mattwnz:zhuyan: On the Boxing Day, I only ended up with one external harddrive 2TB @ $92, a couple of Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones for $35 each and one xbox 360 media drive 320Gb @ $99
Was tempted to get one Windows RT then decided against it as I don't really need it anyway and also as someone pointed out here above that RT is going to be a dead platform... $300 plus a smart cover for another $160 or sth for a windows tablet, not that special price at all or was it?
You don't need the keyboard cover, you can just use it as a tablet like the ipad, and I don't think the keyboard covers are all that durable, as have read about them splitting over time. You can buy a cheap normal cover off ebay for less than $20 delivered.
RT isn't a dead platform as Microsoft have just released the surface 2 which uses it. Plus it installs software from the normal windows 8 app store.
One of it's major benefits is that IE allows you to view flash websites. Plus it is a good size and aspect ratio for wtching tv/video, unlike the ipad. It's build quality is also very good, not quite as good as an ipad, and better than many of the other tablets.
I have had various Surface Touch & Type Covers since October 2012 myself and none of them have split, have seen this happen to the odd one and they are replaced quick smart under warranty