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Reviews notwithstanding (some have been pretty negative), on Friday my local Microsoft store in Century City (in Los Angeles) was buzzing with curious customers keen on trying the Surface RT tablet, as lines snaked outside. Other stores drew crowds too.

(And all three Surface models are back-ordered three weeks on Microsoft's online store.)

I was surprised to see any line at all. After reading some reviews, you would have thought that the thing was DOA.

Fortunately, I had plenty of time to try out the tablet for myself. Ill-conceived, unusable keyboard? Nope. Yeah, it takes getting used to, but the 3mm-thick keyboard is far from unusable and beats a virtual keyboard any day.

And besides, for a few bucks more you can get the other Surface keyboard that Microsoft is selling, which is a real keyboard -- responsive and easy to use.

And as I've been saying for a while now, as an interface, I like Windows 8 and its split personality.

For Microsoft, one of the more encouraging signs (I saw) was the intensity of interest. Customers had lots of questions about Surface and some sat there for 30 minutes or even an hour kicking the tires (or, in this case, pounding on the 3mm keyboard).

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Parts that interested me are bolded. It's good to see CNET embrace the Surface, because they have been unabashedly Apple-loving in my opinion, with the rMBP being the most egregious example. Anyways, it's good to hear that the Surface is doing well.
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Awesome. I like it when I'm right, which is always.
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I thought it was 'hot' as in overheating. You had me for a moment there.
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No surprise here. I'm gonna LOL when Windows 8 is a huge success.
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The future of windows tablets looks swell.
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No surprise here. I'm gonna LOL when Windows 8 is a huge success.

Only on tablets.
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I was surprised to see any line at all. After reading some reviews, you would have thought that the thing was DOA.

What reviews were they reading? Most I've seen have been extremely good, and the few that were not weren't even that critical.
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I don't like the prices of the RT Tablets but I expected them too be well received by the common consumer.
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Awesome. I like it when I'm right, which is always.

Must be a wizard.

I was looking for a Surface in store today, couldn't find one. I'm tempted to try out the keyboard. They seem like a nice tablet though, really wish they had upped the RAM and chucked a retail copy of Windows 8 onto it.
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Let's wait for sales numbers, people.

One thing is people having curiosity and questions, and the fact that the current tablet on sale, with Windows RT, can't run x86 applications, will surely be one of the aspects many people will have questions about, another completely different is sales numbers, and interestingly the article doesn't say a word about it. App availability, how people get to grips with the Touch Cover, and, amongst other things, compatibility with USB devices will also be of concern (given that it's supposedly an advantage).

Also, the article is obviously biased. I have nothing against people taking sides in favour or against Windows 8, but the author doesn't make an effort to justify his position. Example:

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Some reviewers believe that touch screens and clamshells go together like oil and water. Not me. I want the option to use the touch screen. I mean, why not have a touch display? It's there if you need it. And I know I need it.

He says he needs it just like a kid says he needs a new toy, he doesn't explain why, when he needs it. He just needs it. Talk about lack of professional journalism.
 
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