Why get a $500-$600 Windows RT device instead of an iPad or Android tablet? There are at least two reasons, says Lilliputing. One reason is that Microsoft includes Office 2013 RT with Windows RT. The second is that Windows RT includes support for 420 million peripherals.
A Windows RT convertible can work with printers, keyboards, monitors, mice, and other devices. Connect the devices you already have using USB or Bluetooth. Done.
At least that’s the party line.
While Android and iOS have gradually added support for additional peripherals, connecting tablets to printers, webcams, or other devices is nearly impossible.
A Windows RT device, like Microsoft’s Surface is handy. The ability to hook up printers and cameras makes it practical. Surface with Windows 8 Pro, due in a couple of months, runs the full blown Windows 8, with Intel Core i5 processors with 64 or 128 GB. It’s supposed to run most PC software.
Sergey Brin can have his glasses. Microsoft had news you can use. Windows 8/RT have an integrated phone/tablet/desktop design, live touch interface, and superior application/peripheral support. Apple and Google don’t.
C/Net has a list of new Windows 8 computers. Critics are split on Microsoft’s tablet. Here are some reviews from C/Net, Engadget, The Verge, AnanTech, PC Magazine, PC World, Hot Hardware, Laptop Magazine, ReadWrite and ZdNet