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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2994 reviews of Microsoft Surface 2. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. The GPS navigation and connectivity get negative comments, while comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, performance, price, portability, screen

connectivity, GPS navigation

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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and size. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably. The apps and price get less positive comments.

usability, design, portability, size, screen

price, apps

84% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 32GB 10.6 Win8RT without Keyboard, P3W-00004 (without Keyboard **New retail**)Microsoft Surface 2 32GB 10.6 Win8RT without Keyboard, P3W-00004 (without Keyboard **New retail**)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 894 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and portability are overall positive. The price and performance also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. Views are divided on the durability.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

reliability, battery, connectivity

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the apps. The design is also mentioned favorably. There are some critical comments about the usability and size.

design, apps

size, usability

33% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 (64 GB)Microsoft Surface 2 (64 GB)

Jun, 2018

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch Review

 

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is the most technically impressive laptop we've ever tested.

Great keyboard and touchpad ; Versatile, and light when used as a tablet ; Sharp, high-contrast, pixel-dense touchscreen ; Excellent performance in all areas ; Unparalleled battery life

Display’s color accuracy could be better ; Battery discharges at load even when plugged in ; Extremely expensive

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

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.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Jeffrey Van Camp (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface 2 review

 

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.

The Surface 2 is a paradox. We love its hardware and the Start screen continues to improve, as does the Windows Store. If we never entered the classic desktop mode (old-style Windows), we’d enjoy this tablet a lot more. But, as Microsoft makes clear in...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

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.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

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...

Sep, 2013

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Mark Coppock (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 13-inch Review

 

The Surface Book 2 13 manages to go really fast and yet last forever on a charge.

Excellent design and build quality ; Awesome display ; Incredible battery life ; Decent entry-level gaming performance ; Great keyboard and touchpad

Coil whine is excessive and obtrusive ; Expensive compared to traditional convertibles ; No Thunderbolt 3 support

Expert review by : Tom Warren (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: beauty and brawn, but with limits

 

A powerful portable desktop PC

Great keyboard and trackpad ; Powerful machine with Nvidia graphics ; Xbox Wireless support

Display still wobbles when you touch it ; Battery can drain under heavy GPU load ; No Thunderbolt 3 support

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review

 

There's a lot going on with the new Surface Book 2.

The new Surface Book 2 adds a long list of worthy upgrades, from new CPUs and gamer-ready graphics cards to a bigger 15-inch version. Battery life and performance are both excellent.

The two-in-one design still feels awkward at times, and for some users, the detachable screen may be superfluous. The most interesting new components are only available in very expensive configurations.

The Surface Book 2 is a satisfying sequel, but like many sequels, it may be trying to broadly serve too many audiences.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Jon Phillips (pcworld.com)

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.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

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,...

Oct, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:31.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):31.5
Battery life (max):10 / 360 / 8
Battery recharge time:4
Browsing time (3G):7
Continuous video playback time:10

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):3.5
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:720p

Design

Color of product:Black / Grey / Silver
Device type:Full-size tablet
Form Factor:Slate
RoHS compliance: No

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display Diagonal:10.6 / 10.8 / 11
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280
LED backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:24

Graphics

Graphics:HD Graphics
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes

Networking

2G:Y
2G standards:GSM
3G:No / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:UMTS
4G:N / Y
4G LTE: No
4G standard:LTE
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Battery charging indication: Yes
Charging Time:4
Docking connector:No / Yes
Processor socket:BGA1380
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Keyboard supplied:No / Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: No
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):No / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope: Yes
Magnetometer:Y
Orientation sensor: Yes
Position location:N / Y
Proximity sensor: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Phone Features

Caller ID: Yes
Video call: Yes
Voice call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Cover
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:Y
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:24

Processor

Conflict Free processor:Y
Number of execution units:16
PCI Express configurations:2x1,1x2
Processor:Tegra 3 / Tegra 4 / x7-Z8700
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A15
Processor ARK ID:85475
Processor boost frequency:2.4
Processor cache:1 / 2
Processor cache type:L3
Processor code:SR27M
Processor codename:Cherry Trail
Processor cores:4 / 4+1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™ / NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:Tegra 3 / Tegra 4 / x7-Z8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:17
Processor series:Intel Atom x7 series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2
Stepping:C0
Tjunction:90

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y

Software

Bundled software:1-year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage / Microsoft Office 2013 RT / Microsoft Office 2013 RT1 / Office Home & Student 2013 R / Word, Power Point, Excel, OneNote, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows RT
Operating system version:8.1
Platform:Windows

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC, microSD (TransFlash) / MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Storage media:Flash / HDD / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.35 / 0.366 / 6.77 / 7.36 / 8.9
Height:0.343 / 0.366 / 6.77 / 6.81 / 7
Weight:21.9 / 23.8 / 24 / 24.7
Width:10.5 / 10.8 / 11