Microsoft Surface Pro 2
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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.
- Attractive, well-built hardware
- Great display
- Fast performance, improved battery life
- More comfortable to use in the lap
- Still heavy as a standalone tablet
- Typing experience hasn't improved much
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2
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- 79AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE15 ReviewsPC Mag90Microsoft Surface Pro 2The 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.Laptop Magazine70Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ReviewThanks to its much-improved battery life and fast performance, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a compelling tablet and laptop in one device.ZDNet80Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: Better, but too heThe 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.ZDNetNot RatedMicrosoft Surface Pro 2 hands on: Can it help MicrSurface 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.AnandTech80Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ReviewJust 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.Wired70After Problem-Plagued Year, Microsoft Re-SurfacesI’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.Gizmodo70Surface Pro 2 Review: A Little Bit Better, But SoThere'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.Engadget80Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: a tablet that workThe 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.CNET80Better battery and performance, same thick bodyMicrosoft'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.PC WorldNot RatedMicrosoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 benchmarks aThe 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.PC MagNot RatedHands On With the Microsoft Surface Pro 2At 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.Tom's HardwareNot RatedMicrosoft Surface Pro 2: We Go Hands OnThe 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.GigaOMNot RatedHands on with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2Physically, 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.Ars TechnicaNot RatedHands on with Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: SecondThat 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.GizmodoNot RatedSurface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Hands On: The Same (InAside 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.EngadgetNot RatedMicrosoft Surface Pro 2 hands-onPhysically, 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.TechCrunchNot RatedMeet Microsoftâ€™s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2The 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.CNETNot RatedSurface Pro 2: Coming October 22 with improved batThe 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.Pocket-Lint80Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviewWe 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.Mashable80Surface Pro 2 Is a Workhorse PC Like No OtherThis 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.PC World AustraliaNot RatedMicrosoft Surface Pro 2 (preview)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.MashableNot RatedHands On With the Microsoft Surface Pro 2I 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.TimeNot RatedMicrosoftâ€™s New Surface Tablets Are the Same IdeIf 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedMicrosoft Surface Pro 2 pictures and hands-onThe 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.SlashGearNot RatedSurface Pro 2 hands-onAt first glance, the Surface Pro 2 looks likely to take the top spot as our Windows 8 tablet of choice.TabletPCReview80Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ReviewThe 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.PC Pro80Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviewAll-day battery life and a new kickstand help make the Surface Pro 2 one of the most compelling hybrids available.The Verge70Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviewA 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.The VergeNot RatedSurface Pro 2: hands-on with Microsoft's new tablePerformance 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.VentureBeatNot RatedHands-on with Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: The kicThe Surface Pro 2 is physically unchanged from last year’s model, but its big hardware upgrades make it even more of a powerhouse.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviewOverall, 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.UbergizmoNot RatedHands-On: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ReviewConsidering 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.Expert Reviews100Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviewIf you want a great-looking tablet with the speed and power of a laptop, the Surface Pro 2 is for you.The Next Web70Surface Pro 2 Review: More Convincing as a LaptopThe 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.The Next WebNot RatedHands on with the Microsoft Surface 2 and SurfaceMost 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.BGRNot RatedHands on with Microsoftâ€™s Surface 2 and SurfaceThe 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.
