It’s been more than a month since Microsoft started selling the Surface RT. That’s enough time for the initial shine to wear off, and time for it to start really mattering. But does it?
Microsoft initially only offered the Surface RT to Australian buyers via its online store; it’s going to be available later in December in selected Australian retail stores. That bit of early strategy means that the early adopters are all likely to have been the most keen proponents of the device and what it’s pitched at.
I’ve tested a Surface RT extensively, including using it as my only computing device for a while, but ultimately found it was too much of a compromise machine for my purposes, especially as it related to on-lap use. It’s not particularly stable with a type or touch cover attached and that irked me, as did the general performance. Sadly, the former is unlikely to change much with the Surface Pro; I suspect my next productivity machine will be a full laptop rather than a Surface. But then again, I didn’t buy the Surface RT; merely used a review model for a while.
A month is long enough for the “new car” smell to have worn off, and the Surface RT should (in theory) be part of your daily routine by now — or, as is sometimes the case with early technology adoption, a good way to gather up all that dust you’ve been wanting to store for a while. I’m curious to find out what the experience has been like for the Lifehacker readers who took the Surface RT plunge. Are you happy with your device, jealous of the upcoming Surface Pro, or something in-between?