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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, 2012
Windows 8 — with its touch-friendly interface designed with tablets in mind — has given the Windows tablet a boost, and manufacturers are trying out new form factors, such as this Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13.
Surface RT, 2012
The snappily titled Surface with Windows 8 RT (mostly known as the Surface RT) is the first device to arrive as part of Microsoft's most recent attempt to build its own tablet hardware. Running the slimmed down Windows 8 RT operating system, it's aimed at consumers, coming in at the same price as the iPad.
Because it runs on ARM chips, the Windows 8 RT operating system can't run normal desktop apps — only ones downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
Reviews have varied, though it has won some admirers. But perhaps not enough; Microsoft seems to have massively overestimated demand for this model – leading to a $900m write-down to cover the cost of unsold inventory.
Surface Pro, 2013
The Surface with Windows 8 Pro is the first business version of Microsoft's tablet. Running the full version of Windows 8, its high spec and higher ultrabook-style price means it is aimed firmly at the enterprise market. Our reviewer liked the build quality and the performance but said it was let down by battery life.