Microsoft Surface Series

Microsoft Surface 2

Both the Microsoft Surface RT and the Surface Pro never really made it big and couldn't compete with its Android and iOs counterparts. A large reason for its low sales figures was due to the unpopularity of the tablet-notebook hybrid category itself. However it is important to note that the Surface Pro 2 is actually a full blown laptop acting as a hybrid. For a start, it comes with Windows 8.1 backed up with an Intel Core i5-4300U ultrabook class processor, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD. It looks and has the same dimensions as the first version making both their accessories compatible with each other. However, there's also the new optional Type Cover 2 which adds backlighting but is on the heavy side and is rather pricey.

The good thing about the surface is of course its ultra portability and undeniable performance. With its specs, it will quite likely outperform many other ultraportable laptops and hybrids. Also not to forget is the fact that it comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1 and has all the necessary built-in ports making it an actual laptop and not just a replacement. The primary I/O, the FHD screen is also accompanied with an included active stylus. The downside to all this is definitely the asking price for the tablet and detachable keyboard combination. There may be some serious competitors giving almost if not the same kind of specs for a lower price. Its kickstand, although improved, is still a letdown as it doesn't conveniently sit on a lap despite being a laptop. All in all, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is worthy laptop if budget is not an issue.

Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U, Intel Core i5 4200U, Intel Core i5 4300U, NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA Tegra 4
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 4400, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3)
Display: 10.6 inch, 12.0 inch
Weight: 0.643kg, 0.676kg, 0.798kg, 0.915kg, 0.92kg
Price: 429, 579, 900, 980, 1000 euro
Average Score: 76.66% - good
Average of 97 scores (from 160 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 78%, features: 77%, display: 87%
mobility: 79%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 89%

 

Microsoft Surface RT

Specifications

Microsoft Surface RTNotebook: Microsoft Surface RT
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 3
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3)
Display: 10.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 0.676kg
Price: 579 euro
Links:
Average Score: 71.36% - average
Average of 14 scores (from 18 reviews)

 

87% Review Microsoft Surface RT Tablet | Notebookcheck
PC? Tablet? A Different Approach. Microsoft calls its long-awaited tablet Surface a PC: the first PC from Redmond. We extensively tested the tablet and Windows 8 RT and found that this device truly is a PC, and a very exciting one at that.
60% Microsoft Surface RT review
Source: Techradar English
Surface makes you want to pick it up and play, pleases you with the delivery of Windows RT and the live tiles make it feel personal and alive. Performance is a real issue, but since Tegra is at the heart of high performing tablets, we hope that RT can be tweaked to iron out slowdown issues. Microsoft's hardware designers should be applauded for delivering a solid tablet which delivers a great experience, but now it's down to the fortunes of the Windows Store to decide whether Microsoft Surface is remembered in history.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Microsoft Surface RT review
Source: Techradar English
Surface makes you want to pick it up and play, pleases you with the delivery of Windows RT and the live tiles make it feel personal and alive. Performance is a real issue, but since Tegra is at the heart of high performing tablets, we hope that RT can be tweaked to iron out slowdown issues. Microsoft's hardware designers should be applauded for delivering a solid tablet which delivers a great experience, but now it's down to the fortunes of the Windows Store to decide whether Microsoft Surface is remembered in history.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
67% Microsoft Surface RT review
Source: PC Pro English
One of our biggest original criticisms of the Surface RT was its lack of performance. That objection has mostly been wiped away by the firmware updates. The new version of Office also feels much better tied to the operating system, even if it still has those annoying restrictions. Another reason to think twice before buying the Surface RT is that the Surface Pro is very nearly here. While the price is set to be on the high side once more, it offers the distinct advantage of running Windows 8 rather than Windows RT.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
67% Microsoft Surface RT review
Source: PC Pro English
One of our biggest original criticisms of the Surface RT was its lack of performance. That objection has mostly been wiped away by the firmware updates. The new version of Office also feels much better tied to the operating system, even if it still has those annoying restrictions. Another reason to think twice before buying the Surface RT is that the Surface Pro is very nearly here. While the price is set to be on the high side once more, it offers the distinct advantage of running Windows 8 rather than Windows RT.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 02/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
67% Review: Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
Source: PC Authority English
The Surface RT is an incredibly hard device to define. Microsoft’s first tablet is bold, unique and the most fully-featured device of its type. No other tablet makes it as easy to get to work straight out of the box; no other tablet has its broad compatibility with a range of peripherals; and no other tablet has such over-arching ambition.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/03/2013
Rating: Total score: 67%
Apple iPad vs Microsoft Surface RT vs Google Nexus 10 head to head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Despite very stiff competition from its new rivals, the Apple iPad retains its crown as top 10in tablet, boasting a compelling complete ecosystem offering, a decent - albeit not on a par with the Nexus 10's - screen, fast performance and excellent battery life. However, we should point out that for those looking for a full-on laptop replacement, the Surface RT is currently the only valid option, featuring support for Microsoft's email and a full version of Office 2013. The only downside of this is that people wanting to use the Surface in this way will have to buy its Touch Cover keyboard add-on, which adds an extra £80 to the device's cost.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/04/2012
Microsoft Surface RT vs iPad 4 comparison review
Source: PC Advisor English
It really is difficult to say one of these tablets is "the tablet you should buy" as the needs of each person are completely different. We can say - in very loose terms - that if you're looking to buy a tablet to be used alongside your laptop, then the iPad 4 is probably the more polished of the two. However if you want a tablet that you can put in your bag and use instead of your laptop, then you'd have more of a fighting chance with the Surface (and its Touch Cover) in your arsenal. On a side note it's worth mentioning again (in case you missed it) the iPad 4's app store wipes the floor with the Surface's, so if it's apps you're after, then we suggest you go for the iPad 4 all day long, however, if the Surface gets its apps in order then it has the potential to be huge and a real game changer.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2012
60% Microsoft Surface review
Source: T3 English
Full Microsoft Office support is the jewel in the crown of the Surface which along with the keyboard makes it a great tool for productivity, but whether that is enough along with the other notable features to warrant recommending over the iPad or the Asus Transformer Infinity we are not so sure. If you are truly sold on the idea of the Surface, we suggest waiting on the second generation version.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
67% Microsoft Surface RT
Source: It Pro English
Make no mistake: this isn’t a full laptop replacement and it does have its obvious frustrations if you’re trying to use it in a business environment. For now, it’s also held back by a lack of high-quality apps. But, and it’s a big but, the Surface is a great piece of design, looks great and is well built. While some have baulked at the price of £332 ex VAT for the 32GB version, there’s an microSDXC card slot so you can bolster the storage cheaply.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 67%
67% Microsoft Surface RT review
Source: PC Pro English
It remains an attractive device in its own right, but more than anything, it whets our appetite for the full Windows 8 version of the Surface that’s due to arrive early next year, which will have a fully unlocked desktop and all the benefits of a regular laptop. If you can hold out until the new year, we think it’s going to be worth the wait.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 83% ergonomy: 83%
90% Microsoft Surface RT review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The acid test of any gadget, for us, is how sad we are to give it back once we've finished reviewing it. In this case, we're beyond sad, and have moved in to a state of great turmoil that is likely to end up in an expensive online shopping trip. The Surface might not be perfect yet, but we can see a bright future for it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
100% Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review
Source: V3.co.uk English
In fact, Microsoft's estimate may be a little conservative, as we used the Surface to take notes in Microsoft Word during a 4-hour meeting, after which the battery life had dropped by only 20 percent. It also recharges quickly, in just a couple of hours in our tests. It may surprise some readers, but overall, we found Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT an impressive device that is worth considering, not least for the built-in Office apps.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Microsoft Surface Review
Source: Stuff TV English
So for many people the Surface will be a little too niche and compromised compared to getting an iPad. Or a laptop. Or whatever else Microsoft thinks it’s going up against. But for a dedicated, contrary minority this could be precisely the pigeon hole-dodging device they’ve been looking for. And perhaps in the long-run, once it gets the apps it deserves, perhaps they’ll be enjoying the last laugh.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Windows RT vs. Windows 8
Source: Business & IT - 2/13 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
84% Microsoft Surface RT
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 84%
70% Análise : Microsoft Surface RT
Source: Wintech Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% display: 70% workmanship: 70%
60% Microsoft Surface RT
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Обзор планшета Microsoft Surface RT: альтернатива iPad на Windows
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Excellent multitasking; the familiar file manager and simple; stylish look; Negative: Slow; Games and applications for Windows RT is still very little.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/14/2012

