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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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  1. Connie Reagan January 16, 2017 at 8:57 am

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  3. 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

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

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

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

    who was winner ????/

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

    Windows 7 is the way to go!

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

    So who won?

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

    It would be so awesome to win this

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  8. 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.

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

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

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

    I hope I will win this :)

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  11. 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

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    • 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.

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

    Oh my god ! It looks great :D:D

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

    Nice Christmas gift for me :)

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

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

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

    In it 2 win it!

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

    thanx for the giveaway...

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  17. 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

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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. 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.

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

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

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

      To be announced on the 14th!

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

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

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  22. 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

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

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

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  24. 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!!

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  25. 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.

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

    Thanks for the giveaway

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

    Please MUO give this to me =]

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

    I want this =]

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

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

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

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

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

    Another beautiful giveaway. I hope to won this

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  32. 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

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

    I hope to win this thanks for giveaway

    count me in

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  34. 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.

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

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

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

    mini ipad got cpt

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  37. 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!

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

    than not, better have a microsoft surface tablet.

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

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

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

    Overall the Surface feels like a 1.0 product.

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

    i like the keyboard

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  42. 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!!

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  43. 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 :-)

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  44. 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

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

    would be nice to add to the collection

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  46. 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.

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

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

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

    Never had one, so would like one!

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

    Thanks. I would love this.

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

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

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  51. 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.

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  52. 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!

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  53. 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.

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    • 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.

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

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

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

    I'm in real need of a Tablet.

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

    Please let me win...

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

    A must have

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

    nice one

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  59. 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.

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  60. 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.

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  61. 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?

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

    Pick Me Please!

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

    would love to have one

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

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

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

    wow this is too cool

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

    overpriced but w/e

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  67. 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 ;-)

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

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

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

    amazing giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for the chance! Awesome giveaway!

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  73. 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 :)

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  74. 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.

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

    hope iphone this promo :)

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  76. 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.

    Reply
  77. Richard Hoag November 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

    it looks great,especially that magnetic keyboard.

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

    I would love to try it!

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  79. 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.

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

    Even A Blind Chicken Gets Corn Once In A while.

    Reply
  81. 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 .

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

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

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

    Can't wait to get this . Love #Surface

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

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

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  84. 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.

    Reply
  85. Anonymous November 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    gimmme gimme that please before i detonate myself

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

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

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

    thank you for a great contest

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  88. 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

    Reply
  89. 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.

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  90. 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!

    Reply
  91. 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

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

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

    Reply
  93. PootieTang November 21, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Just in time for Ho Ho Ho....

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  94. 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.

    Reply
  95. 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

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

      Interesting read, Marcio, thanks.

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

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

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

      Win...!!!

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

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

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

    Like the Commercial :)

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

      Lenka *love*.

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

      Reply
  98. 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.

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

    Clearly not yet ready for primetime.

    Reply
    • 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*.

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

    thanks, as always!

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

    nice.....

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

    A cool small gadget that is good for the garage.

    Reply
    • 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.

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

    I like your garden.

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

    Fab giveaway - fingers crossed!

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  105. 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.

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

    awesome

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  107. 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 :)

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

      Good choice :D

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

    Interesting whether this idea will work on the long term.

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

    waiting for surface. Just trying my luck

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

    Thanks MoU for this giveaway.

    Reply
  111. Anonymous November 20, 2012 at 1:44 am

    thank you for nice contest.

    Reply
  112. Diep November 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I hope I win.

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  113. 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.

    Reply
  114. bethbeuter November 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I bet it smells great, too!

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  115. 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 :)

    Reply
  116. Chris November 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Win 8 test device would be nice

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    • 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

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

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

    Reply
    • 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!

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

    surface

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  119. 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 :)

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    • 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.

      Reply
      • 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.

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        • 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.

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

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

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

    fingers crossed...

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

      Godspeed :D

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

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

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

    Done All!!

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

    It's mine keep your eyes off it.

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

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

      Reply
  125. 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 ;-)

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

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

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

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

        Reply
  126. Rod November 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    better than ipad series.

    Reply
    • 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

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

    Woahhhhh If only I could afford this

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  128. 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!

    Reply
  129. 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?

