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Friday 19 Jul 2024

MS Surface
Jennifer Ramirez

Microsoft  introduced its Surface tablet with unprecedented hype for the company. The major question is this, does Surface stand up to the buzz?

The Microsoft Surface is a Windows 8 tablet, with included stand and key-board operating on both ARM and Intel systems. Surface is a series of tablet systems running the company's next-generation Windows OA. It marks Microsoft's first debut into the ever-expanding tablet market.

Yes, you read that properly. Microsoft will be creating and branding its own tablets. MS now challenges, with its personal hardware, partners such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo. Apple has nothing to fear, yet.

For beginners, MS really has paid close attention to the details. This tablet is one of the several with a full sized USB port. The Windows RT version of Surface has USB 2.0, with USB 3.0 on the Windows 8 Pro edition, scheduled for a late 2012 launch.

Surface uses a 10.6-inch optically bonded ClearType screen. The display's 16:9 aspect ratio  is similar to that of an HIGH DEFINITION TV, so numerous of your beloved movies and all more recent Television shows will run in full-screen on the gadget, with no stretching out or letterboxing. The greater part of Android tablets come with a 16:10 aspect ratio, while the iPad uses the identical squarish 4:3 aspect ratio you may remember from pre HD Televisions.

The design and style of the Surface for Windows RT and the similar Surface for Windows 8 Pro that we didn't see in as much detail, is elegant. The front side is smooth black glass, accuracy attached to the magnesium alloy chassis , with only a Windows logo noticeable - the word Microsoft doesn't appear on the case at any place. The Surface is light and cozy to carry; the edges are sloped to give you a pleasant grip.

The keyboard hides in the revolutionary "smart" covers. It's the tablet keyboard you've constantly dreamed bout, flexible, lightweight, practical and a true help to your work productivity.The Type Cover has mechanised keys and a multi touch clickpad. My touch typist fingers flew over the keys as successfully as if I were typing on my laptop computer. The Touch Cover shows up in brilliant and joyful colours along with the more staid black, and has flat, very sensitive keys that can identify when a person is typing; if you switch the cover around to the back, the integrated accelerometer can sense this and will certainly switch off the keyboard.


-Windows Surface RT

  • Weight: 676 g
  • Size: 9.3 mm
  • Screen: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
  • Processor: nVidia-made ARM chip
  • Battery: 31.5 Wh
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antenna
  • Software: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB

-Windows Surface 8 Pro

  • Wight 903 g
  • Size: 13.5 mm
  • Screen: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 - Ivy Bridge
  • Battery: 42 Wh
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB

It's a big surprise that Ms developed its own tablet, but it's done a more than reasonable job of it; far more innovative and refined than a lot of Android products. Microsof company has to get the cost correct,  the current thinking is similar with iPad and 10-inch Android tablets for Surface RT rather than with the 7-inch Kindle Fire and battery-life has to be decent. Microsoft Surface does not really feel such as an iPad in your hands; it looks like a classy Windows tablet loaded with clever touches that make it useful.

Dr Michael A. Cusumano, a management professor at MIT, believes Surface is a way for Microsoft to spur hardware companies into making viable machines of their own. “I think once they jump-start it, they plan to make money the way they always have, from licensing software,” he said.

Jennifer Ramirez, known as Jenny, has reviewed and edited for 5+ years. Originally from Toronto, she grew up performing and competing in rhythmic gymnastics. Jenny enjoys reviewing movies, books and music albums. She describes herself as funny and righteous, with a 'go that extra mile' attitude. Her philosophy is quite simple: try to live life to the fullest Jenny writes that hr passion is books. She reads and reviews current and back-list literary fiction, crime fiction, thrillers, occasionally science fiction, and narrative nonfiction. She also loves music. She's a huge fan of The Maine and All Time Low! Joy is her favorite word and creativity is something she can't live without.

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