 

Microsoft Surface Pro

Specifications

Microsoft Surface ProNotebook: Microsoft Surface Pro
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 10.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 0.92kg
Price: 900 euro
Links:  Surface Pro (Model)

Average Score: 75.74% - good
Average of 23 scores (from 35 reviews)

 

88% Review Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet | Notebookcheck
A balancing act. The Surface Pro is an interesting concept tablet that Microsoft developed to showcase the strength of the Windows 8 platform on a touch-capable device. This is another Wintel collaboration that is able to use the ecosystem of apps available for the X86 Windows platform. This review points out the strengths and weaknesses of this form-factor.
90% Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: Techradar English
Expectations are the real issue with the Microsoft Surface Pro. If you were hoping for something with the power of a Core i5 laptop but the weight and battery life of Surface RT then you need to take another look at the laws of physics and the current capabilities of Intel processors. It's a lightweight Windows 8 PC that runs all your applications and any browser you want, that you can use as a tablet with touchscreen controls and a fantastic pen, or as a notebook, by snapping on a keyboard. You're getting a great machine at a reasonable price with the Surface Pro, and if you like the sound of it you'll be cursing the limited stock and the fact it's only on sale in North America at first.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
Review: Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: PC Authority English
Stop to consider what you’re getting, however, and it isn’t bad value for money. The hardware is impeccably constructed, the performance strong, and the Wacom digitiser, stylus and Full HD display make for a great combination. The ergonomic irritations in laptop mode, together with modest battery life, mean it won’t suit everyone, but the Surface Pro is a great choice for those who want power and full Windows compatibility in such a tiny device.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/05/2013
Nexus 10 vs iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface Pro head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Summing up the battle of the flagship tablets, the Apple iPad 4 manages to win out by triumphing in three out of the six categories over its rivals. Apple's tablet trumped the Surface Pro and Nexus 10 as our favourite for design and display, and proving the best out of the bunch for battery life. Despite winning half the categories, the Apple iPad 4 failed to win the major battles of performance and software, losing out to the Surface Pro due to its ability to run the full version of Windows 8. However, we felt Microsoft's tablet failed to deliver on too many occasions, such as in design and display to warrant a win over Apple's high-class device.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/20/2013
Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: ITNews Australia English
Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet is finally available in the Australian market, after it was announced a year ago. It is aimed at those who like the Surface RT but need the Windows software compatibility it lacks. The 'real Windows' version of Microsoft's Surface tablet impresses with beautiful build and ample computing power, only to disappoint through Windows 8 foibles and short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/20/2013
60% Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: Digital Versus English
Microsoft really let its creative side shine through with the Surface Pro. It's a superb-looking device with enough processing power to make full use of the company's productivity suites. Unfortunately, the low battery life, heat issues and less-than-adequate connectivity make it hard for us to give the Surface Pro any more than three stars. Sorry, guys.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/31/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Pro hints at genius but implodes under the weight of its own ambition. But the potential is plain to see. It’s a welcome and compelling alternative to an Apple and Google dominated future. Make it lighter and last longer, however, and Microsoft could have a winner on its hands in future.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 90% display: 90% mobility: 40% workmanship: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: T3 English
Surface Pro is a decent dual-use device, with plenty of power which we’d be happy to choose over a mid-range Ultrabook. We loved being able to dock it with a screen and full desktop set up at home, then take it on the move. It’s certainly able to fulfill the job of a laptop and iPad, so long as your emphasis is on productivity rather than fun. The main frustrations are the dubious keyboard peripherals and the usability headaches caused by the kickstand, so it’s worth thinking carefully about how you expect to use Surface Pro before you buy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Does the Surface Pro redefine what Windows 8 hybrid devices are all about? It's a bit late for that - we've already seen stacks of products to market from all the major manufacturers, each with their own shortcomings. What Microsoft has managed to do is produce a product that focuses as much on build quality and design as it does core power and usability. That means it'll click just as heartily as its rattling audio-heavy advert does with some users, while others will find it's a little late to the party and instead drift off down the more traditional - and affordable - routes.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: It Pro English
Microsoft has belatedly released the Surface Pro in the UK, seven months after the launch of Windows 8. The Surface Pro fails to live up to expectations. Despite the HD screen and solid performance, it's weak when it comes to portability and doesn't do enough to stand out from OEM competitors.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
83% Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: PC Pro English
Stop to consider what you’re getting, however, and the Surface Pro really isn’t bad value for money at all. The hardware is impeccably well constructed, the performance good, and the Wacom digitiser, stylus and Full HD display make for a great combination. The ergonomic irritations in laptop mode, together with modest battery life, mean that it won’t suit everyone, but the Surface Pro is a great choice for those who want power and full Windows compatibility in such a tiny device.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
60% Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The Microsoft Surface Pro is a decent business tablet that can run everything you'd find on an ultrabook, but it has a high price tag compared to iPad and Android models, and lacks the built-in Office suite offered by the much cheaper and lighter RT model. The price including a keyboard at £819 also makes it equivalent to or more expensive than a laptop alternative.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro Review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Surface Pro is as powerful as a lower-end ultrabook, but more portable. It's nice to type on and has a great screen. But does it do enough to justify costing more than most Windows Ultrabooks? Not quite. Its nifty portability comes at the price of a little power, a proper keyboard and a pile* of battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsoft Surface Pro Review
Source: Ultrabook News English
So after the long wait the Surface Pro is finally here, was it worth the wait? That is a hard question to answer and will depend on your computing requirements. It can probably be best answered by looking at the target customer. This is not a tablet for the average consumer whose main activities will be consuming media, email and web browsing. For the power user who needs to work with powerful business programs like Outlook but who may also be mobile and requires portability it will fit their needs nicely. It has the power, connectivity, portability and flexibility to meet a lot of power users computing needs but has the one drawback of battery life, at least when looked at in the context of mainstream consumer tablets.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/20/2013
