Nov 09

Features of The New Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

The Microsoft Surface Tablet serves as the flagship for the Windows 8 platform designed specifically for touch-based devices. It features a convenient keyboard accessory, thoughtful design, split-screen and other innovative elements that create a look and feel that is remarkably similar to your favorite computer.

Design Features

The Surface has a sleek design with a beveled backside, comfortably rounded corners and an exceptionally light alloy casing designed to resist scratch and wear. Known as VaporMg, the alloy is three times as light but just as strong as aluminum and includes a matte coating that gives it a fresh feel and fingerprint resistance. It boasts a 10.1-inch display with a 1366×768 resolution and ClearTypeHD technology for crystal clear pictures, bright colors and crisp text.

Along the front of the Surface are the light sensor, the 720p-capable camera, a speaker, a USB 2.0 port, power port and a Micro-HDMI port. At the bottom left is a kickstand that allows users to prop the tablet up for more convenient use. The Surface houses a 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, includes 2GB of RAM and supports a 128 GB card in its microSD slot. The Surface has WiFi support, Bluetooth 4.0 and runs on Windows RT.

Features of microsoft surface rtWindows RT includes an ARM-friendly interface with most of Windows’ typical control panels, settings, Internet Explorer 10 and a preview of Office Home and Student RT 2013. It does not support the installation of additional applications, including programs that ran on previous versions of Windows or non-ARM Windows 8. Windows RT does provide full access to the Windows store. The tile interface is carefully designed for touch and includes large buttons and easy scrolling.

Feather or Brick?

Just 1.5 pounds in weight, the tablet is a bit bulkier than typical tablets, but the weight is well balanced by the Surface’s widescreen and engaged kickstand. The Touch and Type Cover may be one of the Surface’s more attractive features. Not just a screen cover, the Touch and Type Cover also acts as a keyboard once it is firmly and magnetically attached to the tablet. When the keyboard is no longer needed and the cover is folded up, the Surface is put to sleep. When it’s time to use it again, simply flip the cover open again, and the keyboard is instantly ready to use again.

Is it all good news?

The Surface is a nicely updated, flexible tablet, but it does have some drawbacks. Although the kickstand is sturdy, it is not adjustable. The Touch Cover is an add-on feature that must be purchased separately and is not the equivalent of a case to protect the Surface. Additionally, because the Windows store features few additional apps specifically for the Surface, it offers little opportunity for its users to personalize it.

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