Surface Windows 8 RT – quick review

Surface RT

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Got this device about a month ago and had some time to use it both at home and at work.

I really like the Windows 8 operating system. I’ve been running it at home for the past 7 months but was using a mouse on my old laptop which hinders the experience. It is a much more pleasant experience to use it on a touch screen device like the Surface RT. Using the brand new Microsoft office applications on the device is great. There are 2 types of keyboard available for the device. One is flat while the other has raised keys (more traditional). Both are very slim.

The “RT” in “Surface RT” means that this is a potable device operating system, that can only run applications specially programmed for “RT”. It means that you can not use such a program as Quattro, as it was programmed to run on normal, non-“RT” computers. This is the biggest flaw of the device and for this reason I would not recommend buying it at this stage.

The full version of the Surface, which can run all the normally programmed applications, will be available in the next few months. The device will be double the price of the RT device.

Pros:

– up to 8 house of battery life

– extremely portable

– using gestures to close, switch and position applications is powerful

– display quality is very sharp, even though it is not as crisp as the iPad

– has true multi-tasking (also is a con, read below)

– unlike a regular tablet, has a standard USB port, so you can plug and use your printer, camera, USB drive etc

Cons:

– running power-hungry applications in the background could really slow the device

– you must use the raised keyboard, otherwise typing is difficult

– can’t run regular computer programs, has to run specially programmed RT programs