- 92AVERAGE USER SCORE28 ReviewsEngadget Reader90June 1, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 17, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love my Surface Pro 2, it lets me do so many things. Its very useful for indie devs. The pen input lets pixel artists draw and the portability allows for coding on the go.Engadget Reader100August 1, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100May 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Its a laptop in the form of a tabletEngadget Reader90April 26, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader30April 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 period of 3 weeks, and finally returned it. The problems I encountered in order of severity are:1. GLITCHY: I had delays and crashes with MSIE, File Explorer, Outlook, and Word. I had to turn off right and left swiping with the mouse because of eratic behavior caused by accidentally engaging the charms menu when editing documents (or do anything else, for that matter) with the keyboard. Miracast simply didn't work, and MS Support could not get it to work, either. Neither were they able to resolve the missing/broken OS features that I encountered. 2. UNCOMFORTABLE: As a laptop itÂ´s too small, and as a tablet it doesnÂ´t meet my needs. For example, it doesnÂ´t have instant-on functionality (OK, it boots very quickly, but itÂ´s not instant-on), or enough apps. Also the apps installed by default often duplicate, and are poor siblings of actual applications on the desktop. Not enough screen real estate to work comfortably for extended periods. Keyboard is too small, and quickly becomes a pain. The pen, which is fantastic with One-note, is also fundamental when working with Office applications because parts of the UI are so tiny you HAVE TO use the pen. Unfortunately, things like double clicking donÂ´t come easy with the pen. I also found that the proximity of the X for closing the pop-up keyboard and the Backspace key on it caused problems from time to time. Unfortunately, there are many, many issues like this which mean that you have to learn to live with them for this to be a viable working platform for you.3. EXPENSIVE: ItÂ´s not expensive for the actual quality of the hardware. ItÂ´s expensive because it doesnÂ´t provide enough bang for the buck. Also, if you want to use it as a laptop for work youÂ´re going to have to buy lots and lots of peripherals - VGA connector, LAN connector, HDMI connector (if you travel a lot), and the touch keyboard, minimally. If you buy the battery keyboard, add another $200. (Does anyone know how many charges you can expect from that $200 keyboard? Also, there's a reason that they offer the battery keyboard. I didn't get close to the benchmarked battery time.) You have to buy MS Office separately, and youÂ´ll need to buy a case. If you only get the case and touch keyboard youÂ´re looking at $1550+. ThatÂ´s not cheap for a core i5 device, by anyoneÂ´s standards. (OK, you get a touch screen, and the Haswell processor).For anyone whoÂ´s skeptical about this review, I did the following when I bought the device: upgraded the OS,and all the latest patches, via Windows update, installed MS Office and checked again for updates...and transferred my files to the new machine. Other applications that I installed were mainstream ones that work on my other laptop. I love the concept, and really, really wanted this to work for me. Oddly enough, IÂ´m still tempted to go back and buy one - despite all the problems. But, thatÂ´s just it. I think I'm suffering from the same euphoria that is at the root of the rave user reviews. We've all been waiting for something just like what the Surface Pro 2 is supposed to be. BUT, ITÂ´S NOT WHAT ITÂ´S SUPPOSED TO BE. ...And, thatÂ´s the problem. So, I am forcing myself to be realistic in my rating, and give this a 3, which is what it truly deserves. My advice is to wait for the Surface Pro 3 or 4, when MS will finally have worked out the bugs.Engadget Reader80March 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadgetchloeburroughs190March 16, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought the 256gb/8gb version at the Microsoft Store. The guy was a bit rude, but for the machine, I happily accepted it. It's the Wacom digitizer paired with the Intel chip that won me over. Essentially, it's a Centiq with less buttons and a much lower price, though you must download the Wacom driver if you want pressure sensitivity in programs outside of "Apps". All my Adobe apps (Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition) run flawlessly on it, though it depends on Intel integrated graphics, which can be a let-down if you want to use Mercury Playback Engine for rendering and such. I can't really comment on the App ecosystem. I've only downloaded one "app", and that's Netflix (it's a great app). Setup was really easy, too. I signed in and in about a minute, all the setting from when I played with the beta loaded. I was really surprised how many hours of customizing it saved me.There are three main things that irk me about this device though, and all are about accessories. 1) There is no place to put the pressure sensitive pen if you are docked or charging. Some people have suggested putting it on the bottom where the keyboard magnet is. This seems clunky. 2) There needs to be another magnet on the top corner of the device to keep the keyboard cover closed (think MacBook or any of the hundreds of laptops that do it, too). All that currently holds it is gravity. 3) Microsoft really can't fix this one, but there are no 3rd-party accessories for the Surface. No covers, keyboards, cases or anything unless Microsoft makes it, which is disappointing. Zune had the same issue later in it's life.I also found the first-party accessories to be really expensive. After dropping $1400 after tax on the device, I had to buy the $200 dock, the $130 keyboard cover, and $40 on a Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, which must be an MS adapter or it won't work. Need ethernet? $40 adapter. The most expensive one still only comes with the $30 pen. That said, Apple plays the same game, though sometimes (believe it or not) are a little cheaper.Make a long story short (too late), it's a great fullsize computer in a tablet form factor. They went after what a professional would look for in a tablet, and really One-Upped it. If you want a tablet with real programs and apps, you would be silly to not give this a look. And if you're afraid of upgrade-ability, most Apple laptops now suffer the same crippling disabilities without the