50% Microsoft Surface Pro Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a bold move. By jumping into the tablet business, the company is attempting to counter the “post-PC” era by guiding consumers towards a future where PCs are different, but still dominated by Windows. We think the idea is sound. The finished product? Not so much.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
The Microsoft Surface Pro isn't just novel, though that certainly is part of its appeal along with the sexy design and high quality look and feel. It's a landmark marriage of computing power and portability. The question is: do you need a miraculously portable tablet with the computing power of a Core i5 laptop inside? That's for you to answer, and I know many of you do crave extreme portability on the road.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Surface Pro review - if Microsoft can't make the perfect Windows 8 hybrid laptop and tablet, who can?
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Pro is the best Windows tablet we've used. It also makes a pretty good laptop. But as a tablet it's not match for the best iOS or Android devices, and as a Windows laptop it can't compete with Ultrabooks. It's portability and performance will be perfect for a few, and okay for most. So that makes it a good but not perfect device, which feels about right as a verdict.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
60% Microsoft Surface Pro 10.6-inch 128GB Tablet PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
The ability to run full Windows application on a tablet has been something that many people have been waiting for and the Microsoft Surface Pro allows them to do that. The problem is that it is still too much of a work around for that capability. Compared to tablet it isn't quite as portable and certainly not as friendly when having to switch between native and desktop modes.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro
Source: PC Mag English
Now the big question: Is it worth it? If you need a very portable tablet that has full Windows 8 compatibility, powerful components, and a 1080p touch screen, the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is your tablet. The digitizing stylus is an added boon for those who would like to take notes, draw art, or fill out forms right on their tablet screen. The Surface Pro has business compatibility (i.e., it can join Windows domains and use corporate level software), a selection of keyboard covers, and is intelligently set up for touch and portable use. It also has better ergonomics than the Acer Iconia W700 and better behavior in desktop mode (where you run almost all your programs). True, the Acer W700 has better battery life, but the Surface Pro doesn't require as much tweaking to make it useful out of the box. While it's a little thing (pardon the pun), the fact that the Surface Pro is scaled better and more usable with fingertips in desktop mode will help save calls to IT or to your family IT person (probably you, if you're reading this). The Surface Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a real PC in a compact tablet form factor. It's the one to get if you need corporate or academic campus portability.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsoft Surface Pro Review
Source: Slashgear English
The Surface Pro is slickly designed, its digital pen a joy to use – if you have the need of it – and it comes without the software niggles that dampened our enthusiasm about the Surface RT last year. Think of it as a touchscreen notebook with an optional keyboard and it makes the most sense. That may be semantics, but it also means the Surface Pro is more likely to cannibalize ultrabook sales than eat into Apple’s iPad market. Whether that’s the market Microsoft was aiming for, we’re not sure, but the Surface Pro makes considerable sense for the prosumer.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2013
70% Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: Wired Magazine English
WIRED Sleek and well-designed hardware. Sharp, beautiful touchscreen. Speedy performance. Runs all legacy Windows desktop applications. Great pressure-sensitive pen. Additional USB port on the charger so you can charge your phone at the same time. Type Cover is pleasant and forgiving. TIRED Lacking in usable storage space. Short on battery life. Non-adjustable kickstand becomes a burden with long-term use. Pricey; you’ll need to drop extra money on several accessories (mouse, keyboard cover, external storage). Too hot, heavy and thick to comfortably use as a tablet.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Microsoft Surface Pro Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
The Microsoft Surface Pro was designed to give users a true tablet experience AND a true PC experience with a surprisingly powerful hardware. In that regards, there are no compromises and both goals are achieved rather nicely. In my opinion, this is a great machine for folks who mainly want an ultra-portable and 100% PC-compatible device that can deal with everything work will throw at them. For this, I’m confident that there is simply nothing better out there. You get the real Outlook and any other PC app that your company may require, including exotic VPN accesses, printer drivers etc. This is a PC. The ultra-productive and solid design will complement the software capabilities perfectly.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2013
Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: PC Advisor English
It's clearly far too early to pronounce on the Surface Pro. It offers the potential of tablet portability mixed with high-end laptop-like performance. As such it is a much more likely winner than the Surface RT, which is hobbled by being a halfway house between full Windows and Windows Phone. It also means the Surface Pro will be only as reliant on apps as is Windows 8 itself - ie: not very much. Windows is, after all, the most supported operating software in terms of third-party applications.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/10/2013
Microsoft Surface Pro review
Source: PC Advisor English
It's clearly far too early to pronounce on the Surface Pro. It offers the potential of tablet portability mixed with high-end laptop-like performance. As such it is a much more likely winner than the Surface RT, which is hobbled by being a halfway house between full Windows and Windows Phone. It also means the Surface Pro will be only as reliant on apps as is Windows 8 itself - ie: not very much. Windows is, after all, the most supported operating software in terms of third-party applications.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/10/2013
87% Microsoft Surface Pro (64 GB)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 12/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 87%
95% Das Große von Microsoft: Surface Pro mit Windows 8 im Tablet-Test
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 95% features: 94% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 93%
Microsoft Surface Pro im Kurztest
Source: PC Masters German DE→EN
Positive: fast hardware; applications are running fluently
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/29/2013
89% Kurzatmiges Premium-Tablet
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Positive: brilliant display; fast touchscreen; very good interface equipment Negative: bulky chassis; heavy weight
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 89%
90% Surface Pro: una tableta perfecta para cualquier escenario
Source: PC Actual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 82%
Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: Wintech Portuegese PT→EN
Positive; Ergonomics, versatility; connection; performance; touch screen; good wifi. Negative: Price; weight.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/10/2013
Surface Pro: l’Ultra Tablet di Microsoft
Source: Pc Tuner Italian IT→EN
Positive: Good build quality; attractive Full-HD display; brilliant support keyboard. Negative: Price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/20/2013
60% Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
75% Microsoft Surface Pro : arrivée trop tard
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 75%
80% Prise en main Microsoft Surface Professionnel
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%
Surface Pro er klar !
Source: HwT DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/16/2013

