It's amusing all the comments calling the review "objective" and "fair"...
Of course, Windows RT has its flaws, but the final "conclusion" of this review came down to a price comparison that was completely off-base.
$580 for a 32GB Surface and attachable TypeCover.
$570 for a 16GB iPad Air and a battery-powered Apple bluetooth keyboard.
That's comparing Apples to oranges.
It'd be $700 for a 32GB iPad Air and the Logitech keyboard the reviewer mentions.
And as for sacto joe's comment about the MacBook Air:
Why would someone looking at a Surface RT jump to a laptop without a touch screen?
Certainly you mean they'd be better off with a Surface Pro (which is cheaper than a MacBook Air) and still functions as a tablet with a Wacom-based Pen.
I think it depends on what you classify as "productive work". For some, it's using an Office app, for others it might be using a specialized app for a specific work related task. I think if you consider "productive work" using Office apps, then you'd probably be correct on that assumption. When i use a spreadsheet app, I use BIG spreadsheets and there is NO F=ing way I can look at my spreadsheets on a 10" screen or smaller. I used to use a 17 monitor and then graduated to a 27inch, and guess what? It's STILL not be enough. I have to still scroll up and down as my spreadsheets are LARGE. so, yea, for some people tablets still suck, BUT, for other productivity apps, they might be the perfect solution. I've seen apps used in the video production industry that were iPad based and apparently the users think they are indispensable due to the nature of the app and how it works. It's actually a productivity app that's BETTER on a tablet than a laptop. Light Iron is the developer of those apps.
So, I think it means what do you mean by a "productive work" or "productivity apps". Hospital's are starting to use iPad based apps that are taking the place of laptops and desktops and from what I've read and heard, they are more productive with the iPad based apps than the traditional desktop/laptop based apps.
I'm not sure why you would want AirPlay instead of a direct connection to the monitor. Keyboard/mouse/trackpad would of course be wireless (do they make them wired anymore?). Even if you do AirPlay, your iPad will sit flat on your desk. If docked, you can still use it as a iChat screen or run an app, etc., and see it easily while you work.
Also, I was talking more any player to this market, not just Apple.
Microsoft has a ok device, good competitor to the weird who are thinking of IPad 2(many think $50 is way different than $100) bit IPad air can beat this.