We had to exercise some patience before we were able to get out hands on one, but it's finally here. Today we are taking a closer look at the Microsoft Surface RT, and we are eager to find out what their interpretation is of the tablet phenomenon.
Microsoft would like to bridge the gap between the traditional world of desktops, and the 21st century world of tablets with Windows 8 and Windows RT. And instead of copying others, Microsoft is forging its own path with both hardware and software.
Windows 8 and RT look the same, with the same lay-out and the same Windows software. The main difference is that RT is limited to MS Office Home & Student 2013, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. These are the only officially-supported desktop applications in RT. We'll take a closer look at this aspect a bit later in this review.
The Surface RT obviously has a lot in common with other tablets, but Microsoft has added its own twist to the formula. It's made in something Microsoft calls VaporMG, a type of magnesium alloy that feels solid and durable. The Surface RT weighs about 680 grams which is heavier even than the iPad Retina, another tablet that's not exactly light-weight.
The dark color gives it a business-like appearance. One of the unique features is the integrated kickstand, which makes it possible to place the Surface RT upright without an additional and separate stand. It only has one setting, so you can't adjust the angle. The keyboards and the Surface RT work well together on flat surfaces like a desk or table, but the construction is too unstable to sit in your lap effectively.