Microsoft Surface is the best productivity tablet yet, and it had better be. As the only Microsoft-branded Windows RT hardware to launch with the new operating system, the tablet serves as ambassador and flagship for the touch-focused, wildly-risky Windows grand experiment. The Surface excels, thanks to its thoughtful design, sensible implementation of its keyboard accessory and the innovations brought about by the interface formerly known as "Metro" — chief among them: the gesture-driven menu system, powerful search tool and the incredibly cool and versatile split-screen feature.
Unfortunately, there's a price to pay for doing things differently. I've spent a week with this soldier for the Windows cause, and I predict that some of you will find Metro's learning curve discouraging. Additionally, apps support is dismal, performance (especially when using IE10) is slow at times, and like the old guy in the club still hanging around after last call, the traditional Windows interface lingers on, feeling embarrassingly out of place.
The Surface isn't for everyone. Those looking for tonnes of apps should look elsewhere; however, it takes a legitimate swing at replacing your computer, and comes closer to hitting the mark than any tablet before it.