benefit of this form factor.Engadget Reader100March 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 25, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 personal use. Nowadays, I find myself just bringing my phone and Surface everywhere. Between my Surface and using my phone as a hotspot, I am able to quickly and easily do anything that I could ever need without compromise.Admittedly, although the MS ecosystem is not as developed as Android or Apple, I have noticed it is growing. However, the quality of the apps do lack at times. More importantly, the ability to install and use legacy Windows desktop programs used by my company allows me to seamlessly switch between work and play on the fly. This in itself is priceless. I do see others using Macbook Air and parallels to run Windows, which is fine, but again as a minimalist, I gravitate towards simpler and effective solutions.Engadget Reader100February 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 for extra storage, and possibly thing I don't want my household accessing like business paperwork.Engadget Reader100February 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The PC have great speed, as well as I think this year is mobile PC year.Engadget Reader100February 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100February 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Detailed review at http://tommurray88.blogspot.com.auEngadget Reader90December 31, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 30, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader90November 21, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader100November 21, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader90November 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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. Computer is ridiculously fast, even if it has only i5 on the inside (i switched from lenovo w510). While the design is quirky to say the least, after two weeks or so you will start to appreciate the versatility. People who criticize surface simply did not spent enough time with it, this product is so drastically different from everything else on the market that you really need time to fully understand it. From now on i will exclusively go only with microsoft hardware. I can not emphasize how good it is, if they release bigger laptop work station im going to get it right away. I love my surface and love to see peoples surprise faces when they realize that it runs real programs. The biggest problem with surface is that people simply think that it is a competitor for the ipad and they assume that it can do only thinks what ipad does, and they start to compare size weight or battery life. If microsoft want to succeed they need to make commercials which shows that you can do on this device:run professional software,install software which lets you run all android and apple apps use wacom stylus (educate people that stylus is actually better than finger for many applications)build quality is superior and if you really want to you can have fart appsEngadget Reader90October 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 make it a full laptop capable device but it is very much worth it and what other tablet comes with one? However whip off the keyboard and you also have a very capable tablet. Yes you are not going to want and try to manipulate a Windows desktop using your finger but lets think about apps and what is possible. This is no Apple iPad killer and no one should try and compare the two. If you want to surf the web laying down in bed, read a book or play Words with Friends get an iPad, if you want to take you whole office PC or development machine on the road I can think of anything better than a Surface. Lets not forget USB 3, mini Display Port and Memory card expansion too.Engadget Reader100October 26, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetWill100October 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 Surface Pro 2 combines the ability to create and consume content. As we move forward in the Post-PC era, our devices will morph into smaller form factors that are equally adept at productivity as well as consuming content.The Surface Pro 2 combines both of those worlds into a single device, equally suited for the office and also for play. Running the full version of Windows 8.1 Professional, the Surface Pro 2 can run all of the Win32 applications that you are accustomed to, as well as any new Modern applications available in the Windows Store. It has all of the built in security features that your corporate IT department demands (TPM, Bitlocker) while maintaining the ability to function on the go. Thanks in large part to the new dual-angle kickstand, the Surface Pro 2 works amazingly well in an airplane on the tray stand affording plenty of room to type normally.The actual hardware, is beautiful and of high quality. Crafted from a molten magnesium alloy, VaporMg is three times lighter than aluminum, with a highly durable exterior. Anti-fingerprint coating helps keeps Surface looking flawless. Easily the best-in-class construction.On the inside, the new Surface Pro 2 comes with the 4th Gen IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i5-4200U Processor (1.6 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz), with Intel HD Graphics 4400 with 4 or 8 GB RAM (Dual-channel LPDDR3) which makes launching applications very fast.Like many other ultra-books on the market today, the Surface Pro 2 is not expandable in terms of adding memory or a larger drive. So make your purchasing decision with that in mind.The accessories really shine. The Touch 2 and Type 2 covers have been greatly improved over the original versions, now featuring over 1000 touch points for far more accurate typing and are both backlit. I am able to type nearly as fast and mistake free on these new covers than I am on my Lenovo laptop. In 2014 Q1, Microsoft will release a power cover that also provides an additional battery to help the Surface Pro 2 power through long days on a single charge. They will also release a docking station that provides additional USB ports, a mini-display port to connect additional monitors.Conclusion:The Surface Pro 2 is far and away the best choice for the business-minded-consumer who wants a tablet that will shine in both corporate America as well as while off work. I am a long time iPad user and once I picked up the Surface Pro 2, I realized just what I had been missing all along. The ability to get work done as well as play. I will never go back.
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