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    • 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 ...

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

        Well said! Thanks

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

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

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

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

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  132. 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.

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

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

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

    Would like to have one.

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  135. 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.

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  136. 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. :-(

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    • 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?

      Reply
      • 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.

        Reply
      • 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.

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

    thanks for this awesome giveaway....

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  139. 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

    Reply
  140. 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.

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

    So cool...!

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  142. 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.

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

    Would love to have one.

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

    Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  145. 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...

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

    Lol would love one

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  147. 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!

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

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

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

    Low chance of winning but still.. :D

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  149. 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?

    Reply
  150. 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.

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

    Quite the piece of technology...

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  152. 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.

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  153. 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!

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

    Would love to win this!

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

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

    Reply
    • 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!

      Reply
  156. alain November 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    wow... nice innovation...

    Reply
  157. 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

    Reply
  158. 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.

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  159. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

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

    superb..

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

    thanx for this giveaway. Love to try surface tablet

    Reply
  162. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

  163. 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.

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  164. 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

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  165. 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

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

    Looks pretty cool

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

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

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

    nice one , i should have got 1 !!!

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  169. 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.

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

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

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  172. 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!

    Reply
  173. 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!!!

    Reply
  174. 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.

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

    wonder if it will run linux?

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

    Nice!

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

    Microsoft Surface Tablet technology marks a step forward

    Reply
  178. 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.

    Reply
    • 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...

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

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

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

    Thanks for the chance!

    Reply
    • DoDa November 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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

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

    ooolala!!!

    Reply
  182. alem November 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I'd like this one. :)

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

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

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

    all finger are crossed

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

    I'm in!!!

    Good luck to all!!!

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

    Right on

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

    i would soooooo love to have this!!

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

    wish i can win!

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

    A great prize choice - thanks

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

    I hope i win this

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

    I'd like to give it a try.

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

    Could this be my lucky moment !!

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

    Done with hope

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

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

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

    Good prize

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

    Would LOVE one of those!!

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

    looks very good. Hope it meets the users expectations.

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  198. 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

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  199. 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!

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

    If only this was a Pro...

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

    I would surely very very much like this Tablet

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  202. 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.

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

    Recommenation says not to buy it!

    coz giveaway gives it for free!

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

    Good Review But I am Looking comparison with other Like acer

    thanks

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

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

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

    Surface

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  207. 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.

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    • 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?"

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  208. 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 !

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

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

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

    Great giveaway-love Windows 8.

    Reply
  211. 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

    Reply
  212. 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.. :)

    Reply
  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.. :)

    Reply
  214. 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.. :)

    Reply
  215. Jae November 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

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

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

    Thank you for an honest review. I will wait.

    Reply
  217. regina November 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Oh would i love this new light weight !

    My laptop is going to my grandaughter.

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

    Type your comment here.

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

    Good tablet!

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

    I would like to have a flying car...

    Reply
  221. 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...

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

    Is Windows 8 really great?

    Reply
  223. Anonymous November 17, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I profit with you

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

    I love Microsoft Products

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

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

    Reply
  226. 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

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

    surface

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

    Thgis would be great!

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

    I want to test the device. Send the giveaway

    Reply
  230. 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.

    Reply
  231. 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.

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

    pls sent me the giveaway.

    Reply
  233. 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.

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  234. 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 ;)

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  235. 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?

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  236. 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.

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  237. 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

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

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

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

    Ok, I'm waiting for it!

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

    hope hope hope

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

    Hope to win it!

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

    i'm coming to the surface!!!

    Reply
  243. 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.

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

    Ve-e-e-ery interesting!

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

    Would love to win

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  246. 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

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

    Just what I need !

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

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

    Reply
  249. 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.

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

    Let's hope the premium edition is a vast improvement

    Reply
  251. iceman600 November 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    i would love to play on windows 8

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

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

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  253. 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).

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

    Microsoft Rulezzz....

    Reply
  255. 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.

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

    Very clever to put a keyboard in the cover.

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

    like all info

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

    like all of your info for my interest

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

    Excellent

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

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

    Reply
  261. 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;

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  262. 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.

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

    Awesome Giveaway! Thanks

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

    I will give this to a needy student.

