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Whatever you think about Microsoft's Surface Pro, it's impossible to deny its beautiful design, and the quality of the the tech behind it. It's a siren, luring you into an oddly metaphored whirlpool of unsure typing. I've been using it for close to two weeks now, and the entire time I couldn't escape one feeling: Microsoft should have made a laptop.

It has a more dynamic interface. It has Office inside. It can run two apps on the same screen. And it has a USB port and a built-in kickstand. The iPad has none of these things, and the Microsoft Surface does. So why does Microsoft's first tablet already seem to be on the ropes?

Time to re-write those Christmas lists, gadget fans, for Microsoft is finally teaming up with Australian retailers to sell the Surface RT tablet. Interestingly though, Microsoft isn't going to be dictating prices to retailers meaning that they might be able to undercut Redmond's online store on price.

It took Microsoft almost a decade to design its first piece of tablet hardware. Seven years of hard development, refinement and tuning before it wound up with what we now know as Surface. Two models of Surface tablet will hit the market in the next few months. The Surface RT is first off the rank, so how does it stack up to other ARM-powered tablets?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is an able champion for his brand, but even he couldn't muster up much enthusiasm over sales of his Surface RT tablet in a recent interview with a French newspaper. Unless something was seriously lost in translation, sales of Microsoft's slate have been "modest" so far -- but just you wait until its big brother gets here.

The new Windows tablets, led by Microsoft's Surface, provide a third major family of tablets for consumers and the computing world. The significance and stakes are enormous because tablets are among the most important developments in computing and consumer products in the last 20 years. Like Google's Android tablets, the Windows tablets will be made by many different manufacturers. And just like Google's Nexus, which provides reference designs for the Android product line, Microsoft is producing its own Surface tablets for the Windows product line.

Everyone who has gone hands-on with the Surface RT this week has said the same thing: they wanted to like it, but just couldn't get there when the rubber hit the road. One of the first Surface RT units landed in Australia this morning, and we got hands on with it. Is it really the misfire people are labelling it as? Not necessarily.

We're well into tablet season with the release of the new Kindles and the almost-certain release of the iPad Mini next month. Microsoft's Surface is in the game too, although we know very little about it. In an interview with the Seattle Times, CEO Steve Ballmer was kind enough to mention the "sweet spot" for Surface pricing. Unfortunately, it's $US500-wide.