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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.

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Pro 2Notebook: Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 10.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 0.915kg
Price: 980 euro
Links:  Surface Pro 2 (Model)

Average Score: 81.75% - good
Average of 24 scores (from 41 reviews)

 

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.
100% Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a huge improvement over its predecessor and it remains the best Windows 8 tablet around. It may be being replaced with the Surface Pro 3 in just a few months, but Microsoft's latest price cut is a welcome incentive to get one before it disappears completely. Microsoft hasn't yet confirmed the exact type of processor that will be used in the Surface Pro 3, but we do know it will be a Haswell chip, so it's unlikely that the Core i5 version of the Pro 3 will offer any major boost in processing power than what's currently available in the Pro 2. Likewise, considering most modern Ultrabook convertibles still cost in excess of £1,000, the Surface Pro 2 is now even cheaper and more convenient than many of its hybrid rivals. If you want a great-looking tablet with the speed and power of a laptop, make sure you get a Surface Pro 2 before it's too late.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 comparison: new Windows tablet is bigger and better - but who will buy?
Source: PC Advisor English
During the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft freely admitted that it hadn’t quite got it right with the original Surface Pro and even the Surface Pro 2. It claimed the Surface Pro 3 is the first tablet that can truly replace your laptop, so in our Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 comparison, let’s see why.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
80% Microsoft Surface 2 4G review
Source: Pocket Lint English
But use it plenty, add a keyboard and it's actually a pretty good experience. Not so much a "fun" experience, but we suspect there's a case for more business-aligned users to shower praise the Surface 2. Microsoft has pushed the hardware forward: the Full HD screen is amazing to look at, the build quality decent, the software - despite outlined potential confusions - steps ahead of where it once was. It all adds up to a very reasonable device and the price point is fairer than before too. We just wish it didn't sit on the fence so much.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
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
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%
93% Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: SFT - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 93%
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%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Source: Chip (Print) - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 82% display: 95% mobility: 56% emissions: 83%
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
Microsoft Surface Pro 2: Мощность Ноутбука В Образе Планшета
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Docking station; Haswell processor; full HD display with wide viewing angles and good brightness; magnesium alloy case. Negative: Very high price; hot under load; glossy display; poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/03/2014
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%

 

Microsoft Surface 2

The new Microsoft Surface 2 is here, and as with the old Surface RT it features one major problem. It runs Windows RT, which means regular Windows programs aren't compatible with it - one will be limited to the selections in the Windows app store, which is very sparsely populated. With the amount of new machines out there running Android or Windows 8.1 for a lower price, the Surface 2 has the odds stacked against it. Physically, the machine does not look too different from the old Surface 2, though the back is now a silvery-gray, and the dimensions are sleeker. One of the key points about the Surface 2 is the optional magnetic keyboard cover which makes this a great machine for productivity. This accessory will increase the price by a fair bit, which is a downside.

On a positive note, the user experience of Windows RT has been greatly improved, with tweaks and redesigns that those familiar with the OS will appreciate. The photo editing features might be some of the best one can find on a tablet, just the good old ability to enhance colors, select focus and adjust shadows. The power that comes from the 1.7GHz Tegra 4 SoC puts it just behind the forerunners in performance, but the smaller selection of apps makes the gaming possibilities limited compared to the forerunners. Other everyday tasks will run smoothly without issues and the full HD screen will not disappoint, with nice crisp colors and sharp images. The battery is suggested to last through a day of moderate use. The main choice one has to make before considering the Surface 2, will be regarding Windows RT.

Specifications

Microsoft Surface 2Notebook: Microsoft Surface 2
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4
Display: 10.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 0.643kg
Price: 429 euro
Links:  Surface 2 (Model)

Average Score: 72.81% - average
Average of 21 scores (from 33 reviews)

 

