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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2988 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 products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the screen and price are on the whole positive. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the reliability, while many are less positive about the GPS navigation and connectivity.

usability, performance, portability, price, screen

connectivity, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface 2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the screen and size. The portability and design also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the apps and price.

usability, design, portability, size, screen

price, apps

84% of the reviews on 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**)

Sep, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface 2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 894 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the design and portability. The price and performance are also appreciated, but there are some negative comments about the connectivity and battery. Views are divided on the durability.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

reliability, battery, connectivity

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

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

Sep, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface 2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers are impressed by the apps. The design is also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive reviews about the usability and size.

design, apps

size, usability

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

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

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is bigger, better sequel


Microsoft's Surface Book 2 adds new CPUs, gamer-ready graphics and a bigger 15-inch screen option.

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 (

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 (

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

Expert review by : David Pierce (

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...

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

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Wired (

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

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

Microsoft Surface 2 review


The Microsoft Surface 2 is a definite upgrade over 2012's Surface RT . It's faster, with a sharper screen, and houses better cameras. If you're choosing between the older (still available) and newer model, the newer is the decidedly better option, even...

The Microsoft Surface 2 has a sturdy build, smooth gaming performance, and high-quality cameras. Windows RT 8.1 is easier to use than before, and the built-in photo-editing tools and Xbox Music are fantastic features. Office 2013 is included for free,...

App support still lags behind competitors, and Windows RT is still incompatible with legacy programs. It's too easy to mistakenly push the tablet into its lower stance, and the touch pad on the Type Cover 2 isn't as comfortable as it was on the...

The Microsoft Surface 2 is great for getting work done, but those looking for extensive app support (beyond Office) will find top Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets to be better options.

Oct, 2013

Product Specifications


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


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


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


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


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 type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:24


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


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


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


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


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):No / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope: Yes
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


AC adapter power:24


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

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


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


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