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Microsoft has already proven it makes the best hardware of any Windows OEM, but the Surface would be more competitive if it ran full Windows and supported traditional desktop apps.

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7.5
14 reviews
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    7.1
  • Display
    8.4
  • Battery life
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    7.1
  • Storage capacity
    8.7
  • Design and form factor
    7.7
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    7.2
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9.2
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8.0
Engadget Oct 21, 2013

Microsoft has already proven it makes the best hardware of any Windows OEM, but the Surface would be more competitive if it ran full Windows and supported traditional desktop apps.

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8.0
AnandTech Oct 21, 2013

Surface 2 is a big step forward compared to Surface RT. The chassis looks awesome, the device is significantly quicker and battery life is appreciably better. The new display is much better than its predecessor (and so much better than what you get from most $449 PCs).

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7.0
CNET Oct 20, 2013

The Microsoft Surface 2 is great for getting work done, but those looking for extensive app support (beyond Office) will find top Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets to be better options.

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7.0
Gizmodo Oct 21, 2013

Should You Buy It? Probably not. The better screen, better camera, and better processor help make the Surface 2 a much more compelling tablet than the Surface RT, but it's not quite as compelling as the competition.

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7.0
Wired Oct 21, 2013

If you only want to use a Surface for web browsing, email, and office applications, you’ll do fine. But look for many of the applications that have made tablets not just useful, but delightful—like Flipboard, or Instapaper, or Pocket, or even a legit YouTube app—and you come up empty.

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8.0
The Guardian Oct 21, 2013

Overall, the Surface 2 is a solid tablet and is a good option for those that spend most of their time interacting with Office or a web browser.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 21, 2014

It all adds up to a very reasonable device and the price point is fairer than before too. We just wish it didn't sit on the fence so much.

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7.0
Mashable Oct 21, 2013

If you love Microsoft, Windows and, especially all things Windows 8, this is your ultimate do everything tablet. However, if you want a mobile device that is unabashedly a tablet, this is probably not the tablet you were looking for.

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8.0
ChipChick Nov 4, 2013

Overall the Surface 2 is an excellent work + play tablet. Its premium hardware, excellent display, incredible battery life, and its great selection of practical accessories, all help make the Surface 2 worth the additional cost over some more affordable Windows 8 tablets out there.

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8.0
Digital Versus Feb 27, 2014

With a stylish, well-built body, Full HD resolution and good battery life, the Surface 2 is a choice buy for anyone looking for a tablet that does (pretty much) everything. It does still lag behind some of the competing high-end iOS and Android tablets.

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7.0
The Verge Oct 20, 2013

The bad news: a good Surface still isn’t a great device. Not right now, anyway. It’s not a great tablet — it’s too big, too tall in portrait mode, and missing way too many crucial apps. It’s not a great laptop, either, not unless you’re willing to tote around a mouse and keyboard.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Dec 6, 2013

The Surface 2 is good tablet if you must have the full Office experience on the go, but for anyone else there are better options out there.

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8.0
The Next Web Oct 21, 2013

All it would take is the launch of a slim, moderately specced convertible that runs a full version of Windows 8.1 and I’d be left wondering if I hadn’t made the wrong decision in buying a Surface 2. Still, that would be an achievement to deliver at $449.

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8.0
HotHardware Nov 14, 2013

The limitations of the Windows RT platform are what they are, and there’s no doubt that the Surface 2 Pro running full Windows 8.1 will offer a better flexibility, but for all that comes with it, the Surface 2 should insert itself nicely in the competitive premium tablet and hybrid market.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 23, 2013

We didn't need to do a side-by-side comparison with the original to notice how much lighter the tablet has gotten; it's easier to hold and feels less bulky too.

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TechCrunch Sep 23, 2013

Frankly, the Surface 2 is a very good-looking device, and one that I would feel great using at a cafe if I ever worked in such desultory locales.

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CNET Sep 23, 2013

This updated Windows RT version of the Microsoft Surface features a slightly slimmer body, an updated 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor ... and a higher-resolution screen than the original Surface.

