Microsoft this week provided reviewers with a very temporary loan of a specially made slate PC running the Windows 8 technical preview. And when I say temporary, I mean temporary: We have to give this machine back on Thursday evening before we leave BUILD.

If you're curious, the PC is a Samsung 700T, a modified version of the Windows 7 slate Samsung will be selling publicly soon. It features a second generation Intel Core i5 processor, an 11.6 inch screen at 1366 x 768, a UEFI BIOS, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB SSD, sensors, USB, micro SD, HDMI, pen, and a dock with USB, HDMI, and Ethernet.

In use, it's been fairly buggy, though I'd imagine that's a software issue, not a hardware issue. Microsoft asked us not to rate the battery life (bad) or compare it to any iPad. Yet.

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