85% Review Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet | Notebookcheck
Regicide? The sales figures of the Surface RT were sobering, and a tablet revolution certainly looks different. But Microsoft did not stop its Windows RT project and now offers a successor. Is it enough to beat the self-declared rival from California? Find out in our in-depth review.
80% Microsoft Surface 2 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
With a far superior screen, more powerful internals and a more mature operating system than its predecessor, Microsoft has improved the Surface 2 in almost every area. For anyone looking for a cheap tablet or laptop solely for Office, then this is certainly a bargain, but the limitations of Windows RT mean most would be better off with a tablet running the full version of Windows 8.1, such as the Dell Venue 11, or finding a budget laptop like the Dell Inspiron 15 instead.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface 2 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
With a far superior screen, more powerful internals and a more mature operating system than its predecessor, Microsoft has improved the Surface 2 in almost every area. For anyone looking for a cheap tablet or laptop solely for Office, then this is certainly a bargain, but software limitations mean most would be better off with a budget laptop instead.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Microsoft Surface 2 review: Nice tablet, more apps please
Source: Zdnet.com English
The Surface 2 is a good tablet that's easier to use on the move than a similarly priced laptop, and equally capable as a device for use in the home or the office. It's worth stressing that some people just can't get along with Windows 8 as an OS, although that was not my experience. Perhaps a more pressing concern is that, while we wait for Microsoft to release a touch-optimised version of Office, you'll need to spend at least another £65 on one of the keyboard covers to properly use Office on the desktop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
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
70% Microsoft Surface 2 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If you use Office day in, day out and want a lighter, more portable alternative to a laptop then the Surface 2 is worth a punt. But the sad truth is that, despite the Surface 2’s many qualities, Office RT 2013 is its only true selling point. It’s the only reason to buy one. And, believe it or not, the large majority of the world doesn’t need Office that much, and those that do probably need other desktop apps as well.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Video: Surface 2 review - 10in Windows tablet offers great build, but half an OS
Source: PC Advisor English
Windows RT is very easy to use, I personally like the way it looks, and it is stable on this device. Microsoft has removed the pointless 'Desktop' tile from the Start screen, because when a Windows device is on ARM, it isn't full Windows 8. You can't install x86 software as you can on any other Windows device. It's the same situation with Android and iPad tablets, and it simply makes the RT more of a consumption device than a productivity tool, like tablets on those rival platforms.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/28/2013
70% Surface 2 review - Microsoft's latest RT tablet a stylish performer... but what's the point?
Source: PC Advisor English
There's nothing wrong with the Surface 2, and there's a lot that is very right about it. But it's not a full Windows device, despite appearances. Given that, it's a well put together and stylish Windows consumption device, a tablet with some unique and cool features, and a powerful performer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review
Source: Hot Hardware English
Microsoft's included applications and services, such as Skype, SkyDrive, and others, bring a huge value to the Surface 2 offering, and in addition to the Office apps present in the first generation of Surface RT tablets, Microsoft threw in Outlook for this go-around. We were also pleased to see that the app count in the Windows Store is growing, and we’re starting to be able to find more of the apps we want.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2013
Surface 2 Review
Source: Slashgear English
Is the Surface 2 better than the original Surface RT? Certainly: the screen is a huge improvement, the processor faster, and Windows RT 8.1 has lost a lot of its rough edges. The third-party software issue remains, albeit abated somewhat, and we still admire the crisp design and excellent build quality. That’s overall a net win for Microsoft, arguably, but it leaves Surface 2 in a difficult position. What it does, it does well, but for the most part the other options out there are either cheaper or better.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/08/2013
60% Microsoft Surface 2 10.5-inch
Source: Comp Reviews English
On the hardware side, Microsoft have made some huge improvements to the Surface 2 tablet. It has a higher resolution display, better cameras, improved kickstand and even a full USB 3.0 port. The problem remains on the software side where the tablet uses the Windows RT software rather than a full version of Windows.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/05/2013
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: 100% features: 67% workmanship: 67%
Surface 2 Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
I really like the Surface 2. It still has an excellent design and the Kickstand+keyboard improvements only reinforce my impression that the Surface 2 is a monster in terms of productivity. The high-resolution screen makes Excel that much better, and Office looks and feels like what you already have on the PC, and IE is nearly a desktop browser. If your life revolves around MS Office and Outlook this is one great option.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2013
60% Surface 2 review: Cautious upgrades don't help a tablet in desperate need of relevance
Source: PC World English
Something. Anything. Give consumers a real reason to care, and not reach straight for a Surface Pro 2. But instead? We got a Surface RT redux, plus a couple of TV commercials that try to pass off a 40-degree kickstand angle as a major innovation.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Microsoft Surface 2 review
Source: Techradar English
Microsoft is making some of the best PC hardware around and Surface 2 is an even better example of the combination tablet-you-can-use-like-a-notebook than the first Surface. The new screen, the improved kickstand, the much-better battery life and software with far fewer rough edges add up to an impressive product. But Windows RT is still a problem. Things just aren't quite joined up yet because of the limited app support. However much you think you won't need desktop apps, you will undoubtedly find something that compromises your experience. And that's a real shame, as the hardware is superb.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
60% Microsoft Surface 2
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Surface 2 improves upon Microsoft's original with a more colorful and sharper display, snappier performance and longer battery life. We also appreciate the multitasking improvements in Windows RT 8.1 and its enhanced search capabilities. Having both Office and Outlook on board certainly gives this slate some productivity chops.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Microsoft Surface 2 review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Surface 2 is impressive. It’s fast enough for most jobs. The screen’s great, and so is the case that surrounds it. It’s now a very usable ad hoc laptop, thanks to the two-step kickstand and the fixes in Windows 8.1. There are even enough apps in the Windows Store to make life liveable, albeit on an app diet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% workmanship: 100%
60% Microsoft Surface 2 review
Source: T3 English
The Microsoft Surface is a good tablet that improves on almost everything from the last model, however it is not a great tablet. The 16:9 aspect ratio makes it feel unwieldy when you pick it up and we barely used it except when the kickstand was flipped open and it was on a table. It’s just that the Surface 2 is lost in between laptop and tablet, doing neither as well as it probably could do. The keyboard cover is good, but it is nothing more. One day, hopefully, Microsoft will find a way to combine the Windows Mobile 8 OS and Windows 8.1 RT, so that apps will more freely available and you can buy once and use everywhere, but until then this just won’t be mainstream product.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Microsoft Surface 2 (32GB)
Source: PC Mag English
The Microsoft Surface 2's performance, the software, and the pricing are all of a caliber that—were this the public's first taste of Windows RT—it could do far better than the disappointing Surface RT did. Thanks to the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, the 14+ hours of battery life, and the value offer of the lower price and expanded productivity, the Microsoft Surface 2 is the clear leader among Windows RT tablets, and thus our new Editors' Choice for that category. If you want Office and Skype on an affordable tablet—and don't require the full Windows experience—the Surface 2 is the best there is.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface 2
Source: Good Gear Guide English
I expected the Surface 2 to be a good tablet, but I did not expect to find it nearly as useful as I did. I have nothing against tablets as toys, entertainment devices, or productivity tools in very specific capacities. I did not, however, think that I could take a Windows 8.1 RT device and get through even a single workday without gravitating back to my laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/23/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsoft Surface 2
Source: Engadget English
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? It comes close. We'll admit, we like the Surface more than we did previously.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/21/2013
Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT preview
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface 2 boasts a full HD screen, features updated internals and has a new two-stage kickstand. Read our Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT review to find out more.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/27/2013
88% Microsoft Surface 2
Source: SFT - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 88%
86% Toshiba Satellite L50-A-10Q
Source: Chip Test & Kauf - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 86%
82% Microsoft Surface 2
Source: Chip (Print) - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 82% features: 82% display: 87% mobility: 84% emissions: 79%
Microsoft Surface 2 & Surface 2 Pro
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2013
80% Tegra-4-Tablet mit Top-Ausdauer
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsofts Tablet Surface 2
Source: Focus Online German DE→EN
Positive: low price; high enduringness Negative: limited app variety; heavy
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2013
Neuauflage mit Windows 8.1 RT
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Negative: no recommendation
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2013
60% [MAJ] Microsoft Surface 2 : elle garde ses défauts, mais avec la 4G en prime
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
65% Microsoft Surface 2 : Nouvel essai
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 65%
60% Microsoft Surface 2 : forte en bureautique, médiocre en divertissement
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Microsoft Surface 2 tablet: Windows RT második kör
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: Excellent viewing angles, high brightness of the screen; comfortable backlit keyboard; multitasked OS; good sound system; quality camera.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/22/2013
平板电脑 iPad Air对比Surface 2
Source: enet.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 01/02/2014

