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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't need a laptop: everything our whole family uses PC for is in this tablet, 27 Nov 2012
This review is from: Microsoft Surface 32gb with Black Touch Display (Electronics)
General

The feel of the device is that of a premium, quality product.
the focus is the screen - unlike other tablets, where the screen vs. bezel seem out of proportion, this is perfect.

Hardware

Screen is bright, colours are great. The touch responsiveness is excellent - image depth under the surface of the glass seems really narrow - which is great. Other tablets I've handled have a similar resolution, but the pixels are evident, plus the image is deep under the touch screen and seems almost disconnected with the finger
Kick stand - so useful and really tough - not a gimmick
Touch keyboard - It's been handled by my kids daily, passed around the office and their families - no sign of a split. easy to clean.
I've easily paired a Bluetooth mouse, if that's what you prefer - but regular keyboards/mice can work with the USB port
32GB - most tablets announce how much memory they have, not necessarily available - you c
USB support
Micro SD card support - expand it if you need more anyway
Earphone - socket, obviously
micro HDMI - socket for full HD external monitor TV
Click-In - (magnetic attaching of keyboards) is not a gimmick - really cool and we use a lot.
Camera's - front facing, rear facing. really nice images, couldn't fault them - they are web cam's though - Skype integrates well.

Software

Remember - It is Windows 8 baked down to a tablet NOT a phone beefed up to be a tablet. Bluetooth/home networking/VPN/Printing/screen handling and all the serious OS systems work as usual. So each member of the family can have a login - and they can have their own picture password. They can't mess the device up for others as the windows 8 apps are 'sandboxed' - only the first user ('Administrator') can do some of the more serious stuff.
Stability - It has never crashed on me, although once or twice I've needed to quit a program (just swipe down from the top to the bottom to 'close' a program)
Store - smooth, easy to navigate, growing fast
calendar/mail/people/messaging - OK. generally keeping up-to-date the people hub works well.
Xbox Music - great selection - tried with trial music pass and with the free streaming. Works OK, sometimes didn't seem responsive though
Xbox games - brilliant choice and the library is growing daily
Xbox video - same selection as on the xbox, haven't tried it with SmartGlass onto the Xbox yet
Office 2013 - full Office on a tablet - brilliant. works efficiently with SkyDrive (7GB free online storage)

Extra's
Xbox 360 integration - SmartGlass - signed straight in and showed me all my Halo 4 stats, controlled the xbox and looked around the xbox 360 store to play a video. opened the picture library and I easy sent the image to the xbox, flicked through the images on the tablet and show the next photo I chose - really cool.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2013 17:09:47 GMT
Thanks for your great detailed review :-)
One question though - I am a member of lovefilm.com and am most annoyed that my android tablet does not allow/support Silverlight and the watching of these programs. Can you tell me whether the surface can play these...many thanks and enjoy..

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2013 22:01:20 GMT
Tried lovefilm. No joy im afraid. Emailed their support for plans.
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