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Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface is the perfect gift this year for any techies curious to test run the software giant's first go at a tablet.

Running Windows RT, the ARM-specific flavor of Windows 8, Surface is a 10-inch tablet that comes with an integrated kickstand, allowing users to prop it up to watch movies or browse the Web hands-free. It starts at $499 and can be bundled with Microsoft's Touch Cover keyboard for an additional $120 to offer a more laptop-like experience.

Another version of Surface, running Windows 8 Pro, is slated to launch in January.

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