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Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

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

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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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
77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

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

77
 

User Reviews

90
kilo23
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
lvl19
I love my Surface Pro 2, it lets me do so many things. Its very useful for indie...read more
100
eLPii
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Ars Technica
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
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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Mashable
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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The Next Web
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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GigaOM
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
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
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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VentureBeat
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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PC World Australia
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.
 
80
Engadget
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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