Microsoft Surface

Bottom Line

Sporting a magnesium casing, tons of ports and connections, and a brilliant, optically-bonded screen, this is one hell of a tablet that stands tall for both work and play.

Vapor Mg Casing, Full USB 2.0 Port, microHDMI, magnetic power connector

Heavier than it looks ( nevertheless it is sturdy weight), casing is prone to smudges

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Weight:   1.5 lbs

Display

Type:   10.6in TFT active matrix LED

Resolution:  1366×768 

Display Technology: Microsoft Clear Type

OS

OS:   Microsoft Windows RT

Build:   9400

Processor

Memory:      2GB

Processor:  Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core

Storage

Flash Memory:   32 GB ( 64 GB model available)

Extra Memory:   supports microSDXC, microSD,
microSDHC . ( up to 64 GB)

Ports & Connections

connections

USB :   1x  USB 2.0

micro HDMI Port:   1 Port

microSDXC:   1 Port

Battery

Battery Capacity:   31.5 w-hr

Battery Life:   up to 8 hours

Battery Standby:   360 hours of standby

Multimedia

Camera:   Yes: ( Front @ 720p/ Back @ 720p )

Speakers:   Stereo

Headphone Jack:   3.5 mm jack Built-in

Microphone:   Built-in

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Keyboard

Type: Detachable Keyboard

Key Implementation: Raised keys on Touch Cover / Touch Keys on Type Cover

Track Pad: Multi-gesture track pad

Sensors

Accelerometer : Yes

Ambient Light Sensor : Yes

Magnetometer: Yes

Gyro Sensor: Yes

GPS: No

NFC: No

Verdict

The Microsoft Surface stands tall as a perfect tablet for both work and play.

More Info

surface.com

Images courtesy of Microsoft

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Microsoft Surface Makes Oprah’s List of Favorite Things

Surface has made Oprah’s List of Favorite Things. The prestigious list is a handpicked selection of the things Oprah calls her “favorite”.

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The 10.6 in tablet has drawn the praise of critics from Cnet to Engadget. Now, Microsoft’s first tablet, earned Oprah’s approval. She said, “”The Surface, Microsoft’s first tablet, feels like a Mercedes-Benz to me, people!”

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Microsoft Surface Available for Pre-order at $499

Microsoft has made its Surface tablets available for pre-order, starting at $499. Surface will retail at Microsoft stores on October 26.  You can pre-order your Surface RT here.

Prices for Surface RT

  • Surface RT w/no Touch Cover, 32 GB  — $499
  • Surface RT with Touch Cover,  32 GB – – $599
  • Surface RT with Touch Cover,  64 GB  — $699

For a complete review of Surface, please see Microsoft Launches Surface (VIDEO) and Microsoft Surface vs. Apple iPad

Please note that Surface Pro will be available for pre-order soon.

Surface RT is sporting an 8 hour battery and 2Gb system memory. In comparison the iPad sports a 10 hour battery and just 1GB system memory. For more info, see surface.com

 

Rumor: Microsoft Surface to be Priced at $199

An anonymous inside source tipped Engadget about the possibility of a Microsoft Surface priced at a ridiculous $199.Although this is still just a rumor, the tip does look promising and entirely realistic,

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After all, Microsoft is the underdog in a mature and highly-competitive market. The worst move Microsoft could make would be a severely overpriced tablet that only the rich and wealthy could afford. With a $199 price tag, Microsoft would be undercutting both the Kindle and the Nexus.

Microsoft is being aggressive and should be commended. For starters, affordable prices incur risks and… should Microsoft price Surface at just 200 bucks, they will be banking on the number of tablets they sell— or else risk losing enormous amounts in profit.

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Considering how affordable the Surface RT tablet would be, it would not take too long for Surface to gain significant market share, potentially topping Apple or Google.

about1Of course, there is always the question that a cheap price might discourage consumers and give them the impression that the quality is not really there. Balance is no easy skill—and for Microsoft to successfully sell Surface tablets, the price will have to be just right.

And lest we forget that Microsoft is supposed to be helping their partners with tablets, instead of just creating more competition… a $199 Surface could be the last straw in a series of events that would force computer companies to bail from Windows 8. Let’s just hope they are friendly to some… competition.