New York, Nov 5: The Surface is Microsoft's first attempt at a general-purpose computer. In the past, it made the software and left it to other companies to make the machines. But to catch the tablet wave led by Apple's iPad, Microsoft felt it needed to make its own device.
The Surface's price tag starts at $499, the same as the latest full-screen iPad, but if you are going to buy one, you'll want to spend the extra $100 or more for an optional cover that comes with a working keyboard. This is one of the most exciting pieces of hardware that you'll ever come across. It is extremely well-designed; meticulous even. The Microsoft Surface Tab runs Windows RT, and has a a 10.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. It uses Microsoft's ClearType HD display technology and has an internal memory of 32 GB which can be expanded up to 64 GB. It also features front and rear cameras. It has VaporMg – the molded magnesium casing that houses Surface's components paired with a PVD finish. It weighs around 680g and includes a USB port, a micro SDXC slot, and a magnetic strip to attach accessories.
After several days with it, I felt that Surface comes close to becoming a replacement for my work computer, but it doesn't make it all the way. Some elements designed for "play" make Surface surprisingly good, while others verge on being frustrating.