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The Surface tablet is a flagship Microsoft product — its first foray into the tablet market as a hardware manufacturer. It’s almost as locked-down as the iPad – the only applications you can install and run being those that come from the Windows Store — yet you can also plug in a USB drive and have a full file manager at your disposal. Is the quirky Windows 8 interface truly better on a tablet? Are the touch gestures intuitive? Is there actually a desktop mode? All these questions and more will be answered; read on for the full MakeUseOf review and giveaway of the Microsoft Surface.

We purchased this 32GB Microsoft Surface with a black touch cover for $599 in order to prepare this review. And now, we’re giving it away to one lucky reader!

I’m going to refer to the user interface as Metro throughout this review because that’s what we’re all familiar with; I believe it’s actually called Modern UI at this point, but then you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about.

Introduction: Making use of the Microsoft Surface tablet

This is the first Surface branded product to be launched, to be followed later by Surface Pro. This (RT) model runs on an ARM based processor, and as such is incompatible with all existing Windows software; it will only run applications from the Windows 8 store, so in that respect it’s more similar to an iPad than anything else. The Pro model, which will be be launched later is a full Windows 8 tablet device running on x86 hardware.

In terms of competition, there are no other Windows RT devices on the market currently. At this size and price range, the iPad is the leading competitor. The 32GB Microsoft Surface tablet is $499; that’s $100 cheaper than a 32GB iPad. Purchased with the touch cover, the package price is $599, so this certainly isn’t a budget device. It also goes up against the newly released Google Nexus 10, a 10″ $499 (32GB version) Android tablet. I was impressed by the Nexus 7 Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway We purchased a 16GB Nexus 7 for $249 which I've been reviewing for a week or so now, and I've really grown to love the little thing. We'll be giving it away at the end... Read More , so it’s safe to assume the Nexus 10 is also a solid device.

Initial Impressions

The packaging is sleek and alluring to the modern product it hides; the box features the same bezel as the device itself, a strong diagonal cut.

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Included in the package is the keyboard, the device itself, a charging cable and adaptor – this model is shipped with a UK plug. The instruction manual is suitably sparse; there really is no need to read it.

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Hardware and Specs

The Surface is an industrial design in gunmetal matt black. It feels incredibly solid – even the kickstand. At 0.68kg it’s actually not much heavier than the new iPad’s 0.66kg. The distinctively retro shape of the case is a sharp and welcome departure from an increasingly curved design world dominated by Apple. The Surface can certainly stand proud and unique amongst it’s fellow tablets, at least in terms of design.

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The keyboard cover acts in much the same way as Apple’s smart cover; it snaps into place very easily with a satisfying clank that I imagine a Transformer must feel when it changes into something, while the magnet will wake and sleep the device automatically upon closing and opening. Since it’s a keyboard, it flips open from the top to the bottom – counter intuitive to a paper notepad, laptop, or iPad’s Smart Cover.

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Sadly, the standard touch sensitive keyboard is horrendous. Because it’s a touch sensitive substrate with a layer of fabric over it, you can almost feel the slight gap between the two layers. Pressing down on one key results in the other side of the keyboard shifting upwards slightly, disconcertingly. It simply doesn’t feel good to type on – I found myself using the keyboard cover as just a cover; typing was faster and felt better with the on-screen keyboard. Though I don’t have one to test, I suspect the bulkier physical keyboard is much better.

The IPS screen is bright but clearly pixellated at times; you’ll only notice this if you have a more recent Android device or a Retina iPhone/iPad. The screen’s biggest issue for me is the size – it’s nearly twice as wide as it is tall (roughly 23cm x 13cm visible) with an aspect ratio of 16:9. While this feels great in landscape mode, it’s positively monstrous in portrait. Obviously this has great benefits when watching widescreen format movies, but if you’re more of a eBook reader then the odd size may take getting used to.

The kickstand has been touted as an outstanding feature of the Surface, but in reality it’s a mixed blessing. On the one hand, having a stand built-into the device is certainly convenient; it’s not a gimmicky plastic one either, but a solid metal part of the case that doesn’t feel like it’ll break easily.

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On the other, it has a single fixed position, and there’s only one notch you can pull it out from on the let hand side. The fact that it’s solid metal means it can also scratch some tables.

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The front camera is better than I expected – great quality for Skype calls (is there any other reason to use a front camera?)

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Sadly, the rear camera is pathetic; I don’t know if this was due terrible low light performance (good luck getting a sunny day in England), but it was obviously grainy. The focus is also automatic (and not in a good, intelligent kind of way) – the only control you have is the shutter button. Given how good the camera is on an iPad, it’s frustrating that they didn’t include something better here.

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Finally, the speaker is rather quiet. For comparison, I’ve filmed Netflix running on both the iPad and the RT – you can clearly hear the difference. This was done in complete silence; when there was a small amount of background noise, the Surface playback became completely inaudible.

Connectivity and Storage

The model we’re giving away comes with 32GB of storage (reported at 26GB in real terms), though only 14GB of that is useable. A 64GB version is also available. There’s also a MicroSD port, though you’d be forgiven for not being able to find it (hidden under the kickstand), so the lack of space on the internal drive shouldn’t be a huge problem  – though it is odd that a cut-down version of Windows and Office would together take up that much space.

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Rejoice, for the Surface has a USB port – this is what you always wanted in a tablet, right? If you have a video or presentation you need to open, you can just plug it in, copy it across and do all that nitty gritty file management that Windows users so enjoy. If you’re on the go a lot, this will be invaluable to you; as someone who mainly uses a tablet at home with a home network, the prospect isn’t quite as tantalising for me.

There is no 3G or LTE capabilties, though it’s feasible that a 3G dongle could made specifically for the Surface in future.

Also on the topic of connectivity; if you have an Xbox 360, the Surface has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Firstly, you can play your own media directly to a TV, via an Xbox 360. This doesn’t work with Netflix protected content (nor would you want it to, given that there is a Netflix 360 app anyway) — but I was able to pop in a USB key with a few home movies on, and play them simply and easily to the Xbox. However, given that the Surface can’t handle .mkv files, it seems to be somewhat limited. Hopefully some apps capable of transcoding media like Plex, or apps that are able to play any media format like VLC will appear in the Windows Store soon, but for now its use is limited in that regard.

Secondly, the Surface can act as a SmartGlass controller; in supported games (Dance Central 3, Forza Horizon, Halo 4) and apps (Netflix, HBO Go, ESPN and a few others), the tablet displays additonal information or functionality. In Dance Central 3’s party mode for example, the Surface can choose which songs to add to the playlist while people are still dancing, preventing the downtime you usually get between playing.

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You can also use the Surface to launch games, apps, and videos from the dashboard. Note that the Smart Glass functionality is also available on all Windows 8 devices (desktop and laptops), iPhone, iPad and Android – so that alone isn’t a particular compelling reason to choose the Surface.

The Desktop

For those who are still adamant that the Surface RT doesn’t even come with a desktop mode – it does. It’s very much the desktop as you and I know it; you have the file explorer, and a desktop version of IE, and some apps pinned to the taskbar. However, that’s where the similarities end — you cannot install desktop applications. The included preview build of Office for RT runs on the desktop though.

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If this is confusing you, then I completely understand. Frankly, the inclusion of a desktop mode on the Surface running Windows RT seems insane: why not just make a competant file manager app for Metro and be done with the desktop completely? Since Office has a fullscreen mode, presumably it doesn’t actually need the desktop either, and could equally be Metro only? Why tease people with an otherwise non-functional desktop? Why disjoint the Metro experience?

Apps

Here’s a brief rundown of my experience with some of the core apps you’ll find on the Surface.

Internet Explorer: I hope you like Internet Explorer because there isn’t an alternative. You can however run either in Metro mode, which I found frustrating when trying to switch between tabs, or in desktop mode, as a traditional browser.

Mail App: Oh dear, where do I start? Both of my Gmail accounts aren’t syncing right; I’ll read them on the Surface only to find they’re still showing as unread on my desktop and mobiles. This isn’t something I’ve had a problem with between Apple and Android. Second, the inbox isn’t unified; if you’re dealing with 5 or 6 email accounts, it can get ridiculous. You can work around it by adding them all to single Gmail account, but that’s not a real solution and you shouldn’t have to. Thirdly, I’m having a really hard time adjusting to way it displays emails and switches between threads; as soon I click a thread, it will expand in place, shifting the rest of the email list and resulting in a disorienting experience; Gmail and Apple Mail both display threads within the email view, not the list view. Either way, this is not a nice way to browse email, and I won’t be using it.

People: The main People app has been automatically populated with names and emails I’ve predominantly never heard of, yet attempting to reply to an email and typing in the most commonly emailed contact (my boss) resulting in no suggested recipients; I clicked the “add people” button to find him manually, but the number of contacts had mysteriously dropped to a sum total of 10, 8 of which I had never heard of. Not a great start. I noticed there’s a section for “social updates” in the people app, so I tried adding my Facebook account. I authenticated, and it said it was successful, and then nothing. Tried again. This time it said I would need to add my account via the Settings panel; so I pull across the charms and try again. Without authenticating, this time it said “you may need to wait a few minutes while we set things up”. I wait half hour, play with some other apps; nothing.

By now, I’m sick of notifications and screens like the one below — it’s both patronising, depressing, unhelpful, and arty all at the same time. If you’re doing something, let the user know the progress, or notify them – just, do something, ok?

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Only after restarting does it start to show me anything.

