Microsoft Surface RT (Best Buy, Microsoft Store $199; Staples, $249 with keyboard)
Microsoft Surface RT 2012 (read review)
Say what you want about Surface RT, but at a low price, Microsoft's 2012 Surface tablet makes an attractive quasi-Netbook that can run Office 2013 (which is included). It has 32GB of storage, too. (We'd go with the deal with the very nice keyboard cover.)
- Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 112 user reviews
Starting at: $278.80
The good: The Microsoft Surface's Metro interface is innovative, elegant, powerful, and versatile. The tablet feels strong and well-built, runs Office 2013, and includes rich video and music services. Its keyboard cover accessories are the best ways to type on a tablet, period.
The bad: The tablet's performance can be sluggish, its Windows Store is lacking, Metro takes getting used to, and the Desktop interface feels clunky and useless.
The bottom line: If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.
November 27, 2013 12:09 PM PST
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