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A tablet that works best as a laptop

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The new Surface Pro is more viable as a laptop replacement, but it hasn't made much progress as a standalone tablet. Ultimately, it's at its best in laptop mode, but it's still not always as comfortable to use as a proper Ultrabook.

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    8.2
  • Battery life
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    8.4
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    8.6
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9.2
27 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 21, 2013

The new Surface Pro is more viable as a laptop replacement, but it hasn't made much progress as a standalone tablet. Ultimately, the Pro is at its best in laptop mode, but it's still not always as comfortable to use as a proper Ultrabook.

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9.0
PC Mag Feb 21, 2014

The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.

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8.0
CNET Oct 20, 2013

Microsoft's subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5 -- improved battery life and better accessories make it a worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad-level category killer.

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8.0
AnandTech Oct 21, 2013

Just like last year, my recommendation comes with a caution – Surface Pro 2 is good, I’m happier using it than I was with last year’s model, but the Broadwell version will be even better.

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8.0
ZDNet Oct 23, 2013

The Haswell-based Surface Pro 2 delivers improved performance and battery life, and its dual-angle kickstand is also welcome. However, the Pro 2's unchanged chassis design feels bulkier and heavier than ever, and it becomes very expensive when fully accessorised.

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7.0
Gizmodo Oct 21, 2013

There's a great laptop inside this device, and a great tablet inside it too. But the connective tissue between the two that falls short, and both sides of the equation are weaker for it.

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7.0
Wired Oct 21, 2013

I’m still bullish on Surface, and Windows 8.1. Both show an immense amount of promise. But both are hobbled by the application situation in the Windows Store.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 20, 2013

Thanks to its much-improved battery life and fast performance, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a compelling tablet and laptop in one device.

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8.0
Mashable Oct 21, 2013

This is a tablet with the heart of a PC and its brain in the cloud. For a serious workhorse machine that you can really take anywhere, it's hard to beat.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 21, 2013

We find the Surface Pro 2 genuinely decent to use, better built than plenty of Ultrabooks, but also that it doesn't entirely connect with us as a tablet-like device. If only it came with the keyboard included for a touch less cash.

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8.0
PC Pro Oct 21, 2013

All-day battery life and a new kickstand help make the Surface Pro 2 one of the most compelling hybrids available.

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8.0
TabletPCReview Dec 11, 2013

The Surface Pro 2 is a first-rate device. Its combination of mobility, power, and design matches and even slightly outperforms topnotch Ultrabooks with similar size and specs.

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7.0
The Verge Oct 20, 2013

A PC maker needs to produce the answer in a package that doesn't compromise on battery life, weight, or lap use. That may be achievable, but it feels a long way off. Until then, the Surface Pro 2 is a great machine if you can deal with some of the compromises.

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7.0
The Next Web Oct 21, 2013

The Pro 2 makes compromises on weight and additional hardware ... support, though. While I can overlook the latter, or at least work around it, the Surface Pro 2 does less well at convincing me it should be my go-to tablet. It’s just too damn chunky for that.

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Engadget Sep 23, 2013

Physically, the Pro 2 is an impressive specimen, thanks to Redmond's trademark magnesium build, which feels extremely sturdy, both in terms of ruggedness and weight. It's only 2 pounds, but it's a very dense 2 pounds.

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CNET Sep 23, 2013

The Pro 2 keeps the best features of the original Surface Pro, adds new internal hardware and new accessory options, and is supposed to fix one of the primary problems with the original Surface Pro, mediocre battery life.

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TechCrunch Sep 23, 2013

The Surface Pro 2 has been bumped up to the Haswell generation of Intel chips, can contain up to 8 gigabytes of low-power DDR RAM, and a SSD that can reach the half-terabyte mark. It also receives the new kickstand position, which Microsoft is proud of, mostly because it works.

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Gizmodo Sep 23, 2013

Aside from the Surface 2's eye-catching coat of white, the tablets both feel almost physically identical to their predecessors. That's a good thing; the well-angled bezels and overall high-quality feeling of the hardware was one of our favorite parts about both of the two Surfaces.

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Ars Technica Sep 23, 2013

That change is, however, basically invisible. The device looks and feels almost identical to the old one. It just goes faster and runs for longer. In practical terms, those are huge improvements that will make the new device far better than the old one.

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PC World Sep 24, 2013

The original Surface Pro conked out under heavy load in just 2.5 hours or so, though lighter Web browsing and battery management could push it out a couple more. One Microsoft employee we talked to felt that the new SurfacePro 2 could pull five hours under heavy gaming.

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GigaOM Sep 23, 2013

Physically, the Surface Pro 2 is virtually identical to the original. It measures 0.53 inches thick and weighs 2 pounds. And unlike the Surface 2, it only comes in black. It uses the same two-stage kickstand as the Surface 2, and features the same 10.6-inch, 1080p display.

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Tom's Hardware Sep 23, 2013

The Surface Pro 2 packs a full version of Windows 8.1 Pro, a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display, support for microSD, USB 3.0, and mini DisplayPort. Both 64 GB and 128 GB capacities are available with 4 GB of RAM.