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Office: This is a killer feature, according to some pundits. I loaded up Word and was instantly kicked to a desktop; it’s disorienting, and I was under the impression there was an Office version for Metro, but clearly this isn’t it. The bugs began as soon as I attempted to open a template and edit it, which you can see on the video below. This is technically only a preview release, but if this is a big selling point, perhaps it would have been better to have it fully working before the release of the tablet.

Other than a few initial bugs, Office apps seemed to work as expected. I’m not a heavy Office user though so I didn’t test extensively. If you’ve had a chance to play with Office 2013 and you really like it, then I expect you’ll easily forgive these early bugs and really like a Surface tablet.

Gestures

The gesture system is functional after getting used to it, but it’s far from intuitive. If you’ve used the desktop version of Windows 8 — like I have been — you’ll be used to a few hot corners by now, such as the bottom left for a start menu, top left for task switching; these still work with the trackpad on the Surface. If you’re touching the screen, you might instinctively try to drag from a corner, into a corner, or just hover over a corner; this does nothing. Task switching by touch alone is done by pulling in from the left side to reveal the last used app, then pushing back again to morph it into the task list. It’s a silly gesture that I couldn’t find documented anywhere. I’m not an idiot, but this made absoutely zero sense and was just inconsistent with what you can do with a mouse or trackpad. I thoroughly recommend downloading our recently published cheat sheet to help you with this.

It may take you a while to figure out how to uninstall apps from your home screen too; you need to touch them, then pull a little down, but not so much as to actually move the tile, just enough so that a checkmark will appear. Again, this took me a good 30 minutes to try and figure out.

Though the touch display is responsive, I still find a week later that I’m getting unwanted touch events, or performing a gesture just a little further than I wanted to, resulting in the wrong action completely.

Battery Life

Microsoft claims 8 hours of video playback under optimal conditions; though in reality you probably won’t bother turning off Bluetooth and Wifi, so expect around 6 hours of heavy usage. Standby is good though, so light users should be alright with a charge once every few days. With a Magsafe-style charging adaptor, I found snapping the power cord on to recharge easy, unlike the fiddly mini-USB charger that my phone has. Par for the course with the battery, then.

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Should you buy the Microsoft Surface tablet?

I began my Windows 8 experience on a 24″ widescreen desktop, thinking that it had clearly been designed for a tablet. Having now played with the Surface, I’m not convinced it’s been designed for that either. Though the hardware is beautiful (and perhaps quirky in its choice of screen size and fixed kickstand) – the software is best described as pre-release alpha. When the Surface is supposed be a flagship device that shows off Windows 8 to its best, I’m simply disappointed.

I honestly can’t begin to list all the bugs I found while basic testing the Surface; very little worked correctly, or if it did, the experience was terribly designed and it must have felt like a bug. Blank screens with no feedback whatsoever, no guidance on progress or no indication that an error had even occurred – were common. It was a case of trial and error a lot of the time; frantic tapping on random things to see if it would fix it; restarting the device; switching back and forth through apps, and accidentally launching things I didn’t mean to. I do this kind of thing for a living; imagine how much frustration grandma would feel.

I admire what Microsoft is doing; truly I do. It’s a valiant stand, taking the stage next to Apple with a bold new direction, proclaiming, “We can do hardware, and the software, all in one single ecosystem, just like you can! We can sell apps, we can sell videos, and we can do music!” — it’s brave, but it just isn’t there yet. I’ve actually started to like — well perhaps, tolerate — Metro on my desktop computer. As a media center, it does work nicely, and when Plex, VLC or XBMC release a Metro app, it’ll be perfect. I’m also confident that the Surface Pro will address a lot of the issues found in this device.

Microsoft has proved to us that they can make an attractive piece of kit; but like most first generation products, this one is plagued by an untested interface, quirks, bugs and lack of compelling software. These are of course, all things that Microsoft can and will fix in time. For now though, this tablet isn’t ready to tackle the big boys — despite it’s big boy pricing.

Our verdict of the Microsoft Surface Tablet:
Don’t buy it – not yet.
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How do I win the Microsoft Surface tablet?

The giveaway is over. Congratulations, Alan Miranda! Our Associate Editor, Jackson Chung will be in touch with you shortly via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this timeframe will not be entertained.

  1. MichaelSteele
    March 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    It is so nice I agree every one can gift to his beloved.and I know a better site whose update various type tablet phone, iPhone Android phone, etc.
    resource:whattabletisthebest.com

  2. Mishaal Fatima
    January 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    can anyone tell me how to knw who is the winner....... ?? i could never find his/her name on makeuseof

    • Muo TechGuy
      January 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Its written at the end of the article; Alan Miranda, from the the US

  3. Mishaal Fatima
    January 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    who was winner ????/

  4. Salman Johnson
    December 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Windows 7 is the way to go!

  5. Obed Cutaran
    December 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

    So who won?

  6. Carlos Ramirez
    December 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    It would be so awesome to win this

  7. Jackson Chung
    December 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    As long as the form and the entry submission button are visible, the giveaway is still going on. Once a winner is selected, we'll announce it on this post as well as on our social networks. So please be patient, and there's absolutely no need to ask who the winner is.

  8. Allison Fornal
    December 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Nice giveaway. I sure would like to be the recipient of this Tablet

  9. Tushar
    December 13, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I hope I will win this :)

  10. juan david gil
    December 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    quick news: some people had some problems with the surface, but it seems that the microsoft support is aware and helpfull http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyxR6uTxr8Q

    • muotechguy
      December 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Not a problem I experienced with this one, but fair enough. All hardware has defective devices thouhg, nothing new there.

  11. Andrei Bogdan
    December 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Oh my god ! It looks great :D:D

  12. Bulilit Toralballa
    December 12, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Nice Christmas gift for me :)

  13. Debbie Franklin
    December 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I have always wanted a tablet in the worst way! I would LOVE this!!!

  14. John S
    December 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    In it 2 win it!

  15. nikhil agarwal
    December 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    thanx for the giveaway...

  16. Sapan Agrawal
    December 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I am currently using windows 8 on my laptop and I m Loving it:) With a hope that I would win in this giveaway I am eager to try my hand on this AWESOME tablet..:D

  17. Violet Smith
    December 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I would love to win this for my husband. He usually takes my iPad when he can wrestle it away from my daughter. This would be a great gift for him

  18. Ed Buisan
    December 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, so did the guy who made this review. They made this review happened, be glad about it and move on, and as a consolation, they even want a lucky winner to have this product. The surface is in its early release, maybe a few months early but updates are coming for the bugs and fixes. Give it time, it will grown in you. Great review by the way and thanks for the heads up. Thanks to this giveaway. Anything that is given free is the best gift of all. Good luck to all. :D

  19. Rocco Rizzo
    December 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    It might be good. I would like to see what they are like in a year. This is Microsoft's first delve into the realm of tablets, so we have to see how good they have done with this.

  20. Douglas Mutay
    December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hey James! Who was the winner of this giveaway? ;-)

    • Muo TechGuy
      December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      To be announced on the 14th!

      • Douglas Mutay
        December 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Thanks. D-Day minus 4... maybe it's me...laughs

  21. ralph canuck
    December 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Loved the review and I think I agree with lanardo and James Bruce I think it would be great to win for free BUT for the RRP would you buy it or something else?? I liked the fact that James had used Windows 8 on his pc prior to the surface review

  22. Syed Fouzan
    December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Its great at the visual :) but the cons out weigh them i guess :(

  23. Félix S. De Jesús
    December 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I wish to have luck this time <3
    That tablet must be a win for everyone who have it!!

  24. trisha_f
    December 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I'd love to have this. I'm disabled and having access to a smaller computer/tablet would make my life much easier. Sitting up at the computer desk causes my feet and lower legs to swell. I could use this while sitting in my recliner or in my bed with my feet elevated. Sure it's not perfect, but no computer is.

  25. Beatrice P
    December 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for the giveaway

  26. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Please MUO give this to me =]

  27. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I want this =]

  28. Kazuki Tachibana
    December 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Windows RT eh? I kinda want to give it a try just to see. :)

  29. Nuno Lopes
    December 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Sorry m8's...this surface is going to be mine..so sorry..try next time...

  30. Nicola De Ieso
    December 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Another beautiful giveaway. I hope to won this

  31. Nick Thorp
    December 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Such a good review of Microsofts new Surface tablet!

    Still not sure what to buy as there is so much to choose from Android, Windows or Apple however it has helped me and I am sure many people!

    #Surface #SurfaceReview

  32. Anonymous
    December 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I hope to win this thanks for giveaway
    count me in

  33. Tim Schluter
    December 5, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I guess if this is the direction Microsoft is heading the we either become used to it or become as antiquated as DOS 1.x
    Windows 8 seems to me to be little more than the HP touch interface included on their Window 7 HP TouchSmart systems.

  34. Carlo Vincente
    December 5, 2012 at 1:28 am

    According to your post, I don´t want it.

  35. Jahnezzy Eltime
    December 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    mini ipad got cpt

  36. I read stuff
    December 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thank you for giving everyone the opportunity to win. I never win anything, but I entered because I am enjoying spending time on your site. I am going to begin reading some of the guides now. I can't wait. Good Luck to all on the giveaway!

  37. Dandy Putra
    December 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

    than not, better have a microsoft surface tablet.

