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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1355 reviews of Microsoft Surface 2. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and portability. The price and performance also get good feedback. There are mixed comments on the apps and battery, and some have doubts about the GPS navigation and connectivity.

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 90/100 = 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 43 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 products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the performance and size. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the apps and price.

usability, design, portability, size, performance

price, apps

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

Feb, 2020

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 products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The price and performance also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. There are some mixed views about the durability.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

reliability, battery, connectivity

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

Feb, 2020

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 products in the same category on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the apps. The design is also appreciated. Some have doubts about the usability and size.

design, apps

size, usability

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

Feb, 2020

DT Editors' Choice

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 ; GTX 1060 held back by custom driver ; 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 (engadget.com)

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 (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

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: if it ain’t broke

 

Microsoft opts for internal upgrades over external changes for its second laptop

Sleek, well-made design ; Comfortable keyboard and excellent trackpad ; Bright, pixel-dense touchscreen ; Snappy performance and quiet fans

No USB-C ports ; No SD card slot ; Just one USB-A port ; Just average battery life

But I can’t call it the best laptop overall right now, because there are other options with better performance, just as sleek designs, and more modern port selections. The Surface Laptop certainly wasn’t broken, but Microsoft could have done a little...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Xiomara Blanco (cnet.com)

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 (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

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

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

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