Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Pro 2Notebook: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Surface Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 10.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.915kg
Price: 980 euro
Average Score: 80.52% - good
Average of 21 scores (from 35 reviews)
price: 77%, performance: 84%, features: 79%, display: 88% mobility: 84%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 90%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2

82% Review Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet | Notebookcheck
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 tablet PC with its high-resolution display does now indeed come closer to the idea of a perfect working device.
Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs Surface Pro 2 head to head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
However, for us here at V3, the Surface Pro 2 beats the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 in a few key areas. Reviewed as a purely business tablet, the Surface Pro 2 features an admittedly less pretty, but more functional design and superior performance. Thanks to the use of Windows 8.1, the Surface Pro 2 also features a more robust portfolio of business and productivity focused services. By comparison, while cheaper and still very enterprise friendly, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2's victories tended to be more consumer focused. That said, for those interested in a device for work and play the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2's display and superior battery mean it will be better for certain consumer purposes, like media consumption.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/19/2014
Surface Pro 2 versus Galaxy Note Pro: a productivity smackdown
Source: PC World English
With phones, tablets, phablets, and ultrabooks available in a staggering array of sizes and configurations, true road warriors can order up pretty much what they want. And that includes operating systems. I worked for a prolonged period on a Chromebox, just to see if it could be done, but in the end I returned to Windows. In the final analysis, if I were forced to spend my own money, I’d pick the slightly cheaper Note Pro. But if I could charge the bill to my company, I’d ask for the Surface Pro 2. But in the end, I mostly chose the Surface Pro 2 based on subjective preference, rather than any technical roadblocks on Android’s part. And that’s a flimsy ledge for Microsoft to cling to.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 02/28/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: ITNews Australia English
Microsoft’s Surface tablets are maturing nicely. Silly flaws remain – the magnetic charger is too fiddly, and it’s plain daft that the stylus (supplied with the Pro 2) can’t be housed within the casing, instead clipping awkwardly onto the charger port – but these are minor quibbles about two exceptional pieces of hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2014
Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2
Source: PC Authority English
All in all, the updated Surface range offers a balance that’s fit for business and play. With its revamped selection of keyboards and docks, the inclusion of a year’s worth of free Skype telephone calls, bundled Office apps (for the Surface 2) and a generous helping of SkyDrive storage, Microsoft’s platform is stronger than ever. It’s supported by an increasingly sophisticated selection of built-in and third-party apps, too.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/13/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Real-World Battery Life Review
Source: Ultrabook News English
The Surface Pro 2 is a great tablet that also becomes a portable Ultrabook with the Type cover 2 keyboard with back-lit keys. Some have reviewed the Surface Pro 2 and are comparing battery life to other slim tablets that are running either Clover Trail or Bay Trail but this is a fully-capable desktop/tablet that turns in some very impressive real-world battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/02/2013
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: Laptop Mag English
Can a tablet be your only computing device? If you're using the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, our answer is now a qualified yes. The Surface Pro 2 improves upon its predecessor in almost every respect, featuring a faster and less power-hungry "Haswell" processor, a more versatile kickstand and, most importantly, battery life nearly twice as long as that of the original Surface Pro.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: Digital Versus English
The Surface Pro 2 has pretty much the exact same body as the first Surface Pro, but there are some changes on the inside: it has twice the battery life and a better display. It's too bad Microsoft didn't get the heat down and give it more ports, otherwise it might have been worth five stars. Also, frankly, at this price the keyboard should come included.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 10.6-inch Tablet PC Review
Source: Comp Reviews English
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablet really is just a few minor changes to the original to address issues concerning battery life and use on some surfaces. While both of these are improved, the system is still much more of a laptop that masquerades as a tablet due to its size, performance and cost.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
83% Microsoft Surface 2 vs Surface Pro 2 review
Source: PC Pro English
All in all, the updated Surface range offers a balance that’s fit for business and play. With its revamped selection of keyboards and docks, the inclusion of a year’s worth of free Skype telephone calls, bundled Office apps (for the Surface 2) and a generous helping of SkyDrive storage, Microsoft’s platform is stronger than ever. It’s supported by an increasingly sophisticated selection of built-in and third-party apps, too. Neither Surface is the best tablet on the market; neither is the best laptop. They are, however, the best hybrid packages out there for people who can’t afford, or don’t want, both.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
60% Surface Pro 2
Source: It Pro English
The Surface Pro 2 is an improvement over the original tablet, but it’s got a way to go before it rendering Ultrabooks obsolete. Performance is solid but the Pro 2 is let down in the key areas of portability and battery life. Microsoft has done little to address the upgradeability issues present on the original.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
90% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
Source: Techradar English
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 still straddles the middle ground between laptop and tablet, but a lack of identity doesn't mean that it should be shunned - far from it. The traditional lines between device form factors are increasingly blurred, and those seeking a fresh form factor that offers real productivity gains (in addition to on-hand entertainment) will find lots to love with the Surface Pro 2.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: A compact Ultrabook laptop and tablet with
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Pro 2 crams a serious amount of power into a compact frame - enough to worry the latest Ultrabooks. Its design may be spot on for some but we can't help feel that instead of being the best of both laptop and tablet worlds, it's neither. The price quickly rises if you veer away from the base model - many people would be better off with a separate laptop and tablet, and you might even save money. Those less bothered about the tablet side of things should consider a convertible device.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
100% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
Source: Stuff TV English
Like Windows 8.1, the Surface Pro 2 proves that Microsoft's dream of uniting tablet and laptop could still make sense. There's nothing else quite like this device out there – with the exception of bulky beasts like the Razer Edge Pro – and if the Pro 2 ticks your ergonomic and aesthetic boxes, it'll reward you with a near-seamless 'real' computing experience.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 80% display: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
There are still some rough edges, but the Surface Pro 2 is an outstanding hybrid in the true meaning of the word. Nothing matches the flexibility it offers and it finally has the battery life to deliver on its promise.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% emissions: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
In conclusion, the Surface Pro 2 is basically a reworked tablet-laptop hybrid designed to fix flaws in the original Pro. When judged purely by this criteria the Pro 2 is a great device, featuring a new Intel Haswell chip architecture that not only increases performance, but also greatly increases the device's battery life. This combined with other considered touches, like the upgraded cameras, move to USB 3.0 and two-position Kickstand make the Pro 2 a great productivity tool for businesses. Our only real criticism is that by not bundling the Pro 2 with one of its keyboard covers, which add an extra £100 to its already hefty £720 starting price, Microsoft's limited its overall appeal as a laptop replacement.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
a tablet that works best as a laptop
Source: Engadget English
When it came time to hand down a verdict on the first Surface Pro, we ultimately decided that, nice as it was, it felt compromised as both a laptop and a tablet. We wouldn't go so far as to say the Surface Pro 2 addresses all of the original's shortcomings, but it's definitely made progress.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/21/2013
83% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
Source: PC Pro English
It isn't the best tablet on the market; it isn't the best laptop, either. Yet, with the exception of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S, we haven't yet seen a form factor that performs both roles so well. The Surface Pro 2 is flawed, but if you're seeking a tablet/laptop hybrid, it must be on your shortlist.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 preview: improved battery life and better overall performance
Source: PC Advisor English
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 gets improved battery life and better overall performance thanks to the inclusion of a fourth generation Intel Core i5 CPU, but it also includes a better screen, an improved kickstand, and better accessories.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/25/2013
Hands on: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
Source: Techradar English
Overall, the Surface Pro 2 comes across as another device being taken through the yearly refresh process. It's received some reactive, though not unwelcome, updates to keep up with the completion. It's a solid device, but so was the Surface Pro. The added upgrades can't be ignored. With far greater power and much improved battery life, the Surface Pro 2 should be on the top of your buy list if you're in the market for a Windows 8.1 tablet. The price is steep, but you do get plenty of machine for your money.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/23/2013