  38. Sri Vastav Reddy
    December 4, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Oh God..I want it. want it, want it, want it, want it, :) :)

  39. TheTechnologyNation
    December 4, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Overall the Surface feels like a 1.0 product.

  40. Jagbir Sembhi
    December 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    i like the keyboard

  41. Blake Andreasen
    December 3, 2012 at 5:42 am

    It would be interesting to get this and use it, but no way I would go out and buy it. That being said I would love to get this for free!!

  42. Caroline West
    December 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    The review sounds like the Surface really is not that great but I would still love to have it. I've upgraded my Laptop to the £24.99 Windows 8 Pro and so far so good :-)

    This would most certainly be the icing on the cake :-)

  43. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Ah, I really want this.. but too bad my country is on the 'blacklist' in the rule T_T

  44. acampb311
    November 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    would be nice to add to the collection

  45. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    There seem ti be more pros than cons to the Surface tablet but it seems like some thing that would be fun to try. I hope they improve on the camera, sound, actual memory, ergonomics and what ever else they messed up this time to deliver a solid product.

    I'm not sure what Apple is working on next but the iPad Mini was a bit of a disappointment in terms of innovation (a smaller iPad -- meh). If Microsoft is smart they'll be working on something that will let them stand apart from Apple.

    Apple is not the first to create a tablet but so far they've done it best.

  46. Muz RC
    November 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    it will be a great gift to won this thing... :)

  47. Georgie C
    November 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Never had one, so would like one!

  48. Dree Getz
    November 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Thanks. I would love this.

  49. Samarth Gupta
    November 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Looking forward to the pro version of this tablet.. :D

  50. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks for the review.

    Now, if I can win this beauty.

    Seriously though, I'll wait for the Surface Pro to come out in January. Don't know why they released the RT version so far ahead of the Pro. Looks like Microsoft is trying to shoot itself in the foot.

  51. Claude Belanger
    November 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Obviously needs some fine tuning before I would consider buying one but would love to win so I could try doing geeky stuff to it just to see what happens. Being a computer and network and communications technician I can think of all kinds of tweeks I'd like to try!

  52. Jorge Yort Rosal
    November 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Is windows recommended using my desktop? I really want to upgrade my windows 7 but I'm a little bit confused with the interface. Looks like it is build for tablets. Please advise.

    • Anonymous
      November 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      You can use Windows 8 on your desktop. When the Metro screen appears, just move your mouse to either the top right corner, or the bottom left of the screen, and then you will see to click for the classic desktop. I've had it work with either the top right or the bottom left.

      But, be advised that there are a lot of things you are used to in Windows 7 that are not in the Classic desktop layout on Windows 8. I would just keep running Windows 7 on your desktop. I've been Beta testing Windows since Win95, and I'm not going to change my desktop to Windows 8. I'm running Windows 8 (Been doing it for over a year now), and I will only use it on tablets and touch screens.

  53. Lukas Karamitsanis
    November 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    this would be a great birthday present for myself! :D

  54. Scott Jones
    November 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I'm in real need of a Tablet.

  55. Terahall Rvc
    November 27, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Please let me win...

  56. Oreno Eyser
    November 27, 2012 at 2:24 am

    A must have

  57. Michael Jan Moratalla
    November 27, 2012 at 1:52 am

    nice one

  58. Judith
    November 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Since the laptop I am using to type this is so old it has no camera, I would love to win one of these.

  59. sayeed
    November 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    i am from a poor country and i am not capable of buying it. So i wish if i get it, it will help me a lot.

  60. Artur Rzhiskiy
    November 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    What is that stuff in the bottles in one of the pictures; is that alcohol or scooby mashroom?

  61. Sharon
    November 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Pick Me Please!

  62. nikhil agarwal
    November 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    would love to have one

  63. Audrey Johnson
    November 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I've just got to invest in one of these, right away.

  64. Ravuama Nayago
    November 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

    wow this is too cool

  65. Alykhan Lalani
    November 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    overpriced but w/e

  66. Torsten Nielsen
    November 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Have yet to see one of these in the wild - could be fun to be the first to sport one around here. Lots of Windows fanboys to mock ;-)

  67. mangesh kharche
    November 23, 2012 at 3:54 am

    really nice tablet..i am going to have one in my hands.

  68. Abdulrahman Ak
    November 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    amazing giveaway

  69. bright
    November 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    where can i get one to buy and how much do you sale it

  70. Anonymous
    November 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    this is something that i would thouroughly enjoy indeed...

  71. Jasper John S. Cecilio
    November 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the chance! Awesome giveaway!

  72. Anton
    November 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Damn damn damn! I like this tablet! It is such that I was looking for. I really want to try it and be glad that nobody else don't own it in my city :)

  73. G. Calamita
    November 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Hello, if I only get it I might keep on working for my health on-line volunteering :)

    Thank you.

  74. dexter miranda
    November 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

    hope iphone this promo :)

  75. Joe Womble
    November 22, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I can definitely Make Use Of this device! My family members will use it as well.

  76. Richard Hoag
    November 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

    it looks great,especially that magnetic keyboard.

  77. Sam Gladden
    November 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I would love to try it!

  78. Dane Morgan
    November 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    The camera result was a little disappointing, but otherwise, this all sounds pretty much like what I expected.

  79. William Beaver
    November 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Even A Blind Chicken Gets Corn Once In A while.

  80. Anish Shah
    November 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I would love to win this ..... by the way .. I am not able to figure out where can I see the list of people who won previous giveaways .

    • Muo TechGuy
      November 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Just check the original giveaway posts, they are listed at the bottom of the article.

  81. Unni Krishnan
    November 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Can't wait to get this . Love #Surface

  82. John Forbes
    November 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Looks cool, can't wait to have a play with one.

  83. Shovan Sargunam
    November 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I actually had high hopes on Surface! I do agree with you Microsoft is getting back where it should be.

  84. Anonymous
    November 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    gimmme gimme that please before i detonate myself

  85. Ahmad Fawad
    November 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    It was a nice info, thanks for always sharing such a nice informations.

  86. steven epstein
    November 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    thank you for a great contest

  87. Sri Vastav Reddy
    November 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    when is this day going to come...Friday, December 14th. !!!!
    i am dying..to get IT

  88. Dee Martin
    November 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I think I will wait on this. It looks awesome but I really appreciate the review. I have shared it with several folks. It seems to follow the usual pattern with Microsoft - wait until the second go-round when they start working out the bugs. I hope they get it right. The concept is gorgeous. I just don't understand the marketing concept that rushes out and sells a defective product which just angers people.

  89. Jerick Dilla
    November 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Windows 8 might not be a well-rounded OS yet but Metro Apps sure is a great approach to portable gadgets. Might not be too good for desktop imho, but it sure is perfect for tablets!

  90. Laurence Moore
    November 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I would love to win one of these & I think every body would also so we will see

  91. Rakesh Mishra
    November 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

    the meto interface is really cool and provides a lot of comfort

  92. PootieTang
    November 21, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Just in time for Ho Ho Ho....

  93. Scott Pickett
    November 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I really want the Surface to be successful. Wish they would hurry up the release of the full Win 8 Pro model. I'm still worried that the price point is too high for most people.

  94. Márcio Reis
    November 21, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Just like i thought. Anyway i'm entering the competition with hope to be able to test it myself. I also recomend the Nielsen's review about the UI/UX issues that are afecting window 8. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/windows-8.html

    • Muo TechGuy
      November 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Interesting read, Marcio, thanks.

  95. Mohamed Salah
    November 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I myself earn Is this possible with you...!!!

    • Mohamed Salah
      November 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Win...!!!

      • Jerick Dilla
        November 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        Didn't got the idea of your first message but, yeah, let's win!

  96. Ron Lister
    November 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Like the Commercial :)

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Lenka *love*.

      Are you talking about her song? She's good.

  97. Charlie Copeland
    November 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I would love to have one of these. Would like to replace my power netbook with this.

  98. Phillip Thomas
    November 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Clearly not yet ready for primetime.

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Well, MS sure is new to this market but this is one stepping stone to variety. Not stereotyped to *ehem*Apple*ehem*.

  99. Andrei Anikin
    November 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    thanks, as always!

  100. Debasish Panda
    November 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    nice.....

  101. Gerald Shimizu
    November 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    A cool small gadget that is good for the garage.

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Garage...? Man if you're just using it for that, you should use something more functional for that.

  102. Fred V
    November 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I like your garden.

  103. Sharon Shazbaz Wallis
    November 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Fab giveaway - fingers crossed!

  104. Easton Wiki
    November 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I like what Microsoft is trying to do, though I am definitely waiting for the "full" version of the tablet. Surface seems pretty bad imo. Nothing to make it stand out from other tablets.

  105. Michael Jan Moratalla
    November 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    awesome

  106. BestGeeK
    November 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

    A bit late to game, but definitely only tablet which I'm gonna own - either by competition or by money :)

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Good choice :D

  107. Tibor Szentmarjay
    November 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Interesting whether this idea will work on the long term.

  108. Nitin Bobade
    November 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

    waiting for surface. Just trying my luck

  109. Irfan Ahmed
    November 20, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Thanks MoU for this giveaway.

  110. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012 at 1:44 am

    thank you for nice contest.

  111. Diep
    November 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I hope I win.

  112. Va Du
    November 20, 2012 at 12:12 am

    It seems like a good alternative to the iPad from what I tried and read. The only problem is the constant ads on TV. Everyday it's on all the time, I'll be lucky if I don't see it at least 3 times a day.

