Microsoft Surface

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Reviewed by SmoothDog (Currently owns)

I've found the Surface to be a great divergence from just a simple tablet. I can use it for Office Docs when needed and also works great as a tablet. The DUO-Tablet!

Design is fantastic. The detachable keyboard (typecover) takes a bit to get used to but once you have used it there is no going back. VaporMag is strong and solid and the kickstand is great for watching Videos or setting it up to type.

Display is very good. I've had little to no issues with the Display. Colors are clear and bright.

Cameras - The rear facing works quite well, the front facing not so much, but if I want to take videos or pictures, I'd use my Nokia 920.

Speakers - I was a bit disappointed with the Speakers. They only work well if not much sound is going on around you. Luckily, I have a USB Speaker that I can plug into the USB port or run a Bluetooth Speaker from it easily.

Performance - Is very good. Fluid and fast. Transitions are nice and after the software update I had no issues with Performance with only a few minor problems with Video.

Software performs very well. Word, Excel and all the Office work well with a Mouse. The trackpad works well, but if I'm really wanting to get something done a mouse is nice to have. The Metro side works exceptionally well and doesn't take long to learn the gestures. The two downfalls are getting Music Pass songs transferred to the Surface and Videos. You have to do a few workarounds to get it to work the way you want. MS should of did a better job of perfecting these areas. Now that it's all set up it's working good, but not exceptional.

Battery Life has been excellent on my Surface. It's been running just fine throughout an entire day and into the evening with a decent amount of use.

Ecosystem - This is OK, but definitely something that needs to improve in Apps. The Music, Video, and integration with Xbox work very well.

Dock - This really doesn't have a dock, but clicking it into the attached keyboard works fantastic.

Overall, very good device and it will get even better with more Apps and software updates.

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