Foreign Reviews

93% MS Surface Pro 2 getestet: Notebook-Tablet für Windows-Freunde
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 93% features: 97% workmanship: 98% ergonomy: 87%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 2: Das Produktivste Tablet Aller Zeiten?
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
87% Tablet-Neuauflage mit Akku-Bonus
Source: Gamestar German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 95% features: 85% display: 95% ergonomy: 75%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (128 GB)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 89% mobility: 91%
Microsoft Surface 2 & Surface 2 Pro
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2013
87% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (64 GB)
Source: PC Magazin - Heft 12/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 87%
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 12/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
80% Intel "Haswell" lässt´s krachen
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Positive: notebook + tablet in one; adequate battery runtime
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/03/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Behebt es die Schwächen des Vorgängers?
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Negative: high price
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2013
Análisis de Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: Teknofilo Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/30/2013
83% WINTECH REVIEW Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: Wintech Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 90% display: 80% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface 2 Pro : tablette Windows de référence
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Recenzja tabletu Surface Pro 2 z Type Cover 2 (wideo)
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Versatility and high potential; excellent quality; a full-size USB 3.0 port; very good screen; great stylus; backlit keyboard which is also a screen cover. Negative: In-compact size and heavy; average battery life; weak touchpad; price; noisy cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/01/2014
Обзор Microsoft Surface Pro 2: Очень Дорогой Гибрид
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Quiet cooling system; good screen; battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2013
Surface Pro 2拆解 十分难修的设备
Source: enet.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/26/2013
83% Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%

Comment

Model:

The new and improved Surface Pro 2 is here, though on the outside it may still look like the same old Surface Pro. For those craving the all in one tablet/laptop experience, this is the machine to consider. Running Windows 8.1 and with the must have detachable keyboard cover offered as an accessory - the gap between extreme portability and productivity is bridged much further than before. Unfortunately the optional keyboard cover price added to the price of the Surface Pro 2, makes it seem unreasonably expensive. There are other Windows 8.1 machines that sport a similar price tag, and unfortunately they outshine the Surface Pro 2.

The best thing about the Surface Pro 2 is really the optional magnetic backlit keyboard with touchpad. The Type version is well enough designed for comfortably use for long hours of work. The 10.6 inch touch display is gorgeous in Full HD with crisp colors and contrast that outperform the competition. With its Haswell Core i-series processor, it will zip along, playing HD video and getting users through work or casual play with no problems. Again, the performance is better than similarly priced machines currently available. Battery life is good and will last for a day of work, as can be expected from a device with the latest Haswell architecture on the inside. Overall, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 seems like a good device, worthy of consideration for the prospective user.

Intel HD Graphics 4400:

ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


4200U:

Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


10.6": The netbook/subnotebook has a quite small display format. Nonetheless, it is a common format for netbooks. The advantage is, that the subnotebook/netbook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes. It is difficult to use high resolutions. » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.915 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


80.52%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-09-27)