  113. bethbeuter
    November 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I bet it smells great, too!

  114. RoB RoDriguez
    November 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Nice Giveaway like others would love this as well :D been holding off on buying a iPad because i basically just only Use Microsoft Product and this is the only thing i am missing xD thanks for the chance and i would totally Make use of this :)

  115. Chris
    November 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Win 8 test device would be nice

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Test device? Well, this might be a beta for MS developing a modern-type tablet but I think they had put a lot of effort in it.

      If you wanna try win 8, try the desktop version first :D

  116. Robert Brock
    November 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    pick me ! ! ! I never win anything ! ! I would LOVE to win this tablet ! !

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Lol they won't pick anyone specifically. It's purely random (I just hope it is!). So let's just tell ourselves good luck!

  117. Shayna Craig
    November 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    surface

  118. Mihovil Pletikos
    November 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    here is one of the deepest, best and the least biased reviews http://www.anandtech.com/show/6385/microsoft-surface-review/12
    but i agree i am waiting for surface pro :)

    • Muo TechGuy
      November 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Wow, that review is a joke - "The Windows RT experience, in many senses, is clearly ahead of what many competitors offer in the tablet space today. Multitasking, task switching and the ability to have multiple applications active on the screen at once are all big advantages that Microsoft enjoys. For productivity workloads, Surface is without equal in the tablet space."

      Task switching by touch gesture is ridiculous, as is trying to figure out which icon represents which app by visual clues alone. And multiple applications on screen at the same time? You mean *pinned to 25% of the screen space* - no, sorry, that's not productive by ANY judgement. Couldn't read the rest of the review, this guy obviously wrote it without actually using the device.

      • Rogier
        November 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm

        Sorry but your reply and this review are the real joke. I'm not going to deny that Windows RT needs some work. Apps don't always load as fast as I'd like them too and some of the pre-installed apps aren't entirely bug free.

        However, to claim that task switching by gestures is ridiculous, is in itself quite ridiculous. A thinly disguised attempt at parading The Apple Way as the Only Way. Yes, if you've been double-tapping home buttons for the last three years, it might take you all of 10 minutes to get used to the Windows 8 way, but then, and i speak from experience, it is just as fast and intuitive as on your ipad (if not faster).

        Furthermore, you simply cannot claim that the snapped state for apps is useless by any judgement. Apparently you have never chatted with someone while browsing the web on a tablet, but I have, and I would pick the Surface over the ipad any day just for that. As the windows store grows, I have no doubt we'll see many more clever, and yes, even productive ways of using snapped state.

        Then this review. If you can claim that you've used windows 8 on your desktop and it still takes you 30 minutes to figure out how to select and uninstall an app on a windows 8 tablet, that looks bad on you, not on windows 8. That and the fact that the OP made no attempt to even explore the unique selling points of windows RT (charms, compatibility with thousands of devices that you can actually connect to with USB out of the box, micro SD slot for expanded storage, etc. etc.), and it isn't a stretch to classify this review as mindlessly copy&pasted iSheep drivel.

        • Muo TechGuy
          November 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

          Oh Rogier; if you'd care to read around instead of resorting to name calling, you might learn that I did a glowing review of the Nexus 7 and loved it, and I use an Android phone exclusively now. Not once did I say the iPad has better multitasking, because it doesn't. Frankly, it doesn't multitask; only Android has managed to do that one properly. I'm glad you've found a single use case for running a video alongside something (or did you mean just text chat?). Either way, I look forward to these productive uses that app developers come up. Here's one - a calculator! Genius! That's worth $600 right there!

          You know WHY it took 30 minutes to figure out how to uninstall an app? Because right clicking on a desktop is both easy, and obvious. Holding over something whilst making a small flicking down gesture to select it is not. Have you even used a Windows 8 tablet or are you basing your dismissive judgement of my review on the desktop alone? Because again, I use the desktop version of Windows 8, I am far more satisfied with it there than this device.

          I mentioned the expandable storage (*which is essential, since half the 32gb drive is taken up by the OS alone). I should have said more on compatible devices; I wasn't aware of those at the time. Then again, its a portable tablet device, not a desktop; and it runs on Wifi - what device would I want to use? A 360 controller to play all those awesome Windows 8 metro games? An Apple trackpad instead of the supplied snap-on one? A USB printer - do they still exist? And I do this from the sofa, presumably - or this a hardcore device for business users who need to plug and play printers? I'm sure they'll really appreciate the productivity killing live tiles...

          Regardless, I hope you've entered, and good luck - I think you'll get more use out of this device more than most people.

        • Rogier
          November 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

          I apologize for the name calling, I agree it is inappropriate, but as a Surface owner it is sometimes hard to restrain yourself after reading so many reviews by people who have obviously played with the device for only a few hours before writing their review.

          I agree that swiping down to "right click" a tile is not necessarily an obvious gesture, but then, neither is swiping to make a big red delete button appear in a list of items. Or at least it wasn't until the iPhone conquered the market and it became common knowledge. Actually I think the same held true for the mouse when it was introduced along with the graphical user interface.

          And that is exactly my issue with this review, and so many others. They are written by people who have spent many years becoming comfortable with a set of gestures and expected behaviors that were neither intuitive nor obvious until they became the standard because there was no competition.
          If you've really tried the Surface, you must surely agree that "selecting" a tile, once you know the gesture (you don't have to hold down first, you can just swipe down over a tile), really isn't a mind-blowingly cumbersome procedure. It's just not the same as the holding down that you're used to for contextual options, but is that really something to mention as a negative?

          A fair point of criticism, for example, would have been the lack of a notification center, which is something that Microsoft really *should* add, and which has nothing to do with the subjective notions of perceiving certain gestures as unintuitive, but which is simply a lack of functionality.

          My point is, chatting and browsing simultaneously may not be the ultimate reason d'être for the "snapped state", even if I personally find it handy, but since it is completely new functionality that I'm sure many brilliant minds will find great uses for in the future, claiming it is ridiculous by any judgement is just short-sighted. If you remember, when the iPad was originally unveiled by Apple there were many sounds of disappointment and frustration. It was just a "bigger phone that doesn't make phonecalls", why would anyone need it? Three years later and we have to conclude that tablets are here to stay. Let's hope the Surface is also here to stay, despite the many attempts to bash it for the wrong reasons.

  119. aashish dhiman
    November 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    fingers crossed..........

  120. aashish dhiman
    November 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    fingers crossed...

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Godspeed :D

  121. Nicolas De Smyter
    November 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Looks like a nice tablet, I would love to test it myself one time.

  122. Manik Kumar
    November 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Done All!!

  123. Sue J
    November 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    It's mine keep your eyes off it.

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      You can't have it my name's engraved on it already!

  124. Douglas Mutay
    November 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Dude! this one is just the top! Let the winner make himself known by all the community so we can congratulate him ;-)

    • Junior Williams
      November 21, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Might very well be a lil lady too, so congratulate her...

      • Douglas Mutay
        November 21, 2012 at 6:37 am

        Yeah!!!! and chances are high that it will be your lil lady ;-) ...so, congratulation!!!

  125. Rod
    November 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    better than ipad series.

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Man, you should give more specific comparison so I can tell if you're right or not :S

  126. Aivoree Sison
    November 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Woahhhhh If only I could afford this

  127. Carol
    November 19, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Very interesting review. I've been wanting a surface tablet. Thank you for the chance to win one!

  128. Blake Andreasen
    November 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I hate Windows 8 /RT but this seems like a very biased review. How many times is it compared to an iPad?

    • James Bruce
      November 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

      It's priced the same as an iPad, so it deserves to be compared as the closest competitor. If it wanted to be compared to a Nexus 7, then it should have been priced accordingly. Why should a consumer spend that much money on a buggy new toy when they could have a developed and app-laden iPad? For a Metro-only restricted device, the pricing is it's biggest downfall. Hit that number for a pro model and the situation would be completely reversed; why buy an iPad when you can get a full featured touchscreen tablet AND full windows desktop. But we both know, it wont be. It'll be more like $1000 for a pro model, making a macbook air the closest competitor ...

      • Douglas Mutay
        November 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        Well said! Thanks

  129. Sean Ang
    November 19, 2012 at 7:08 am

    The MicroSD and USB ports are nice addition to a tablet.

  130. ferdinan Sitohang
    November 19, 2012 at 6:18 am

    a great competitor for ipad and android... wish me luck

  131. Robert Barrow
    November 19, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Loved the surface when I checked it out at the MS store. Would love to have one.

  132. Charlie Player
    November 19, 2012 at 5:27 am

    ahhaa..mice giveaway..i m in...hope i will win..good luk guys... :)

  133. Qin Tang
    November 19, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Would like to have one.

  134. Ralph Featherstone
    November 19, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I enjoyed the review of the Surface RT Tablet. Even though it sounds like you received a Beta version tablet with all the bugs you encountered, it seems like there is promise for the Surface. Hopefully the PRO version will be much better.

  135. Yang Yang Li
    November 19, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Still unable to exchange my points for an entry even though I am logged on. Tried entering the giveaway from multiple browsers, all not working. I hope you can fix the problem soon. On another note, my reward points are not increasing even though I comment, answer questions, and share. :-(

    • Muo TechGuy
      November 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Yang, you've got 30 points for commenting in the last week, which is correct as you made 6 comments. No share actions have been registered in the past week. What did you share, and can you send me a link to verify it? Are you certain you used the buttons indicated on the page?

