Innovative. Capable. Desirable. Risky. These are a few of the words that have been used to describe Microsoft's home-brewed tablet PC, the Surface. It's late arrival to the tablet market and drastically altered operating system may compromise its attractiveness to the average buyer, but those who recognize its potential as a do-it-all device have good reason to be excited. Whereas other tablets can be augmented by bulky accessories, the Surface has been designed from the ground up to enable its users to work hard and play hard on the same device in a variety of environments. An integrated kickstand and nearly imperceptible keyboard covers allow this magnesium-clad slate to feel at home on a tabletop just as well as it does in the user's hands. If you've been holding out for a tablet that can legitimately serve as a laptop replacement, the Surface just might be the answer to your prayers.