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a lightweight device (1.76 pounds, 0.8 kg) threading on the fading line differentiating laptops and tablets. The device is built using magnesium alloy making it tough without compromising on style.

The 12 inch display has a stunning 2160 by 1440 pixel resolution, which produces great graphics. The responsive touchscreen also supports up to 10 points input. Additionally, it has fantastic viewing angles and crisp colors. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with only one USB 3.0 port, which can be seen as advantageous from a tablet point of view but lacking from a laptop point of view. It does however come with Bluetooth 4.0 support as well as WiFi capabilities, so wireless transmission may reduce the need for physical connections.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with different processor specifications depending on the user. However, even the lowest spec with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4 GB of RAM is capable of delivery satisfying results. As for battery life, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a rather good battery life for a tablet but again, it is very disappointing as a laptop.

All in all, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an excellent device with up to date specifications and can fulfill the needs of the general public well. However, the price tag of the device might be a deterrent, especially since keyboard and pen are sold separately.

Specifications

Notebook: Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Processor: Intel Core i5 4300U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 12.0 inch, 3:2, 2160x1440 pixels
Weight: 0.798kg
Price: 1000 euro
Links:
Average Score: 78.36% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 33 reviews)

 

85% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
Once again we applaud Microsoft: the Surface Pro 3 is a glimpse into the future of computing, and it's both exquisitely good looking and perfectly put together. While the MacBook Air continues on with a solid but stale design and computing paradigm, Microsoft has at least taken a chance at something new.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 85%
81% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: T Break English
The burning question you want answered is whether or not the Surface Pro 3 makes a viable laptop replacement. Performance-wise, it does. Usability and comfort-wise, it does not. You just can’t position the Surface Pro 3 as easily as you would a laptop, and while it’s lighter, sleeker, and just as powerful, I would still sheepishly opt for using a laptop. Take into the fact that the Surface Pro 3 isn’t cheap either – starting at $799 for an i3 version, my total spend was $999 for the i5 version along with $130 for the cover.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 70% performance: 85% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
Surface Pro 3
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Pro 3 makes a good first impression. It looks and feels great, the screen is bright and sharp and the hinge is a hugely impressive piece of engineering. Vitally, the move to a larger, squarer screen is inspired — it makes the Surface Pro 3 a better tablet and a better hybrid, too. Can it replace a laptop? That's a trickier question I can't really answer yet. It has the potential to do so, but then the Surface Pros have never wanted for potential. Only extended use will tell and for that we'll have to wait for the UK release in August.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/03/2014
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Surface Pro 3 comparison: thin and light Samsung great for media, but the Surface Pro 3 will help you get things done
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Pro 3 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 are both impressive tablets that offer stunning, big, bright and colourful displays. They're both ideal for multi-tasking – running more than one app simultaneously, side by side – but you won't be able to run powerful desktop apps like Photoshop on the Android tablet like you can on the Surface. If you're simply looking for a thin-and-light tablet with a big display, you'll probably find you're better off with the Galaxy Tab S, but for a device that could potentially replace your laptop completely, it's the mid- to high-range Surface Pro 3 models you're after.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 06/25/2014
Surface Pro 3: Play time with Microsoft's laptop killer
Source: Pocket Lint English
We didn't have the chance to test the outright performance of the Surface Pro 3, or to put the claimed 9 hours of battery life to the test, but first impressions are really good. It's a slim and solidly built device, but light in the hand, with an impressive display. The Surface Pro 3 has launched in the US and arrives in Japan this week, but isn't due to touchdown in the UK until August, as part of a phased roll-out.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/25/2014
Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Gizmag English
Gizmag highly recommends the Surface Pro 3 to anyone looking for the best evidence yet that the same device can not only be both laptop and tablet, but can kick some serious ass while doing it. From now until late August, the Surface Pro 3 starts at US$1,130 ($1,000 for the 128 GB Core i5 Surface plus an extra $130 for the Type Cover). After that, you'll be able to buy a 64 GB Surface with a Core i3 processor starting at $930 for Surface and keyboard. That's hardly pocket change, but at least you'll know that the Surface is giving you more bang for your buck than ever before.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/25/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: AnandTech English
When I reviewed the first Surface Pro I was intrigued by the idea, but felt it needed a few more iterations to get to the right point. In less than two years what we have in front of us looks very different than Microsoft's original vision for the platform. Display size, aspect ratio and even the mechanics of the whole thing are all quite different.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/23/2014
90% Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
Surface Pro 3 is easily 33% lighter than most high-end Ultrabooks, and is more portable and more comfortable to carry in your backpack than any other portable PC I’ve used. If like me, you travel a lot, you know that any additional pound matters. Technically, the hardware platform and the software can do anything a regular Ultrabook does. It is now up to you to think about whether the design will fit your need. Because when it does fit your needs, the Surface Pro 3 will rock your socks off.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 90%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Doesn’t Stand Up to MacBook Air
Source: Recode English
At its launch event, Microsoft continuously asked people to compare the MacBook Air to this Surface Pro 3. I’m sorry to say that I can’t recommend that comparison, nor can I recommend it as a replacement for your iPad or Android tablet.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/04/2014
76% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
With the lines continuing to blur between laptops and tablets, Microsoft introduces its newest take on the growing hybrid sub-genre with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. While most hybrids continue to placate to the mainstream consumer market, Microsoft’s Surface Pro line has aimed its sights on the pragmatic business crowd, offering the productivity of a premium notebook in a tablet form factor.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 76%
Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: Slashgear English
Surface already has a small but vocal following, and the Surface Pro 3 is not only the best of the range, but among the best Windows 8.1 computers I’ve tried. The combination of useful pen functionality, flexible positioning, solid performance, and beautiful design is a compelling one, though I suspect its price will keep it a niche device.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2014
Surface Pro 3 deep-dive review: Has Microsoft finally got it right?
Source: Computerworld.com English
Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet that does double-duty as a laptop and, if you buy the Surface Pro Touch Cover, what the company says is generally true. Still, the cover still isn't as good as a full-blown laptop keyboard. At 12 in., the Surface Pro 3 has enough screen real estate so that it's a real laptop, not a tablet pretending to be one. At 1.75 pounds, it's ultraportable, although a bit on the heavy side for a tablet.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/30/2014
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air comparison: Microsoft's new tablet is impressive, but can it really replace your laptop?
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
Overall, we take our hats off to Microsoft for its Surface Pro 3. It really does have specs that rival the MacBook Air and portability that brings it closer to competing tablets. But when it actually comes to using the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop, it's not the most comfortable of activities. We find the MacBook Air wonderful to work on for long periods of time, and with that lengthy battery life it's more suitable for full-day use.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/30/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Hot Hardware English
In our introduction, we said that performance, build-quality, and the user experience all matter when evaluating a product. Well, the Surface Pro 3 has the performance and build-quality to easily earn a recommendation. Microsoft has also nailed the user experience--everything the Surface Pro 3 was designed to do, it does well, and it is easily one of the more attractive portable devices we have used.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2014
Surface Pro 3 Review: A Tablet-Laptop Mashup
Source: Small Business Computing English
At just slightly more than $900 for a Core i3 version, the Surface Pro 3 can help small businesses ditch the laptop while enjoying the mobile productivity provided by tablets. If your business requires beefier specs—to run image- and video-editing suites or 3D software for example—then the i5 model stacks up well against premium Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/29/2014
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: A legitimate work PC in tablet clothing