    Reply
  265. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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

    Surface, will you be my Christmas gift?

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

    Good Luck everyone!!!

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  270. 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.

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

    I would not mind having this

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

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

    Reply
  273. Daniel Passer November 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the contest!

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

    I want this one!

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

    thanks for the chance!

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

    idc... i want one anyway!

    Reply
  277. 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.

    Reply
  278. 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.

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

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

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

    Excellent.... fingers crossed!

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

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

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

    I would be honored in receiving this Microsoft Surface tablet!

    Thank you for the opportunity.

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

    would like to check it out

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

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

    Reply
  285. 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!

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

      Thanks Sabo, much appreciated!

      Reply
  286. 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.

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

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

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

    o boy it has special featurs

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

    love love love... to grab it.

    Oh God bless me....

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

    Thanks

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

    Amazing!

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

    I want to win this!

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

    Good luck everyone!!

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

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

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

    Look forward to comparing it against my HP Touchpad

    Reply
  296. Anonymous November 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

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

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

    Looks like quite an interesting new tablet.

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  298. 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!

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

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

    Reply
  300. 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.

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

    I deffiantly will. Win this.

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  302. 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.

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    • 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.

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

    Another great giveaway. Good Luck to everyone!!

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

    Excelent review James, thanks...

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

    I would like very much to try it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Reply
  309. 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??

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

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

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

    I would love to win one of these

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

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

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

    Hope I won:)

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

    It would be sweet to win the Surface

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  315. 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

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

    fingers crossed

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  317. 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).

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

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

    Reply
  319. Anonymous November 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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

    Reply
  320. Anonymous November 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    i hope i win!

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  321. 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 ;)

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

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

      Reply
      • 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!)

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  322. 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.

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

    i need one

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

    I will win this.

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

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

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

    Could put this to good use.

    Reply
  327. TeresaC November 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

    Would love to have this, hope I win!

    Good luck everyone!!

    Reply
  328. 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.

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

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

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

    Done, thanks for the opportunity.

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  331. 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.

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  332. 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..

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

    Nice giveaway... Thanks !

    Reply
  334. 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.

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

    Another new toy to play with.

    Reply
  336. 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 :)

    Reply
  337. shaun November 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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

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

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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  339. Holly November 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Would love this!

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

    I'll give it a try :)

    Reply
  341. 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?

    Reply
    • 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 ...

      Reply
      • Shanna November 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Truly, James, that is so cool!

        Reply
  342. 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.

    Reply
  343. 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 :)

    Reply
  344. 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.

    Reply
  345. 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!!!

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

    I hope I win this!

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

    SURFACE

    Reply
  348. 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

    Reply
    • muotechguy November 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      1. yes

      2. "refresh your pc" is there, yes.

      3. hell no.

      => don't want.

      ;)

      Reply
  349. 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.

    Reply
    • Timie November 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Same here.

      Reply
    • 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")

      Reply
  350. ???? ???? ???? November 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Really hope can get it without buy it. :P

    Reply
  351. 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.

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

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

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

      Nor in Internet Explorer.

      Reply
  353. Anonymous November 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Drooling to have one...

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

    another fantastic giveaway, good luck to everyone

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

    Would love to win this

    Reply
  356. 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!!

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

    who will be the lucky person !!!

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

    Thanks for the giveaway :-)

    Reply
  359. 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

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

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

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

    i hope this open worldwide.hope to win :)

    Reply
  361. 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.

    Reply
    • 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?

      Reply
  362. 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.

    Reply
    • 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 ;)

      Reply
      • 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.

        Reply
        • 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.

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

    this will be better than ipad

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

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

      ;)

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

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

        Reply
      • 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.

        Reply
  364. 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.

    Reply
    • 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

      Reply
  365. 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.

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

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

      Reply
      • 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

        Reply
  366. 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 ...

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

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

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

    thanks for another fantastic giveaway!

    Reply
  369. 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 !

    Reply
    • Ianardo November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I hope you win too.

      If I win, you can have it!

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

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

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

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

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

      Everyone would ;D

      Reply
      • Ianardo November 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Er, no. They wouldn't.

        Did you not read the review above?

        Reply
        • 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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