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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 296 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the price and touch screen. The screen and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the reliability and features.

usability, portability, screen, touch screen, price

features, reliability

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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablet Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Microsoft Surface 2 32GB Tablet - Windows RT 8.1, 10.6" 1920x1080 LCD Touchscreen, 32GB Storage, 2GB Memory, Front and Rear Camera (P3W-00001)

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Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com.

usability, screen, portability, design, battery

reliability, features

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft - Surface 2 with 64GB - MagnesiumMicrosoft - Surface 2 with 32GB - Magnesium

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Microsoft Surface 2 Review

 

When you're literally the laughing stock of the tablet world, it's pretty hard to make a comeback. In fact, most critics didn't believe we'd see what's before your eyes now: Surface 2.

Weak app store; keyboard not included; disappointing battery life

Weak app store; keyboard not included; disappointing battery life

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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, The Surface 2 is still comparatively heavy. Less weight would certainly be nice

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Microsoft Surface 2 review: Nice tablet, more apps please

 

Summary: The Windows RT 8.1-based Surface 2 is a fine tablet for home and work, but the recommendation comes with some sizeable caveats.

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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 Review

 

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

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

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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 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

Microsoft has already proven it makes the best hardware of any Windows OEM, but the Surface would be more competitive if it ran full Windows and supported traditional desktop apps.

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After Problem-Plagued Year, Microsoft Re-Surfaces

 

Microsoft's Surface devices are the physical embodiments of its operating system. That was true of last year's devices, which, like Windows 8 itself, many people found perplexing. And the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, much like the new Windows 8.1 ,...

Delightful touch interface makes best use of gestures this side of a mime troop. Two angle kickstand. Gorgeous full-screen, high-definition video makes you want to skip the theater. Backlit Touch Cover 2 feels you, bro, and wants to help you express...

Developers, developers, developers: Wherefore art thou, developers? Desktop mode is a joke on Surface 2, and too minuscule to be much use on Surface Pro 2

Product Specifications

Built-in Camera:Double Camera

Configuration

DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
GPS Receiver: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Keyboard: No
Phone Function: No
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
USB:USB 3.0
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Technology:TFT Display
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology: No
Number of Displays:1
Touchscreen:5-Point Touch
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Convertible: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System:Microsoft
Operating System Version:Windows RT

Graphic

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

Processor

Chipset Brand:Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor:TEGRA / TEGRA 4
Processor Brand:nVidia
Processor Number:T30 TEGRA
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