could not show it stand up or where the MicroSD card was. I had to guess, and point it out to the sales person because they did not know. Within 5 mins. I knew more about the product then they did. They were not helpful, I knew I wanted it and had one on hold so that was not a big deal. But, for those on the market and don't know about tablets I feel they are not giving the Surface a fair shot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for school

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

    I was iffy about the surface at first because it is new and almost went with a laptop, but I gave in and bought it. I have come to love this thing. I went with the 64gb because it was just enough memory for my what I will use it for (typing papers, making presentations, web-surfing, games, pictures, and videos) and it came with the attachable keyboard which is pricey when sold separately. Pros: Great for school, work, and entertainment purposes. It is light, easy to carry anywhere, and does virtually everything my laptop does. It is awesome that Microsoft office (word, excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) is already installed, which saves me $$. I love that the Microsoft music app let's you listen to most artists and albums for free (with Wi-Fi connection). Some you have to buy but most artists I listen to are available for free. It's kind of like Pandora but rarely any ads and you choose what you want to hear. The free games are pretty cool too. Good camera and video. Windows 8 is for the most part, easy to use. It's just like using a laptop or pc, just on a smaller platform. I can plug in my wireless mouse, insert micro sd card, usb drive, headphones, and sound is similar to a laptop. Memory is great so far. Email use is awesome too. I have set up my 6 different email accounts and all are easy to use and access. For the most part, it is fast, I wouldn't go as far as to say it's lightning fast after downloading all your apps and setting everything up, but it's still pretty fast. Great for web surfing as well. Netflix is pretty cool on the surface too. Good for keeping my 4 year old entertained for short periods when busy. Apps are filtered thru Microsoft so I don't have to worry about them messing up my device. From what I was told, they also cannot get viruses like pc's and laptops do. Cons: Sometimes reacts slowly in some of the game apps where user speed needs to be fast. There are not many common apps available yet such as iTunes and certain games, as they are available for pc's and laptops, and android\apple devices. Most apps available were made for users in India and other foreign countries so that kind of sucks. Sometimes the onscreen and attached keyboard doesn't pick up the keys pressed which can be bothersome if you don't pick up on it right away. It cannot read/play certain media files, but not bothersome enough to get frustrated. I wish there were more accessories available. I had to buy an hp mini laptop sleeve because that was the only thing available that would hold and protect it while getting around. All in all, a good buy and investment so far. I would give it higher ratings in the features dept. if I could set up my iTunes and get apps or better apps for a variety of social networking sites. It is still pretty new so hopefully there will be more to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's Called "Surface" for a Reason

    Posted
    Drewsky06

    I got my Surface tablet as a trade in for a not-very-old, malfunctioning Asus tablet/computer for the same price (meaning I didn't have to pay any extra - Geek Squad worked well with me on the issue#, which was very reasonable. It seems to be a powerful device that is just slightly underpowered which provides occasional lagging, mostly in animations associated with websites. I would say the biggest issue with the Surface, was I'm sure most people will say, is the RT operating system. Normally this would not be an issue for me as I don't usually download anything that is not from the app store #which is lacking in and of itself#. However when I tried to print a Word document #Office came pre-loaded on device#, it told me that this version of Windows was incompatible with my printer, meaning I have to transfer any files I wish to print to another computer #via a flash drive# in order to print something which is rather annoying. And now for my main point of complaint: the Kickstand setup. It's a great idea... if you plan to always use your Surface while it's on a surface. Because it is supported by a Kickstand, it cannot be easily used on your lap like a laptop. And since the whole point of the Surface is to b a tablet that replaces your laptop, that's one major feature they overlooked. Also, the Kickstand is not adjustable on the original Surface, meaning it cannot be pushed back and forth, another major feature of a laptop. The keyboard is a slight problem as well. For one thing, it is not included in the price of the Surface, and will run you an extra hundred bucks or so. I bought mine #the type cover, not touch# on Amazon for half price. But once you do get the keyboard on there, it doesn't always work right. Some of the keys are awkwardly placed, spaced, and sized. I frequently miss one or more letters while typing something and have to go back to fix it, which can be a pain because the trackpad is a bit wild, and the clicker has to be hit in just the right spot, or else it won't register, or else will right click instead. As for the good things, the touch screen is very responsive and works perfectly with the Windows setup. The screen itself is very vibrant and easy to see despite the somewhat small size. The Surface comes with plenty of storage space built in, as well as an easily accessible slot for a micro-SD card. The battery life is comparable to, perhaps even better than, a regular laptop. The fact that it comes with both a front and rear facing camera is really nice, though I guess not completely unexpected given that it can act as a tablet. Of course they are not great quality, and I would not choose it over my phone or a real camera, but it is still an amazing feature to have. I realize that I have focused more on the negative aspects than the positive ones, but just because that is #in my opinion) very important to know. Many of the issues can be easily solved or overlooked. For instance I have a lap desk which is not very expensive and works perfectly to put the Surface on since it can't stand on its own. This is a great product at a great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Tablet Available!