Source: PC World English
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 represents an improvement on all fronts. If Microsoft's "rule of three" holds, then this will be the Surface that gets it right. Let's face it: the original Surface wasn't much of a tablet. The Surface Pro 3 certainly is. But for all of the Surface Pro 3's charms, you may be better served by exploring other options in the Windows 8.1 space, whether it be a hybrid or a traditional notebook. These competing devices may not have the Surface Pro 3’s gorgeous display, but they’ll likely cost a few hundred dollars less, sport longer battery lives, and maybe even face the challenges of the airplane tray table with greater aplomb.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Surface Pro 3 vs Nexus 10 comparison review: which is the best tablet for work and entertainment?
Source: PC Advisor English
Whether you plump for the Surface Pro 3 or Nexus 10 really depends on what you intend to do with it. One makes a pretty good makeshift laptop, while the other is still one of the best tablets you can buy but is all but useless for getting work done. As a hybrid device with a large screen and good performance the Surface Pro 3 could prove its worth as a work laptop for many people, although it couldn't meet my specific needs in this regard. And neither would I want it to. For the things I want from a tablet - the ability to get online, watch video, use social media and so on - the more portable, significantly cheaper Nexus 10 with its higher-resolution screen is the better choice.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/26/2014
Surface Pro 3 vs Galaxy NotePro 12.2 comparison: two powerful 12in tablets but only one will replace your laptop
Source: PC Advisor English
Overall, both the Surface Pro 3 and Galaxy NotePro 12.2 are impressive tablets that offer stunning, big, bright and colourful displays. They're both ideal for multi-tasking – running more than one app simultaneously, side by side – though you won't be able to run powerful desktop apps like Photoshop on the Android tablet like you can on the Surface. If you're simply looking for a tablet with an enormous display, you'll probably find you're better off with the NotePro 12.2, but for a device that could potentially replace your laptop completely, it's the mid- to high-range Surface Pro 3 models you're after.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/23/2014
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Wired Magazine English
Ultimately, whether you’d like the Surface Pro 3 to replace your laptop boils down to a value proposition. Is it worth paying a premium for an ultra-slim device that provides full Windows PC functionality? That is what this machine is, and if you are the target market for it, you will use it as a laptop 70 to 80 percent of the time. Similarly configured Windows laptops with touchscreens, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of storage cost at least a few hundred dollars less. It’s a machine that makes a ton of sense for business deployments, road warriors, casual photo editors, and artists. With the Surface Pro 3, you’re paying not just for the individual components, but for the sheer thin-and-lightness of it all.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
79% Has Microsoft finally made a tablet to replace your laptop?
Source: Engadget English
With each generation of Surface devices, Microsoft gets closer to building a device that can replace both your tablet and laptop. Unfortunately, though, the company's progress has been gradual, and even after three attempts, it still hasn't addressed some serious usability flaws. This time around, the biggest problem is the keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 79%
Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air comparison: Surface Pro is twice the device... but you'll still buy the iPad
Source: PC Advisor English
First things first: these are two outstanding devices. The iPad Air is the best 10in tablet around for media consumption, communication, games, web browsing and social media. If you want to make your commute more bearable and to surf the web while you watch TV, head for the iPad. But if you can afford it and it makes sense to you to carry only one device that is PC, tablet and laptop, the Surface Pro 3 is a truly stunning achievement.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/22/2014
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: PC Mag English
So did Microsoft finally create the ultimate single-device replacement for both your tablet and your laptop? Not really. As a laptop, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 works well, with a sturdier keyboard cover, but it's still not as comfortable to use in your lap as a traditional clamshell laptop, and you still have to purchase the keyboard cover separately, adding $130 to the overall price of the system. Photos and videos look great on the high-resolution screen, but the tablet is simply too heavy and bulky to carry around single-handed for long periods. It'll work great if you always have a desk or a tablet in front of you. However, tablets like the Apple iPad Air, our Editors' Choice for large-screen tablets, and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, our top choice for Windows-based slate tablets (which will continue to be sold), work better as devices that you constantly hold in your hands all day. The fact that the Core-i5 Surface Pro 2 returned almost the same performance on our benchmark tests and is $300 less expensive is a major mark against the Surface Pro 3.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
81% The best Surface yet is more than a tablet, less than a laptop
Source: CNet English
Does the Surface Pro 3 really do something so different than its predecessors that it will replace the sea of glowing MacBook Airs seen in the audience during Microsoft's NYC launch event? No, it's still the same basic concept: a Core i-series slate, coupled with a very good keyboard accessory.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 comparison: new Windows tablet is bigger and better - but who will buy?
Source: PC Advisor English
During the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft freely admitted that it hadn’t quite got it right with the original Surface Pro and even the Surface Pro 2. It claimed the Surface Pro 3 is the first tablet that can truly replace your laptop, so in our Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 comparison, let’s see why.
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 05/21/2014
Surface Pro hands-on review: can Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop?
Source: PC Advisor English
Microsoft claims its new Surface Pro can replace your laptop, and it certainly has the power and portability to do so. However, while we can see it replacing perhaps an entry-level MacBook Air, you could get two budget Windows laptops for the same money. We like the Surface Pro, but it's not the best Windows laptop you can buy, nor the best tablet. And Microsoft is not Apple, and this is a Windows hybrid, not an OS X- or iOS device. Whereas Mac- and iOS fans are willing to pay Apple's premium, we're not so sure Microsoft's fan base has the same attitude. Even at £639 without the Type Cover (which is pretty essential if you want to use the Surface Pro as a laptop), it's possible that the Surface Pro is just too expensive for the Windows world.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3: First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
When I'm reading e-books on a train or a bus, I prefer a smaller tablet or dedicated e-reader. When I'm editing photos or writing, I prefer a laptop with a larger screen. When I'm watching video, I prefer a streaming device attached to a big-screen TV. The Surface is good for those who want just one device, but there are trade-offs, notwithstanding Microsoft's insistence otherwise.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
60% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Laptop Mag English
At the announcement of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft called out the 13-inch MacBook Air, saying that Apple's notebook was heavier and had less versatility and features than the new Surface Pro. Microsoft is correct, in those respects. The Pro 3 is lighter, has a higher-resolution touch screen and comes with an active stylus. But there's a reason most people continue to carry separate laptops and tablets.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Can this laptop-tablet hybrid replace your laptop?
Source: Techradar English
The Surface Pro 3 brings Microsoft dangerously close to its vision of "replacing the laptop," with vastly improved hardware inside and out. Save for a bit of a dearth of hard connections – just one USB 3.0, microSD and a mini DisplayPort here – I doubt I'll be left wanting for much as get more familiar with this device for a full review. The driving idea behind the Surface Pro 3 is putting the full weight of Microsoft's software and hardware chops behind a single device. And features like this Surface Pen and OneNote instill confidence that the company is doing good by that vision.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air comparison: Can the Surface Pro 3 rival Apple's iPad Air?
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
Overall, while the iPad Air and Surface Pro 3 are both tablets, they're aimed at very different audiences and are therefore difficult to directly compare. The Surface Pro 3 is designed to fit the needs of professionals who would prefer not to carry around both a laptop and a tablet. Perhaps they're creatives, or businesspeople, or even journalists. The iPad Air can cater to those audiences too, but not always entirely, and that's what Microsoft has been trying to point out (it says 96 percent of iPad owners also own a laptop). But the iPad Air is still very powerful, can achieve most day-to-day tasks, and also offers up thousands of tablet-optimised apps for your entertainment, communication, education and productivity.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 05/20/2014
90% Das Tablet, das ein Laptop ersetzt?
Source: Tabtech German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; good screen; very good performance; good keyboard; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/20/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
Обзор Microsoft Surface Pro 3: 12-Дюймовый Планшет Вместо Ультрабука
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; excellent materials; good screen; handy stylus; long battery life; compact size and light weight. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2014

