7. Microsoft Surface
Release date: November 2012
Price at launch: $499.00 (32GB tablet only) $599.00 (32GB with Touch Cover) $699.00 (64 GB with Touch Cover)
OS: Windows RT
TechRadar review: 4/5
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What do you do when you think your manufacturers aren't making good enough hardware? Design and create your own, of course... and that's what Microsoft has done here.
The Surface has a great build and the built-in kickstand is a key part of the device. It provided us with plenty of pleasing moments when we momentarily searched for a place to prop up our tablet before remembering there was no need.
Two types of keyboard, support for SD cards and the ability to choose multiple versions of Windows make this a powerhouse tablet that will unleash the power of Windows 8 to many.
Microsoft's hardware designers should be applauded for delivering a solid tablet which delivers a great experience, but now it's down to the fortunes of the Windows Store to decide whether Microsoft Surface is remembered in history.