    Posted
    VDubb
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought the Surface on launch date and have loved it since receiving. I am happy that Best Buy is now selling this amazing tablet! The best thing about this tablet is full Microsoft Office support right out of the box. It linked up with my SkyDrive and all my documents could be accessed right away! The multitasking is brilliantly implemented, allowing for two apps to run side-by-side. This allows for easy view of my Twitter and Facebook feeds while watching a video, or being able to easily control my music without having to close Word or Excel. Those are just a couple of the many examples that multitasking can be used. The apps availability is not as strong as the iPad; however, the app support is growing fast and is getting support from the top developers and companies. Netflix, Hulu, Skype, Google, Amazon, etc. have their apps in the store and they provide a quality experience one expects of iPad-tier apps thanks to the beautiful and intuitive design that new UI brings to Windows. I had all the versions of the iPad (aside from the 4th gen, opted for a Mini instead) and I thought I would never find a tablet that could ever match the quality one expects from Apple's iPad. I tried numerous tablets (Android, BlackBerry, HP) and they all were extremely lacking, so I went into the Surface with caution. In the end, the Surface exceeded my expectations greatly and provided a complete experience that I couldn't even get on my iPad thanks to Office and the awesome multitasking. I highly recommend this tablet it is the ultimate experience!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best device I have ever used

    Posted
    Azua

    When I would leave the house before I would always make sure that I had my tablet and phone. If I was going to be somewhere for a little while, would also carry my laptop. The phone takes care of reading what email messages come in, the tablet can write short emails and browse the news headlines. I would take my laptop if I was going to want to do any work, or browse the web for extended periods of time because I can't stand those mobile webpages that tablets get pushed to. Some of the sites will not let you read a non-mobile site on anything but a computer. The tablet would have issues loading corporate webpages, was clunky with attachments etc. I would be carrying a whole home office with me just to wait on an oil change. Now I have to do is carry my Surface. Even at home I only use my computer to get things that I have previously saved on it, or Photoshop etc. There is not a device on the market that can do all that this can do, and nothing approaches it on tablet tasks either. people gripe about the lack of apps...that will be fixed soon. What a great business plan make the #1 desktop OS in the world also run apps that will run tablets and phones. No regrets with this thing, Built in 4g would be nice, but it gives my phone the opportunity to be a hotspot for me as well, it needs to do something other than calls now that I have retired my old tablet for good. I have gotten used to this touch keyboard, and can type nearly as fast on it as I can on a conventional keyboard. I haven't tried the other Surface keyboard out yet, but I may stop by the store some time to see it. No regrets, I am only a walking MS sales rep basically with my Win 8 laptop, Desktop, WP8 phone and Surface RT.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great design but the apps...oy the apps!

