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Microsoft Surface Pro 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 644 reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 2. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. People really like the battery and size. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative reviews about the price. There are some mixed opinions about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The screen and performance also get good opinions, whereas there are some critical comments about the reliability.

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85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 11-inch Tablet (4th generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB Hard drive, Windows 8.1 Pro)Microsoft Surface Pro 2 11-inch Tablet (4th generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB Hard drive, Windows 8.1 Pro)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 167 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the screen and price. The performance and portability also get good views, but there are some negative views about the reliability.

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reliability

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet PC - 10.6" (256GB) - ClearType - Wireless LAN - Intel Core i5 i5-4200U Dual-core (2 Core) 1.60 GHz - Dark 7EX-00001Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet PC - 10.6" (256GB) - ClearType - Wireless LAN - Intel Core i5 i5-4200U Dual-core (2 Core) 1.60 GHz - Dark 7EX-00001

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 2 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the performance, but some have doubts about the usability.

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usability

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

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 - 256GB 8GB RAM - Dark TitaniumMicrosoft - Surface Pro 2 - 256GB 8GB RAM - Dark Titanium

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: a tablet that works best as a laptop

 

We could debate all day about whether the original Surface Pro was supposed to be more of a tablet, or a laptop with a detachable keyboard. Either way,

Attractive, well-built hardware ; Great display ; Fast performance, improved battery life ; More comfortable to use in the lap

Still heavy as a standalone tablet ; Typing experience hasn't improved much

The new Surface Pro is more viable as a laptop replacement, but it hasn't made much progress as a standalone tablet. Ultimately, it's at its best in laptop mode, but it's still not always as comfortable to use as a proper Ultrabook.

Oct, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

 

The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro...

Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD display. 10-finger touch screen. Improved kickstand and performance. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers and accessories. Truly Windows-compatible.

Keyboard cover is optional. Only one USB 3.0 port. Kickstand still digs into your legs.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a worthy follow up to our former Editors' Choice, the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro. It improves performance and battery life, while keeping the form factor and wide accessory catalog the first-gen Surface Pro had going...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Jared Newman (pcworld.com)

Surface Pro 2 review: This is the Windows tablet you're looking for

 

Take a Haswell CPU and better integrated graphics. Add improved Touch and Type Covers. Suddenly, Microsoft's next-gen tablet is the best hybrid around.

Clearly, Microsoft has lots of refinement left to do. But despite all the Surface Pro 2’s flaws, there’s something alluring about it. No other touchscreen laptop or convertible device plays the hybrid game as well as the Surface Pro 2 does. The...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Mat Honan (wired.com)

Review: Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

 

We liked the Surface devices Microsoft released last year, and these even better. But they aren't without problems, some of which are significant.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Tom Warren (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review

 

I've been using the Surface Pro ever since it came out, but as much as I want to I've never been able to use it as my laptop replacement. It's powerful and impressive, but it's just too limited as...

A super fast Windows PC ; Improved battery life ; Combination of touch, keyboard, mouse, and pen

Heavy and thick for a tablet ; Not perfect on your lap for a laptop ; Lack of apps for tablet use

Microsoft understands the compromises, but hasn't fixed them yet

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review

 

Just in time for Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system update, the company's flagship Surface tablet line is also getting a makeover. Or in the case of the $899 Surface Pro 2, it's more of a makeunder -- there's no flashy physical redesign, as with...

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a faster, longer-battery-life version of the original model, upgraded with a current-gen Haswell processor. The keyboard cover is also improved with backlit keys, and is among the best tablet accessories ever devised.

The Surface Pro 2 remains stubbornly thick and heavy compared with some sleeker competitors. The base 64GB version may leave you starved for storage, and the keyboard cover, practically required, should be included instead of sold separately.

Microsoft's subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5 -- improved battery life and better accessories make it a worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad-level category killer.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : David Eitelbach (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review

 

Thanks to its much-improved battery life and fast performance, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a compelling tablet and laptop in one device.

Attractive magnesium alloy design; Vivid and responsive 1080p touch screen; Improved active stylus; Loud and clear audio; Faster than similarly configured Ultrabooks; Long battery life

Keyboard not included; Cramped touchpad; Relatively heavy for a tablet; Limited tablet app selection; Poor camera quality

Thanks to its much-improved battery life and fast performance, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a compelling tablet and laptop in one device.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review

 

When Microsoft introduced its first Surface devices last year, it did so in a staggered fashion. Surface RT showed up first, then four months later Surface Pro went on sale. Despite sharing a lot of the same DNA, the response to Surface Pro was much...

What I was hoping for this round was an even thinner/lighter chassis, but it looks like we’ll have to wait another year for that. Battery life is still not up to snuff with traditional ARM based tablets, and Surface Pro 2 seems to pay more of a penalty...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review: Better Than Expected

 

Most people weren't impressed by the original Microsoft Surface and Windows RT, but keep reading to find out why the newest Surface is "a notebook in a tablet's body."

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (notebookcheck.net)

Review Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet

 

Cautious evolution. Microsoft's second iteration of the Surface Pro aims at eradicating its predecessor's biggest flaws while at the same time staying true to its original concept. We have done some extensive testing to find out whether this powerful...

Battery Life; Sheer Performance; Versatility; True digitizer pen; Display; Noise emissions; Build quality; Integrated kickstand; Magnetic power connector; Power adapter with integrated USB charging functionality

Weight; Camera resolution; Heat emissions (under full load); Price; Expensive accessories; Somewhat reduced display sharpness when scaled up

Direct competition is nowhere to be found at the time of writing. The other contestants are either not powerful enough, lack the digitizer functionality of the Surface Pro 2, ship without full Windows 8.1 or offer a different form factor. Still,...

Nov, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

Battery Capacity:42
Battery capacity (Watt hours):42
Battery recharge time:4
Continuous video playback time:7

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera:Y
Rear Camera Resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera resolution (numeric):1.2 / 5
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:720p

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Grey / Titanium
Device type:Full-size tablet
Fingerprint reader: No
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
RoHS compliance: No

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:10.6 / 11
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Technology:LCD
LED backlight:No / Y / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:48

Graphics

Graphics:HD Graphics 4000 / HD Graphics 4400
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4000 / HD Graphics 4400
Graphics adapter family:Intel

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8

Messaging

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

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Charging Time:4
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Processor socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1023 / BGA1168
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 64
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

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

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Position location:N
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Phone Features

Video call: Yes
Voice call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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

Power

AC adapter power:48

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
PCI Express configurations:1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x4,2x4
Processor:I5-3317U / i5-4200U
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 75459 / 76308
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.9 / 3.2
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR0N8 / SR170 / SR1ED
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel / Intel Core i5
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:I5-3317U / i5-4200U / i5-4300U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:31 / 40
Processor series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D0 / L1
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Tjunction:100 / 105
UART:Y

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / No / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes

Software

Bundled software:Mail, Calendar, People, Internet Explorer 11, Photos, Camera, Music, Video, Games, Skype, SkyDrive, News, Weather, Sports, Travel, Finance, Health & Fitness / Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games. / Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and\nGames
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating system version:6 / 8.1 Pro / Pro
Platform:Windows
Trial software:Microsoft Office

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 64
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage media:Flash / HDD / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.528 / 0.531 / 1 / 6.81
Height:0.531 / 6.81 / 7
Weight:21.2 / 31.7 / 32
Width:10.8 / 11