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PC Mag Sep 23, 2013

The new Surface 2 has some familiar features, but with a revamped operating system, a faster processor, and expanded offerings for Office and cloud storage, it looks poised to be a better product all around.

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Laptop Magazine Sep 23, 2013

Overall, we’re intrigued by the new Surface 2, but still concerned by its Windows RT ecosystem. Will users want an OS that comes with Office, but can’t run all their other classic Windows applications, even if it is high-quality hardware. We’ll have to see.

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Ars Technica Sep 23, 2013

If you look at it as being a robust, secure system that's ideal for students and home users who want or need to run Office ... I think it feels a bit less expensive. The build quality and general level of fit and finish remain ahead of netbooks or other cheap laptops.

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PC World Sep 23, 2013

The additional performance and battery life are unquestionably significant strides forward for the Surface tablet. The new covers? Not so much.

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GigaOM Sep 23, 2013

Microsoft has put the Surface 2 on a diet as well. It now measures 0.35-inches thick and weighs 1.49 pounds. That’s not a huge reduction from the 0.37-inch, 1.5-pound original, but you can feel a slight difference when you handle it.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 23, 2013

As for that kickstand, it kicks into two positions (more upright and a laid-back mode). We fiddled with it a bit and found that it's quite capable and well built. No flimsy-ness here.

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PC World Australia Sep 24, 2013

Microsoft has announced the second generation of its Surface RT tablet, simply called the Surface 2. It now boasts a full HD screen, features updated internals and has a new two-stage kickstand aimed to make it easier to use on your lap.

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GSM Arena Sep 23, 2013

The Surface 2 features the same 1080p screen from the Surface Pro 2, no more 1,366 x 768 resolution that other tablets make fun of. The chipset is 3-4 times faster too and the bus speeds for memory and Wi-Fi have also been improved.

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CNN Sep 23, 2013

The Surface 2 is much more pleasant to hold with one hand. Using the Touch Cover Typing felt much more reliable, and even intuitive.

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TechRadar Sep 23, 2013

Thanks to Microsoft Office built-in and impressive accessories, including potentially more unique covers down the line, the Surface 2 is already off to a far better start than its predecessor.

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VentureBeat Sep 23, 2013

The Surface 2 is slightly lighter than last year’s model, but the difference was palpable as I held it with one hand.

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The Next Web Sep 23, 2013

The Surface 2 is the successor to Microsoft’s Surface RT. Intended for casual use, the Surface 2 simply feels like a higher quality product at first touch. It feels considerably lighter and thinner than its predecessor and the body more sturdy and rigid.

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9.0
davidraywilson davidraywilson

The Surface 2 is a great machine. Don't be fooled by the previous RT model, this thing is blazing fast and does in fact serve a purpose. Compared to the iPad, I have been able to really get some solid work done.

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Rainforrest Rainforrest

I have now owned 4 different Tablets; Apple iPad, Samsung Note 8.0, BlackBerry Playbook, and now the Surface 2. The Surface 2 is my favorite of the 4 and gets used the most. It is a fantastic device and Windows RT is an elegant really fun to use OS. People who skip out on the S2 because of lack...

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DRAA DRAA

I sold my old Surface RT and preordered the Surface 2. This is a great little machine. Critics can't do it justice because they are out of touch with consumers who desire simplification in their multi-device lives, while tech critics want more and more devices because they're gadget geeks. The...

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9.0
madaleno madaleno

Don't let some reviews influence your decision. This is a great tablet (I have an iPad and a Nexus 7, so I can compare both). It comes with Office for free which is something no other tablet can offer. With my Surface 2 I can do more than I do in my Nexus. The kickstand is a great feature and the...

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9.0
shmianco shmianco

I'm a little shocked how rough the tech press has been on this device. Windows RT is far from perfect, but it's a more than decent alternative for those who are not interested in what the competition has to offer. I'd like to give an extra strong emphasis on how GREAT app-splitting is on win8.1...

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9.0
jdawg011 jdawg011

This tablet is amazing! With Adobe Flash support, you can go to basically any website to use the full actual website with no need for the apps. It runs well, and the attachable keyboards work seamlessly. My only real gripe would be the sound on it. With dolby speakers you would think that it...

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