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

    I bought this machine for work and play; 50/50. I love the app based and touch screen atmosphere and that's why I really wanted a good tablet. However, I needed one that I could use as a laptop too without having to use Quickoffice. So I was very happy to see the Surface get released with a regular web browser and Word, Excel, etc. Seems like perfect integration of tablet and PC. And mostly it is. Plus, the hardware itself is great! Nice, light, easy to hold, great screen, semi-o.k. speakers (but better sound with headphones). But man, the apps. They stink. Even the best designed ones leave a lot to be desired compared to their Android and Apple app equivalents. There is like no one sitting at the quality control desk there at Microsoft checking these apps. Guys, the apps you allow people to produce and upload reflect on your product. Even the apps that came pre-loaded are not the most user friendly in the world. For example, the "Music" app. Just make it easy to play some tunes without having to go through Xbox music. When I finally loaded my own music files to the machine, every time we start the shuffle it always has the same pattern. The e-mail app was easy to set up with one of my e-mail accounts but doesn't work with three of my others. The best app so far is Kindle. However, there is not an app (yet?) for Amazon's Cloud Player which I like on my other machines. Also, some of the apps are much more expensive than Android apps. That's something you may want to research too if you are a big app buyer. Also, when I first purchased the machine the Flash did not work on about three quarters of all websites. However, with each software update that seems to be getting better and better. But just be forewarned that if you are using this tablet for school or research, if you need flash for less established websites, the powers that be at MicroSoft may not have "allowed" your tablet to use the Flash. So would I buy this tablet/PC again? I don't know. Now that I know what I know about it (and I researched it extensively before I bought it but despite so these are drawbacks that have since been revealed to me after using) I would see if there are better window tablets out there.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    BeGood

    I bought the surface a couple weeks ago and had it synced with my home network and connected to my companies programs via Citrix within minutes. The hardware is second to none. I prefer this tablet design over the IPad (especially the 16:9 screen size). I do wish the screen was a higher resolution but it still looks good. The camera isn't great but would work in a pinch. I have a camera and a smartphone that is easier to carry than a tablet and takes way better photos. I don't see myself using much if any even if it had a better camera. I do love the Touch Cover. It has worked flawlessly and I use it more than I thought I would have. I have read plenty of professional reviews during my research and many have stated that they think the "desktop" option in the software is confusing. I actually like having this because it works just like the Windows I’m used to using. It acts as a nice bridge for newcomers to Windows 8 to fall back to if they get lost/confused. Of course the apps are lacking but they also were lacking for the IPad and Android tablets when they were 1st released. With the large pull Microsoft has the apps will come in short time. I was between the IPad (4th gen# and the Surface RT. Except for screen resolution, camera, and app selection #and maybe accessories – but I don’t need that stuff) the Surface came out on top. I like how it has effortlessly synced with all my stuff.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Food for thought

    Posted
    hardbop
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I think MS has a big problem on their hands. I tried out both the RT and Pro extensively. I'm a business user, so please take that into account reading this. The RT gives you a tab with a sturdy feel, good display and fairly speedy. It feels as fast as the other tabs and pads out there. The problem is that Microsoft's app store is anemic, at best. Many of the apps are nothing more than blogs, many of which are about Microsoft. A great many of the apps you love on the Android or Apple models are unavailable for Surface RT or Surface Pro. Even the Adobe Reader's functions on RT appear limited compared to other devices. Still, basic apps like CNN, ESPN and so on are there and work very nicely and look great. Tabs/pads are about apps. With such an anemic selection, you're better served getting another device. There's another part to MS's scheme with its tabs- Windows 8. Here again, I don't think MS is at all successful. Basically, there are no business useful apps that run on Win 8 on the RT, except Office apps like Word and Excel. Outlook does not run on Win 8 on the RT. Adobe Acrobat and Reader won't work in Win 8. If you download a pdf while working in IE on Win 8, it downloads the file and presents it in the Adobe Reader app on the tab function. You can't edit it, highlight or even print. So the various programs that many Win 8 users need aren't available. In the end, the user is left with an app limited- and, I mean very, very limited- tab and a pathetic version of Win 8 installation. If you buy the Surface Pro, you can run all the programs, but the kicker is that the 128 gb memory gets eaten up very quickly. The Surface Pro runs beautifully, really fast and the pen is a great feature. However, the tab/pad feature presents the same problem as the RT- extremely limited apps. A minor point: It takes time to learn navigation because they've combined the charms menu with the typical slide and poke gestures. Overall, MS has tried to combine two worlds, a tab that is a tab with a Windows op system, a laptop function. I find their solution inadequate, especially given the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best tablet in the market today