      When you say you're unable to enter, what exactly do you mean? Does the button not work, or does it show "you must be logged in", or what?

      • Yang Yang Li
        November 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

        Thank you for trying to help me. I was not aware that comments are only worth 5 points now, they were worth 10. My point total only increased when I answered other people's questions on MakeUseOf's Ask.

        I am unable to enter because the "you must be logged in" message is ever present. Any idea what might be causing this? I will try from another computer tomorrow.

      • Yang Yang Li
        November 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        I am able to enter the giveaway using MakeUseOf points from another computer. Weird how the same browsers on different computers work differently.

  136. Mysticz Worleyz
    November 19, 2012 at 1:26 am
  137. Samit Tandukar
    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

    thanks for this awesome giveaway....

  138. cheeze maz
    November 19, 2012 at 12:27 am

    hi, I'm from Malaysia. I'm newbies in small business and just started it. With this tablet in your Giveaway, i knew it will help me to always keep in touch with my business, friend, client and internet.

    With Windows 8 experience on a 24? widescreen desktop, thinking that it had clearly been designed for me and my business.

    Really hope, this Giveaway will fly from US to Malaysia

  139. Harold L. Smalley
    November 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I am an avid MS customer and I'm quite glad that MS is highly competeitive in the tablet market and i would love to have an MST.

  140. Todd M Barnes
    November 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    So cool...!

  141. Lu Wang
    November 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    A lot of people seem to criticize this review. I've saw a local tech store showing off a Samsung windows 8 rt tablet and attempted to play around with it. The scary thing is my impression in 5 mins is so similar to this review. I also had similar views from attempting to trying out windows 8 on desktop, and overal supporter of windows 8.it definitely feels better on a desktop then a touch device.

  142. David Bradley
    November 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Would love to have one.

  143. slobodan zekic
    November 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  144. druv vb
    November 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Well, if buying is not an option for now, at least it can be a nice gift...

  145. Jordan Eromonsle
    November 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Lol would love one

  146. Christopher1013
    November 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I know why you make sharing a post part of your contest requirement, but I don't want to tell more people about a contest and dilute my chances of winning.
    Good luck out there!

    • James Bruce
      November 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      If you were a registered member, each share would give you another entry.

  147. David Ten
    November 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Low chance of winning but still.. :D

  148. Bhavuk Jain
    November 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    What is there in those bottles? The chemicals? Are you testing the extreme durability test of the microsoft tablet?

  149. Nathan Keith
    November 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

    You don't recommend it, it has little useful software, it is full of bugs. So where is the value? Not worth my time to try and win it.

  150. Eric Wilborn
    November 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Quite the piece of technology...

  151. Contest Winner
    November 18, 2012 at 4:47 am

    My fiance/girlfriend for 7 years left me recently, so my life sucks right now. This would make it suck less.

  152. Márcio Guerra
    November 18, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I didn't get too excited to have it, but, if it is a giveaway, feel free to, once give something to me, eheheh!

    Cheers!

  153. jazi g
    November 18, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Would love to win this!

  154. Lorry Bertuzzi
    November 18, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I would love this - since I'm still using Windows XP PRO!

    • James Bruce
      November 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Just to clarify - this wont run ANY of your existing windows apps. You'll need to wait for Surface Pro for that. This wouldn't be a good replacement for an XP PRO desktop or laptop. But good luck anyway!

  155. alain
    November 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    wow... nice innovation...

  156. Tunji
    November 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I've never won anything here before, but I believe my time will come and this could be it

  157. owen
    November 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I never expected much from the RT version, its ARM limited. It will disappear and become a 200$ tablet once the Surface Pro comes out.

  158. Nancy B
    November 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Well I entered the contest but after watching all the videos with this review I wonder if I'd really want it?
    Perhaps wait until it comes out with a few newer, bug fixed one?

    • James Bruce
      November 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Apparently, a lot of the bugs have already been fixed since publishing this, but I have my doubts. A lot of the "bugs" I found weren't coding errors - more just badly designed interface that felt like a bug. But yes, hopefully Mcirosoft will address those in time too.

  159. VS Vishnu
    November 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    superb..

  160. nikhil agarwal
    November 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    thanx for this giveaway. Love to try surface tablet

  161. Logan
    November 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Someone needs to proofread these articles before they are sent out. (a lot of missing words) I don't think that the author speaks that way.

    • Muo TechGuy
      November 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      They are proofread by an editor, but occasional errors can of course occur. Do you have any specific examples you found where a word is missing?

      Of course I don't "speak" that way though writing and speaking are two completely different things.

      • Logan
        November 20, 2012 at 3:25 am

        the only applications you can install and run being those that come from the Windows Store

        change the word "being" to "are"

        pull it out from on the let hand side.

        change the word "let" to "left"

        pop in a USB key with a few home movies on, and play them

        after the words "movies on" add the word "it"

        hard time adjusting to way it displays emails

        after the word "to" add the word "the"

        ; as soon I click a thread, it will expand

        after the word "soon" add the word "as"

        so I pull across the charms and try again.

        change the word "pull" to "pulled" and change the word "try" to "tried"

        Changing the things I indicated above, (in my opinion) would make a good article better.

        • Muo TechGuy
          November 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

          Thanks Logan, there are definitely some words missing. However, half of those you've pasted are not mistakes; they are quite grammatically correct and I stand by them as my own personal style. The other half my editor should totally have caught though - I better have words with him.

  162. Ronald Raquier
    November 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Excellent review. I'd love to win one. But purchase is in the dsitant future so as to be aware of all the fixes which are needed.

  163. Josue Aguilar
    November 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    What I like is the details of the information given by James Bruce. So one is not blind about the pros and cons of the Surface tablet. We know that so far Microsoft systems always is full of bugs so is nothing new about the cons. Anyway is a nice giveaway. Congrats to the winer and good lock with the bogs. Hope the new version improve and fix all those bugs, but that is just a dream. Thanks James for the info. Nice presentation and well expalain. Like the details

  164. Harmesh Rohira
    November 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for having this as a giveaway.
    Waiting to try my hands on this new flag-shipped Windows 8 tablet.
    Though the review by James about the device is not so welcoming, i hope it won't be that disappointing. :)

    Cheers,
    Harmesh

  165. Alba Spam
    November 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Looks pretty cool

  166. Adam Campbell
    November 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    hmmm... would be a fun addition to the collection

  167. Veduruparthy Bharat
    November 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    nice one , i should have got 1 !!!

  168. Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Always like to check out new devices...this one sounds quite interesting to an experienced Windows computer user and a recent user of iPads/iPhones.

  169. Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm
  170. Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I've been tryin since 2 years....luks lyk i ain't lucky enuf...:(

  171. Gerwell Taroma
    November 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    given all that,and all other negative feedback, i still welcome winning this surface! hope i'll be the lucky one this time!

  172. johns valayil paul
    November 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Makeuseof is soo great! there is always giveaways and much more! Love this site! THX SOO MUCH!!!

  173. Gianna Marie Lanete
    November 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    why is it code doesn't appear in my facebook page? i wanted to enter this contest badly.

  174. Andrew Parsons
    November 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    wonder if it will run linux?

  175. Shaakira Abdul Samad
    November 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Nice!

  176. loi
    November 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Microsoft Surface Tablet technology marks a step forward

  177. Cutler Cox
    November 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    The alternative entry form says I need to log in, but I already am. Is there a fix for this? I'm using chrome.

    • Muo TechGuy
      November 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Try logging out and in again, not sure, its working for me. May be another script is hanging...

  178. Rajesh Kumar
    November 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    this is a fantastic model.all features are very good.it is best.

  179. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    November 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the chance!

    • DoDa
      November 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Hope I am entered. I don't get it.

  180. R Chuck
    November 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    ooolala!!!

  181. alem
    November 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I'd like this one. :)

  182. Dsgndxd
    November 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I am in! Would love to add this to my resources!

  183. moses kwarfo asare
    November 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    all finger are crossed

  184. fibroman
    November 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I'm in!!!
    Good luck to all!!!

  185. James Henning
    November 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Right on

  186. Somaiya Ebrahim
    November 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

    i would soooooo love to have this!!

  187. rocky 143
    November 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

    wish i can win!

  188. Geraldine
    November 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

    A great prize choice - thanks

  189. Chaos Emperor
    November 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I hope i win this

  190. Kim Boyd
    November 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I'd like to give it a try.

  191. akshay chandna
    November 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Could this be my lucky moment !!

  192. Swagat Salunke
    November 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Done with hope

  193. Noman Fayez
    November 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

    wow... nice giveaway.... wish... if I win !!!

  194. Zemfira Ascheulova
    November 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Good prize

  195. Ilona
    November 17, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Would LOVE one of those!!

  196. Sridharan Doraivelu
    November 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

    looks very good. Hope it meets the users expectations.

  197. William S. (Wil) Jones
    November 17, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Please enter me as your choice for recipient of the available TABLET.
    I need one very much to satisfy my wife's desire for a device of her own, for
    internet use such as:
    EMAIL, FACEBOOK, and etc, etc, etc.
    I will have to be her 'TRAINER' and teacher.on
    everything except email, because
    she has been, for years, using a clunky old email system: WEBTV.
    Thank you,
    Wil Jones

  198. Myzchel S.
    November 17, 2012 at 5:55 am

    As always, great & precise review! I love my Windows Phone and this would go so well with it! Thanks for all these amazing giveaways! You guys are AMAZING!

