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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2972 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. Reviewers really like the screen and portability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the GPS navigation and connectivity. Views 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 products in the same category the Microsoft Surface 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface 2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 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 Views about the performance and size are generally positive. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably, but the apps and price get critical opinions.

usability, design, portability, size, performance

price, apps

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

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 also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the durability, while some have doubts about the connectivity and battery.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

reliability, battery, connectivity

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

Apr, 2019

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 and design, but many are less positive about the usability and size.

design, apps

size, usability

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

Apr, 2019

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

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


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.

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

There were lots of ways we could have framed this review, but ultimately, the most pressing question seems to be this : Is the Surface 2 enough to help Microsoft avert another massive loss? And is it the best Windows tablet you can buy right now?

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 : Xiomara Blanco (

Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE tablet lands at AT&T


For $679, you can get the Microsoft Windows RT 8.1 slate with 64GB and the perk of high-speed data on-the-go.

Mar, 2014

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

Product Specifications


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


Battery life (max):10 / 360
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):7
Continuous video playback time:10 / 9


Auto focus: Yes
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):3.5 / 5
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):3.5 / 5 / 8
Swivel webcam: No
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p


Color of product:Black / Grey / Silver / White
Device type:Full-size tablet
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Product color:Black / Grey / Silver / White
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1)
RoHS compliance: No


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display Diagonal:10.6 / 10.8 / 11 / 12.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280 / 2736 x 1824
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight:No / Yes
Pixel density:267
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:24


Graphics:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 520
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 520
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA


Numeric keypad: No


Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 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
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
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

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Battery charge indicator:Y
Battery charging indication: Yes
Charging Time:4
Docking connector:No / Yes
Processor socket:BGA1380 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

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


Stylus pen:N / Y


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

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Cover
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:Y
Headphone outputs: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
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:24


Bus type:QPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Number of execution units:16
PCI Express configurations:1x4,4x1 / 2x1,1x2
Processor:i5-6300U / Tegra 4 / x7-Z8700
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A15
Processor ARK ID:85475 / 88190
Processor boost frequency:2.4 / 3
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor code:SR27M / SR2F0
Processor codename:Cherry Trail / Skylake
Processor cores:2 / 4 / 4+1
Processor family:Intel Core i5 / Intel® Atom™ / NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2.4
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-6300U / Tegra 4 / x7-Z8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:17 / 42
Processor series:Intel Atom x7 series / Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2
Stepping:C0 / D1
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Tjunction:100 / 90

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
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 Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
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 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y


Cable lock slot: No


Bundled software:1-year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage / Microsoft Office 2013 RT / Microsoft Office 2013 RT1
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows 10 Pro / Windows RT
Operating system version:8.1
Trial software:Office


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC, microSD (TransFlash) / MicroSDXC
Flash memory:32
Internal storage capacity:256 / 32 / 64
Storage media:Flash / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:32

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.35 / 7.36 / 7.91 / 8.9
Height:0.333 / 0.343 / 6.81 / 7
Weight:21.9 / 23.8 / 24 / 27.7
Width:10.5 / 10.8 / 11 / 11.5