77
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Score
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: a tablet that works best as a laptop

Summary

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.

Pros
  • Attractive, well-built hardware
  • Great display
  • Fast performance, improved battery life
  • More comfortable to use in the lap
Cons
  • Still heavy as a standalone tablet
  • Typing experience hasn't improved much
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: a tablet that works best as a laptop

We could debate all day about whether the original Surface Pro was supposed to be more of a tablet, or a laptop with a detachable keyboard. Either way, we think we can agree on this: The original wasn't perfect in either role, not with its short battery life, heavy build and kickstand that wasn't designed to be used in the lap. Now, less than a year after it came out, we have the Surface Pro 2, which addresses many of the shortcomings we complained about on the original. In particular, it moves to a two-stage kickstand that sits less precariously on people's legs. A Haswell CPU, meanwhile, should take care of the battery life problem. Even the keyboard covers have received mild upgrades, though unfortunately, they're still not included in the $899 starting price. But does all of that add up to a real improvement?

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Scores

Engadget

77
 

Breakdown

Portability (size / weight)
7.0
Design and form factor
8.2
Durability
8.5
Speed and features
8.3
Display
8.5
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Specs

Surface

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
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Specs

Surface

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
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