  199. Sean A
    November 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

    If only this was a Pro...

  200. Murad Devani
    November 17, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I would surely very very much like this Tablet

  201. V P Abraham
    November 17, 2012 at 4:55 am

    After reading the review I have strong desire to own one Surface tablet. So much facilities, that everyone will be going for it.

  202. vasanth
    November 17, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Recommenation says not to buy it!
    coz giveaway gives it for free!

  203. Ashoka Compcomm
    November 17, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Good Review But I am Looking comparison with other Like acer

    thanks

  204. Ayan Panja
    November 17, 2012 at 4:14 am

    most disappointing thing is i have to buy all application from Microsoft store.

  205. Robert Sardiga
    November 17, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Surface

  206. GaryK
    November 17, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I still think despite a persons review, it is down to personal preference. I got an iPad because I was told it was the way to go... turns out I use it to read books and check my email. Something a Kindle Fire could have done for a lot less without hassle of installing iTunes and something my Android phone can do as well.
    The RT version really isn't made for power users or those wanting total control over their operating system, that's what the Pro version is for. The specs and capabilities of both versions have been around for quite sometime now and really is no surprise in terms of what the current RT model can do. Apps may not be as big as Apple/Android, but apps are appearing in number on a daily basis.
    I currently run a triple boot system and Windows 8 Pro is one of my choices. Personally, I like it. Admitted it gets some getting used to but once your there it really is a smooth ride. As for bugs, even iOS and Android has continuous updates so will (and does) the Surface. That's the nature of app based operating systems so I would hardly blame the hardware but rather the developers.
    All in all it has a market for those that can use it, if you cannot then don't buy it. As for those that bought it then gave it away days later, I'm happy to see you have money to waste and remind them of the saying "look before you leap". By the way, I gave my iPad away and finally got a Kindle. As for Surface, I will be waiting for the Pro version as I already know it will be more suited to my needs long before I read this review.

    • James Bruce
      November 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

      I run windows 8 on my mediacenter PC, and I'm quite happy with - I don't have anything against Windows 8 as a whole - but this device is horrendous. It's not made for *anyone*, let alone power users. As you say though, best to wait for the Pro Surface to really evaluate the whole thing. As it is, sales of the Surface RT have been pretty terrible, and though my review is probably one of the harshest, the general tone has been quite negative from everyone so I don't think I'm wrong here. The question now is just "is the Pro model going to be just as bad?"

  207. manoj
    November 17, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Luv Windows 8 !
    It has amazing features and comes with some new feature from Windows 7 , such as it has a new Windows Task manager , it gives Microsoft Security Essentials and etc ….
    I read the reviews of Windows 8 …….
    I hope I win !

  208. Anthony
    November 17, 2012 at 2:40 am

    To surface or not to surface that is my question. I'd give it a try.

  209. Thomas Barr
    November 17, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Great giveaway-love Windows 8.

  210. Ravi Lamontagne
    November 17, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I can't wait to upgrade to windows 8. but first i need to get a new computer. Current one is getting obsolete

  211. Lalit kumar
    November 17, 2012 at 2:02 am

    wish..i could get this one... :( ..never won anything from this ..all the way..one of the nicest giveaway from makeuseof.. :)

  212. Lalit kumar
    November 17, 2012 at 1:59 am

    wish..i could get this one... :( ..never won anything from this ..all the way..one of the nicest giveaway from makeuseof.. :)

  213. Lalit kumar
    November 17, 2012 at 1:59 am

    wish..i could get this one... :( ..never won anything from this ..all the way..one of the nicest giveaway from makeuseof.. :)

  214. Jae
    November 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I'm surprised Microsoft can actually design a box that looks like that!

  215. Gary Mundy
    November 17, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Thank you for an honest review. I will wait.

  216. regina
    November 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Oh would i love this new light weight !
    My laptop is going to my grandaughter.

  217. Brian Pearson
    November 17, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Type your comment here.

  218. Nyoman Iriandi
    November 17, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Good tablet!

  219. Rene Gatdula
    November 17, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I would like to have a flying car...

  220. indianguy
    November 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

    i'll probably play with it around for a bit. and then flash it with android.
    who wants windows...

  221. Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Is Windows 8 really great?

  222. Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I profit with you

  223. Danush Kumar
    November 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I love Microsoft Products

  224. Homer Tolibert
    November 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I'll have a lot of uses for that surface.

  225. Icedog
    November 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Would really love to win this tablet, don't want to comment on how good
    or how aweful until I have taken it for a run myself

    decisions reserved until i have won this lol

  226. Alan Parker
    November 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    surface

  227. Ted Betts
    November 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Thgis would be great!

  228. Albert Schmidt
    November 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I want to test the device. Send the giveaway

  229. Patrick Piklapp
    November 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    To all of you who want it, good luck because the review makes it sound like a piece of junk. If I were to win it, I will be looking to find a way to replace the os for one that works.

  230. John Hossley
    November 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I had a chance to test run one of these for our Digital Media department, it could be a great machine...too bad that it is so new and that the market is bare bones. You can't even run any add-ons for IE. None. I'd give it a few months (say 6-8) before considering getting one of these.

  231. Lenny
    November 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    pls sent me the giveaway.

  232. Matthew McNamara
    November 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I actually played with a surface just the other night. It was the first time I used a tablet thought to myself that this could [possibly] replace a laptop (basic one).

    The app store would have to be a bit more robust and a few other things, but overall I was impressed.

    While I'd wait for one with cellular connectivity, I thought the review was a little harsh in some places. On the other hand I as made aware of some things I missed.

  233. WilhelmR
    November 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Tried windows 8 on a 24inch hp all-in-one the other day, it wasn't pretty.
    Websites that used flash, didn't work on metro, so you had to try the desktop IE.. weird.

    As per the review, i do hope they include a file manager on metro OR just provide a full desktop experience.. right now it's just confusing and feels like an artificial way of making people pay more.

    Anyway, one of the most honest reviews on the Surface i'd say, great job!

    And good luck to everyone on the giveaway ;)

  234. Robert Bauer
    November 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Is Windows 8 a dummy down or does it try to bring out the multi-tasker in some of us?

  235. NotoriousZeus
    November 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Not a fan of Surface yet, but have heard rumors that it's the closest thing that can give ipad a run for its money. So i'm betting on it. Would love to get my hands on it soon, maybe real soon :). Thanks for a fantastic giveaway again.

  236. Tylicia
    November 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    This would be an excellent Xmas gift for myself. Had a horrible year and how I need something to cheer me up. Again makeuseof.com has given us all another chance to win something nice as they always do. I wish all of you good luck in winning. As much as I would like this we are all hoping to win but to wish luck to others is always a good thing no matter what the competition is about. All of you, have a wonderful Christmas or Holiday whichever one that you celebrate as its fast approaching us all. Hugs Tylicia

  237. Lukas K
    November 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    i hope i win as a early b-day present!

  238. Lavonna White
    November 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Ok, I'm waiting for it!

  239. Giuseppe Provitina
    November 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    hope hope hope

  240. Rakesh
    November 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Hope to win it!

  241. mike dobson
    November 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    i'm coming to the surface!!!

  242. Bamgbala Vincent Dayo
    November 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    This is a good thing coming around us, it will change the world of tablet.

  243. Edward F.Allwein
    November 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Ve-e-e-ery interesting!

  244. Mark Halperin
    November 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Would love to win

  245. Randy Wood
    November 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I have seen the new Microsoft tablet advertised on TV and think it is fantastic. There are new innovations almost daily in this market. It's really exciting--I can't wait to own one!--RW

  246. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Just what I need !

  247. Anita Lee
    November 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Have the iPad, now I need a Win version to test drive.

  248. Jessica Lee
    November 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I would still love one regardless. Been looking at tablets foreve.r Win8 is the place to start.

  249. Trevor Skelton
    November 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Let's hope the premium edition is a vast improvement

  250. iceman600
    November 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    i would love to play on windows 8

  251. Victor Limbo
    November 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    It seems the +1 Google button is not working in step 2. Thanks...

  252. Steve Rathbun
    November 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I've heard alot about this item via ads,etc.While I'vetried acouple different brands of tablets,I'm not overly impressed with them compared to my laptop(I have an HP Presario g series).Wouldnt mind winning it mainly to see what Win-8 is all about(I'm not real impressed by that either from what I've heard and read). I get a new PC every year,and am not looking forward to being saddled with Win-8.(I only buy HP or Compaq machines).

  253. veera vadlapudi
    November 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Microsoft Rulezzz....

  254. Brad Foss
    November 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Considering your profile says you have "a passion for iPad", this review is pretty unbiased. It will be interesting to see if anyone else does a more positive review.

  255. Michel Ferlatte
    November 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Very clever to put a keyboard in the cover.

  256. leonard lencewicz
    November 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    like all info

  257. leonard lencewicz
    November 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    like all of your info for my interest

  258. Zakaria
    November 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Excellent

  259. Cristina Torrão
    November 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I want this so much! It looks awesome! Thanks guys, another great review :)

  260. Keefe Kingston
    November 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I know everyone else is wanting to win this, but so do I! I want a Windows tablet badly. XD;

  261. Joann Francis
    November 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Wow. Loved the review because you look at this item and think "hey, this is really cool!" and then after buying it you would find out how impractical it would be for your needs. So great to hear someone's opinion like this before you spend your money in error! I guess it's similar to a new model car.. Better wait until the next year comes out so the bugs are all worked out. Thanks for the info, it's appreciated.

