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Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 [Review Roundup]

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#1 pcHuntqwerty

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 12:21 PM

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Much like Windows 8.1, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 reflect iterative refinements based on what Microsoft learned after releasing its products in the wild. These devices feel more refined. The keyboards are more responsive, the battery life, cameras and displays are all better. There are no dramatic changes, but everything is a little bit nicer.

 

ARM-based Surface 2, which runs Windows 8.1 RT–a bare-bones version of Windows that can only run applications from the Windows Store. It won’t run your x86 apps. And then there is the Surface Pro 2, which has an Intel Core i5 processor, runs Windows 8.1, and can do anything and everything a regular Windows machine can. Which one is for you?

 

Reviews

 

Engadget: Surface 2 | Surface Pro 2

Anandtech: Surface 2 | Surface Pro 2

Mashable: Surface 2Surface Pro 2

The Verge: Surface 2 | Surface Pro 2

Wired: Surface 2Surface Pro 2

Gizmodo: Surface 2Surface Pro 2

Techradar: Surface 2 | Surface Pro 2

 

Pricing

 

Surface 2: $450 for 32GB, $550 for 64GB, Touch Cover 2: $120, Type Cover 2: $130

Surface Pro 2: $900 for 64GB, $1,000 for 128GB, $1,300 for 256GB, $1,800 for 512GB

 

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#2 R@6271M3

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:32 PM

Surface Pro 2 is too heavy to be called a tablet, and I can't use a Windows RT device until it gets as many apps as are available for Android.



#3 FalseAgent

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 04:28 PM

Surface Pro 2 is too heavy to be called a tablet, and I can't use a Windows RT device until it gets as many apps as are available for Android.

Really getting tired of people writing sweeping statements like this...

 

Android tablets and tablet apps are just sad, which is unacceptable given the amount of time Android had in the market. The only decent Android tablet is the Nexus 7, and that's mainly because of it's pricing. Android doesn't seem to scale well beyond 7 inches. At least Windows RT tablet apps aren't blown-up versions of phone apps. Windows RT's multitasking also blows Android out of the water, along with other stuff like printer support and proper support for keyboard and mouse.



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