Microsoft introduces the Surface Tablet

So…I’ve been keeping my eye on this for a while. The Surface – I like the name, right off the bat – is the new tablet that is designed, developed, and –  notably – built by Microsoft. This is a new step for the tech giant, who rarely designs its own hardware (the XBOX is a huge exception).

The specs look to be favorable. At 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in and weighing in at 1.5lbs, it’s a bit heftier than the newest iPad iteration by Apple, but it’s also a bit bigger (which can be both bad or good, depending on your taste). The screen is less pixel-dense than the iPad, but Microsoft claims that to the average user, the different would be minimal.

It runs Windows 8 (or a tablet variant called Windows RT), which means that it can run pretty much anything you would like to run on your desktop at home (although, keep in mind that this feature is only applicable to the Windows 8 Pro Surface, and not the Windows RT Surface).

But perhaps best of all, it has a USB port and a microSD slot. Both of these extensions allow you to do things with the Surface that you possibly couldn’t have ever done with the iPad, the market leader at this point.

It also comes with a proprietary keyboard that acts like Apple’s Smart Cover, but … better, featuring either a touch or type keyboard that allows you to be much more productive.

The Surface is, in many ways, a fuller computing experience than the iPad, or many of the Android tablet variants. Although I haven’t gotten one yet, it’s definitely on my wish list.

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