  262. Cori Cambanes
    November 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Awesome Giveaway! Thanks

  263. Makeuseof Reader
    November 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I will give this to a needy student.

  264. Jurmy Chris
    November 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I know i won't win, but wanna say in advance : congraaaaaats to the winner !!!!!!!!!!
    Respect Chris!!!

  265. Ben Muriru
    November 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    No 3G? Well, I would still want it for Office!

  266. Hoku Sarroca
    November 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity!!! Very Best of Luck everyone !!!

  267. Dnyanesh Mankar
    November 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Surface, will you be my Christmas gift?

  268. Hoku Sarroca
    November 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Good Luck everyone!!!

  269. Bill Babbel
    November 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I am a iPad and Andriod tablet user and would love to add this so I can support my customers better.

  270. richar wiggins
    November 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I would not mind having this

  271. Jurmy Chris
    November 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I know i won't win, but will say in advance congraaaaaaats to the winner !!! :)

  272. Daniel Passer
    November 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the contest!

  273. Avi Shmueli
    November 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I want this one!

  274. David
    November 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    thanks for the chance!

  275. Henree Arriola de Garcia
    November 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    idc... i want one anyway!

  276. Nez
    November 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    One of my favorite giveaways thus far, as most said, I'd love to get my hands on this one.

  277. Elizabeth
    November 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    This will certainly do until the Surface Pro is released. That’s what I’m waiting for.

  278. Elizabeth
    November 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    This will certainly until the Surface Pro is released. That's what I'm waiting for.

  279. Lisa Brandt
    November 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Excellent.... fingers crossed!

  280. Vasanth
    November 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Recommending not to buy it! Giving it as a giveaway... We are ready!;)

  281. George Geder
    November 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I would be honored in receiving this Microsoft Surface tablet!
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  282. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    would like to check it out

  283. Leslie D Hudson
    November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This would be an awesome Christmas Gift... Could Make Use Of this reallt well.

  284. Sabo Ma
    November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't enjoy having one of these even if it was given to me. It seems like it is more trouble than it is worth; however, I had to drop in to announce that I thorougly enjoyed the read. You write very well, James. ^5!

    • James Bruce
      November 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Sabo, much appreciated!

  285. Calvin Habig
    November 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for a good review. Too bad it isn't top notch. MS needed a win. Would still love to win it.

  286. sarat.bhaswanth
    November 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Wow...an exciting offer...i wish i could grab it.....anyways, all the best everyone....

  287. kennedy aboagye
    November 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    o boy it has special featurs

  288. Sri Vastav Reddy
    November 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    love love love... to grab it.
    Oh God bless me....

  289. Larry Clark
    November 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks

  290. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Amazing!

  291. Steven
    November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I want to win this!

  292. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Good luck everyone!!

  293. Roger Gardner
    November 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    that would be a very good birthday present for me. thanks for the offer

  294. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Look forward to comparing it against my HP Touchpad

  295. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    It would be an interesting win to compare against my HP Touchpad

  296. Linda Ferland
    November 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Looks like quite an interesting new tablet.

  297. Drew Kindred
    November 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    This would be a very kool Win! Would be a great addition to my tech. Let it be mine! ;-)

    Thanks!

  298. Carolann Iadarola
    November 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I know someone who can use this more than me. Thanks much for the giveaway!

  299. Dave Rimmer
    November 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Another great review & giveaway. Excellent prize boy how I would love one of these, you can count me in & thanks MUO.

  300. Louis Segal
    November 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I deffiantly will. Win this.

  301. Adam Wise
    November 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Well just like the original iPad when first released, it didn't have a good iPad app support base, and the features were subpar. The only thing it had going for it was a plethora of an iOS user base from iphone and ipod. I think it will grow into it's own in time, but I'm more interested in the "pro" x86 version. I like Windows 8, it is still a little unstable here and there, but installing the classic shell start menu gives you the best of both worlds of desktop and "metro".

    Windows 8 has potential as long as they can get the software base to follow. Just like anything else, if the software doesn't keep up with the hardware, it won't sell.

    I have an ipad 2, with a VM of Windows 8 running on my server with Splashtop Win8 app on my ipad, and the connector installed on the VM....$50 windows 8 tablet! $10 for the app, and $40 for the Win8 license.

    • James Bruce
      November 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Absolutely. It's premature, but there's a lot they can do to improve yet, and we haven't even seen the Pro devices - that's when the game will really begin.

  302. Debbie Strain
    November 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Another great giveaway. Good Luck to everyone!!

  303. Rigoberto Garcia
    November 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Excelent review James, thanks...

  304. H G
    November 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I would like very much to try it!

  305. ViGi
    November 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I love updates. And i want to be updated with windows 8. Annyway thanks for opportunities.

  306. Peggy McIntosh
    November 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I feel lucky today; hope I win this awesome prize!

  307. Joe Leach
    November 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I Tweeted it and Liked it. Now is for the wait.....:)

  308. al
    November 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    really would like to try but cant really afford to go out and buy another new device right now. hope microsoft knows what they are doing?? good luck maybe wait for sp1 or something??

  309. Ron Moore
    November 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    This would be a nice holiday gift for an old man.

  310. Dave Bakker
    November 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to win one of these

  311. Anish Sangamam
    November 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I would love to win this . Thank you for the fantastic giveaway

  312. Rawal Baig
    November 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hope I won:)

  313. Lewis Golden
    November 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    It would be sweet to win the Surface

  314. Tony Bennett
    November 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Would love this. What a treat it would be to win something, Living on over 300mg morphine a day, just makes life bitter. This would sweeten some of my life

  315. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    fingers crossed

  316. Ronn Jordan
    November 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I have been dying for one of these ever since the add started hitting the airwaves...but I could never afford it right now (Fingers Crossed).

  317. Dee Wheat
    November 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    We old folks like our toys too!!!! I WANT one of these LOL!

  318. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Love your site! I learn a lot of new things everyday!

  319. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    i hope i win!

  320. ditaccio
    November 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I had it, it’s not worth it. Only developers “should” buy them. It’s Windows RT, ARM based, nothing of the old stuff runs on it, so you are stuck with their App Store, which it’s not Android(s)/Apple of course.

    The basic model (499$) comes with… nothing… just the charger, mind that the USB connectoer for the computer is propriatory, so they are going the “Apple” way there (except in every iOS device you would find it an apple connector) it’s not cheap, like every Xbox accessories.

    The option to boot into USB drive is available, but it has SecureRom bios so it’s useless (I guess it’s for the Windows 8 Surfacess, not RT).
    If you want it in a company (I understand that you need Office, Lync, etc.. but there isn’t an SSL client yet (I think), and you cannot join the domain b/c it’s not Pro (which I think will come out with Win8 Surfaces instead!?).

    There isn’t an SSH client either, so you are forced with using RDP… over the internet!? Great safety!

    When you insert an USB stick, a “Home user” only has the chance to import media from it, not export it (you have to go into the ususal Desktop/Windows Explorer and do Copy/PAste for that), things that regular users might mind… and let’s not forget Windows RT takes 15GB of your 32GB device…. so it’s not really a “32GB model” isn’t it!?!?

    I have an XBox so I can test that too, SmartGlass works OK over the Wifi and there’s an app for iOS and Android already… that’s about the only thing that integrates with your Xbox.

    I also have UPNP at home, thing that this device doesn’t do is play the movies over it… I had to use \\SAMBA_SHARES to do so…..

    It’s NOT a “Home” device, and MS makes the mistake to believe that, so that you have to use SkyDrive, Live, Hotmail, Sharepoint, etc… over their cloud, which has nothing wrong by all mean, but it’s a Developer device, it should have been cheaper for them and not public for everyone, it’s going to get sold quickly I my opinion if Home Users are not going to find the Facebook app without using IE10.

    Oh a quick note on which I was surprised, is that IE10 comes with Flash builtin on here, so there’s Flash player for Windows RT (kind of Chrome).

    I have received the device on Friday and I gave it away on Thursday, 6 days was plenty of time for me. Oh, I forget, just to install Telnet you have to buy it... 2.50$ AH what a joke!?!? If I win it, I'll sell it again ;)

    • James Bruce
      November 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Yup, thats sums it up pretty well! Thanks Ditaccio!

      • Márcio Guerra
        November 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        Jakob Nielson also "teared it down" regarding usability in the whole thing...

        Cheers! (I still want to get it to at least try it during 6 days, eheheh!)

  321. Amit Shaw
    November 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    First of All Thank you so much for this fantastic giveaway.
    I am really impressed with the Review so i can't to have it on my hand.
    Entered.
    Thanks.

  322. Joe Atkinson
    November 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    i need one

  323. Louis Segal
    November 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I will win this.

  324. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I'm in so so so much love with this surface... I pray i win!!!!

  325. Greg Barrons
    November 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Could put this to good use.

  326. TeresaC
    November 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

    Would love to have this, hope I win!

    Good luck everyone!!

  327. Jean-Francois Messier
    November 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I would like to get the tablet. My son would also like to have it. He's starting with the high-tech stuff.

  328. Jesse Reisman
    November 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Great, now I need to replace my keyboard. The drool ruined it :)

  329. Ronald Smith
    November 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Done, thanks for the opportunity.

  330. Emma
    November 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    The review doesn't seem exactly encouraging, but I'm still curious about the tablet and would like to get my hands on it. There's always hope for some useful software updates. Besides, as a student I'd really like something lightweight to carry around for taking notes.