    Posted
    rk007
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I got this product the week it was released. I have been using it more than all other devices in my house. Tablets are mainly media consumption devices but Surface is more than that. Its a productivity device. I like the touch cover that came with the 64gb model. It took me few minutes to get used to it and then you will love it. I really like multitasking on the platform. Its also multi user. My entire family uses the same device and just like windows 8, you can have your apps/emails/data separated from other users. Users login to their own space and use the device. The full size USB port is very helpful to connect your existing devices. The video port allows me to connect the device to my TV and also extends the monitor. This is a powerful device. It is million times better than any tablet on the market. It is above a tablet and below a PC. I like the UI on the new version of Windows. I like the charms and common search/share across the applications. You are getting MS office for free. This is a huge plus for the device. Its a real productivity device. You can increase the storage by adding micro SD card to the slot. The Internet explorer makes all web pages look like apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    WingNut1225
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am a student who bought the surface to take notes on. I bought the RT because I intended on using it as a supplement to my computer, not a replacement. As it turns out, I hardly ever use my laptop anymore, and go right to my surface instead. The one thing I am bummed about is the fact there is not a good app to annotate, or take notes on, PDF documents. We are provided electronic copies of all of our coursepacks, and most my fellow classmates take notes right on their iPad or Android device with a capacitive stylus, which is what I had planned on doing as well. Unfortunately, as of right now, there is only one app that even allows you to annotate PDF documents, and it is severely lacking features to the point it is not usable. OneNote would be a great option, but for whatever reason, Microsoft disabled Draw capabilities on the RT version of the metro app, and the desktop version is too cumbersome and slow to be useful for a touch screen device and my purposes. This is my ONLY complaint. Despite not being able to use it for what I originally intended ( and I hope by the time next semester rolls around there will be an app available), I still use my surface daily for school. I pull up PowerPoint presentations to go through as I am taking notes or studying. Or for a quick search of the PDF version of the coursepack to find something on the fly. The email is great! The whole system syncs seamlessly with with my computer and Windows Phone, especially with SkyDrive. Finally, the touch cover is fantastic! I was skeptical about it but decided to try it anyway and am sure glad I did! it works better than I could have imagined!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow - completely exceeded my expectations

    Posted
    newuser123
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I got this for Christmas and I still can't believe how well it works. I've tried iPads and Android tablets but they all fall short except for playing videos and games and basic web browsing so end up not being used. This is really windows. It prints to my printer and sees my home network just like my laptop. It has real office so I can actually use it rather than make do with an office lookalike in the app store. I can access SharePoint and do data queries off our sql server using excel. I can plug it into a projector and show PowerPoint slides. The web browser is a real web browser is a full web browser so web sites look normal. The screen is 16:9 so its the right size for video. I can access files through widows explorer and create folders and libraries etc. This is the first tablet I have had that I feel confident I could go to a meeting with and not take my laptop with me. Another thing I didn't expect was it sees my tv on the network and allows me to play videos on my tablet straight to it with no tools or apps or anything needed. If you need a tablet that really works and you use windows on your main computers seriously consider this as an option.

    I would recommend this to a friend