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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 891 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the touch screen and responsiveness are overall positive. The screen and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the features and reliability. Reviews are divided on the GPS navigation.

usability, portability, screen, responsiveness, touch screen

reliability, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

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Review Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet


Regicide? The sales figures of the Surface RT were sobering, and a tablet revolution certainly looks different. But Microsoft did not stop its Windows RT project and now offers a successor. Is it enough to beat the self-declared rival from California?...

Fast SoC; Good Full HD display; Excellent build quality; Micro SDXC slot; Good speaker location; Low surface temperatures; Office 2013 RT; Cover improves productivity; One year free Skype to landlines; Two years 200 GB SkyDrive storage; Good VoIP...

Main camera has problems with the focus on macro shots; Micro HDMI is called HD video out port; Slightly high black value of the display; Still comparatively heavy

Amongst others: Apple iPad 4 and iPad Air, Google Nexus 10, Toshiba eXcite Pro and Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

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Microsoft Surface 2 review: Sink or swim


There is a tall task ahead of the Microsoft Surface 2. The first generation of the Microsoft tablet arrived with much fanfare but had little success, and the newcomer has to entice new customers, proving along the way that Redmond can be a factor in...

10.6" FullHD LCD touchscreen, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels ; NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40 SoC with Quad-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, ULP GeForce 72-core GPU ; Windows 8.1 RT with deep Microsoft service integration ; 32/64GB of in-built storage; 200GB of free...

Windows RT app availability is still confined to the Windows Store ; Limited amount of good-quality apps available ; Heavy compared to most other 10" tablets ; Awkward to use in portrait mode ; Display resolution falls below the competition in the same...

Considering the different dimensions of user experience the Microsoft Surface 2 offers, we found it hard to make a definite judgment - a classic case of perception skewed by perspective.

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Surface 2 review: Cautious upgrades don't help a tablet in desperate need of relevance


Microsoft needed to bring the razzle-dazzle. Instead we got a 40-degree angle and higher resolution screen.

Great battery life ; Beautiful, high-res screen

Too few distinguishing upgrade features ; Desktop remains in Windows RT 8.1 ; Apps ecosystem continues to stumble

Microsoft's second attempt at an entry-level Surface tablet includes negligible spec bumps, and not much more.


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Microsoft Surface 2


Microsoft's Surface 2 offers a beautiful display, more powerful processor and longer battery life, but the app selection is still lacking.

Improved kickstand; Gorgeous display; Powerful processor; Long battery life; Excellent front camera

Limited app selection; Still relatively heavy; Underwhelming rear camera; Pricey compared with full Windows 8.1 hybrids

The Surface 2 improves upon Microsoft's original with a more colorful and sharper display, snappier performance and longer battery life. We also appreciate the multitasking improvements in Windows RT 8.1 and its enhanced search capabilities. Having...

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Microsoft Surface 2 review


It's been a year since the original Surface RT launched, but Microsoft is still in the same position it was in last October. With the new $450 Surface 2, it hopes to prove to the world that Windows RT 8.1 is worth using. It's going head to head with an...

Great design and feel ; Magnetic Type Cover rocks ; Kickstand works great and has two angles ; Improved Start screen and Windows Store

Using the destktop is necessary, but not fun at all ; Heavy for its class ; Type Cover is expensive ($130) ; Windows Store app selection is still bad

There’s a great tablet inside the Surface 2, but it’s covered in too much muck from Windows’ past. If you want productivity, we recommend a full PC or Mac.

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Microsoft Surface 2 (32GB)


The Microsoft Surface 2 brings the Windows RT tablet back with better hardware, a refined design, and expanded productivity tools.

Improves upon a great design with high-res display and improved kickstand. Faster performance thanks to Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. All-day battery lasts more than 14 hours. Comes with Office RT 2013 (now with Outlook), Best of Skype package, and 200GB...

TouchCover and TypeCover keyboards sold separately. App selection is still (relatively) small. Windows RT 8.1 is still limited and confusing

When the Microsoft Surface RT first came out, it was a very good product with a well-executed design and powerful productivity tools, but it was hard to recommend to all but the most ardent of early adopters. With the launch of the Microsoft Surface 2,...

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Microsoft Surface 2 Review


A year ago Microsoft first threw its hat into the tablet race with a new brand, a new OS and a completely new strategy. To make a challenging situation even more difficult, Microsoft chose to go after the traditional tablet market with a device that...

Surface 2 is a big step forward compared to Surface RT. The chassis looks awesome, the device is significantly quicker and battery life is appreciably better. The new display is much better than its predecessor (and so much better than what you get...

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Microsoft Surface 2 review: a second chance for Windows RT?


We get the sense Microsoft wants to distance itself from the original Surface RT. After taking a $900 million hit on unsold inventory, the company held a

Thinner and lighter, sturdier kickstand ; Well-crafted, premium design ; Long battery life ; Sharper display, great viewing angles ; Full-sized USB port

Windows Store is growing, but still has holes ; More expensive than tablets running full Windows

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Microsoft Surface 2 review


“At the office” has become a nebulous term in my life. I've been “at the office” in coffeeshops, libraries, planes, taxis, bars, and one time from my seat during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Work takes place at random hours, in random places; I...

Great hardware design ; Beautiful display ; Fast performance

Weak, frustrating app ecosystem ; Awkward hardware for any use case ; Still not really a hybrid device

Jack of all trades, master of none

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Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro: Hands-on


Microsoft is presenting two new Surface tablets, saying "reinventing the wheel is not the goal, making it better is." This better wheel of theirs features a more powerful chipset, improved battery life, better screen, more ports, and even the...

Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight: No
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows RT


Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):TEGRA T30


Chipset Brand:Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor Brand:nVidia
Processor Number:T30 TEGRA