I've had my Surface (RT) for most of a month now and having grown used to the foibles of Windows RT and the tablet itself, I'm still of the belief that this (and indeed any Win RT tablet) is as good as it gets as an an all-rounder. I just picked up a compact 7-port powered USB hub and connected the following devices: Logitech MX Anywhere wireless mouse (adaptor) WD Passport 1Tb portable drive iPhone (charging and viewing images) Small SDXC card reader USB Ethernet adaptor (using the 88772 drivers) All just starting functioning immediately without any need to fiddle or install anything - except the Ethernet adaptor for which I had to manually install drivers. I'm on vacation at the end of March/early April to New York and Costa Rica with a pair of DSLR cameras and this is the first time I'm going sans-laptop. Essentially, with this, I should be able to import images from the cameras, either by direct USB cable or using the SDXC reader, view the JPGs (the Surface supports the RAW images from my cameras but I wouldn;'t process them on that anyway) and adjust any jpegs (using Fotor or Fhotoroom) and upload those I want to immediately upload for sharing (Flickr or Facebook) then back up all images to the external HDD (and back up the critical ones to Dropbox or Skydrive). Now I could do all of the above on a slim laptop but then I would also be taking my iPad for browsing in airport lounges, in the hotel rooms and watching movies on extended flights. The RT tablets are the only ones I could comfortably do all of the above without worrying about battery life or cooling (I had already ruled the Surface Pro out). I imagine the Atom-based tablets could do all of this too but I don't see the value of having full Windows 8 on a CPU that can't really handle most of the heavy duty apps I'd use anyway. There are a few things I'd like to see improve - the App Store needs a rethink - the vetting process (if it exists) is terrible and the layout is not particularly informative compared to the rivals from Google and Apple. Also, why can't we just have 4 tiles vertically as an option rather than have to fiddle with registry tweaks and compromise elsewhere?