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PC Mag Sep 23, 2013

At first glance, the Surface Pro 2 looks and feels just like the model introduced early in 2013. It's still got the same black painted magnesium exterior, single USB 3.0 port, mini-DisplayPort, 0.53-inch thickness, and the same roughly two pound system weight.

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ZDNet Oct 21, 2013

Surface Pro 2, with Windows 8.1, better battery life and an adjustable kickstand, is Microsoft's second swing at coming up with a tablet to unseat iOS and Android devices in the enterprise.

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SlashGear Sep 23, 2013

At first glance, the Surface Pro 2 looks likely to take the top spot as our Windows 8 tablet of choice.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 23, 2013

The magnesium build looks and feels great. While it's a bit hefty, in terms of density, it only weighs two pounds. This gives it a rough, rugged feel.

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Time Sep 23, 2013

If you had problems with the very concept of Surface, there’s nothing in the new ones to sway your opinion. They’re the same idea in more refined form, ... unless you’re at least O.K. with the Windows 8.x experience on a touchscreen device.

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Mashable Sep 24, 2013

I didn't get a chance to test the Pro with any computational challenges (we'll save that for the full review), but at least there were no hiccups as I navigated around from desktop to Start screen, running several apps at once. Everything responded fluidly, and apps launched fast.

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PC World Australia Sep 24, 2013

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 gets improved battery life and better overall performance thanks to the inclusion of a fourth generation Intel Core i5 CPU, but it also includes a better screen, an improved kickstand, and better accessories.

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Ubergizmo Sep 23, 2013

Considering just how much horsepower there is under the hood, we guess we can overlook its weight, but it isn’t too heavy where it might be an issue when carrying around in your bag.

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TechRadar Sep 23, 2013

Overall, the Surface Pro 2 comes across as another device being taken through the yearly refresh process. It's received some reactive, though not unwelcome, updates to keep up with the completion. It's a solid device, but so was the Surface Pro.

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VentureBeat Sep 23, 2013

The Surface Pro 2 is physically unchanged from last year’s model, but its big hardware upgrades make it even more of a powerhouse.

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The Verge Sep 23, 2013

Performance in our brief time with the Pro 2 was good, but the Surface Pro never really felt slow or laggy to begin with, so it's hard to say how much better the new model is until we can test it in real-world situations.

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BGR Sep 23, 2013

The shame of it is they really are great devices. Especially the Surface Pro 2, which is easily the most impressive Windows device I have ever used, supplanting the first-generation model.

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The Next Web Sep 23, 2013

Most of the improvements are internal, with Microsoft using new Haswell architecture which improves battery life by 75% and speeds up the clock speed. At first touch, the Pro 2 is blazingly fast, responding nearly instantaneously no matter how fast we were opening and closing apps.

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9.0
Siri325 Siri325

This review was written after 4 months of use.... If you are a minimalist like me and like to carry less, this device is the perfect solution. I previously carried with me my Windows laptop, Android phone and iPad for all my business trips. Often would only carry my ipad and phone everywhere for...

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9.0
mbriggs mbriggs

Summary: The Surface Pro 2 features evolutionary changes to its predecessor that improve on the original. The Surface Pro 2 now comes standard with the Haswell-based processor which offers improved performance and battery life, and its dual-angle kickstand is also welcome. Review: The...

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9.0
Bluearms Bluearms

I just don't get all off the 'jack of all trades master of none reviews' I think people should focus on what something does and not what something is. If you need an ultra portable full powered PC then this is the only way to go. Yes you do have to spend a bit of extra money for a keyboard to...

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10
marcinslaczka marcinslaczka

Surface is a wierd device, first you dont really know how to use it, than you slowly start to adapt to the form factor and at the end you become absolute fanboy and try to convince everyone that this is the future. Soo... Microsoft hardware beats everyone, quality, design, system integration....

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10
eamonb eamonb

I got the Surface Pro 2 i5/8GB/256gb as a replacement for my work machine, and it has exceeded my expectations. This is VERY portable and works well in client meetings for taking notes, writing emails, writing code, generally a fantastic device for me as a software architect.

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9.0
SamDark SamDark

I am very happy with my recent purchase and love using the tablet form factor over an ultrabook. And this tablet is running full Win 8.1 so it can do everything my Desk rig does.

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10
slowdive79 slowdive79

I love this tablet. I love drawing on the screen. I love using it for animation. I love it for browsing the web with no limitations. It's a bit heavy though, and I have a time positioning it on my lap. I bought the keyboard accessory and it feels complete now. The Mini SD cards are pretty cheap...

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9.0
bwets bwets

Fantastic device. Heavy, but worth it. When you carry an ipad or an android tablet, you are not bringing much with yourself. With the surface, you have it all.

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3.0
puterdude puterdude

I can only partially understand the rave reviews that users give this product. It must be due largely to the fact that most users are sick of carrying two devices - a heavy laptop and tablet which is overly limited in functionality. I bought and used the Surface Pro 2 8GB RAM/256GB SSD for a...

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