Monday, November 11, 2013

Touching the Surface

Chris Brady and Alan Smith

Staff Writers
 
   Do you ever wish you could bring your desktop to school?
   The Windows Surface RT is the newest addition to the tablet market. Released on June 19, 2012 and priced at $350, it is very well priced when compared to with an iPad. These machines are built for fun, much like the iPad, but are also geared toward life on the go, and getting work done.
   The device comes pre-equipped with office home, mail, messaging, photos, SkyDrive, music, video, and much more.
   It also features a touch screen that can be used with a mouse and keyboard. Unlike the iPad, the Surface comes with a USB port. It is a customizable tablet, meaning that you can change the start screen icons, change its colors, set up a picture password, add languages, and sync all your favorites and settings between your various PCs.
   On the subject of fun, the Surface offers a number of games and connects to your Xbox. The Surface is small and light, making it easy to carry on trips and useful for school. But at the end of the day, the 720p screen provides great quality for watching movies streamed through the Netflix app.
    Although the Surface RT is the cheapest, there are many other models such as the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. The only noticeable difference between the original Surface and the Surface 2 is that the Surface has a 2.0 USB port while the Surface 2 has a 3.0 USB port. The Surface Pro, however, comes with a Surface Pro Pen and a much more powerful processor complemented by more memory. The price of the Surface 2 starts at $449.00, the Surface Pro 2 starts at $899.00.
    In conclusion this device is ideal for anyone who is always on the go and has some important work to do. It is the ideal computing device for the whole campus.

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