Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review Round-Up

Surface Pro 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. While many of these reviews are not so convinced with Microsoft’s argument that Surface Pro 2 can replace both your Ultrabook and tablet, they are happy over the improved battery life with Haswell processor.  Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below.

AnandTech:

Surface Pro 2 is a good improvement over its predecessor. The platform is quicker, quieter and boasts longer battery life as well. The new kickstand is awesome, as are the new touch/type covers, and the new display is a big step in the right direction. If you were tempted by the original Surface Pro, its successor is a solid evolution and that much more tempting.

I really like using Surface Pro 2 and Windows 8.1 in general as a productivity focused tablet OS. When Surface Pro first launched, it wasn’t just a good device, it was arguably the best Ultrabook on the market. Surface Pro 2 launches into a much more competitive marketplace. I don’t know if I can make the same statement about it vs. Ultrabooks today. That’s not a bad thing as it is still a very different type of device, but it does make for a more difficult buying decision.

Surface Pro 2 isn’t the perfect notebook and it isn’t the perfect tablet. It’s a compromise in between. Each generation, that compromise becomes smaller.

Engadget:

Pros

  • Attractive, well-built hardware
  • Great display
  • Even faster performance
  • Improved battery life
  • More comfortable to use in the lap

Cons

  • Still heavy as a standalone tablet
  • Typing experience hasn’t improved much, despite new keyboard covers

Bottom Line

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

Gizmodo:

Should You Buy It?

If you found nothing compelling about the Surface Pro, there’s little here to change your mind. The appeal is still pretty niche. This device is largely for professionals who have some sort of specific need for ultra-portability mixed with a full-featured OS. That or a pressure-sensitive screen with a good stylus. In those fields the Surface Pro succeeds, and the Pro 2 is a better Surface.

For most folks though, it’s probably not worth it. The Surface Pro starts at $900, which doesn’t include the addition of the $120 and $130 Touch or Type Cover. Consider too that if you already own a tablet, the Surface Pro 2’s tabletness almost definitely not better than what you’ve already got. It’s got more power, sure. But there are precious few opportunities to use it.

The Surface Pro 2, like the Surface Pro before it, aspires to be All Things to All People. But you are not All People. You are A Person, and there are a wealth of options out there that can and probably do fit your exact needs more specifically. Surface may still very well be the future. That just doesn’t do you much good today.

The Verge:

Good Stuff

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

Bad Stuff

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