Surface RT tablets, which run a streamlined version of the Windows 8 operating system, will be available this week, starting at $499. A version of Surface that runs Windows 8 Pro will be coming out in January.
Before the first reviewer got his or her hands on it, we knew the Surface RT would be a very different tablet. In addition to running a version of Microsoft's new Windows 8, the device sports a kickstand and a colorful keyboard attachment (the latter for an extra $100 to $119).
What did reviewers think? Opinion varied greatly, from "incredibly well executed" to"heartbreaking", so we suggest you read the ones below and come to your own opinion. Or better yet: go to a Microsoft store and try out the Surface yourself after Friday.