  331. Prateek Tandon
    November 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    awesome! I love Windows 8 and I just cant wait to get my hands on this device..

  332. Concerned Citizen ?
    November 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Nice giveaway... Thanks !

  333. illegal3alien
    November 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    It looks like a great, durable computer and I'd excited to know whether it will take off or not.

  334. wayne hom
    November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Another new toy to play with.

  335. Art Mandel
    November 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I have to say, there are some great features to this tablet. Some of my favorite features are the IPS screen, the snap on charging, which demonstrated above is easy and you don't have to fumble around if you are trying to leave in a hurry, just unsnap n go. The Xbox Smart-Glass Function is also very cool, as with all windows 8 devices, android, and even IOS has it, but to be able to do it from the Surface would definitely be my favorite way to do it. The keyboard, ugh, Microsoft and its touch sensitive hardware, I have had a few touch sensitive products by Microsoft, the latest being the Microsoft Arc Touch Wireless Mouse, it seems to have gotten better, but when it comes to keyboards, I have had nothing but headaches with them. I can't speculate as to how this compares to other tablets, as I do not own another tablet, If I were going to buy my first tablet, this would definitely come in as a first despite a couple minor drawbacks. As for the contest, Of course I hope I win, but good-luck to everyone and Congrats to the winner :)

  336. shaun
    November 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    oh my, my hands trembled a bit when i saw this in my mail :)

  337. Spencer Vincent
    November 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Gotta say the advertising for this has been great. Well done Microsoft.

    • James Bruce
      November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      I really hope that was sarcastic ... right? The random dance troupe clicking the kickstand? I dont know .. I have a hard time not cracking up when I see a Surface ad now.

  338. Holly
    November 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Would love this!

  339. bonnie jean woolger
    November 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I'll give it a try :)

  340. Rob Hindle
    November 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Rather off topic but - the photo about halfway down the article shows 3 flagons of home-made booze being fermented - what on earth is the blue booze?

    • James Bruce
      November 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Hehe, it's actually just regular white wine with blue food colouring that I'm making for our delayed Xmas/Halloween party later this year ;) The other two are from our own grapes that won't be used at the party as they'll need a lot longer to mature.

      I also have a tub of bright green cider ...

      • Shanna
        November 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Truly, James, that is so cool!

  341. Mary Lee Foley
    November 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Even though you're not excited about it, I could probably be quite content owning one.

  342. Pedro Oliva
    November 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    excellent review... i think surface is an excellent choice for productivity/fun... i hope to win :)

  343. Julie Mockerman
    November 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I bought an Exo PC about a year ago from the Microsoft store. It runs on Windows 7, and I can install any Windows software I run on my desktop. It also has USB ports for installation that can't be done online. I have been very satisfied with it.

  344. Ira Brandstein
    November 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    This would be a great xmas present for me. I've been a good boy all year and would beat the lump of coal I usually get!!!

  345. Brian Eubanks
    November 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I hope I win this!

  346. Judith Rogow
    November 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    SURFACE

  347. Timothy Liem
    November 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    my questions are :
    1. do it still have the "disk defragmenter" thingy?
    2. do it still have the "refresh" button?
    3. can we downgrade it (and other device with w8 pre-installed) to w7?

    start
    if
    {answer to the #1 && #2 is "yes" && the answer to #3 is no};
    then
    {I'll never buy a new device pre-installed with that thing};
    end

    • muotechguy
      November 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      1. yes
      2. "refresh your pc" is there, yes.
      3. hell no.
      => don't want.

      ;)

  348. Eric Francisco
    November 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    My brother is one of Microsoft's UCrew representatives and he surely made me interested in Windows 8. I'm not really a fan of tablets, but this one seems to peak my interest.

    • Timie
      November 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Same here.

    • James Bruce
      November 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

      This is very much a tablet device; if you've not liked Apple or Android offerings, there is nothing here that will satisfy, don't be fooled by the addition of a keyboard . Wait for the Pro version so you can have actual windows too; the hardware is solid, but with Metro only it's just too limited.

      (By the way, the word is "pique")

  349. ???? ???? ????
    November 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Really hope can get it without buy it. :P

  350. Eric Francisco
    November 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    My brother is one of the representatives for Microsoft's UCrew and he surely made me interested in Windows 8. The chances are slim, but it's definitely worth a shot.

  351. Stein-Otto Svorstøl
    November 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I can't see the form for some reason. I'm using Chrome.

    • Stein-Otto Svorstøl
      November 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Nor in Internet Explorer.

  352. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Drooling to have one...

  353. Duc Hong
    November 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    another fantastic giveaway, good luck to everyone

  354. Bill Digiglio
    November 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Would love to win this

  355. Teresa
    November 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Wow...this is an awesome giveaway...Thank You!!!!!!!!!

    Would so love to win this and finally retire my 9 yr old desktop.

    Good luck everyone!!

  356. Aung MyintMyat
    November 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    who will be the lucky person !!!

  357. Ravinder Putta
    November 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  358. Fredrik Andersson
    November 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    would be awesome to actually win something..have been on this planet almost 32years and havent won jack shit

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Hang on and keep trying.... :-)

  359. cheriel anna niña titco
    November 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    i hope this open worldwide.hope to win :)

  360. Boni Oloff
    November 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I hope i can win this time. This is a really nice stuff even not the best.

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Lol, "not the best" might not be perfect term but it sure is a great stuff eh?

  361. Arron Walker
    November 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Interesting, you've brought to light a lot of downsides I've not heard of from other sources. It still sounds like a decent piece of kit though.

    • James Bruce
      November 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Yeah~ having read other reviews, I really have to wonder if they even used it or just copied a press release ;)

      • Timie
        November 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

        Having see all your comments, it's obvious your mission is to make the device look as bad as you possibly can. There's nothing good about it then and we should all only buy apples and oranges.

        • James Bruce
          November 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

          My "mission"?

          Yes, because I get satisfaction from people not wasting their money on an expensive buggy device with no real value to it. Really, this is how I get enjoyment in life - Apple gave me a little Pez dispenser on my desk which doles out sweets whenever someone doesn't buy a Microsoft product. Timie, I don't care if you buy this or not, truthfully. This was an unbiassed review, and I was looking forward to trying Windows 8 on a tablet (since I run it on my desktop). It doesn't live up to hype on the software side - that much is obvious. There is still potential in a pro version since the hardware itself is lovely.

          Sounds like you've already made up your mind, and you're upset this review doesn't agree; this is a typical reaction when you're seeking confirmation bias, so I understand.

  362. daniel dawson
    November 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    this will be better than ipad

    • James Bruce
      November 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      You must have skipped the review; it isn't.

      ;)

      • Ryan McAfee
        November 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        Nevertheless, Apple should be dethroned relatively soon at this point.

      • James Diaz
        November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        Review doesn't account for the latest patches, which have already been released and fixed most of the buggy behavior.

        App market still has a long way to go but it's got all the basics. While experienced users can usually get past most of the limitations with work around solutions.

        Like you can use Junctioning to have directories on a microSD card be recognized like they were on the main drive and automatically have media handled by the OS, which it normally doesn't do for removable drives at the moment and there are tricks to have a microSD card show up as a non-removable drive as well.

        So for the most part it's not a bad start and it's likely to get better as they further develop the apps and ecosystem.

  363. Jonas Brock-Hanash
    November 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    This could've been a really great iPad killer. I just entered the giveawy, and hoping to win it.

    • Jerick Dilla
      November 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Sure, let's just hope it gets better and turn the metro apps into a killer XD

  364. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Too bad. I was curious, but perhaps the critics are right. Surface aren't ready for prime time. They should just delay the launch and get things working before resorting to another batch of desperate commercials.

    • James Bruce
      November 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Oh dear, let's not even talk about the commercials!

      • Austen Gause
        November 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        yeah the commercials really had nothing to do with it at all except the showcase that it has a keyboard and a kickstand

  365. Sandeep
    November 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    These handheld devices looks confused about target audience. Peoples buy these tablets just because it looks cool ....
    Everybody is reaping the bubble with quick release cycle ...

  366. Mark Alsisto
    November 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    couldn't get the apple, i guess this is my next try.

  367. Malkhaz Abuladze
    November 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    thanks for another fantastic giveaway!

  368. Nikhil Chandak
    November 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Luv Windows 8 !
    It has amazing features and comes with some new feature from Windows 7 , such as it has a new Windows Task manager , it gives Microsoft Security Essentials and etc ....
    I read the reviews of Windows 8 .......
    I hope I win !

    • Ianardo
      November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I hope you win too.
      If I win, you can have it!

    • Arun Vishnu
      December 8, 2012 at 8:02 am

      hopes....i also hopes.there are somany drewbacks.but hopes it will overcome.nice one

  369. Ashwin Ramesh
    November 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    O boy! Would love to get my hands on this! :D

    • Krzysztof Buzko
      November 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Everyone would ;D

      • Ianardo
        November 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Er, no. They wouldn't.
        Did you not read the review above?

        • Hoku Sarroca
          November 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

          I'm with you I'd also love to win this LOL

        • Bala Murugan.R vicky
          November 17, 2012 at 5:24 am

          me too folks.....!!!!

        • Jurmy Chris
          November 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

          good luck ! :)

        • Debbie Franklin
          December 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

          I agree with you on that, but the way I look at it, it would be great as a free gift at any rate. Lol

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