I pre-ordered my Surface RT 64 GB with Touch cover and waited patiently for it to arrive. As expected it arrived on time, just before 11am on October 26th. I have since had a week to live with it and here is my review. The first thing I noticed was the package was bigger than I expected. It was quite long and it contained two boxes within and outer sleeve. The packaging was very nice and easy to open without a knife. Here is a picture of the unboxed items: The keyboard is in a separate frame to protect it, and the surface is in a static free bag. The box lid opens exposing the blue colored inside. The charger you see to the right is larger than expected, but it will fully charge the Surface in two hours which is nice. Also they paid attention to the width of the charger, I can plug it in and still fit power chords to the left and right of it in a power strip. Nothing worse than a brick that takes up 3 power slots on a power strip. I was impressed with the feel of the device right off the bat, it is clearly a solid mechanical design and feels sturdy, not like it's going to break. The keyboard is thin and light and makes a really good cover, and a better than expected keyboard given the fact that there is no travel on the keys. It literally is touch, but it knows the difference between touching and hitting the key. Here's a closeup of the keyboard, you will note the keys are slightly raised which is nice and will help know if you are off slightly on your finger positions. The thing I was really excited about on the surface hardware wise was that it had expansion ports. There is a full sized USB port which is compatible with most devices that are currently compatible with Windows. I was able to plug my wireless mouse+keyboard dongle and it was immediately available for use. By Comparison on Windows 7 it always seems to take around 5 seconds for the driver to be loaded and ready for use. There is also an Micro SDXC port allowing for plugging in expansion drive space. I ordered a Sandisk 64G chip, plugged it in and it just worked. This device came pre-formatted in EXFAT which the newer format than FAT32 allowing for very large files and drives. I also pre-ordered a VGA adapter so I could hook my surface up to my external monitor. The Micro HDMI to VGA adapter worked fine. There is support for all the expected external monitor settings such as dual screen, mirror, external only, and different resolutions on external Vs Internal. I hooked mine up to a 21" dell monitor at 1600x1200 resolution and it worked perfectly. The power port is quite large, in fact of all the hardware features this is the least impressive. The reason is it's large, and while it is magnetic, it isn't as easy to attach by feel as you might expect on a Macbook power connector. It does have an LED that illuminates when it's plugged in giving a nice positive feedback that it's hooked up correctly. The Surface also comes with stereo speakers, stereo microphones and front and rear facing HD cameras. I got a chance to use these with the downloadable Windows 8 Skype application, and it handled video call perfectly, carrying on a flawless hour and half conversation without missing a beat. As you might expect the Skype App makes it easy to switch cameras or turn off the camera and go voice only. This is my best Skype experience yet, it's a killer application on this platform. The surface RT also has a dedicated volume rocker on the left side, right next to the audio jack, this was unexpected but welcome given my experience using the Kindle Fire that only has on-screen controls. The Kickstand on the Surface RT takes a bit getting used to how to flip it open but they notched the left side so you can easily flip it open with the left hand. The right hand won't work unless you have long fingernails to slip behind it. Behind the keyboard is where they have hidden the Micro SD card which you can see inserted here: While the photo looks dirty, I couldn't see that with my naked eye, the Macro feature of my hi-res camera wasn't as forgiving The weight of the surface feels substantial but not too heavy. The keyboard and stand are very handy, and don't ever get in the way. You can flip them open or closed, flip the keyboard behind the surface and use it like a keyboard free tablet. The keys automatically turn off when you flip it back so you don't have to worry about pressing a key accidentally. This trick is possible due to the accelerometer built into the keyboard that allows it to figure out it it's position relative to the surface screen it's attached to. This most certainly is a patent-able idea in the tablet market. Here is a photo of the surface with the keyboard flipped behind and the kickstand out: When I'm kicked back in my recliner this is the position I generally use it in, the keyboard acts as a nice stable platform for the kickstand to rest on and distributes the weight nicely. Some reports I had read complained that the kickstand wasn't that great on your lap, and while I would agree it does work, and using the keyboard as a stand eliminates that objection completely. Also if you wish, you don't need to use the kickstand and then you are no worse off than you are with most other tablets. So by all means the kickstand and keyboard shouldn't ever be considered a negative, it's only additive to the total experience. By the way as you can see with the DRC image on the screen, there is no chrome around the page, and this is one of my favorite features of the new browser. The address bar can easily be exposed by swiping your thumb from the bottom in an upward motion. Here's another photo with the keyboard attached and the address bar visible: Well I think that covers the overall hardware review, next I will cover the overall user experience.