Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Overview
Microsoft Surface is the new range of Windows tablets from Microsoft.
There are two different versions of the tablet that will be released and each version will come in several variants.
The two versions available are Surface with Windows RT (which you are looking at now) and Surface with Windows 8 Pro, which is due to be released at a later date (to be confirmed). These will vary in colour, internal storage size and whether or not the keyboard is included.
Surface with Windows RT is essentially a lite version of Surface with Windows 8 Pro. However, Surface with Windows RT still has plenty to offer and makes the Windows experience available in tablet form for the first time.
Windows RT works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store. It comes with Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview installed, which will be updated to the final Office version for free once it is available.
Due to the fact that Window RT can only run apps from the Windows Store, there’s no risk of installing dangerous software on your tablet - so no threat of viruses and malware. The ability to only install apps from the Windows Store only is where Windows RT differs to Windows 8 Pro slightly, which can also run current Windows 7 desktop applications.
While Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center are not included with Windows RT, there are plenty of Microsoft’s other services: Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive, plus a touch optimised version of Internet Explorer 10.
With Windows RT, you can personalise your layout by pinning your favourite apps and sites to your start screen. There’s also the option to create a unique password for signing in to your tablet.
One of the most eye-catching features of the Microsoft Surface range is the accessory range available and in particular the keyboard. There are two different keyboards – the Touch, which has capacitive keys and the Type, which has physical keys. The Surface tablet is docked to your keyboard of choice, thus making the experience more like a laptop.
In terms of connectivity the options, the Surface with Windows RT comes in pretty strong. It’s got a full size USB port, microSDXC card reader, HD video out port and headphone jack. There’s also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and the internal storage comes as either 32 or 64GB.
A fair bit slimmer than the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, the Surface RT is just 9.3mm thick (compared to the 13.5mm of the Pro). It features a 10.6” display, with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and aspect ratio of 16:9. It weighs in at 680g and has a battery life of up to 8 hours.
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Features
- 10.6" 1366 x 768 display
- Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (upgradeable to full Office when available)
- Compatible with Surface keyboards - 'Touch' and 'Type'
- HD video out port
- Full-size USB 2.0 port
- MicroSDXC reader
- 3.5mm earphone jack
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 9.3mm thick
- Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive
- Internet Explorer 10
- No threat of viruses & malware
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Box Contents
- Surface with Windows RT and Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview 2
- Black Touch Cover (optional)
- Power supply
- QuickStart Guide
- Safety and warranty documents