Microsoft Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 Available Today; New Accessories, Too

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When we covered Microsoft’s unveiling of the second generation of its Surface devices, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, we were impressed with the hardware and the in-person experience, and now those devices are available from the Microsoft Store and at several third-party retailers in 21 initial markets.

The Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1 and boasts an NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip and a 10.6-inch (1920x1080) 5-point multitouch display. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB (or 64GB) of onboard storage, 5MP/3.5MP rear and front cameras, stereo mics and speakers, USB 3.0, microSD card reader, and HD video out, and it ships with Microsoft Office 2013 RT. The whole package will run you $449.

Microsoft Surface 2 family

The new flagship Microsoft tablet, though, is the Surface Pro 2 which features the same display (but with 10-point multitouch) and rocks an Intel Core i5 (Haswell) processor and up to 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, two 720pHD cameras, a microphone, and stereo speakers. There are also plenty of ports, including USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, cover port, and a mini DisplayPort. It also ships with the Surface Pen.

The Surface Pro 2 offers features not unlike a good laptop, and it’s priced accordingly; the device starts at $899, but the fully-loaded version with the large SSD storage and maximum RAM costs $1,799.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Surface Pro 2

Both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 come with 200GB of SkyDrive storage, which is nothing to sneeze at, as well as free landline Skype calling and unlimited Skype WiFi for a year.

Microsoft also debuted seven new Surface accessories alongside the new tablets, which include the Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2, Power Cover, Docking Station for Surface Pro, Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers, Car Charger with USB, and the Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition.

Microsoft Arc Mouse Surface Edition
Microsoft Arc Mouse Surface Edition

Though by and large rather pricey, the new accessories do appear to offer some fine features. For example, the Docking Station--which offers a mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, three USB 2.0, Ethernet, and 3.5mm audio jacks--when paired with the Wireless Adapter gives users a powerful and flexible desktop solution at work or home. That Surface Edition Arc Mouse would be a rather tasty addition to such a setup, too.

One of the criticisms levelled at Microsoft’s Surface lineup from the get-go is price, and the second-generation Surface tablets are still definitely not cheap. Even with rather powerful specs on the Surface Pro 2, for example, $1,799 is a lot of cash to drop on any 10-inch device. The starting price of $899 is still steep but more palatable, though, and the $449 price tag for the Surface 2 isn’t bad at all, especially considering that you get Office thrown in gratis.
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ajm531 replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 1:32 PM

I like portability and all but if I'm laying out that kind of cash I'm buying an actual laptop and not a laptop pretending to be a tablet. I'm happy to see the tegra 4 in RT version. I can't wait to see them reviewed thoroughly. I know Tegra 3 was a bit of a let down but seeing what nvidia can do with the shield it has given me high hopes for nvidia and it's newest processor.

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RiCoFrost replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 8:52 PM

I just got the surface pro 2 yesterday and here is what I have say about it so far. I was using a surface RT and Dell XPS 13” ultrabook.

What I like

-Screen res (very clear display)

-Fast boot (6-8 seconds)

-Speakers are impressive, very clear and a good volume.

-Can install any windows apps (great for work)

-The pen, I really didn’t think I would use it at all but I am looking it for some reason.

-USB 3

-Video out

-Will be able to dock it

-The new typecover is an improvement from the first on.

What I dislike

-It’s thick, a little too thick for my linking. However in saying that I now don’t need to carry my tablet and laptop with me so it’s much lighter for me to carry.

-A little heavy, although not bad to hold

-wake from sleep is about 2-4 seconds, comparing it to the surface RT, the RT seems faster.

As for the battery life, from what I have tested so far here is what I found.

I took it off the charge at about 3-4pm did a few installations and then went home and copied a 26gb folder over. It was never turned off during that anytime so it was on stand bye. (The screen was set to max brightness) At 8:15ish pm I check the battery and it was on 46%, that was also after testing world of Warcraft on it to see how it run for about 20 minutes. It did say I had just over 2 hours of battery life left, however when I changed the brightness down about 10% and after surfing the net for 20 minutes or so the battery said there was 3:40 hours remaining.

3dmark 8 score 3087.

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