 

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These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3): Integrated Ultra Low Power (ULP) graphics card in the Tegra 3 SoC. Similar to the Tegra 2 GPU but with additional pixel shaders and optimizations.

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

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Intel HD Graphics 4400:

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

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4: Integrated graphics card in the Tegra 4 SoC with 48 pixel and 24 vertex shaders (no unified shader architecture).

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


NVIDIA Tegra:

3: High-End-SoC for tablets and large smartphones which integrates 4 ARM Cortex A9 Cores and a power saving companion core. Furthermore, a GeForce LP GPU is included that is based on the old GeForce 7.

4: 4-PLUS-1 Cortex-A15 processor part paired with a Geforce graphics cards with 72 cores.

Intel Core i5:

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

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.

4300U:

Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.9 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.


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.


0.643 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.

0.92 kg:


76.66%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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

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» Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws
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» Asus Zenbook UX302LA-C4004H
Core i5 4200U, 13ç3", 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30T-A-11C
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire M5-583P-6637
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Dell Inspiron 14-544
Core i5 4210U, 14.0", 2.2 kg
» Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX3
Core i5 4300U, 11.6", 1.2 kg
» Asus X751L
Core i7 4500U, 17.3", 2.8 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300LA 90NB02W1-M01450
Core i7 4500U, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
Core i5 4210U, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Dell Latitude E7240-SM008LE72408GER
Core i5 4300U, 12.5", 1.4 kg
» Asus K511LA
Core i7 4500U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Asus VivoBook S451LA-CA045H
Core i5 4200U, 14.0", 2.2 kg
» Toshiba Tecra Z50-A-11H
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 1.8 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3010ea
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook U574
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.6 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4001H
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DV
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Asus B551LA-CN018G
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Toshiba Tecra Z40-A-121
Core i7 4600U, 14.0", 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DJ
Core i3 4005U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Sony Vaio Fit Multi-Flip SV-F13N1J2R
Core i3 4005U, 13.3", 1.3 kg
» HP EliteBook 820 G1-F1R78AW
Core i5 4300U, 12.5", 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-561-6607
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Toshiba Kirabook 2014
Core i7 4500U, 13.3", 1.28 kg
» HP 350 G1
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.3 kg
» Dell Latitude 3340 i5
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.773 kg
» Toshiba Tecra Z50-A1503
Core i7 4600U, 15.6", 1.5 kg
» Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.12 kg
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