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Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft Surface 2

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78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Thinner and lighter, sturdier kickstand
  • Well-crafted, premium design
  • Long battery life
  • Sharper display, great viewing angles
  • Full-sized USB port
Cons
  • Windows Store is growing, but still has holes
  • More expensive than tablets running full Windows
78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

100
ButiOxa
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
100
tina1972
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
jackv1
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
93
Average user Score
 
90
hyder2020
02.17.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Hoss
02.15.14
We have an iPad, Kindles, and now a Surface2. With the SkyDrive (OneDrive) integration and the included Office suite the Surface 2 is by far the most productive of the bunch.
 
100
Hooksie
02.04.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
DRAA
12.30.13
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 funniest and stupidest reviews are those that insist the Surface has an identity problem--uh, no, all of us who like it know what it is. It's a hybrid that fulfills multiple roles for us just fine. More like, I'm perplexed why a lot of so-called professional reviewers just don't "get it." There are some caveats for people who need browser add-ons like Java or Silverlight, and people who need macros in their Office documents, but for most people, the Surface with Windows RT will fulfill average usage: web browsing, word processing in Word or tabular data management in Excel and presentations with Powerpoint, email in Outlook (you can import Gmail), light app games. If you play two dozen specific app games from iOS/Android, look elsewhere. The Surface 2 tablet isn't for pure entertainment, though it can handle that fine (watching video, reading ebooks, etc.). Personally I wouldn't recommend a WinRT device unless you already have another "main" computing device like desktop/laptop, but plenty of people have gotten rid of their combo laptop and iPad/Kindle/whatever to use just a Surface. Keyboard is kind of necessary to get the most out of it, but if you don't want to pay that much for the matching second gen one, you can use your own bluetooth kb or buy used/refurb first gen.
 
100
mo7ammed
12.18.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
Raiss
12.09.13
It's such a great piece of technology which does more than my expectation. After few weeks of owning a surface 2 32GB, I can consider this as the best tablet for majority of users from home users to advance business users. USB port, mini HDMI port and SD card slot are super handy and convert this little tablet to a capable entertainment centre. With it’s type cover (what I use) it can work unbelievably well for more advance use cases. And of course, the split screen function is by far the best feature of this tablet (or any other tablet including galaxy with limited split screen functionality). So far I had no considerable issue with this device.
 
100
Rainforrest
12.02.13
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 of apps are really missing out on the best pure tablet on the market.
 
90
cincibearcat
11.26.13
Overall I really like the Surface 2. It is important to know what you want when you buy this tablet. For me I wanted a device that could play music/videos, have some fun games, and be able to do light writing work on. For me this device was awesome. I am a student and I use the device to take notes (and play games in class) and it replaced my much bulkier HP EliteBook. Honestly I think this is a great productivity/entertainment tablet that almost rivals the iPad and easily rivals and outclasses most if not all andriod tablets.
 
100
mbriggs
11.19.13
Evolutionary improvement over the first generation Surface RT. Here are but a few of the features that separate the Surface 2 tablet from the rest:Windows 8.1 w/Office pre-installedStorage - either 32 GB or 64 GB modelsResolution - 1920x1080 (Full HD)Memory - 2 GBUSB 3.0 PortIntegrated dual position kickstand10+ hours battery life of video playbackMicroSD card readerIn short, this tablet allows me to get real work done when I need to, and enjoy downtime with great media consumption options. This tablet is well suited for both the IT Professional, as well as the consumer markets.
 
100
mesh3l
11.14.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget

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